Kingsmead Centre

UK England South West England Devon Cullompton

  • Dogs welcome
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Good walks nearby
A beautiful countryside spot in Devon with a range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes

A campsite that caters for everyone is a difficult thing to provide, and it’s fair to say that not everyone gets it right. Providing the luxury of high-end glamping, the off-grid natural atmosphere for campers and hard-standing spaces for caravans is always a tricky mix. But there are one or two places that pull it all off seamlessly. The Kingsmead Centre,on the border of Devon and Somerset, is just such a site, where everyone you meet wears the grin of utter contentment. Here there truly is something for everyone, and with only a few precious spots available it's a site to snap up fast, however you choose to stay.

Divided into a top and bottom field, the seven sloping acres of meadowy heathland boast a toilet block at either end of the gradient. In the lower field are open, well-spaced pitches that leave room for kids to play. Harder ground can be found in the upper field, along with electrified spots for caravans and campers. Some of the best areas, though, are found by delving into the woods and pitching a tent in one of the natural clearings dotted about – a real slice of wilderness within an already beautiful campsite.

Glampers hoping to arrive with just a toothbrush and their jim-jams are also in luck. There's a parked-up showman’s caravan (more of the modern day travellers kind, than the horse-drawn type of old!) decked from head to toe like a furnished, self-catered home, there’s a furnished Lily Pad Belle Tent, tall enough for parents to stand up in and there’s also a spectacular yurt, set in its own woodland glade. The lattice work of the traditional structure is wonderfully exposed inside, while the light, cream canvas gives an airy outdoor feel.

Along the lower end of the campsite, what we have named ‘the woods’ are, in fact, a shielding flank of trees that hide away another of the campsite’s features. Following a footpath beneath the canopy, it’s a 30-metre walk to the first of two fishing lakes, built for the exclusive use of Kingsmead Centre. Rod licenses are cheaply and easily available from the post office, so the lakes offer a good chance for families to try casting their very first fishing line. The lakes are also surrounded by forestry commission land and colourful wildflower meadows, and footpaths and bridleways stretch into the beautiful Blackdown Hills – top territory for walkers, cyclist and equestrians. If you’re particularly keen you can even bring along your own horse and graze it in the neighbouring field!

All in all the campsite exudes a warm, family-friendly atmosphere that reflects the welcoming personalities of hosts Tristan and Jodie (along with Pickles the dog). The site is also brilliantly placed for all the delights of this part of Devon, with beaches within easy driving distance, a cluster of pleasant market towns and a host of excellent village pubs.

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Facilities

The Kingsmead Centre has a very gentle slope with a stepper slope dividing the upper field, where a toilet block is located, and the lower field, with a second ablutions block. Electric hook ups are available in both spaces, or for a more wild experience you can also pitch off-grid in the woods at the bottom of the site. Shower and toilet facilities are simple and clean, with no shortage of free hot water. Campfires are allowed in fire-pits only (you can bring your own or rent onsite) and there is a communal fire area located in the a central wooded copse. The campsite has two fishing lakes. The Woodland lake is the smaller of the two, located on the same level as the lower camping field. The Kingsmead Centre's yurt, set in its own woodland glade, features: a double bed, double futon, wood burner including logs and cooking facilities. The 1980's showman's wagon is exceedingly well equipped with a fully fitted kitchen, glamorous furnishings and absolutely everything you require including WiFi, TV with freeview box and a selection of games, cards and books.

Suitable For

Everyone! Tents, trailer tents, caravans, motorhomes, campervans, glampers, campers, families, couples, dogs...

Nearby

Explore the rest of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (01823 680681) by foot, bike or on horseback. The site has maps and leaflets available explaining the best routes nearby and Jo and Tristan are also a wealth of local knowledge. Equestrians can also space in the neighbouring field to graze their horses. By car the coast is naturally a popular destination with top beaches within a 45 minute drive as well as beautiful Dartmoor National Park(01626 832093), but closer to home towns like Honiton(01404 43716), with its rows of red-brick Regency housing, and Tiverton, home to a fine Georgian church, make for fabulous stopping points to explore. Knightshays Court (01884 254665), Bickleigh Castle (01884 855363) and Killerton (01392 881345) also offer some extra history for those who enjoy exploring houses and gardens of the past.

Food & Drink

Two miles away, the Half Moon Inn (01823 680291) is also a good choice and makes for a pleasant walk from the campsite. The pub is located in the centre of Clayhidon Parish and offers a stunning view from their beer garden of the Culm Valley as it opens towards Hemyock. They offer a great selection of local food at affordable prices; particularly famous for their Sunday lunch and Friday evening fish and chips (served between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m). The Holman Clavel(01823 421070) in Culmhead hosts a great range of locally made ales and their very own ‘Tricky’ Cider. Local takeaways also deliver direct to the site.

Opening Times

All year, weather permitting. Please call to check for bookings between October and March.

Family Friendly

Recharge your fading batteries by plugging into some woodland relaxation. You'll find a sprinkling of campfire magic plus a handy dose of chilling by a lake will do the trick.

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The Owner Says

A traditional campsite set in the beautiful Blackdown Hills AONB. Set into the valley it offers secluded woodland, large grass and hardstanding pitches for tourers as well as our luxury glamping options of a woodland yurt, Showman's Caravan & Lotus Belle Tent. Pets, campfires and children all welcome

Accommodation

Grass pitches suitable for tents and caravans across the site. The upper area has spaces reserved for those requiring hard standings, although during the summer months most vehicles can pitch anywhere. Woodland camping pitches are tent only and do not have electrical hook up. There is a modern showman's caravan, a  Lotus Pad belle tent and a beautiful yurt in the woods.

Electric Grass Pitch

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 8 Available
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Location

Contact Kingsmead Centre, Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon EX15 3TR

Getting There

From the M5 Junction 26: Take the A38 Southbound and stay on it around Wellington. You will come to a staggered crossroads with Ford Street and Clayhidon signposted left, along with a brown tourist sign for The Merry Harriers Pub. Turn left and continue to the top of the hill where you will come out at another crossroads with Kingsmead Centre signposted left. Turn left and continue until you see the Merry Harriers pub on your right and a signpost for Kingsmead Centre on your left. Turn right immediately beside the pub. The site entrance is 1/4 mile down the road on your left.

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