Buttles Farm, Churchinford
This is a very peaceful and quiet, family farm in a beautiful unspoilt area in the Blackdown Hills, with big trees on the north and east of the camping field, including a big old field maple at the entrance and hedges on the south and west side, allowing maximum views and sunshine. There are a few sheep in an adjoining field. There is barely any traffic noise - an occasional van or tractor goes by, and when we arrived a spitfire pilot was doing a loop the loop display from a nearby airfield. You will also hear the owl and the rooks of course. The grass is very deep and soft and well kept - comfortable for tents we hear. The toilet block is about 150 paces from the middle of the field, with two lovely, clean hot showers fuelled by woodburning, and soap and toilet roll are provided. Movement sensors turn the lights on when you enter. The skies are dark and so there is a good view of the stars. The site is never crowded as I believe Mr Benneworth allows a max of 5 units and the field is large. There is currently no electric hook up but there is toilet disposal facilities and an electric socket in the toilet block. Nearby is Southey Down, an area of Special Scientific interest, and we enjoyed a spectacularly beautiful walk there in the autumn sunshine.... spotting wildflowers. A short drive away is Churchinford village (about a mile and a half?) - shows as 'Churchingford' on the signpost. There is a community run shop, The York Inn and a village hall, with amongst them, all sorts of welcoming, interesting people and goings on, such as monthly market, weekly film night, takeaway fish and chips (very nice) night, tourist info, second hand books, local foods, internet cafe. Up the road we found another ("haunted") pub - the Holman Clavell Inn, which was full of friendly folk, and a Thursday music night. The Holman Clavell does really lovely local ice cream, and has a great variety on the menu. If you enjoy really good food this is one of the best Counties for it I would say. If you need some pampering, or the outdoors gets too much, there is a Warners Hotel within reach by car at Cricket St Thomas with spa facilities. Give this well hidden site a try soon... if you don't this gem may not always be here. My incentive to write this is to keep this exceptional sanctuary going and to give the Benneworth family the publicity they deserve.