We've just returned from a week's holiday at this site, where we had a fully-serviced pitch, including water, waste and TV hook-up (in addition to the usual electric). Mostly it is a good park. It's beautifully kept and the open spaces are spotless. We used two shower blocks and they were both clean and modern, with plenty of unlimited hot water and piped music! The takeaway was good value and open for breakfast as well as in the evening. There is a shop selling the usual stuff, quite pricey, but not out of the ordinary. It could do with getting rid of the usual kids toys (taking up probably a third of the shop space) and putting in a few more essentials instead though. The fishing lakes are great for a nice peaceful walk round.
There is a great kids play area at the top of the park, past the shetland pony and the donkeys, in the woods, which has an assault course and zip wire, etc. All in excellent condition.
The only bad side was that the site is split in two by a public road which is kind of in a dip, although most traffic seems to be coming on to the site rather than passing through. We found that there were many, many unaccompanied children on bikes, skateboards, roller blades, etc just going as fast as they can right across the road.
LOCALITY - Dawlish Warren beach - how it's a Blue Flag (or whatever) beach is a complete mystery, it's a complete dump! Couple of normal arcades etc, and a train station if you like that sort of thing. Dawlish itself is just a small seaside town with one large-ish amusement arcade and a chippy and a railway station.
Blackpool Sands is an excellent beach, but a good hours drive (but a scenic drive though), NOT sand, but very very small shingle, spotlessly clean and clear water to snorkel in.
Babbacombe Model Village is great for killing a couple of hours or so if the weather isn't great.
Dartmouth is a lovely town to walk round, get the train from Dalish Warren to Paignton, then the steam train(!) from Paignton to Kingswear and then the little ferry (takes 5 mins) across for a great day out.
For a cheap day out with kids try Trego Mills at Newton Abbot. Adults will love the bargains, but then you can buy a 4 person pass for £13.95 which entitles you to around 10 or so rides on the go-karts, swan boats, miniature railway, etc, you can stay all afternoon!
My husband chose this site and I must say we were not disappointed. It is a very large site, which I knew when booking as we had received a brochure to look at before. It is very well organised, with a man in a buggy showing you around the campsite allowing you to choose your spot, the showers/toilets always kept clean. Showers were very busy in the morning, but that is only to be expected on a site this size. I am an early riser so this did not affect me (as soon as daylight hits the tent I am awake).
The shop on site is very good, caters for absolutely every need possible. We also used the bar to eat in a few times, and my husband caught up on the first football match of the season. The fish and chip shop is excellent! Although if you arrive on a Saturday be prepared for a long wait – but it is well worth waiting for.
On reading some of the reports about bored teenagers, I had 2 with me and they stayed with us for the evening and were not hanging around the arcade. Maybe this happens when groups of families go together and they hang around with their friends, but mine were happy to stay with the family.
The only downfall I can think of is that the pitches are too close together (or just a minus on the camping side) because the tent next door to us had a tv and you could hear every word of it.(not a very peaceful evening) If we had a tv and were watching the same film we would not have needed the sound. We did have a portable dvd player with us in case it rained of an evening but we used earplugs so as not to disturb anyone.
We had a dog with us for the very first time camping and this worked out very well. There were other dogs around so you did not feel as you were the only one with a dog and there are plenty of places to walk your dog as well as the 'dog exercise field'.
One other thing I would mention is the ice packs, you cannot re-freeze your own, you have to hire them (large for £3 and small £2.50) and then pay to re-freeze them when you need to 60p large and 40p small, but you obviously do get your deposit back when you leave. Apart from an aching back from sleeping on an airbed for 2 weeks we all enjoyed our camping holiday and would definitely re-visit.
Very well laid out site, plenty of facilities, on site pub and club chip shop. Well spaced pitches. Value for money, great swimming pool with attendants and well stocked on site shop. Easy to find, located in a very nice part of Devon not far from most attractions and beach value for money.
Toilet facilities gold star in my opinion, music playing 24 7, clean around the clock and even smelt nice. There is wi fi access at a small charge. The only problem I found was there was not much of a tv signal or even a mobile phone signal but despite this we had a great time.
There is also coftons own lakes which you can walk around or go fishing. It's a very nice site for all the family, something for everyone there, you can just stay on site and have a entertaining fun filled holiday without even leaving there.
