Holidays in Devon have long been popular and if you’re looking for somewhere to pitch your home from home in this beautiful part of the UK, Stowford Farm Meadows could be what you are looking for
As its name suggests, the Stowford Farm Meadows campsite was originally a farm and today it retains much of its rural charm. Its owners describe it as a large site with a small site atmosphere and they’ve worked hard to welcome their many guests whilst retaining the campsite’s ‘away from it all’ feel.
Its location also pulls together these two, apparently contradictory, themes. It really is in the middle of nowhere, at the end of a long, private road, set in acres of stunning, rolling North Devon countryside.
Yet its access road meets an A-road that means it’s an easily accessible and well connected site, so guests can enjoy the delights the region has to offer. Combe Martin is only 10 or 15 minutes away by car, Ilfracombe a little further, Barnstaple a 20- or 30-minute drive.
“Stowford Farm Meadows was established in 1978 by Winston Rice and family,” Stowford’s General Manager Andrew Noall tells Caravan Sitefinder. “Winston is still heavily involved with the day-to-day running of the site and will most often be found out towing caravans or mowing.”
From being a working farm with just a few pitches in what is today known as Field 1, the popularity of this Devon campsite has meant that it has grown over the years. “Today we have five touring and camping meadows, and each of these has its own modern amenity block providing free hot showers and laundry facilities,” says Andrew. “Disabled facilities and family bathrooms are located near the reception and in field 5.”
Despite its remote location, this is a large campsite. There are 700 pitches, of which 124 are hardstanding. Stowford welcomes touring caravans, motorhomes and tents, and is also a dog-friendly campsite. “All pitches come with electric hook-up included in the price and great views,” Andrew adds. The site also accommodates seasonal pitches and has a caravan storage facility.
What does it cost to stay at Stowford Farm Meadows? “Pitch fees start from just £10.45 per unit per night in low season,” replies Andrew, “and we have over 30 weeks of special offers throughout the year.” And what else do you get for your money?
The answer is a lot of things to do. As has already been established, it is a very dog-friendly campsite and there’s ample space to exercise your four-legged friend, and doggy day kennels if you want to go out for the day without your dog. There are outdoor playing fields and an indoor soft play area to keep the children entertained whatever the weather, plus horse riding and an indoor mini zoo on-site, the latter allowing children to feed and play with rabbits, ferrets, goats, lambs and many more animals. The heated indoor swimming pool is also popular, as are the crazy golf and the pitch and putt, but that’s not all.
“Over the last 10 years, Stowford Farm Meadows has been working hard for the environment, planting over 40,000 trees and creating over 50 acres of new woodland and new homes for wildlife,” Andrew explains. There are marked nature walks for guests to enjoy, starting and finishing at the site.
“We also have our own recycling centre. Our latest project has been installing a biomass heating system which will heat the entire site in a way that is less harmful to the environment and will reduce our dependence on nonrenewable energy sources. Understandably, we are very proud of our David Bellamy Gold Award for conservation which we have held for 10 consecutive years.”
The campsite also has a restaurant, a bar and a takeaway, as well as a well stocked shop for all your everyday and camping specific essentials, plus there’s the on-site Stowford Caravan Centre which has new and used caravans and motorhomes for sale.
With so much on-site, we are sure many visitors could spend a lot of time simply enjoying Stowford’s facilities, but with tonnes to see and so many things to do in Devon, it would be a shame to not explore further afield. And if you’ve come in your motorhome but don’t fancy tackling the Devonshire lanes in your ‘van, worry not. “We’ve got a deal with Enterprise Car Rental in Barnstaple, giving our guests an exclusive discount,” Andrew tells us.
Has the team behind this campsite thought of everything? “We try our best,” replies Andrew with a laugh, “but there’s always room for improvement. In fact, we’re hoping to improve the Wi-Fi coverage, that’s one of our next plans. We simply want our guests to have the best holidays in Devon and to welcome them back time and again.”
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