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Hoburne Devon Bay
Grange Road
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
TQ4 7JP   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01803 558010  or  01425 282358

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Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 24 Reviews
              8/10 from 24 Reviews

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Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Si-uk 17 reviews from this member

We stayed here towards the end of June while visiting family.

This campsite is alright, it has a nice play area, the pool and inside pool need attention especially the Jacuzzi as you kind of fall in and risk breaking something, plus it can be quite slippery and this applies also with the pools and you can hardly see where you are stepping.

The views from the play ground are good and you can see Torbay

The Woodlands in Dartmouth near Totnes is worth visiting.

The campsite is hilly in places and found it not brilliant for wheel chairs and push chairs as I had the job of pushing someone around and I found getting lost looking for locations on camp quite common.

Overall I would give this campsite about 6 / 10.

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Buyer 4 4 reviews from this member

This is our 3rd year now and we love this site,it represents excellent value for money. The pitches are spacious and in general the area and facilities are kept very clean and tidy, this is due to the hard work and dedication of the wardens who are always cheerfull and friendly. The pools are clean and well managed and the added bonus is the sauna and steam room.

We like being able to take a walk down to the beach (about 15 minutes scenic walk). The shop has most items that you need and Morrisons and Sainsburys are only 5 minutes away. The entertainment was good and varied and as usuall with Hoburne the staff are always friendly and helpful and happy to assist you. The weather during our stay was great and relaxing by the outdoor pool was just fantastic.

This site never feels crowded or busy during school holidays. We noticed lots of people pitched near us were the same as last year which speaks for itself. Our children cant wait to go back and see friends they have made over the years, the playground, arcade, and lounge area keep them well entertained. There is lots to do in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham which are all a short drive away. Well done Hoburne for another great holiday, all of us including our friends who visited for the first time this year hope to see you again next year.

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Claydoncamper 22 reviews from this member

This isn’t a bad site at all, though there are some issues too. Arrival at the site is a bit precarious as reception is half way up a steep hill and there’s very little in the way of ample or appropriate parking for those towing trailers or caravans outside.

It wasn’t busy when we arrived and as we only had a trailer I was able to squeeze in but I wouldn’t have been able to have done this with a caravan. The reception staff were friendly and helpful and I was given a welcome pack that had all the necessary information and a map to show where the pitch was.

The pitch itself was spacious. We had our camper, awning and car on the pitch and there was still a lot of space left for the kids to play on. The touring field is at the top of the site and the views are quite nice and the shop is also very near. We found the shop to be expensive and would advise the use of Morrisons or Asda, both of which are close by. The shop also does not sell Camping Gaz refills but Beverley Park just up the road does. The shop also had nice warm croissants and pain au chocolate in the mornings and these were very nice for breakfast.

Also quote close by are the toilet/shower blocks which also have washing up facilities and chemical toilet disposal. The showers are fixed head and have the push button taps; I tire of these but they seem to be the way things are going! The showers were clean and the water was hot but one couldn’t help feeling that they were a little run down and tired. Grouting is loose and blackening and the fittings are aged.

This tiredness extends to parts of the leisure facilities too. The whereabouts of the entrance to the indoor swimming pool is not signposted anywhere and it is tricky to locate on the first attempt. There are lockers that have broken coin mechanisms that make locking the doors impossible and there are changing cubicles that have doors missing too.

Hoburne do have a “no-shoes” policy in their changing rooms and this at least ensured clean floors. The pool itself is very nice and the staff there are quite friendly. There is an outdoor pool but did not use it. There is also an indoor play area and a larger outdoor play area and the kids had a nice safe time on the equipment here. There are also the more noisier and expensive methods of entertainment such as the arcade games. There was also a programme of family entertainment every night but we didn’t bother with this either.

Having been critical, it should be borne in mind that this was a half-term week with glorious weather, yet, the site still wasn’t so busy as to be horrendous. It is also worth bearing in mind that the cost was about £21 a night which for the amount of facilities is very good.

We are due to go back in October for a week but as with most commercial sites, the checkout time is 10am and I’m tired of all that malarkey and will be avoiding such sites with this policy in the future.

