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Brightlycott Barton

8.5

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General

  • Small family-run park on an organic sheep farm
  • Peaceful atmosphere with spectacular valley views
  • Games room, dog walking lane and clean modern amenities

Fancy yourself as a bright camper? Want to keep well away from the madd(en)ing crowds? Make your way to Barnstaple’s Brightlycott Barton, a small family-run park and organic sheep farm for canny campers who want the perks of peace and quiet. It’s a spot to sit and watch the world go by in contented contemplation: with stunning views over the valley and spacious level pitches, all you have to do is pitch up and sit back to relax.

If the kids are harshing your valley vibe, pack them off to the games room in the barn, let them reach for the skies on the swing frame, or gently suggest that they take the dog for a walk in the tree-lined lane next to the site. (They’ll probably come back covered in muck, but that shouldn’t stress you out either as there’s free use of the washing machine and tumble dryer on site: suggest that the kids wash their own clothes if you want to max out your amusement factor.)

The modern amenities here will keep you bright and smiling: there’s a modern shower block with washing up spot, a separate area with disabled facilities and a big fridge freezer for everyone’s use.


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8.5

Overall rating based on 76 reviews

 

93% would recommend this site to a friend.

92% would stay here again.

 

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A great farm site centrally located to explore the North Devon area. 22/10/2017

chris_l134770 Confirmed

  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Charles, the owner, gave us a warm welcome and showed us to our pitch. The pitches are large and most come with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. Our pitch also had a great view towards the sand dunes and ocean beyond.
    Facilities were kept very clean and presentable. There is a small kitchen area with sinks for washing up along with a freezer, washing machine and dryer.
    The site is located just two miles from Barnstaple for shopping, with easy access to beaches both north and south.
    We enjoyed our stay and would certainly visit again!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing.

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very boggy, friendly owners? to I'll to use facilities 08/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Patricia W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Had to pay in advance just before our stay had to go to doctors and was sent to hospital tried to go away the day after but could only stay 3days then had to go home to had a UTI

    Disliked: 

    Lost our money if we had not booked we would not have gone.

From the manager...

We were sorry to read this review as we were led to believe that the customer was happy with paying for their stay here despite being unwell and having to leave early.
We are usually happy to give a refund out of season when people have had to leave for whatever reason to go back home and in this instance would have given a refund had the customer asked for it

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Likely to return, weather permitting. 02/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom reg_d325201 Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    A friendly welcome and service from the host. Toilet block basic but clean and plenty of hot water.
    Excellent Soth facing views.

    Disliked: 

    The wet weather revealed that the grass pitch had an underlying gravel base which resulted in a 'soggy' top to the surface. Trying to ensure that mud was not brought into the caravan created a real test of ingenuity. Even having an awning to leave dirty footwear outside didn't really help. Taking the awning down presented similar problems to avoid getting everything dirty. (invested in a large tarpaulin to deal with this problem.)
    To be fair I am sure that in good weather this problem may not have arisen.

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The views are fsntastic. Also Charles providing nice fresh eggs. 02/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Philip J. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    The views are fsntastic. Also Charles providing nice fresh eggs.

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Great location for exploring North Devon. Helpful staff. 25/09/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely rural site. Impressive views. Local amenities accessible.

    Disliked: 

    Super hot showers!

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Friendly and helpful owner, great site good value, clean hot showers. 21/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alasdair D. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Friendly welcome by the owner, Charles. Helpful advice. Lovely site, good view. Hot showers

    Disliked: 

    All good.

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lovely site fantastic views very helpful host and convenient to ... 19/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom john c. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    lovely site fantastic views very helpful host and convenient to Barnstable and coast

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Friendly site, with clean facilities but limited in number. 15/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lee K. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Charles the proprieter was friendly.
    The water in the showers was HOT!
    The campsite was well sign posted when close.

    We stayed when the site was fairly empty and quiet. If busy then the facilities may be a bit stretched as the showers and sinks were limited in number, but if you aren't in a rush then shouldn't be a problem.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Location, well laid out, nice views, good clean facilities, free ... 13/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom craig a. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Location, well laid out, nice views, good clean facilities, free washing machine, play room(table tennis/table football), free range eggs available.

