Camp Dartington

UK England South West England Devon Totnes

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Knock-out Dartmoor views and the rugged South Devon coast within easy reach – all within the grounds of a medieval manor house

In a tranquil pocket of the 1,200-acre Dartington Estate, lies an ancient manor house on the banks of the River Dart. Once home to the town's art college, the 14th-century Grade I-listed Dartington Hall is now run as a not-for-profit social enterprise promoting sustainability, social justice, and advancement of the arts. Not your typical English country house then. And in the adjoining campsite – where just 40 pitches enjoy brooding views over Dartmoor and easy access to South Devon's rugged beaches and cliff walks – plays host to one of Devon's most peaceful and best located campsites.

Facilities at Camp Dartington are excellent, with five new electric hot showers, five plumbed-in toilets, and next to the shower block you'll find a washing station with two large catering sinks. There's also a compost loo at the far side of the field and two water points. Better yet, you’re only a hop and a step from excellent, locally-sourced food, as the onsite Green Table Cafe and White Hart serve lunchtime and evening meals, all in the splendour of the estates medieval surroundings.

And while the fine food is a major pull, once you’ve settled in you can begin to appreciate the rest of the site. Featured in many 'best gardens' lists, Camp Dartington's beautifully landscaped gardens – designed mostly by New York society landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand – feature azaleas, rhododendrons and magnolias, all set around a series of terraces on a steep hillside. Campers are free to explore the many tiny paths leading to a host of interesting features – from a 1,500 year old yew tree to a Henry Moore carved stone sculpture. Seriously, how many campsites can boast a Henry Moore?

As for days out, Camp Dartington is well-placed for exploring England’s wildest expanse, Dartmoor National Park. However, it was not always so uninhabited, as confirmed by the Stone Age settlements that pepper the huge park (368 square miles in case you're wondering). Not finished there, the rugged beaches of South Devon are within easy reach and there are plenty of pretty towns and villages nearby – most notably Totnes which manages to combine the olde worlde Devon charm with a bohemian atmosphere.

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Facilities

Shiny new shower block with 5 electric hot showers and 5 plumbed in toilets, plus more facilities across the field. There's a compost loo at the far side of the field, 2 water points in the camping field and a washing up station with 2 large catering sinks next to the shower block. A beautiful timber frame picnic barn - specially designed and built by students at the neighbouring Schumacher College - provides a shady spot with dining benches and teak making facilities. Many other features, including a 14th - century barn, renovated into a cinema, are also located nearby.

Suitable For

Tents, families, couples, groups and dogs – yes. Campervans, caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

Dartington is a perfect base to explore the Dartmoor National Park and the South Devon Coast, with its fantastic rugged beaches and cliff walks. Nearby, bohemian Totnes is a 30-minute walk along the river and cycle path and boasts a vibrant outdoor market and plenty of independent coffee shops, restaurants and retailers. The award-winning Timehouse art museum (01803 862109) is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Other nearby family-friendly attractions include: Woodlands Family Theme Park (01803 712598), Dart Valley Country Park, and Dartmoor Zoo (01752 837645).

Food & Drink

The Green Table Cafe (01803 847110) in open for breakfast, lunch and teas and cake and is a relaxed spot to hatch plans for the day. The White Hart (01803 847111) bar and restaurant is a top spot for lunch and evening meals in the splendour of the Dartington Hall dining rooms. Local and organic vegetables and eggs are available just over the road from Landworks veg stall and School Farm CSA, whilst goats milk ice cream and farm tours can be had from the neighbours at Dartington Dairy (01803 863987). Coffee and freshly baked bread can be purchased from the Almond Thief Bakery (01803 411290) in Dartington Village.

Opening Times

Mid March – late October.

The Owner Says

Camping wild on the Dartington Hall estate is a unique, quirky and very lovely experience. At Camp Dartington, you can wake up to a beautiful view of Dartmoor in a location half an hour from the coast and easy access to a cycle track to the ancient and beautiful town of Totnes.

Without leaving the Dartington estate you can enjoy locally grown and cooked food at The Green Table, sample delicious goat’s milk ice cream at Dartington Dairy, browse crafts, kitchenware and delicious Devon treats at The Shops at Dartington, take in a film at our 14C Barn Cinema, indulge in the odd tipple at The White Hart, and wander through 1,200 acres of outstanding woodland and listed Gardens.

Location

Contact Camp Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL

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Getting There

From Totnes Train Station head south-west towards Ashburton Rd/A385, turn right followed by a sharp left to stay on the A385 and continue to follow the road. At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A384, go through one roundabout and continue for ½-mile. Turn right, and Camp Dartington will be on your left.
The nearest train station is Totnes, or the site can be reached by the 165 (Totnes-Dartington Hall), and 88 (Totnes- Shinners Bridge) bus routes.

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