Westford Farm has the potential to be one of the best campsites in the area. The location is fantastic and the layout of the site is so picturesque. There is a little play area which our children thoroughly enjoyed, with a small stream running alongside the site which provided much entertainment.
Unfortunately the facilities were really not up to scratch. We stayed for 6 nights and did not manage to have a single hot shower - and I hasten to add we did try! No matter what time of day we went to the toilet block, the water was never hot. We had to wash the children in a bucket in the tent, while my wife and I endured cold showers. The women's toilet was frequently out of loo paper and handtowels. On the final day, there was practically no cold water either!
We were expecting to be able to get basic foods (bread, milk, etc. ) on site as the website claims that there is a shop. However the shop is part of the reception office which was closed nearly the whole time we were there. The nearest shop is at Drewsteignton which is about 2 miles away.
My only other complaint is regarding noise levels in the evenings. We have 2 young children who were ready for bed at 9pm (way past their normal bedtime!) Even though we were about as far away from the toilet block as possible, we could still clearly hear people shouting, clapping, cheering, singing, etc. After 10pm. To be fair, this only happened on 2 evenings out of 6, but for a small, child-friendly site I would have expected better.
I seldom write reviews but felt compelled to do so having had quite the most wonderful time at Westford Farm. This is a small charming site set in a small valley on the edge of Dartmoor with possibly 30-40 pitches, some with EHU, some not.
The whole ethos with this site is to relax, unwind and enjoy the sense of togetherness in some of the most beautiful scenery. Let your children paddle in the stream and listen to their laughter, Mark will set them to task to build a dam! Or go and give the resident pig a scratch behind his ear or admire the hard work that Karen invests into rescuing horses who are on the brink of life or marvel at the chicken who will come and lay eggs for your breakfast (in our case, right next to our tipi). The geese made my boys giggle with their chitter chatter and they often sat and just listened to all the wildlife or gazed at the stars.
If that isn’t enough, catch a trout from their little lake (rod hire £5 each) and then get back to basics and cook it over an open campfire, followed by toasting marshmellows or stuff banana’s with chocolate drops, wrap them in foil and let the fire work its magic whilst sharing adventurous fireside stories with your little folk.
If you need a cosy pint then head to Fingle Bridge for a little tipple! If you need a tasty butcher for all that campfire cooking then head towards Okehampton for one of the best I have ever been to. Mark will direct you.
I have never ever in all my years of camping/caravanning spent an entire day on site but yesterday we did just that. We relaxed whilst our children hooted in the stream, we bought some boules from mark and played cricket, kicked a ball and cooked lots and lots over the firepits.
The owners are a breath of fresh air who are relaxed as long as you care for the environment around you. They work tirelessly and will do all they can to make your stay as carefree as possible, what they have created is a wonderful hideaway with the essence of life really at the fore of their thinking when developing this inviting site.
The only down side is, at some point you have to leave and head for home. Go and enjoy, maybe even leave all the mod cons and enjoy just being.
Stayed here for 1 night when touring Cornwall and Devon. Honestly, bit of a mayhem site with loads of ducks/swans roaming around. We had the 1 hardstanding pitch (which was more of a concreted area rather than a pitch) But we were happy as due to heavy rain, would have sunk in the grass. The fields were very well designed with lakes and rivers running along side it. Fishing is available. Showers and toilet block are lovely and no probs with queues out of season. The site is a bit tricky to find (you need to get on the old A30 off the new A30) Sat Nav got us lost a couple of junctions but only delayed us 10mins. Site is down a long thin lane so hopefully you don't pass other large caravans on the way to/from the site. A visit to Fingle Bridge is recommended if staying there but again, its down the long think lane (lovely location though)
This site is in a very pretty valley and was quiet with no traffic noise, and I heard only cockerels and pheasants at night. It was easy to get to, and find using the directions provided. However due to booking after reading their website we were left disappointed.
The kids enjoyed the 2 swings and paddling in the stream at the bottom of the field while we pitched, then as the website says the facilities include “35 acres of open country side to enjoy” we were looking forward to exploring. However, it quickly became clear that there was no access from the camp site to the surrounding countryside as advertised and when we asked the Owner, we were directed to walk to Drewsteignton along the road.
The main camping field was very soft ground, despite no rain for well over a week, as it appears the small fishing ponds drain across the site road and into the bottom meadow. So while the pitch was fairly flat, there were deep ruts across the pitch from where cars has been driven and everything was damp under foot. It is also worth knowing that although you can drive onto the meadow to unload your car, you are not permitted to leave it there. This may well be a positive point for some campers but as we usually use the car as a bit of a storage area it proved to be a bit inconvenient.
The showers/toilets while not too bad on arrival did not appear to be cleaned even once a day, and both toilets in the ladies had run out of loo paper by the Sunday morning. There was some queueing for the showers but it moved quickly due to the lack of the hot water! There were multiple signs asking people to only take showers of 4-5 minutes during peek times to allow the tanks to refill, but perhaps the owners would be better off providing a better hot-water system to meet the demand. This wasn't a cheap site, and was over £30 a night for our family. The bins were overflowing by Sunday and there were no recycling facilities other than for glass bottles.
There was only 1 washing up sink, which was not cleaned except by the next person who wanted to use it, the kids play house was overgrown with weeds, and there was a feel of things being not really cared about, for instance there was a draining ditch behind our tent that was full of stagnant smelly water, which by summer will provide lots of insect life which will not be pleasant!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time here - to the point that we stayed an extra three nights when our pre-booked time ran out. The fact there was a lovely little play area right next to where we pitched meant that we could have entertained children when we were pitching and decamping.
Our sat nav decided to take us off on a journey of discovery on the day we got there which resulted in us having a near miss with a tractor so we definitely suggest following the signs rather than trusting sat navs.
The campsite itself is lovely and secluded and small which meant we weren't over-run with visitors. There was a lovely, clean toilet block with showers ad there was a games room attached which was used by some of the older children on the site.
The location is ideal for travelling all around Devon and some parts of Cornwall - especially as the A30 is about 5 minutes away.
The management were very friendly and very approachable.
Fishing is available but I don't know much about that side of it as I'm a vegetarian! :D
You are able to have open fires on the site - on an altar fire if at the tent or there are designated camp fire circles. The management got, not surprisingly, very upset when someone tried to start their own little campfire so it is worth checking with them first before lighting up - they are easy enough to talk to. You can also buy wood on site - I believe it is about a tenner for a wheelbarrowful - so please don't do what our neighbours did and go hacking at the trees with a bow-saw!
There is a washing machine and drier on site but it woks out at £7 a load for washing and drying which felt a little on the high side but I do appreciate that we can always bring our washing home with us!
Will definitely consider going back again in the future but please can you put a light near the toilet block? It is very dark in the middle of the night when the movement sensors have gone to sleep.
Pretty little site, close enough to the A30 to reach other attractions but deep in the valley away from road noise. Follow the instructions on the site for the best access as narrow and steep roads surround the site, but that's what Devon's all about. Facilities housed in New building which are modern, very clean and include table tennis, DVD hire, (take your satellite dish if you want TV reception), washing machine. A very warm and friendly welcome from the owners. Small PO in village for provisions and 2 pubs with good food within short drive at Widdon Down and Fingal Bridge. Supermarket in Okehampton. Small play area and stream runs through site. Lots of space to walk dog (ps must get on with chickens). Two very small fishing lakes, one for trout the other for carp. There is a choice of areas where you can set up camp. Overall we would recommend this site for both families with small children and adults.
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