Barley Meadow site, situated just west of Exeter on the edge of Dartmoor, really is one of those hidden gems you come across from time to time – if you are lucky!
Run by franchisees Janet and Barry Payne, the site is a Camping and Caravanning Club site and is only in its second year under their stewardship.
All of the 63 pitches, of which 20 are hard standing with electric and 12 grass with electric , are set delightfully around a looping access road with the toilet block set to one side. This has all the usual facilities and, quite honestly, lacks for nothing. It includes hot power showers, electric razor sockets, parent and baby room, family shower room and disabled facilities.
The site shop has a bewildering array of items for sale including croissants and baguettes, all freshly baked each morning and still warm when you get them! Heaven!
Local attractions include Castle Drogo, the last castle to be built in England (in the 1930s, I believe!), Fingle Bridge, a delightful place for an afternoon cream tea, Canonteign Falls, the highest falls in England (allegedly), plus, of course, Dartmoor itself, the largest National Park in Southern England. Exeter is only 13 miles away along the splendid A30, which, incidentally, makes access to Barley Meadow surprisingly easy. But if you don’t want to drive (or can’t be bothered to pack everything away in your motorhome every day) there’s a bus stop right outside.
Janet and Barry really do make you feel at home from the moment you arrive partly due, I guess, to the fact that they actually own the site and it’s their business. As Barry explained to me, as I was buying some hot baguettes, they run the site with their customers at the heart of everything they do and consequently, everything is professionally done and, as ex-caravanners themselves, they know what people want from a site.
So, to sum up, Barley Meadow is a great site, run by great owners in one of the best and most picturesque parts of the country. Try it, you won’t be disappointed!
Dartmoor Barley Meadow Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Crockenwell, Devon