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Ruby's Orchard

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General

  • 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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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Themes

Forest

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Pre-erected tents

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Type

Tiny (1-10 sites)

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Location

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  • Filleighmoor Gate, Near Sheepwash, Beaworthy, Devon, England, EX21 5PW
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.8613°N 4.1527°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Okehampton: West Street Coach Stop — 17.2 kilometers
Bideford: Quay Coach Stop — 17.9 kilometers
Northam: Square Coach Stop — 20.4 kilometers
Train stations
Sampford Courtenay Rail Station — 17.6 kilometers
Portsmouth Arms Rail Station — 17.8 kilometers
Okehampton Rail Station — 18.1 kilometers
Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing — 17.9 kilometers
Instow Ferry Landing — 21.2 kilometers
Appledore Ferry Landing — 21.6 kilometers
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 53.9 kilometers

Directions


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.

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

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.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (9.2 kilometers)
  • Castle Drogo (30.2 kilometers)
  • Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (46.4 kilometers)

National Trust

  • Finch Foundry (21.6 kilometers)
  • Lydford Gorge (24.5 kilometers)

Cycle routes

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

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

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 21 day(s) of arrival.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 21 consecutive nights.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Continental touring caravans (caravans built with the door on the right-hand side) are not permitted.

General
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 8 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £100.00 ($173.75) damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

Occupancy
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Vehicles
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 10:30 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Occupancy
Single-sex bookings of 8 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Vehicles
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.

Hired accommodation
Your unit must be left clean and tidy; a fine of £30.00 ($51.35) will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

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