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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 49 Reviews
              7/10 from 49 Reviews

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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

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Andyokeeffe 36 reviews from this member

We, as a Mum, Dad and two kids plus one soppy dog arrived at Haven's Devon Cliff's site to be informed by the warden upon check-in that the waste water for our serviced pitch was not in use. So much for the serviced pitch we thought!

We pitched up on our allocated pitch and quickly become aware that the area you are allocated is tight, very tight when compared to other sites.

The toilet block was spotless, and this is down to the newish built building and the warden who at all times was a credit to Haven Holidays.

The site is massive, with the touring pitches only making up a small part of the whole site but half the touring pitches have lovely sea views which we were lucky enough to have but you are near the entertainment complex which is great during the day, but when the music starts at 9ish, you have it till midnight time.

The entertainment complex is very new and looked after but as we saw, during sunny days it is just about big enough to cater for the whole site, but on damp days it is no where near big enough. Too much room has been given over to the Burger King's and the like.

The bowling lanes suffered queues and waiting time was 30 minutes plus at bust times.

During the day, the playground is the other side of the entertainment complex and is a way from the vans and there is no real grassed area near the vans to play games on.

Also, during the day, we were constantly aware of gun fire at the near by rifle range, and judging by army fellows we saw hanging Devon Cliff's, we can assume that the MoD were using the range constantly during our stay.

Where the touring tarmac is, your A-frame is feet away from the access road and are so close to the passing site traffic that it could cause a broken sleep if you settle down before about midnight near the front of your van.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Wonda69 2 reviews from this member

I paid an extra £21 to park my car and I was not allowed to park my car near my tent. On the haven site it states cars are not allowed on field but they neglect to mention that you have to drag your equipment across a uncut, uneven field and you are not allowed to even drop off your equipment , I have a herniated disc in my spine and this caused me to be in great pain all holiday after carrying.

The toilets had slippery floors, no soap to wash hands and most days the water ran out, no were near enough showers, toilets.

There was no designated path for pedestrians, they had to walk in and out of cars in the pitch black.

The noise levels from other campers and on one night a farmer was ploughing his field until 12.30pm which was unbearable.

We ran out of gas and the site sold no replacement in fact no camping essentials at all.

Most days my car was blocked in by other cars and there was no way of contacting the drivers so we had to stay in most days.

We didnít see any one supervising campers so tents were being pitched too close less than 6meters recommended for fire safety.

There was only a young lad on reception when I complained and he told me to find warden and I couldn't find him.

Lots of hills so not suitable for disabled quests. The beach is bad too covered in seaweed which really stinks and has a very steep hill felt sorry for those with pushchairs.

Local town is ok plenty of places to get food and supplies and there is a large Tesco close by for petrol etc.

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dejavu 2 reviews from this member

The site was quick and and easy to find as its well signposted from Exmouth town, on entry very helpful staff at the camping checking by the hard standing tourers and direction to top field easy to follow.

Upon getting to the field found a small car park full as its to small so had to park just outside by the bushes. Also unable to park the car next to the tent so we had to carry all our equipment down the field. Bit of a pain if you want a quite spot would expect more from a haven site like a roadway with allocated pitches 6m apart but itís a free for all.

The grass seemed like a farmers field very thick and sharp, uncomfortable to carry stuff or walk on.

When we were there, the site had just put down some bark as a walkway to the toilet and showers at the top just past the car park. Sods law it rained every day and the when you walked up to the shower or toilets you would carry a lot of dirt in the cubical with you and with no room its impossible to clean it up so went though 15 or more towels in a week. Hot water always spot on and never had to wait so that was good.

The beach is covered in seaweed, mainly at night and smells quite strong! The entrance has a very steep hill but there is the beachcomber cafe there.

Found the indoor swimming pool to be very cold for a heated pool. Expensive food mainly the pizza and burger king the upstairs restaurant had nice food and great staff. The entertainment was good for the kids.

Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Spudmum 9 reviews from this member

Having been booked in to a site with absolutely nothing to do on the one rainy day of our tour around the West Country, we decided to forfeit our night in Newquay and head up to Devon Cliffs as we know that Haven is a great place in wet weather.

We phoned ahead and booked for one night which at £35 was the most expensive night but was well worth it when you take into account all the facilities.

As previous reviews have said, it is very expensive here as it's very kid orientated. However, the swimming complex was worth every penny - with our boys being in there for hours!

The crazy golf was expensive £12 for 4, but good fun.

When we arrived we were extremely worried about what we had booked as it looks like you are literally in a car park. However, the wardens were great, the pitches were ok size with water, waste and electric on each individual pitch and only a short walk downhill to the main complex.

The toilets were spotless and plenty of them. We used the family bathroom facility which was brilliant!

I also managed to catch up with my washing while we were here, but this quite expensive compared to some other sites we stayed on.

Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Janette Rix 1 review from this member

Pitches are concrete base with hardstanding area for awning laid with chippings and further grass area before next pitch. The pitches are not all level so take your blocks of wood with you or cheese levels. Pitches are wide enough but not very long, you park in front of your jockey wheel and awning so beware if you unit is longer than 21 ft you will struggle to park in front. The pitches are meant to be fully serviced but BEWARE you are not allowed to use the drains! Something to do with health and safety, so take your wastemaster with you. They do have some to hire should you need to. The water tap, electric and aerial point are all together on a bollard with a night light on the top and you only share one bollard between two pitches.

Facilities on the camp site are spotless, heated shower/toilet room with hair dryers and baby changing facilities. There is a family bathroom but we did not need to use this.

The pitches are set out on a tarmac ring road and there is nowhere for children to play except at the play park which is some 10 minutes walk away.

Devon Cliffs is not a site for the infirm, it is very hilly.

The pitches are located above the area of the main complex and at night outside you can hear the music etc but not when you are in your caravan.

Swimming pool very good for young children although it can get busy, we found if you walk the long way round the site you can access the pool without having to go through their amusement / show bar area. You need to pay a non refundable pound for use of a locker at the pool.

Walk to the beach is very steep but you can do it with a pushchair. Beach is sandy but covered half way to the sea with seaweed and there was also a substantial amount of rubbish around and no life guard present. There are toilets, cafe and shop but not at beach level, you have to walk back up the steep path to get to them. There are lots of rock pools within easy reach.

There are lots of places to visit, we went to Diggerland (only opening weekends) for the day, more suited for kids from the age of 7 but our 5 year old twins and 2 year old still enjoyed themselves, we would definitely go back another time.

We had a very good week here for what we paid for the pitch and would probably go again in a few years time.

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