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Visitor Reviews - Hoburne Torbay (no Tents)

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Hoburne Torbay (no Tents)
Grange Road
Goodrington
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
TQ4 7JP   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01803 558010

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Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 22 Reviews
              8/10 from 22 Reviews


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Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Claydoncamper 18 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 25 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 10 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.

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Floatie 14 reviews from this member

Just spend the last week of the school holidays at Hoburne Torbay.

We had an enjoyable week couldn't fault park itself excellent entertaiment - especially Sammy Seahorse, who my young son really enjoys, was very busy in the clubhouse, but most nights we managed to get a table.

Had a few concerns about our touring pitch which was up on the hillside very uneven. Had trouble getting the caravan in as it was so steep and very crowded, wouldn't stay up there again if we were to return we would request a pitch down the bottom (Woodland Glade) by the entrance to the park, nice and flat some pitches a little muddy and water logged! but safer for children to ride their bikes - a little to dangerous up on the top touring field as the site is very very hilly.

Did speak with the parks General Manager with regard to the amenity block up on the top touring field. The showers cubicles were disgusting the dividers were rottening away at the bottom and the tile grout was black with mould, very disappointing as other Hoburne's are much better.

He told me that they are not getting any major refurbishment, while they are closed, but will be carrying out work to improve their appearance!

Location of the park is good, nice beach within 15mins walk, went on the P&D Steam Railway into Dartmouth - kids loved the train the ferry price is included in your train ticket, Dartmouth had their Regatta on when we went watched an excellent firework display at no extra cost special trains run that day - great day out!

Liked the area - would we stay there again YES, as our kids love Sammy!

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Avondale e 13 reviews from this member

We stayed here for 2 weeks(2adults and 3 children aged between 9 and 13).The weather was dreadful, but it didn't stop us getting out and about. This campsite is a bit like the Haven sites although better.We were pitched on the bottom field {woodlands Glade)This was by far the best area to pitch, it was level and had good drainage and not overcrowded, although the camp was full, the pitches were very generous.The toilet block was ok clean,and in good working order, perhaps a little dated but served the purpose.

The swimming pools were very good and stayed open until 9 oclock.The sauna and steam rooms were an added bonus!

We didn't really rate the clubhouse it was very noisy, you couldn't hear each other and if you didn't get there early there was no where to sit.

However we used to go to The Inn on The Queys adjacent to Goodrington beach most nights. We can highly recommend it for good food ,good ale and children's entertainment

Goodrington beach was ok (although the beaches in Cornwall are much better).Paighton Zoo is a good day out so is Woodlands theme park.We also did the Steam train and Ferry to Dartmouth which was also a good day out.

Torquey,Paignton were ok, but we went further up the coast to Tiegnmouth which was very nice as was Dawlish.

If we were to go back to that area we would use this camp again.

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