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Oakdown Country Holiday Caravan Park
Gatedown Lane
Weston
Sidmouth
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
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Tel: 01297 680387

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Pitches: 150
Open: 20th March To 31st October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 74 Reviews
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Date of Visit: April 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Gary99 2 reviews from this member

This is a great site in many ways and I might return but there are quite a few negatives which I'm surprised haven't been reflected by other reviews. Yes I am a bit fussy but I don't think overly so. We stayed as part of a 5 family group. We had 3 touring pitches and 2 statics. Pros and cons as follows

PROS.

Really friendly wardens (apart from 1 major upset - see below).

Spotless site. One of the best with respect to maintenance. Grass meticulously maintained. Showers well maintained etc.

Pretty peaceful if you get the right pitch as quite a lot are close to a busy noisy road.

Excellent kids play area and a pretty small games room.

Donkey sanctuary is a nice place you can walk to and also has a maze for the kids. Can't walk or cycle to much else though.

There is a great par 3 course for practising your golf on the site (it's an up market pitch and putt)

CONS

You have to be off your pitch by 10. 30am - even if you have had 5 pitches over the past 2 weeks and they haven't got new arrivals on the pitch. Even though our little boy (6 years old) was very ill resulting in us going to hospital when we were trying to leave, my wife was still hassled for payment showing no concern at all for our son. Be aware that if your late leaving you will be charged (and hassled for it!)

If you have young children and you want to bath them it's £1 extra for a bath each evening.

The showers in the mens area are small and the shower head points to the door drenching everything so drying yourself and putting on dry socks is pretty difficult.

You have to press the shower button roughly every 15 seconds to keep it going. That's quite a hassle.

It says it now has a cafe. If you call a cafe, coffee from a machine and panini heated in a microwave then it's a cafe but don't expect to meet friends here for any sort of decent breakfast.

Can't ride your bicycles anywhere on the site. If you have kids take their scooters!

Difficult to get a good pitch as many are seasonal so book well in advance.

Not much to walk or cycle to from the site.

SUMMARY

It is a nice site that's well maintained and such a shame that the issues above exist as we would otherwise go here often. I would return for a short stay but be very hesitant with kids if it's more than a few nights.

Management response: We are sorry that you feel you need to use the term hassled, we certainly don’t intend on hassling our guests, but we have to have strict policies across the board and the reception team have to adhere to these policies for all guests. We have a very high return rate of guests all of whom respect our policies and many of which stay for an average length of 2 weeks. Unfortunately we were not informed of your son’s situation until later and certainly not told that your son was taken to hospital. We have always respected our guest’s needs, which reflects in our awards and reviews, if we were informed of the severity of your situation we would have made arrangements for you to stay late. We do genuinely hope your son is feeling better and apologise again for your disappointment.

Regarding the showers, the heads are directional and there is a screened seat in each cubicle with plenty of hooks to hang belongings. You have to press the shower button roughly every 15 seconds to keep it going. This time length is the standard button press length of time, which is intentional as part of our ‘green’ approach to the recent refurbishment.

We are very confident in the quality of the coffee produced by our machine, it is a genuine roasted bean machine with fresh milk and a hard coffee to beat from what the locals tell us. We do offer 6 types of coffee, tea and hot chocolate as well as cold refreshments, cakes, confectionary, pasties and pies. The Paninis are what many coffee shops supply, they have had fantastic reviews and are a very high quality product which we did considerable research into to find a ‘self-service’ high quality product. Unfortunately we do not have a license to cook foods on the premises hence why we cannot offer breakfasts except the breakfast panini.

We introduced the no cycling rule as a result of an incident a few years ago to eliminate any risks, scooters are welcome however as children have a little more control and can step off of them quicker than a bike should they need to in a hurry.

Date of Visit: October 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Trevor + Jo 44 reviews from this member

A fantastically well organised campsite. Possibly the cleanest and tidiest we've stayed at. Excellent facilities throughout and very reasonable end of season rates.

The pitches are large, level and come with a picnic table. All the staff were very helpful. Well done to all.

The only possible draw back if you're a light sleeper was some road noise during the evening and some donkeys braying overnight.

Ideally situated for Beer and Sidmouth. Good selection of pubs nearby too.

Plenty of information available at the campsite and local restaurant reviews etc. Would recommend this site and will visit again sometime.

