Just got back from one of the best sites in Devon.
Do you want peace and quiet, rolling hill views, the most helpful management that you are likely to meet, free showers and washing facilities that are clean and modern, many pitches with reliable 240V power available, 'acres' of room between pitches and lots of free space on the fields for children and their activities ?
Don't go there if you want a clubhouse and shop on site.
But you are a few miles from everything you may want. Head east a few miles and you will pass supermarkets on the way to all the fun and facilities and beaches of Torquay and Brixham etc. But if the kids like 'crabbing' ( all the kit necessary available at the small snack-bar at the mill pond in Stoke-Gabriel ) and you like messing about in small boats, then the tidal inlet at Stoke-Gabriel would take some beating. We used it to float a 'blow-up' boat ( not the Al-Qaeda sort ) and motored on the River Dart to Totnes ( up river ) and Dittisham and Dartmouth ( down river ) marvellous.
If you can't have one of the best holidays here then you are not really trying !
We initially aimed to arrive at Broadleigh Farm before the ďdeadlineĒ stated on the website, but due to traffic (and getting side-tracked on the way Southwards trying to find Diesel) we ended up anticipating a later arrival Ė so rang up to warn and they were very friendly and accommodating and advised us to call in at the cottage by the entrance.
You have to enter the site a very specific way, especially with the motorhome we have. The site instructions arenít the very best on the website, but we managed to understand them. After turning off the A380 onto Totnes Road (A385) you turn down Stoke Road at the Collaton Pub turning. At this point, the roads become more rural but easily manageable. Itís only the last 500m down Coombe House Lane which is extremely narrow, which would cause trouble if another van was to pass in the opposite direction. The vegetation was also overgrown, I think it could do with a cut back!
We arrived close to 7pm on a wet and windy summer evening and didnít get far into the owners cottage garden without being seen and a gentleman coming out to explain the ins and outs of the site. There are a few different classification of fields, and we stayed in the first field for an extremely reasonable £12pn with EHU. The field and pitch we stayed on was on a hill, but due to the heavy rain at the time it probably helped us with access.
We only stayed one night, so didnít really use the facilities or have a chance to get a feel for the site The toilet facilities appeared clean and well looked after, Elsan point available in the same block. I was however slightly concerned as the female cleaner in the toilet block just walked into the gents toilet area whilst I was using the urinal which I didnít think was very appropriate.
We've stayed on this site twice this summer as we enjoyed the first visit. The owners, Roger and his wife are lovely, and can't do enough for you. The showers and loo's were amongst the cleanest we've ever come across and the pitches were well kept.
You turn up and choose a pitch, but Roger will always give you a hand if you're not sure. Both times we stayed, we felt really welcome, and enjoyed the atmosphere. There are a number of fields to choose from.
The site is surrounded by farmland, and there are some really nice walks around. Stoke Gabriel is about 20-30 minutes away on foot, and there's a cafe/shack there if you want a coffee/meal/pint of local cider, to wet your whistle before you walk back.
Just back from great 5 night stay at Broadleigh - would have paid for extra night but we knew the rain was coming and we preferred to pack up dry.
Lovely, spacious site - 3 large gently, sloping fields with no designated pitches - some pitches are flat, others on slight incline. Peaceful and very rural. We have a large tent but had plenty of room and were not cramped in any way. Most units located around perimeter of fields leaving huge space for children to bike ride, kite, play with balls etc. Owner gave us a choice of pitch and left it to us to decide which suited us best. Some groups pitched facing each other. The site is quiet & peaceful and generally, everyone's settled down by 10-1030pm - although, as always, there's someone that likes the sound of their own voice a little too much and carries on yakking loudly til midnight.
Shower & toilet facilities are excellent - although it would be even better if the water was consistently hot - generally warm but on one occasion cold but warmed up half-way through.
Contrary to earlier comments, we witnessed the block being cleaned daily not weekly plus there are mops provided for the showers and cloths for the sinks, for visitors to wipe down after they've used shower/sink. Sadly, not everyone has a high regard for their fellow campers and therefore any mess we found was due to others not cleaning up after themselves properly and not a reflection on the owner's cleaning.
Dish washing & laundry room great too.
Reception open long hours, sells farmer's cider, ice cream and has a freezer for your ice blocks. We found the staff to be helpful and friendly. Owner seemed chilled and happy for us to just enjoy ourselves.
Sainsbury's is about 5 mins away. Stoke Gabriel is a pretty little village - free WIFI available at River Shack Cafe - right on water's edge with crabbing & free parking - they've recently extended opening hours to those quoted on their website and do pizza/bbq nights as well. We preferred the beach at Broad Sands over Paignton. Just take plenty of change for the car parks in the area as they only take correct amounts. We liked Brixham - lots of little shops, cafes, restaurants. Paignton wasn't for us although the Crazy Golf on prom is good fun and worth a go.
We chose this area simply to meet up with friends staying nearby but there were lots of things to do that we didn't have chance to try. The kids loved the site and we wouldn't hesitate to return.
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