Billingsmoor Farm

UK England South West England Devon Cullompton

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Family-friendly camping between Dartmoor and Exmoor on a working organic dairy farm

Set in mid Devon's fabled Heartland, Billingsmoor Farm is a 400-acre family-run dairy farm less than 20 miles from the soft sands of Exmouth’s famous family beaches and 20 miles from Dartmoor and Exmoor’s National Parks. Listening to affable owner Jayne explain how her and her partner Robert built Billingsmoor into the place it is today is a fascinating tale. They moved to the farm over 15 years ago, during a turbulent time in UK farming. From the start, they faced a difficult choice: to push their cows for more milk in order to meet increasing supermarket demand, or to change their approach to farming completely. Fortunately – for us and for the 200 Friesians – they chose the latter, and their organic dairy farm is now open to campers for six months of the year.

Although the site is eminently accessible (just three miles from the M5 motorway), it feels like a true escape. Billingsmoor is one of eight working farms on the Duchy of Cornwall estate, nestled between Devon’s sandy southern beaches and its rugged north coastline. Overlooking 350 acres of rolling hills and grassland, the views here are breathtaking.

Not wishing to compromise the tranquility of this picture-perfect scene, Billingsmoor provides just five prized pitches, meaning campers never feel hemmed in. The elevated plots offer panoramic views overlooking lush fields and forests, while each off-grid pitch boasts a private toilet and sink (with cold running water) and a firepit and picnic bench. It's a car-free zone, too, meaning kids are free to run themselves ragged in safety (wheelbarrows are handily provided to trundle your gear to camp). The communal wash-block, laundry and kitchen facilities, meanwhile, are clean, modern and centrally-heated, while charming little touches like the onsite honesty pantry demonstrate a thoughtful attention to detail.

Curious campers have ample opportunity to learn about organic farming onsite. Meeting the amenable herd of organic Friesians, Kunekune pigs, sheep, ducks, geese and chickens will soon lift the heavy weight of urban life from your shoulders. Plus, as well as the varied programme of events – from walking parties to celebrations – an added attraction is the farm's forestry school, where you can master key bushcraft skills before cooking lunch and spotting flora and fauna. So, whatever your age, a stay at Billingsmoor offers a real education.

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Facilities

Each pitch is set within a 9mx 5m deep wooded area, with a private toilet and sink (with cold running water). Firepit and picnic bench included. There's a modern, centrally-heated shower block, as well as laundry facilities, and undercover washing up facilities. There is no electric hook-up, but electricity is available in both the communal shower block and kitchen area. Other highlights include the onsite honesty pantry and a forest school (pre-booking essential).

Suitable For

Tents, families, couples, dogs (on a lead at all times) – yes. Campervans, caravans, motorhomes and walk-in bookings – no. Single-sex parties and large groups by pre-arrangement only (must book the entire site).

Nearby

The nearby town of Tiverton boasts plenty of attractions, not least the Tiverton Museum (01884 256295) and Great Western Canal where you can take a traditional horse-drawn barge courtesy of the Tiverton Barge Co. (01884 253345). For little ones, the Devon Railway Centre (01884 855671) promises hours of train-based fun, while The Bear Trail (01392 881780) is a muddy all-ages obstacle course that all the family will love. For walkers the Devonshire Heartland Way can be picked up easily from the site, and there are two stately National Trust properties nearby in Knightshayes and Killerton. Keep things simple with a spot of wild swimming, or go to Coryton Cove, a secluded beach close to Dawlish, where dolphins have been spotted. Exmoor and Dartmoor are both within a 40-minute drive, and there's a weekly cattle market at Newton Abbot. There are photo opportunities aplenty at Clovelly, a pretty fishing village where Charles Kingsley was inspired to write the Water Babies.

Food & Drink

The Butterleigh Inn (01884 855433) – a 400 year old longhouse with log fires and a peaceful garden – is the pick of the local pubs. The Lamb Inn (01392 860272) in Silverton and the Fisherman's Cot (01884 855237) also come highly recommended, with both serving a varied menu of pub grub favourites. The Bakehouse (01884 35222) in Collumpton serves delicious cakes and fresh coffee and is a great spot to stop and watch the world pass by. For fine dining, head to the HH Restaurant (01392 461472) in Broadclyst, just outside of Exeter, which serves modern British food with a French twist. Celeb-chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage empire is also based round these parts, with the River Cottage Canteen & Deli (01297 631715) found in Axminster. Billingsmoor also operate a small onsite honesty pantry and pre-prepared meals can be arranged for your arrival (pre-booking essential).

