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Hole Station Adults only Campsite

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Highampton, Beaworthy EX21 5JH England
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Hole Station Adults only Campsite is a tent campsite situated in very rural West Devon, midway between Dartmoor and the beaches of North Cornwall and North Devon. The campsite is completely secluded and not overlooked, set in an idyllic 45 acres of wild flower meadow and woodlands and approached via a private lane - take a look in the Photo Gallery, a picture paints a thousand words.
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Travel787240 wrote a review Sep 2020
Somerton, United Kingdom7 contributions
Just back from a lovely relaxing break at Holestation, not visited for a few years, didn’t realise how much I’d missed it until I returned. This site isn’t for everyone, it’s very strict but that’s exactly why I like it! Thanks Greg, hope to be back early next season.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Sam Lister wrote a review Sep 2020
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Me and my partner made the drive to Devon in a rush having had car troubles the day before. As we rocked up to the campsite (after a real hunt for the place by the way, google maps was not reliable), we were greeted by the camp owner who showed us round the facilities (compost toilets, sustainable showers all very clean and well kept), let out the chickens, said hello to the goats and handed us a map of the plots, which follow a path through the woods. Each camping plot leads off from the main track to give you a private bit of woodland complete with a large tent space, fire pit, tarpaulin shelter, drawers and a log bench. We chose plot 19 (deep in the woods) informed the camp owner, grabbed a wheelbarrow, loaded it up with our things and head into the woods to pitch up. After a quick stop at the entrance to buy logs, we set up a fire and got cooking. The peace and quiet in this campsite is unrivalled. No noise can be heard but the crackling fire and cacophony of sounds from the woods. As darkness descends on the woods, the connection with nature is fantastic. It becomes so dark that the only things visible are the various fires dotted around the woodland, the only sounds heard the sporadic cracks and hoots and whistles. That's not to suggest that privacy is an issue, however, as there is almost no interaction with other guests after arrival (unless sought out over a tea and a bacon sarnie in the morning). After rousing from your sleep you can cook some eggs on the fire, pop to the cafe for a fry up or take the car/bikes into the village nearby for food/supplies. A 50 minute drive took us to the heart of Dartmoor where we spent our days hiking, cycling, eating and drinking. Closer to the campsite are other lovely country walks, pubs etc. although there is little accessible on foot. Overall though, this is a fantastic experience. The campsite is truly unique and you are given complete independence to come, go, cook, sleep, walk etc. as you like, with very little interference from the camp owners or other guests. There is loads to do locally, even more a short drive away, and returning to the woods, lighting a fire, cooking a steak and playing some cards is a truly delightful way to spend a long weekend.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Room Tip: Plots 19, 20 + 21 are deepest in the woods. It means a longer trek from the car but a more...
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Kelly R wrote a review Sep 2020
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom297 contributions58 helpful votes
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Camping in covid 19 Reassured by the Covid-19 protocols we choose this for our camping trip. Masks and social distancing in place check. Woodland camping check. Quiet check. No one next to us on the nearest pitches check. Eco friendly check. Toilet on pitch site check. Showers check. Adults only check. Sounds perfect. On arrival we were greeted by the lady owner in a face mask. She was nice but didn't know how many pitches she had as its her husband's thing then we were told to go find our own pitch as her husband was busy with another couple. We were handed a laminated map (easy to keep disinfected) and off we went. I was surprised that the site was covered in bark (which we have never camped on before and when leaving we discovered had ripped a hole in our ground sheet). When we decided on our pitch we went to find the lady but saw the husband first (also in a facemask). When we asked if we told him which pitch we liked he abruptly said 'Liz' and pointed towards the direction she was in. Odd reaction but OK obviously having a bad day or not a people person. We told Lin which pitch we wanted and we got the car as you can move your car closer to the entrance to the path to the pitches to unload your camp gear and use the massive wheelbarrows (awesome idea) to cart it to your camp. You then moved your car back to the car park. The husband then let the chickens out as we began driving the car to the unloading section and despite the lady owner telling us the chickens will move I'm not going to drive faster in case I did hit one. Lots of laminated signs everywhere (why not use an aluminium