Bowhayes Farm Camping

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Relax at Bowhayes Farm whilst surrounded by beautiful cider orchards (added by manager 07 Jun 2022)
Relax in our bell tents surrounded by beautiful cider orchards (added by manager 27 sep 2022)
Blue skies (added by manager 16 jun 2021)
Springtime in the orchard (added by manager 17 jun 2021)

  • Semi-wild camping by a scenic Devon cider orchard
  • Sidmouth 15 minutes' drive; half an hour from central Exeter
  • Hampers available; small farm shop for teas, coffees and snacks
Settle into your own space, get away from your daily routine and appreciate the serenity of east Devon at Bowhayes Farm Camping, a semi-wild campsite in the scenic grounds of a Devon cider orchard. The site is located on the edge of the leafy hamlet of Venn Ottery in extensive farmland, surrounded by footpaths and a tree nursery. How you spend your time here is up to you – you might like to wander through Venn Ottery, amble on Aylesbeare Common, a nearby RSPB reserve, or head down to the Jurassic Coast at Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton (roughly a quarter of an hour's drive away). Whatever you get up to, aim to get back to the farm in time for sunset, as the sky often puts on a beguiling show just before dusk. This is also when the local wildlife comes out to say hello – you might spot roe deer, badgers, rabbits, foxes, pheasants and more. When there's little cloud coverage, this is generally followed by a spectacular starry sky, as this secluded pocket of Devon has very low levels of light pollution. Facilities at Bowhayes Farm Camping are fairly simple and include a farm toilet, shower and fresh drinking water. There is also a small farm shop where you can head for teas, coffees, cold drinks, snacks and essentials. Special hampers can be made up to order too, provided you give the site enough advance notice. Please note that the adult and family pitching areas are separated from each other by roughly 150 metres to maximise peace and relaxation between groups.

Site type

Tent pitches 8
Rent a tent 3
Open now
Please note
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
  • The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. XL Bully, Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
  • No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
  • Guests under the age of 13 are not allowed on site.
  • No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
  • Reception is unmanned after 4:30 p.m.. Please inform the site while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.
  • Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
  • No naked flames are allowed inside the hired accommodation units.
  • Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.

Languages spoken

English

French

Open from Fri, 29 Mar to

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Friendly and helpful welcome by Howard. Camped at top of his blooming…

Overall 10/10
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Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Marie-Anne P. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch (small)

Liked: Friendly and helpful welcome by Howard. Camped at top of his blooming apple tree orchard which included a tractor ride. Woke up to bees buzzing and birds singing. At night had amazing views of the Northern lights! Simple but good facilities: toilet and nice hot shower. Great to access River Otter for walks, Otterton Mill. Pub within walking distance.

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We loved our stay at Bowhayes Farm! The location is so peaceful…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation No rating
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Dan S. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch (small)

Liked: We loved our stay at Bowhayes Farm! The location is so peaceful and it is great to be able to stay within the trees of the apple orchard. Howard and Fiona are such welcoming and friendly hosts, who gave us loads of great recommendations for the local areas' pubs and walks. We will definitely be returning and have already recommended to all our friends and family. Poppy & Dan

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From the manager: Hey Poppy & Dan, Apologies for the delay in writing back! Thank you both for your lovely review - we're glad you liked the place! You're both most welcome in the future, it was our pleasure to host you. See you next season! Howard & Fi

A fantadtic and quiet site, we had such a relaxing time with…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Samantha M. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch (large)

Liked: A fantadtic and quiet site, we had such a relaxing time with lots of space and picturesque views. The utilities were great, especially the shower. All staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming, even making a fuss over our dogs. We will definitely be staying again. An ideal spot if you want to unwind and get away from the world for a while.

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From the manager: Hello! Thanks so much for your kind review, we really appreciate it. You and the dogs were the perfect guests! It was our pleasure hosting you. Kind regards, Howard & Fiona

Great hosts, excellent location and facilities.

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
George O. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch (small)

Liked: Great hosts always on hand to help. Excellent location that was very quiet and peaceful. Would highly recommend.

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From the manager: Hi George! Apologies for the delay in responding to your kind review. Great to read your lovely review - we both really appreciate it. And great to hear you enjoyed yourself away from the maddening crowd here at Bowhayes Farm. I hope the overseas work assignment went well. If you're ever passing, it would be our pleasure to host you again. Kindest regards, Howard & Fiona

Lovely site, really peaceful. Great pitches that were spread out so you…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Amy B. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch (small)

Liked: Lovely site, really peaceful. Great pitches that were spread out so you could really relax. Friendly hosts who were always helpful. Walks from the site were wonderful. Great base for exploring Devon. Will definitely be returning.

