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Billingsmoor Farm
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23 reviews
· Cullompton, England
400 acres
5 units
5 Tent
Family-friendly camping between Dartmoor and Exmoor on a working organic dairy farm
Set in mid Devon's fabled Heartland, Billingsmoor Farm is a 400-acre family-run dairy farm less than 20 miles from the soft sands of Exmouth’s famous family beaches and 20 miles from Dartmoor and Exmoor’s National Parks. Listening to affable owner Jayne explain how her and her partner Robert built Billingsmoor into the place it is today is a fascinating tale. They moved to the farm over 15 years ago, during a turbulent time in UK farming. From the start, they faced a difficult choice: to push their cows for more milk in order to meet increasing supermarket demand, or to change their approach to farming completely. Fortunately – for us and for the 200 Friesians – they chose the latter, and their organic dairy farm is now open to campers for six months of the year. Although the site is eminently accessible (just three miles from the M5 motorway), it feels like a true escape. Billingsmoor is one of eight working farms on the Duchy of Cornwall estate, nestled between Devon’s sandy southern beaches and its rugged north coastline. Overlooking 350 acres of rolling hills and grassland, the views here are breathtaking. Not wishing to compromise the tranquility of this picture-perfect scene, Billingsmoor provides just five prized pitches, meaning campers never feel hemmed in. The elevated plots offer panoramic views overlooking lush fields and forests, while each off-grid pitch boasts a private toilet and sink (with cold running water) and a firepit and picnic bench. It's a car-free zone, too, meaning kids are free to run themselves ragged in safety (wheelbarrows are handily provided to trundle your gear to camp). The communal wash-block, laundry and kitchen facilities, meanwhile, are clean, modern and centrally-heated, while charming little touches like the onsite honesty pantry demonstrate a thoughtful attention to detail. Curious campers have ample opportunity to learn about organic farming onsite. Meeting the amenable herd of organic Friesians, Kunekune pigs, sheep, ducks, geese and chickens will soon lift the heavy weight of urban life from your shoulders. Plus, as well as the varied programme of events – from walking parties to celebrations – an added attraction is the farm's forestry school, where you can master key bushcraft skills before cooking lunch and spotting flora and fauna. So, whatever your age, a stay at Billingsmoor offers a real education.
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Cullompton, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Billingsmoor F.Joined in December 2017
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11 Ratings · 23 reviews
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Helena W.recommends
July 24, 2022
Billingsmoor Farm Campsite.
Camping with small children.
We had a fabulous 10 day camping holiday at Billingsmore Farm with our two small children. We had the place to ourselves but even if the other pitches were full, at only five pitches, we think it would still feel quite private as the pitches are well spaced out. The woodland at the bottom of the field was wonderful for dens/hide and seek etc. Lovely views from the tent pitch, and the individual on-site toilet and sink hut was clean and very useful. Communal areas were well set up. Shop had lots of helpful items and Jayne's breakfast items went down very well with all of us on three mornings! Friendly dogs whom the children loved to play with. All in all, couldn't recommend highly enough.
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Jasmine S.recommends
June 7, 2022
Billingsmoor Farm Campsite.
Excellent campsite
We cannot recommend Billingsmoor Farm high enough. Jayne was very welcoming, and was flexible with our arrival and departure. The pitch was excellent, we had our own flushing toilet hut, table and firepit. And the pre-warning of the hard ground was helpful. The space was brilliant for our 10yr old son and his friend, to roam around safely, they especially loved the woods and visiting the animals. The facilities are great and the honesty shop, along with the option to order breakfast or casseroles was really convenient. We drove to Exmouth Beach one day, and walked to a local pub for lunch. The farm is really well located. We hope to visit again next year.
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Rosemarie S.recommends
September 1, 2021
Billingsmoor Farm Campsite.
Our first time camping just as a family and it was lovely. Jayne could not have been more welcoming, the stew on arrival was delicious. It's a working farm so it was lovely to feel in the middle of a different kind of activity. The elevated pitch meant great views and was still flat for easy pitching. Facilities for washing, a hot shower block, your own picnic table, fire pit and toilet gave it a camping experience without feeling it being "too rough". Lovely for a base if you just want to enjoy the country and a quiet, private, well equipped campsite. Cannot reccommend more highly, we'll be coming back for sure!
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Hannah W.recommends
August 22, 2021
Billingsmoor Farm Campsite.
Lovely setting, lovely people. A little bit of camping luxury set on a friendly, safe and secluded farm in the heart of the countryside. We had a great time and the kids thoroughly enjoyed exploring and chatting to the pig!