Date of Visit: April 2010 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Tomo50 27 reviews from this member

Firstly can I just say that Hoburne in general has fantastic customer relations and nothing is too much trouble!

I initially booked 6 days touring at £118.50. In Feb I received a call from the general manager who said there had been a pc error and all bookings prior to Xmas had been lost - meaning our pitch was double booked with a Rally for the whole of Easter. He asked would I be kind enough to take a static instead 'can't afford that at £310 I said' - 'oh no Mrs Thompson as it's our mistake there is no extra charge and you can have an extra 7th night free'! wow cannot say fairer than that!

As for our stay - we did not like staying in a static - no views, no chairs to sit outside and watch the world go by, no open fields for my kids to play. Wouldn't swap my tourer for the world.

The site was on a hill and very hilly. It was fully booked over Easter with a rather large rowdy crowd. The clubhouse was just too full for comfort. The site was clean, well kept, the caravan of good standard. The pool was OK temperature but could have been a bit warmer! You couldn't see the children's play park form any caravan - only if you were in the entertainment complex and my kids like the independence of going to the park. The food was not up to standard at all and far too long a wait - 45 minutes when only 3 families in restaurant - my hubby asked for well done steak which did arrive 'still moo-ing'.

The entertainment was very repetitive - the same show shown Sunday and Wednesday? Not enough entertainment during the day for children as other Hoburne sites.

You have a 15 min walk to beach over muddy fields or a 30 min round trip via local estate - we only did this walk once - the used the car.

The entertainments team worked hard but did not gel as a team - ps Dave is fantastic!

Lovely local places to visit and Paignton Zoo well worth a £37.00 family ticket - took 5 hours to go round. Brixham is fab, Torquay, Paignton itself a bit run down. Also had day trip to Plymouth.

If you are going with a tourer and your sat-nav tells you to take the left-hand fork on Goodrington road ignore it - this is a very steep single track road. Take the right-hand fork and you will end up at the same destination (sign posted).

Would I return to this particular site. NO - other Hoburne sites are better. Would I holiday anywhere other than with Hoburne. NO - Haven facilities at the fraction of the cost with more friendly staff.

Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Swampy5 1 review from this member

Been here a few times over the years. Some of the pitches were quite small, however, this has now changed so there is more room making them quite large pitches. I don't think there is a flat pitch on the top field.

Pools were great, shop is good and generally not overpriced.

Toilets and showers kept clean.

A good value place to visit.

Date of Visit: October 2008 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: LSMITH29 12 reviews from this member

Have used other Hoburne sites and was very disappointed with this one. We were pitched on the top field (did'nt even know there was a lower one until I looked at the other reviews) and we struggled! Our 'van is 27 ft long and the pitches were just too small-both in length and width. It took us an hour to get the 'van on the pitch due to there not being enough room to move the'van in and out-even with a motor mover- then we just got stuck so we left it where it was. This meant that both wheels (it's a twin axle) were on the mud. The awning area was mud- I know they can't help the weather but it needs gravelling like the other Hoburne sites- and orange mud at that - our awning and some clothes are still stained now!

The toilet block, although clean, was cold; 2 very small heaters high up on the wall didn't help at all - and desperately needed updating. The gutters leaked so when it rained you had to dodge the downfall from them. The taps to fill up your aquarolls are all the push button type so they took ages and gave us chronic back and arm ache-I know they're there to stop people leaving them on but they're no fun in the driving rain! The site is also very hilly - worse when you've been to the clubhouse! - so our youngest didn't use her bike for fear of the slopes!

The entertainment was great- Sammy Seahorse is fab-my 5 year old adores him-and the food and drinks are good and reasonably priced. The shop site is reasonably well stocked although it was the end of the season so a lot of shelves were empty .Morrisons is 2 minutes down the road and right next door to there is Paignton Zoo which is fantastic- it's huge and the animals are very well cared for. It's nearly £40.00 for a family of 4 but you can easily make a day of it. Torquay is shops and more shops and the nearby railway is good but a bit pricey. Brixham is a nice town as is Teignmouth. Woodlands Adventure Park is a short drive away-about an hour-and is fab;everthing from zip slide to play areas to pets corner. Worth a day out too.

Not a bad site but I wouldn't rush back.

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