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Visitor Reviews - Devon Cliffs Holiday Centre (haven Holidays)

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Devon Cliffs Holiday Centre (haven Holidays)
Sandy Bay
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
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Pitches: 195
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 48 Reviews
              7/10 from 48 Reviews

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Date of Visit: June 2011 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Frankthesaint 2 reviews from this member

We visited Devon Cliffs on a nice sunny weekend and stayed with friends in their static van. It was our first visit to Sandy Bay but having heard loads about the place over the years we went with high expectations…

The site itself is huge and I believe one of Haven’s flagships and as such really benefits from the economies of scale. The facilities are amazing…indoor pools, outdoor pools… indoor slides, outdoor slides…awesome putting, climbing wall, showbars, Starbucks, bowlingo, Sky Sports screens (great to watch the England/Switzerland game with a few pints of Pedigree) etc etc. The list could go on and on. As a number of posters have said you can certainly spend some money here, but as much as anything because there is just sooo much to do!

The food is very good, from the relaxed ‘forecourt’ type of area that has Burger King, Papa Johns and a good local chippy to the smart (but still relaxed) restaurant that has leather sofas and such like.

We were all impressed by how spotlessly clean everything was. They certainly look after this place.

Highlights then;

For me, getting Pedigree (albeit cask) in the bars. Often I find myself forcing down John Smiths or ruddy Tetleys if I don’t want a lager. Also the gorgeous outdoor patio area.

My wife thoroughly enjoyed the fish nibbling the dry skin off her feet (£10 per session in the spa)

My 6 yr old daughter loved the grab cranes where she could get all manner of cuddlies. They were relatively easy which is a nice change and we came home with stacks of the things…


You have to bear in mind the site is very hilly. That said, I’m not sure this is a lowlight as it certainly enhances the beauty and it’s not as though anyone could change it!

Overall, it’s always difficult to go somewhere with high expectations but bloody hell, even with that we still weren’t disappointed.

Date of Visit: May 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Loopytriplelll 23 reviews from this member

Just arrived back from an 8 day stay at Devon Cliffs and can only describe the site as haven's best. It's a massive site on various levels with great views over the bay.

We travelled from Nottinghamshire (over 200miles) through the night with our 9yr old daughter and 2 year old son. I'd rang ahead days before to ask what time we were allowed on to our pitch and explained the distance. The touring warden was a great help and allowed us to pitch up when we arrived early morning as our pitch was vacant.

The touring site is on two levels and some caravans did look a little awkwardly perched on blocks. We had to use an extra large pitch due to our size it was almost level and there is more then enough room around your pitch.

You park on the tarmac road in front of your pitch.

The shower block is brand new and kept spotless.Only grumble is the showers don't stay on much more than 10-15 seconds before you have to push the button in again, they are toasty warm and good pressure.

The entertainment complex is well equipped although capones bar which is the later opening for older kids and families has a very sweaty stale aroma and could do with some ventilation.

Entertainment is good quality and seems this year to have moved away from completely funstar based to visiting acts which are all good.

Pappa johns pizza great value,mash and barrel usual Haven poor quantity but good quality Daughter got more chips on kids meal than husband did on adults.

Chip shop was very pricy and poor value. Fish chips &peas £6.70 and we've had bigger gold fish from the fair.

The site is the usual haven middle of nowhere and is a 20 minute drive to get to the main routes around south Devon. Exeter is beautiful city centre,Torquay and Paignton are great. Visit Maisons Cafe in Paignton near the train station for cream tea its excellent we went back twice.

Although we had a long journey this was one of our favourite haven holidays and we have had quite a few. We will definitely be re booking for next year and hoping for a little warmer weather and a lot less wind.

All Haven sites should be to this standard.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Rachandgarry 6 reviews from this member

We stayed at Devon Cliffs, 2 adults and a toddler. The touring warden was very helpful and showed us to our pitch which was hard standing with water connection / waste which made our life easier. The touring site has a one way system which with a small child we found useful.

Our site was fine with space for our awning, carpark space in front of caravan and we could enclose our pitch with windbreakers to pen our son in so he could play safely. Some of the others pitches were a bit hilly and I would definitely recommend you take levelling blocks as you will probably need them. You are on a cliff side which meant it could get quite windy, especially one night, we didn't expect to find our awning still standing but it was, more due to the fact it was a good awning and withstood the gales.

