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General

  • Modern stays in Dartmoor National Park
  • Just outside a moorland village and with woodland views
  • Dogs welcome

Had a baaaad week at work? Filled with shear determination to have a woolly good break overflowing with luxury and glamour? Flock to Dartmoor Shepherds Huts for a stay in Dartmoor National Park.

The huts here were added brandly new to the site in 2012 and are fully insulated with wool from the site’s own sheep, so remember to baaa thank you as you frolic past.

And, while they’re traditional in style, they're properly modern and up to date: timber-built, fully-equipped and sleeping up to four people (two in the double bed and another two on airbeds).

There are moor points here for the site’s location: pitches are in a peaceful Dartmoor valley with woodland views on one side and the Holy Brook on the other, just outside the moorland village of Holne and in an area packed with activities for all ages and tastes.

Naturally there are traditional Devonshire cream teas and the best of local produce around the area, but as it would be knit-picky to camp on Dartmoor and not cook over a traditional campfire too, all pitches have their own firepits and wood is available to buy from the friendly owners.

Dartmoor Shepherds Huts welcomes well-behaved dogs.

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Large motorhomes not fit through the local narrow lanes. Please check road guides.


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8.9

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90% would recommend this site to a friend.

89% would stay here again.

 

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I will never return to this site and will not recommend it to anyone. 24/09/2017

nicky_r332433

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  • Liked: 

    Nothing, we couldn't wait to leave.

    Disliked: 

    Where do I start.

    A very very basic hut with no lighting.The lighting should have been working by a car battery but the battery showed red and needed replacing or recharging. It states that it can sleep 4 but this is not the case. We had two children who had to sleep on air beds on the floor. This meant that once the children were on the floor there was no where for me and my partner to sit, if we needed to get up in the night for the toilet we couldn't get to the door.
    There is no undercover seating area outside so if the weather is bad you are stuck in a tiny hut.
    The utility room was in a very poor state. The fridge was dirty and smelly, the freezer was unusable and needed defrosting. There was no hot water at the sinks in the toilets.
    The site was in a poor state with several abandoned tents. Lots of netting bags from logs also littered the site. The bins were overflowing and the place looked a general mess.
    The owner did not introduce themselves all weekend and we left after spending just two nights there.

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Not sadly lived up to expectation. 24/09/2017

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  • Liked: 

    peace, tranquility, remoteness -as was looking for a quiet few evenings when out in the day.

    Disliked: 

    Sadly arrived in heavy rain (sadly, same for next 2 nights there) to stay in the Huck caravan, only to find the main light bulb not working and 2 holes in the ceiling.
    One half of 2 seater sofa soaked as under the leak.
    The ensuite was fine except no towels provided.
    Woodburner would not light after repeated attempts, so no heat; looked like previous occupants could not light it either. Possibly blocked flue?
    No one around in daytime when went looking.
    Emailed Libby my concerns, no reply received after a week, disappointing.
    Huck not so good in our great british rain!

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Loved it,, had a perfect weekend,, would without doubt come again!!! 18/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Emma P. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Location, peacefulness, stream/brook, fire pit, beauty of the location, solitude,clean facilities,, plenty of hot water!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing!

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Great for a peaceful stay. Great value for money. 18/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Amanda C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent, tent or campervan pitch
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  • Liked: 

    It was really quiet and peaceful, so easy to get some good quality sleep. Lots of hot water in the showers. Clean showers and toilets. Good washing up/utility room.

    Disliked: 

    Push button showers. I know they're a water saving thing, but they really get on my nerves. Can't complain too much as there was lots of hot water and the showers were free. Think it's mostly a personal dislike. Also there was nothing to dry my hands with in the toilets. A hand dryer would be great.

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Clean site and facilities 04/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Christopher G. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent, tent or campervan pitch
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    Lovely and quite with a little stream running through the middle of it was a nice relaxing few days away from the daily grind.

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Beautiful location, great facilities, definitely recommend! 04/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jen S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely location, clean and well stocked facilities, directions on website simple and easy to follow. Especially loved the ready made fire pit by each pitch. Staff friendly and helpful. (Definitely need a car!)

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A relaxing little camp site in the middle of Dartmoor 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom BEHZAD H. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Nice remote location yet close to the beauties of Dartmoor. Campfire was a big plus. Small campsite but not too busy even on a bank holiday weekend. Modest (but ok and clean) shower and toilet facilities.
    It can be difficult to find the site for the first time since it is off the digitized maps. Follow the gravel road and look for the small signs that says "camping".

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    The pitches can be very stony under the grass layer (take a hammer and thick pegs with you)

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Wonderful site! We camped by a little stream - children ... 28/08/2017

jack_b277872

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    Wonderful site! We camped by a little stream - children loved it! There are walks in the area and river swimming areas not too far away. Saw the stars clear at night with no light polution. Friendly owners.

