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Bales Ash Campsite

9.8

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General

  • Chilled camping as it used to be but with quality free hot showers
  • Free hot showers
  • Relaxed and spacious site with firepits for hire

Homemade Devon cream teas, views to make your eyes water, a communal firepit and a warm welcome for the pooch… it's no surprise that guests glow with warmth about Bales Ash Campsite near Umberleigh.

Described by its amiable owners as 'a little green campsite in the heart of north Devon', Bales Ash sits up above the Taw Valley amid countryside of the beaut variety and fab views across to nearby Exmoor. The Tarka Trail is within easy driving distance and the (also fab) surfing beaches of north Devon are within about 12 miles.

As you might expect from a site that endorses 'camping as it used to be', the vibe is relaxed and friendly. The amenities are kept to a spotless standard and include three hot showers, two eco-friendly compost loos and outdoor Belfast sinks with hot and cold water. Wifi is available and guests can charge phones for free in the shower block.

Water at Bales Ash comes from the site's borehole and is treated to provide pristinely clean fresh drinking water; tap water standpipes are also on each pitching field.

But back to those Devon cream teas… Teas and cakes can be baked on request (surely something to request as soon as you arrive) and the owners specialise in top-notch gluten-free baking.

And then settle down to stargaze or to sit by the communal firepit: guests glow with warmth about the perfect quiet of this place too.


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9.8

Overall rating based on 32 reviews

 

100% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

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Just brilliant thanks10/17/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCorinne M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • The Beech Hut cabin
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    Excellent little hut, super location, so dog friendly and immaculate showers!

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Very clean facilities, extremely friendly staff, wonderful accomodatio09/07/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKatarina P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • The Horse Box cabin
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    It was lovely to stay in and was a very nice home away from home

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Absolutely lovely Campsite, we're well travelled campers, this is the …09/01/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Absolutely lovely Campsite, we're well travelled campers, this is the best site we've visited. Great people:Debbie and Basia. Lovely site with excellent little touches:superb shower block. The precautions that have been taken for covid 19 make you feel safe. We will definitely be returning next year, God willing. Thank you for a lovely stay.

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We stayed in one of the bell tents with our …08/25/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • MiraBelle bell tent
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    We stayed in one of the bell tents with our 11 year old son. The tent and separate kitchen tent were really clean and well stocked. The shower block was the best we've come across and cleaned before and after every use. Each unit had their own portaloo - as festival goers this was fine for us - just remember a torch for night time visits! The site owners were all very friendly and approachable.

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    Nothing

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A gem of a place!08/05/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHannah S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    This is the second time we have stayed at this campsite and we absolutely love it! The pitches are huge, flat and well spaced out and the facilities are spotlessly clean.
    The ladies running the campsite (Debbie, Basia and Ann) are all very friendly and on hand and always willing to help out if needed.
    We visited with our two young children who were made to feel very welcome and could enjoy the space around the tent and fields.
    We will definitely be returning again next year!

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    Nothing!

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Lovely, peaceful and simple site, gorgeous bell tent with all you need08/02/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRosie J.Confirmed

  • ClariBelle bell tent
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    Lovely quiet site, with lovely whilst simple facilities. The bell tent was gorgeous and spacious, and so great to have proper beds and mattresses while camping. The private kitchen tent next to our bell tent had everything you need, as well as camping chairs, picnic table and fire pit..so everything was so easy.

    Disliked: 

    We came to the area for the beach, but in late July after the lockdown ending, the traffic queuing to get to Saunton sands was a bit of a nightmare. Best to go early in the morning (before 9am) or perhaps late afternoon.

From the manager...

Such a shame you didn't ask- there are some fab beaches if you go the other way from Barnstaple which don't get the Braunton traffic issues - try Northam Burrows or Westward Ho, both lovely long beaches.

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Brilliant site and just what we needed to escape everything08/01/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNatalie H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • MiraBelle bell tent
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    We stayed in mirabelle and it was fantastic we brought very little with us and everything you would need was there, basia was wonderful and made us feel very welcome at the site showing us around and providing us with information and places to go, I was emailing Debbie beforehand and spoke to her a few times on site and again she couldn’t have been more helpful. The things put in place during COVID were made very clear everyone on site including other guests for happy and helpful which is just what you need when wanting an escape. The location was good 40 min drive to ilfracoombe and a 75 min drive to the south coast We had plenty to do while we were there

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    The hedges on the drive up to the site could do with being cut back but that’s the only qualm we had

From the manager...