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Ahmet K.recommends
August 22, 2021
Billingsmoor Farm Campsite.
Billingsmoor farm has everything for an excellent camping experience. The positioning of the pitches are great providing the peace and privacy we are looking for in camping. The availability of a shed with individual toilet is extremely useful also by providing a dry space when it rains. The facilities area with the showers, kitchen and the honesty shop is super convenient and never busy because only a few number of guests is accepted to the camp site. This is a working farm and having animals around is amazing for the children. Our daughters are already missing the piggy, the sheep, the chickens, the dogs and of course the calves. They also loved the the hot croissants in the breakfast which were made available by Jayne who is also super friendly and helpful. This was our third time and we are already looking forward to come back again next year. Also to add that the location of the farm is great to explore new places in Devon each time. This time it was the Killerton House & Gardens and the Tree Surfers for us.
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Callum Y.recommends
July 4, 2021
Billingsmoor Farm Campsite.
My partner and I had a great week long stay at Billingsmoor farm at the end of June. When we arrived it turned out that the following day the owners were going on holiday for a few days and we were the only pitch booked during that period. This meant that we had pretty much the entire farm to ourselves during that period which was amazing. It felt as though we really were wild camping. Having a private toilet at the pitch was a great feature, and as the weather wasn’t great during our stay it meant we had a guaranteed dry area if needed. There is an honesty shop on site that has everything you might need and chilled too. I would definitely recommend an order of the breakfast baguette too. Camping on a working farm was an experience, and one of the animals included probably the worlds friendliest pig and “alarm clock” cows. This may have been due to Covid, but it felt as though there wasn’t too much to do within a short distance of the farm, and everywhere was at least a 20 minute drive away. That being said, you’re perfectly positioned for both the south and north coasts, and to nip into Exeter for the day if you’d like. We’ll definitely look to return when we head west again!
From the host
Billingsmoor Farm is a 400 acre Organic Dairy Farm situated in Mid Devon, otherwise known as the Heartland of Devon. We milk 200 British Frisian cows. Our farm is run on an organic system and is registered with the Organic Farmers and Growers association. All of our milk is sold to Muller Wiseman Dairies who bottle it and distribute it to retail outlets and doorstep delivery. We also have calves, pet pigs and chickens. Our farm attracts an abundance of wildlife and with our woodland we are very popular with the local birdlife who make their nests in the woods. We were one of the first farms to work in conjunction with Featherdown farms to be able to offer people the chance to come and stay on a working farm and see for themselves how food is produced and how farmers manage the countryside. Billingsmoor Farm in Butterleigh is a traditional Organic Dairy Farm and is on the Bradninch Estate, which forms part of the Duchy of Cornwall estate. The Duchy of Cornwall and Prince Charles are well known for supporting both farming and the conservation of the countryside, and we here at Billingsmoor like to think that we can support this ethos in the work that we do here.
Nearby attractions
The nearby town of Tiverton boasts plenty of attractions, not least the Tiverton Museum (01884 256295) and Great Western Canal where you can take a traditional horse-drawn barge courtesy of the Tiverton Barge Co. (01884 253345). For little ones, the Devon Railway Centre (01884 855671) promises hours of train-based fun, while The Bear Trail (01392 881780) is a muddy all-ages obstacle course that all the family will love. For walkers the Devonshire Heartland Way can be picked up easily from the site, and there are two stately National Trust properties nearby in Knightshayes and Killerton. Keep things simple with a spot of wild swimming, or go to Coryton Cove, a secluded beach close to Dawlish, where dolphins have been spotted. Exmoor and Dartmoor are both within a 40-minute drive, and there's a weekly cattle market at Newton Abbot. There are photo opportunities aplenty at Clovelly, a pretty fishing village where Charles Kingsley was inspired to write the Water Babies.
Food and drink
The Butterleigh Inn (01884 855433) – a 400 year old longhouse with log fires and a peaceful garden – is the pick of the local pubs. The Lamb Inn (01392 860272) in Silverton and the Fisherman's Cot (01884 855237) also come highly recommended, with both serving a varied menu of pub grub favourites. The Bakehouse (01884 35222) in Collumpton serves delicious cakes and fresh coffee and is a great spot to stop and watch the world pass by. For fine dining, head to the HH Restaurant (01392 461472) in Broadclyst, just outside of Exeter, which serves modern British food with a French twist. Celeb-chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage empire is also based round these parts, with the River Cottage Canteen & Deli (01297 631715) found in Axminster. Billingsmoor also operate a small onsite honesty pantry and pre-prepared meals can be arranged for your arrival (pre-booking essential).
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