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General

  • Rural family-run campsite over 23 acres
  • In the North Devon World Biosphere Reserve
  • Pool, sun terrace, putting green and bar with verandah

The site is located in north Devon in the grounds of a seventeenth century manor house. Part open and part woodland, it is in its own cloistered valley and with direct access to the walking and pedalling meanders of the Tarka Trail.

Smythan Manor is a rural and family-run campsite over 23 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 pool with sun terrace is on site to swim or bask in the sun upon. There's also a putting green and a bar with a verandah from which to watch the Devon sun set.

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

Guests have access to the heated amenities block with free hot water, baby changing area, easy-access facilities, a small shop, freezer for ice blocks, dishwashing area and a launderette with coin-operated washing machines and tumble dryers alongside ironing facilities. Dogs are welcome on site on all pitches apart from the camping pods.

Smytham Manor is just 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.

Under 15s must be supervised by an adult in the pool area.


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9.0

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96% would recommend this site to a friend.

90% would stay here again.

 
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location,facilities,pool, 20/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom philip w. Confirmed

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

    location,facilities,pool,

    Disliked: 

    Actual plot, on a very steep slope damaged underneath of caravan when parking it.
    WIFI chargeable and if paid for limited access. Poor mobile reception.

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beautiful grounds and very spacious pitches, good location for visit ... 18/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Karen T. Confirmed

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

    beautiful grounds and very spacious pitches, good location for visit to nearby RHS garden.

    Disliked: 

    some of the pitches have a very steep access

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Stayed in one of there pods and had a great ... 14/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Dianne S. Confirmed

  • Camping pod
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Stayed in one of there pods and had a great time every one on site was pleasant and helpful the site was clean and tidy no complaints.

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Quiet and friendly Nice free swimming pool 12/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Bryan A. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Quiet and friendly
    Nice free swimming pool

    Disliked: 

    Bar not open out of season ... July!!!

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Lovely site with spotless loos and showers 12/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom sallyschneider Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Peaceful tranquil

    Disliked: 

    Pity we had to pay extra for internet! Otherwise nothing to dislike

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Friendly staff and spacious pitches 28/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Barbara O. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Friendly reception and very good shower block.

    Disliked: 

    Track to join tarka trail from campsite not good.

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Lovely family site with clean facilities and friendly staff. 06/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Rowena M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The closeness to Tarka trail and good quiet site. My son loved the woods and games room. Daughter enjoyed swimming pool.

    Disliked: 

    Our pitch was on a slight slope.

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Excellent site with excellent facilities with friendly staff 05/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sarah D. Confirmed

  • Camping pod
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Good clean site with good facilities and lovely grounds. Log cabin was very nice and warm even on a chillier May evening. Friendly helpful staff. Nice bar area and clean bathroom facilities. Lovely heated pool.

    Disliked: 

    I disliked the communal bench area for the two pods - I would have preferred our own bench as it made it difficult if both pods wished to use the one bench at the same time.

    I think there needs to be a small metal bar to the side of the front door to hang a few clothes up on as there is no storage available (apart from space under the camp beds). A small mirror would have been useful as well.

    The camp beds were exceptionally uncomfortable. They would have benefited from a mattress of some sort - we stayed in the two man pod which didn't have them but I believe the other pods did. I had terrible nights sleep with back and neck ache for the most of the holiday.

    The wifi costs £15 for the week. We felt that this was over priced as we were hardly able to connect to it. Connectivity was not a major problem for us as we hardly had time to use it I did think that this made it over priced. I think it would have been nice to have been made aware of the wifi option when checking in as there is no phone service - this made it possible to contact the outside world should we needed to have done in an emergency.

    These are minor points in what was a very enjoyable stay but think that they would improve customer experience whilst staying at this very lovely site.

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Fantastic quite site clean facilities and friendly atmosphere. 05/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom matthew_p22 Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Fantastic quite site clean facilities and friendly atmosphere.

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Excellent site clean good facilities and level pitches 05/06/2017

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

  • Electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great swimming pool, lovely grounds.

    Disliked: 

    No restaurant that was open

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Gas cylinders available

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Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Leave the car at home

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Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

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Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

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Bar nearby

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Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Location

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  • Smytham Manor, Little Torrington Great Torrington, Devon, England, EX38 8PU
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.9270°N 4.1494°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bideford: Quay Coach Stop — 6.8 miles
Northam: Square Coach Stop — 8.3 miles
Westward Ho!: Holiday Centre Coach Stop — 8.7 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


From the M5 towing a trailer
Take Junction 27 west on the A361. Continue for 33 miles to Barnstaple. At the roundabout follow the A39 west towards Bideford. At the third roundabout turn left on to the B3232 towards Torrington and continue for 9 miles. In Torrington at the first roundabout turn right, and at the second roundabout turn left on the A386. Continue for 2.5 miles. Smytham Manor's entrance will be on your right.

From Exeter
Join the A30 heading west to Okehampton. At Okehampton exit the A30 onto the B3260 and head into Okehampton. At the traffic lights on crossroads in the center of town, turn right towards Hathleigh and the A386. Continue north on the A386 for 17 miles. You will see Smytham Manor's entrance on the left just before Little Torrington.

The 75A and 75B buses stop nearby.

Nearest train station: Barnstaple.

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 is accessible from Smytham Manor. You can follow the route of Tarka the otter from the Henry Williamson book.

Hire a bike in nearby Great Torrington for the easy 11-mile pedal along the banks of the River Torridge 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.

More walks, bike rides, climbing, fishing and all sorts of outdoor activities are easily accessible around Smytham Manor. You can learn to surf at north Devon beaches, enjoy cantering or mountain biking around Dartmoor and Exmoor. Wildlife is rife in these parts: 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, voted Devon’s best large attraction for 2013—14 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 zorb balling of Barnstaple’s Southdown Adventure Park.

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

Also at Bideford, the mix of formal gardens, kitchen gardens and woodland at Tapeley Park and Gardens make for a restful afternoon out; don't miss a trip to Cheristow Lavender Farm and Gnome World, home to 250 species of wild flowers/plants and over a thousand gnomes.

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.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Smytham Manor cancellation policy

No refunds are given if you haven't subscribed to the cancellation plan extra.

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

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 Manor will debit the balance from your card 3 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 3 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

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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.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m..
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.

Additional terms

Under 15s must be supervised by an adult in the pool area.

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