Holsome Park Camping

UK England South West England Devon Totnes

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A quiet, summer-only campsite with campfires in the heart of the Devon countryside, enjoying panoramic views towards Dartmoor

It seems strange to say that Holsome Park Camping is a place for night owls. With its prime location 10 miles from the coast, the endless footpaths directly from its boundary, and the family-friendly vibe of the whole place, you’d expect us to call it a site for sunny days. True as this may be, though, the wealth of attractions on the doorstep mean it’s easy to spend very little daytime here at all!

The reason, however, we so love this place at night, is the seclusion of it all. Perched on the perfectly flat top of a gentle hill, in the heart of the Devon countryside, Holsome Park Camping is a spectacular spot for that late evening light. As the August sun comes to the end of each day, it sits like an orange orb in the open space opposite the site ­– Dartmoor National Park, an endless stretch of green that rolls into the distance and bathes in a warming glow as the sun sets. The odd evening barbecue sends a white wisp of smoke across the sky, birds taking roost twitter the occasional sound into the night, but otherwise the campsite is quiet and serene. In short, it’s peaceful, rural bliss.

When morning comes there’s still plenty to sing and dance about. The campsite, with space for around 30 unmarked pitches, is a tents-only base with a wonderfully sociable feel and a simple, leave-you-to-it ethos. Owners Louise and Graham are friendly and on hand, but their house, on the opposite side of the tiny country lane, means they can to and fro helpfully from the site without being ever-present or overbearing. Facilities are simple but effective – a block with toilets, showers and wash basins – while a few electrical hook-ups are provided for those in need of this added ‘luxury’.

Off site, though the aforementioned footpaths make for excellent walking, most things around here are best reached by car. Head south and the coastline twists and curves around you, with the endless sands of Slapton on the eastern side and the craggy headlands of Hope and Thurleston to the west. The Kingsbridge Estuary sits in the middle like a watery centrepiece, clustered with picturesque villages along its banks. For something different, National Trust owned Saltram House is a Georgian era mansion edging Plymouth. It’s a fantastic spot en route to the city, which together make for the perfect rainy day cover if the weather decides to spoil your fun!

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Facilities

Toilets, showers and a covered washing up area (with two communal fridges) are all clean and new. Power point for phone recharging. Campfires permitted in firepits. Slide and swing area for children. Campers are welcome to go and look at the animals or take a walk around the farm – just ask Louise and Graham which is the best route to take. You can also feed the chickens and help collect the eggs in the morning!

Suitable For

Tents, couples, families, groups and dogs (max of 2 dogs per tent unless arranged otherwise) – yes. Campervans, caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

Amble around the Avon valley with excellent footpaths right from the campsite's doorstep or drive to nearby attractions including the Pennywell Farm Activity Centre (01364 642023) or Paignton (01803 697500) and Dartmoor Zoo's (01752 837645). For something more cultural, it is a 25 minute drive to the National Trust's Saltram House (01752 333500) and a little further to medieval Cotehele (01579 351346) and Buckland Abbey (01822 853607). For many, though, the coast is the most obvious attraction. It's 10 miles to the nearest beaches, including Bigbury, Bantham, South Sands, Blackpool Sands, East Soar Cove, and Slapton.

Food & Drink

Campers can purchase meat, burgers, bacon, sausages and eggs right from the farm – BBQs permitted off the ground. The nearest pubs are a bit of a trek away, with the excellent New Inn (01548 821326), in Moreleigh, over 3 miles away and around 10 minutes in the car. The locals are worth the journey though. The Cott Inn (01803 863777) at Dartington, and the Ship (01752 892565) or Anchor (01752 690388) at Ugborough are all worth a visit.

Opening Times

July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Graham and Louise welcome you to Holsome Park Camping, a family-run campsite situated in the heart of the Devon countryside, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We open for the month of August.

The campsite is flat and grassy making it an ideal camping ground. We offer generous pitch sizes for you to make the most of your holiday. The campsite is spacious and enjoys unspoilt panoramic views to Dartmoor. Conveniently located 10 minutes from the A38, between Dartmoor and the South Devon coast. The farm and campsite are run in an environmentally conscious fashion. Holsome Park Camping welcomes families with children and well behaved dogs. The campsite has toilets, showers and washing up facilities.

Pitches

30 unmarked pitches and 6 electric pitches.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 30 Available
Standard pitch includes parking for 1 car and 2 adults.

Grass pitch with electricity

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 6 Available
Electric hookup pitch includes parking for 1 car and 2 adults.

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Location

Contact Holsome Park Camping, Holsome Park Camping, Diptford, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7NA

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Getting There

From Exeter: Come down the A38 from Exeter and go past the junctions marked for Ashburton, Buckfastleigh and Rattery. Take the Marley Head junction signposted for South Brent, Totnes and Dartington. At the roundabout off the slip road, take the third exit on the right signposted Diptford. Go along this lane and at the crossroads go straight across. Turn right at the T-junction. Take the third road signposted for Diptford (Christone Cross). The farm lane is the next left (approximately 200 yards from the junction). Go down the lane past the farm buildings on the left, and Holsome Park is the next left.

From Plymouth: Come off the A38 at the Avonwick/South Brent junction; follow the road signposted for Avonwick and Totnes. Once you have gone past the Avon Arms on the left-hand side of the road and Cousins Garage on the right, you will go over a small bridge. Take the right-hand turning immediately past the bridge. Keep going along this road up to the village of Diptford. Take the third turning to the right signposted Moreleigh and Kingsbridge. When you are reaching the top of the hill before you get to the T-junction you will see a right turn with a triangle of grass. Turn right and go down the lane. The campsite is the third on the left just after the farm buildings (second left).

The nearest train station is Totnes, by bus the nearest are either South Brent or Totnes.

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