The showers were fine,, nice and clean and never needed to queue. We also used the family bathroom with a full size bath, which you are given a door code for which is only issued to families. It was left clean and tidy each time we went to use it. Great help as our son isn't keen on showers.

A 2 minute walk (if that) gets to the main complex but is quite hilly, its a little further to walk to the pools but not to far. There is the shops / takeaways / entertainment / main reception. We used most of the facilities which were fine, I was going to treat myself to a spa treatment but didn't as I felt it was really expensive and what I would have spent on a treatment would have been a family day out. We ate a Mash and Barrel but was average 'pub grub' only a bit more expensive, breakfast was Ok but nothing to write home about.

We also visited a little farm type of thing just outside the entrance to the site near the end of the holiday, not expecting much, how wrong, it was great, our son was 18 months and there were lots of play areas outdoors and undercover for all different ages, he had loads to do. There was also some animals to see, lots of play equipment / things to see / picnic areas. We wish we had gone earlier and could easily spend the day there with a picnic.

All in all we had a lovely time, the only downside was the distance we had to drive to go to days out.Bit of a pain for my husband who drives all week for a living.

We got a good deal as we booked early so got 50% discount and were were able to travel outside of school holidays.

Date of Visit: May 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Harriben 3 reviews from this member

A massive holiday park, with a small touring area. Upon arrival we were greeted by a friendly touring warden who directed us to our pitch.

The pitch that we were allocated was not suitable for us because we had booked and wanted to use our awning, but the pitch we had would not accommodate this set up. According to the warden the pitches are allocated by computer! Anyway in fairness although it was half term week and the site was nearly full, he did go to main reception and managed to give us a more suitable pitch.

This is a hilly park and although the pitches are classed as premier, they are quite tight. One bit of advice is make sure that you have levelling blocks, you will need them.

The toilets and showers were kept very clean and could not be faulted. There are very good facilities on site, and a beach with direct access from the site. Apart from the pitch allocation problem we had a very good week and would return providing you could pre book your pitch prior to arrival.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dazzaanddonna 1 review from this member

Just spent 5 days here, different site to most Haven sites that we have visited, as other members have said car's are not allowed to park next to your tent, bit off a pain but once your pitched not a real problem. Could have done with loan a trolley service like at festivals, we were lucky as we have a trailer so we just pushed that in.

Never had a problem getting blocked in even though the site was heaving being school hols, advice; park on the back row nearest the gate.

We too ran out of gas, however Warden in touring block sells it, both types and all sizes.

Toilet block portacabins, however always hot, does get dirty from muddy shoes, however they are regularly cleaned 5.30am one morning!

Water collection a pain, muddy around it and only at one end of field.

Site is very hilly, but don't let it put you off.

Excellent facilities, very child friendly, usual Haven type shows, very busy but very helpful staff.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Kaz+bs 2 reviews from this member

Just spent 5 days at devon cliffs in the tent field. I have read the reviews and took a risk ( not like me). This review is based on the fact the weather was good. The car park is half type 1 base and half dirt and you have to carry your gear to your pitch , there are a good 50 places to pitch that are quite close to the car park then the field slopes away from the car park. We got a good pitch.

As I say the weather was good and the portable toilet block was tolerable and is cleaned morning,noon & night. There is no hook up but there is power in the center cabin for (straighteners, mobiles, kettles etc ) though you will have to stay with it. The missus managed ok. There is limited hot for washing up & basins as they are fed via immersion tanks , but the showers are excellent.

There looked close to 1000 statics there but the pool and slides were good and not to over crowded the evening entertainment was great and our passes were in the price. If you have kids 2-6 bugsys bar is good 6 & over go to capones bar (u will need to get there early to get a seat bugsys 6pm , capones 6.45pm). This place is kerching city ,the pool and entertainment are free the other activities are not . Make sure you take plenty of money and book up activities when you arrive.

A trip into exmouth is a must for young kids ( cheaper than on site).Tesco is close by as site shop is quite dear. All in all a good place to go take the wallet and pray for sunshine

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