Upon arrival we were shown to our pitch and shown where the toilet and shower blocks where.
The campsite is split up into parts, Caravans and motor-homes where to the bottom of the hill on the flat surface hard standings near to the toilet and shower blocks, whilst the tents, trailer tents and folding campers where to the top of the hill on the slopes with only portacabin style toilets near-by with the showers being a walk away down a steep grassy hill, for which my wife decided to walk the long way round to get to them by the road when it had been raining as she didn't want to slip and fall whilst being pregnant.
There where 2 main toilet/shower blocks, one had aged a bit and looked a bit grubby, whilst the other looked newly built and a lot cleaner and is well worth the extra walk to get to it as its a bit further down past the first block. The shower was at a good temperature and had a good pressure and really clean compared to the other block.
The pitch itself was on the slope and luckily for us we were in a folding camper and could level ourselves up, feeling a bit sorry for all the tents around us on the slope. Even though the awning was on the slope we coped quite well.
One of the main problems we found during our stay was the gusts of winds on the hill/slope which could get quite forceful, and if things ain't pegged down properly, could easily lift them up, as like what happened to a group of campers next to us, which had all there cooking equipment under a gazebo, which lifted up and put all there cooking equipment on the floor and pulling the pipe off the gas bottle leaving the gas to leak out. Luckily, as I was just popping back to our camper, as we were sat at the pool on this particular day, I noticed that the gazebo had been upturned, but I could smell the gas so I went over and shut the gas valve off.
The pool was fairly warm for this time of year but was a bit over crowded. The night time entertainment was good and there was plenty for the kids to do. There was a takeaway on site and a convenient shop.
One of the main things I did like about the place was that there was a lot to do for days out, like we went to the model village in torquay, Kent caverns in Torquay, the Pirates bay crazy golf in Paignton, spent some time on the beech and crab fishing on the harbour in Paignton. But there is also a lot more than that to do around the area like a steam train from Paignton to Dartmouth which I wish we had the time to do, the zoo is close by and there was also a sea life center in Torquay, plus lots more.
Booked this site late 2007 after passing the site from a previous holiday and thinking what a fantastic site, which it is, the facilities are very good, and are regularly cleaned, the bar food was very tasty although a tad pricey!
Having arrived we were quickly directed by a gentleman in a golf buggy to our site and told to stay within our squared off pitch, which was level(thank goodness)-compared to some of the pitches we did see, especially the ones at the top of the hill!(its best to book early if you can and request your pitch - if you can get a plan the area around no 21 is very flat)
Just a note though if you want to wash your pots and BBQ with your partner, you will have to carry them up to the top near the pool as the bottom facilities do not cater for mixed couples to wash their pots together!(hopefully some more campers might make them aware of this!)
This site is quite noisy on the night, so please be aware, we were on several nights disturbed by holidaymakers leaving the site pub at 12pm (understandably!- as they provided entertainment on several nights)but there were also some unconsiderate campers opposite drinking and arguing until 5am athough there were several people shouting to ask them to be quiet, even the security staff asked them to be quiet(but to no avail!) So we had a gruelling journey back up north very tired and very glad to get away from those opposite oh and the rain!
The site is down a narrow road which seems to have plenty of traffic so caution should be exercised, especially if you have a caravan.
At the entrance there is a car park and the club house, cafe and shop.
We checked in and were offered a guide to show us to our pitch but decided to make our own way. On our way down the site seemed very well organised with all the pitches clearly marked and numbered with an appropriate amount of space between each pitch.
We were advised, when booking, that our pitch would be on a slight slope and this was the case but not a real problem.
The toilet block was excellent and very clean and always plenty of hot water. One of my few issues with this site is that there is no cold/hot control on the showers and the water was always very hot, not unbearable and I guess better than cold water. There is no need for 20p's as the showers are free.
The dish washing area was good and again there was always hot water.
I was really impressed with the entertainment put on each night which varied between disco, bingo and games for kids.
There is a small cafe downstairs and although we didn't use it the food I saw coming out looked very good.
The onsite shop had a very good stock including food, drink, games for kids and camping spares.
Swimming pool was always clean and a life guard was always working.
While we were there it rained very heavily and at the bottom of the field we were in suffered some flooding which luckily didn't get into anyone tents but if carried on would have. Speaking to some of the site workers he said there had been problems in the past so be aware where you are when pitching your tent etc.
Overall this is a great site and managed very well and is one of the best I've been to.
On arrival we were given to believe that they could only just fit us in but later found out there was a complete field empty.
We were given a pitch that was on a 25 degree angle and as we had paid we pitched but were very unhappy because we were also next to the childs playground.
After a night of everything sliding and rolling out of bed after being woken at 7.00 am by the kids on the playground we decided to complain and we were moved to the (old)field which was further away from all the noise and hooray it was almost flat.
The new block of toilets/showers were great but the older block in the middle of the site were a bit compact and grubby so we walked the extra distance and used the far ones .
The bar was fine apart from kids constantly running in and out even though there were signs telling them not to.
The food was good although a bit pricey.
Site was clean.
One of the shower blocks was roomy and clean
A lot of the pitches are very slopey so ask to view it before you pay.
Very noisy with kids at night and seagulls very early in the morning.
Middle shower block was old grubby and cubicles were very small.
Ground is very soft on top but very hard 2' underneath so take strong pegs .
We as touring campers didnt feel very welcome there but for a family with children it may suit as they do provide activities and things for children to do but be aware they do charge extra for them.
Last time I stayed a Whitehill was about 15 years ago and I can remember myself, my brother and my sister all loving it.
Have just come back from spending 3 nights there with my partner and his 2 children (aged 9 & 11). They loved it just as much as I did at their age!
I was totally gutted to discover that the hidden adventure play area / assault course up in the depths of the hills& trees has all been overgrown(and the current owners know nothing about it)!
However, the pool is still well maintained, warm and supervised. The play areas are ample, safe and pleasant. The shop stocks just about everything you may need, and the cafe (although a little pricey) was yummy too (only had one dinner and one breakfast there).
Oh, and the kids absolutely loved the fun & games & disco on Tuesday evening in the Hayloft Bar.
Didn't get the chance to go (due to our wonderful British Weather), but Goodrington sands, paignton has a fab looking water park - if you have kids, take them there!
My son and I stayed here this past weekend and it was lovely. We couldn't have wished for better weather! The site was very clean and tidy, nicely cut grass. Shower and toilet blocks also very clean and tidy too with free showers and no queues. Plenty of electric sockets in the ladies for hairdryers / straighteners. Children's play areas were good also. On site laundrette (which I didn't use) but looked very well equipped). Swimming Pool was very nice and heated, with a lifeguard on duty all day as far as I know. Good on site shop which was a little expensive, but useful in that it stocked pretty much everything you may need. I did use the takeaway on the Saturday evening and was not impressed with the cod (I ended up being very sick as I think the fish was off!). All the other members of our party had something different from there which was fine. Site does have a club house which we didn't use on this occasion. Would definitely go back, my son (10 yrs) thoroughly enjoyed it, and despite the mild food poisoning it hasn't put me off the site itself.
Took a trip into Paignton on the Sunday morning, lots of shops, also went to Paignton Zoo which was well worth a visit, its only 2 miles away from this site.
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