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Smytham Holiday Park

9.5
Smytham Holiday Park: Camping pod (photo added by manager on 12/08/2022)

General

  • Rural family-run campsite over 33 acres 15 minutes from Bideford
  • In the North Devon World Biosphere Reserve
  • Pool, sun terrace, putting green and bar with verandah

Smytham Holiday Park is in north Devon in the grounds of a 17th-century manor house. Part open and part woodland, it's in its own cloistered valley with direct access to the walking and pedalling meanders of the Tarka Trail. It's also a rural and family-run campsite over 33 acres with a lot of wildlife and ponds to wander around, all part of the North Devon World Biosphere Reserve in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

An outdoor solar-heated summer pool with sun terrace is on site for swimming or basking in the sun. There's also a putting green and a high-season bar with verandah from which to watch the Devon sunset.

There's plenty of room for running about and play games (if you’ve forgotten a football/cricket kit for evening games, ask at the site reception and they’ll see you sorted). A small play area is on site too, next to the indoor games room with air hockey, table football, table tennis and pool (another pool table, for adults only, is available in the bar).

Smytham Holiday Park is a mile from the gardens at RHS Rosemoor and an accessible drive from the wilds of both Dartmoor and Exmoor. A day at the north Devon coast, including the beaches of Westward Ho!, Saunton Sands and Croyde Bay, is around nine to 15 miles from the site.

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

The outdoor swimming pool is open between 15/05 and 05/09 (subject to weather conditions).

Dogs are not allowed if you are staying in the accommodation units.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

The bar is open between 22/07 and 01/09.

This is a quiet site: no music is allowed.


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9.5

Overall rating based on 113 reviews

 

95% would recommend this site to a friend.

94% would stay here again.

  78% described as Peaceful ?

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Super clean modern facilities good size pitches with water near …19/10/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAndy V.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Super clean modern facilities good size pitches with water near by.
    Excellent communication from the site regarding a planned local road closure on our arrival day.
    Rural peaceful site with lovely views and everything that you need for a relaxed stay.

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Toilets is a very cleen15/10/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomArtur G.Confirmed

  • Camping pod (family)
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  • Liked: 

    We was stay just for a night,but I really love that place..everybody was friendly, specially guy in reception,,, highly recommended this caravan park

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Beautiful site, great showers07/10/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSteve F.Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Reception were really helpful, I was an absolute div! Arrived day after I’d actually booked. They didn’t charge me extra just moved my booking without any fuss (just a bit of mickey taking). So,accommodating.
    The site is amazing great walks on site toilet block is the best I’ve ever been in on a site and we’ve been to a lot all over country.

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Beautifully kept area, Showers and Toilets the best i have …26/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDavid G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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    Beautifully kept area, Showers and Toilets the best i have ever seen.
    Helpful friendly staff, would love to stay again.

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A site with something for everyone.09/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Camping pod
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    Really liked the set up of this site, not just rows and rows of pitches but thoughtfully arranged areas that made it feel welcoming. The facilities were excellent and always clean and serviced. Staff were on hand to answer any questions and ensure the stay was pleasurable. We especially enjoyed the fairy trail activity and easy access to the Tarka Trail. Definitely on our list to return to.

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Toilet facilities Pitch and space Swimming pool04/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Toilet facilities
    Pitch and space
    Swimming pool

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Would definitely go again31/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTerry P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Pool, staff, facilities. Excellent pitch’s plus amazing shower every where was clean. Taps next to hook ups.

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Lovely stay.30/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTimmy B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Good location. Warm swimming pool which has a shallower toddlers section.
    Lovely ideas with explorers packs and fairy trails around the site.
    Staff really helpful and facilities were always clean.

    Disliked: 

    Could do with a few more washing machines/tumble dryers for a site so big. Curfew for noise did not seem enforced.

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The facilities were great - swimming pool, games room, spaced …04/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    The facilities were great - swimming pool, games room, spaced out pitches, helpful and friendly staff, direct route to Tarka trails etc - overall fab!

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Pool was great, nice and warm. Kids loves the games …29/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJoanne G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Pool was great, nice and warm. Kids loves the games room and space to run around. Facilities were clean. Our neighbours seemed to think playing loud music all day until 11pm was acceptable but the Manager came round and asked them to turn it down which they did thankfully.

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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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Leave the car at home

Luxury

Peaceful

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal freezer

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Motorhome service point

Seasonal pitches

Water hook-up points for tourers

Location

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  • Little Torrington, Great Torrington, Devon, England, EX38 8PU
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.9270°N 4.1494°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bideford Quay — 6.8 miles
Bideford Quay — 6.8 miles
Square — 8.3 miles
Train stations
Chapelton (Devon) Rail Station — 8.2 miles
Umberleigh Rail Station — 8.7 miles
Portsmouth Arms Rail Station — 8.9 miles
Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing — 6.8 miles
Instow Ferry Landing — 8.7 miles
Appledore Ferry Landing — 8.9 miles
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 34.8 miles

Directions


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

The 180 miles of the Tarka Trail are accessible from Smytham Holiday Park, following the route of Tarka the otter from the Henry Williamson book.

Elsewhere, hire a bike in nearby Great Torrington for the easy 11-mile pedal along the banks of the Torridge river to Bideford; if walking, head out straight from the site or catch a bus from Great Torrington to explore the four-mile trail from Weare Giffard.

The area is a wildlife haven: the North Devon Biosphere was one of the first six UNESCO biosphere sites designated in the UK and covers an area from the heights of Dartmoor and Exmoor down via the sea to Lundy Island.

Nature of a different sort can be seen at Bideford’s famed and decidedly individual The Big Sheep and one of dozens of days out in Devon suitable for the kids: take the family along also to the Milky Way Adventure Park, also in Bideford, or to the clay shooting and zorbing of Barnstaple’s Southdown Adventure Park.

Plant fans should visit the 65 acres of RHS Rosemoor, a mile from the manor, and Hartland Abbey and Gardens at Bideford, a 12th-century abbey with restored woodland gardens.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (1.2 miles)
  • Castle Drogo (21.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Finch Foundry (16.7 miles)
  • Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (16.8 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:  2 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Smytham Holiday Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

Modifications are subject to a £20.00 fee.

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. Smytham Holiday Park will debit the balance from your card 6 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 6 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Smytham Holiday Park have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Smytham Holiday Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Smytham Holiday Park? The 180 miles of the Tarka Trail are accessible from Smytham Holiday Park, following the route of Tarka the otter from the Henry Williamson book. Elsewhere, hire a bike in nearby Great … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Smytham Holiday Park?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more

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