Dawlish is about 20 minute drive down the road and there is a local spar 5 minutes drive away, so you're never out of supplies. The on site shop has most things you need including caravan /camping spares, it may be a bit pricey but I don't think that much more than what you would pay elsewhere, well recommended. Will be going again
After a 7 hour drive and having to wait to check in we then had to queue up for a further 20 minutes for someone to take us to our pitch. Our pitch was in the furthest field from the complex and a 7 minute walk to the clubhouse and shop. The toilets and washing facilities were a portacabin. The 'heated' pool was cold and the chippy prices were extortionate. On the second night in the bar I was asked to provide proof of age, as I had none I was refused buying alcohol (I am 36 years of age!) I went to reception the following morning to complain and the bar manager was brought in. She said it was procedure and I should carry picture ID so there was nothing she could do. I spent the remainder of our holiday drinking soft drinks while my wife went to the bar for her drinks. I wrote a written complaint to the management and when I returned home there was a letter waiting saying they were within their rights, with a poster attached about proof of age.
Stayed here for a week during peak season, we have visited before several years ago and the site has been developed since we last visited.
Fantastic shower block, very clean and never had to queue for a shower, always warm.
Very clean site in nice surroundings.
Good children's play areas dotted around the site.
The swimming pool was freezing even on a hot sunny day, it took your breath away!
The site was very busy and felt crammed, the touring pitches are close together, not much privacy.
We stayed on a premier pitch which was great has it was hardstanding with its own BBQ, however, they are located at the top of a very steep hill and far away from the main facilities, they are also difficult to get large caravans into due to the space.
The family clubhouse at night is far too small for the size of the site, we only went once as you couldn't get a seat and we saw lots of people turn away, the site is losing a lot of business because of this.
The surrounding area isnt as nice as it used to be, Dawlish itself looks alittle tired and Dawlish Warren beaches are not as nice as other parts of Devon, you have to drive at least 45 mins to get a nice beach.
There is nothing to do on this site if the weather is wet and we had two days of rain.
It is a very busy site so if you are looking for a quiet site then avoid this one, if it had an indoor pool and larger indoor area for night time then it would be a perfect site. We wont be visiting again as it was expensive and we didn't think the area was attractive at all.
Just got back from a few days camping on the terraced Ten-Acre Field at Cofton. This is a large site, well maintained with plenty of trees, flowerbeds and hedges to break up the appearance. Very busy, being the first week of the school holidays, but didn't feel crowded at all - plenty of room with large pitches.
The only complaint was with the toilet block in the camping field. An old prefab block which leaked when it rained (so water all over the floor) and had the smallest toilet cubicles I have ever seen - you have to go in backwards as there isn't enough room to turn around. I walked across to one of the much nicer blocks in the next (caravan) field to shower, which were fantastic. Spacious, clean and well designed. It's not a cheap site in the peak season, and I feel slightly short-changed by the poor toilets in comparison to the 'van owners.
Overall, a good site with all the amenities (shop, pool, bar, restaurant, chippy, laundry, fishing lakes, free hot water, etc) in a nice location. There are plenty of walks from the site to the coast or woods and there are loads of beaches nearby.
We arrived at Cofton at about 4pm on on of the busiest saturdays of the year. The site check in system is easy and the staff in reception are helpful.A little golf style buggy takes you around the site to choose a pitch.The site is huge and we were able to pick a pitch to suit ourselves. We chose a larger pitch which was easy to get on to because this was only our second time out with our caravan. The pitches are fairly close together,we didn't have room for a table and chairs outside our awning,however we did have our car alongside too. The surroundings are lovely and tents and caravans are mixed in together.Please note that although check in is supposed to be after 11am there was a huge queue as we left at 8 am and so by pm there were not many pitches left on a busy weekend.
The toilet and shower blocks are superclean. The only problems that I could see were that the loos and showers were in separate parts and there was only one hand drier. The showers were free and lovely.
The onsite club/pub and pool area are lovely. The pub is reasonably priced and the meals are tasty.
There are great facilities for children. Play areas and an assault course with zip slide.There are ponies and donkeys too.
The onsite shop is excellent with good prices (cheaper than the supermarket in dawlish). Wonderful freshly baked bread in the mornings.
We took our 3 dogs with us,there is a dedicated dog walking area and there are loads of woodland walks.
It is about 20 mns on foot to dawlish warren which we did not like,although it does have a great cake shop ! Dawlish warren is one street with endless caravan sites and amusements.
