North Thorne Glamping

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  • Just outside of Exmoor National Park, 30 mins' drive from Woolacombe
  • Listen to the gibbons of Exmoor Zoo from your glamping accommodation
  • Cool private bathrooms, kitchen area and a games barn; dog-friendly
Boho glamping accommodation on an 18-acre farm, anyone? North Thorne Glamping has an enviable setting next to Wistlandpound Reservoir, on the edge of Exmoor National Park and close to North Devon beaches. This stylish, family-run site is set in secluded and peaceful pasture and has spectacular views over Devon’s hills, reaching from Exmoor to Dartmoor. There is a natural pond in the centre of the field where ducks and geese splash around, and it’s south-facing so you feel the benefits of long, light (and hopefully sunny) days as well as incredible star-filled night skies. Each unit is decked out with a comfy double bed and 2/4 singles, and they’re all decorated in shabby-chic style. There’s a private dining area outside, with vintage crockery and cutlery, a gas cooker and seating, as well as a barbecue so you can cook up al fresco meals and chill around the campfire. First bonus: you have a private and individually styled shower room in the facilities barn, where you’ll also find a communal kitchen. Second bonus: you can challenge the family to matches on the tennis court, and a second repurposed barn has a hang-out area for you to get together over table tennis and super-size traditional games like Jenga if the weather turns sour. Third (and not one you read often) bonus: most mornings, you’ll hear the sounds of jungle chatter, and no, you’re not mad. Exmoor Zoo is a few fields away and the monkeys, gibbons and baboons like to give you a wake-up call.

Site type

Caravans for hire 2
Rent a tent 8
Open now
Please note
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
  • Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
  • Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
  • Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
  • No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
  • Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.
  • No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
  • Reception is unmanned after 8 p.m.. Please inform the site while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.
  • If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.
  • Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
  • No naked flames are allowed inside the hired accommodation units.

Languages spoken

English

Open from Fri, 24 May to

Pitch types & availability

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Loved the hosts they were so helpful and welcoming. Loved the barn…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Laura F. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

2 bedroom safari tent (four person, pet friendly)

Liked: Loved the hosts they were so helpful and welcoming. Loved the barn with things to keep children entertained. They loved it and we will go back again 😍

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Not sure you could do glamping in a bell tent much better.

Overall 10/10
Location 8
Value for money 8
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Sam B. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Emperor bell tent (no pets)

Liked: Very well thought out - amazing attention to detail Spacious- only 6 tents and a small horse box in the field Close to the barn with access to toaster and electric kettle, charging points and sinks. Private fridge and bathroom Really friendly hosts - great breakfast recommendation! (Charlie Fridays at Lynmouth)

Disliked: Cooking was tricky in the wind. Not sure there’s much you could have done about it as the burner was shielded in three directions.

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From the manager: Glad you enjoyed your stay, Charlie Friday's is certainly worth a visit. We will look at how to shield the cookers better from the wind.

Lovely site with clean facilities, friendly staff.

Overall 8/10
Location 6
Value for money 6
Accommodation 6
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 6
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 2
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Emperor bell tent (no pets)

Liked: Own fridge, toilet/shower with own key. Kids loved the play barn All cutlery, plates, cups etc all there on your pitch for you to use. BBQ and has two burner hob. Kettle and toaster in barn to use as this was quicker than using kettle on stove Nice location but shops a 20 mins drive, so don’t forget provisions on your first night if you are arriving late as no shop on site. There are cows in the next field which didn’t bother us but they are loud first thing, take ear plugs.

Disliked: No electric in the bell tents. I’ve tried to find where it says it on the listing but it doesn’t. You can charge your phone etc in the barns, but they are a walk away. On a hill so when the wind comes it’s really windy. We went in august and the wind was terrible (can’t help nature) so it became really cold at night. Quite a walk to the toilets from the tents if you are at the bottom of the field, up a slope (definitely got our steps in) No site shop. I feel it would benefit from this especially as the shops are not very close. Even just the basics maybe? No Wifi

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From the manager: Thanks for your comments. We don't list electrics in our tents but do state that there is electric in the barn for phone charge etc. There is an ariel photo on our listing showing the site and how spaced out things are, we feel people love the amount of space we offer. The onsite shop is a work in progress and will be available in 2023. We supply extra blankets if required, you just need to ask. Unfortunately we are unable to offer wifi and our listing does indicate this.

Friendly site with accommodating hosts, excellent for families

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Ann P. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Bell tent

Liked: The individual bathrooms The games barn for the children to play and make friends The communal area

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From the manager: Thanks for your feedback, glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

Owners were very friendly and helpful, kids loved the space to play…

Overall 10/10
Location 8
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 8
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Bell tent

Liked: Owners were very friendly and helpful, kids loved the space to play and the animals, facilities were clean and well thought out.

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From the manager: Glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

Loved our stay- amazing walks from the site, clean, friendly.

Overall 10/10
Location 8
Value for money 8
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 8
Wifi No rating
Alice B. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Bell tent

Liked: Setting is beautiful, owners very welcoming and helpful, bathrooms great, beds comfy!

Disliked: Not much! Short walk to bathroom building

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From the manager: Thanks for your feedback, glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Look forward to hosting you again.

Best glamping location we have been to!

