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Glamping in North Devon UK: 6 Charming Holiday Spots

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With a picturesque blend of unspoiled countryside, stunning beaches, and charming coastal towns, glamping in North Devon is the perfect UK holiday destination that offers plenty of opportunity for adventure and relaxation in equal measure.

You can expect a glamping holiday to provide a unique twist on traditional camping with a touch of luxury and glamour – so there is no need to compromise on the things that you know will make your trip special.

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Whether that means bringing your beloved pooch or ensuring that there’s a steaming hot tub to unwind in whilst the sun sets over the hills, there is something for everyone in North Devon.

In this guide, we’ll get started with the need-to-know basic information such as where it is, how to get there and the best time to visit, before jumping into some of the best sites on offer.

At the end of the guide, you’ll find an FAQ, but if you have any further questions then pop a question in the comments box or head to the contact us page.

Where is North Devon

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The image shows North Devon coastline.

North Devon is located in southwestern England.

It encompasses a significant portion of the county of Devon, extending from the northern coastline down to areas near Exmoor National Park.

Below you’ll find an interactive map so that you can see the exact location.

How to get to North Devon for a glamping holiday

By car

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Travelling by car is certainly the easiest way to reach North Devon, with the M5 being the primary motorway which connects the area to other parts of the country.

Once you arrive, there are many small and narrow country lanes which link between the glamping sites and the most popular towns and villages.

As such, having a car to travel around once you arrive will be convenient and offer flexibility during your trip.

If you need to rent a car, then is always my go-to platform.

Not only are they a highly reputable platform, but they also combine all of the best deals on the market to make it super easy to ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.

By train

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The main train station in the area is Barnstaple Station.

However, most trains from major stations across the UK will go to Exeter before arriving at Barnstaple.

Trains are quite expensive in the UK and so travelling this way – particularly if you’re with a group or family – is often not cost efficient – although it will of course be better for the planet.

The main booking platform for booking trains in the UK is

By bus

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The bus network around the UK is fairly good.

There are two main companies that operate across the country, and these are National Express and Megabus – both of which often have some excellent deals if you’re flexible on dates.

These buses are usually comfortable for long journeys but tend to take much longer than other modes of transport.

Check bus prices: Busbud

By plane

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If you’re coming from outside of the UK or from faraway places like Scotland, then the two closest airports are Exeter Airport and Bristol Airport.

Exeter Airport offers domestic and international flights, while Bristol Airport provides a wider range of international connections.

From the airports, you can continue your journey to North Devon by hiring a car, taking a train or bus, or arranging a private transfer if you’re feeling fancy and have plenty of cash to spend.

Best time to go glamping in North Devon

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The best time to go glamping in North Devon is considered to be during the summer months (June to August).

However, below is what you can expect by month.

  • Summer (June to August):

    Summer brings plenty of warm and sunny weather and as such, many tourists too.

    You’ll be able to enjoy many of the outdoor activities in the area during this time and take advantage of the stunning coastline on offer.

    However, it’s worth bearing in mind that this is when prices will be at their highest and popular attractions will be busy.

  • Autumn (September to November):

    Autumn here is a picturesque season filled with natural beauty.

    The region’s countryside transforms with hues of gold, red, and orange as the leaves change colour, making it an excellent time for leisurely walks, exploring local trails, and capturing stunning photographs.

    You’ll also benefit from cheaper prices and a quieter atmosphere which provides a more serene glamping experience.

    Personally, this is one of my favourite times for a UK getaway.

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  • Winter (December to February):

    Although the winters here can be chilly, most sites usually have a log burner for the ultimate cosy winter escape.

    Plus, if you’re coming from the north of the UK, it’s actually likely to be a bit warmer here.

    If you’re looking for a tranquil break with winter walks on the beach and mugs of hot chocolate by the fire for a cheap price, then glamping in winter will allow you to enjoy the raw beauty of North Devon.