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From the manager: Hi Amy, Apologies for the delay in responding to your kind review. I was lovely hosting you and we really like your picture - it really captures the ethos of our approach to camping. Relaxing and peaceful - we think of our orchard as a little sanctuary away from the bustle of the 'real' world! So pleased you enjoyed yourself - hope to see you back here soon! Regards, Howard & Fiona

Lovely stay here, beautiful spot, and Howard was so welcoming and helpful…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness No rating
Wifi No rating
Emily M. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch (small)

Liked: Lovely stay here, beautiful spot, and Howard was so welcoming and helpful

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From the manager: Hi Emily, Apologies for the delay in writing a review. Thanks so much for your kind review and lovely pictures - really appreciated. So pleased you enjoyed your stay here - we try our hardest to keep it as friendly and relaxed as possible and your pictures clearly capture this spirit. Thanks again - we hope to see you all again sometime. Kindest regards, Howard & Fiona

Very lovely and peaceful! Howard is so helpful - thank you for…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch (small)

Liked: Very lovely and peaceful! Howard is so helpful - thank you for a nice stay

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From the manager: Hi Hannah, Thank you so much for your review - it's always lovely when someone takes time to reflect on their break. We really appreciated it. It was great meeting you and I hope we see you again. Many thanks, Howard

Delightful small camp site with lovely hosts in a picturesque setting

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Sophie L. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch (small)

Liked: Loved the large amount of space between pitches and that it's such a small camp site. The owners are really nice and friendly, driving us to and fro our camping spot with our camping our gear in his 4x4 which was a lovely unexpected bonus. It's a lovely quiet place surrounded by greenery, a lovely place to get out into nature. we very much enjoyed our time here and the town was only a relatively short walk away which was equally as delightful. Though we camped this time, the bell tents looked like such cosy places to spend sleep as well and we're definitely thinking about booking one of them next time we pop down to devon!

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From the manager: Hi Sophie, Many thanks for your lovely review - we're really please that you liked our little corner of East Devon. If you book one of the bell tents we should (fingers crossed) have the horsebox shower and toilet up and running and... our new 'field kitchen'!! Watch this space....! It was a pleasure hosing you both, we hope to see you again! Howard & Fiona

Excellent site with two pubs within walking distance

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch (small)

Liked: The pitch in the Apple trees, the optional breakfast and Howard was a fantastic host explaining everything .

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From the manager: Hi Steve, Thanks for your kind review, very much appreciated. It was a pleasure hosting you, hope to see you again sometime. Regards, Howard & Fiona

Very quiet, friendly seasonal site in working Orchard

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 8
Wifi No rating
David B. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch (small)

Liked: Very relaxed quiet camping in an Orchard, hosts Howard and Fiona so helpful, one of the nicest camping stays I've had. Highly Recommended

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From the manager: Hi David, Many many thanks for your kind words - reviews are the life blood for small family businesses, so very much appreciated! Great to hear you liked our little farm, hope to see you back here again one day. Regards, Howard & Fiona


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

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Adults only

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal freezer

Communal fridge

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

Farm

Small (11-25 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

Location

Bowhayes Farm Camping

Venn Ottery

Ottery St Mary

Devon

England

EX11 1RY

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)

GPS

50.71352°N
-3.30371°W

Route directions

Drive to Venn Ottery; the brick entranceway is next to the village noticeboard and post box, opposite Barton Mews. Drive into the entrance and park in front of the barns. Please call when you are around 30 minutes away.

Nearest transport

Coach
7.4 mi Honiton Road Park and Ride
7.4 mi The Barn Owl
8.7 mi Rail Station
Rail
4.4 mi Whimple Rail Station
5.1 mi Feniton Rail Station
5.7 mi Cranbrook Rail Station
Ferry
7.4 mi Topsham (Turf Lock Ferry) Ferry Landing
7.5 mi Topsham Ferry Landing
7.6 mi Topsham Lock Ferry Landing
Airport
5.1 mi Exeter International Airport

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

Local attractions and activities include: - Ottery St Mary: 10 minutes’ drive - Bicton College Arboretum: 10 minutes - Crealy Theme Park and Resort: 15 minutes - Budleigh Salterton: 15 minutes - Sidmouth: 15 minutes - A La Ronde (National Trust): 20 minutes - Beer: 25 minutes - Exeter: 30 minutes.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Sidmouth Jacobs Ladder 3.6 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Sidmouth Town 3.7 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Ladram Bay 3.9 mi Sea N/A Good N/A Good
Budleigh Salterton 5.9 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Sandy Bay 7.7 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site 3.3 mi

Crealy Great Adventure Park 4.9 mi

The National Trust Killerton House & Gardens 8.6 mi

Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter 9.9 mi

Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 14.5 mi

National Trust

A la Ronde 6.6 mi

Killerton: Marker's Cottage 7 mi

Killerton: Clyston Mill 7.1 mi

Branscombe: the Old Bakery, Manor Mill and Forge 7.4 mi

Killerton: Budlake Old Post Office 8.2 mi

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Other

AYLESBEARE COMMON (CURRENT BOUNDARY FROM 15/07/2005) 1.5 mi

CADHAY 3.2 mi

BICTON 3.2 mi

ROCKBEARE MANOR 3.6 mi

CONNAUGHT GARDENS 3.7 mi

Local events

  • Sidmouth Folk Festival (Friday 2 August 2024 – Friday 2 August 2024)

    Sidmouth, Devon 3.8 mi

  • Beautiful Days (Friday 16 August 2024 – Friday 16 August 2024)

    Ottery St Mary, Devon 4.3 mi

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.

Nearest sites

Unfortunately, we have no nearby bookable sites.

Want to know more about camping in Devon?

  • Does Bowhayes Farm Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Bowhayes Farm Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Bowhayes Farm Camping? Local attractions and activities include: - Ottery St Mary: 10 minutes’ drive - Bicton College Arboretum: 10 minutes - Crealy Theme Park and Resort: 15 minutes - Budleigh Salterton: 15 minutes - … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Bowhayes Farm Camping?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Bowhayes Farm Camping? From £20 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.