Under the Milky Way

UK England South West England Devon Ilfracombe

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A charming glamping getaway on the North Devon Heritage Coast near some of the finest beaches in the south-west.

If your idea of Cool Camping involves escaping to a secluded countryside spot, then the fully furnished Bell tents at Under the Milky Way should be scribbled somewhere on your ‘to do’ list. Sandwiched between some of Devon’s finest beaches and Exmoor National Park, this eco-friendly site remains uniquely calm and well hidden from the bucket-and-spade brigade that takes over the surrounding coastline during the height of summer.

In a quiet, rural location, this grassy slope of land is surrounded by an enchanting woodland that makes for a very private place to spend a night. There’s ample space for families who want to throw a ball around, or simply kick back in deck-chairs while they wait for the BBQ to heat up. Only the twittering of birdsong breaks the peaceful ambiance, and at night (you might have guessed from the name) this site is a fantastic place to see the stars. With no electricity in the Bell tents (only candles and solar lights) you get an incredible view of the sparkling night sky, and if you’re still desperate to charge your phone, a plug socket can be found at the nearby communal washing-up area. Inside, the tents are spacious, comfortable and furnished with a wood burner to keep you warm on a chilly evening.

When you decide to venture from your idyllic isolation, you’ll realise that you're far from being stranded, as a wealth of attractions are within easy driving distance. Closest at hand is the village of Combe Martin (2.5 miles) with its own beach, a range of shops and some great eateries. Then, heading a little further, there’s a handful of other sublime beaches, many of which are bustling with surfers who flock to the Devon coast in the summer. Surfing is a theme you’ll find running through the area, and no more so than in the main harbour town of Ilfracombe, bursting with beachware shops and the centre for most outdoor activities. To the east lies Exmoor National Park, riddled with good footpaths, the trail along the heritage coast being a particular highlight.

Between outdoor activities and the family attractions (such as Watermouth Castle & The Big Sheep Farm Park), there's enough to tire anyone out, and as the night closes in, you can relax beneath the canvas of your very own Bell tent. With no turn-up-and-pitch camping, caravans or indeed anything other than the four Bell tents, you're almost guaranteed to remain undisturbed. The cost of this secluded location is the requirement of four wheels, but it’s a price worth paying to escape the crowds and enjoy this hidden glamping gem.

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Facilities

Tents are each furnished with a wood burner, beds, furniture, rugs, lanterns, a BBQ and gas camp-stove and an outside covered decking area for cooking and outdoor living. Each tent is suitable for 2–4 people (or 5 if your children are all young). The shepherd's hut sleeps up to 5 people in 1 double bed and bunk beds and has a wood burner, rugs, solar lanterns, a BBQ and gas camp-stove. Each glamping unit has its own private wet room/shower and toilet located a short walk from the pitch. This is also where you'll find communal washing up facilities along with an electricity supply to charge phones (there is no electricity by the tent, only candles and solar lights, plenty of which are provided). Plenty of outdoor space, safe from cars, for children to play around in.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Dogs not permitted.

Nearby

Nearby Combe Martin village is modestly sized but charming and has a pleasant beach, while surfing beaches such as Woolacombe Sands, Saunton Beach and Croyde are not too much further by car. The Victorian era Watermouth Castle (01271 867474 - £12 entry) is a stunningly located family attraction and theme park, while Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park (01271 882486 - £10-£14) is also close at hand. Broomhill Art Hotel (01271 850262) and Arlington Court (01271 850296) are also pleasant outdoor visits. With both the coast and Exmoor National Park close by, this is a great location to take advantage of various local footpaths and coastal walks. The town of Lynton and Lynmouth is also worth a visit.

Food & Drink

There are a handful of good pubs and cafe's in nearby Combe Martin.  Pack O' Cards (01271 882300) is a top choice for families, with good food and delicious cream teas. The Dolphin (01271 883424) is a traditional pub with fantastic views overlooking the Combe Martin beach. The Focsle (01271 883354) and The Castle Inn (01271 883706) are high on the list for real ale lovers. Further afield, the coastal towns offer plenty of options and an abundance of good seafood. There are a couple of farm shops not far from site, ideal if you want to make use of your BBQ & camping gas cooker.

Opening Times

May–September.

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The Owner Says

Under the Milky Way is set in a beautiful rural area, nestled in about 5 acres of gently sloping and flat fields. It is a glorious sunny spot where the loudest sound is birdsong. At night there is no light pollution, so the stars really do shine. Our comfortable and secluded site is perfect for a family get together around a campfire or as an enchanting and romantic setting for a couple’s retreat.

Accommodation

4 pre-pitched bell tents and 1 shepherd's hut.

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Getting There

It's pre-booked stays only here and the campsite will send you precise directions as soon as your booking is made.

Owing to its remote location a car is certainly advised if staying at this campsite. There is a good bus service from Combe Martin village that links all the main towns and villages so it is possible to leave it behind at times, especially if you aim to visit some of the great pubs or restaurants in the area. The nearest train station is in Barnstaple, 8 miles by road.

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