We spent 3 nights here with two young children (2 and 3). We found the site facilities to be great for a young family. The kids loved the little play area by the pool (play houses, baby slide etc) and also insisted in going in the pool despite the freezing weather. The water was plenty warm enough and area was clean and well maintained. They also used the main kids playground every day.
We were disappointed that some of the facilities were not open when we were there (kids craft room and family games room) however this did not spoil our stay.
We used the cafe a couple of times but found it to be quite poor quality and expensive (frozen toasted teacakes served with freezing cold butter!)
We took the steam train from Paignton to Dartmouth which was a fantastic day out. Kids loved the train and then the 10 minute ferry ride. Recommend people to get to the station early though as ticket queues can be long. Because we were in a motorhome we sometimes use taxis to get around. The taxi into Paignton cost <£10.
We spent our second day wandering around Totnes as the weather wasn't good enough for the beach. Nice day out although only really enough for half a day. Would recommend the Steam Packet pub for decent food and environment - right on the riverside, just on the outskirts of town. (Taxi into Totnes cost £12)
On comparing the costs to other campsites, we felt the facilities were fantastic and the site is great value for money. We went in June so the park was still quite quiet.
This site is a little Gem. From the friendly organised arrival and welcome, to the well kept pitches, and overall cleanliness we will definitely be returning again.
As a family with young children we look for sites with 'things to do' and this site has lots and provides more! Yes a small charge is sometimes asked for (craft centre, pony rides, archery) but the owners have brought these in to make your holiday, you don't have to do them.
We had great weather (always a bonus!) and loved the BBQ by the pool. The kids loved the play parks, and even when it did rain for 14 hours straight the pitch drained well.
Was really impressed with all facilities, toilets and showers were fab, bar and cafe and shop were priced as you would expect if eating out anywhere, (on a par with our local pubs/cafes at home)
Site was busy (bank holiday) but not overcrowded and everybody was friendly.
Looked like great entertainment provided in the bars in the evenings but we didn't stay to see, though may do next time
We were pitched very near to the bar area but did not hear any excessive noise, nobody was loud going back to the pitches and no kids congregating where they shouldn't. Loved the irons and boards in the laundry and the book swap idea.
Overall a really good site that tries to make your holiday a fab one. And really close to Paignton/Torquay and loads of local attractions. Only downside was the windy country road to get to get to the site.
Site has a rural location not far from Stoke Gabriel and a 5 - 10 min drive from Paignton. There are no facilities off site within walking distance.
All on site facilities are of a good standard and kept clean and tidy. The site has a rural slightly rustic feel but is nicely done without any 'low rent' feeling that holiday parks can have
All the facilities are located at the entrance ( shower blocks excepted) but it was a long walk uphill from our pitch in the great orchard, but that does mean the evening entertainment is not in your face if its not your thing.
Bar meals and takeaway food are available & they are reasonably priced there is an offer of 2 meals for £13. 99 before 7pm. Good sized portions- the usual fayre but nicely done and tasty.
There are on site amusements, games room, crafts and a good programme of daily activities. There is a bar with inside and outside seating on a raised terrace overlooking the pool and separate bar with disco.
We stayed in the orchard field. I found it a little higgledy piggledy and many pitches slope as is it located in a dip. We were unable to book hardstanding and found that the ground in our awning area became very slippy and sticky after rain. The soil is red clay and it came up through the ground sheets. Rainwater rain straight through in and out of out awning following the gradient and didn't soak in. The good thing was that even when wet soil and mud did not transfer much off pitches.
The are several well maintained play areas for children and there is a wooded area to explore.
The heated outdoor pool is open 9 - 7pm rain or shine and is attended. Children over 8 can swim without an adult being present. There are sun loungers provided.
All in all a pleasant stay but we would probably not return to this site due to the ground conditions, layout and pitches
We booked this site at late notice and used the on-line booking facility, which worked well.
As soon as we arrived it was clear that whatever else, we were being looked after by friendly, helpful and enthusiastic staff. We were taken to our pitch from the reception area by a man on a Golf Cart type thing, in 'Sweet Hill'
The pitches can slope a little and some are more exposed than others. When booking online I left a request for a sheltered pitch. We were given a pitch next to a hedge so 10/10 on that one.
The Shower/toilet block in our field was kept clean and very usable. The actual showers seemed a little low on pressure, but having left feedback to that effect I wouldn't be surprised if it is looked into before the new season next year. My Wife used the family room with our daughter and says it was excellent.
The main reception and entertainment area is at the front of the site and includes a shop and Craft centre for the kiddies. The Hayloft Bar with live acts was right up our street, while the kids enjoyed the Amusements and the Granary with its Disco. It isn't a full on commercial site, but the entertainment is there so don't expect 'Wild Camping' with no sounds.
We did try the cafe but found the food slightly lacking, again I left feedback to this effect and suspect it is another area that will receive attention over the winter.
There is also some daytime activities, in addition to the play areas (more than one). Our favourite was the Falconry where we all got to hold the Birds.
Overall, I will go back if the opportunity arises as the site is ideally located within easy reach of Torquay, Paignton, Brixham and Dartmouth. Furthermore, the staff are excellent and that really makes for a good holiday.
Great site with great facilities. Toilets and showers all very clean although showers are the push type so can a bit hit and miss with temperature if you are in there when it is busy. Baths also available if you want one. Launderette very useful and irons/ironing boards also available if you want them. Good shop and cafe - reasonable prices. Bar gets very busy and noisy so we tended not to use it.
Swimming pool well looked after and always busy.
They also had various other activities such as segway and falconry at an additional charge.
Staff always very friendly and helpful.
Pitches are a reasonable size and site is well kept.
This was our 4th visit to this site and we would return again.
Had 10 days at this site. Not very impressed was expecting great things
The pictures are deceiving the slopes are worse than they look
You are suppose to use breathable groundsheet obviously the person before hadn't and the ground was quite muddy and slippy so couldn't site camper the way round we wanted because car couldn't pull it up the slope which was our pitch
Clubhouse was loud and did not finish at 11pm, it carried on and then we also got noisy people coming back from bar, who had no consideration for other people who were asleep. The first night we had a group standing outside our camper at 1am having a loud conversation, hubby had to get up and ask them to move as we had 2 kids in bed. For the first 5 days it was this
Also teenagers hanging around the toilets at 1. 30am why, where were the parents?
A lot of the kids were running riot, I saw on several occasions 10pm at night, kids cycling round the park, no lights on, couldn't see them
If you are one of the slopes watch out when it rains especially if you use the breathable groundsheet, like we did as they request, the water did flood our awning we got to move all our stuff which is not good when you got a kid sleeping in the awning
Daughter used the pool very cool if heated, there were kids jumping in throwing leather footballs that hit my daughter on the head, lifeguard sitting there texting on her phone, sorry but this is a communal pool and certain rules should be obeyed in a small pool
Didn't use bar or craft centre cant comment
Most of the staff were young early 20's
Its a family site but there didn't seem to be consideration for other people
Only good points for me was the good location within easy reach of paignton, torquay, dartmouth and totnes never had to travel more than 10 miles, sainsburys, morrisons and asda close by
Most sites have a 11pm curfew obviously not adhered to here and there is mop for cleaning up after you had a shower some people obviously couldn't be bothered so often had to clean a muddy floor before I could have shower
Some money spent on drainage and flattening some of the pitches would be a good idea and having warden walking round at night would be good only saw him in the day once in the whole 10 days we were there
Thought we were going to a nice quiet family campsite and it wasn't been on plenty of big sites but none as noisy as this
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