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- In the grounds of a village pub serving good meals in Thorverton
- 20 minutes' drive from Exeter and 45 minutes from the coast
- Access to toilet and shower facilities within the pub
If your holiday wish list features ‘pub within walking distance’, what better way to ensure that request become reality than by staying in the grounds of the pub itself? Plonk yourself on a pitch at the Ruffwell Inn and you’ll be but a short stumble from pints and plates of grub, served up in the main restaurant, out on the patio or on the comfy sofas by the fire.
It’s not just the eats and drinks that are conveniently located here – there’s also a mighty handy bus stop right outside, from where you can be whisked easily into Exeter or Tiverton without any of the hassle of parking. If you prefer to use your own muscle power, there are numerous walking routes in the local area, a couple of golf courses about 20 minutes away and canoes to be paddled along the river from Exeter.
If you’ve brought the nippers along, you’ll no doubt be chuffed to note the presence of a play area in the garden to keep them amused. Other amenities on site include outdoor water and electrical supplies and decent indoor toilet and shower facilities that are open from breakfast through to kicking-out time.
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Electric grass pitch
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From the manager...
This review is disappointing .
This is a great place to stay and great VALUE, ...
Overall very nice
From the manager...
The electricity supply was checked and no fault found .. we now have a permanent fault detector in case there should ever be an earth fault .
This sort of fault is usually in the customers plug / socket or cable ..
Very good value, nice countryside, very friendly, and mostly quiet
From the manager...
In response to this visitor we have now made access to toilets and shower overnight .
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
Horse riding nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
Broadclyst: Bus Shelter
— 3.6 miles
3.6 miles Exeter: St Davids Rail Station Coach Stop — 5.5 miles
5.5 miles Exeter: Bus & Coach Station Paris Street — 5.6 miles
- Train stations
Newton St Cyres Rail Station
— 4.3 miles
4.3 miles Pinhoe Rail Station — 4.8 miles
4.8 miles Polsloe Bridge Rail Station — 5.1 miles
- Ferry ports
Topsham Ferry Landing
— 8.5 miles
8.5 miles Topsham Lock Ferry Landing — 8.6 miles
8.6 miles Topsham (Turf Lock Ferry) Ferry Landing — 8.6 miles
Exeter International Airport
— 6.2 miles
If you’d like to work up an appetite for that pie and/or pint, there are lots of lovely circular walks in the area, including a couple starting from Thorverton itself and others from the nearby villages of Silverton and Bickleigh. Crediton, 20 minutes away, has a couple of courses for the golfers and Exeter is the launch point for canoe trips on the River Exe.
Canoe or not, it’s worth spending a day in Exeter, visiting the cathedral and poking about in the kid-friendly Royal Albert Memorial Museum (home to, among other things, a life-sized stuffed giraffe by the name of Gerald). If you’re a fan of historic houses, consider also paying a visit to National Trust-owned Killerton estate, 10 minutes away, or Powderham Castle, still in use as a family home.
Should the tiddlers (or the grownups for that matter) be demanding a beach day, it’ll take you 45 minutes or so to drive down to the coast and the beaches around Dawlish and Exmouth. Other kid-friendly days out within half an hour or so include Go Ape! and Crealy Adventure Park.
- The National Trust Killerton House & Gardens (2.0 miles)
- Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (5.8 miles)
- Crealy Great Adventure Park (7.7 miles)
- Killerton (2.2 miles)
- Killerton: Budlake Old Post Office (2.5 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
The Ruffwell Inn cancellation policy
Balance refunds: no penalties
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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.
The remainder is payable on arrival.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer