Higher Moorlands Farm

UK England South West England Devon Honiton

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Farm camping in the Blackdown Hills, with campfires, big views and homegrown produce for sale

No one likes to stereotype but, as farm campsite’s go, they don’t get much more farmy than Higher Moorlands. On a hilltop at the head of the Otter Valley, this pop-up campsite, around for the summer months only, has all the staples. Sheep and cattle dot the fields, there are pigs too, and you can buy the farm’s own free-range eggs from the honest shop, where there’s also seasonal vegetables for sale. Campfires are, of course, allowed and there’s acres of grassy space where children can duck and dive and play games of hide and seek. It’s a pastoral scene. And it all enjoys the backdrop of the Blackdown Hills, with far-reaching views over Hartridge Common.

Despite all the space, there’s a relatively small number of pitches here all told, ensuring there’s not too much pressure on the environment. In an effort to establish a wildflower meadow, the grass is left long until late summer. For those on the hunt for a few more comforts, there's also a pre-pitched yurt you can book, with a king-sized bed, soft furnishings and basic kitchen equipment.

Facilities are befitting of a farm. There are a couple of well-kept composting loos, two hot showers, washing up stations and a freezer in the shed with the shop. Otherwise, the real offering here is space and freedom. Buy meat fresh from the farm to cook over the campfire one evening, or rise early to enjoy the south-easterly views and watch the sunrise over the valley. There are local walks detailed on a big, annotated map pinned to the wall in the shed. By car, meanwhile, it’s a half-hour drive to Sidmouth, Seaton, Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast.

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Facilities

There are two hot showers, two compost toilets and two communal washing up stations. Farm produce can be bought from an onsite shop, including a selection of meats, fresh eggs, seasonal vegetables and firewood for your campfires. In the shop area you can also use the freezer for re-freezing ice-packs and there is a phone charging point and a big wall map detailing local attractions and recommended walks. If you are staying in the fully furnished yurt, this comes with its own fire pit and seats, outside washing up area and water point.

Suitable For

Camping, glamping, tents, campervans, kids, well-behaved dogs (on leads and not permitted in the yurt) – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, noisy folk – no.

Nearby

If you’re interested in history, there are seven iron age hill forts in the surrounding Blackdown Hills, the nearest being Hembury Hill Fort, 10 minutes away. Dumpdon Hill Fort is also around 10 minutes and Castle Neroche is a 20-minute drive. Wildwood Escot Park (20 minutes) has plenty on offer for families and animal lovers, whether that’s honeybees, wolves or otters. The River Otter starts not too far from the site, around half an hours drive away, does, indeed, play host to a number of otters but has also become better known in recent years as the home for a number of beavers that are repopulating this part of England for the first time in centuries. For those that need a little more adrenaline, Dunkeswell Airfield offers sky diving, or there is the Mansell Raceway go-cart circuit, both are less than a 10-minute drive away.

Food & Drink

The nearest good pub is The Drewe Arms in Broadhembury (01404 841267), 10 minutes' drive from the farm with a big beer garden, good food and a great selection of beers, wines and gins. The Vine Inn in Honiton (0140442889; 15 minutes away) is also a good shout, famous for their traditional cream teas at lunchtime alongside a simple but effective menu. For your shopping needs, Honiton is also a good pick. It has a fantastic wet fish shop, an independent wine shop and three big supermarkets. Don't miss Otter Valley Dairy (15 minutes), where you can sit and eat your homemade ice cream whilst watching the cows that produced the milk (they also do great wood-fired pizzas).

Open

July–September.

