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Barle Brook Retreat

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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 campground/park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 12/31/2021.

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

Dogs are not allowed in the on-site accommodations.

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

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


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9.7

Overall rating based on 22 reviews

 

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100% would stay here again.

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

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

  • Fully-serviced asphalt and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    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!

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    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 …07/04/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDUNCAN T.Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced asphalt 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 pitches06/07/2021

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

  • Fully-serviced asphalt 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!

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    Nothing to dislike

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

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

  • Fully-serviced asphalt 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 arrival05/20/2021

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

  • Fully-serviced asphalt and grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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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 need05/11/2021

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

  • Fully-serviced asphalt 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.05/04/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJohn T.Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced asphalt 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 …05/02/2021

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

  • Fully-serviced asphalt and grass pitch
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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.10/27/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced asphalt 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.09/21/2020

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

  • Fully-serviced asphalt 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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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Check-in: one group at a time

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

Hand sanitizing stations

More frequent emptying of bins

No cash accepted on site

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

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

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

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Tiny (1-10 sites)

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Location

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  • Challacombe, Devon, England, EX31 4TU
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.1548°N 3.8762°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Station — 15.2 kilometres
The Square — 15.5 kilometres
The Square — 15.5 kilometres
Train stations
Barnstaple Rail Station — 15.9 kilometres
Chapelton (Devon) Rail Station — 18.6 kilometres
Umberleigh Rail Station — 19.1 kilometres
Ferry ports
Ilfracombe Ferry Landing — 17.6 kilometres
Instow Ferry Landing — 24.3 kilometres
Appledore Ferry Landing — 24.7 kilometres
Airports
Cardiff International Airport — 46.2 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

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 (29.8 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (7.5 kilometres)
  • Heddon Valley (7.7 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 touring
Arrive:  noon –  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.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campground/park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 12/31/2021.

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 campground/park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 12/31/2021. 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:  noon –  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 R1 376,08 (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

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Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

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

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

Dogs
Dogs are not allowed in the on-site accommodations.
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.

Coronavirus
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campground/park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, 12/31/2021.

General
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.

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

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

General
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
This site has no on-site toilet and shower facilities.

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