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Goren Farm

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· Seaton, England
70 acres hosted by Julian P.
6 tent pitches
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Nearly wild camping in Devonshire wildflower meadows

At Goren Farm, they sell wildflower seeds, bake cakes, grow vegetables, press apples, make their own cider – and offer nearly-wild camping too. This is a 70-acre farm on the edge of the Blackdown Hills in Devon with just eight camping pitches. Those are mown at far flung intervals around the edges of 30 acres of meadows, where native wildflowers grow all summer long. It’s idyllic, bucolic, and it’s basic; somewhere to watch bees and butterflies, listen to birds and perhaps chew a bit of hay from the field while you boil a kettle on the campfire.

Each pitch has a fire pit and plenty of its own charm. Little Smokey Hole, for example, has shade from an old oak and great views of the setting sun but is a bit of a walk from where you park the car. Primrose, meanwhile, is not too far off the road and, therefore, suitable for campervans. What they all share is access to the same simple facilities. These are a couple of compost loos, hot showers in horseboxes, and an open-air washing up sink. But over in the farmyard there’s more: Cafe Goren. There, you can enjoy a homemade cream tea, a cake, or buy some of the farm’s own apple juice, cider, or jam.

The cafe and the wildflowers make Goren Farm a bit of a destination and there’s a play area, nature trail, and adventure trail for visitors too. You’re welcome to explore it all on your stay here and, if you want to go further afield, host Julian has made you a map detailing local walks. Some head for local pubs which serve food—there are three within an hour’s walk. The campsite is within the Blackdown Hills, which is a great place to enjoy the countryside but it’s not too far from the coast on the Dorset-Devon border either. Lyme Regis, Beer, and Seaton all offer chances to dip your toes in the sea and are all about 20 minutes’ drive away.

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25 Ratings · 23 reviews
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Kathryn W.recommends
July 1, 2024
Little Smokey Hole Pitch
We love the site,the meadows are lush and the camping spots are really spread out so you have lots of your own space. The facilities are basic but good and so it feels like wild camping but with the bonus of a toilet and hot shower! The area is beautiful and lovely and peaceful.
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Bethan L.recommends
July 1, 2024
Bluebell.
Lovely campsite, really peaceful and felt very secluded but still had all the facilities we wanted (fire pit, compost toilet, hot shower, drinking water, even a fridge) and easy to get between site and car to unload stuff. Great location in general - only a short drive from Lyme Regis, and there's some nice pubs a reasonable walk away (we had a lovely dinner at Tuckers Arms)
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Rachel H.recommends
June 30, 2024
Smokey hole
Tranquil camping
Lovely peaceful spot, beautiful surroundings. Compost toilets that were clean and fresh. Firepits on each site. Short walk to the farm where they have juice, cider, cream teas etc. Lots of space for kids to run around. The wildflower meadows are beautiful.
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Nik S.recommends
June 23, 2024
Primrose
Absolutely beautiful wild camping spot… peaceful with exactly what you need - compost toilet and hot showers and stunning wild flower meadow views. Thoroughly recommend! What a find. 💚🌿
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Jenbara86 H.recommends
June 13, 2024
Smokey hole
Beautiful idyllic location. Julian very friendly, helpful host.
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Claire D.recommends
June 12, 2024
Smokey hole
Great spot with the whole idyllic field to ourselves. Sunsets were fantastic. Plenty of wildlife with birds, bats and deer. Composting toilets, smalle kitchen unit for washing up in next field. Two showers with lots of plenty of hot water. We also enjoyed the cafe, cheese scone and homemade cider. It was delicious.
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Seaton, 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 Julian P.

Joined in April 2023
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Goren Farm, on Stockland Hill in Devon has 70 acres of wildflower meadows and woodland. spectacular views and a very quiet location. We allow all the fields to flower and go to seed before harvesting the seed and making hay. This encourages a lot of wildlife that share the meadows too. There is a lot of arears to explore including hedgerows, streams and woodlands. The 2 orchard grow apples for apple juice and cider on the original press dating back to 1750. The farm has a nature trail and an adventure trail which are free to use for campers. We use a small herd of traditional breed Devon cattle and a small flock of sheep to manage the meadows. There are plenty of local walks and footpaths and 2 local pubs. we have a small cafe and shop at the farm and stock some farm produce including ciders and bits for camping as well as fire wood for firepits. It is not far from the beaches of Lyme Regis, Beer and Sidmouth where there are a lot more tourists and things going on.
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There are mown paths through the meadows which form a nature trail and there’s an adventure trail in the farm’s woods too – with trees and obstacles that kids love clambering over. There are plenty of walks around the Blackdown Hills, a protected National Landscape, in which Goren Farm is found. Julian can provide a map with suggested routes straight from the farm. For a coastal walk, head south to any of the nearby seaside towns and villages and join the South West Coast Path. The closest beach is the pebbly one at Seaton (10 miles) where there are plenty of facilities and it’s not much further to Beer or Lyme Regis (12 miles), all part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jurassic Coast. Lyme Regis is particularly good for anyone wanting to find fossils on the beach and see some of the things that have been found here as it’s home to a great museum.

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Goren Farm’s own cafe is the best place for tea and cake – and for stocking up farm-produced cider, apple juice, honey, jam and a few other bits and bobs. For more than that, the closest shop is Dalwood Community Shop, just under two miles away. The village is also home to one of three pubs within walking distance of the farm: The Tucker’s Arms, a pretty thatched 12th-century place that has a menu with ingredients sourced within 30 miles. The other two are the community-owned Kings Arms in Stockland (under three miles) and The White Hart in Wilmington (just over three miles away) towards Honiton, where there are lots more options for eating and drinking out and plenty of shops as well.

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