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Smytham Manor

9.7

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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

The site at Smytham Manor, in north Devon, is in the grounds of a 17th-century manor house. It's in its own cloistered valley with direct access to the walking and pedalling meanders of the Tarka Trail. Smytham is 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.

A heated outdoor 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 Manor 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

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9.7

Overall rating based on 6 reviews

 

83% would recommend this site to a friend.

83% would stay here again.

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Excellent site with ample room on pitch. Easy access.17/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDavid D.Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The location of Smytham Manor was ideal for our purposes (visiting Rosemoor RHS gardens) and was very easy to find.

    Booking in was simple and the 'fob' system for using facilities worked well.

    The site was very quiet and well lit at night. We enjoyed walking around the site and discovering the woodland walks heading towards the Tarka Trail.

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Top notch facilities and being able to walk to the …24/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaul S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Top notch facilities and being able to walk to the Tarka Trail.

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Very nice siteNone23/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomkeith n.Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Peace and quiet

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Easiest showers I have ever used , very clean and …22/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMarisa J.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Easiest showers I have ever used , very clean and tidy ,,,, Beware Sat Nav sends you down a dirt track before site entrance 😱😱

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Thank you for a great stay will recommend02/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPhilip W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Pitch with own toilet

    Disliked: 

    Shame pool and bar were closed

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Fabulously located for the Tarka Trail which is why we …13/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomChristine B.Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Fabulously located for the Tarka Trail which is why we picked this site. We booked via Pitch Up so the ensuite pitches weren't available but was able to upgrade on arrival. We'd never seen ensuite fully serviced pitches before and as the weather was pretty wet it was well worth doing. We had our own toilet, shower and washing up facility on our pitch. The communal toilets/showers have been renovated to a high standard and everywhere was very clean and tidy. The location is very rural - so if you don't plan to get the van out again after you've pitched up then you need to make sure you are well stocked up. The reception opens for limited hours but does have a small shop - if it's not open when you arrive they leave a note with your pitch number and a map. The staff were friendly and helpful. It's about a good 10 minute walk through the site to access the Tarka trail. If you're walking - East Gate café is about 40 minutes left down the trail and right is towards Puffing Billy which is well over a hour walking. We cycled to Bideford one of the days- which all in is about a 16 mile round trip from the site. For novice cyclists like us who are used to flat ground the inclines were a bit challenging (especially coming back) but it was a good day out. There's lots of lovely scenery along the way as well as a range of art benches. Would highly recommend if you specifically going to walk/cycle the trail.

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    Nothing to dislike about this site.

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Outdoor swimming pool

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Amenities on site

Bath available

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Composting toilet

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Dog park

Drying room

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Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

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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

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Themes

Leave the car at home

Luxury

Peaceful

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

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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

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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 Manor, 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.

  • Does Smytham Manor have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Smytham Manor dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Smytham Manor? The 180 miles of the Tarka Trail are accessible from Smytham Manor, following the route of Tarka the otter from the Henry Williamson book. Elsewhere, hire a bike in nearby Great Torrington … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Smytham Manor?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

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

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Changes to your holiday
Modifications are subject to a £20.00 fee.

Coronavirus
Protective masks must be worn at all times in common areas.
The bar facilities are closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.
The games room is closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Dogs
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The bar is open between 19/07 and 01/09.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
This is a quiet site: no music is allowed.

Pool
Please note there is no lifeguard on duty.
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 15/05 and 05/09 (subject to weather conditions).

Reception
Reception is closed from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.. No arrivals are permitted between these times.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.

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