    Disliked: 

    Very often ran out of toilet roll in both ladies & gents loo's.

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Reviewer's country: Netherlands Gerard K. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Uitzicht en schoon sanitair

    Disliked: 

    Het weer

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

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

Tourer storage facilities

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • Shirwell Barnstaple, Devon, England, EX31 4JJ
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.1005°N 4.0294°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Barnstaple Bus Station: Belle Meadow Rd — 1.9 miles
Bickington (North Devon): Coach Stop — 3.4 miles
Fremington: New Inn Coach Stop — 4.5 miles
Train stations
Barnstaple Rail Station — 2.3 miles
Chapelton (Devon) Rail Station — 5.8 miles
Umberleigh Rail Station — 7.5 miles
Ferry ports
Instow Ferry Landing — 7.5 miles
Appledore Ferry Landing — 7.7 miles
Ilfracombe Ferry Landing — 8.4 miles
Airports
Swansea Airport — 34.8 miles

Directions


By car
From the M5 take the A361 towards Barnstaple. At Barnstaple follow the signs to A39 Lynton which will take you through the centre of Barnstaple. Continue on the A39 out of Barnstaple, past the North Devon District Hospital. 1.5 miles after the hospital take the right turn signposted to Brightlycott and Roborough. The entrance to Brightlycott Barton is on the left after 300 yards.

From Bideford
Take the A39 towards Barnstaple. After seven miles you will reach Roundswell services. Take the third exit and continue on the A39 for another mile. At the next roundabout take the first exit A361 to Barnstaple. At Sticklepath Junction continue forward across the bridge. Once across the bridge turn right onto A361 towards the town centre, then left at the traffic lights onto Fairview road. At the next traffic lights turn left onto the A39 towards North Devon District Hospital. At the hospital continue for 1.5 miles on the A39, then turn right at the lane marked Brightlycott and Roborough. The entrance to Brightlycott Barton is on the left after 300 yards.

Satnav info: please do not turn right off the A39 at the North Devon District Hospital. This road leads to the campsite but is a very narrow steep lane and is not suitable for motorhomes or caravans.

By train
The nearest train station is about three miles away in Barnstaple. This has a regular service from Exeter. If cycling from the station, head for the North Devon District hospital. From here you can either carry on along the A39 or take the quieter lane (Roborough Road) behind the hospital which is a more direct route to the campsite (please note this lane is tarmac but is steep and unsuitable for caravans).

By bus
Stagecoach buses from Holsworthy, Bideford, Ilfracombe, South Molton, Torrington run to the North Devon District Hospital. From here, the campsite is one mile away up the leafy lane (Roborough Road) behind the hospital.

First Devon and Cornwall run regular services to the hospital from Barnstaple bus station, via Service 2.

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

Barnstaple has been the main market for north Devon since the Saxons were around, so follow in their Saxony footsteps with a trip to the historic Pannier Market along Butchers Row to bag local food, crafts, art and antiques.

Culture vultures can stay on in the town into the evening for stage and film at Queen’s Theatre or catch a gig most nights of the week at the local pubs, while skater bois and girls can hurtle about Barnstaple’s Rock Park at the skate park or in the play area.

Give mini farmers a sandtastic time at the local beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton, take them to explore Exmoor National Park, or help them earn their supper at the fly fishing and trout lake a mile away from Brightlycott.

Exmoor Zoo has the ‘Exmoor Beast’ to ponder over alongside sand cats, singing dogs and reindeer to keep the kids curious, and there’s also the Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park within easy reach.

This area of Devon is probably best known for the Tarka Trail, one of the longest traffic-free walking and cycling paths in the country and part of the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route: the trail can be joined at Barnstaple and runs for miles around river valleys, bays, moorland and coastal cliffs.

For a more leisurely day out, bloom at National Trust’s Marwood Gardens with its camellias and magnolias, tee off at the golf course three miles from the site, or settle into some nearby fishing or horse-riding.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (11.8 miles)
  • Castle Drogo (29.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (3.7 miles)
  • Heddon Valley (9.1 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Brightlycott Barton cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.

Outside high season (July and August, school holidays and bank holiday weekends) it may be possible to transfer your booking to another date (subject to availability).

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Brightlycott Barton will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

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