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Court Gates Wild Camping

8.6
Court Gates Wild Camping: Beautiful views (photo added by  on 22/08/2021)

General

  • South Devon working farm with sea views and stabling for horses
  • A 15-minute drive from Plymouth and 20 minutes from Dartmoor
  • Direct access to South West Coast Path; a mile from Bovisand beach

Countryside, coast and city – it’s quite the mix of attractions at Court Gates Wild Camping, a peaceful site at a working farm within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Two of the above are very easily accessible from the site, which looks out over the Dartmoor National Park on one side and the sea on the other. In fact, the coast is close enough to walk to – there’s direct access to the South West Coast Path, and you can follow a footpath that will get you to Bovisand beach in around 20 minutes.

Setting off on foot can also get you to the local pub, shops and garage, all of which are about 20 minutes’ walk away (or five minutes in the car). A couple more pubs are within a few minutes’ drive too, although it’s quite possible you’ll be tempted to stick around on the farm to look out to sea, play games and fire up a barbecue (which are allowed as long as you keep them off the ground to avoid burning the grass).

And what of the aforementioned city? That’s the coastal settlement of Plymouth, 15 minutes’ drive away and packed with things to see and do (plus places to eat and drink…)

Those bringing animals along on holiday can be catered for at Court Gates: well-behaved dogs are welcome, and there’s stabling available at the farm’s livery for horses too.

The setup here isn’t in fact entirely wild camping – guests will have access to toilets and running water, but there are no showers.

Please note

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

Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

The site only allows dogs up to 35kg.

This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

At least one of the party members must be aged 25 or over.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.

There is no reception on-site: on arrival please contact the number provided on your booking confirmation.


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8.6

Overall rating based on 31 reviews

 

87% would recommend this site to a friend.

87% would stay here again.

  76% described as Wild camping ?

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Suited our needs,30/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The site was exactly as described. We were happy with the basic facilities for one night. We were invited to pitch up anywhere we liked.

    Disliked: 

    The countryside is not as quiet as it seems, and the road nearby seems to attract bikers late into the night.
    As it was the end of the season, the portaloo had become quite full, so we did not use them.

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Loved the whole stay clean field clean toilet and running …20/08/2023

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Loved the whole stay clean field clean toilet and running water. Had to leave day earlier as the weather was really bad and soaked all inside the tent. Overall loved the stay

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Worth the stay17/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Great location and gave us just what we wanted

    Owner gave us advice on best place to watch the firework championships too

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Lovely large open area/field, quiet, nice clean toilet10/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJamie Lea P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely large open area/field, quiet, nice clean toilet

    Disliked: 

    A little hard to find

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A great natural getaway :-)31/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJulia H.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    A great natural getaway :-)

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Local handy location with lovely views. Clean portaloos/plenty of toilet …27/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKitty N.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Local handy location with lovely views.
    Clean portaloos/plenty of toilet paper.
    The refund given.

    Disliked: 

    I was told we'd "picked the wrong day to come" and no one was available to help according to the owner - after I'd complained about the antisocial noise coming from the 50+ party who kindly brought along drums, guitars, microphones all plugged into their very own P.A system, in the same "small/quiet/no music allowed" field we pitched in. By 3am I was praying for heavy rain to drown out some of the noise. At 6.40am the music stopped.
    Don't bother reading their rules and policies because they're not adhered to.

From the manager...

The group concerned came out last year and we had no trouble with them, in fact, a camper on the following evening joined in with them and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
We have given a full refund for the night booked and have offered a free night's camping in lieu.
Usually our site is very quiet and peaceful, as commented on in the other reviews here

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Passable for one night, still the noise level was too much for us.26/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The view and how commutable it was to the coast.

    Disliked: 

    Was not warned about festival levels of music coming from neibouring farm all night long. Ashame this is a reality for working farms because for the price and location it ticked most boxes.

From the manager...

Hi,

We have given you a complete refund for the one night you spent with us, and offered a free night's camping at a future date. This group of people stayed with us last year and we had no problems, in fact, a camper on the second night enjoyed the music and had a drink and some food with them

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The location was perfect for what we wanted.25/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJulia R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The view, space and cleanliness of the loos.

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Peace an quiet. Views Bliss23/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHeather F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Peace an quiet.
    Views
    Bliss

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Liked25/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomWarren L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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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

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

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No hot water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Pop-up campsite

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

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Staddiscombe, Plymouth, Devon, England, PL9 9NE
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.3449°N 4.0920°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bretonside Bus Station — 2.7 miles
Plymouth Road Superstore — 3.0 miles
Crabtree — 3.1 miles
Train stations
Plymouth Rail Station — 3.2 miles
Devonport Rail Station — 4.2 miles
Dockyard (Plymouth) Rail Station — 4.5 miles
Ferry ports
Plymouth Mount Batten Ferry Landing — 2.0 miles
Plymouth (Barbican) Landing Stage — 2.4 miles
Newton Ferrers Ferry Landing — 2.8 miles
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 40.0 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

Countryside pursuits first? It’ll take you about 10 minutes to drive to the nearest horse riding centre, and about 20 minutes to get to Plymbridge Woods for a walk in National Trust-owned forest. If you’ve got your sights set on a more involved hike, head to the Dartmoor National Park, whose borders are about 20 minutes away (and it’s a similar drive to Dartmoor Zoo too).

City time is easy to come by too, as it’ll only take about 15 minutes to drive to the centre of Plymouth to visit the National Marine Aquarium, sample the wares of the gin distillery or wander around historic Barbican area. You may also like to take a detour to Saltram (on the edge of the city) for a stroll around the National Trust estate.

And as for the coast, well, there are plenty of ways to enjoy that too: as well as walks on the coast path you can also hit the beach at Wembury, play a round of golf at Staddon Heights (both five minutes’ drive) or explore Thorn House & Garden (10 minutes).

Must see

  • National Marine Aquarium (2.3 miles)
  • Dartmoor Zoological Park (6.3 miles)
  • Buckfast Abbey (17.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Wembury (1.8 miles)
  • Saltram (2.5 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:  9 a.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  2 p.m.

Court Gates Wild Camping cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week 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.

Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.

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

Modifications are subject to a £5.00 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. Court Gates Wild Camping 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.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Court Gates Wild Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Court Gates Wild Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Court Gates Wild Camping? Countryside pursuits first? It’ll take you about 10 minutes to drive to the nearest horse riding centre, and about 20 minutes to get to Plymbridge Woods for a walk in National Trust-owned … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Court Gates Wild Camping?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  9 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  2 p.m.
    Read more

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