Koa Tree Camp

UK England South West England Devon Bideford

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Eco-friendly glamping in the long grasses of North Devon with a permaculture garden, beekeeping and other sustainable projects at every turn – plus wetsuits and surfboards for the beach!

Originally founded back in 2014 but under new management since summer 2017, Koa Tree Camp promises a relaxed, eco-friendly retreat near the surf-friendly Hartland Heritage Coast. While sustainability is central to the agenda here, there’s a pleasing balance between Koa Tree’s green ethos and the luxury touches Hannah and Simon have taken care to cultivate. As Hannah puts it, “We love quiet meadows, the sun on our faces, and the feeling of being closer to nature that comes with camping, but we also enjoy comfy beds, good linen, space to cook dinner, and no queues for the (flushing) loos. We like warm service and thoughtful touches, not overly attentive, watch-your-every-move intrusion”.

Who says luxury camping has to just mean lazing about in your fancy geo-dome, cabin or bell tent all weekend? Sure, the spacious digs, fully-equipped 'surf-shack' kitchen facilities, private underfloor-heated bathrooms and snug 'rainy-day room' call out to the inner loafer. But at Koa Tree Camp, there's plenty to get stuck into to keep your days – and evenings – active. From regular barbecues and pizza nights featuring locally sourced, organic produce, to a yurt cinema for kids, an indulgent on-site massage hut and, naturally, surf equipment hire so you can hit the nearby waves.

Hannah and Simon don't compromise their green credentials either – water is recycled and renewable heating and wood-burning stoves are used throughout. Koa Tree Camp sits on a working smallholding, with projects including permaculture, beekeeping, livestock keeping and the re-establishment of woodland and waterways. Kids are always welcome to come and meet and help feed the animals, and there’s always someone around to chat about the many sustainable, eco-focused projects on the go.

It’s a large site, which never feels crowded and a mowed mini-sports ground in the middle of the site means there’s plenty of room for new friends to set up cricket stumps, chuck a Frisbee, or break into a spontaneous jumpers-for-goalposts kick-about. And, after all that exertion, you can while away your evenings supping scrumpy around the communal firepit while enjoying the clearest night skies in the South West.

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Geo-domes sleep 6, on a kingsize bed, 2 singles and either 2 single or 1 double pull-out futon. Cabins sleep 4 in a kingsize and 2 single beds (either standard or bunk). Bell tents sleep 3 in a kingsize and a single bed. Electricity in all geo-domes. Cabins run off solar panels and have electric lighting. Each unit has its own private deck and BBQ/Dutch oven. Large communal kitchen and 'Rainy Day Room' equipped with ping pong table, board games, books, woodburner and underfloor heating. Wi-Fi provided throughout. 6 bathrooms with bath/shower, WC and sink (cleaned daily). The hot water is run on renewable energy and recycled using grey water recycling systems. Campfires in the communal firepit. Surfboard and wetsuit hire. New for 2018, Koa Tree's onsite foraging expert and yoga teacher will be running regular courses. Massage therapy also available.

Suitable For

Couples, families, groups (including stag and hen parties) – yes. Well-behaved dogs are allowed for a £10 charge, which means they’ll get their own blanket for the weekend, a munchy treat, poop scoop and a water bowl.


The site is ideally situated to explore both the North Devon and Cornish coastlines. The South West Coast Path takes in some of the areas most stunning stretches including Welcombe Mouth, Clovelly, Hartland Quay and Lighthouse and the picturesque fishing village of Boscastle. Koa Tree can arrange plenty of activities such as horse riding, stand up paddleboarding, coasteering and surf lessons (surf-hire available on-site)

Food & Drink

Food is a central part of the new management's ethos, so keep your eyes peeled for a brand new breakfast menu, supper clubs, and sourdough pizza nights courtesy of the newly-built wood-fired pizza oven. The on-site Welcombe Community shop is volunteer run and opens all year round. It stocks a wide range of fair trade basics and groceries, which can even be pre-ordered and waiting for you on arrival. The Old Smithy Inn (01288 331305) is just a short drive from the site and serves up some lovely pub grub and even lovelier ales and ciders – all under a 13th century thatched roof. For a wider selection of restaurants and pubs, jump in the car and head to Bude (around 11 miles away).

Opening Times

15th April - 2nd November.

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The Owner Says

Luxury Camping and Adventure in geodesic domes, Norwegian log cabins and classic British bell tents. Stay on our beautiful smallholding and feed the goats, chickens and pigs or explore the rugged beauty of the North Devon and Cornwall coastline.


5 geo-domes (sleeping 6), 2 bell tents (sleeping 3) and 2 log cabins (sleeping 4).

Tiree - Geodesic Dome

Dome Sleeps 6 5 Available
A beautiful, spacious geodesic dome with views out over the farm towards Cornwall

Longpeak - Log Cabin

Cabin Sleeps 4 3 Available
A log cabin sleeping up to 4 people.

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Contact Koa Tree Camp, Welcombe, Bideford, Devon, EX39 6HE

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Getting There

From the M5 follow the A361 to Barnstaple. Follow the A39 to Bideford and then on towards Bude. At Hartland you will pass a series of sharp bends in the road. Carry on until you pass the West Country Inn on your left. After one more sharp right and then left turn you will reach the Welcombe cross roads. Turn right into Welcombe. Koa Tree Camp is the second property on the left after Little Hollacombe Farm. (If using a SatNav enter the postcode EX39 6HE and it will take you almost to the door.)


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