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General

  • Peaceful alpaca farm in a rural setting
  • Small and quiet family-owned site
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable project

What a smashing little site this is – and might you have surmised from the name that exotic animals will be wandering around too...?

Welcome to Moonacre Alpacas, a small and sustainable farm in the Devon countryside with its own herd of around 30 fluffy and friendly Huacaya alpacas. (So you can arrive on site impressively armed with knowledge, the Huacaya is one of the two main alpaca breeds and normally lives on the Altiplano plateau in the Andes.)

Glamping guests also have access to a small lake on site, which is often visited by the resident flock of ducks. Walking and cycling routes including the Tarka Trail are easily accessed in the surrounding countryside; for fishing, carp and coarse angling lakes are half a mile away.

As well as providing peaceful holidays among scenic countryside, the team at Moonacre is also also keen to promote sustainability and eco tourism, and have added eco toilets as well as separate shower facilities and toilets. Barbecues and campfires are both allowed.

Moonacre is about 20 minutes from Dartmoor and half an hour from the Devon coast. It's a mile and a half from the local shop and three miles from the pubs, restaurants and shops of the villages of Winkleigh and Dolton.

Please note

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

A charge of £1.00 applies for the use of shower.

Bookings must not be for more than 7 consecutive nights.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

Access to the lake area is reserved for glamping and static caravan guests only.

Due to the proximity of pregnant alpacas, dogs cannot be accepted on the site.

Campfires are allowed, but must only use sustainable logs bought from the site team. These plus kindling and firelighters are available at £5 per bag.


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9.1

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Beautiful site with well equipped facilities and exceptional owners! 29/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Katie N. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    A stunning site with friendly animals and immaculate accommodation kitted with all you need for cooking, keeping a fire and cleaning.

    A special thanks to the exceptional owners who went above and beyond to help us with our car troubles! Thankyou for being so friendly and understanding, you have given us a wonderful trip to remember!

    10/10

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From the manager...

Thank-you Katie and George for your lovely review and for leaving the Shepherd's Hut in such lovely condition. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and glad the car got fixed. Hope to see you again! All the best Phil & Alison

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Absolutely amazing location with great host's. 01/09/2017

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    Absolutely brilliant idea for a get away from city life, we took our 9 month old daughter and stayed in Massie's bell tent. What we loved about our stay was it's not your "normal" holiday park experience, which is exactly why we chose it! You have your very own generous patch of grass land surrounding your choice of stay, a sheltered place to cook (which everything is there for you - cooker, plates, pots and pans, and washing up bowl etc), outdoor compost loo to yourself, or if you choose, there is a toilet and heated shower up in the barn which can also be used. Alison and Philip are brilliant and there for you whenever you need them, and if you don't, they are happy to leave you to it.
    I couldn't recommend this more highly as a place of great escape in nature, with beautiful surroundings and the Alpacas just add to the whole experience. We will definately be returning next year for longer.

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Great hosts & tranquil surroundings 31/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Amman Q. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Interacting with the Alpacas

    Disliked: 

    My friends waking up so late

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Would stay again 28/08/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Loved the alpacas and relaxed feel to this place along with the lovely couple running it.

    Disliked: 

    Shower and toilet were basic. Site was smaller than I thought and the grass was very long.

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Splendid !! 22/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Julie B. Confirmed

  • 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    There is nothing not to like in this rustic shepherds hut
    If you love the feeling of been outdoors but with the comfort of a bed this is the best place ever ! Romantic and just lovely
    Loved the solar power lights,the bbq area outside,the fire pit,the ambiance and getting to know and feed the beautiful alpacas!
    Fantastic ,friendly hosts that made it a great stay.
    Would definitly be back for longer !
    Location for Rosemoor where we were working was just perfect.
    What a great find !

    Disliked: 

    Not having enough time to enjoy it all as was working at Rosemoor Flower Show

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We had a fantastic time and kids really enjoyed the ... 17/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Nkosinathi K. Confirmed

  • Maisy's bell tent (2 adults and 2 children)
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    We had a fantastic time and kids really enjoyed the holiday. Phil, Alison, Ralph and all the Alpacas ladies were magnificent.

    Can't wait to come back again....

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Lovely site, great hosts and the draw of alpaca watching and privacy 15/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Mandy W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • 1 bedroom shepherd's hut
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    Our shepherd hut at Moonacre Alpacas was charming, comfortable and secluded in is own corner of the farm.

    Other accommodation is available but all tents/huts and caravans are set well apart from each other which adds to the sense of space and privacy.

