We stayed and this campsite the 2nd of September for 1 week in our touring caravan.
The reason we picked this site was because we go kayaking and this site had its own private beach and easy access to launch our kayaks, but due to some horrible weather we only managed to get out 3 times kayaking.
The site is reasonable level; the shower and toilet block are porter cabin style but were kept clean with excellent showers.
There was a club house that also done some nice food at reasonable prices, but due to it being late in the season the club was only open in the evenings with no entertainment.
There were 2 outside swimming pools but again these were closed as well, but this may have been due to the weather at it rained most days.
The staff was very friendly, polite and helpful.
The only problem we had during our week was water coming up into our awning, the awning didn’t leak, but the water seemed to come up through the ground, so we had to wear our shoes in the awning, the problem got so bad, we had to put a water proof sheet on top of our ground sheet so we didn’t tread mud into our caravan.
Themarshall6 had a great week at Watermouth - great site and great views, run by an extended family who couldn't have been more accommodating.
The location is brilliant for seeing North Devon, but to be honest the weather was so good and with a pool on the site we hardly left. Plenty to do on the site to keep the kids occupied and the pub was also a nice bonus.
We stayed in the camping field which we thought would be a bit basic, but the facilities were spotless, cleaned throughout the day, with plenty of hot water.
We spent 5 nights camping here, and would definitely return again.
We found all the staff very friendly and welcoming.
The site was spotless, with plenty of bins dotted around.
Our 4 children (12, 11, 4, 3) enjoyed the play area - which is situated well within the site (We've been to sites where the play area is either right next to the main road, or tucked behind trees, next to a river!).
The toilet block was very clean, and there were even sockets 'in the Ladies' for straighteners!
The separate shower block was also spotless.
There was a 'satellite' shower/toilet area near the camping fields, which were quite quirky. Proper shower cubicles within a Portaloo-style box. Again, clean & tidy.
The on-site shop was well-stocked for essentials, and I can recommend the Pain au Chocolat for brekky. The staff in here were lovely.
We didn't hire kayaks, but took our own. The access to the water was a little tricky, but when you do hire, it looked like 2 guys would carry your boat down to the shoreline for you.
We made use of the bar/restaurant on 1 or 2 nights. We enjoyed the Pub Quiz on one night, and the Kids' Disco on another night. There was a room next to the bar with things to keep our older kids amused - it was like a mini-arcade with a Grabbing Machine, Betting on the Horses, a shooting game - stuff like that. Outside the bar was a temporary marquee, with a pool table, a few rides for toddlers, and extra tables & chairs.
The food was lovely, although all the kids' food came with chips. A lack of originality for the kids' choices would be my only slightly negative grumble.
The pool area was clean, with plenty of sun loungers. We had great weather during our stay, so the kids loved the (cold!) pools. Nice that no-one under 15 was allowed in without parents. Kept the area calm.
We had a day on the beach at Woolacombe. Not too far away, and a lovely beach.
We visited Watermouth Castle which is a 2 minute walk
Away. Felt like a bit of a time-warp, but pleasantly surprised by how much all the kids enjoyed themselves. It's no Alton Towers - it's more oldy worldy than that. We thought that the brochure didn't match the actual venue, if you know what I mean!
We decided to visit the site after reading the reviews and with 2 children 15 years and 10 years old we thought paying a little extra for the pool and facilities we were getting a good deal. Little did I know we were cheated.
The site unfortunately has a big let down, we stayed in the main field and they pack you in like battery chickens, at one point during our stay we had a awful view of the side of a camper van no less than 3ft away from the front of our tent.
And if you tried to take your car of the site well all I can say is good luck, as there is no specific road, you had to try and maneuver between tents / cars / caravans which was really dangerous for children playing.
If you wish for a small fee you can fish at Watermouth Cove. The upside of the site is the location. Its surroundings are beautiful and changing with the tide.
The camp site is not cheap for pitch prices or food on site. Saying this we felt the cost of eating out was on par with Coombe Martin. As for the cost of other amenities such as kayaking us, we felt was well priced.
The staff were friendly and welcoming, but at peak times needed better organisation.
The distances between pitches was compact, compared to “Caravan and Camping Sites” and we felt the likes of supper tents (7m+ long x 4m+ wide) would need to be put on the 28day pitch which looked slopping. On the whole we did feel the compactness seemed to give a better sense of community.
Noise and partying was allowed but reduced in tone after 10pm, everyone seemed to be very good at understanding the needs of others. Also the site had the international feel to it with people from Germany, Holland, and several other European countries choosing to stay there that produced a good positive atmosphere.
The toilet / showers were kept cleaned and checked at least 3 times a day even with a full site.
What made this site feel special was the location to several coves and a traditional undeveloped harbour that at sunset was spectacular. In addition to this was the location to the castle and local walks that offered spectacular views. My children felt happy and we felt relaxed.
The question I ask at the end of a holiday is “would I come back or would I recommend it” in both cases YES.
We visited this site at the end of August, covering the Bank Holiday.
What we liked:
Friendly staff, offered info on general area, told us about all the walks and coves and a bit of the history too. Stunning Views, the harbour at dawn and dusk is breath taking!. On-Site Pools (although both were VERY cold) were excellent for the kids who loved coming straight back from the beach and into the pool!
Ice Cream from shop soft whip style, with a lovely creamy taste, best we have had in ages. The age limits (children need to be accompanied by someone over 15 to go into the pool or shop area), cleanliness of the facilities.
Play area, although was very slippy after rain. No TV signal (although if you really want one if you take a log aerial lead there are points next to the EHU, The Cove, great for swimming in, not a beach though, and quite slippy and steep.
What we didn’t like:
Compact Pitches (please note: your pitch includes a parking area in front of your unit),
Compact, HOT, shower cubicles, we could not shower our youngest as the cubicle was too small for both of us to fit and after the first few seconds of freezing water (u cannot escape!), the water became very hot.
Take Away food prices being the same as restaurant prices, we felt the take away price should have been considerably less, so opted to go into Ilfracombe for our take away, which was about a 1/3 cheaper,
Washing Machine charge (£5 per wash via token from shop) + £1 per 15 mins for drier, we thought this to be very expensive, unfortunately, as we had packed light, we had to do a couple of washes
Some of the pitches became a mud bath after some heavy rain, we were ok on pitch 31, but our friends on pitch 29 were not so lucky, and pitch 32 did not fair well at all. Toilets and shower are in portacabins.
Bins and water points were plentiful. Evening entertainment was good, and the staff were so very good at it!. There is an amusement arcade area attached to the clubhouse and a gazebo area with pool table which the kids loved.
The food was generally nice, with the menu consisting of basic pub grub eg. Fish and chips, sausage and chips etc, you could also have curries, although these were not always available. Southern Fried chicken was not very good.
If going with friends, we would suggest requesting pitches opposite each other, that way you won't feel quite so 'overlooked'.
Watermouth Castle is a very short walk away through the harbour, and has “old style” amusement value entry was £13 per adult and £11 for children, and was best suited to under 8’s. Woolacombe Beach was great for body boarding, parking was £7 for the day (watch out for weever fish at low tide).
We loved North Devon and will be back, maybe not to Watermouth Cove, as for the cost per night we think we could get better pitch value, but if you want a couple of nights with amazing views and walks, this site is for you.
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