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The Owner Says

Situated on 29 acres of land at the top of the Otter Valley, Higher Moorlands Farm is a mixture of permanent pasture and wet woodland, which is totally untouched and full of wildlife. The farm is situated in the Blackdown Hills in East Devon, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Luppitt, just a 25 minute drive from the Jurassic coastline. The area is rich in wildlife and heritage, a beautiful landscape with hedgerows and copses, small farms with intricate field patterns, deep valleys and narrow, winding lanes. Our farm is part of the Mid-tier Stewardship programme; conservation and working in harmony with nature underpins everything that we do here – from planting new hedges for increased biodiversity to allowing parts of the farm to rewild. We use livestock to manage our pastures and during the summer you can see the sheep and cattle roaming the fields. We also have free range pigs, chickens and ducks and we have a small organic market garden.

We run a small, relaxed campsite during the summer in our hay meadow, we mow the perimeter for campers leaving the centre of the field clear. In an effort to establish a wild flower meadow, we leave the grass in the middle long and cut for hay in late summer. There are far reaching views overlooking the beautiful Hartridge Common.

You can bring your own firepit or rent one from us when you book or from the shop on arrival. Please be aware we dont allow fires or bbq's on the ground. You're welcome to unload your car by your pitch and then park it in the carpark, leaving the field free of cars. Camper vans can, of course, stay in the field!

For those that want a little more luxury than camping can offer we also have a fully furnished 16ft yurt available for hire for couples and children with its own fire pit and seats, outside washing up area and water point.

We are an inclusive space and offer our warmest welcome to people of all gender identity, nationality, skin colour and sexual preference. We want the farm to feel like a safe place for people who might usually find it hard to access the countryside.

Accommodation

One 14-foot yurt and around 15 camping pitches.

Grass pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 10 13 Available
Round camping pitch in hay meadow.

Berts Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
Beautiful 16 foot yurt, handmade with UK wood. Positioned overlooking far reaching views across the valley in our hay meadow.

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Location

Contact Higher Moorlands Farm, Higher Moorlands Farm, Luppitt, Honiton, Devon EX14 4SY

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Getting There

From Honiton, leave the east end of town as though heading to the A30 Andover/London direction. Before joining onto the A30, take the left turn towards Luppitt/Dunkerswell. Stay on this road for four miles, passing the turning for Dunkerswell on your left, and look out for a big layby on your left hand side by a woodland.  At the turning for our track there is a sign with 'Higher Moorlands' on it, the track is opposite a pretty wooden bungalow. Just typing in the postcode to your navigation system might take you to our neighbours farm, if you're using googlemaps type Higher Moorlands Farm into the search bar, that will bring you down the right track. If you get confused/lost please do call us, you are probably very near!  Call Eve : 07807305881 or Ollie: 07527627296

Honiton has a train station with a direct connection to London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids. To get from the train station to the campsite its best to book a taxi.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 20 reviews

★★★★★

Excellent peaceful site beautiful views

Early September and we’re the only people on site. Chose the site with the best view of the gorgeous valley below. Beautiful clear skies, no light pollution, so the most amazing view of the stars I’ve ever seen in this country. An absolute thrill. Beautifully clean facilities, hot showers, compost toilets. Honesty box for fruit/veg/local meat. Decent sized bag of wood for the fire pit at £5 kept going all evening, making a magical night. Totally chilled. Absolutely loved Higher Moorlands Farm.
★★★★☆

outstanding

brilliant location, very honest campsite, no frills.just good old fashion camping. owners leave you alone to enjoy yourself but are on hand if you need them. the only negitive point is the farm lane to the site is very pot holey, fine for 4x4s but any thing else take it slow and carefull :) defo worth a return visit
★★★★☆

Good clean spacious basic camping

What’s good: - There was lots of space to pitch our tent. - Felt very safe for the kids to play, we ended up playing with balls/badminton on the ‘cut road’ (see below) - Two clean composting toilets & two clean hot separate showers. - Honesty shop for farm reared meat, eggs, cider & wood for fires in the evening. There’s a menu & text service if you want to order salad/veg. - Recycling station What would’ve made it better: - Improvements to the washing up sink. It isn’t covered so there’s no shelter from the rain/wind and only has a cold water supply (I ended up boiling water & carrying it over) - A small mirror in the shower or toilet. - Bigger cut grass areas for the kids to play. - Ability to leave non recyclable rubbish. Having packed up the car I really didn’t want to squeeze a bag of rubbish in. Overall if you want clean back to basic, rural camping then this is a brilliant place.
Aug 20, 2021 by abi.howells Verified Review
★★★★★

