We have just returned from a 4 night stay at this site and I have to say I'm left with mixed feelings whether to recommend it or not. The facilities on offer around the park are plentiful and some can turn out to be expensive but that is personal view.
We chose the meadows when booking and was disappointed in our pitch as we were a trailer tent it wasn't the flattest of pitches and had very little grass,more dust, and when it rained it became very muddy.
The toilet blokes weren't the cleanest and I found that may need in the height of season cleaning more than once a day as they were when we were there, by early evening and first thing in the morning they weren't the best. Plus I think they could benefit from another toilet block which would be open at peak periods.
If you go as a group of friends with children then your children will love the place and they will amuse themselves all day long. The pay for activities are great for teenagers but could end up expensive if your child prefers them over the free activities.
The shop has the basic needs and food in the cafe looked nice but we never ate there.
I'm not sure if we would return again. Maybe they could set up an arm band scheme for campers so that the children could have unlimited access to the pay for activities,this being a 1 off payment on booking for the nights that you stay,as £7.75 per night for child is expensive.
This site is absolutely stunning, immaculately maintained and in a beautiful location.
We booked in for the Royal Wedding weekend as our first camping trip of the year with 3 other families and although the site was almost full it was a peaceful and relaxing place to be! The pitches are huge so you are not in anyone elses pocket, there is loads for the children to do and the facilities were spotlessly clean and well maintained. We did not have to queue for showers or the free family bathroom once no matter what time we ventured along! The washing up area is thoughtfully positioned next to a small playground so you could keep watch on the children and the bar/ restaurant was reasonably priced and family friendly.
Upon leaving we were approached by the site warden to check everything had been ok for us and we found all staff to be hugely polite and helpful. The site is relaxed and you are largely left to your own devices. My only worry is that starting with this fantastic site I am not sure how others we have booked will compare! We will definitely be returning next year!
Fantastic campsite! Facilities clean and no queues. Large pitches nicely spread out with plenty of open space for children to play near to tent. Park facilities superb - adventure playground, pirate ship in river, rope swings, slides all included in price and lots of other activities for an additional cost. Restaurant food good value and good selection. Well stocked shop open from 8am - 8pm essential supplies. Plenty of wooded dog walking areas. Site very quiet after 10pm even though full. Downside was quite a long walk to the amenities block from our pitch and no lighting. Also showers were very hot - but there was a problem which was being addressed by the site staff. Lots to do in the area - including many dog friendly activities and beaches even in August. Great place for a family holiday.
We have just returned from a couple of nights stay at this site and I have to say I'm left with mixed feelings whether to recommend it or not. The facilities on offer around the park are plentiful and not too expensive.
We ate twice at the cafe which was really handy, the food was reasonably priced and ok, the cafe looked clean and well-staffed. The welcome at reception was efficient and friendly and the whole park was well-signposted. You can buy most basic provisions from the shop on-site.
There is a games room, indoor climbing wall and some film nights - a great relief for parents trying to survive the nasty weather.
My gripes are all to do with the way the actual camp site was run, especially maintenance and cleanliness of the facilities i.E two of the washing up sinks where blocked with water with stale food floating about the entire time we were there,two taps couldn't be switched off so water was going down the drain 24 hours a day -this is meant to be a 'green site'! The chemical toilet point stank and was dirty, I never had a hot shower or a warm one, some toilets didn't flush properly, don't ever touch one of the loo brushes! There was never any water, clean or otherwise in the mop bucket for the showers, this lead to the shower floors being caked in a muddy slime, my nearest water point was inefficient and poorly maintained. What they call a hard standing is more half grass with other half consisting of a narrow, gravelled 'bit'.
These points really let the park down as in other ways it has so much to offer. The ladies loos and showers looked new but what a shame they didn't actually function properly. I'm sure with more attention to detail, most problems could be sorted out quickly and cheaply.