  • Spring (March to May):

    When spring swings around, it’s time for a rejuvenation of vibrant beauty.

    The countryside comes alive with blooming wildflowers, and the weather starts to warm up.

    It’s an excellent time for nature walks, exploring coastal trails, and witnessing the area’s stunning landscapes awakening from the winter slumber.

    Spring also offers a quieter atmosphere and a chance to avoid the peak tourist crowds, making it cheaper, yet still pleasant.

Best North Devon glamping holiday sites

Alpaca Hideaway

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Highlights: dog-friendly, wood burner, hot tub, excellent decking area

The Alpaca Hideaway is a picturesque dog-friendly glamping hut perched atop a sprawling meadow on a super sweet alpaca farm that’s been up and running for the last 25 years.

If this isn’t enough to win you over, then just wait until you hear the rest.

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Inside this beautifully designed cabin, you’ll find a cosy double bed with luxuriously soft alpaca fleece bedding – which of course – has been made by the farm owners from the alpacas who graze on the land.

The space is perfect for 2 people and a pooch to hunker down in front of the wood burner during the colder months, snuggle in bed as you watch the sun set through the window or dip into the wood-fired hot tub as the stars twinkle above.

As with all of our recommended North Devon glamping holidays, you’ll find a well-equipped kitchen and a bathroom with modern amenities.

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The Alpaca Hideaway also features an expansive decking area with breathtaking views from every angle, creating an idyllic setting for leisurely mornings and sun-soaked afternoons during the warmer months.

Whether you’re looking to relax with a book that’s got you hooked or treat yourself to a refreshing drink as you bask in the tranquil countryside atmosphere, this is the perfect spot.

Check prices: Alpaca Hideaway

Popular spots nearby: Tiverton, Dulverton, The Lamb Inn, Killerton House and Gardens, The Exeter Inn, The Rosemoor Estate, Knightshayes Court National Trust

Swallows nest

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Highlights: dog-friendly, log-burner, pizza oven, BBQ, eco-friendly, luxury glamping

Swallows Nest is situated in the heart of Hatherland Mill Farm – a sustainable small-holding that’s won some awards for how committed it is to improving the planet.

With exposed beams, stone walls, cobbled floors, medieval patterns on the walls and even a microbrewery on the farm, your stay will be a unique experience filled with imagination and character.

Some may say that this is more of a luxurious glamping experience – and I’d have to agree.

This tiny house has been hand-crafted and filled with special features like a free-standing roll-top bath and super-king size bed which are easily reached with a short climb up a ladder to the mezzanine-style bedroom.

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On the ground floor, you’ll find a spacious shower room, a cosy living area and a well-equipped kitchen with everything you may need for a stay in your home-away-from-home in the gorgeous North Devon countryside.

Outside, you’ll have a private courtyard that features an outdoor kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven and a Japanese-style Kamado barbecue for those nights when you don’t want to leave your tranquil slice of heaven.

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With your backyard as farmland, guests are encouraged by the wonderful hosts to bring along any furry friends that are part of the family.

Adjacent to the meadow along the River Exe, you can enjoy a refreshing swim and embrace the tranquillity of the surrounding countryside – this location truly is the perfect spot for some luxury glamping in North Devon.

Check prices: Swallows Nest

Popular spots nearby: Knightshayes Court National Trust, Bampton, Tiverton, Dulverton, The Bridge Inn Pub, Wimbleball Lake

Horseshoe Shepherds Lodge

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Highlights: hot tub, log burner, plenty of nearby pubs, underfloor heating, decking, BBQ, eco-friendly, electric vehicle charging points

Located in the welcoming village of Chittlehamholt, Horseshoe Shepherds Hut is nestled in its own orchard at the end of a private lane, offering complete seclusion and serenity.

Inside the hut is a blend of modern luxury and traditional charm.

The open-plan layout features a well-equipped kitchen, a dining area overlooking the orchard, and a comfortable sofa facing double French doors.

