Summerhill Farm

UK England South West England Devon Crediton

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Games room
  • Laundry
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Luxury camping on an idyllic, organic Devonshire farm

Passion. It either burns within you, or it doesn’t. Enthusiasm can be faked, but a true passion for something can’t. And Ben has passion. For the animals on the farm he rents from the Soil Association, for organic agriculture, and for sharing his beautiful surroundings with those in need of an escape to the countryside. He currently tends the 90-acre organic farm alone, when his wife Alice is in work; lovingly rearing his 500 hens, 200 geese, flock of sheep, and herd of pure-bred Red Ruby cows. So when folk come to stay in one of the three yurts or the bell tent recently set up on the farm, he’s only too happy to stop for a chat and ask if they’re enjoying their stay. The answer is a resounding 'Yes!'.

Not only are the views down the valley from each tent stunning, but every possible care has gone into furnishing them too. Each comes stocked with tea, coffee, sugar, milk, bread, butter, and eggs (courtesy of Ben’s Hens) to make settling in a breeze after your journey down to Devon. Charcoal and kindling are also provided for the fire pits, stove, and chimenea free of charge; as are candles, a torth, bedding, and towels.

 You don’t even need to go food shopping; it’s all here – in the converted barn next to the comfy campers’ lounge with wood-burning stove, games, pool table, and info is a huge kitchen with an honesty fridge and larder. All the food on offer has a price sticker and you leave the cash in a box. If you’re lucky there’ll be a bowl of delicious, free home-grown veg that needs eating up. Each abode has its own large fridge in the kitchen so you can fill it with organic goodies to your heart’s content. Or even pre-order one of the Hampers for Campers on offer here, stocked with as much produce as the farm can provide, and other food and drink produced from the local area.

 Each of the three yurts sits atop insulating wooden decking and looks down the valley and across to the hills opposite. Two are large Mongolian yurts that sleep up to six and the other is a smaller structure sleeping four or five. The bell tent has its own private corner in a separate field with vistas out to Exmoor, behind. It’s smaller than the yurts and has fewer furnishings, but still comes with a bed and futon mattresses for comfort.

 Campers are welcome to help out on the farm if they wish –collecting eggs from the hens, picking vegetables from the polytunnel and colourful beds, or learning about the animals. This is Soil Association land and various eco-friendly measures have been implemented as a salute to the beautiful surrounding scenery. Not only is the farming here of the sustainable variety, but Summerhill’s hot water is produced through solar thermal energy collected from panels on the barn’s roof; and electricity is powered through a photovoltaic system (more panels), which cuts CO2 emissions and often provides surplus electricity that’s put on to the national grid. Impressive stuff.

 For a start-up site and means of diversification for an organic farmer, Summerhill Farm strikes the perfect balance between working farm, campsite, environmental caretaker, and lovely holiday. And if some of Ben’s passion hasn’t rubbed off on you by the time you leave, you’ll definitely need to come again.

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Facilities

Every care and thought for guests has been put into each of the 3 yurts and 2 bell tents. They come with everything but the kitchen sink. Campfires are allowed in fire pits (1 for each abode, as well as a BBQ and picnic table). Plans are afoot to erect another yurt further down the valley, with its own eco-shower and compost loo to keep it self-contained, so watch this space. If you’re staying in the bell tents, which are furthest from the farm, it’s a bit of a trek to the facilities. Marked walks take you around the farm’s many acres, including down to the river at the valley floor for a splash or stone skim. Maps of the farm’s boundaries are available from the communal barn.

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Nearby

The vast and sandy beach at Bude (check the tide times) is a 40-minute drive away. Test yourself on the waves courtesy of Bude Surfing Experience (07779117746) at nearby Summerleaze beach. All ages and abilities are welcome and other activities such as caving, climbing, kayaking and mountain biking can be arranged). Closer to home there’s the riverside walk at Fingle Bridge; and for a spot of history head to Castle Drogo (01647 433306) in Drewsteignton.

Food & Drink

You’re on an organic farm so take advantage of the delicious home-grown produce and that of the local area by pre-ordering one of the Hampers for Campers. The ‘honesty’ larder and fridge in the kitchen is stocked with organic fruit bags and veg boxes, meat, eggs, and local juices and ciders. If you want to eat out, The Mulberry (01647 24227) lies 4 miles away in Cheriton Bishop and serves excellent if pricey meals.

Opening Times

Early April – end September.

Family Friendly


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The Owner Says

Summerhill Farm lies in the heart of the beautiful mid Devon countryside, 2 miles from the village of Yeoford, on the Two Moors Way near Crediton. As the name suggests the farm is perched on a hillside below which the river Yeo flows through the farm's species-rich meadows and woodland. Three spacious Mongolian yurts provide comfortable accommodation, all of which are furnished to a mid-range specification. Sleeping up to 6 people, they are perfect for families, but are equally suitable for couples or groups of friends. Relax and enjoy our quiet and peaceful slice of Devon countryside in our special, tucked away location, providing stunning views by day and stargazing at night. 

Accommodation

3 large yurts (sleeping up to 6 each).

Broad Down Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 6
A comfortably-furnished, spacious Mongolian yurt in a secluded spot with views across the Devon countryside.

Hawkham Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 6
A comfortably-furnished, spacious Mongolian yurt in a secluded spot with views across the Devon countryside.

Oak Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 6
A comfortably-furnished, spacious Mongolian yurt in a secluded spot with views across the Devon countryside.

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Location

Contact Summerhill Farm, Hittisleigh, Exeter, EX6 6LP

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Getting There

From M5 get onto A30 in direction of Okehampton. Exit A30 at Woodleigh Junction/ Cheriton Bishop. Go into Cheriton Bishop – about half way along the main street take the right hand turn just before the shop, with a brown signpost to Northdown Farm. Carry on along that road (Ignore the left hand turn at the cross roads to Hittisleigh and go straight across them). After about 2½ miles you will come across a very small, sudden left hand mini cross roads called 'Three Gate'. Turn left towards Binneford. Follow that road all the way to Binneford Cross (about 1½ miles). Just before Binneford cross you will come to a ford where the road forks – cross the ford and go right up the hill. At Binneford cross (which is signposted) turn left, and carry on up that road for a few minutes. You will see the farm on the left with a blue sign marked 'Summerhill Farm'.


Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★★

Pseudo-glamping in Devon

Following a previous week of ‘proper’ camping in neighbouring Cornwall, we decided to try out a yurt in Devon and Summerhill Farm came up in our search. The weather was a bit mixed but the yurt, together with the wood burner, fully kitted kitchen and games room (plus the wonderfully hospitable Ben and his family) made the week really special!
Aug 18, 2019 by Jamie Mackay
★★★★★

Wonderful family holiday

We keep coming back to Summerhill Farm because it's just a great family holiday. Our children, 8 and 6 years old, love the open space and "helping" with the animals. Egg collecting is a big favourite, but they also loved sitting in Ben's tractor - for city kids this was very exciting. For us adults it's been lovely to meet other families and to see children of all ages all playing together and running off loads of energy outside. It's also nice to be able to have an open fire outside the yurt and to cook and eat outdoors (weather permitting). But even if the weather isn't great, the communal kitchen and family activity room are brilliant - the log burning stove really makes it cosy on colder days. We've had some great day trips to the north Devon coast and the Eden Project was a big success too. But if you want to just spend a relaxing day in a beautiful corner of the world, I can't think of anywhere better than just staying at Summerhill Farm and going on local walks. We'll be back very soon I'm sure. 

Mar 21, 2015 by C McCulloch
★★★★★

The perfect place to stay with kids!

An extended weekend at the Summerhill Farm once a year has become a bit of a tradition with our family and is by far the most relaxing holiday destination with kids. Our 4,5-year old son loves exploring the farm, helping out with collecting the eggs and seeing what all the animals are up to.  My husband and I enjoy the comfy beds, the beautiful scenery and the fresh countryside air.  Alice and Ben are great welcoming hosts and the farm is the perfect place to have a breather from our busy London lives.  

Mar 11, 2015 by AMazenod

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