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Barle Brook Retreat: Pekin Hen

General

  • Secluded exclusive-use site in scenic Exmoor National Park
  • A 5-minute drive from Exmoor Zoo; 20 from Lynmouth; 25 from Barnstaple
  • Barbecues and campfires allowed; charcoal and free-range eggs for sale

If you're in need of a getaway, head to Barle Brook Retreat, a family-friendly back-to-basics site 20 minutes’ drive from Lynmouth and 25 minutes from Barnstaple in Devon. And when they say getaway around here, they really mean it: there's only one party on site at any moment, so you'll have the entire place to yourselves – how very fab.

The site’s in Exmoor National Park, so it should come as no surprise that it’s particularly scenic, with a small brook passing through, plenty of trees giving shelter (and a touch of seclusion), and the sounds of birdsong soothing guests.

This is a spot for hardier souls, as there are no toilets or shower blocks (just chemical disposal), so fending for oneself is a big part of hols here. It’s not completely cut off from modern amenities though: there’s a free wifi area for when contact without the outside world becomes a necessity.

Speaking of the outside world, it’s an easy five-minute stroll (or a minute’s drive) into the tiny village of Challacombe, where there’s an inn serving lunches and evening meals. Prefer to keep it self sufficient? Barbecues and campfires are allowed, and charcoal can be bought on site. Breakfast is handily sorted too, as the free-range chickens roaming around provide eggs for the guests every day.

Please note

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, Friday 30 December 2022.

This site has no on-site toilet and shower facilities.

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

Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.

At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.


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9.6

Overall rating based on 20 reviews

 

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100% would stay here again.

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A slice of seclusion27/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomVictoria W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    A slice of paradise in privacy in the North Devon countryside, walk to the Pub which is relaxed and characterful. Sit listening to the Brook in front of a camp fire; feed the resident Cock and Hens.
    Sunbathe in privacy. Grateful of the alfresco WC, fresh water & a lovely welcome and welcome pack from Jess.
    Did not rate child friendliness or WiFi as I don’t have children or didn’t use the WiFi it came as a refreshing change not to use. But WiFi was available. No phone reception on Tesco mobile.

    Disliked: 

    No dislikes however the addition of an outside shower would have been perfect.

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Great setup at Barle Brook. Having the place to ourselves …15/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAndrew S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Great setup at Barle Brook. Having the place to ourselves was great and Jess couldn’t have been a more helpful and accommodating host.

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Jess was very welcoming and personable. We were pleasantly surprized …22/02/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomEdward H.Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Jess was very welcoming and personable. We were pleasantly surprized and delighted with the welcome pack, we have not encountered this at other sites before. The setting was idyllic, next to a babbling brook, which in the spring and summer would be fantastic. Unfortunately we encountered Storms Eunice and then Franklin, which foreshortened our stay at Barle Brook Retreat. We shall return when inclement weather is behind us.
    Edward & Jane

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A perfect getaway with lovely owners.11/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomlisa S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Love being at Barles Brook. Jess and family are so friendly and welcoming. Also, very uninvasive but on hand when needed.
    Firewood is available. Eggs available. Also beautiful fresh cut flowers you can buy. Drinking water, hook up for campers and grass patches for tents. Open air toilet is available for waste disposal.
    Free range chickens are always available to have a chat with, haha. WiFi is available but only really for contacting people. Internet surfing and streaming isn't really available. But we come here for escape from that anyway. To reconnect with nature. There is a bbq available and 2 firepit areas. A beautiful little stream, which is lovely when meditating or relaxing. I had my 40th birthday here with 3 friends (2 vehicles, 1 awning and 2 pup tents) and it was amazing. Jess was lovely and really made an effort to make my birthday special. Thank you Jess 🥰 I won't forget my 40th here. Lovely people and lovely area. I will definitely be back!

    Disliked: 

    If I had to pick one thing, it would be the road beside us. But it's not a busy road at all, so minimal noise.

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Nice and peacefull site.Friendly host.Perfect getaway.Short drive to coastal areas …04/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDUNCAN T.Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Nice and peacefull site.Friendly host.Perfect getaway.Short drive to coastal areas of north devon.

