Ten Acres Vineyard

UK England South West England Devon Chulmleigh, Winkleigh & Umberleigh

  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A secluded camping patch in the midst of a working vineyard – as you'll soon discover, this dreamy little campsite is more than a wine-induced mirage

Straw bales scattered across golden fields, a tractor humming on the road, sun baked south-facing slopes striped with the regimented lines of a vineyard, ripening grapes awaiting the busy harvest and all just 40 minutes' drive from a cluster of sandy beaches. Hang on though... surely there’s been a mistake here? Has an overzealous camper had too much of the local merlot? You say this bucolic summer haven is in England?!

Though it may sound like a scene plucked from France’s best Loire Valley guidebook, if you head to Devon and down a small country track beyond the thatched village of Winkleigh, you’ll see for yourself that this dreamy little campsite is more than a wine-induced mirage. Set on a grassy one acre meadow with just 15 pitches in total, Ten Acres Vineyard is a real rural gem – a secluded camping patch in the midst of a working vineyard. Take a stroll through the vines using the signposts and onsite information before popping into the winery to watch the grapes being pressed, breathing in the aroma of the fermenting juices. On weekends, the campsite’s shop always has a bottle of their best plonk uncorked, so after a tour you can taste the spoils of all that hard work... and more than likely take a bottle or two away with you – for your friends, of course.

With views over the vineyard to the agricultural landscapes beyond and the rugged moorland of Dartmoor National Park, Ten Acres has an eco-friendly simplicity that compliments its surroundings. There's a shower and a compost loo, along with a chemical-disposal point, while the shared campfire places are a good place to shoot the breeze with your fellow campers. Dogs are welcome, though kept on a lead so they don’t disturb the sheep, pigs or hens that also live on site.

For those who don't fancy lugging their camping gear with them, guests can opt for one (or both) of the two unfurnished 4 and 5m bell tents, sleeping a couple and up to 6 adults respectively (although there's ample room for families to squeeze in a few extra littl'uns). A brazier is also kindly provided. Or why not combine a bell tent break with a guided vineyard and winery tour and tasting? Whatever pitch you opt for, the fact that there's acres of space for just a few pitches ensures you'll find a spot to suit. The adjacent field next is heaven-sent – ideal for children to play in, dogs to be walked in or simply to unwind with the sounds of nature and a good book to get lost in.

If the rusticity of this pastoral smallholding isn't enough, a wander up the track lies the local village of Winkleigh – a quintessentially English settlement with thatched roofs and a traditional feel. Winkleigh has a fascinating history with two 12th century castles (now nothing more than large mounds), a 14th century church and an old wartime airfield where the rusting remains of a control tower still stands. A pair of pubs and pleasant tearooms make it an enjoyable place to have lunch before venturing further afield. By car the beaches of north and south Devon are just over a half hour's drive away, while the vast national park of Dartmoor with its famously picturesque granite scenery lies closer still. It's an ideal area for walking or cycling with the start of the Tarka Trail nearby as well as the Two Moors Way, a footpath connecting the two Devon coasts. Cruise the purpose built cycleways along old rail roads and viaducts with panoramic views, before pedalling the quiet lanes back to camp.

Back at camp, a quick blow on the embers will rekindle the morning's fire then all that remains is to dig out that corkscrew. Sit back with a glass of the site's own vino and enjoy the tranquility of Ten Acres Vineyard, a summer retreat without the air miles.

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Facilities

The campsite is situated above the vineyard in a one acre meadow with 7 camping/campervan pitches, 2 unfurnished bell tents and 1 furnished safari tent. There’s also a shower and a compost loo, washing up area, chemical disposal point, as well as picnic tables and a communal firepit. The Devon Wine Shack sells their wines, apple juice, free range eggs, and locally-sourced logs and charcoal. Self-guided vineyard tours any time and guided vineyard and winery tours and tastings at weekends. There’s a play area for children (sandpit and tractor tyres) and a secure place for bikes to be stored if needed. Firepits provided with glamping tents. Chicken, sheep and kune kune pigs to meet too

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, and dogs (max 2 per pitch) – yes. Noisy and single sex groups – no.

Nearby

The campsite lies on the edge of Winkleigh which is a small but pleasant place. Drive north to the coastal village of Bideford (01237 477676) with nearby beaches Instow and Westward Ho! or stop along the way at Rosemoor Garden (0845 265 8072) in the market town of Great Torrington. Winsford Walled Garden (01409 221477) is also close at hand, as is Dunsland, a large historic park abundant in wildlife. Finch Foundry (01837 840046) is an interesting National Trust site on the edge of Dartmoor National Park (01822 890414), the last working water-powered forge in the UK, it provides an insight into the areas industrial past. From here its a short step into the national park itself which is, of course, the perfect place for outdoors enthusiasts. The Granite Way (01837 53020) is an excellent purpose built cycleway, ideal for families, while The Two Moors Way is a long distance footpath that runs from Ivybridge on the southern edge of Dartmoor all the way up to Lynmouth on the North Coast of Devon. Just west of the campsite you'll also find the start of The Tarka Trail, one of the most famous routes in the area that heads north to Barnstable and the coastal towns. Families may also enjoy The Big Sheep (01237 472366) an award winning all-weather amusement park, while Exmoor Zoo (01598 763352) is also popular, though slightly further away.

Food & Drink

Winkleigh, though small, has plenty of good shops including a local butcher, florist, a general store and a cactus nursery, along with a successful Cider Brewery (01837 83560). Fiona's Farm Shop (01837 83382) is the place to go for fresh local meat as well as freshly baked cakes, pastries and Devon cream teas. In the village square, Wright & Proper (01837 83038) is a smart café bistro, while The Seven Stars (01837 83344) is a friendly pub often hosting live music. The Duke of York (01837 810253) in Iddesleigh – a thatched 15th-century inn overlooking Dartmoor with a warm atmosphere and more top grub – is your hosts' personal recommendation. The Lymington Arms (01837 83572) in the neighbouring village of Wembworthy is worth a visit, while The Kings Arms (01837 83384) is a charming 16th century thatched inn that's ideal for drinks or a good meal - the Winkleigh favourite.

Opening Times

Start of May - end of September.

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Our unique campsite is set in the peaceful beautiful countryside of rural Devon. Camp above our vineyard with views of Dartmoor where you can join us on a guided tour of the vineyard/winery and taste our wines.

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Accommodation

8 tent pitches and 2 campervan pitches in a grassy one acre meadow above a vineyard. 2 unfurnished bell tents with awnings. 5m sleeps up to 6 adults or a large family. 4m perfect for couples. Furnished safari tent sleeps a family of four. Sorry, no dogs permitted in the glamping tents.

Safari Tent

Safari tent Sleeps 4
Spacious for a couple, comfortable for a family of four. Dogs are not permitted.

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Getting There

Leave the A30 at Whiddon Down and follow the signs to Winkleigh/Torrington. From the A3124, turn towards Winkleigh village at Zuki's restaurant/takeaway. Immediately indicate right. Then turn at the sign and continue along the track for half a mile. The track is well-signed and will guide you to the campsite.

The nearest train station to Winkleigh is Eggesford, 5 miles away. There is no bus service from Eggesford to Winkleigh but there are regular buses to Winkleigh from Exeter and Bideford. The Stagecoach 315 bus stops outside Zuki's restaurant/takeaway (request stop) whose car park is opposite the campsite entrance. It's a half mile walk from the entrance to the pitches.

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