Pop-up Glamping site run by event organisers coming to a cliff top near you?

Could be if you live in Otterton – providing competition for the Carters.

Many tented camping sites operate under the “28 day rule”, a form of ‘permitted development’ allowing land to be used without planning permission ‘for any purpose for not more than 28 (now 56) days in total in any calendar year. Although Owl is unclear as to whether this applies in designated landscapes, in this case the East Devon AONB, or whether any form of  licence would be required for the infrastructure and services advertised..

Anyway Owl spotted that a couple of web sites are up and running for bookings in July and August (or were at the time of going to press – see screenshots and advertising text below).

Could this be the next link in the “wall to wall” coastal holiday park development along the World Heritage Coast from “Devon Cliffs” Sandy Bay, in the west, through “Pooh Cottage” Budleigh Salterton to “Ladram Bay”?

“Our family of 5 had a great stay – everything is fantastically done! Beautiful tents, great bedding, fabulous loos – and all run by wonderful staff. I’m running out of superlatives but you get the idea. A real treat!” Clare  [Just when and where did you have this family experience Clare? – Owl]

“Dreamfields (https://coolcamping.com/glamping/uk/england/south-west-england/devon/sidmouth/10067-dreamfields-glamping)… it sounds a bit like a festival doesn’t it? It looks a bit like one too with a few key elements missing; there’s no stage; no pumping music and definitely no crowds. “I suppose it’s a bit like the VIP chill-out area at Glastonbury,” says Lucy, one of the expert event organisers behind this pop-up glamping site. That sums it up nicely. This is a bell tent camping site with stunning sea views, a stylish tented bar for the adults and an outdoor cinema for the kids.

This is what happens when you let a bunch of experienced event organisers loose in a field. There’s festoon lighting, communal campfires, on-site catering and staff who keep everything running smoothly. These are not your average campsite wardens who’ve chosen an outdoor lifestyle but work-hungry execs from a high-end events company. When all their events were cancelled in 2020, they decided to put their skills and their kit to good use by running a pop-up glamping site. The CEO and the managing director helped pitch tents, the senior operations team welcomed guests and everyone had a good time. So good, in fact, that Dreamfields is returning for 2021 in a new and idyllic location.

This year, they are setting up their 31 bell tents on an organic farm high on a Devonshire clifftop. The location and the layout affords each tent a safe sea view. You’re a couple of fields, a footpath and a number of fences away from the cliff edge but that can’t detract from the scene that awaits every morning when you unzip the tent to receive your campsite breakfast. This is glamping for glampers; beds are made, electricity provided and breakfast is served. Over at the bar; campfires are lit, films are screened and drinks are poured.”

Owl also notes that Lympstone manor has opened five indulgent Shepherd huts – complete with outdoor hot tubs, rolltop baths and walk-in showers,  www.exmouthjournal.co.uk but so far has been unable to find a related planning permission for these structures in the curtilage of a listed building.