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Great little country gem which we will return to. 28/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom kayleigh_w234743 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent, tent or campervan pitch
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  • Liked: 

    was a great campsite, we took our 3 year old and some friends and family joined us. Toilets and shower areas worked as they were supposed to. Utility room was a good room with sink, washing machine & fridge/freezer which was great for refreezing ice blocks.
    The location is surrounded by country roads but it makes the area so quiet at night. The firepits were amazing to sit next to at night and toast some marshmallows, (logs for fire cost £5 a bag and we used ours for about 5 hours a night and used a bag a night) .
    The owner, Libby was fantastic, she was very accomadating prior to our arrival and then when we arrived was very helpful and even took our daughter out on her horse which made our daughter's whole weekend ! Plots were very spacious and we didnt feel squished in.
    There's a small shop about 5 minutes away which stocks all the basics and then Tesco, co-op ECT about 15minutes away.
    The river dart country park is about a 10min drive too.
    We went out for the day to decoy park in newton abbot which took about 30mins from the site and was great for kids and kayaking.
    Phone signal is non existent so great for an off grid weekend.

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perfect location, friendly staff, fire possible 28/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom karolina_j Confirmed

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    lovely location, friendly staff

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

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Fishing

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Amenities on site

Bath available

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Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

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Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Gastronomic delight

Lake and/or mountain

Luxury

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

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

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Camping pods

Jumbo tent pitches

Pre-erected tents

Shepherd's huts

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

Location

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  • Higher Michelcombe Farm, Holne Newton Abbot, Devon, England, TQ13 7SP
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.5056°N 3.8415°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Buckfastleigh: Station Approach Bus Stop — 3.5 miles
Ashburton: Bull Ring Bus Stop — 3.8 miles
Totnes: Royal Seven Stars Coach Stop — 8.7 miles
Train stations
Ivybridge Rail Station — 8.2 miles
Totnes Rail Station — 8.3 miles
Newton Abbot Rail Station — 10.8 miles
Ferry ports
Totnes Ferry Landing — 8.9 miles
Dittisham Ferry Landing — 13.8 miles
Greenway House Ferry Landing — 13.9 miles
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 24.3 miles

Directions


Leave the A38 at either Ashburton or Buckfastleigh junctions (depending which way you're coming from), and follow the signs for Holne.

When you arrive at Holne, pass the pub on your right and continue up a hill. The road takes a sharp right. Follow the road until you reach a sign for Michelcombe and take a left turn there. Then when you reach a small bridge, follow the sign to the bridle path. The farm is at the end of that road on the left. Take the lower gravelled track.

Large motorhomes not fit through the local narrow lanes. Please check road guides.

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

Food, glorious food...dive into the middle of the Westcountry’s larder to sample loads of local produce in the area’s restaurants and pubs: the Church House Inn a mile away at Holne shouldn’t prove to be too strenuous a walk back to base once you’ve munched your way through the fresh fish, Dartmoor venison or ploughman platters on offer.

If you decide that you need to walk off the Devonshire delights, you won’t be far away from plenty of scenic sights: there are heather-covered hills, wild Dartmoor ponies and walking routes all nearby, along with ancient archaeological landmarks such as stone circles, cairns and clapper bridges.

Climb a tor to have your breath taken away again by the scenery below: this is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a mix of woodland, reservoir, valley and cave habitats.

A few miles further afield, start off at the High Moorland Visitor Centre to find out everything you need to know about Dartmoor’s history, wildlife and culture, then go on a history tour to take in Buckfast Abbey and Devon’s castles or take a wildlife trip to the area’s farm attractions Pennywell Farm, Totnes Rare Breed Farm and the Buckfast Butterflies and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary.

If you’ve had one too many cream teas (it’s easily done) and prefer to take in the scenery while sitting down, steam along to the South Devon Railway for valley views from Buckfastleigh to Totnes.

There are baleloads of family attractions in the area for you all to flock to: let the kids walk on water at the award-winning River Dart Country Park, ape the baboons and gorillas at Paignton Zoo or goggle at the sharks at the UK’s biggest aquarium, the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

Must see

  • Buckfast Abbey (3.0 miles)
  • Dartmoor Zoological Park (9.4 miles)
  • Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (12.6 miles)

National Trust

  • The Church House (5.0 miles)
  • Compton Castle (11.0 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. –  11 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  4 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart:  11 a.m.

We do not have a reception. The owner is on site most of the time but if this is not the case please take any available pitch.

If you are staying in a hut or cabin your name will be on the door.

Dartmoor Shepherd's Huts cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

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. Dartmoor Shepherd's Huts will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

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