Grass pitch

UK England South West England Devon Ilfracombe Strawfields

  • Sleeps 5 (max 5 adults, 3 children)

The Owner Says

Only 8 pitches, no overcrowding, giving you lots of space and there is a small wooden climbing frame and lots of space for children to play safely. No allocated pitches, just turn up and choose your perfect space to set sit back, light the camp fire and relax; or take a wander around the fields, through Twitty Song Meadow and down to the stream. Two hot showers, 3 flushing toilets and 3 sinks (cold water only).  Laundry facilities by request (extra cost). Each pitch includes one car.

Features & Facilities

Three toilets, two hot-water showers and three cold-water only sinks. A laundry facility is available (at extra cost). The shepherds’ huts are kitted out with beds – including bedding and bed linen for the double bed in each. The Nook and the Hideout also have two single beds for kids (no bedding provided). Each has a log burner with kindling and logs provided. There’s a rustic, sheltered seating area outside each hut as well as a fire pit with BBQ grill, washing line and pegs. Lily Pad Hut has its own compost loo and shower while guests staying in the other huts use the campsite facilities. Shepherds’ hut guests share a games room and sunken trampolines with three on-site holiday cottages. There’s a small children’s play area on site for younger campers and glampers as well as a field area for games. There are also farm animals including ponies, alpacas, pigs, goats and sheep to meet and feed. Campfires are allowed but campers must use an off-ground fire pit (available to hire at £10). Logs (with kindling and firelighters) are £5 per load.

Activities

Ilfracombe is just 2 miles away where the harbour is the hub of the town. Hop aboard a boat to visit wildlife-rich Lundy Island (01271 863636) or stay ashore for Ilfracombe Aquarium (01271 864533), the town’s little museum (01271 863541) and Tunnels Beaches. For golden sands, though, head to Woolacombe, 6 miles away, where there’s plenty of space for sandcastles, surfing and bodyboarding. Watermouth and Croyde are within 10 miles of site and Saunton Sands is just a tad further. If you tire of the beach and the endless watersports available there’s always the theme park at Watermouth Castle (01271 867474), the Big Sheep Farm Park (01237 472366) and Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park (01271 882486). The popular twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth are less than 20 miles away. For walking, running, cycling and outdoor activity try, the South West Coast Path (join it in Ilfracombe) or Exmoor National Park which is just a couple of miles away.

Food & Drink

A pop-up breakfast café and pizza evenings are hosted on site during the peak season (May half-term and school summer holidays). It’s a mile walk across fields to the nearest pub, The Crown Inn in West Down (01271 862790). You’ll also find a well-equipped, community-run grocery store (01271 864264) and you can buy fresh fish from S&P Fish Shop in Ilfracombe. The Depot (01271 865500), is a bar, restaurant and café combined and is a short (3-mile) drive away. It’s open all day and serves breakfasts and brunches as well as a main menu of pizzas, burgers, and tacos. There’s highly-recommended Sri Lankan curry served from a little kiosk on the sand at Barricane Beach (6 miles away) while The Grampus Inn (01271 862906), about the same distance from site at Lee Bay, is a recommended traditional Devon pub with open music nights on Fridays.

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Getting There

From Barnstaple, take the A39 (Alexandra Road) north towards Lynton. After three miles, turn left onto B3230. Follow this road for about five miles. After passing through Bittadon, take the first sharp left. After about half-a-mile, turn right and after another half-mile, turn left on to Titching Park Lane. Strawfields will be on your left.

Campsite owners Alex and Nick do not recommend attempting to reach the site using public transport as getting around without a car is difficult. The closest bus stop (on the Barnstaple-Lynton route) is a mile-and-a-half away at Lynton Cross along a busy road. The nearest railway station is at Barnstaple (nine miles away). From there, the best option to reach the site would be to use a local taxi service.