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General

  • Wild camping site in a rural setting on an organic farm
  • Just outside Kenn village and eight miles from the beach at Dawlish
  • Within 15 minutes' drive of both Exeter and Dartmoor National Park

Green fields, leafy vistas and not too many other guests to share your space with… Bliss, no? Settle in for peaceful stays in pretty Devon countryside at Bickham Barn, a small family-friendly wild camping site five minutes’ drive from the village of Kenn and 15 minutes from Exeter.

The site on Roddy and Ruth’s organic farm is a top choice for a rural getaway, five minutes from the walking trails, discovery trails and biking trails at Haldon Forest Park (where bikes are rentable if bringing yours along doesn’t suit), and 15 minutes from rambles among the famed ponies of Dartmoor National Park. The area’s also crisscrossed with scenic cycle paths connecting pretty villages and taking in views over the Exe estuary.

Aquatic types should be best pleased by proximity to plenty of long sandy stretches, where strolls and swims are enticingly easy. The nearest beaches are 15 minutes away at Teignmouth and 20 minutes from base at Dawlish, but a slightly lengthier jaunt as far as Exmouth (25 minutes) will put diving, windsurfing and sailing within reach too.

When hunger builds, pick up supplies from the grocery store 10 minutes away and get to work at the barbecue. In wetter weather make a beeline for the barn (if it’s available), where a shared kitchen and a bar are on hand for guests’ use, or head into Kenn where a cosy pub serves food daily.


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Everything..great pitch with fantastic views and a very welcoming owner …25/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomshay r.Confirmed

  • Roddy non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    Everything..great pitch with fantastic views and a very welcoming owner :) ty Roddy for a great stay x

    Disliked: 

    nothing

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a great low key site with everything you need25/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Roddy non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    Roddy and Ruth were very welcoming and helpful. We loved staying on an organic farm and seeing all the animals, especially the pigs 🐷💝and guinea fowl. Views from our tent were lovely and beaches were about 20 minutes away including dog-friendly beaches. Kenn has a good pub for food and is child and dog-friendly. Kennford has village shop for necessities.

    Disliked: 

    the turkeys were a bit loud!🦃

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Was very welcomed18/08/2019

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

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    Was very welcomed

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Friendly staff, level pitches, basic but clean facilities.17/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPeter L.Confirmed

  • Roddy non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    A very small campsite on a working farm. The owners were very friendly and very helpful and showed the children the pigs and geese on the farm. Facilities are basic but clean and quite adequate for a short stay and electric hookup was included.

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Highly recommended for a peaceful getaway.17/08/2019

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

  • Roddy non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    Stunning working farm, spectacular scenery, perfect location for exploring.
    Roddy (who owns the farm) could not have been more friendly, welcoming, or helpful. The basic facilities were perfect for us and well maintained (looked new) but if you want power showers and evening entertainment this is not the site for you. The kids loved the freedom to roam the farm and have insisted that we come back for their birthday next year!

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    Going home?

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very fre in dlu and quiet eith beautiful views12/08/2019

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Excellent site one of the best basic sights we have visited11/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMichael A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    The farm and the views plus the host could not have been more helpful

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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

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

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Location

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  • Bickham Farm, Kenn, Devon, England, EX6 7XL
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.6500°N 3.5377°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Exminster Bus Stop — 2.7 miles
Kenton (Devon): Coach Stop — 2.9 miles
Starcross: Rail Station Coach Stop — 4.2 miles
Train stations
Topsham Rail Station — 4.1 miles
Starcross Rail Station — 4.2 miles
Exton Rail Station — 4.3 miles
Ferry ports
Turf Lock Inn Ferry Landing — 3.3 miles
Topsham Lock Ferry Landing — 3.7 miles
Topsham Ferry Landing — 3.8 miles
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 7.7 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

Urban explores hereabouts should start with a jaunt into Exeter, 15 minutes’ drive from the site. The city has lots to entice, from museums and gardens to a cathedral and underground vaulted tunnel tours. If there’s only time for one or two things, make them trips to the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

Does that excite a taste for the past? There’s plenty else nearby that should appeal… The site’s within easy reach of more than a handful of old stately piles and historical spots, starting with the spectacular Powderham Castle, 15 minutes away, and taking in Buckfast Abbey and the intriguing 16-sided 18th-century A la Ronde (20 minutes' drive), Killerton House and the looming Compton Castle (25 minutes), or Kent’s Cavern Prehistoric Caves (half an hour away in Torquay).

For a taste of the distant past, and some nature-filled days, it's a 25 minute-drive to the start of the famed Jurassic Coast, 96 miles of fossil-filled coastline spanning 185 million years of history. Return to modern times, then, with visits to present-day creatures at Paignton Zoo and Dartmoor Zoo, both within 40 minutes of base, or at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, 20 minutes away.

Must see

  • Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (5.1 miles)
  • Crealy Great Adventure Park (6.7 miles)
  • The National Trust Killerton House & Gardens (10.4 miles)

National Trust

  • A la Ronde (5.8 miles)
  • Killerton: Clyston Mill (8.8 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:  8 a.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  10:30 a.m.

Once you have arrived please wait by the agricultural farm building and either call the owner or wait for someone to show you your pitch.

Bickham Barn cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

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. Bickham Barn 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.

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

  • Does Bickham Barn have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Bickham Barn dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Bickham Barn? Urban explores hereabouts should start with a jaunt into Exeter, 15 minutes’ drive from the site. The city has lots to entice, from museums and gardens to a cathedral and underground vaulted … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Bickham Barn?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  8 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.

    Once you have arrived please wait by the agricultural farm building and either call the owner or wait for someone to show you your pitch.

    Read more

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Admission
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

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

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. Cars are not permitted when travelling with a motorhome/campervan.

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