Never has there been a campsite more aptly named. It took this reviewer 20 minutes and two phone calls to find the place, despite the satnav indicating that I was around 200 metres away. Persevere, though, and the determined camper is rewarded with a brilliant little piece of England to call their own. Our tip is to look out for the sign for Moor Lane Nursery as, rather sweetly, the day-to-day business here is growing and selling gorgeous plants.
What this means is that the whole place is beautifully designed, with stunning plants at every turn. A stroll through the site is a revelation, revealing nooks and crannies peppered with comfy chairs, a barbecue, picnic tables and a wishing well along with essential amenities such as a fridge-freezer, microwave, kettle and so on. Its proximity to Croyde Beach means that it’s a favoured hangout of the surf crowd but, thanks to its tranquil, private vibe, it attracts the more chilled variety of surfer. There’s unspoilt countryside in every direction and you’ll share your stay with butterflies, owls, egrets, bats and dragonflies (plus the lovely Steve and family – this is their home and they'll be on hand to accommodate in any way). Back to nature, then, but with the bonus of the lively village of Croyde just down the road.
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Tents, small campervans – yes. Caravans, big groups, dogs – no.
10 pitches, clean washrooms with 2 toilets and 2 showers (price included), free wi-fi. Campers sheltered with comfy chairs, kitchenette (microwave, tea/coffee-making facilities) picnic tables and BBQ, no electric hook-ups.
Look no further than the beach at Saunton Sands and the wonderful dunescape of Braunton Burrows.
Food & Drink
For an excellent sandwich and good ice cream, check out CJ’s (01271 812007); for fish and chips, Squires (01271 815533) brings folk from miles around, both for its chippy and sit-down restaurant; surf dudes and dudettes make a beeline for the White Lion (01271 813085) for its rib-sticking burgers; or, if you want to venture further and fancy more of a party vibe, try The Thatch in Croyde (01271 890349).
Opening dates change – best to contact them direct.
From £12.50 per person per night.
Look for signs for Moor Lane Nursery, tucked away just off the main Braunton–Croyde road, just 2 miles from Saunton Sands.