sign that can be easily recycled when no longer needed or use a chalkboard with the chalk pens that can't be accidentally wiped off until needed) not sure if they were written as a joke or written in anger but it did seem snarky (see the photos and decide for yourself). Only 15 mins allowed for a shower despite no one else using them after us (that bit wasn't on the website or on one of the signs that you are only allowed one slot. I'm on holiday so why should I have to rush having a shower when no one else is after me on the board. I would understand if it was packed but it's wasn't as they had halved their guests due to covid 19 and I was the last to use the shower). Also you clean the shower after use no problem with that but within your 15 min slot also no cleaning products not even vinegar which can be used as a disinfectant or something else eco friendly seeing as shampoo, shower gel and soap all go down the plughole. The actual shower was electric and ran very cold to very hot so everyone can be happy with the perfect temperature. The shower trays are on a slope but the plughole isn't at the bottom of the slope so you end up standing in a puddle and having to force the water up to the plughole so it drains. If they are ever moved these then this could be a consideration. The camp toilets and shower are a wooden rugged shelter fitting in well with the surrounds of nature. Due to its ruggedness there are gaps in the walls and doors that you can see through which could pose an alarming and unacceptable opportunity for someone to see you in your private moments (not that anyone would be looking at me 😂) There were a lot of laminated signs on how to use the compost site toilets. There is a male and female toilet as the male urine sink is higher. You have to put your urine toilet paper in a bin (the ladies was nearly full) but no sign to say where to dispose your faeces toilet paper. Also there was a sign about pregnancy urine causing frogs to produce eggs which was interesting. For urine (female) you sit on a toilet seat above a sink then wash that away. For faeces you sit on a toilet seat and it's caught in a big bag then you sprinkle sawdust over it. It's soft sawdust as hard sawdust doesn't work which I learnt from a sign. I was looking forward to the peace and quiet in a woodland as advertised but unfortunately the pitch opposite us was later being used by a group of three (covid protocol no more than two people to a pitch) and while they were not noisy their voices travelled till late at night. I thought that as per the website ('It's no exaggeration to say that at night, sat by your glowing campfire, you could be excused for thinking you have the whole campsite to yourselves - even when it's busy you would have no idea until you go to the car park.') That I wouldn't be able to see and hear other campers but I could clearly see and hear the nearest pitch. I did think there would be more trees and bushes in bloom at the height of summer that would hide other campers away. We also could see and hear the shower and toilet block but we were at the entrance to the pitches so that wasn't an issue but it wasn't secluded at all compared to hear was advertised. Also we had a few times through the night torches lighting up our tent as people made their way around the site. Strangely there wasn't any bird song just a Cockerel crowing. We arrived in bright beautiful Devon sunlight but through out the night there was a storm with high winds and torrential rain (the tail-end of a hurricane from America). Our tent leaked which it hasn't before but also it hasn't had that amount of heavy rainfall so because our friend offered us to stay at her place in Newquay we left early. The hole from the bark in the ground sheet didn't help as bark and mud came through too. Our pitch ended up with a mini steam and large puddles due to the amount of rain. Our sleeping bags were wet. The waterproof shelter collapsed in the night during the storm too. August in Devon lol. The storm and our stuff being wet was why we left early not something the owners could help. Our fire pit which looked to be a recycled alloy wheel (genius idea) was rusted and fallen apart from lots of use and exposure to the weather. We rented a tripod to cook with (£2 a night or £2000 if returned dirty) but ended up using our gas cooking stove instead. We rented it when we arrived knowing we may not use it but it was better to have it than ask later in the evening and disturb the owners. There is a little tent that houses your pitch compost toilet. It was a little low but function perfectly and a bucket of soak (soft sawdust) to sprinkle when you finish. There is a bag in the toilet bowl/bucket which you replace as needed and the disposal site is in the car park with the facility to clean your bucket. Everything is easy to use. I've never used a compost toilet but it was super clean and no smell. There is food at the cafe that's ran on site. Breakfast, evening meals and cream teas. We used waze as an map and it took us down the wrong road. We ended up on a farm. It was the next left. The road sign for Hole station could be bigger as its a little on the small size. The path for the pitches is uneven so if you have mobility issues bring your walking stick. The pitch we used was covered with black matting and bark on top protecting the flora and fauna. It