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The Cider Vat

9.9

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General

  • Peaceful pitches in a Devon cider orchard near Exbourne
  • A 15-minute drive to Okehampton and Dartmoor National Park
  • Cider tours and sampling on site, plus well-stocked farm shop

There are 14,000 cider apple trees at Solland Farm – so it’s perhaps no surprise that the folk that run the place have opted to call their campsite The Cider Vat…

This lovely slice of Devon countryside (between Exbourne and Sampford Courtenay) has been owned by the McIlwraith family for 22 years – over that time they’ve tended the land well to make sure it stays a welcoming place for wildlife. As such, guests are asked to respect the natural environment and pick pitches that won’t harm any of the wildflowers and plants that were here first.

What you’ll spot around the site depends on the season but there’s always something to see as you wander through the woods of the old quarry or around the water meadows. The dawn chorus is usually a feature throughout the season, but the flowers in bloom will range from primroses and bluebells to yellow flag irises depending on the month.

The cider orchards are lovely places to hang out at any time of year (although for top bees-and-blossom action aim for May or early June…). And that’s good news for guests here, because pitches are right there in the orchard clearings – and you can book a cider tour/sampling session to find out a bit more about your scented surroundings too.

To preserve the natural vibe, this is a wild camping site with just basic necessities: guests have access to a spring water tap, portaloos and a dishwasher. You’re welcome to light campfires or barbecues too; a farm shop on site has all sorts of meat, veg, bread and other foodie bits – plus an excellent range of local drinks, of course…


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9.9

Overall rating based on 17 reviews

 

100% would recommend this site to a friend.

100% would stay here again.

  100% described as Wild camping ?

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Good site for a short stay. Loved the peaceful farm and the cider.30/08/2022

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

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site (wild)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Quiet, nice cider!

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Extremely welcoming and accommodating in beautiful surroundings.22/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHannah J.Confirmed

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site (wild)
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  • Liked: 

    We had a fantastic two nights stay here surrounded by a beautiful orchard, which the children loved exploring.
    The place was totally to ourselves, which felt really safe and comfortable.
    The shop on site was great for Bacon rolls, Coffees and fresh homemade cakes and sausage rolls.
    Fantastic and friendly hosts.
    Great location for exploring Dartmoor and the surroundings.

    Disliked: 

    Not as much a dislike as a suggestion. The only toilet on site is a portaloo, it is pretty wild camping there, which we love. Maybe an on site compost loo would be a nice addition...

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There is one portaloo and clean running water. The place is beautiful22/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCandice O.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass tent site (groups only)
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    Loved this place!!! The wide open spaces for the children are beautiful. The family are very helpful and friendly and the dogs are lovely. Lovely bacon baps and homemade sausage rolls and the coffee was good too. The service is excellent really nice couple. Who are very amiable and kind. We had such a nice weekend there. If you love nature and wild camping this place is wonderful.

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    Nothing.

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A fantastic camp site with a wild feel to it. Amazing cider tour!13/09/2021

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

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site (wild)
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    Peace and quiet, amazing cider, friendly and helpful hosts, great location, very dog friendly, shop has lots of great food and amazing loose leaf tea.

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Nice and peaceful, lovely sunrise, loved the orchard, great onsite …30/08/2021

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

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site (wild)
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  • Liked: 

    Nice and peaceful, lovely sunrise, loved the orchard, great onsite shop with lovely cakes and fantastic alcohol selection, cider sampling, cute and friendly dogs. Lovely helpful staff.

    Disliked: 

    One portaloo and a bit of a trek to get to it!

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Great place to stay and watch the stars at night!19/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJose D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site (wild)
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    Location, remote, scenery, owner

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Will definitely stay again!14/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site (wild)
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    We loved staying at The Cider Vat! We pitched our tent up in the orchard and it was the most quiet and peaceful camping experience I have ever had. The owners (and their dogs!) were lovely and very welcoming. The farm shop was well stocked with food and tasty ciders. Will definitely come again in the future!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing!

From the manager...

Thank you so much for your lovely review.
Alice and I are really loving having guest come to share the farm.
We hope to see you again soon.

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It was a super setting in an orchard and was …19/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site (wild)
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    It was a super setting in an orchard and was lovely and quiet. There is a shop where we purchased some cider for the evening after tasting a selection. It was lovely to drink the cider thinking that the apples had fallen off the surrounding trees.

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From the manager...

Thank you Caroline, it was lovely to meet you and i hope you had a safe and successful journey.

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Family friendly site with wonderful orchard pitches & delicious cider!05/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site (wild)
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    We had a wonderful time staying at this new campsite. The hosts were fantastic. Very welcoming and relaxed. Our children absolutely loved the stay. They played with the friendly dogs and were invited to feed the horses, which made their weekend!
    Our pitch was in the orchard, which provided a lovely backdrop to set up camp. The shop was well stocked for general supplies and of course, cider - which was delicious!

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Well worth spending a night one of the best sites I've used.01/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJonathan L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site (wild)
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    Lovely quite site owners friendly lots of space

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From the manager...

Thank you for visiting us and for this lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We both enjoyed having you here. Hope to see you again soon

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Hand sanitizing stations

Masks/gloves available

Meal delivery to unit/site/outdoor seated area

We're Good To Go (VisitBritain accreditation)

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundry

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Bush

Gastronomic delight

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump point

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 sites)

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Climbing nearby

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Location

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  • Solland Farm, Sampford Courtenay, Devon, England, EX20 3QT
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.8003°N 3.9687°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Thomas Cook — 7.3 kilometres
The Square — 25.9 kilometres
The Square — 26.0 kilometres
Train stations
Sampford Courtenay Rail Station — 3.6 kilometres
Okehampton Rail Station — 7.8 kilometres
Eggesford Rail Station — 11.8 kilometres
Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing — 29.4 kilometres
Instow Ferry Landing — 31.7 kilometres
Appledore Ferry Landing — 32.2 kilometres
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 39.7 kilometres

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

Keen to see more of that Devon countryside? You’ll need at least one day in the Dartmoor National Park (15 minutes’ drive), hiking or biking your way along lanes and pathways or taking a more relaxed outing on the Dartmoor Railway.

For a different mix of activities, roam around Roadford Lake (half an hour), which has fishing, climbing, sailing and kayaking as well as trails for walks and bike rides. Adventure Clydesdale (45 minutes) is a good place to head for horse riding outings, and there are plenty of places to find board hire and surf lessons in Bude (40 minutes).

Something a little less active in mind? Perhaps a wander around Castle Drogo or RHS Rosemoor (both 25 minutes) would fit the bill – or you could amble around Okehampton (15 minutes), which has a castle and park as well as a pool that’s a handy option for families on damp days.

Must see

  • Castle Drogo (16.0 kilometres)
  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (19.8 kilometres)
  • Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (32.0 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Finch Foundry (8.4 kilometres)
  • Castle Drogo (16.0 kilometres)

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 caravan
Arrive:  8 a.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  Anytime

The Cider Vat cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

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.

The remainder is payable direct to The Cider Vat on arrival.

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does The Cider Vat have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Cider Vat dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Cider Vat? Keen to see more of that Devon countryside? You’ll need at least one day in the Dartmoor National Park (15 minutes’ drive), hiking or biking your way along lanes and pathways or … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Cider Vat?
    Camping and caravan
    Arrive:  8 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  Anytime
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