Had a wonderful couple of nights at Karrageen in the sunshine. I turned up without booking and had a warm welcome and efficient check in. I was told that I could choose where to pitch my tent - it was quite a windy day, but there are several hedges on the site and the field is on a slope (but split into level terraces), so I was able to find somewhere fairly sheltered.
The on-site shop sells all the basics. You can also charge your mobile phone there (in return for a donation to a local charity), order food in the evenings and pre-order croissants, etc for the following morning.
The toilets, shower block and washing up facilities were spotless. Yes, it is 20p for hot water, but a small price to pay. You can also freeze your ice blocks in the freezers in the laundry/washing up block. There is also a payphone there. It would have been useful to have a small shelf in the showers, but I can't fault it otherwise.
The Port Light hotel is a 15 minute walk uphill on Bolberry Down, serving evening meals, and a good place for walking. Hope Cove is also near by, which is very picturesque. Young children may not enjoy the steep hills to get to these places, but you can always stop and admire the view!
You need to be able to reverse in the narrow lanes to get to this site, but it is well worth it.
Karrageen is a delightful site in a most secluded area with lovely views of rolling Devon country and of the sea at Hope Cove.
The overall campsite is on a slope but the owners have taken great care to make level pitches and also to use landscaping to provide considerable seclusion. The pitches are spacious and largely protected by beautifully crafted, seemingly natural hedgerows. In fact the entire layout is man made and a credit to the owners.
The toilet block has been virtually rebuilt over the winter. It is well made with good hot showers and ample toilet and washing facilities(you do need to collect up your twenty pence pieces before arriving) and the blocks are kept scrupulously clean.
There are no play areas for children (which actually suited us). The entire site is a delight, most especially for older campers and families with young children. There is a very adequate shop on site and a surprisingly comprehensive take away.
The owner makes a daily check of the camp site to ensure that there are no problems and that all of his campers are happy.
The site is just one mile from beautiful Hope Cove which has a very safe sand beach. The village of Hope also has a very good pub, a good shop and good parking, all within metres of the main beach.
A few miles from Karrageen is Bigbury, probably the loveliest beach on the South Devon coast, with soft sand, rock pools, lagoons and gentle safe bathing. It is ideal for families. Above the beach is a large car park and across the sand is the famous Burgh Island, well worth a visit.
North Sands at Salcombe is also a safe, sandy beach but go early if you want a parking space.
The pubs in the South Devon area are a delight. We could not sample all of them but in addition to the Hope and Anchor in Hope Cove, there is the excellent Church House Inn at Churchstow, the very lively Globe Inn at Frogmore and the absolutely amazing Pig's Nose at East Prawle. East Prawle is hard work to get to but the pub is well worth visiting as it is a real one off and a joy to be in.
For your shopping needs, there is a very good Co-op in Malborough, just one mile from the site.
Salcombe is ridiculously difficult to get in to with a car, though a pretty enough town. Kingsbridge has very easy parking. Dartmouth is an absolute delight and well worth visiting.
Overall, Karrageen must rank as the best camping site we have stayed at and we would recommend it to any one who wants a peaceful, quiet site in glorious countryside, close to near perfect beaches.
This is a lovely site in a beautiful location just a mile from the gorgeous Hope Cove beach. Access to the site could be described as 'very difficult for caravans' down twisting country lanes that had both wing mirrors on a people carrier scraping away in the hedges!
We pitched up in the top field which had fantastic views down to the sea, really lovely. On several clear nights we could see the milky way overhead which was a delight. A lovely, quiet & peaceful location. Great site for wildlife, we got raided by badgers one night and they made off with some food!
Hint: if pitching on the top field, be aware that if the wind gets up it howls up the valley from the sea and don't make the same mistake as us - we pitched our big tent with the big front porch/cooking area facing into wind and really struggled to cook on windy/rainy days.
Site owners were very nice and always around, they ran a well stocked shop which had everything you could possibly need. They also provided 'take away' style homemade food to order which was a nice touch.
The campsite has been developed by the owners to make the best of what is a sloping/hilly location. Of special note are the lovely toilet & showerblock facilities that were brand new for this year - a lot of money spent on some brilliant facilities, terrific for families with a family shower room as well.
We will definitely return again in the future to this site.
This is a pretty campsite in a great area for a holiday. Fab beaches all around.
The shower block was very clean but you do need to pay for your shower and washing up water. The showers are quite small with some cubicles having no hooks. The family room was a god send but again very little hooks or shelves to hang or place your stuff to stop it getting wet!
The campsite is lovely and quiet with clear quietening down at 10pm which is such a relief. The pitches were not that spacious, our guy lines were touching those of one of our neighbours. We changed our booking spec and had to pay the extra for having a tent longer than 6 metres, but were placed on the same pitch as previously booked.
Just returned from 3 nights at Karageen. Site is well placed although road access is a bit narrow if taking motorhomes or caravans.
Big down side was the price. Wouldn't have been so bad if the showers and dish washing were free, but there was a minimum cost of 40p per shower and 20p for dish washing.
However, good walks along coast path and only 1 mile from Hope cove, which is gorgeous. We were lucky with the weather which was very sunny. All level grass pitches but on a sloped site which would have been difficult had it been wet.
Owner very friendly. Note: Will only take cash so don't expect to pay with card if you arrive on spec as we did.
Only one shower and toilet block so could be a long trek for some and busy at times if site is full.
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