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“Camping at its Best !”

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Hole Station Adults only Campsite
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Hitchin
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“Camping at its Best !”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Stayed here in May 2013 and absolutely loved the place.This is REAL camping.Situated in the centre of a woodland surrounded by nature.The atmosphere is serene and calming.Each pitch is separated to give you enough space and privacy without encroaching on any other campers.The facilities are basic but that's what it's all about.Every pitch has a shelter,bench and a firepit so other than your tent and gear you're all sorted.Stayed one night in the available Rent-A-Tents that are ready built due to the weather and our late arrival at no extra cost.This pitch came with its own fully equipped covered kitchen area with everything you need plus a dining table and chairs.If you want to travel light or camp without the fuss this is ideal.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We stayed here in September 2012 and absolutley loved it, it was perfect, totally tranquil, we were surrounded by wild life all day and visited all night!
My husband is a former Royal marine and was in his element
facilities are basic (which is why you chose here) they were all you needed and very clean...we are booking again for next year and can,t wait :)

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed in June 2012 and found this a wonderful, calm and relaxing place. We took the rent a tent option which meant we had somewhere comfortable and dry to sit in the British weather. Greg was very helpful, lending us matches and recommending shortcuts for our trips out and about. The milk, eggs and burgers from reception were great, as was having a campfire.
We were at Hole Station on the night when the South West was hit by gale force winds and being in a dip surrounded by trees meant we didn't have the same trouble as others campsites.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Veganon's review accurately describes a lot of our experience (including the sawdust loo!) . . . I just wanted to chip in a couple of things . . .

We had three nights in one of the site's pitches with pre-erected tents. It was terrific. The cooking/eating shelter was large and well equipped (six could easily fit at the table) and along with the tarpaulin shelter over the campfire it made it feel like we had our own private camp.

The two dry areas made all the difference in the wet and windy weather we had during our stay. The evenings by the campfire were very special.

The 'no noise' policy seemed a bit harsh initially but soon made total sense.

The pitches were in their own clearings in the woodland and well spaced out - most of the time we weren't aware of our neighbours - occasionally we'd hear someone trundling by with their stuff on a wheelbarrow.

We had trips out to Bude and Lydford Gorge and one evening walked along the track along the former railway line to the local pub.

Greg seemed always to be on hand and was very helpful (I failed at my first attempt at getting our fire going - his advice quickly had me feeling like a pro).

We bought and enjoyed the breakfast pack of locally produced sausages, black pudding and bacon - along with eggs from the resident hens.

We are more 'vanners' than 'tenters' and we were looking for a site with tent provided while we are waiting to get our next van. I now think that the next manicured field site we stay on is going to feel lacking.

I think I've now been spoiled and will certainly be wanting more woodland camping.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

We stayed at Hole station campsite for 2 nights at the end of March. What a wonderful campsite - and we had the place to ourselves the first night! The price per night was £15.
Greg and his wife were very friendly and helpful, lending us a map (which we had forgotten - though we did remember to bring the kitchen sink!) and giving us walking suggestions galore. The cat helped us unpack the car when we arrived, and the Jack Russell provided lots of entertainment. They also sell eggs from their own rescue battery hens.
It's great to have a campsite where there is so much space - you can hardly see the other pitches amongst the trees, they are so far apart.
This is not camping for the faint hearted though - you have to carry your gear from the car, and some of the pitches are quite a long walk over rough terrain. We stayed on number 8, which is about as far away from the entrance as you can get! No 21 is also wonderful - completely private amongst the trees.
There are a couple of good wheel barrows to help move stuff, and Greg gave us and our mountain of gear a lift over when we arrived on his ATV - though I'm not sure this is a regular service - probably depending upon how busy he is. Or it may have been just because we were the first (fool) hardy campers to arrive for the new season!
The loos are interesting - pooing into a potato sack is not something I'd experienced before, but hey, its good for the environment, and there is plenty of reading material on the wall to explain how your 'contribution' is going to be composted! The toilets look like regular loos with a seat etc, and all the facilities were superbly clean, and the showers were nice and hot. There is only one loo each for men and women, so may be a problem when the site is busier - so some more loos would be ideal.
Greg gave us directions for the Golden Triangle walk - three pubs in once walk - how cool is that?! We walked first to the local pub which was not very inviting - though Greg said on a nice day there is a great view from the garden, so probably ok for a pint outside. A mile or so further away is Sheepwash which had a really nice pub and the menu looked good too. And then we walked to Black Torrington - but the pub was closed by the time we got there! So we had to head back the mile or so to the campsite for the best bit - the campfire!!
Greg sells baskets of logs which he harvests himself via his woodland management along with kindling and firelighters for £6, and each pitch has a fire pit. We had a fire every evening and morning as well (brrrr). One basket was just about enough for both fires. Well camping without a fire just isn't the same, is it? The wood may seem a bit expensive, but it helps them manage their woodland in a sustainable way, so it's in a good cause.
There is an easier alternative at Hole Station if you want a quick, easy getaway - there are a few pre-erected tents complete with airbeds, which also have a fully equipped kitchen area under an awning and seats around the campfire. So all you need to bring is your food and sleeping bags. There is also room for an extra couple of tents on these pitches, so would be a good option for a group of friends.
And it was bliss during school holidays to not have children running around shouting and screaming, or waking up at the crack of dawn.
Hole station is a blissful retreat. So just don't tell too many people about it, ok?

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hole Station Adults only Campsite
Address: Highampton, Beaworthy EX21 5JH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Beaworthy
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Beaworthy
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 

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