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- 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.
Open from 07/04/2020 to 11/09/2020
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Just brilliant thanks
A gem of a place!
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.
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.
Fantastic campsite which is really well maintained and run.
From the manager...
Thanks for your review, we're really pleased you enjoyed yourselves. Totally agree with you that shower team are amazing!
Very friendly staff, nice clean facilities. Very laid back atmosphere …
Everything. Great Location, Quite site, plenty of space, Basic clean …
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
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
No hot water
No potable water point
No running water
Propane/gas cylinders available
Convenience store nearby
Public transportation nearby
Medium (26-50 sites)
Small (11-25 sites)
Cycle hire nearby
Horseback riding nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Surf school nearby
- Coach stations
South Molton (Devon): The Square Coach Stop
— 12.4 kilometres
12.4 kilometres Barnstaple Bus Station: Belle Meadow Rd — 14.7 kilometres
14.7 kilometres Bickington (North Devon): Coach Stop — 15.2 kilometres
- Train stations
Portsmouth Arms Rail Station
— 2.2 kilometres
2.2 kilometres Umberleigh Rail Station — 4.6 kilometres
4.6 kilometres Kings Nympton Rail Station — 5.8 kilometres
- Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing
— 17.1 kilometres
17.1 kilometres Instow Ferry Landing — 17.6 kilometres
17.6 kilometres Appledore Ferry Landing — 18.3 kilometres
Exeter International Airport
— 47.0 kilometres
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.
- RHS Garden Rosemoor (11.0 kilometres)
- Castle Drogo (31.3 kilometres)
- Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (40.9 kilometres)
- Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (21.2 kilometres)
- Finch Foundry (25.4 kilometres)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||10 a.m. –||10 p.m.|
|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.
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. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer
Terms and conditionsSite 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.