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Cofton Country Holidays
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
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Pitches: 450
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 218 Reviews
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 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
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 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool On Site   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire <5 miles   Golf <1 mile   Tennis <5 miles 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports <5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring <5 miles 
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 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

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Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: PB and family 3 reviews from this member

We really enjoyed our two week stay at Cofton despite the poor weather. It's quite a large site with quite a few statics, but well laid out and spread over lots of separate areas. Although the site is quite hilly, most pitches are flat and very well maintained.

The central area consisting of the pub, shop, pool, reception etc is really nice and has a continental feel to it. There is an outside area for eating drinking beside the pool which is similar to the layout you find in lots of French sites. Really nice to stop there for a coffee or a cool beer. The pool area itself is excellent and has a large grass area for people to sit and relax.

Toilet facilities were always clean and we rarely had to queue for showers, despite it being August. There are some extra pre fab style toilet blocks in some fields, which are not great, but save a walk to the main blocks.

There is a nice walk to Dawlish Warren where you can take in the Woodland Trail and a walk to Cockwood, where you can have a very nice meal at the Anchor or Ship pubs. The food at the Anchor was a bit pricy, but excellent quality. Try the mixed seafood starter for two and the fish or meat hanging meals - You won't need a starter if you have the meat hanging meal - we could hardly walk back. You need to arrive early or book a table.

Beaches in the area are quite variable with Dawlish Warren being a bit downmarket and scruffy. Dawlish was better and the town itself was quite nice, with shops and a central grass area with a stream running though it. It's well worth making a trip to Exmouth on the ferry from Starcross and driving to Sidmouth, which has nice beaches, shops and Gardens. Torquay was also well worth a visit, with a nice promenade, with restaurants and bars overlooking the harbour and marina. You can also go for speedboats trips, banana boats rides and various boat trips. There is also a fair. We took the train which cost 4 return per adult.

It's also worth a visit to Bicton Gardens, where the grounds are stunning, with lots of walks and there are play areas for the kids and a train ride - Take a picnic and just choose a spot. Powderham castle was also good, with things to keep adults and children happy.

If you need a cinema there is a Vue in Exeter with parking a few minutes away. It's also right in the city centre a few minutes from all of the main shops.

Overall a very nice site with lots to do in the area so highly recommended.

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Rockingal 6 reviews from this member

When we arrived at Cofton, a girl on a golf cart showed us to a pitch which was past the pool area, turn left and up the hill. She seemed to think we could see the play area from there, but we certainly couldn't as there was a row of tents in front of us, then it was down the hill.

A very large spread out campsite with reasonable sized tent pitches. The main large toilet and shower block was lovely, clean and warm with music but the small block near us was freezing, dirty and waterlogged. A bit of gravel or paving around the building wouldn't hurt.

The shop on site was great and had everything you could ever need and the prices were soooo reasonable. Very friendly too.

Unfortunately my kids only got one day in the gorgeous pool because of the bad weather.

Chip shop was good if like queueing for about 45 mins. Do not buy the chicken Korma as they only just half fill the tubs and it was so bland & horrible. A rip off at 5.50. The fish etc was excellent though.

There was a games room, but we were too afraid to take the kids in because of the young louts that were hanging out there swearing there heads off and swigging beer and cider.

We also noticed a lot of foul language and shouting on this site but there didn't seem to be many wardens about sorting this out.

Such a shame as this site is in a beautiful setting and just a short walk from the lovely little harbour village of Cockwood.

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Ellisjamie 2 reviews from this member

We have just arrived home from our weeks stay at cofton, we stayed in the orchard which was lovely and close to all facilities. The weather wasn't great but I'm glad to say this didn't spoil our stay.

Our first night was eventful as we had noisy, drunken family of ten next to us! but I can't fault the management of the site as they were asked to leave the next morning much to everyones delight.

The showers and toilets were kept nice and clean as much as possible, bearing in mind there was plenty of wet muddy shoes going in and out.

My only criticism is not of the site but of some of the people who stayed there! There were plenty of teenagers who were unsupervised drinking in the games room every night, this put me off taking my younger children in to enjoy the facility as they were loud and often swearing. Where were the parents of these children and who was supplying them with the alcohol? Also there were younger children on the play areas who were unsupervised and often being dangerously boisterous which meant we had to take our five year old out of the situation as we could see him being hurt.

Maybe anyone who reads this review who leave there children to there own devices may want to ask themselves why?

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: BoyceFamily 1 review from this member

Although we feel that the other reviews are accurate in terms of the quality of the facilities and helpfulness of staff we do feel the need to warn other holiday makers that the site is enormous and that their marketing literature is really misleading in this respect.

When we arrived on a Monday (obviously a mistake) we couldn't camp in the orchard, we couldn't even camp on the tent field but ended up amongst the caravans. We were really unhappy with this although as the week went on more and more tents ended up in this area and we didn't feel quite so hemmed in. (It does show that they don't have segregated tent/caravan areas, which we much prefer.) We are not unrealistic and understand that August will be busy but we had no idea the site would be this big - it felt that they simply accepted every enquiry, filling the overflow areas also.

