West Town Farm

UK England South West England Devon Exeter

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Eco camping on an organic farm just a hop from Exeter city centre and 25 minutes from the coast

It seems odd that you can camp somewhere so beautifully rural and agricultural yet still, really, be just on the outskirts of a city. Just two miles from Exeter city centre and its mighty cathedral, West Town Farm pulls off this impressive feat. And it's not just a farm. It's a lusciously green, organic space, tucked amid the hedgerows of the Fordland Valley. Come here and you'll find a place to camp, a place to explore and, also, a place to learn, with an on-site education centre and an enthusiastic farmer ready to show you what it's all about.

Pocketed within the 270 acres of organic land, the off-grid campsite is based in one of the farms most accessible fields, at the foot of a slope between Chillies Copse, full of old oaks and bluebells, and the gentle path of Fordland Brook, ideal for kids wanting to build stick dens or dip their toes in the cool water of the stream. Facilities are simple and eco-friendly – there are composting loos and solar powered showers – while an onsite farm shop is packed with organic produce, including pasture-fed meat from the farm and organic veg.

With pigs, cattle and sheep, West Town is very much a working farm but, for farmer Andy and his team, this also means being custodians of the land and working in a way that supports local wildlife, providing habitats for various animals, including voles and owls. The farm is part of the environmental stewardships initiative and, along with welcoming local primary school children for tours and educational visits, there's also a farm trail with interpretation boards that campers can explore. They also hosts a range of events throughout the summer, including live gigs and dining events, as well as sunflower and pumpkin picking, so make sure to time your stays accordingly if there's an event that takes your fancy.

With so much to do on the farm itself, you might not initially feel inclined to leave but glance at a map and you'll soon be reminded why you travelled to this corner of South Devon. Dartmoor is just a 20-minute drive away, Exeter is on your doorstep and it's 25 minute's to the beaches of Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Dawlish Warren.

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Facilities

Composting loos (including a larger accessible toilet), a solar-powered shower, taps and drinking water. Fire pits and BBQs are permitted, provided that they are lifted off of ground level and disposed of properly. Car parking facilities are available next to the campsite. There is also a farm shop on site, as well as regular events throughout the year.

Suitable For

Tents, kids, groups, dogs (on leads) – yes. Campervans, motorhomes, caravans – no.

Nearby

It takes less than 15 minutes to drive into the heart of Exeter, with its famous gothic cathedral to visit, followed by a walk along the smartly regenerated quayside area or perhaps a guided tour around the town. In fact, if walkings your thing, you can easily skip any parking trouble by walking straight from the campsite in to town – it's around an hour from your tent to the cathedral. If you aren’t already full from the campsite's farm shop, use the extra space to take full advantage of the Street Food Night Markets – you won’t be disappointed. The Inside Outside summer craft fair is also a firm favourite for kids and teens. For those looking for a sunny day at the beach, there's a wide choice of tourist favourites, all around half an hour away, including sandy Dawlish and Exmouth and the pebbles of Budleigh Salterton.

Food & Drink

It's a 15-minute walk to the nearest pub in the village of Ide, The Poachers Inn (01392273847), while, at the further end of the high street, there's also The Huntsman (01392272779), a relaxed local haunt with a large beer garden serving reginal ales and traditional food. The Poachers also has a great garden, looking out onto the surrounding hills. They have an extensive wine list with over 20 varieties available as well as a large gin and tonic menu. Alternatively, you can find your way into the city centre or Exeter quayside (15 minutes’ drive or an hours walk) for a whole host of pubs, cafes and restaurants. On The Waterfront is a particular favourite, their heated terrace area sits right on the quayside making the perfect summer dining spot.

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The Owner Says

Spread over 270 acres of land, West Town Farm has been organically farming since 1990 and is the perfect place to escape for a rural summer break. The campsite is based in one of the farms most accessible fields and is located between Chillies Copse and Fordland Brook, ideal for kids wanting to build stick dens or dip their toes in the cool water of the stream. Let your imagination run wild as you walk our farm trail, which takes you around all of the hidden wonders that the farm has to offer. Even the most technology inclined teens won't be able to resist putting down their phones and taking in the stunning nature around them!

Our off-grid campsite is also great for eco-campers who are looking to book a break with minimal environmental impact. With compost toilets and a solar powered shower, you can allow your conscience to rest with ease whilst still enjoying a few familiar comforts. Car parking facilities are available next to the camping site but the site is also accessible by train and bus. As part of our aim to be as 'green' as we can, we'd love to encourage you to travel by foot, bike, bus or train.

In addition to the farm's stunning views, we also have an onsite farm shop which is packed with organic and palm-oil free produce, including pasture-fed meat from the farm and organic veg from our brother-farm Shillingford. Our well-stocked shop means you can truly get away from the rush of city life, by packing light and avoiding the car during your break.

West Town Farm plays host to a wide range of different private and public events throughout the summer, so it's always a good idea to check what's on before you book your stay. In the summer months you can expect sunflower picking, pop-up dinning events, open farm days and much more. Additionally, we're also excited to be welcoming Loft Live Sessions to the farm on the last Saturday of each month, for a series of gigs from some of the UK's finest festival acts. Pleas get in touch for tickets and line up information.

Accommodation

10 or so grass camping pitches and a couple of pre-pitched bell tents.

Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 10 10 Available
To keep things simple, we offer a one size fits all grass pitch. Suitable for one tent, this pitch has no limits on how many individuals can stay, making it perfect for families of all sizes.

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4 2 Available
Located on our off-grid camping field, this fully furnished bell tent comes complete with a double bed and small log burner to ensure the unpredictable British weather never ruins your holiday.

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Location

Contact West Town Farm, West Town Farm, Ide, Exeter, Devon EX2 9TG

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Getting There

The village of Ide is three miles west from Exeter city centre, just off of the A30. From Ide high street, go uphill (south) to the mini roundabout and turn right. Follow the green signs half a mile and you will find the West Town Farm farmyard on your left. The campsite is just around the corner on your right.

If you're travelling by train, it’s best to get off at Exeter St Davids and catch a taxi from the rank outside. If you're hoping to book in advance, you can book with Apple taxis and their fleet of eco-taxis. Alternatively, the village of Ide is also accessible by the 360 bus, which stops outside the Huntsman Inn at the bottom of the High Street. From here, the site is only a 15-minute walk away.

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Why book with Cool Camping?

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