We were a family of 4 with a 10 year old boy and 7 year old girl staying for a week. Although we made a group booking of 4 pitches with friends. We found out on arrival that our pitches would not be together. This was very disappointing and despite our confirmation letter stating that we this was a specific instruction. Talking to other campers this was also their experience and should therefore probably be noted.
We were staying at the bottom of the Barn field which was the main exit for everyone else leaving the Barn field. As such due to the weather the route became very muddy and slippy and was only stoned up after a complaint to the reception. If you book the Barn field try to request a pitch on one of the upper terraces, if possible.
Despite the fact that this is a very big site, the facilities were quite well managed. On the rare occasion we neeeded to wait for a shower it was only a few minutes and considering the wet weather they were still very respectable. Some of the male toilets in our block did run out of toilet roll between 9.00 and 12.00 on more than one occasion. Take a back up roll!
The kids loved the pool, donkey paddock and play grounds. Some of our group fished the ponds and were very sucessful.
The walk through the woods in the early evening to Dawlish Warren is a must. There is an award winning fish and chip shop on the left just after the Dawlish Sands holiday park. They were the best. Although the On Site takeaway also does great fish and chips along with chicken jalfrieze and chips which were also great.
At Dawlish Warren their is fair ground. Go-Karting at £4.00 which we loved, a big slide, Trampolines, Dodgems, Crazy Pirate Golf. Basic, but great fun.
We also had a nice day at Paigton Zoo.
A site this size obviouly takes alot of managing and it ticks most of the boxes. I would give it an 8/10. If they could guarantee group 'with good' pitches together this would probably be a 9.5/10
We have just returned from a 2 week break with 2 kids of 5 & 8 at this site and had to cut it short because of the weather and the fact that our pitch was water logged at front and back. It was our first major holiday touring and this site was recommended.
It is a very well run site, staff in all areas were very polite and helpful and always with a smile. This is all to rare these days! Toilets and showers modern, lots of them and very clean.
When setting up we were missing a spring clip from an awning pole, a tiny thing but they had them in the shop! Fantastic.
The grassy entrance to our Cul de sac was sodden and after only asking once, the men were there an hour later spreading gravel to soak up the mud.
The pool area lovely and water clean and fairly warm.
Our water pump tripped the electric and reception had a couple of numbers for van repair men, one came within a couple of days which was a god-send!
Great choice of facilities, chippy ( a bit pricey), launderette (£3 wash and £1+ dry), well stocked shop, vending machines and on site pub.
Great location for nearby towns/villages.
I would recommend Powderham Castle (£24 family), we also did Kent's Cavern on a rainy day (£25), Cockington for a cream tea was idyllic. Skip the beach at Dawlish Warren because it was stones and a bit scruffy. Make the well worth trip to Exmouth. The beach is long and sandy.If you get the sun!
Not many, but the pitches are very small, just enough for van, awning, car and that's it. There was no room for the swingball or any ball games.
Entertainment at the pub was not really aimed at kids and the family room upstairs was really small. They got bored easily.
Pick your pitch carefully and take your time. The reps take you round on a golf buggy to choose a pitch. We were on the front terraces near the bottom and got water logged, get a pitch near the top here. Front field is good and Oak field. If you're in a tent the orchard was lovely and really close to everything.
Teenagers. A very small room for them to hang out with 2 pool tables and some bandit machines. What we saw coming back from the pub was a bit unsavoury! Groping and boozing. There are no activities for teens, no table tennis, no sports facilities of any kind apart from the pool. I wouldn't be happy bringing teens here.
We didn't rave about it enough to return here plus it's a 500 mile round trip from Cheshire.
Just returned from this site and was very impressed even though the weather let us down. Toilets were very clean considering the amount of muddy shoes going in and out. Playgrounds were both good and pool was clean and well supervised.
Thought pitches were very close together but it was my first experience of 'large site' camping.
Staff very helpful and friendly, shop and bar reasonably priced and I'd definitely recommend this site to others.
We have just arrived back from a week at Cofton, my first impression was that it looked very clean and tidy, and lots of families and children playing, which is good for anyone with kids.
The staff were very helpful, and managed to position my tent and my sisters next to each other, near the toilets on flat round, as per our request. The buggys took us around till we found a pitch we liked, and there was a lot of plots to choose from.
They hire out electric cables if you wish to hire one, which my sister did, this included a light, at a reasonable price plus a deposit, and even when my sister reported the actual EHU was not working the man came to fix it before my sister had even walked back.
The showers / sinks / washing up areas and toilets were always spotless, and never out of toilet roll. They even put fly spray in all bins regularly.
