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Barle Brook Retreat

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Barle Brook Retreat: Free-range hens

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 31 December 2021.

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 17 reviews

 

100% would recommend this site to a friend.

100% would stay here again.

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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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Very remote location. Beautiful scenery. Came with very own fire …02/05/2021

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

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Very remote location. Beautiful scenery. Came with very own fire pit and had a small brook running through. Greeted by the friendly chickens in the morning. Jess was very friendly and welcoming and even provided fresh eggs on arrival as well as corn to feed the chickens.

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Very friendly, helpful owners. Gave us fresh flowers and eggs.27/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Loved having the place to ourselves, the chickens running round.

    Disliked: 

    There was a problem with getting the WiFi but nothing wrong with a few days of not reading the news!

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Excellent site, great facilities for a weekend stay.21/09/2020

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

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Wonderful location and facilities. Lovely personal touches from the owners and a very special weekend.

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    Nothing at all

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Great site for camping with beautiful views!06/09/2020

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

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    We were a group of 9 friends who stayed in Barle Brook on our last night of camping. It was the perfect place! It's in a secluded area, with beautiful views and a stream within the site. We were welcomed with fresh eggs and marshmallows for the fire in the evening on our way back from the beach! Would definitely come back again, thank you very much!

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We have loved our stay at Barle Brook. Great private …01/09/2020

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

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
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    We have loved our stay at Barle Brook. Great private hide away for a back to nature family holiday. Great location for exploring Combe Martin and the amazing rock pools, Woolacombe beach for body boarding and Exmoor nation park for walks! We have had heavy rain and 40mph winds but didn’t stop play, chucked on wellies and rain coats and embraced the weather. We didn’t get chance to paddle in the brook but the kids loved exploring around the area and the fire pit is a great touch.
    Jess and her family are friendly and helpful, especially coming to our rescue in the pouring rain with jump leads when we got a flat battery one morning in camp. Definitely would recommend and will be returning 😊

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    Nothing

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Excellent! Would highly recommend31/08/2020

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

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    As a group of friends in our 20s and 30s, we had an amazing time at Barle brook. Jess was a wonderful host, checking in with us to make sure everything was ok and providing us with everything we needed. We even got fresh eggs for breakfast! The site is beautiful and the firepit was a lot of fun. Plenty of room for our tents, there is a drinking water tap on site, and an open air loo! We will definitely be visiting again, cannot recommend this place highly enough - fabulous!

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    Nothing!

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Place to ourselves, chickens, marshmallows and corn to feed chcikens …19/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaul S.Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Place to ourselves, chickens, marshmallows and corn to feed chcikens a lovely touch. Electric hookup for our camper. Friendly helpful when we got lost on the way, recommend!

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    Satnav got us lost - they hadnt had this experience before so probably just my phone, its directly off the B road - you dont need to drive up a long narrow rutted track ending up in a field full of sheep like we did!

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Fresh flowers and eggs greeted us on arrival, the pitch …03/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJackie M.Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Fresh flowers and eggs greeted us on arrival, the pitch is idyllic and extremely peaceful. We spent just two nights but fell in love with the place the owner was very helpful and the chickens adorable. No fuss no frills just perfect !!

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    Nothing to dislike

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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

Communal fridge

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

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Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

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Mountain biking nearby

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Surf school nearby

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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
Barnstaple Bus Station: Belle Meadow Rd — 9.4 miles
South Molton (Devon): The Square Coach Stop — 9.7 miles
Bickington (North Devon): Coach Stop — 11.1 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.

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 31 December 2021.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

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

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 31 December 2021. 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 31 December 2021.

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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