Peaceful relaxing campsite

Absolutely loved our stay at Higher Moorlands Farm! We spent 5 nights on one of the grass pitches with a fire pit which we lit and enjoyed every night! The showers are superb, really spacious [perfect if you have little ones with you or a teenage boy in our case!] and plenty of hot water. Compost toilets were fab, great to see the campsite focus on sustainability and environment. Enjoyed the night sky and star gazing. Easy to access nearby beaches, would recommend Beer and Sidmouth and Honiton nearby has a lovely high street with lots of independent shops. Thanks to Ollie and Eva for welcoming us and making our stay so enjoyable we will be back!
★★★★☆

Very laid back camping

Lovely visit, great if you want to watch/listen to light aircraft and parachutists from the nearby small airfield. The plants and helicopters go right overhead very frequently. Apart from that, and the shooting over the hedge, it was a lovely quiet field. Never saw the owners at all and wouldn't know where to go if they were needed. Couldn't access the toilets at all, as not suitable for those with mobility issues - (luckily came prepared for that happening or would have been really stuck.) All in all, nice site but not enough for 5 stars.
Aug 18, 2021 by "****" Verified Review
★★★★★

Peaceful

Lovely peaceful spot not crowded which was a delight, Sweet shop with produce from farm which was super Compost toilets which were good to see on site and lovely showers ,simple but clean and nice All this for £10 a night which is amazing
★★★★★

Gorgeous peaceful location yet convenient for trips out

We recently spent 6 great days at Higher Moorlands and thoroughly enjoyed it! The hosts, Ollie and Eve, are very welcoming, leaving you to it unless you seek them out which is perfect. The showers are spacious (& nice and hot) and the loos cleverly done - just a shame that not everyone reads the 'how to use a composting loo' info!! We found that the layout of the camping was altered from the info provided on the website - camping is now around the perimeter of the field (not in circular pre mown pitches) and cars are allowed to be kept next to you which was great at times but we had liked the idea of no vehicles in the field. Overall a fabulous place and would definitely recommend ... and return! Thanks Ollie & Eve :)
Aug 10, 2021 by Debbie Verified Review
★★★★☆

Lovely and quiet campsite

Loved the fact it was so peaceful and not overcrowded. Compost loos and showers all seemed clean. Thought the honesty shop was a lovely touch. Only a few things for room for improvement. There was a lot of tea bags and wet wipes and paper strewn across the pitch where we pitched up. Also car parking was limited. We would have struggled if it was busier. Also the sign for the camp site was only visible from one direction of the main road before the turn off. We missed it at first. And heads up to drivers that the lane is very pot holey! Overall a very pleasant stay and would consider coming back!
★★★★★

Wonderfully relaxing

Absolutely fantastic, the views were gorgeous and we had plenty of space for the two tents. We were really impressed with composting toilets and the hot showers. Rustic but perfectly in keeping with the setting. I would recommend hiring the fire pit as we really enjoyed having the fire in the evening as it was a little chilly at night. Thanks for a great stay we will be back as it was a great spot to explore the area; only half an hour to all the south coast beaches.
Aug 9, 2021 by Hannah
★★★★★

Comfortable hassle free camping on a lovely rural farm site

We stayed In Burt's yurt for two nights. It was great to be able to camp without having to erect our tent, especially as it was raining when we arrived and when we left!! The yurt provided a very cosy and comfortable base. The views were lovely and we managed to grab a few hours between the showers to have a camp fire. Chrissie was very helpful, and easily available She messaged us to let us know the yurt was ready for us well before the normal 4pm check in time, and was happy for us to take our time in packing up. Thanks for a great stay, we'd love to come back!
★★★★★