    Disliked: 

    nothing

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Excellent site, friendly and relaxed host and level pitches07/06/2021

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

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    A beautiful site in a gorgeous location. You have private/exclusive use of the site so me and my friends were able to relax, enjoy some music and make use of the bbq. Jess was a fantastic host, she welcomed us with an arrival pack and then left us to it, ensuring that we knew she was on hand if needed. I really liked the countryside vibe with wandering hens and a little stream at the foot of the camp. We thoroughly enjoyed the novelty of connecting with nature - I even tried out the open air toilet - that’s one to tick off the bucket list. Thanks for a wonderful stay, birthday weekend and general retreat… we will be back!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike

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Friendliness of the owners and the calmness of the area. …24/05/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomlisa S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Friendliness of the owners and the calmness of the area. Scenery was amazing and had a lovely welcome pack with marshmallows and fresh eggs included :) pitch was flat and ideal for camper. Already booked my next stay :)

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Jess was an excellent host who gave us a welcome pack on arrival20/05/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomjake a.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
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    Location was near a brilliant pub, next to a stream and secluded away from the main road. Jess was a brilliant host and greeted us upon arrival with a welcome pack. The site was clean and spacious. The site had a fantastic fire pit and clean running water

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Really lovely staff and the perfect pitch with everything you need11/05/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdombeatrice s.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Fresh eggs every morning and great barbecue/campfire facilities

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Great back to basics simplicity.04/05/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJohn T.Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Lovely friendly welcome at this proper back-to-basics site. There is gravel under the camping area, which we found a bit challenging with tent pegs, but the set-up with the little stream is gorgeous. Chickens everywhere, which the kids loved, and collected eggs each morning. Beautiful walks in the surrounding area. Good stuff.

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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Check-in: one group at a time

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

Hand sanitising stations

More frequent emptying of bins

No cash accepted on site

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

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

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 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

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Challacombe, Devon, England, EX31 4TU
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.1548°N 3.8762°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Station — 9.4 miles
The Square — 9.6 miles
The Square — 9.7 miles
Train stations
Barnstaple Rail Station — 9.9 miles
Chapelton (Devon) Rail Station — 11.5 miles
Umberleigh Rail Station — 11.9 miles
Ferry ports
Ilfracombe Ferry Landing — 10.9 miles
Instow Ferry Landing — 15.1 miles
Appledore Ferry Landing — 15.4 miles
Airports
Cardiff International Airport — 28.7 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

Want to hang 10 with the dawn patrol, dude? This part of Devon is an absolute surfing hotspot. Famed wave-catching beaches Saunton Sands and Croyde are within 35 minutes’ drive, and it’s half an hour to the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton.

More sedate beaches are within easy reach too: the closest sandy stretch is at Combe Martin, 15 minutes away, where kayaks can be hired, guided tours can be taken and dolphins can be spotted. A little further afield is the quiet Woolacombe (half an hour), and the lengthy and wide Westward Ho! beach is under an hour away.

Kids can be entertained close at hand – particularly the animal fans – as it’s a mere five minutes to Exmoor Zoo and 10 minutes to Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, and those that need something a little more energetic can make tracks for the Big Sheep or the Milky Way Adventure Park (both within 50 minutes) instead.

Drawn to historical sites? Chug right into the past at Lynton and Barnstaple Steam Railway, 10 minutes from base, sweep along from there to Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (15 minutes), then settle in for a longer jaunt to Dunster Castle, 40 minutes away. Those who are quite happy on lengthy journeys (like, an hour and 20 minutes kind of lengthy) can add impressive Castle Drogo to the list too.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (18.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (4.7 miles)
  • Heddon Valley (4.8 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  Anytime –  Anytime
Depart by:  Anytime

Barle Brook Retreat cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

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

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, Friday 30 December 2022.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Barle Brook Retreat will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Can bookings for Barle Brook Retreat be amended free of charge? Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, Friday 30 December 2022. Read more
  • Does Barle Brook Retreat have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Barle Brook Retreat dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near Barle Brook Retreat? Want to hang 10 with the dawn patrol, dude? This part of Devon is an absolute surfing hotspot. Famed wave-catching beaches Saunton Sands and Croyde are within 35 minutes’ drive, and it’s … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Barle Brook Retreat?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  Anytime –  Anytime
    Depart by:  Anytime
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Barle Brook Retreat? From £70 (for 1 night, 6 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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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.
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.

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

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

Coronavirus
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, Friday 30 December 2022.

Dogs
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
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.
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.
This site has no on-site toilet and shower facilities.

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

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