    We had a particularly rainy time during our stay but the hut was cosy and warm and the big king sized bed made it difficult to get up and get moving in the mornings.

    Being able to lie inside with the door open and see the alpaca or read was very relaxing.

    Alison and Phil are wonderful hosts and offered some excellent tips on places to visit. They'll do anything to help make your stay enjoyable and Phil even turned his hand to fixing my shoes after the soles fell off on the first day!

    They care passionately about their alpaca herd and their wellbeing and are also keen to allow visitors access to experience their feeding times and see the youngsters play.

    Drinking prosecco by the fire pit as the sun went down and watching the bats and hearing the owls was a lovely way to spend the (drier!) evenings.

    Disliked: 

    The eco loo close to the hut was more than adequate but in the very wet conditions, trips in the middle of the night could benefit from a few stepping stones.

    We discussed this with Phil and Alison who seemed to think it a reasonable suggestion so I expect they'll be keen to add some soon.

    I should add that there is a fully plumbed toilet and hot shower in the barn a few minutes walk from the hut. It was always very clean and tidy and water stayed hot!

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Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

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Outdoor swimming pool

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Take away

Tennis

TV room

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Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal pitches

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Shepherd's huts

Location

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  • Moonacre Farm, Dolton, Winkleigh, Devon, England, EX19 8PP
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.8793°N 3.9928°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Okehampton: West Street Coach Stop — 9.7 miles
South Molton (Devon): The Square Coach Stop — 11.8 miles
Bideford: Quay Coach Stop — 13.3 miles
Train stations
Eggesford Rail Station — 5.2 miles
Kings Nympton Rail Station — 5.5 miles
Portsmouth Arms Rail Station — 5.7 miles
Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing — 13.3 miles
Instow Ferry Landing — 14.5 miles
Appledore Ferry Landing — 14.8 miles
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 27.2 miles

Directions


Moonacre Farm is off the A3124 between Winkleigh and Torrington. From Winkleigh follow the A3124 for about 3 miles towards Torrington and take the left turn signposted for Stafford Moor Fisheries. Carry on this road for 1/2 mile past the fisheries and the site is on the left (you will see a large new barn on the left with post and rail fencing and a five bar gate which is set back). Please don't trust your Satnav once you take the turning to Stafford Moor Fisheries, just stay on the road. The Satnav will take you a mile out of your way and to another farm.

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

Some lovely land lies around this part of Devon, for strolls and hikes as well as bike rides and vineyards, moors and coast, old houses and green gardens. A 35-lake coarse and carp fishery with its own tackle and bait shop and catches of over 30lb is half a mile up the road.

Plenty of walking and cycling paths are easy to access from here, including the famed Tarka Trail, following the supposed path made by Henry Williamson's eponymous otter in an 180-mile loop around north Devon. A section of the trail makes up part of National Cycle Network  27 and the 99-mile Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route from Ilfracombe to Plymouth.

More hiking and cycling, as well horse riding, climbing and piles more outdoor options are at Dartmoor, about 20 minutes from the farm. You can drive to here via Moonacre's traditional local village of Winkleigh, onto Okehampton, and then to Belstone, right on the edge of the moor and the sinister setting for Agatha Christie's The Sittaford Mystery.

Going towards the coast, Westward Ho! and Saunton Sands are under 20 miles away. For gardens, the farm is within a 10-minute drive of RHS Rosemoor. The Moonacre team also recommends Great Torrington, a 12-minute drive away and home to an arts centre with cinema, bar and café for day and evening refreshments and meals.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (7.7 miles)
  • Castle Drogo (14.9 miles)
  • Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (22.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Finch Foundry (10.7 miles)
  • Castle Drogo (14.9 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:  4 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart:  10:30 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  4 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart:  10:30 a.m.

Moonacre Alpacas cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 30 day(s) of arrival.

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. Moonacre Alpacas will debit the balance from your card 7 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 7 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Hired accommodation: £50.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Tax

This area is not subject to city tax.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 30 day(s) of arrival.

Extras
A charge of £1.00 applies for the use of shower.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Bookings must not be for more than 7 consecutive nights.
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 7:30 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
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.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £50.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. between 01/05 and 30/09.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
No vehicle movement between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m..
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/campervan please select the extra.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 10 p.m..
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Additional terms

Access to the lake area is reserved for glamping and static caravan guests only.

Due to the proximity of pregnant alpacas, dogs cannot be accepted on the site.

Campfires are allowed, but must only use sustainable logs bought from the site team. These plus kindling and firelighters are available at £5 per bag.

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