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- Exclusive-use woodland site between Dartmoor and the north Devon coast
- Direct access to a national cycle route and close to the Tarka Trail
- Right next to a two-acre wood for making dens and nature spotting
Well what an utterly splendid setting this is. Hidden away in a lovely little orchard on the fringes of mature woodland between Dartmoor and the north Devon coast, this place is perfectly quiet, rural, wild and – above all – private. Exclusive use of this peaceful wildlife haven makes this a great spot for small gatherings and distraction-free family hols close to the Tarka Trail, the Taw-Torridge Estuary and heaps of other smashing Devon attractions.
The owners of Ruby's Orchard have triumphed in creating a cosy and comfortable site among a wondrously wild forest and orchard setting, all of which is carefully maintained as a natural habitat and larder for all the wildlife that abounds around it. While pathways are maintained regularly to allow you to go about your daily business with ease, other grassy areas are allowed to grow in order to give butterflies and grasshoppers a place to breed, and bramble and gorse are kept to provide shelter for birds, bank voles, wood mice and the other small mammals that call this place home. A small, shallow and unfenced pond provides a habitat to the likes of frogs, newts, damselflies and dragonflies, and there's a beehive in a fenced area away from the tents. Wildlife safari, anyone?
While the kids are off playing hide and seek, climbing trees and making dens in the two-and-a-bit acres of woodland that lie next door, grownups can get on with the important business of hanging around in a hammock and frying up feasts on the barbecue; when the sun goes down, turn your attention to the firepit in readiness for spotting the sprinkling of stars that cover the dark Devon skies, and listen out for the soundtrack of resident tawny owls as you gaze admiringly upwards. In the morning, prepare your breakfast with a bit of fruit from the orchard and set yourself up nicely for long days of sightseeing and energetic outdoorsy activity.
The pre-erected bell tent sleeps up to five, and for bigger get-togethers there's the option of adding a nylon tent, which sleeps up to an additional four. Mattresses and futons are provided, and guests are required bring their own bed linen and towels; for chillier climes, throws, blankets and hot water bottles are provided for extra cosiness.
Amenities consist of composting toilets and two pump-your-own pressurised showers, which are serviced daily, and a specially designated kitchen tent comes kitted out with a dining table, chairs and cooking equipment. For alfresco dining, there's a picnic table right next to the tent.
The remote rural setting of Ruby's Orchard means that there's no mains electricity on site, and all lighting is solar and battery powered; it's highly recommended that you bring your own torch for midnight toilet trips, as well as your own solar or car charging devices for phones, tablets and other such modern gadgetry.
Around 15 minutes' bike ride away there's the local pub and village shop in Sheepwash, as well as access to a short walk by the river Torridge and the traffic-free Tarka Trail.
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Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Convenience store nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Cycle hire nearby
Horseback riding nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Surf school nearby
Amenities on park
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Propane/gas cylinders available
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Tiny (1-10 sites)
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
- Coach stations
Okehampton: West Street Coach Stop
— 17.2 kilometers
17.2 kilometers Bideford: Quay Coach Stop — 17.9 kilometers
17.9 kilometers Northam: Square Coach Stop — 20.4 kilometers
- Train stations
Sampford Courtenay Rail Station
— 17.6 kilometers
17.6 kilometers Portsmouth Arms Rail Station — 17.8 kilometers
17.8 kilometers Okehampton Rail Station — 18.1 kilometers
- Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing
— 17.9 kilometers
17.9 kilometers Instow Ferry Landing — 21.2 kilometers
21.2 kilometers Appledore Ferry Landing — 21.6 kilometers
Exeter International Airport
— 53.9 kilometers
Please note that the postcode provided is the nearest available postcode to the site, and that Ruby's Orchard is slightly north of this; when nearing the site you'll find it between the Filleighmoor Gate crossroads (signposted at the crossroads), and Hembury Gate Farm.
Ruby’s Orchard lies right next to a lane that forms part of National Route 27 of the National Cycle Network, making it rather a handy spot indeed for cyclists and hikers.
For more walking and cycling slightly further afield (but not too far), the Tarka Trail – a 30-mile traffic-free walking and cycling trail from Meeth to Braunton on the north coast – lies around 15 minutes' bike ride away. The vast dune network of Braunton Burrows (the UK’s first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve) lies on the outskirts of the neighbouring Taw-Torridge Estuary, and you can cycle or walk along the trail towards Bideford, the estuary and the coast, or inland towards Meeth Quarry nature reserve.
Hire kayaks in Bideford or take the kids to its award-winning Westward Ho! beach or The Big Sheep adventure park; north Devon is fab for swimming, surfing, coasteering, paddleboarding, windsurfing and kite surfing – heaps of great award-winning beaches lie along its coastline, and if you're new or just starting out then there are plenty of surf schools around the area too.
- RHS Garden Rosemoor (9.2 kilometers)
- Castle Drogo (30.2 kilometers)
- Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (46.4 kilometers)
- Finch Foundry (21.6 kilometers)
- Lydford Gorge (24.5 kilometers)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.