Opening Times

Mid May – early November.

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The Owner Says

Billingsmoor Farm is a 400 acre Organic Dairy Farm situated in Mid Devon, otherwise known as the Heartland of Devon. We milk 200 British Frisian cows.

Our farm is run on an organic system and is registered with the Organic Farmers and Growers association. All of our milk is sold to Muller Wiseman Dairies who bottle it and distribute it to retail outlets and doorstep delivery.

We also have calves, pet pigs and chickens. Our farm attracts an abundance of wildlife and with our woodland we are very popular with the local birdlife who make their nests in the woods.

We were one of the first farms to work in conjunction with Featherdown farms to be able to offer people the chance to come and stay on a working farm and see for themselves how food is produced and how farmers manage the countryside.

Billingsmoor Farm in Butterleigh is a traditional Organic Dairy Farm and is on the Bradninch Estate, which forms part of the Duchy of Cornwall estate.

The Duchy of Cornwall and Prince Charles are well known for supporting both farming and the conservation of the countryside, and we here at Billingsmoor like to think that we can support this ethos in the work that we do here.

Pitches

5 grass pitches with space for up to 3 tents (max 6 people) and 1 car per pitch.

Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 5 Available
Billingsmoor Farm is also known as Devon's Heartland. Surrounded by beautiful countryside each of our 5 elevated pitches offers panoramic views, overlooking the fields and our forest that offers natural and safe play for children. Each booking includes parking for 1 car and 6 people. We can also provide you with arrival meals, please ensure you...

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Location

Contact Billingsmoor Farm, Billingsmoor Farm, Butterleigh, Cullompton, Devon EX15 1PQ

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Brilliant location with excellent facilities

This was our first experience at camping as a family with two young girls of 7 and 4. The private site and wonderful views were great. Having the private toilet and sink on our pitch was amazing so we didn’t have to worry about any toilet accidents as everyone could go whenever they wanted. The ground at the pitch was a bit hard and bent a couple of pegs going in but a bit of moving around overcame this without too much issue. Having breakfast rolls and croissants made for each each morning meant we didn’t have to worry about any cooking for breakfast. The little honesty shop also was great for getting little bits and bobs to keep us going. Showers nearby were also clean, spacious and worked well. Girls enjoyed walking round the farm to look at all the cows. All in all a fantastic small camp site with great facilities and friendly hosts, would very much recommend staying here and would stay here again.
Sep 1, 2019 by Frank key
★★★★★

Best campsite ever!

What a gem of a site! We had a fantastic 3 nights at Billingsmoor Farm. Quiet and peaceful, beautiful views, wonderful facilities, surprisingly well stocked shop and very friendly owners. We would all love to go back.
Jun 2, 2019 by Mahood family
★★★★★

Excellent, Peaceful and Spotlessly Clean

A fantastic campsite with just a few tent pitches - camp fires encouraged in fire pits provided. Well stocked shop. Great facilities. Stunning views in a peaceful location. We will definitely return. Thanks Robert and Jayne!
May 28, 2019 by Blackmore Family
★★★★★

Probably our best UK camping experience ever

We had a wonderful time at Billingsmoor. The setting is picturesque, the hosts are delightful, the clientele limited to a small number and the facilities fantastic. We spent 2 very chilly nights over the May bank holiday at Billingsmoor farm. Having your own loo and basin for each pitch makes life with small children so much easier. The fire pit and table were also wonderful. It's a proper camping experience but with the little extras that host Jayne has added to each site really made the experience pleasurable. Having your own loo (with loo roll some tissues and hand soap thrown in) plus a nice communal kitchen area, shower block and reasonably priced honesty shop elevate this from a basic camp site to a really lovely experience. Our kids also loved exploring the woods and seeing the calves fed and asked when we can go again before we'd even left.
May 6, 2019 by KDavey

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