This is proper camp site: small but perfectly formed basic amenities. We stayed 2 nights as we where travelling down to Cornwall - Its very quite - nice clean toilets one ladies, one mans and shower in each, but they had a good utility room with washing machine and washing up facilities. 2 pubs within walking distance (a good walking distance mind you) and the moors are just a small walk away and amazing
Very pretty with a little stream between the two levels, surrounded by trees and you can have camp fires. Lovely. And the sheep visited us!. We loved it there. The site is small with 2 shepherds huts at the bottom and a bell tent. Ordinary tents on the top layer. We where the only people there which was such a luxury. Would definitely go back. Great place to spend a few days. A bit difficult to find which made it even more special when we did (go further than your sat nav tells you) and enjoy
Michelcombe is small and very basic. It is situated on two levels in a steep-sided valley on the edge of Dartmoor along some hair-raising single track roads!
On arrival it is not obvious where to camp, the pitch boundaries are not marked out but each pitch is numbered. We hadnít been given a pitch number on booking so I texted the owner and her reply was to pitch on the lower field wherever there was a space. We chose the least uneven pitch that was left but all were quite sloped and uneven.
The valley is heavily wooded and sheltered from the wind meaning our pitch remained in shade for much of the day which meant the ground was very soft and damp. It was also very rocky which made getting pegs in to the ground very difficult.
The facilities - showers, toilets, dish-wash sinks, utility room are housed in a shed just above the upper field. They were kept clean and there was plenty of hot water. We were able to use the washing machine but the fridge freezer was not working. There is one toilet and one shower each for men and women but we didnít have to queue even though the site was full.
We arrived on a Saturday night and there were a lot of big groups in with multiple tents but we all had a great nights sleep and the site was quiet after 10. 30pm.
Campfires are allowed in the designated stone or metal pits and firewood can be bought from the farm. This was our reason for booking the site and we had a lovely time toasting marshmallows with the children before the rain called it to a halt.
The tariff is £7 per person per night plus £5 for under-12 children. I think this is a bit steep considering the rather limited and basic facilities
This is a basic campsite in a brilliant location. Five minutes walk and you are on the moor for real. Some reviewers on their own website said they couldn't find the site, but their Google map is spot on, and frankly it's not too hard to work out that if you get to Michelcombe you need to carry on up the valley to get to Higher Michelcombe.
It is quite expensive considering the facilities - £7 per adult, £5 per child, £2 per dog each night. Hot showers are free but could really do with a clean. I would say it would be a great site if the place was tidied up a bit - it's all a bit ramshackle when you arrive, in a 'can't be bothered' sense rather than a working farm sense (we live within a farm in a rural area).
I booked this site for a week on the basis of the reviews on this website and on the promises made on the companys own website. I wish I had also read the reviews on TripAdvisor as these reflect, more accurately, what we found. The site is in a beautiful location, you can have campfires and it is all very laid back. However, the toilet facilities are limited, if someone showers there is no cold water for anyone else to brush their teeth. The light in the shower was not working for three days. The fridge freezer was not working. The whole place looks uncared for, like a scrap yard. The promised land rover safaris, bottle feeding of calves and lambs, BBQ's and picnic benches do not exist. There is no kids play area. The gents toilet (remember there is only one) was a frosted glass window. A little disconcerting at times! The lanes too and from the site are extremely narrow with very limited passing places. That cannot be helped, I know, but the suggestion that you can pop to one of the two 'nearby' pubs is unrealistic. On foot it would mean a walk of three quarters of a mile on unlit lanes with no place to go if a car does come along. The location is lovely. But that is it.
An absolutely fantastic site if you want to camp how camping should be done. Basic, yes, but a beautiful campsite situated in a wooded clearing with a stream running by (although the stream was dry when we visited). I took my girlfriend here for her first 'out of caravan experience' and she absolutely loved it.
We cooked trout, sweet potato and beetroot on an open fire (bags of wood and kindling £5) and loved talking to the other campers, most of which had obviously been here before.
If you want a bar and playground then don't come. If you want peace, tranquillity, an open fire and room for your kids to play 'naturally' then I can think of no better campsite.
As a glance through my previous reviews will show, I prefer small basic campsites to large holiday parks. Michelcombe certainly falls within the first category - it is small and very basic.
As an aside, the site has two wooden Shepherd's Huts - they are rather like enlarged camping pods and are available to hire (so are ready-pitched bell tents).
Michelcombe Farm is situated on two levels in a secluded steep-sided valley on the edge of Dartmoor a few miles west of Ashburton. It is owned by the family who farm the land and is run by their friendly and helpful daughter. The family live in the nearby farmhouse.
The site advertises 15 pitches each with room for a family tent and a vehicle. You can park one car beside your tent and there is a parking area for extra cars. The pitch boundaries are not marked out but each pitch is numbered. Campfires are allowed in the designated stone or metal pits and firewood can be bought from the farm.
The tariff is £7 per person per night plus £3 for under-12 children (infants are free) and £2 for dogs. I think this is reasonable, even given the rather limited and basic facilities.
During my visit, as well as a dozen or so tents there were a couple of campervans on site. However, I doubt if access would be easy for larger motorhomes or towed caravans. I didn't see any EHU points on any of the pitches.
The valley is heavily wooded and thus sheltered from the wind; however, that also means some pitches remain in shade for much of the day. The steep valley and the trees impart an enclosed intimacy which most people will like. However, somewhat to my surprise, I found the hemmed-in feeling unsettling and claustrophobic.
Although my visit was for only one night and spur-of-the-moment, I phoned first and was assured of a pitch. Pre-booking by phone is simple and you can also book online or by post. I wasn't given a pitch number and on arrival it was not very obvious where to camp. However, I texted the owner and her reply was to pitch my tent wherever there was space.
The smaller upper field was nearly full so I found a spot on the larger lower field. The ground is slightly undulating on the lower field but flat places can be found on most pitches.
The soil is soft (and very damp despite a prolonged period of dry warm weather) but it is also full of stones so rock pegs and a decent hammer are needed. I doubt if the lower field drains well in wet weather (it straddles the streambed) and this could cause problems for vehicles, especially as it is a steep pull up from lower field. There were muddy wheel-tracks in the field despite the weather.
Both fields have their own drinking water tap. The facilities - showers, toilets, dish-wash sinks, utility room with fridge and freezer - are housed in a shed just beyond the upper field. During my stay the facilities were kept clean and supplies were replenished. There is one toilet and one shower each for men and women - this initially struck me as not enough capacity but, in fairness, I did not have to queue even though the site was fairly full. The water in the dish-washing area was hot but the shower wasn't very warm first thing in the morning.
This is not the sort of campsite to attract rowdy groups and the owners live on site so, as you might expect, it is very quiet at night. On the night I stayed, the only disturbances were some puppies at the farm which barked in the night and the soaring sonorities of the dawn chorus the next morning - but there are far worse sounds than birdsong to wake up to.
For Dartmoor-bound walkers, Michelcombe Farm Campsite is very well situated. It is barely ten minutes up a bridleway to open moorland; from there, an hour's brisk walk leads to Ryder's Hill which is the highest point on the south moor.
In summary, this is a nice little campsite with a traditional feel in a superb location. Although the facilities are a bit sparse for the potential number of campers, it will appeal to anyone who enjoys old-fashioned camping and getting away from it all.
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