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- 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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excellent site, excellent staff, always a good stay
Clean, modern facilities. Very family orientated.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Motorhome service point
Tourer storage facilities
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Ashburton: Bull Ring Bus Stop — 1.8 miles
1.8 miles Buckfastleigh: Station Approach Bus Stop — 3.8 miles
3.8 miles Newton Abbot: Lay by Coach Stop — 5.4 miles
- Train stations
Newton Abbot Rail Station — 5.4 miles
5.4 miles Totnes Rail Station — 6.5 miles
6.5 miles Torre Rail Station — 8.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Totnes Ferry Landing — 7.1 miles
7.1 miles Shaldon Teignmouth Ferry Landing — 9.7 miles
9.7 miles Torquay - North Quay — 9.8 miles
Exeter International Airport — 19.5 miles
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.
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.
- Buckfast Abbey (3.3 miles)
- Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (9.3 miles)
- Living Coasts (9.9 miles)
- The Church House (5.2 miles)
- Compton Castle (6.6 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.