Sorry you didn't like the hedges, the farmers aren't allowed to cut them back until after the main nesting and fledgling season has passed, it's a wildlife protection specification. We're glad you enjoyed your stay in MiraBelle, thanks for the review.

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Fantastic campsite which is really well maintained and run.07/27/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRyk P.Confirmed

  • The Beech Hut cabin
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    The Beach Hut was fantastic and well equipped. Debbie ensured we were having a great time and really looked after us. The ladies also did an amazing job ensuring the showers were cleaned between different families which was every 20 mins during peak times! The showers and shower block were spotless!

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From the manager...

Thanks for your review, we're really pleased you enjoyed yourselves. Totally agree with you that shower team are amazing!

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Very friendly staff, nice clean facilities. Very laid back atmosphere …09/01/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRichard N.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    Very friendly staff, nice clean facilities. Very laid back atmosphere would recommend

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Everything. Great Location, Quite site, plenty of space, Basic clean …08/31/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRoz H.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything.
    Great Location, Quite site, plenty of space, Basic clean facilities.
    What Family camping should be.
    Owners always on hand for a chat or information.

    Disliked: 

    nothing

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Dedicated toilet facility per glamping unit

Dedicated toilet per pitch

Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Distance markers in shared facilities

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

Staggered showering times

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

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Tents for hire

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Pre-erected tents

Shepherd's huts

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

No hot water

No potable water point

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 sites)

Small (11-25 sites)

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • High Bickington, Umberleigh, Devon, England, EX37 9BL
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.9556°N 3.9821°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
South Molton (Devon): The Square Coach Stop — 12.4 kilometres
Barnstaple Bus Station: Belle Meadow Rd — 14.7 kilometres
Bickington (North Devon): Coach Stop — 15.2 kilometres
Train stations
Portsmouth Arms Rail Station — 2.2 kilometres
Umberleigh Rail Station — 4.6 kilometres
Kings Nympton Rail Station — 5.8 kilometres
Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing — 17.1 kilometres
Instow Ferry Landing — 17.6 kilometres
Appledore Ferry Landing — 18.3 kilometres
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 47.0 kilometres

Directions


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

A number of scenic strolls are directly accessible from the site, such as the easy one-hour round walk to two local pubs, or the hike to Woodland Trust land on Kingford Hill. The north Devon stretch of the South West Coast Path is a little further away.

Within easy reach by car, the scenic beaches of Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton, Putsborough and Westward Ho! will give days upon days of sunbathing, surf lessons, swimming, rockpools, kitesurfing and coasteering.

The Tarka Trail, a series of footpaths and cycle paths through north Devon, is a short drive away; alternatively, cycle to one of the stations along the Tarka Line train route running for 39 miles between Exeter and Barnstaple.

Also in the region, you could get green at the RHS Rosemoor Gardens or Broomhill Sculpture Garden; try National Trust attractions like Arlington Court; hike the Heddon Valley or visit the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon to see what's been what in the area throughout the ages.

And if you have kids, they'll be glowing with happiness after days out at Devon family-based attractions like The Big Sheep, Exmoor Zoo, Watermouth Castle and Family Theme Park and Atlantis Adventure Park.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (11.0 kilometres)
  • Castle Drogo (31.3 kilometres)
  • Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (40.9 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (21.2 kilometres)
  • Finch Foundry (25.4 kilometres)

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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  10 a.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  noon
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Bales Ash Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 11/08/2020.

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

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Bales Ash Campsite will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Can bookings for Bales Ash Campsite be amended free of charge? Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 11/08/2020. Read more
  • Does Bales Ash Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Bales Ash Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Bales Ash Campsite? A number of scenic strolls are directly accessible from the site, such as the easy one-hour round walk to two local pubs, or the hike to Woodland Trust land on Kingford Hill. … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Bales Ash Campsite?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  10 a.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more

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Terms and conditions

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

Coronavirus
All onsite food and drink establishments are closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

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.

Coronavirus
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 11/08/2020.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Coronavirus
Minimum spacing of 10 metres between pitches.

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

Coronavirus
Reception is closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a camper, trailer tent or tent. Cars are not permitted when travelling with a motorhome/RV.

General
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Vehicles
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

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

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

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