Absolute haven with lovely facilities and atmosphere

We stayed for two nights here, with our 8 month old baby, and had a brilliant time, despite the constant rain and wind! The toilets were super clean, and with lots of little touches to make them feel homely, and the showers were also clean with excellent pressure and very warm! The showers felt like such a treat after a long soggy day! The little shop with the honesty box had everything we needed, and it was fun to see the farm animals and birds around the place. The hosts were so friendly, and there was generally plenty of room for all campers there. We had people on either side but it still felt very private and nice and quiet. We will definitely be back next year, rain or shine!
★★★★★

Great Escape

We only stayed one night as a stopover before heading further down the coast, be we will definitely be back. Beautiful, peaceful spot. Lots of space between other campers. The loos & showers were very clean and well maintained. Perfect place to relax.
Aug 1, 2021 by Jo Downing Verified Review
★★★★★

Quiet, relaxing and welcoming!

Had a wonderful 3 days staying at Higher Moorlands campsite. Wonderful Eco-Friendly site with clean compost toilets and great shower. Only a small number of tents, which made it very appealing. Very welcoming and everything you need. Lovely to see the animals and fresh fruit growing on the site with the option of buying fresh eggs, meat and salad straight from the farm. Will certainly be back. Thank you for a lovely stay!
Jul 19, 2021 by Heidi Bird Verified Review
★★★★★

Friendly open minded queer friendly

The hosts at Higher Moorlands were very accommodating to a queer couple. So refreshing. Such a beautiful organic small holding. Delicious fresh bacon was available and I will be bringing my friends here to camp soon! Thanks guys.
Jun 26, 2021 by Anna B
★★★★★

Lovely atmostphere, friendly hosts

Me and my partner came to the farm for a long weekend, and totally loved it. The campsite is surrounded by rolling hills and the birdsong is amazing. Eve and Ollie are super lovely hosts- and we were even able to buy farm-reared steaks direcly from them for our evening bbq! Great location, with an amazing ice cream place just opened down the road called Otter Valley Dairy. Near seaton, but far enough away not to be swarming with tourists! will definitely be returning- thanks guys!
Jun 15, 2021 by freddie
★★★★★

A beautiful site in wonderful countryside. Very relaxed and super friendly

This is a really nice, small campsite in the middle of the Blackdown Hills. Very quiet and peaceful, and very friendly owners/proprietors. Fantastic views out over the Otter valley The amenities are exactly as on their web-site, including the honesty shop with produce from their farm.
May 20, 2021 by Ollie
★★★★★

Lovely experience - relaxed, amazing views, great to be on a working farm

Such a lovely spot, it's a basic campsite but that's what we like - if you want tents packed in close with everyone's cars next to their tents and a restaurant etc etc., then this isn't for you! We'll be back.
May 11, 2021 by Miles B
★★★★★

Great place to camp

Hi I stayed here with some friends last summer for a week, it was such a lovely spot to camp in, the owners are very friendly - it's peaceful and full of songbirds, and close to lovely beaches like Seaton. It was very much 'wild camping' though I hear they will have new waterpoints, compost loos and hot showers installed by this summer. Highly recommended.
May 9, 2021 by Rina
★★★★★

Great Experience

Good camplace, nice place in the country that is near some towns, friendly family who own the farm, lovely experince all round. Would Reccomend.
May 8, 2021 by Joseph
★★★★★

Loving the Blackdown Hills

This is a great little gem of a place in one of my favorite parts of the world! Loads of space, dawn chorus, amazing sunsets and really friendly hosts. We hardly needed to go to the shops as there was plenty of delicious homegrown meat for the bbq and loads of amazing veg too. We went to the beach, explored the East Devon way and had a super relaxed stay. Highly reccomended. Thanks Ollie and Eve!
May 8, 2021 by oly

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