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Secluded, private glamping in a wooded dell with sun splintering the trees each morning and campfires glowing by night

There may not be any electricity at Owl Valley Glamping but it’s certainly a good place to re-charge your batteries. And it’s precisely because of its off-grid set-up that this rings true. Blending luxury with back-to-nature authenticity, this wooded hideaway in the bottom of a North Devon valley is a real glamping gem. “We think of it as wild camping in style”, owners Ray and Pauline tell us. It’s hard to disagree.

Comprised of just three bell tents and an enchanting woodland cabin, each set in quiet clearings among the trees, Owl Valley Glamping provides every comfort yet still has that essential camping essence. While the tents and cabin are furnished with double beds, wooden cabinets and each have their own private shower rooms, they’re also delightfully free of mod-cons. Internet evenings are traded in for nights around the campfire and day-time fun consists of real outdoor exploration. Dens can be built among the trees, there’s a pond where you can watch for dragonflies and a stream that bubbles through the site is like a magnet for children. Can they build a dam without getting soaking wet in the process? The answer is invariably no.

The real beauty of the place, though, is its privacy. A relic from days gone by, the site is actually situated beside what was once an ancient horse and cart road, with Pauline and Ray’s thatched cottage the old, official toll house. Today it has been transformed into a glorious nature reserve where native wildflowers flourish. Shielded among the trees glampers feel a million miles from anywhere, when in reality the campsite is based in one of the most popular tourist areas along the North Devon coast. Pauline and Ray have even put together a little folder with information about local attractions, though for most the nearby beaches are the main headline.

It’s equally easy, however, to spend all of your time simply hanging around the campsite. There are board games and wildlife books in the communal shack and, slightly higher up the wooded slope, a second hut with a wonderful BBQ terrace. It's the perfect place to sit and enjoy an evening drink. Gloriously off-grid, you can just sit back and take in the sounds of the woodland.

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The campsite owner says

Owl Valley is located about 1 mile from Bideford North Devon. Full of bird song, flowers and places to explore it is a peaceful and secluded valley away from the pressures of everyday life. It even has its own stream and a pond full of wildlife. After moving to this tranquil, beautiful valley in 2015, owners Pauline and Ray decided they would like to share their valley with other like minded souls and 'Owl Valley glamping' was born. Our beautiful, if a little eclectic, Cabin Owlet and 3 x 5 metre Bell tents are named after some of our resident Owls: Barn, Tawny (30 metres apart) and the secluded Long eared.

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