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North Down Orchard

9.6

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General

  • Rural Somerset site surrounded by orchards on a working cider farm
  • West Bay, Lyme Regis and Forde Abbey within 40 minutes' drive
  • Bar open on Friday evenings for homemade cider and grilled meat

Fond of a drop of Somerset cider? Then you’ll be in your element at North Down Orchard, a small family-run farm five minutes’ drive from Crewkerne.

This is a place with a rich history of cider making, and you’ll be settling down right in the middle of the action as the pleasingly flat fields are surrounded by the apple trees that make up the 40 acres of orchard here. The farm practices regenerative agriculture and hundreds of trees have been planted, so you’ll be surrounded by wildflowers, hedgerows and growing trees as well as the fruit orchards.

Run on biofuels, North Down Orchard certainly takes care of its environmental credentials: electricity and hot water are supplied by solar panels, composting toilets minimise water usage and facilities have been made using recycled or up-cycled materials wherever possible.

And what of that pint of cider you’ve come all this way for? The farm’s own Cider Barn will see you right with their home-made cider, and Basement 17 Tacos can keep you happy on the appetite front. And if you’re here on a Friday, Streetwraps and Ethic Street Pizza are regular street-food visitors too.

For other amenities, there’s a pub within walking distance in the village of West Chinnock, plus plenty of shops and eateries in Crewkerne, along with a swimming pool where you can work up an appetite.


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9.6

Overall rating based on 29 reviews

 

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Nice chilled out site on a cider farm in a quiet location and he27/09/2022

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

  • Bell tent (pet friendly)
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    Clean facilities
    Quiet location
    Great hosts
    Cider barn for drinks and food on Friday night

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Wonderful site. I loved my stay. Beautiful and peaceful surroundings …06/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Wonderful site. I loved my stay. Beautiful and peaceful surroundings among apple orchards. A very friendly welcome from David. Gazebo/undercover kitchen facilities with sink, fridge/freezer an unexpected and welcome bonus. Basic in terms of compost loo, but hot shower and everything clean and neatly kept. I would most definitely return.

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Lovely site on a working cider farm in south Somerset, …05/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCharlotte O.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Lovely site on a working cider farm in south Somerset, lots of space and loved all the nature around us. The Friday night food and music events are great fun too. Basic compost toilets and showers, simple tented kitchen area but it had everything we needed.

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Quiet Eco Site01/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomGareth R.Confirmed

  • Bell tent (pet friendly)
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    Lovely and quiet, safe for the children.
    The owners were always about and very helpful and friendly. As was their family dog, who kept us company for much of our stay :)

    Lovely hot, powerful shower and the location was peaceful and quiet, but not too far off the beaten track

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    Compost toilets were not a hit with our children, but despite the heat during our stay I can't say they were smelly. But if the site became busier, that may be a different matter.

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Lovely atmosphere in the cider barn on Friday night! Good …30/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRichard S.Confirmed

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    Lovely atmosphere in the cider barn on Friday night!
    Good amount of space, quiet field.
    Location and setting is great.
    All amenities basic but clean and functional.
    2nd time back here and it won't be the last!

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Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Showers are clean and warm. Outdoor kitchen …30/08/2022

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    Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Showers are clean and warm. Outdoor kitchen is appreciated.

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Location. Peace. Bar. Owner.30/08/2022

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    Location. Peace. Bar. Owner.

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Friendly staff, clean and tidy facilities28/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRuben Dario R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Great space and nice environment with a communal kitchen and near by facilites

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Lovely place, owner, facilities23/08/2022

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    Lovely place, owner, facilities

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Very well organised owner very helpful and friendly. Loads of …15/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSusan M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Very well organised owner very helpful and friendly. Loads of toilets about and very clean showers. We liked that there was a kitchen set up we could use which included fridge freezer etc

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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests

Hand sanitising stations

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

Tents for hire

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

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Themes

Peaceful

Remote location

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal freezer

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Location

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  • North Down Farm, Haselbury Plucknett, Crewkerne, Somerset, England, TA18 7PL
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.9085°N 2.7540°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Yeovil Bus Station — 6.0 miles
Greenhill — 10.7 miles
Coldharbour — 10.8 miles
Train stations
Crewkerne Rail Station — 2.6 miles
Yeovil Junction Rail Station — 6.3 miles
Yeovil Pen Mill Rail Station — 6.6 miles
Ferry ports
Bridgwater Ferry Terminal — 19.2 miles
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 24.7 miles
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 31.5 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

The scenery around here is rather pretty, so it all lends itself to getting out for a walk – perhaps in the Blackdown Hills to the east or the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the south. Destinations of choice include places like Evershot (20 minutes’ drive), the village that inspired much of Thomas Hardy’s writing, and the huge Cerne Abbas Giant (35 minutes) carved into the chalk hillside.

And of course it’s also not far to get down to the Jurassic Coast for visits to West Bay (35 minutes) and Lyme Regis (40 minutes) – the latter being a great place to find fishing boat trips. Elsewhere along the coast are Beer Quarry Caves and Abbotsbury Swannery/Subtropical Gardens (both 50 minutes).

For other days out, find out more about the area’s favourite tipple at Perry’s Cider Mills (15 minutes), meet wild beasts at Axe Valley Wildlife Park (35 minutes) or take a tour of Forde Abbey House and Garden (20 minutes).

Must see

  • Montacute House (3.5 miles)
  • Mapperton House & Gardens (8.2 miles)
  • Fleet Air Arm Museum (8.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Montacute House (3.4 miles)
  • Tintinhull Garden (4.9 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.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

North Down Orchard cancellation policy

No refunds within 3 days of arrival date.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

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

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. North Down Orchard 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.

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Terms and conditions

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  • Does North Down Orchard have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is North Down Orchard dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near North Down Orchard? The scenery around here is rather pretty, so it all lends itself to getting out for a walk – perhaps in the Blackdown Hills to the east or the Dorset Area of … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of North Down Orchard?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more

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