The play parks were small but kept the children entertained, and there is a hidden park in the woods behind the pool and horse's but small children would need an adult with them, as this is where a lot of teenagers hang out. There didn't seem to be any large spaces for games such as rounders or football, near where we were pitched, but there was one a short walk away.
I never went to the entertainment but my sister did every night, and it was always busy and had good entertainment on. The food and bar area was clean, with good food. The shop was extremely well stocked, with a lot of camping items you may have forgotten, and fresh bread and papers if you were there early. They hire our ice packs at 50p or 75p (I think) each, which could become costly if you were going for a long time. The reception was often busy with people booking in but the staff were helpful, and there was plenty of leaflets of things to do in the area.
The WI FI has several points around the camp and worked well, and we paid £4.50 for 6 hours, which you had 3 days to activate and 3 further days to use it, and you do not have to use it all in one go, as long as you log of each time.
We didn't go out to much, but Torquay was nice for a walk around, and nice coastal roads to drive around, but I would suggest if you go into Dartmoor to take a map as the roads are very narrow with little signs and you could easily get lost.
There is a large Tesco located about 7 miles away.
Also when we were leaving there was a lot of traffic queueing to get into reception up the roads into Cofton, and also through the village of Starcross as the roads are narrow, so I would suggest you either try to get there early, or later in the day.
Overall we found this site fantastic, and we will definitely be returning next year.
I would just like to say that after reading some of the reviews about golden sands caravan park in dawlish, I started to panic as it sounded awful. When we as a family of 4 got there, I was relieved. It was a fab holiday. We were lucky with the weather which helped but the site was spotless. We stayed in a six birth chalet which although not massive, was clean and big enough to sleep and cook in and I've got a 13 and 14 year old.
The pool although not large, was connected both inside and out which made it feel bigger. The entertainment in the nights were superb and I would like to say the entertainment team were all very talented individuals. The evenings suited all ages from the team dancing and playing games with the very young children as well as adult games later in the evening which only the adults really understood but the children could still laugh at. To round the evening off the all singing and all dancing team were superb and again suited all.
While there we went down to the Dawlish Warren a couple of times and were surprised at what was there. A small fair, shops, fish shops, bar and restaurant and all next to a blue flag beach where you can still see your feet however far you go. Dawlish town is also a pretty little town with quaint little shops and lovely walks. A trip to Exeter is also worth it. There was lots to see and do around the area and we as a family would recommend it to anyone and in fact I am saving to go again next year and take friends with us.
Year 2008 team if you are reading this I would just like to thank you all for a fantastic holiday and keep up the excellent work as we are looking forward to seeing you again next year.
WOW what a beautiful site. Toilets, showers, all kept pristine. Dishwashing and launderette super. Reception staff could not have been friendlier. Pub on the small side but nevertheless super. Pool supervised well. I don't really know what more to add other than a superbly manicured site. Everywhere was so clean and tidy not a blade of grass out of place and a credit to the owners and staff. Going back in September and October.
Our 5th visit to this site, and it remains a good site, with ample facilities for all. A heated pool, bar/restaurant, games room all on site and well maitained level pitches.
On arrival in June we were allowed to choose our own pitch location and the reception staff were very friendly and helpful. The toilets were cleaned early in the morning and were kept open throughout the day, even whilst being cleaned. I did notice a slight drop in standards of site cleanliness from previous years, for example the large wheelie bins remained unemptied throughout our stay, resulting in carrier bags of rubbish at the side of them for 2 days. For a large site I would expect a little more, especially out of season.
There are 2 pubs off site within 15 mins walk and both do excellent food ( the Ship is cheaper and just as good ! ) Overall, a good site but little things could be better, however I would return but out of season when its fairly quiet.
First time at this site and will certainly visit again. The site is to be recommended. Beautiful heated pool and sun area, very good on site shop and reasonable pricing. Bar a little small but well stocked and again fairly priced.
Fishing lakes are tranquil, well stocked and a beautiful place to relax. On site take away very good and childrens play facilities available. On our visit the pool was supervised and closed at 6pm.
The touring pitches are terraced and very generously spaced. VERY VERY limited hardstanding area for the size of site but don't let this put you off. The toilet blocks are within easy reach of all areas and two of the blocks have launderette facilities.
The toilet and shower blocks are very very clean and modern, even having piped music!.
My only criticism of the site is that a B road runs through the centre of the site, there is to be fair little or no traffic along this lane, however the brochure nor signage on site warns you of this, so be careful with young children and bicycles etc. Again DO NOT let this put you off the site, as stated I hardly saw any vehicles on this lane other than vehicles attending the site, but there is always the potential.
Overall a first class site within easy reach of beaches, pubs, take aways, amusements, but if you are just after rest and relaxation there is no need to go off site.
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