The camp fees are expensive here but there is a lot of activities on offer. On a positive note, I loved the sheer variety of campers enjoying the site - from little tents to motorhomes, everyone was absolutely lovely - a real friendly, family-loving bunch of very brave, weather-battered campers!
Have just returned from a great holiday at River dart. Despite arriving to find that the Picnic meadow [which I booked] was not open until the school hols [except at the weekends], we were given by the site manager a great pitch at the top of riverside, slightly away from the last official pitch. He called it 77a.
They were so helpful, the site is spotless, showers boiling, freezers for ice packs in the laundry room, covered washing up,so much to do we hardly left the site other than to do a mini tour of Dartmoor.
The more adventurous activities were only available on sunday and were very popular, especially the new High ropes course. There was a long queue but we returned at the end of the day and the queue had shrunk a lot. Save some money if your kids like these activities because you do pay separately but that is made clear on the website.
There was a lovely mix of people from all over europe. We will return, the kids want to go with another family next time so they can have even more fun. Good luck to anyone else going over the summer, we loved it and hope you do too.
As a rule we try and get at least one weekend in fairly local before our two week camp in the summer. Due to space restrictions in the car and a new family member (Pringles the German Shepherd puppy!) We were forced to consider somewhere local so that we could make two trips to get the tribe to the site along with all the gear!.
We chose River Dart as the pictures we had seen on the internet promised somewhere the kids would love and they accept well behaved dogs (Pringles decided to play ball so we may even be allowed back).
The site is a beautiful setting, mature woodland and gently sloping grass areas. The first pitch we were allocated had suffered from the rains of last year and was deeply rutted with sun baked hard mud, obviously a non starter in a tent!
The friendly staff were brilliant and immediately set us up on a site on the “Village Green”. The pitch was simply massive. It swallowed our Kura 800 with ease, we could have set up four more tents on our pitch! There are, as I said, gentle slopes to consider when you pitch but nothing that would cause a serious headache. The only drawback was the distance to the nearest hook up point for the electric, but the Warden Staff were again brilliant and located an extension for me within minutes (£30 deposit refundable in full on departure).
As we were only there for a short weekend break we took most of our food with us, which is a bonus as the shop is half filled with trinkets and cheap toys and has hardly nothing in the way of serious supplies (We were there out of the “High” season so it is possible more and better stock is bought in for the summer). With that said Ashburton is a short five minute drive and there is an abundance of local retailers selling top quality supplies for your Barbie!, they also close at 1700 and did not sell alcohol or tobacco.
The bar and restaurant served well priced and tasty food, but closed early evening for some reason (this again could be due to low season but something to consider querying when you book)
The amenities are acceptable, the site can’t have been ten percent full for our weekend and there was an obvious lack of queuing, I can see how this would be the opposite at peak season, however the Site will benefit from refitted, modernised and extended blocks during this year (work was underway as we departed). Toilets and showers were clean and hot water plentiful.
As far as activities on site…. Take plenty of towels! The lakes provide hours of fun for the kids, especially the main lake with the Pirate Ship, totally surrounded by water and with a narrow plank bridge if the grown ups fancy taking a look around!
The woods also hide a fort and several play area’s. Wetsuits and booties are an absolute must for the kids (and the odd grown up who fancies a dip!) and consider your own dinghy as well, our kids loved storming the pirate ship from their own boat, and the ship has a couple of handy boarding holes at water level for just that very thing.
The additional activities are also good value for money, the high wire course looked like fun, sadly three of us had visited “Go Ape” a few weeks previously so only the boy tried it and his verdict was fun, but not as good. We booked Zorbing but didn’t manage to get around to it as the giant balls were breaking, however the staff from the site gave full, no quibble refunds on any tokens returned.
All in all the setting is wonderful, the activities for the youngsters enough to have them arguing about what to do next, but don’t expect to much for the adults and check your pitch before unloading. We will certainly consider it for a short “Holi-Trip” before our main holiday next year!.
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