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General

  • Six-acre farm site with spectacular views towards Dartmoor
  • Meet the farm animals and have a trailer or tractor ride
  • Bar and restaurant, toddlers' playroom and games room for older kids

Old MacDonald had a…Parkers Farm? Herd your fledglings here to meet Susie the miniature goat and the rest of the herd: ponies, lambs, guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs, ducks, chickens, sheep and cows all live on Parkers Farm Holiday Park, right in the middle of the south Devon countryside with quacking great views towards Dartmoor and a 12-mile drive from the coast. (Naturally, dogs are welcome too.)

Farm fans can milk their holiday for all it’s worth with trailer and tractor rides around the site and daily farm walks to meet, greet and feed the menagerie; safe play areas and six acres of fields are available for the kids and dogs to go free range at too. Off site, the farm is near a flock of other Devon animal attractions: Pennywell Farm, Paignton Zoo and meeting the ponies of Dartmoor are within a quick drive.

The Parker family have run the farm as a holiday park for over 60 years and know the ropes in keeping guests relaxed and a-moo-sed: Miss Piggy's bar and restaurant dishes up home-cooked and well-cooked meals as well as takeaway, and has evening entertainment from mid-July to the end of August. (Dogs are welcome in the bar’s Oak Room).

Next to the bar, a spacious play/TV room is for toddlers to let loose in and older kids have a games room with video games, pool tables and table tennis.

Guests also have access to the stacks of clean and up-to-date facilities: two tiled shower blocks with free hot showers, two big family rooms, well-equipped disabled facilities and a large area for washing up and prepping vegetables.

Other amenities include a shop open from Whitsun to mid-September, launderette and free ironing facilities, post box and public phone, battery charging and an ice pack service.


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9.4

Overall rating based on 182 reviews

 

98% would recommend this site to a friend.

95% would stay here again.

 

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excellent site, excellent staff, always a good stay 04/11/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom steph_p475962 Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    loved it always do. lovely hot showers always clean, the crispy coated mushrooms in the restaurant are to die for lush

    Disliked: 

    nothing

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All round excellent site 30/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Richard L. Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Friendly helpful staff, excellent bar / restaurant, clean toilet / shower blocks.
    Would recommend this site.

    Disliked: 

    The site being tiered meant walking a fair distance downhill to the toilets and showers and even further to the shop and bar which was ok but having COPD/ emphysema the walk back up was a nightmare for me, fine if your fit and healthy.

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Clean, modern facilities. Very family orientated. 29/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom ken_b146889 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Clean, modern facilities. Very family orientated.

    Disliked: 

    Bit noisy at night (road noise from nearby A38).

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Nice , clean site, friendly staff 26/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Reka S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Nice , clean site, friendly staff

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Very friendly greeting on arrival. Good facilities which were kept ... 21/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom kevin_b956192 Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Very friendly greeting on arrival. Good facilities which were kept very clean. Well maintained site. Good location for ease of touring.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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excellent flat pitch, spacious, well screened by hedges, facilities well ... 25/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Gill K. Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding touring pitch
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    excellent flat pitch, spacious, well screened by hedges, facilities well signposted, including dog walk and some of the best loo faciliites I've seen. Efficiently run site.

    Disliked: 

    To make loos 100% perfect, underfloor heating would be a welcome addition. Some noise from A30 across the valley, though as it was chilly when we stayed, most windows in the motorhome were shut wo it was only noticeable when outside.

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Cleanliness, friendly staff, size of pitch, wildlife and facilities 24/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom sandra_p7 Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Cleanliness, friendly staff, size of pitch, wildlife and facilities

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Stunning site. Friendly staff. Immaculate facilities. Level pitches. 22/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jo C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding touring pitch
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    The owners & staff are so friendly & we were welcomed, booked in & given directions to our pitch, plus a map of the whole site, so we knew where everything was. Felt relaxed straight away. When booking in, you are given a key card, which allows you to drive in & out of the security barrier. You need to pay a deposit of £10 in cash, which is refundable on the return of the card at the end of your stay. Hard stand super pitch was amazing. Spacious, a hedge on both sides, so lovely & private. Electric hook up & a water tap.The views are stunning. Shower & toilet blocks are immaculate. Washing up unit is so handy for your dishes. Didn't go to the pub or restaurant on this visit, but was great to know it was on site. Plus dogs are welcome. So many animals. Absolutely beautiful. All so friendly & most of them will come up to see you. They were fascinated with our 2 dogs & vice versa. The whole site was just beautiful and spacious. We noticed when we booked that some people mentioned the noise from the A38, which almost put us off, but so glad it didn't. The noise from where we were was barely noticeable. Not offputting at all. The A38 is at least 2 large fields away. Don't let this put you off. You'll miss out on an amazing site. We are already planning to go back. We enjoyed a peaceful, relaxing holiday.