In summary: A very busy site but if you don't mind that, the facilities are good. Due to its size it didn't suit us so we would definitely not go back there - also, Dawlish Warren beach was unattractive and stony, not a patch on the North Devon coast.

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: M+j cummins 2 reviews from this member

Hi my wife my self and some friends stayed at this site for a week the men for fishing witch was not bad some good bream carp and roach were landed the ladies got the local bus for days out nearest bus stop 10 min walk .Local pubs not bad but mainly for food

The toilets showers etc were spotless as was the camp

The camp site itself offered good food at fair prices the ale was good and also fairly priced and entertainment most nights the bar staff ground staff in fact all staff seemed to be helpful and the shop was well stocked with your every day needs

Wen we arrived every thing was busy but staff did there best to site us together near the lakes thanks

The weather bad but thats not the owners fault but considering the amount or rain the ground did seem to drain ok

Bonus for us was dawlish carnival great day out

All in all a good stay well worth a visit and we will visit again so thanks to all staff for a good visit

Date of Visit: May 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: H_kate 3 reviews from this member

We stayed on this site in May and had a lovely time. It was reasonably quiet and most of the camping fields were shut. The facilities were really good with plenty of showers and toilets even if the site was full. They were kept really clean and the dry areas in the showers actually stayed dry! Had a good free hairdryer too. There were additional portaloos in the field a bit closer than the shower block although this was no more than 100 metres away!

We didn't visit the shop or the takeaway so can't comment on this. It all looked very professional and well managed though. Only slight moan would be that the entertainment in the pub was quite noisy and went on past 10:30 which did disturb the peace. Only happened on the Saturday night though.

The surrounding area was ok with a nice 30 minute walk down to Dawlish Warren, although this area is a bit tacky with lots of amusement arcades, takeaways etc. A walk out onto the dunes is worth it.

Overall, an excellent well managed and clean site - we'll definitely be back!

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Reviewer: Jane L13 2 reviews from this member

Recently come back after 2 weeks holiday, over all not a bad site. We were situated on Ten Acre field and could not receive a TV signal.

The toilets were disgusting need knocking down and re-building. Had to walk up the hill on Coombeland Field to use the showers there.

Pitches could be a bit bigger in places not all the same size just about got our TT on with car at the side.

Noise from other campers went on till late some nights, and music from the entertainment could be heard then the noise (shouting and swearing) from the lads n lassies/kids when pub closed.

Swimming pool was clean and a good size, but the lifeguard's were distracted by the teenage girls/boys or their phones.

Not much to do for teenagers need's to be looked at if you ask me.

Shop well stocked, Bar food very good, Takeaway food also good (expensive though).

Amusements out of date need's revamping.

The Ship Inn is well worth a visit very good food also the Swan's Nest (exminster) and The Smugglers Inn on the way to Teighnmouth.

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Karen (happy camper 8 reviews from this member

Just returned from a week at Cofton. It seemed to be well organised as you was shown to your allocated pitch all with EHU, although the site was getting quite full and tents being quite close to each other the pitches seem to be relatively level.

The showers and toilets was clean considering the weather was quite wet and there was always plenty of hot water for the showers (which were free). The kids play areas was great and the site in general was safe for the children to play. The outside pool was warm and supervised at all times. There is a pub on site although we never went in there. The shop was well stocked and quite reasonably priced. We would definitely return next year.

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Reviewer: Rottiedog 1 review from this member

Just got back from Cofton. Site is large and clean. Pitches are on the small side though and access roads are narrow. We stayed on '10 acre field' on one of the terraces which have a good view over the rest of the site. Pitch was mostly level and well kept.

BE WARNED! There is NO TV reception over most of the site, even radio reception was poor.

Most of the toilet blocks are of the portakabin type (and elderly) and are best avoided. Luckily there are some modern brick built blocks that are fine.

The pool and play areas are great for the kids and there are great bits for them to explore.

The clubhouse is ok but very small, the food is good and reasonably priced. Weather permitting, the terrace is excellent and overlooks the pool. The shop is a bit poor but there are mini markets in Dawlish Warren.

The local area is superb, we caught the ferry to Exmouth and had a great day, it runs regularly from Starcross.

Teignmouth was a lovely town and the promenade one of the best I have ever visited, even the public loo was a model of spotlessness.

Most of the local beaches had bits you could take your dog on to.

There are plenty of walks from the site, although they are quite hilly.

On the whole we enjoyed our holiday, despite the weather. We would have preferred to have been able to pre-book our pitch as we went with friends and you are not guaranteed to get pitches side by side. Not having any TV was disappointing as we had young children. The site was quite noisy till about 11pm and the older toilet blocks are poor.

Don't be put off, we would return to Cofton in the future. We'd mark it as 7 out of 10.

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Tonkaaz 2 reviews from this member

Just returned from a few 'wet' days at Cofton. The site itself was very well kept, the staff were friendly, the toilets and shower block were really clean. Our kids loved the heated pool however, we were pitched near the games room and were kept awake every night by teenagers that were not supervised. This area was called the Orchard be warned. The pitches were anything but level in this area so avoid if possible but on a positive note if you have a weak bladder they are very close to the toilets!

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