The magnificent en-suite boasts a walk-in shower, flushing WC, wash basin, and even a heated towel rail.

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During the day, there are over 200 acres of ancient woodland to explore, plenty of wild swimming to be done in the nearby river and an abundance of wildlife to encounter.

Or, perhaps you’d rather relax on the raised deck that hosts an al fresco dining area, gas BBQ and superb hot tub – the choice is yours.

If you’re looking for a getaway that’s going to provide cosy nights by the wood burner, a place to relax in a king-sized bed with a wall-mounted tv or a comfortable space to cook up a storm whilst the underfloor heating keeps your feet warm, this larger-than-average-sized shepherds hut is the perfect place for it.

Check prices: Horseshoe Shepherds Hut

Popular spots nearby: The Bell Inn, The Chichester Arms, Castle Inn, The Grove Inn, The Rosemoor Estate, Highbullen Hotel Golf and Country Club, Heal Farm Fine Food

Polly the Lorry

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Highlights: wood burner, fire pit, eco-friendly, off-grid

Next up on our list of best spots for glamping in Devon is the gorgeous Polly the Lorry – and it’s perhaps my favourite on the list.

This lovingly restored horsebox is tucked away in the serene Devonshire countryside with breathtaking vistas of green pastures.

As you step inside the lorry, you’ll see upcycled interiors, reclaimed wooden walls, an inviting bed with a view, and a cleverly designed kitchen equipped with everything you need.

And what’s even better, is that Polly’s charm extends beyond the horsebox itself.

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The nearby shower room has effortlessly beautiful interiors and provides a refreshing oasis after no doubt enjoying some of the adventures to be had nearby.

The raised deck outside the doors of the Polly the Lorry offers a peaceful spot for your morning coffee, with views of the secluded woodland area – exclusively for your use.

This truly allows you to relax and connect with nature and embrace the peacefulness of this hideaway, surrounded by birdsong and distant church bells.

Just a short stroll through the tranquil meadow awaits a vegetable patch where you can pick fresh produce and a fire pit that invites you to cook local delicacies as the sun sets.

This eco-friendly haven is a dreamy place to create some cherished memories in an extraordinary setting – if you can’t tell, we love Polly the Lorry!

Check prices: Polly the Lorry

Popular spots nearby: Hunters Inn Pub, The Chichester Arms, The Bell Inn, Castle Inn, The Grove Inn, The Exeter Inn, Heal Farm Fine Food

Copperas Shepherds Hut

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Highlights: wood burner, fire pit, nearby pubs, coastal views, eco-friendly

Copperas Shepherds Hut is situated on the coast – in between the popular locations of Ilfracombe and Combe Martin.

With breathtaking sea views and fresh coastal air ready to fill your lungs each morning, this stunning hand-built luxury hut is epic.

Inside is the perfect blend of modern comforts and timeless charm.

With traditional style and sturdy timber walls, this place has been cleverly designed.

You’ll find a fold-down double-walled bed with a comfortable spring mattress that neatly transforms into a dining table with comfortable bench seats when not in use in order to maximise space.

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The smart design of the kitchen area is equipped with a two-ring induction hob, fridge, toaster, and kettle, providing all the amenities you need for a perfect stay on the North Devon coastline.

Whilst this area is best known for its rugged cliffs, rocky coves and sandy beaches that many love to enjoy during the summer months, Copperas Shepherds Hut is also perfect for the off-season.

Equipped with a wood burner and insulated with eco-friendly sheep wool, this private and enclosed glamping site provides a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation all year round.

Check prices: Copperas Shepherds Hut

Popular spots nearby: Ilfracombe, Combe Martin, The Old Sawmills Inn, Keypits Stables ‘and ‘N’ Quads, Tunnels Beach, The Rock Inn Georgeham

Wild Pear Shepherds hut

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Highlights: wood burner, fire pit, nearby pubs, coastal views, eco-friendly

Wild pear Shepherds Hut is the sister hut to Copperas Shephed Hut and they’re almost a copy and paste of each other.

