Nathan and I were lucky enough to stay 2 nights in a glamping pod at the lovely Old Rectory Caravan and Camping Site and we had a great time!
The site is located in a quaint, easy to find area of Devon called Gulworthy. It’s near the historic market town of Tavistock and is quiet and peaceful. The site is small, family run and has only 11 touring pitches, 20 camping picthes and 4 timber glamping pods. The site is owned and run by couple Declan and Sara who also offer a holiday let onsite in a former coach house. The site is home to pigs, Shetland ponies and lots of free range chickens who roam around and as we found, like to try and jump on your BBQs! It also boasts fantastic views and a generally relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
When we arrived we called the number at the entrance as instructed and were greeted warmly by Declan and Sara. They showed us around the site including the facilities and Declan told us about the many places of interest nearby. There’s a big map and loads of leaflets available too – Declan mentioned enough places to visit to last three weeks I think! The campsite only offers small facilities (one toilet / shower and one disabled toilet shower room) but I didn’t find them to be too busy and there were clean.
We stayed in pod number 3. The four pods are all situated in the same area but they feel spaced out just enough to feel private and not overlooked. They each have an outside decking space and a picnic bench where you can eat your meals. There’s not much inside the pods so you have to bring all your sleeping stuff and cooking equipment – basically everything you would normally take camping except the tent! I would advise an air mattress too so you don’t have to sleep on the floor, even better, a mattress that doesn’t deflate throughout the night like ours did! There’s a heater and a small lamp provided for you so you are able to see what you’re doing and can keep yourselves warm.
I would recommend this campsite due to the friendly hosts and its relaxed nature. It’s also nice and small and the pods make the camping experience a bit more special. Just try and pack the good weather with you too!
Whilst we were in Devon we visited the following places. Click on each place to find out more about what we got up too.
- Cotehele House, Quay and Mill (National Trust)
- Buckland Abbey (National Trust)
- Afternoon Tea and Bedford Hotel, Taavistock
- Dartmoor Prison Museum and National Park Visitor Centre