    Disliked: 

    Going home 😐

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Clean site.lovely showers and toilets. 19/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom susan h. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Everything about our stay.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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The site was exceptional We have never stayed on a ... 14/09/2017

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    The site was exceptional We have never stayed on a site that was so well maintained and clean. The views across the valley were beautiful, the pitch size was generous so as not to cause any inconvenience to others. it is the best camp site We've ever visited. Having a dog with us was no problem and he was made welcome.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

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Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Fully serviced pitches

Hard standings

Motorhome service point

Seasonal pitches

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Location

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  • Higher Mead Farm Ashburton, Devon, England, TQ13 7LJ
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.5270°N 3.7215°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Ashburton: Bull Ring Bus Stop — 1.8 miles
Buckfastleigh: Station Approach Bus Stop — 3.8 miles
Newton Abbot: Lay by Coach Stop — 5.4 miles
Train stations
Newton Abbot Rail Station — 5.4 miles
Totnes Rail Station — 6.5 miles
Torre Rail Station — 8.6 miles
Ferry ports
Totnes Ferry Landing — 7.1 miles
Shaldon Teignmouth Ferry Landing — 9.7 miles
Torquay - North Quay — 9.8 miles
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 19.5 miles

Directions


From Exeter: take the A38 to Plymouth. When you see the '29 miles Plymouth' sign take the second left at the sign to Woodland/Denbury. Follow the road for 300 yards, the entrance to the park is on the left-hand side.

From Plymouth: take the A38 past Ashburton. On the left, 2 miles on, take the A383 to Newton Abbot. Go over the A38 and turn back to Plymouth and join the A38. Turn left at the sign to Woodland/Denbury. Follow the road for 300 yards, the entrance to the park is on the left-hand side.

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

You might be all of a dither trying to decide which Devon attraction or activity to recommend first, as coast, country, active options and peaceful pursuits are all near Parkers Farm, whether you prefer off the beaten track or more famed areas like Dartmoor National Park.

Hit the beaches first, perhaps? Your farm pitch is a paltry 12 miles from the Devon coastline and the seaside towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. All three towns have their own sights to see if you want to take a separate day at each: after a trip to Paignton Zoo, tiddlers and bigger folk can make a splash at the town’s Quay West, the largest outdoor water park in the country, then sally forth to Brixham to see the Brixham Buccaneers and the Golden Hind, the full-size replica of Drake’s sixteenth century ship.

Also do a funny walk to Torquay, home of fictional hotel owner Basil Fawlty and the place to head to on a rainy day: critters from all eras are covered at Dinosaur World and the coastal zoo and aquarium Living Coasts, both indoors.

The prehistoric caves of Kents Cavern, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, are a superbly subterranean sight and include a kids’ activity area, cave painting and two themed quests above ground on the woodland trail.

If you’d like to cram as much activity as possible into one area, Dartmoor National Park is the best place to do it: start off with horse riding or pony trekking from one of the several stables or enclosed schools; the park has different areas marked off for different levels of rider.

Buckfastleigh is a heady place to head to as it has the Buckfast Butterfly Farm, Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary and Pennywell Farm, all three probably top of the list for wildlife-wild kids. Pick up the South Devon Railway from here to Totnes and let the offspring loose at Woodlands Adventure Park, a theme park which also has a zoo farm.

More urban(e)ly, historic Exeter and the market towns of Newton Abbot and Ashburton are close to hand too if you fancy some shopping, a dip in Ashburton’s heated outdoor pool or a small flutter at Exeter Racecourse on the Haldon Hills.

Must see

  • Buckfast Abbey (3.3 miles)
  • Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (9.3 miles)
  • Living Coasts (9.9 miles)

National Trust

  • The Church House (5.2 miles)
  • Compton Castle (6.6 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

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

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Pitches
Pitches: a £10.00 deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keys.
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

TV reception is poor at times.

No vehicles to enter the site after midnight.

Bar and restaurant open every night during Easter, Whitsun and mid-July to mid-September, and open every weekend from Easter. Our evening entertainment in the bar/restaurant runs during the main season (mid-July to the end of August) only. Farm walks, tractor and trailer rides around the site run during the main season (mid-July to end of August) only.

Our well-stocked shop is open Whitsun to mid-September only.

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