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No need to hunt for a tiny and tranquil Devon destination: we bring you teeny Hunters Lodge Caravan and Camping Site on the edge of the estuary village of Starcross, near the sands and nature reserve of Dawlish Warren beach. It’s listed as one of our tiny sites with less than ten pitches, but is set over ten acres of its own ground so you could almost pretend to be surveying your own kingdom. And there are 28 ways of serving River Exe mussels on offer at the Anchor pub half a mile down the road – better book for 28 days then…
Take the fishing rod and stride off Hunters Lodge's own coarse fishing lake on site to see what you might land, or bring the dog for a wander around the ten acres: pooches are welcome at Hunters Lodge all year round. Once you're rested and ready to go off exploring, public transport is close to hand for those who don't want to drive: the site is half a mile from Starcross Rail Station and coach stop and 15 minutes’ walk from the site to the Starcross passenger ferry to Exmouth. Still fancy some fishing? There's a coarse fishery at nearby Exminster.
The level grass pitches at this friendly site come with excellent amenities including recycling and chemical disposal, drying facilities, shower block and washroom.
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However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can now make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children on one pitch.
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Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
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
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
Starcross: Rail Station Coach Stop — 0.5 miles
0.5 miles Kenton (Devon): Coach Stop — 1.4 miles
1.4 miles Exmouth Bus Station — 1.8 miles
- Train stations
Starcross Rail Station — 0.5 miles
0.5 miles Dawlish Warren Rail Station — 1.8 miles
1.8 miles Exmouth Rail Station — 1.9 miles
- Ferry ports
Starcross Ferry Landing — 0.6 miles
0.6 miles Exmouth Ferry Landing — 1.5 miles
1.5 miles Turf Lock Inn Ferry Landing — 2.8 miles
Exeter International Airport — 7.7 miles
By car, coming from the Exeter direction: drive through the village of Starcross, turn right on to New Road opposite Cockwood Harbour, turn left opposite the golf course, and the turning for Hunters Lodge can be found after approximately 200m on the right-hand side. Alternatively, coming from the dual carriageway to Starcross via Black Forrest Hill, then Hunters Lodge will be found on the left just before Starcross. Look out for the White Hunters Lodge sign.
By bus: there is a bus stop at the end of Staplake Lane. Access by foot to Hunters Lodge is by walking 200m along Staplake Lane. We are the last entrance on the left.
By rail: the nearest train station is Starcross. Walk along New Road until you see the sign for Staplake Lane on the right, and access by foot to Hunters Lodge is by walking 200m along Staplake Lane. We are the last entrance on the left.
By bicycle: leave the Exe Estuary Cycle path at Starcross Station, turn right into New Road, follow New Road through the village until you see the sign for Staplake Lane on the right, follow Staplake Lane for approximately 200m, we are the last entrance on the left.
Take your feet to Starcross ferry landing and catch the passenger ferry to Exmouth to see its seafront and the famous 16-sided house A La Ronde, then head further inland to Devon’s county town Exeter, home of Exeter Castle and the stunning Exeter Cathedral, medieval churches and a museum in the eleventh century former priory.
Old buildings and castles abound in the area: the twelfth century Powderham Castle lies just north of Starcross at the village of Kenton and there are more National Trust properties in Devon than anywhere else in the country. Topsham Museum, with period rooms, info on maritime history and exhibitions on local wildlife, is housed in seventeenth century buildings overlooking the Exe Estuary.
Kids clamouring for something a bit more suited to their tastes? There are animal parks, zoos, aquariums and adventure parks all over this area and Devon: six miles away at Exeter, there’s Go Ape! for tree swinging and zip slides, and Crealy Great Adventure Park for all sorts of crealy great capering.
Or take them to the sand instead: the acclaimed beach of Dawlish Warren is almost on the doorstep for fairground rides, summer events and old seafront standby Punch and Judy. From here it’s a scenic stroll to the Dawlish Warren nature reserve on the mouth of the Exe Estuary, with visitor centre and free admission.
Taking the bikes along to Devon? The National Cycle Network Exe Estuary Trail goes from Dawlish to Exmouth and there’s more cycling through the woods at Haldon Forest Park, with a bike hire shop there if you’re not bringing your own wheels.
Dartmoor National Park, about an hour inland from Dawlish, has cycle routes for riders of all abilities, with a cycling map available to buy from local information centres. Letterboxer or geocacher? Indulge these passions in the park too.
There are too many other day trips in and around Hunters Lodge to list, but a quick selection includes: a trip to England’s highest waterfall Canonteign Falls; sightseeing along the Torbay coast on the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway; taking in Torquay; booking a boat and seeing the Golden Hind at Brixham, or going to one of the local festivals: look under ‘Nearby events’ to the left for details of what’s coming up – no need to hunt down info here…
- Crealy Great Adventure Park (6.1 miles)
- Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (7.6 miles)
- Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (10.2 miles)
- A la Ronde (2.6 miles)
- Killerton: Clyston Mill (9.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.