On arrival I was impressed by the private drive and by the eight staff in reception waiting to help. We were in field 5 which is the furthest away from the center on hard standing. I have to say that almost all of the pitches were very big but on a 20 degree slope which required blocks on blocks on more blocks to get level. The site was in great condition and had good views all around.
The toilet blocks were good too. The petorama was okay but one trip was enough. The pool was good but busy as it was so windy and cold. We had a meal at the restaurant which was really nice but it shuts at 8pm. The shop was very well stocked and open all day 6 days a week. Bitten by the bug we visited the caravan sales shop and they must be very busy as they had no time for me at all and lost a sale expecting me to wait for 3 hours on my holiday to spend my money! All in all a great site close to some great beaches and towns.
Got the brochure for this site in with my Caravan Club magazine and decided to go for it for the October half term hols £59.99 week deal. Firstly there is a bit of traffic in Barnstaple and if you are a newbie like me you'll find the tourer friendly route to the site a little windy and scary! The site in itself in my opinion was lovely. It seems it has become very commercial with the caravan sales/repairs workshops.
However, it was so big you didn't notice. The only regular occurrance was the guy in the landy towing vans on and off pitches all day. A lot of people store their vans here and come down for short breaks. We stayed on field 5 (dog friendly). I think it was the only field on a slope, so don't forget your chocks. We drove round the whole site & think this is the best field. It had a lovely view across open fields with the cows and a serene sunset, but beware no phone reception or normal tv reception at all here. The pitch sizes were huge and there was water points at every other pitch.
The shower block well appointed with sensor showers which were free, abundant hot water, lockable cubicles with ample storage for clothing. Private toilet/basin cubicles. Decent elsen point/laundry facilites. Huge on site shop, chippy very busy, didn't use the cafe but looked reasonably cheap. Has a fantastic indoor heated pool for a small fee. Tesco's is nearby, (it's not big but ample), so come prepared. They do great discount weeks for £39.99 in low season. Dog walk was steep but clean (owners provide poop bags).
Kids play area dated but there is the petorama, golf & such. Only do the woodland walk if you are able bodied. On site pub was reasonable, cosy & dog friendly. I don't think you are within walking distance of another pub or shop. Son learned to ride his bike here and made loads of friends so it is very child friendly.
A great base to discover beautiful North Devon. Coombe Martin is great to go to for crabbing with a dog friendly pub overlooking the cove (gorgeous). Ilfracombe looked tired but the coastal drive is worth it. Barnstaple is great for all your shopping needs. Didn't venture any further as the site just totally chilled us out.
Overall a lovely site but not much to do for teenagers and nowhere within walking distance but if you want a family friendly site with all the amenities then this is a decent site especially with their vouchers.
Wonderful years at this site with family and friends. Area never changes, close to beach where dogs are accepted. All staff friendly and helpful the facilities are perfect. The swimming pool is clean and warm and always feel that children are safe in surroundings. Grass is always kept neat and lots to see and do, on site and off. Entertainment is great and will have a good night out. No driving so you can have a drink. Childrens club with entertainment great fun for the adults and kids. Food on site never had any complaints from me or the family. Site shop very reasonably price.Never want to leave for home.
Just returned from 9 nights at Stowford. Had a great time and as other posters have said the fields are well spaced out so you don't really notice the size of the site (which is huge). We chose this site because of the good reviews and also the special offer they have on during Sept for £39.90 per week! The staff are very accommodating, on arrival we decided that we didn't really like the pitch positioning on Field 2, so they gave us a list of 14 other pitches to look at and choose from.
Although our original intention was to stay on a dog free field, we ended up on Field 3 (a dog field) as the views were great the field far more open/spacious. Most owners (about 95%) were brilliant and respected the rules of keeping dogs on leads and poop scooping etc, but there were occasions, where dogs were off leads, and a couple of times where dogs escaped in the early hours (2am) and you had the owners shouting for them! There was also dog mess on the playing fields but cannot blame the site for this as there are plenty of notices stating the rules.