The only real difference is the colour scheme.

However, I wanted to include Wild Pear as if you’re travelling with a group or a family larger than 2 people, then renting the two together is the perfect solution.

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Whilst they’re on the same site, they’re situated a few minutes walk from each other and so you’ll still benefit from complete privacy if you need it.

If you’re searching for a group glamping holiday to the coastal area of North Devon, then look no further than here!

Check prices: Wild Pear Shepherds Hut

Popular spots nearby: Ilfracombe, Combe Martin, The Old Sawmills Inn, Keypits Stables ‘and ‘N’ Quads, Tunnels Beach, The Rock Inn Georgeham

Glamping FAQ

Is glamping better than camping?

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Personally, yes – I think glamping is better than camping.

With glamping, you’ll find more luxurious and comfortable accommodations.

And, there are some really clever people who have had incredible innovative ideas to turn something or somewhere you’d never of thought to call home into a cosy and welcoming space.

Just look at Polly the Lorry as an example – staying in a horse box never looked so great.

On the other hand, camping in North Devon is a more rustic and immersive experience in nature.

If you love pitching tents, sleeping in bags, and traipsing through a field to find the toilet, then camping may be more your thing.

As you can probably tell, it’s certainly not my preference – especially when Unique Hideaways have so many incredible places on offer.

Do you have your own toilet when glamping?

Yes, more often than not, you will have your own toilet for the duration of your glamping trip.

Usually, this is within your accommodation or in a very close vicinity.

Is glamping fun in winter?

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Yes, glamping in winter is incredible.

In fact, some may argue that it’s better in winter.

Nearly all of the glamping pods, huts, yurts – or whatever style you prefer – have a log burner and/or a hot tub.

If you’re looking for the perfect cosy getaway in the depths of nature, you certainly won’t be disappointed if you’re planning a trip at this time of year.

What are the best towns and villages to visit in North Devon?

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The image shows a village by the sea in North Devon at sunset.

There are heaps of stunning villages and towns to visit in the area and heading out for the day and seeing where you end up is always a great way to explore.

However, below are some mus-visit locations:

  1. Clovelly: A unique and picturesque car-free village that’s famous for its steep cobbled streets, traditional whitewashed cottages and breathtaking views of the Bristol Channel.

  2. Appledore: Situated on the estuary of the River Torridge, Appledore is a charming fishing village known for its colourful houses, narrow streets, and maritime heritage. It’s an excellent place for a leisurely stroll along the quay, visiting art galleries, or enjoying fresh seafood.

  3. Braunton: Located near the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Braunton Burrows, this quant village is pretty vibrant and well-known for its surfing culture and outdoor activities. It serves as a gateway to the stunning beaches of Saunton Sands and Croyde Bay.

  4. Lynmouth and Lynton: These twin villages, often referred to as the “Little Switzerland” of England, are nestled on the Exmoor coast. Lynmouth is a picturesque harbour village, while Lynton is located on the clifftop above, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside and coastline. If you decide to head here, then don’t miss the Lynton and Lynmouth Funicular Railway that connects the two villages.

  5. Combe Martin: Nestled in a picturesque valley, Combe Martin is a little village known for its beautiful bay, stunning coastal walks, and proximity to Exmoor National Park. One of the most popular walking trails there is from Combe Martin to Little Hangman and Great Hangman.

How many days do you need to go glamping for in North Devon?

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The perfect amount of days really depends on what time of year you’re planning to go glamping and what there is to do in the area.

For example, North Devon mostly offers outdoor activities and so you could easily spend up to 2 weeks here during the summer.

If you’re planning a trip here during the winter, then a long weekend would certainly suffice.

Explore North Devon further

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The image shows the North Devon coastline.

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