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Doo you have a Little animal fan at home? Park them at Parkers Farm Cottages and Caravans, where they can gabble to the animals to their hearts’ content… There are daily farm walks to help feed and pet the pigs, cows, ponies, guinea pigs and other inhabitants of this friendly Devon farm, and easy access from here to Devon’s top animal attractions like Paignton Zoo and Pennywell Farm, not to mention the ponies roaming wild on Dartmoor…
Parkers Farm Cottages and Caravans is in the heart of the Devonshire countryside between Dartmoor and the coast, and is just outside the old stannary town of Ashburton, the biggest town in Dartmoor National Park. Its luxury self-contained holiday homes come fully equipped with Freeview TV, crockery and cooking utensils, a microwave and the beds fully made up. Pets are welcome and there’s a designated dog-walking field.
If the weather is beastly, settle down in Miss Piggy’s Bar & Restaurant just down the hill from Parkers Farm, with a children’s playroom, games room and entertainment in peak season. There’s also a TV room and the farm has free wifi.
Parkers Farm Cottages and Caravans is perfectly placed for both Dartmoor and the south Devon coast, so we think a few days at each should be in order. Animal fans can find out all about Dartmoor’s wildlife at the High Moorland Visitor Centre at Princetown in the heart of the park, with free admission, regularly changing exhibitions and knowledgeable staff who can point enthusiasts in the right direction. Kids will probably also want to ebb towards the award-winning River Dart Country Park for adrenaline activities, zipwires and nature trails, and to Becky Falls, picked by the World Wildlife Fund as an Incredible Family Day Out.
If you have to firmly tell your disappointed offspring that no, wild Dartmoor ponies are not there for riding, take them instead to one of the several stables around on the moor for horse rides and pony treks. There are stables for all abilities from beginner to expert, including enclosed schools for beginners, and different parts of park recommended according to experience: the south-east quarter is best for beginners, with accessible moorland and gentle slopes. Many Dartmoor pubs have tie rails or paddocks for horses if you’re making a pit stop.
Also in the national park, spend a day or three at Pennywell Farm and the Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, both in Buckfastleigh. Farm rides, a falconry centre and regular shows are on the agenda at Pennywell Farm; listen for the bell every half an hour which rings in the start of a new activity.
Now knackered? Also at Buckfastleigh, browse peacefully around Buckfast Abbey to browse around, or have some sedate steam-based sightseeing on the South Devon Railway to Totnes (once there, the kids will probably find more energetic things to do at the Woodlands Adventure Park, which has a zoo farm including Meerkat Hotel, a dinosaur ride and several hair-raising play and adventure zones).
Towards the coast, let little folk make a splash at Paignton’s Quay West, the biggest outdoor water park in the UK, or get busy on the beaches of the English Riviera at Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. On the way, stop off at Newton Abbot for the brilliantly bonkers House of Marbles for its games and marbles museums, games and glass for sale, and the games garden with giant floating marble.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
|Paignton Preston Sands
|Welcoming pleasantly old-fashioned low-beamed pub, bar serving two areas (one with a service bell), dark wood and brass, varnished tables on patterned carpet, log fire, enjoyable straightforward food from shortish low-priced menu, well kept Dartmoor IPA and a guest, local cider and decent wines; background music; children welcome, attractive little suntrap courtyard behind||Exeter Inn
|Pretty, unspoilt 18th-c local next to church in quiet village, beams and flagstones, county-style pine furniture, brasses, woodburner, enjoyable home-made food and well kept changing ales, friendly atmosphere, darts; children and well behaved dogs welcome, tables out at front, good walks, open all day weekends||Carpenters Arms
|On a sunny day best to arrive early to get a terrace table overlooking the River Dart; partly panelled bar with woodburner and local paintings, St Austell ales and local cider, decent reasonably priced food from sandwiches and baguettes to blackboard specials, big dining room with more panelling and river views; background music; children and dogs welcome, bedrooms, open all day||Abbey Inn
|Friendly 14th-c inn, particularly attractive right-hand bar with benches built into fine old panelling, cushioned high-backed settle and leather-backed small seats, big log fire, series of comfortable and discreetly lit lounges, one with splendid deep inglenook and bread oven, Skinners ales, 35 malt whiskies, enjoyable generous food, good service; background music - live on Sun evening; children (away from bar) and dogs welcome, part-Saxon church next door, plenty of nearby walks, 16 bedrooms, open all day||Old Church House
|Civilised Dartmoor inn at its most informal at lunchtime; super food, real ales, and seats in pretty garden; comfortable bedrooms||Rock
- Buckfast Abbey (3.2 miles)
- Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (9.2 miles)
- Living Coasts (9.8 miles)
- The Church House (5.3 miles)
- Compton Castle (6.6 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Ashburton - River and Woods
- Ashburton - Goosepool Lane - River Dart - Ashburton (1.6 miles)
- Hembury Woods and Hill-Fort (3.6 miles)
- Ashburton - Goosepool Lane - River Dart - Ashburton (1.6 miles)
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Perfectly relaxed holiday away from it all 23 Apr 2014
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The park is amazing with such high standards 2 May 2011
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Bar or club house
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Outdoor swimming pool
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Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
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- Coach stations
Ashburton: Bull Ring Bus Stop — 1.6mi
1.6mi Buckfastleigh: Station Approach Bus Stop — 3.7mi
3.7mi Newton Abbot: Lay by Coach Stop — 5.4mi
- Train stations
Newton Abbot Rail Station — 5.5mi
5.5mi Totnes Rail Station — 6.3mi
6.3mi Torre Rail Station — 8.6mi
- Ferry ports
Totnes Ferry Landing — 6.9mi
6.9mi Torquay - North Quay — 9.7mi
9.7mi Shaldon Teignmouth Ferry Landing — 9.7mi
Plymouth City Airport — 18.5mi
18.5mi Exeter International Airport — 19.6mi
From Exeter, take the A38 towards Plymouth. Turn off left one mile before Ashburton signposted Woodland/Denbury. Look out for the brown caravan tourist signs.
Continue up the hill past Parkers Farm Holiday Park. We are the second turning on the right. You'll see a big board in the shape of a cow: follow the signs for reception.
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|Arrive:||2:30 p.m. –||Anytime|
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Arrive:Mon 24 Jun 2013
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