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Amy H. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Bluebell Horsebox static caravan (pet friendly)

Liked: Wow! The converted horse box was stunning, so comfortable. The kids and I adored it. Beds we incredibly comfortable and all bedding was supplied even mattress toppers. The site was peaceful and clean and very well equipped. You own have you own proper bathroom with a key so you don’t have to walk back and forth with all your stuff! Full size fridge, kettle , toaster in the barn with power points and sofas and the barn next door is the game barn table tennis, connect 4 , badminton outside! The kids absolutely loved it. The hosts Sarah and her family are lovely and give you a lovely friendly tour and on hand if you need any help!

Disliked: Nothing!!

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From the manager: Was nice to meet you Amy and your lovely kids, glad you had a wonderful stay. Look forward to hosting you again.

North Thorne was absolutely beautiful. My 6 & 9 year old boys…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Sarah H. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Bell tent

Liked: North Thorne was absolutely beautiful. My 6 & 9 year old boys were asking when we could go back as we were leaving, they loved all the space to run around, feeding the Goats and exploring the pond. Having a personal bathroom was lovely as you could leave stuff in there instead of having to carry stuff back and forth from the tent. The stars at night were spectacular. Sarah and Andrew were incredibly friendly and helpful and recommended some great places to eat and visit.

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From the manager: Thanks for your feedback, glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Look forward to hosting you again.


Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house Cycle hire Evening entertainment Fishing Fitness centre Games room Indoor swimming pool Kids' club On-site restaurant/cafe Outdoor swimming pool Play area TV room Take away Tennis Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available Car parking by pitch/unit Composting toilet Dog park Drying room Food shop Free wifi Ice pack freezing Internet access Launderette Parent & baby washroom Pick-up from public transport Portable toilet Pub toilets Public telephone Shower available Toilet block Washing-up area Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly Motorcycle friendly Single-sex groups welcome Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided Barbecues allowed Campfires allowed Commercial vehicles allowed Dogs allowed Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Lake and/or mountain Luxury Peaceful Spectacular scenery Walkers' paradise Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities Chemical disposal Electric car charging point(s) Gas cylinders available Recycling available Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby Dog walk nearby Shop nearby

Type

Farm Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Accessibility

Disabled facilities

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby Cycle hire nearby Cycling nearby Fishing nearby Golf nearby Horse riding nearby Leisure/theme park nearby Mountain biking nearby Restaurant nearby Surf school nearby Watersports nearby

Location

North Thorne Glamping

North Thorne Lane

Bratton Fleming

Devon

England

EX31 4SL

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)

GPS

51.15572°N
-3.93804°W

Nearest transport

Coach
7.4 mi Bus Station
8.9 mi Methodist Church
8.9 mi Garage
Rail
7.8 mi Barnstaple Rail Station
10.3 mi Chapelton (Devon) Rail Station
11.2 mi Umberleigh Rail Station
Ferry
8.4 mi Ilfracombe Ferry Landing
12.8 mi Instow Ferry Landing
13.1 mi Appledore Ferry Landing

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

After you’ve met up with the noisy primates at Exmoor Zoo (10 minutes’ drive), treat the kids to mini-train rides and animatronic dinosaurs at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park (15 minutes) or head straight for the beach at Broadsands (20 minutes) for bucket-and-spade type family fun in the waves. Surfers, there’s a choice of famous beaches to choose from. Woolacombe, Croyde (you can go coasteering here too), Saunton Sands and Westward Ho! are all less than a 40-minute drive away, and each has surf schools and equipment rental too. You can try your hand at paddleboarding or kayaking in Combe Martin (15 minutes), or whizz along the coastline in high-speed ribs from Ilfracombe (25 minutes). For the landlubbers among you, Exmoor National Park (10 minutes) is a haven of cycling and walking trails through oak forests and heather-clad moorland, or you can be on the golf course in less than 20 minutes.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Combe Martin 5.6 mi Sea Poor Poor Poor Poor
Lynmouth 7.2 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Ilfracombe Hele 7.9 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good
Ilfracombe Tunnels Beach 9 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Woolacombe Village 11.8 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

RHS Garden Rosemoor 17.1 mi

National Trust

Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum 2.1 mi

Heddon Valley 4.2 mi

Watersmeet 7.6 mi

Holnicote Estate 16.6 mi

Dunster Working Watermill 21.3 mi

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Other

ARLINGTON COURT 2.4 mi

Hunters Inn - Woody Bay - South West Coast Path - Hunters Inn 4.2 mi

Hunters Inn - SW Coast Path - Trentishoe - Hunters Inn 4.2 mi

YOULSTON PARK 4.4 mi

Woody Bay and the Spectacular Coastline 4.9 mi

Local events

  • GoldCoast Oceanfest (Friday 21 June 2024 – Friday 21 June 2024)

    Croyde, Devon 13 mi

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Offers

Caravan for hire
Bluebell Horsebox static caravan (pet friendly)
  • 20% off early summer offer
Tipi, yurt, wigwam, dome, bell tent
2 bedroom safari tent (four person, pet friendly)
  • 20% off early summer offer
Tipi, yurt, wigwam, dome, bell tent
2 bedroom safari tent (five person, pet friendly)
  • 20% off early summer offer

Conditions apply - see pitch type section for details

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Want to know more about camping in Devon?

  • Does North Thorne Glamping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is North Thorne Glamping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near North Thorne Glamping? After you’ve met up with the noisy primates at Exmoor Zoo (10 minutes’ drive), treat the kids to mini-train rides and animatronic dinosaurs at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park (15 minutes) … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of North Thorne Glamping?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  5 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at North Thorne Glamping? From £56 (for 1 night, 4 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.