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Visitor Reviews - Five Wyches Farm Certificated Site

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Five Wyches Farm Certificated Site
Five Wyches
Bovey Tracey
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
TQ13 9LE   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01626 832310

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Pitches: 10
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 9 Reviews
              9/10 from 9 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes  Glamping 

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This is a Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site, which accept caravans or motorhomes and usually tents, space permitting. It is a member only site - you may be able to join on arrival - please check direct with the site.

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Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Unclejam 1 review from this member

I chose the Five Wyches campsite for a short weekend camping break for myself and two sons *aged 8 and 11) as campfires are allowed (essential in my view) and the owner (Sarah) was also offering a ready pitched bell tent for use, which meant we could pack light and do less work on arrival.

The site is kept secure by a locked gate, which requires a 4-digit code to open. (Supplied in advance) and the site is accessible down a short farm road, out of sight of any passing traffic. The setting is pretty idyllic, with two main fields, one with space for tents and campers / caravans, the other with ready pitched 5 metre 'Bell' tent, cute little Shepherds hut and red painted gypsy caravan.

Both areas were very tidy, freshly mown and surrounded by trees and beautiful farmland. The facilities are basic but well thought-out, with a clean new toilet (compost) which had a bucket of fragrant sawdust for 'flushing' after use and also a area with fresh water tap, chemical loo disposal and recycling bins. There is also an outdoor shower, with effective willow panel screening and a gas-powered shower over a large ceramic shower base.

Our tent was new, with lovely touches such as lights, bunting and airbeds, cusions and colourful bed throws. There was coir matting and rugs on the floor and easily enough space for 4 or 5 people inside and lots of headroom. We had a great night's sleep, which in my experience is highly unusual on the first night in a tent! Outside by our crackling campfire, (bag of logs just 4) owls hooted and night creatures rustled in the hedges and we told stories, toasted marshmallows and drank hot chocolate until about 10. 30pm when it got dark and we got sleepy.

Sarah visited us in the morning to check that all was well and that we had enjoyed our brief but happy stay. For our tastes, this is a pretty perfect campsite - natural, quiet and down to earth with lovely surroundings and a few minutes away from Haytor by car. If you are a camper who prefers concrete hardstandings, WIFI and on site amusement arcades, then you should look elsewhere - this is rural Devon!

We will be back soon.

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: SteppieBristol 15 reviews from this member

This is very definitely a wild camping site. For those campers who prize facilities above all things it really will not suit you. However if you are looking for a back to nature experience its lovely.

The compost toilet was fine - they really don't smell if everyone remembers to put the sawdust down. Shame not to have a hand washing sink though, and there are no washing up facilities so it is easier to manage if you're in a van or motorhome.

Although its on the edge of Dartmoor, there aren't any views as the site is surrounded by trees. However it is very green and peaceful - and has rabbits and lots of birds. Sadly we were there on a cloudy night so I don't know how good the view of the stars would be.

It's an easy walk into Bovey Tracey - about 20 mins. The first stretch is along country lane with no footpath so take a torch, but that's only about 5 -10 minutes. The town has some good shops (butcher, deli, baker, greengrocers). The Cromwell Arms is a nice pub - menu looked good although we didn't eat, and very good beer. We also had a quick half in the Bell Inn which is a bit more old-fashioned - very friendly and good beer, but put off by the big screen sports.

We were visiting for the Craft Fair so didn't get out into the wider countryside but its well placed for exploring Dartmoor.

There is the drawback of all sites which don't have marked pitches that you choose a lovely spot on a relatively empty campsite only for another (noisy) group of campers to ignore all the space around them and pitch up right next to you - one of life's great camping mysteries.

It is reasonably cheap at 12 per night (no EHU) but could do with upgrading the facilities a little with a sink or two, while keeping he eco-friendly ethos.

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Beerandtools 9 reviews from this member

What a gem of a site.

A flat field with no marked pitches and that's abou tit. WONDERFUL

The site boasts a long drop compost loo and an open air gas powered shower.

If you like to rough it a little then this site is exactly for you.

There are, however 5 hook up points and you can enjoy all the luxuries that your unit offers.

Pets are welcomed and allowed to run around freely. However, this is also a working farm and due care must be takn.

The site owner, Sarah, is lovely and visits the site daily to take pitch fees.

There are a number of fire baskets available, and you can buy a sack of logs from Sarah. This is great in the evening and helps keep those pesky midges at bay.

If you are looking for a site with plenty of night life, this is perfect. Owls, rabbits and the occasional peacock.

Bovey Tracey is only a mile away and has all that you could want, pubs, shops etc.

In the other direction there is the wonder that is Dartmoor National Park. What more do you need?

I will return again and again and again and.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Poshcamper48 9 reviews from this member

I stayed here for 3 nights with my 9 year old son, using a tent and a tarp. This is a basic site, a small field with just a water tap, a compost toilet and a hot shower behind a screen. There are a few electric hook ups and a disposal point for chemical toilets. Most importantly for me it allows camp fires and a bag of wood will cost you just 4.

The site is a long walk from Bovey Tracey which has supermarkets and an outdoor, heated swimming pool. It is well placed for trips into Dartmoor. Sarah is a welcoming host and the site is away from the road. The front gate has a combination lock on it which is a good feature if you want to leave your kit and go wild camping on the moor overnight as we did.

Overall a great site if you like them small, quiet, and basic. We enjoyed it and would happily return.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: JoolzGee 1 review from this member

We visited this site as we wanted a quiet site to test out our new motor-home. There are 5 pitches with EHU and 10 camping pitches. This is a very basic site with limited facilities. Also be aware that coming out of the site you are totally blind both ways on the road. This makes it a kind of shut your eyes and go scenario.

I booked online and only received an automated response and was a little worried that perhaps the booking hadn't gone through. It would have been quite nice to get a more personal response, especially as the whole amount has to be paid up front.

The camp site consists of two fields. Pitches are adequate. The nearest shops are in Bovey Tracey and if walking, that means walking on a fairly narrow road with no pavement.

My main issue with this campsite was the total lack of basic facilities. The toilet is described as a 'long drop' toilet. Which is a hole in the ground with a thunder box over it and when you have finished your business you shovel a bit of sawdust down the hole. There are no hand washing facilities, only a small bottle of hand wash. We were in a motor-home so we were able to use our own but if you were camping this may lead to a lot of problems. I also think that it would not be suitable for young children. The smell was quite offensive too - I did have to try and hold my breath. The shower is outdoors. It consists of one of those rush-type fences used as windbreaks or shade in a garden. There is no way I would use it unless I wore a bathing suit as there was no privacy. Also I think it would be quite chilly despite the water being warm.

I think this camp site would appeal to folk who love the great outdoors and perhaps want to hike up onto Dartmoor but in my opinion it would be very hard work if you had young children, were disabled or simply like the finer things in life.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sueiow 3 reviews from this member

We visited this campsite in september in a dry spell so cant comment on previous reviews about problems with access when wet weather.

I thought this is a lovely cs site so near for access on to the moors especially Haytor, Widecombe and a host of other lovely places on Dartmoor.

The pitches are very generous with the electric ones all being next to the fence, the outdoor shower was lovely and the compost toilet very different.

We were also very pleased to find two small supermarkets in Bovey Tracey less than a mile away and cash points with free parking outside for an hour.

The free fire pits were excellent and the wood provided for 4 very generous.

We also liked the fact that access to the campsite was via a locked 5 bar gate and that units weren't visible from the road making us feel very secure.

We will definitely revisit.

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