CAMPSITE REVIEW: Caffyns Farm, Exmoor, Devon

We’ve been meaning to stay at Caffyns for a very long time. The incredibly friendly owners previously ran the magical Cloud Farm down the road, so we knew it was going to be something special. This year we finally made it and it was worth the wait. The campsite is situated on a 160 acre farm, with sea and Exmoor views, orchards, woods, horse stables, sheep, goats, chickens and a turkey.

We went on the first sunny weekend since lockdown ended, which also happened to be a bank holiday and school half term, so probably saw it at its busiest. The camping area was no way near as big as we had imagined, but everyone managed to squeeze in without it seeming too overcrowded. According to the owners they’ve never had to turn anyone away from this no reservations site, which is encouraging when you are driving a long way on a busy bank holiday weekend! The place seems to attract a very chilled and friendly crowd. There doesn’t seem to be many rules and I have to admit our hearts sank a little when we saw quite a few groups of youngsters arriving and pitching up nearby. But it really wasn’t a problem, somehow the site remained peaceful, with campers respecting each other.

Sunset from Badger field

👍

  • Camp fires 
  • Horse riding for all ages and abilities
  • Pitch where you like 
  • Well stocked shop 
  • On-site cafe & bar, with homegrown cider
  • Sea views 
  • Really reasonable prices for camping, we paid £20 per night
  • Walks direct from campsite

👎

  • There was a lot of dogs running loose, but miraculously we didn’t see a rogue dog poo the whole time were were there.

Beer Garden with a view

SURROUNDINGS

  • It’s a steep walk to Lee bay from the site, 40 mins each way. There’s toilets at top of path to the mostly rocky beach . Dog ban on beach May-September 
  • Woodland walk from site 
  • Walk to Valley of the rocks from the site 

Walk to beach

FIRES

  • Fires – Yes, Wood in shop, use stones supplied 
  • BBQ’s – yes

Lee Bay

FOOD & DRINK

  • Tea rooms at Lee bay – have nice cream teas in beautiful garden setting, but do check for days its open before the long walk down.
  • On-site cafe/bar, beer garden, surrounded by sheep has amazing views across the Bristol Channel. Cafe serves breakfast lunch and dinner but only bar was open when we were there as the owner wasn’t well, so we didn’t sample any food. They also serve their own home grown and made Cider.
Lee Abbey Tea rooms

FACILITIES

  • Phone reception & 4g
  • Rubbish & recycling
  • Shop is a treasure trove, camping supplies, OS maps, meat, fruit & veg. Off license 
  • Bar/ cafe/off licence, with lovely beer garden and indoor dining 
  • Horse riding 
  • Hot showers 
  • Family shower room 
  • Washing machine/ tumble dryer 
  • Disabled facilities
  • Hot indoor washing up 
  • Fridge 
  • Freezer
  • Microwave 
  • Cycle hire
Campsite Cafe and bar

OUR TOP TIPS

  • We stayed in Badgers with sea & Exmoor views. But along the hedgerow of wood peckers, herons & buzzards seem to be the prime spots with elevated sea views. The first fields don’t have views but are much more sheltered if it’s windy 
  • If your van is anything like Vinnie, you want to avoid driving in via Lynton so you don’t have to make it up and down the super steep road

Caffyns farm

Map of all campsites

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s