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Dornafield Campsite Review

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This Caravan Club-affiliated campsite is one of the most immaculate sites I’ve ever visited - both in terms of facilities and landscaping too. From the moment you arrive and pull up in the courtyard to check in, you know this site is going to be something special.

Dornafield is a historic fifteenth century farmstead, nestled in a picturesque valley in 30 acres of glorious Devon countryside. Many of the old buildings are still in use and now house the games room, reception and shop, which offers a full selection of fresh and local produce. There is also an information room, which is full of suggestions for walks, dog-friendly beaches, the best places to eat and drink, etc. These buildings make up the focal point of the site along with the fourteenth century farmhouse, which was one besieged by roundheads in the Civil War! There are some lovely views from the site along with surrounding woodlands and rolling fields.

The actual touring pitches are divided into three areas: Orchard, Buttermeadow and Black Rock Copse. The Orchard has grass tent pitches, enclosed by old stone walls and hedging. Buttermeadow has spacious, level pitches and is beautifully landscaped. There are hedges for privacy and tarmac roads for easy access. All the pitches are all-weather and fully-serviced. The facilities block here houses privacy cubicles, ladies’ make-up area, disabled and baby change facilities. The showers are of a generous size with separate drying area. There’s also a laundry and washing up area.

The third area – Black Rock Copse – is the latest development and the ultimate touring
The perfect pitches and setting
of the Buttermeadow area
experience. There are 60 all-weather pitches with their own grass area, hedging and dry stone walls. A timber-clad unit houses your own fresh and waste water points, TV and electric hook-up points, chemical disposal point, waste bin and low-level lighting.

The facilities here have climate control and underfloor heating, with toilets, showers with separate drying area, privacy cubicles and disabled and baby changing facilities. Again, there is also a laundry and washing-up area too. A delightful touch here, is the provision of a herb garden where guests are welcome to pick whatever herbs they would like to add to anything they are cooking.

For children, Black Rock Copse has its own woodland adventure play area and dogs have their own enclosed off-lead exercise area. In addition, in the woods overlooking Buttermeadow are two adventure play areas with swings, sand pit and play fort along with a living willow den.
Black Rock Copse's multi-service
pitches, and handy herb garden

Dornafield also has an all-weather tennis court, free WiFi and an 18-hole golf course within a mile of the site. The location of the site, between Torquay, Totnes, Newton Abbot and Dartmoor, means there is so much to do off site. From the lively beaches of the English Riviera, and the busy shops, cafés and restaurants of Exeter and Totnes, to the rugged beauty of Dartmoor and the quiet coves of the South Hams, this is a beautiful part of the country to visit.


SITE INFORMATION:

Address: Two Mile Oak, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 6DD
Tel: 01803-812732
Web: www.dornafield.com
The welcoming courtyard with
its fifteenth century buildings

Email: [email protected]
Open: 16 March - 2 January

Charges: Motorhome, two adults, plus electric from £15.50.
Nearest public transport: Bus service within one mile.
Nearest pub/restaurant: Pub within a mile.
Directions: Dornafield is easily accessible from the M5 via the A380 to Torquay or from Plymouth via the A38. Leave Newton Abbot by the A381 clearly signposted Totnes and after two miles you will find the Two Mile Oak Inn on your right. Turn right by the Inn and follow the road for half a mile to a cross-roads signposted Dornafield. Turn left and Dornafield is 100 yards on the right.


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