Dawlish is about 10 mins by car and is much nicer,with a lovely brook and its well known black swan families.
Torquay,teinmouth and Brixham (gorgeous) are all within driving distance for great days out.Ansteys cove is worth a look and the model village at Babbacombe is nice and you can take your dog.
A short walk down the back lane to the nearest village is a must,the anchor inn is a fantastic pub with the most fantastic food. Be sure to go inside and sit at the far end with all the shipping items.Great for the kids too.
We could not fault the site,it is clean and the staff are very good.
We've just been to Cofton over the bank holiday weekend, it was our 1st trip to Cofton. Even though it was the busiest weekend of the year, we were really impressed with the whole site.
We were able to pitch next to friends and had a lovely private, corner plot. The plots were roomy and there was plenty of room next to the tent and all over the park for the children to play, fly their kites etc.
We were right near the lovely and clean, modern toilet blocks which were cleaned once a day. There were plenty of toilets but there was a queue for the showers every morning (to be expected on this weekend). There were also separate sink cubicles which provided an extra place to change and freshen up without the use of the showers. We travelled with my disabled sister and the disabled toilet facilities were brilliant, clean,large and a Radar key had to be used for access which was great. There were plenty of washing up sinks as well.
There appeared to be a lot of toilet blocks spotted around the massive site.
The outside swimming pool was nice, a little overrun with people with it being peak season but pleasant although a little cool. The bar is right next to the pool so you can sit and watch the kids whilst having a relaxing drink.
The supermarket was well stocked and not overpriced, the fish and chips on site were extremely tasty and there was a very small arcade. There was always special entertainment being laid on, a big bouncy slide was provided for the kids on Rodeo sunday, along with Sumo Wrestling suits, free face painting, bucking broncho and other activities were were very good. The nightly entertainment was family orientated and there was a singer, kids games, DJ's depending on the night.
There were a couple of issues. There were no road markings, one way systems or speed limits in place when driving around the park and on a couple of occasions we saw kids playing on the road or riding bikes but cars were driving too quickly and there were a couple of near misses.
With regards to the Elson Points / Chemical toilet disposal - there were plenty of these available on site as marked on the map. There were also separate waste water points placed directly next to clean drinking water points and although some places clearly stated that the waste water point was not for chemical disposal, some fields such as ours, were not signed accordingly and people were dumping their chemical waste at the water points, directly next to and splashing into the clean drinking water point!
I would also not recommend eating at the restaurant. Our meals came out at different times, some were cold and had to be sent back, steaks were all well done. Upon complaining the young staff were disinterested and giggling. There was one young barmaid who was very professional and dealt with our complaint satisfactorily. The complimentary pudding that was sent to apologise for the bad meals was sent out still frozen in the middle! However, the girl did compensate us accordingly and what was rapidly turning into a disappointing night, turned out to be quite enjoyable thanks to her.
These were all minor points and certainly did not reflect a bad park. Although we would not return to the area (highly disappointed in Dawlish and North Devon), I would highly recommend Cofton and the fantastic, child friendly site that they run, on behalf of myself and my disabled sister who was most impressed.
We stayed for 9 days during peak summer season. This is a big site in a valley approx half a mile from the Exmouth estuary. The valley gives some protection against strong winds blowing in off the sea. Most of the pitches are on tiers cut into the side of the valley. They weren't perfectly level but we have seen worse. We had some very heavy rain during our stay and although a few pitches at the bottom of the site looked a bit boggy, the vast majority drained very well.
Lots of toilet / shower blocks, a few are older units but most were new to a very good standard and cleaned at least twice a day. There is a large on-site shop selling a good range of food, gifts etc and lots of camping spares, the prices were pretty competitive too (note that you have got a long drive to the nearest big supermarket). The on-site entertainment finishes at 11pm so it is pushing midnight by the time things have totally quietened down.
This is probably now our favourite site - it can not be faulted.
Everywhere is clean, lots of maintenance to grounds always underway. The bar is good with reasonable food, good shop, loverly setting not too regimented with different fields and despite being large and popular it attracts a good crowd and is not burdened with do's and don'ts.
Toilets, showers etc and great with lots of good touches like temp. Control and enough space to put your stuff.
No need for the super pitch - they are not any better than many others (apart form the water etc) in terms of positioning.
Great for mtorhomes as nearby train, ferry, pubs etc our first ever 'no drive' week away worked a treat.
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