Reviews

Here are just a few of our most recent reviews
 Josh, April 2017

After arriving late due to a satnav disaster (in no way is it hard to find if you follow instructions) Ali greeted me and the place is beautiful! She is absolutely lovely and I am definitely going back! I can’t recommend this stunning property and family enough! I had a wonderful night sleep, best in years and had a kind farewell from the dogs, cant wait to go again! Josh (:


 

Louisa Forbes May 2016
Ali made us feel very welcome and even helped us with some laundry which was so kind. She couldn’t have been better with communicating and organising and was so accommodating of our group. The accommodation itself was perfectly basic- all the space and equipment that e needed. We loved that it didn’t have a TV or phone signal. It remoteness and peacefulness is its charm. The weather was great and we enjoyed a bbq but the local pubs and the area generally are relaxing and welcoming. We couldn’t recommend the Barns enough if you’re looking for a rural rustic escape. Thanks again

Christian and Wesley Bishop  April 2016

We had a wonderful time at Chitcombe Barns. Set in a picturesque farm over looking a beautiful valley. Location wise it’s perfect for a quiet weekend away in the countryside. The barn itself was warm and cosy with everything we needed. For larger groups it’s perfect – the kitchen area is especially great as it’s massive, plenty of room for everyone to prepare a big meal with a large dining table for everyone to sit around. I’d recommend Chitcombe barns to anyone wanting a no fuss and chilled weekend away in the somerset countryside.

Catherine Morey  (England)  Aug 2015
lovely quiet, off the beaten track, cabin. The hosts were very friendly. It was definitely more than the one step above camping it was advertised to be. Loved the log burner after a long, misty, walk on exmoor.
What Catherine loved about your listing: we enjoyed the feeling of solitude and were very warm and cozy.
Daria Szue  (Germany) Aug 2015
We really enjoyed our stay. The barns are modernized, fully equipped and comfortable. We were lucky to be the only guests, so we had a barn for ourselves. There is a lot of nature around, the region is calm and as there aren’t many villages, the starry sky is just great. For sure, especially for families with children this is a good place to stay too. Not to forget: Sam and Ali are very helpful hosts.
Peter Sherrott (England) July 2015
Fantastic stay, Sam and his wife greeted me warmly and had offered to provide some food for a small additional cost which was delicious and filling – perfect having just got off my bike after a very long day! The bed was very comfortable and the dorm/bunkhouse very well appointed – the shower was excellent and the views and scenery around the farm really special. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good, comfortable, well-priced bed for the night.
What Peter loved about your listing: 
Thank you so much for looking after me. Cheers
 What Peter thought you could improve about the experience: 
Nothing to improve.
Claudia Stotijn (Netherlands) Aug 2015
Loved my stay at the barn. Fully equipped, everything you need. Very quiet, nice to be away from it all.
Close to Exmoor National park. Ali was welcoming and very helpful in many ways.
Emil Klein (Spain) Aug2015
Wonderful place… felt at peace as soon as we entered the countryside. Ali was really helpful in getting us to the farm road as the GPS led us to a road behind. Make sure you have those little directions before you leave. The barn was amazing – shame we had little time to enjoy the surroundings and have a walk as we arrived late. Really clean and ALL necessities to cook. It was lovely to even have some coffee and teabags there – though we had brought our own. You could even have a log fire if you desired it. Thanks Ali and Sam, and the dogs (they were really friendly!)
 What Emil loved about your listing: 
Location… the quiet… the whole set up worked.
Sam Ring (England) July 2015
Great stay – super hosts and excellent bunk barn – by far the plushest I’ve stayed in! Thank you

Less is moor on Exmoor

20/08/2015 Adam Redshaw  Blogger for Independant hostels and geo-cacher (grand master)

Have you ever thought about taking a group of friends, or family away and having a bit of quality time away from the internet?   Well I know just the place, on Exmoor.

As a geo-cacher I am used to discovering hidden gems and CHITCOMBE FARM CAMPING BARNS was a brilliant find that I hope to return to soon.   Set in Exmoor, which has over 267 square miles of unspoilt  moorland and over 34 miles of rugged coastline, there is loads of beautiful landscape to explore. Exmoor sits on the border of two counties with part of it located in Somerset and part in Devon.  With many events held  throughout the year there is something taking place for everybody, from solo travelers or families alike.

Chitcombe Camping Barns on Exmoor

Staying at Chitcombe Camping Barns gave me a chance to unwind from everyday life as there was no Wifi and no TV to watch.  I had plenty of time to cook a nice meal and enjoy the company and conversation.  Staying in hostels does give you the opportunity to make connections – with people and nature, that a hotel or B&B does  not always deliver.

Whilst I was staying on Exmoor I took the opportunity to get to the coast at Watchet to enjoy a sunset, and to go and buy local produce from the Taunton farmers market.  There were plenty of books and maps at the barn to  inspired trips around Exmoor and  I would like to return to explore more in the future.  There are some amazing old bridges on Exmoor just waiting for me to photograph them.

Chitcombe Camping Barns on Exmoor

If  look up Exmoor on  the Geocaching Website you will see there are plenty of caches to search for,  that will take you some amazing parts of Exmoor.  If you have never heard of GeoCaching (the worlds largest treasure hunt) have a look at some of my other blogs on this website to find out all about it.

At the end of the day you can return to the camping barns and make yourself something to eat in the well-equipped self-catering kitchen, then enjoy a nice hot shower.  The  barns are also centrally heated with hot and cold running water.  Very different to many stone tent camping barns that I have visited.   You will still need to bring sleeping bags and pillows as if you were camping,  although mattresses are supplied.

The welcome of the owners was second only to the roaring log fire the greeted me.

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