With all the pitch changing going on, didn't realise until later on that the brochure given to us, contained no information about where dish-washing facilities or family bathrooms were. We had to ask other campers. Dish-washing is at end of toilet block, family bathroom behind reception or in toilet block on field 5.
Didn't notice any on-site security patrol and got the impression anybody could drive on and off the site as a few families had families come stay with them a few days. Could be a positive or negative thing depending on how you look at it.
Have to agree the take away food is not good. Pies were nice but chips & jacket potatoes hard. Also a bit pricey. Shop brill, lots of supplies. Swimming pool fantastic value for money. 4yrs and under free, £1.25 for adults. Inflatables & even goggles available to borrow. And SO warm! Brill for babies, and toddlers. The staff here are very friendly and welcoming.
Play areas tired and worn out - also nothing suitable really for under 3's I would say. One baby swing, and a small climbing frame that required supervision. Didn't do the woodland walk as was told not pushchair friendly.
Toilet/Shower block clean. Hot water - really is HOT. Showers OK, but not fantastic, bit small, size of toilet cubicle with Shower curtain dividing the space, one stool and two hooks provided. Main thing is they were clean and warm.
Family bathroom not so clean -it was usable but the mat was wet and dirty so had to keep kids off the floor until dried, dressed and had shoes on which was a bit of a struggle. But still easier then trying to get them in the single shower cubicle with me.
Dish washing facilities great. Washing machine a bit expensive at £2 a go.
Petorama OK, but not at all what I was expecting. Mostly rabbits and guinea pigs, gerbils and more rabbits. Couple of goats a calf and puppies. Puppies were so cute however they were allowed to run freely outside the pens which meant we had to avoid stepping in dog wee most of the time. Not good when you've got little kids running around. Quite small so in and out in 10-15mins.
Another thing to mention -really struggled to get a signal for mobile phone anywhere on site!. Began to understand why they had 6 payphones on site!
Obviously the above is from an adults perspective - Even with some of the negatives described our Kids aged 3 and 18months still enjoyed the play area, petorama, freedom of the site and having a bath! Swimming and making friends on site is what they enjoyed the most.
Off-site we all enjoyed hiring bikes on the Tarka Trail (fantastic), Watermouth Castle (bit overpriced), Dinosaur Park (also expensive but well worth a visit), Woollacombe beach (nice if weather good), Ilfracombe (aquarium very small, ice creams lovely, tunnels beaches cafe with play area absolutely fantastic and wish we had found it at the start of our holiday. Lovely harbour, some nice beachy shops) Royal Marina in Coombe Martin do the best carvery. £6.50 adults, £5 children, but stacks of choice and all delicious.
All in all a fantastic stay, weather great, and Stowford gave us a good experience for our first time camping - would definitely stay again if going to North Devon again.
Just†returned from 8 night stay have a Montana 6 and pitch was plenty big enough, huge site with plenty of facilities shopped well stocked with everything we would need, never went to bar or club but walked past and one bar had entertainment and the other a kids disco so something for everyone. † Indoor pool and take away was adequate and resteraunt did good meals † Tesco a couple of miles away and inbetween wollacombe and ilfracombe, † Showers and toilets cleaned thouroughly daily and staff polite and friendly, petting barn good for kids and plenty on site if you don't want to go anywhere, 5 and half hour drive from yorkshire but would do it again.
Just returned from a three night stay, over the bank holiday weekend. This is the third time we have stayed on this site. It is a wonderful site, everything first class, shower facilities are absolutely spotless, automatic showers no taps / temperature to fiddle with so can be a little on the cool side (especially if you like a hot shower) but ideal for the kids, you can be assured they will not scald themselves.
Nice takeaway on site, very reasonable prices, but quite a long wait - so be prepared to be patient. Shop on site - stocks most things, prices a little on the high side!. Riding stables, we can highly recommend, really nice guy in charge, and his helpers really friendly, very reasonable prices too - which makes a change. Various other things on site, far too many to mention.
Wonder though if they have ever thought of putting us poor tenters nearer the toilet blocks! it seems every site, likes to put us further away from the toilets and those in the smart caravans (with facilities) right next to the facilities! apart from that very enjoyable stay.
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