Date of Visit: September 2011 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Mustang75 15 reviews from this member

We arrived to the campsite under a shroud of thick fog and then rain that had descended upon the area for the afternoon, so we had no idea what the place really looked like until the next day!

The campsite receptionist was extremely welcoming and then the site caretaker walked us over to our pitch, stopping to point out all the facilities on the way. We felt very well attended and comfortable after a rather scary drive!

The site was immaculate and our pitch was a lovely flat hardstanding with hookup and a tap and bins adjacent to us. The campsite is laid out in little 'closes' that all link up to each other. The loo / shower/washup / laundry facilities are warm and comfortable with lots of hot water!

The other additional benefit of this site is that there are also 2 private bathrooms (£1 to fill up the bath), so if you fancy a nice soak after a long walk or drive, this is just the ticket!

I take the point about the main road but we did not notice the noise at all - even with the windows open the second evening.

We had a walk along the coat path to Sidmouth via the donkey sanctuary the next day in beautiful sunshine. I would well recommend the walk - there were a few hills to climb but it was well worth it - and the beach at Weston (en-route) was really peaceful and secluded. As a bonus there is a free hopper bus back to the donkey sanctuary for those with tired legs (like us and our dog!)

All in all it was a lovely place to stay and the campsite was top notch! We may well be back!

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mrsmoo 4 reviews from this member

Have just returned from a week at this site, with two children 10 &7. Definitely one of the best sites we have stayed at. We were shown to our pitch within 5 minutes of arrival and Pete explained all the site facilities. The wardens were around the site daily. Can recommend the chip shop in Sidford.

Pros:

Really large pitches.

Showers and toilets were really clean, loved the sensors on the taps, lots of mirrors.

Laundry really useful and great sized freezer, microwave also came in handy.

Recycling facilities on the site were good.

The kids loved the play area.

Fantastic walk to the donkey sanctuary.

Cons;

Road could be very noisy but we did get used to it.

Showers very small, if trying to shower with a child and attempt to stay dry!

Although there is a bag to keep clothes dry whilst showering, I would prefer more hooks over the door.

We would definitely stay at this site again.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lewislaw 2 reviews from this member

Had a Fabulous week here. Pitched on Beach Grove, with a lovely large pitch that was marked out. On our pitch we had a Bear Lake 6, side extension, front extension two cars and there was still plenty of room to walk around! The site cost £200 for the week, which was 3 adults, one 3 year old, two cars and the tent.

The toilets and showers were kept very clean. The dish washing area had continous hot water. There was a laundry room (pay) and a freezer. There was also a 'sharps box' provided too (handy if you are diabetic for example).

The site was level and all grass with the exception of the gravel road.

There was a mixture of caravans, trailer tents and tents.

The wardens were extremely friendly. There was a small shop with a cafe attached (but the range wasn't that extensive!) There was also a snack shack next door which sold fresh orange juice (lovely but at £2 a cup could get expensive!) burgers, breakfast buns etc. If you are coming here, make sure you bring the first nights provisions and next morning's breakfast as they all have very odd opening hours! However, on the positive side, there is a fabulous Waitrose about 5 miles up the road. Just turn left out of the park and follow the road straight and you can't miss it!

There is a walkway which runs right alongside the Grove which was a very pleasant walk to the donkey sanctuary that was next door. You could sometimes hear the donkeys at night but we found it more an amusement 'oh the Donkeys are off again' rather than an irritation.

The site is next to the road, but unless road noise really bothers you, by the second night you won't notice it, and it's especially helpful to drown out the slightly noiser parties!

All in all I would wholly recommend this site and my family and I will definitely be visiting again next year.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: PXProgrammer 1 review from this member

I have stopped on this site a couple of times and have been impressed. I echo everyone else's comments on facilities, cleanliness etc.

I few points that reduced my enjoyment of the site, hopefully taken as constructive criticism.

The hard standing chipping are the sharpest (flint type) of any site I have been to. Despite even putting lino down they are too sharp to walk on without shoes. They have damaged anything I put on them.

I feel it is unfair to make responsible adults push their bikes from their pitches on / off the extensive site. This encourages car usage which is bad for everyone. I do not know of another site that encourages car usage rather than push bikes.

Steve helped me on to the pitch and was working on disconnecting electrics before I got out of my car. Although meaning to be helpful, I felt he should have asked if I needed a hand. I like to park / disconnect / unhitch / move and level up in my own way and get flustered if rushed.

For me the above slight tweeks would make the site perfect.

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