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Visitor Reviews - Oakdown Country Holiday Caravan Park

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Oakdown Country Holiday Caravan Park
Gatedown Lane
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
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Tel: 01297 680387

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Pitches: 150
Open: 20th March To 31st October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 72 Reviews
              9/10 from 72 Reviews

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Reviews:  72 in total, now showing 7 to 12                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Purl76 10 reviews from this member

We stayed here late for the late May bank holiday weekend. We booked in advance as we were meeting up with friends from lots of different areas of UK. We were a party of 6 tents (10 adults and 7 children).

The booking procedure was quite lengthy and complicated as we didn't want EHU but were initially booked with it and then the owner decided that we couldn't pitch together on the EHU sites as we weren't using it so we had to pitch in a corner of the site. This was fine but he then said that he could only put 4 tents there and 2 would have to be EHU so our group was separated. This took two weeks and several phone calls to sort out! On arrival we were disappointed to find that there would have been plenty of room for two more tents in the non-EHU area. As it turns out the weather was cold and windy at night so the EHU became very handy as we had heaters.

We were pitched in the newer area of the campsite (Beech Grove) and this was reasonable enough but very open plan with little shelter (just a horseshoe of pitches in a field with little hedge cover) it was exposed and characterless. The wash block was clean and functional but having wandered to the older part of the site I felt like we were the poorer sister (excuse the expression).

The pitches are level but the ground hard so don't forget your mallet. There is road noise in the newer field but this is barely noticeable once you are settled in. The older site had lovely sheltered pitches with good hedges for privacy between pitches. The feel of the older site was calm and idyllic in contrast to the feel of the new site which was exposed and bare.

There is plenty of lighting and the toilets are well lit. The water is nicely warm. There aren't enough hooks but there is a bag for you to put clothes in to keep them off floor. In comparison, in the older wash blocks there is underfloor heating and a bench in the shower cubicles. They are also situated in a lovely warm amenities block. There are laundry facilities, a freezer and a microwave in both areas. The newer wash block feels more open to the elements but it is clean and I wouldn't have been bothered if I hadn't seen the others! There is a family wet room with a shower and changing table in the newer block and a disabled room and family bathroom with baths in the older block. They could have done with a bit more frequent cleaning when we were there (or a mop and cleaning stuff left for campers to do it). One woman kindly left her used bath water in for us and there were no cloths for us to clean it out after her- eughh!

There are two playgrounds. Again the newer one is not as nice as the older one and the newer one is more suited for older children. The older one is brighter and more friendly for Under 5s. Good to have a choice I guess. If you like to stay at your tent and see your children at the playground rather than go with them to the park then the newer field would be the right choice for you.

There are wardens on site and they are very friendly and helpful.

The donkeys braying in the morning was lovely to hear and the donkey sanctuary is well worth a visit. As well as the donkeys it has a lovely shop selling gifts and local produce.

The nearby beaches are great. Sidmouth is well worth a wander around the shops. We tried to day trip to Lyme Regis as it has a sandy beach but the parking was really busy. There is a park and ride but with a 4 month old who doesn't travel well we decided to give this a miss and ended up parking for free at Seaton Hole. The local beaches are all pebbles (or grey sand as I read in one review online!). You can park for free at Seaton Hole near the clifftop cafe and walk down to the beach. Beware though, the steps are steep. At low tide there is a small area of sand to play on and great rock pooling which my 3 year old loved! Take your net and bucket and spade. Ice creams at the cafe before heading back to camp was a nice treat.

There is a country pub 'Hare and Hounds' on the way to Honiton which does an all day cavery for a 10 and has amazing beer garden with fab play area and views over rolling hills to the sea. Great for food, chat and getting tispy!

We usually visit North Devon but were really taken aback by the prettiness of South Devon and the red cliffs. We would definitely return and would use this campsite again but would make sure we were in the older part and not the new.

Date of Visit: April 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Travelling Annie 2 reviews from this member

This was our first holiday away with our new (and first) caravan and everyone at Oakdown helped to make it a wonderful stay. The facilities are excellent, the site very well presented and laid out - groves of about 6 to 8 caravans which gave a private and relaxing feel to the pitches. All the staff were friendly and helpful, the shower/loo block was spotless all the time - plenty of hot water and great attention to detail. Loved the conservation aspects and even a dog walk through to the nearby Donkey Sanctuary. We've booked in again for later in the year so that speaks for itself. Highly recommend this site and look forward to returning there.

Date of Visit: April 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: RIMMER 124 reviews from this member

As others have said nice picturesque site, friendly staff and clean toilet block, asked for a pitch away from the road so didn't hear any road noise only the donkeys pleasantly woke me up every morning. Not a lot to do around the area, no pub within reasonable walking distance. We caught the bus to Seaton and next day Sidmouth, thought Seaton a bit drab and run down as opposed to the quaint and classy Sidmouth, nearest bus stop turn right on main road and walk 200yds. Paid just over 37 for two nights with ehu

Date of Visit: April 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: SteveandBelinda 6 reviews from this member

We stayed for a weekend after being 'wowed' by the website and reviews on UKCampsite.co.uk. Found the site to be pleasant enough just a bit lacking in character, trying too hard to win these awards perhaps?

We found the site is a bit isolated, we walked down to the donkey sanctuary, and had a wander around the lanes to the South. Everyone else seemed to be glued to the telly for entertainment.

Visits to Beer, Sidmouth etc had to be by car, buses are available but didn't tie in with our plans.

All in all, a well run site with good facilities but sadly not very memorable and it has no soul.

Date of Visit: March 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Ascsbe 6 reviews from this member

Visited this site over the Easter weekend. Our second visit and thankfully although cold the weather was dry.

The site is well presented with a very nice toilet block, although I think it could be a bit stretched in high season. Staff were very helpful.

We stayed on the mature part of the site where the pitches are in small groves and the site has a very pleasant relaxed feel. They are expanding across the lane and this is very different with pitches just in long rows, not really to my liking but everyone likes different things. Nice little shop on site. Not really much to improve but Wi Fi around the site would help people who need to keep in touch, and I dislike the green astro turf that is on some pitches, looks tatty in my opinion, otherwise a very nice site.

Date of Visit: October 2012 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: MANDYH01 5 reviews from this member

Nice little site, staff were always on hand to help us. Sidmouth is a nice beach not far away from the site. You could use the bus to get there or use the car.

Our Static caravan was nice, well laid out and spacious and very beautifully presented and furnished and also very high standard. Our dog loved to go along the dog path with us to see the donkeys.

Also the guestbook in the caravan was very handy for other holiday makers to get to know about the caravan, site and area.

Also as well as this info Sidmouth has a very nice indoor swimming pool and also a play area for your youngsters to enjoy.

We also enjoyed the quietness of the site no shop on site but a supermarket just a 5 mins drive from the site.

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