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.
Where to start? Don't bother, made us feel totally unwelcome is a great place to start.
We were given a pitch overlooking what can be described as a rubbish tip next to porta loos/shower things. We asked to be moved as didn't want to spend lazy evenings watching a pile of rubble and rusty trailers. Give them the due they were busy and managed to give us a spot which although wasn't brilliant, was ok.
Very close to a static van, but we were told that no one was staying in it for the duration of our stay. On return from our 1st day at the beach the static was occupied and an awning had gone up 18' off our canopy.
Back to the office, to cut a long story short the 'lady' told us we had to leave as our original pitch was now occupied and they were full and couldn't move us( the folks in the static wanted us moving as well, we were where they wanted to park !. ) At 6. 30 in the evening I was not going anywhere, so spent that evening trying to find an alternative site. We left the following day without a full refund as we refused to leave when they wanted.
The pitches in general were very tightly squeezed in, toilets were generally ok. Playground seemed to keep the kids happy enough.
Showers in top field were converted porta loo's cold and generally unpleasant.
The only good thing about this site is it's location and its exit road out.
In our opinion there are way better sites to choose from, don't let its adverts fool you.
It's hard to know where to start, but let's start with safety. The nearest tent's guy ropes are overlapping ours. This is a huge fire safety risk. Every other site we have stayed at before have insisted at a minimum of 6m between tents. Here they don't bother. We can hear our neighbours breathe.
The showers are awful. Hardly enough room to breathe. There is nowhere to put soap or shampoo so you have to leave them outside the shower area. Incidentally the toilet and shower blocks are all portacabins.
The bar stinks of damp. They try to create some entertainment every night, and to be truthful we really enjoyed Jason the singer on the Sunday.
You have to pay 25p per ice block to use the freezer, but then you are told that they won't guarantee when you return that your blocks won't be stolen. At every other campsite we have stayed at before this is a free service.
The scenery is spectacular, it really is.
The staff are friendly, but everything else is too awful to make a difference.
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