is made clear the flora and fauna are the important ones here and not us. The many signs do make you feel like an inconvenience rather than a guest but maybe we aren't the right guests. I was disappointed by the lack of wildlife around. I'm used to seeing in my garden lots of birds and squirrels but nothing not even bird song. We did see a frog but that was it. The facemask rule wasn't enforced in the public areas as the owners, staff and us were the only ones wearing them. I saw four different groups not wearing them and at least one of them in view of the male owner who didn't say anything. We tested this out ourselves as we walked to the car unmasked and nothing was said despite the protocol on their website. Social distancing wasn't a thing either as the others didn't make an attempt to do this. One guy actually followed me into the recycling area and I moved out of the area as he refused to leave despite me being there first. This isn't the campsite's fault but just shows people not following the protocol again. From their website The booking system is configured to allow no more than 2 persons per pitch, and a reduction in the number of pitches available in, order to limit on site numbers. Reception - 'outdoor' reception. Pitch distancing - pitches all exceed 6 metre gaps, by a long way. EVERY PITCH HAS IT'S OWN PRIVATE LOO FACILITY Social distancing of 2 metres to be maintained at all times on any part of the site. Face masks must be worn in public areas such as in and around the shower, toilet, washing, washing up, phone charging and cafe takeaway areas. Limits on number of persons using washing up facilities at any one time. Limits on number of persons using wash sink facilities at any one time. Showers – Bookable time slots. This system will remove the inconvenience of queueing for indeterminate periods. Cash payments not accepted for on site purchases. Payment accepted using cards and phones - contactless.) The website says cashless but the email is from a different company and that says cash. I messaged them on Facebook and got a quick reply that it is cashless. The setting is beautiful. The owners really do care about the flora and fauna and they have a awesome recycling centre. They compost the human waste to use on their fields in a couple of years time but the amount of laminated sheets everywhere was a blight where as other more eco friendly methods could be used. We don't get to go on many holidays and normally we are camping so it isn't camping that was the problem. I chose this place to get back to nature and to enjoy the woodland but that was ruined by the unfriendly male owner, all the passive aggressive notes and the lack of birdsong. I live in an industrialised town and yet my neighbours and my garden are full of many different birds and squirrels. I have tried to point out the pros and cons of this Campsite but I also know from reading other reviews anything less than 5 stars will receive a aggressive response from the owner and probably be put on the Facebook page to get more positive feedback for them
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Garth D wrote a review Aug 2020
Fazeley, United Kingdom9 contributions3 helpful votes
Me and my wife Lucy just spent 6 nights at the camp 3rd return visit and was a very memorable little break for us. I cannot say enough about Greg & Liz (owners) who are just wonderful. They both go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need for an enjoyable camping experience and to make you feel safe in these uncertain times. From arrival to departure the whole time was a little soggy to say the least. lol but the light hearted humour of Greg and his info notes and Liz and her wonderful breakfast at her onsite cafe made it a very enjoyable stay. So a huge Thank you to you both Greg & Liz We will definitely be back
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ann K wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom32 contributions3 helpful votes
The campsite was described accurately, we camped in the woods with our little fire pit and kitchen shelter. The owners are friendly and helpful. The toilets and showers are clean and the showers are hot. There is a rota for the showers which works very well. The little breakfast cafe is lovely and the food is gorgeous. The only down side to out weekend was the weather, which can't be helped. I would recommend Hole Station to other campers.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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US$84 - US$507 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomEnglandDevonBeaworthy
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hole Station Adults only Campsite
Which popular attractions are close to Hole Station Adults only Campsite?
Nearby attractions include Dragon Archery Centre (4.4 miles), Arms of Old - Archery (0.7 miles), and Bearslake Inn (2.9 miles).
Is parking available at Hole Station Adults only Campsite?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hole Station Adults only Campsite?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Black River Inn, Junction Inn, and One Market Street Cafe.
Are there any historical sites close to Hole Station Adults only Campsite?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Torrington 1646 (9.8 miles) and St. Michael & All Angels Church (10.0 miles).