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  • Farm site between Dartmoor and the coast
  • Daily farm walks and animal petting for children
  • Just outside the town of Ashburton

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 Devonshire countryside between Dartmoor and the coast, and is just outside the old stannary town of Ashburton, the biggest town in Dartmoor National Park.

If the weather is beastly, settle down in Miss Piggy’s Bar & Restaurant just down the hill from Parkers Farm, with a playroom, games room and entertainment in peak season.

There’s also a TV room at the farm as well as free wifi.

Depart: (2 nights)


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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed



Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby



Medium (26-50 pitches)


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  • Mead, Alston Cross, Ashburton, Devon, England, TQ13 7LJ
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.5243°N 3.7232°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Ashburton: Bull Ring Bus Stop — 1.6 miles
Buckfastleigh: Station Approach Bus Stop — 3.7 miles
Newton Abbot: Lay by Coach Stop — 5.4 miles
Train stations
Newton Abbot Rail Station — 5.5 miles
Totnes Rail Station — 6.3 miles
Torre Rail Station — 8.6 miles
Ferry ports
Totnes Ferry Landing — 6.9 miles
Torquay - North Quay — 9.7 miles
Shaldon Teignmouth Ferry Landing — 9.7 miles
Exeter International Airport — 19.6 miles


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, which is the second turning on the right. You'll see a big board in the shape of a cow: follow the signs for reception.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

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 pitstop.

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 waterpark 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.

Must see

  • Buckfast Abbey (3.2 miles)
  • Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (9.2 miles)
  • Living Coasts (9.8 miles)

National Trust

  • The Church House (5.3 miles)
  • Compton Castle (6.6 miles)

Cycle routes

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.


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Terms and conditions

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Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 14 day(s) of arrival.

Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

No hen/stag parties permitted via
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Your details on the booking must be correct. We regret that we cannot accept changes within 14 days of arrival.