Yurtcamp Devon

UK England South West England Devon Newton Abbot

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
Like to holiday with your kids but need some ‘me’ time, too? Then step this way. At this tipi-tastic haven you can let the kids run wild in the woods every morning while you wake up in a leisurely fashion over a freshly poured, frothy cappuccino in the café. Then, when you’re ready, slowly wander back to your camp and dig out a good book. You could be on your own for a while... The best thing about yurt camping is you don’t have to fiddle about with tents. And the best thing about Yurtcamp is that you don’t need to plan many days out. Within this 40-acre fern paradise are two assault courses with tyre swings, nets, and rope bridges, plus various winding trails to follow and a partly covered playroom with giant-sized games. Yurtcamp sits on the edge of Dartmoor, the largest expanse of moorland in the south of England, and consequently a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Motorway traffic hums in the background depending on where you are (you can’t hear it in the woods), but fades into the significance of a buzzing bee once you get used to it. Nine yurts are dotted in a circle in The Village, an area that can be block booked by groups (Totnes, Torquay, and Exeter are short taxi rides away for a big night out). You do have to bring your own bedding, but there are trolleys in the car park that make this less of a chore. Each yurt contains up to four beds, a cooker, table, cool box and chairs. The café sells breakfasts (the vegetarian option is popular after a few BBQs), West Country cider, and local beers in the early evening.

Details

Facilities

Nineteen yurts (with 6, 4, or 2 beds) sleeping 100 people total on site. They’re handmade, which is great, but could do with a few rugs on the wooden floorboards to make them feel less rustic and more luxurious. The Village has 9 yurts, the rest are in woodland. The shower block is super-clean and modern with 9 showers and 12 loos. The café-bar opens mornings and evenings, selling proper coffee, breakfasts, meals, and snacks including Devonshire ice creams. Family games include a high zip-wire, giant Connect 4, table tennis, pool, and skittles. Free ice packs, and freezer access; an honesty washing machine, fire pits with grills (remember to bring charcoal).

Suitable For

All groups, families, stag and hen groups – yes. Tents, campervans, dogs – no.

Nearby

Jump in and make a splash at Becky Falls waterfalls (01647 221259), ideal in most weathers.

Food & Drink

Hike for 2 hours or drive for 20 minutes to Rock Inn (01364 661305) in Dartmoor National Park. The former 1700s coaching inn has a splendid view of Haytor Rocks and more puddings (Bakewells, brownies, brulées… you name it) than is healthy for just one visit.

Opening Times

March–late December.

Location

Yurtcamp Devon, Gorse Blossom Farm, Staplehill Road, Liverton, Devon TQ12 6JD

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Getting There

Take the A38 to the Drumbridges exit (signposted Newton Abbot/Bovey Tracey/Liverton). At the roundabout take the Liverton exit. After a mile turn left on to Staplehill Road, the site is on the right after 100 metres or so. Trains run to Newton Abbot, 4 miles away. Then it’s a taxi for the rest of the journey.

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