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Visitor Reviews - Teign Valley Barley Meadow Camping And Caravanning Club Site

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Teign Valley Barley Meadow Camping And Caravanning Club Site
Crockernwell
Dartmoor
Exeter
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
EX6 6NR   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 024 7767 0642

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Pitches: 63
Open: 12th March To 2nd November

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 42 Reviews
              8/10 from 42 Reviews


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Date of Visit: April 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Trifecta 6 reviews from this member

What a smashing little site!

Easy to find (just off the A30) and nicely laid out with caravans around the outside and the tents in the middle. A single one way track serves the entire field and the five miles an hour speed limit was respected throughout our stay.

We were pitched right next to the swing park, this was our choice, and the equipment was well maintained and very popular as was the small games room which had a slightly tired pool table and a table football game. There were a few second hand books and magazines available in here too as well as an original 1981 video game! That took me back.

The toilet block was small but well looked after and there was always plenty of hot water, although the disabled facilities were out of order during our visit, and this is really my only major criticism. The shower button only holds in for seven seconds of hot water and that is not long enough for a lather and a rinse! Most frustrating.

The shop was small and newspapers needed to be ordered in advance but the franchisee's who ran the place could not be more friendly and hard-working, Janet and her husband (sorry Sir, I did not get your name)were constantly on the go but nothing was too much trouble for them, very nice people indeed.

Not much locally in the way of shops though, we drove to Oakhampton for supermarkets, bizarrely there are three large supermarkets next door to each other and on a couple of occasions for some take-away food. Our favourite was Wongs, which is on the hill into town and I can thoroughly recommend the duck with mushroom, and all the pubs seemed reasonably friendly.

The walk to Drewsteignton is lung suckingly steep and is a very very long 'mile' from the site, also not much in the way of lighting, so we did not manage the very highly rated Drew Arms.

Loads of walks from here, the Two Moors Way runs just a few hundred yards from the site entrance, and the Teign Valley is gorgeous. Chagford is a must as well.

Date of Visit: April 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dave-t 1 review from this member

Barley Meadow has recently been acquired by Janet & Barry Payne and is now run as a Camping and Caravanning Club Franchise site.

The site already has a very good reputation and should only improve as a result of this change of ownership. Janet and Barry are extremely friendly and helpful with nothing too much trouble for them. They have good local knowledge which is always a great help.

This already excellent site is currently being updated with additional water and electric points and the disabled facilities also appear to be in the process of modernisation. More landscaping is underway even though this is already a pretty site.

The facilities are probably on the small size with only 3 showers in both the ladies and gents facilities. However they are spotlessly clean, modern and well maintained. There is a small shop/reception - fresh pots of coffee available - a play room and play area for kids. The pitches are well proportioned with both hard standing and grassy pitches all of which are very spacious so you do not feel cramped at all.

The site is located on the North East edge of Dartmoor with easy access from the A30 and is ideally situated with plenty to do in the area.

Whatever your interest this site has something within a few miles and should make a great base for whatever rocks your boat.

During our stay we visited Castle Drogo the UK's youngest castle and one of many National Trust sites in the Area. Also from Castle Drogo there are 6 well signposted walks of varying lengths and difficulties with many other walks well documented all across Dartmoor.

If you are into horse riding we can recommend Easlake Riding Stables which is only a 15 minutes drive away. Eastlake offers 1 and 2 hour rides as well as half and full days. No matter what your horse riding abilities are you will be well looked after by friendly and safety concious instructors. We particularly enjoyed a ride out onto the moor in a small group and despite the wind and rain the views were spectacular and very enjoyable.

If you don't want to cook every night we can recommend the Red Lion at Tedburn St Mary's - again only 10 minutes drive away. This wonderful viliage pub served cold beer with a very warm welcome. The food is excellent and you can dine in the bar, the restaurant or even order a takeaway.

Barley Meadow sits between Exeter and Oakhampton both of which have their charm and history. We found a 50's style 'diner' in Oakhampton where we enjoyed a nice cup of tea and toasted teacakes - half expected the Fonz to walk in at any moment!

All in all our stay at Barley Meadow and the local area was wonderful with everyone welcoming, helpful and friendly. There is so much to do and see in the area we will be returning to this lovely little site without a doubt.

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jandjnhi 4 reviews from this member

This was such a good site that we had a decent holiday despite one of the worst summers of constant rain we can remember.

Facilities were excellent, good clean hot showers and plenty of washing up space with more hot water. Family facilities were good too with a separate bathroom and baby bath available. The facility block was even pleasantly landscaped in.

The playground was excellent and there was a small games room as well. The owners are very friendly and helpful and teh shop is well stocked with what you need. We also took advantage most mornings of the cafetieres and croissants on offer.

Fantastic location though quite unsheltered from the dreadful weather we had as you are virtually on the moor! This did mean the most outstanding views and wonderful walks, plus Castle Drogo was a v short drive away and well worth seeing.

All in all wouldn't hesitate to recommend this site

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Muffinthemule 1 review from this member

What a fantastic site this is, Paul the owner is one of the friendliest people I've ever met nothing too much trouble always smiling and the site was in top condition spotless through-out,showers always hot never had to queue. Playground for the kids our son was never bored while we were there. How often can you say that!
They have a small shop on site where you can pre-order tea coffee and hot snacks for the morning which is a nice touch,also fire pits for hire for 5. Although it rained every day we were there we still had a really good time lots to see and do locally
10/10 to Paul for all his hard work it really does make a difference, we will be going back without doubt.

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Rookiecampers 1 review from this member

What a fantastic site. Owners were really helpful - not at all intrusive. Site was really clean and well kept. Toilet / Showers very good - clean and good shower temperature and pressure. Shop was excellent - limited stock - just the essentials but lots of local produce at reasonable prices. Lovely fresh croissants and pain au raisin / cafetier of coffee / mugs of hot chocolate every morning! Bliss! There is another local shop about a mile along the road which has more choice if you need it.

We were sited next to play area which suited us as we were travelling with our 2 children aged 5 and 3. They had a great time and we were able to watch them whilst sitting outside our tent.

We ate at the Drewe's Arms (about 1 mile away). Lovely food.

All in all a wonderful site. Great setting. Fab facilities and lovely owners. Would definitely visit again.

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Spideygirl 9 reviews from this member

We did enjoy our week, even with the bad weather on this site. I do have good and bad points:-

The site was in a good position for touring around and there was lots to do in the area. The facilities were clean and very good. The owners were friendly and always gave you a wave. The grounds were well maintained and well drained. Lots of electric hook-ups. The owner dealt with rowdy kids and stopped a family messing around and annoying people.

The park was full, but I did feel a bit packed in, you had the allocated space and there was not an awful lot of room for outdoor living. If we wanted to eat outside I would have been looking into someone else caravan (very close). Some pitches were better than others and it would be very important to let them know the size of your unit. If you were a regular then taking note of pitch numbers you like would change the whole feel of it. There was a play park, but again squashed in, no room for ball games. There were kids that played football etc, but the annoyance of the near by tents. I think it would have been better to reduce the number of pitches and leave a bit more open space.

They are very strict on setup and strike times. This can be good if you are arriving, but not so good if you are struggling with bad weather and getting your tent down.

I would return, but would ask for a better pitch. If the weather had been nicer then we would have not been happy sitting outside our tent with so little room.

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