Large, well run family site. Spotlessly clean around the site, all the toilet blocks are immaculate, and there are plenty of toilet blocks on site to accommodate. This site has been well thought out to provide everything a camper should need.
There is a lovely outdoor pool and a brand new indoor complex with pool and gym and two restaurant/bar areas. There is a take-away fish and chip shop, supplies shop and small arcade, two laundry rooms, a woodland activity area, donkey field, dog exercise field, fishing lakes and plenty of room.
The pitches are very big although these days the tents are bigger than the caravans and some were so big they extended into the pathways/roadways which is not great when trying to get a caravan in or out of a pitch.
The campsite even own land adjacent to the site which you can walk through lovely woodland down to Dawlish Warren itself and the other way along the road that runs through the site (a very quiet road that is) that takes you into Starcross.
This site caters for touring caravans, tents, static caravans, seasonal pitches and even has a couple of pitches specifically for RV's.
We found all the staff excellent, friendly and helpful. Even the staff that cleaned the toilets made time to chat and check that we were happy with everything.
Even though the site is large we never felt over crowded. One thing to bear in mind is that it is in a valley with the camping fields on the hills either side. The pitches are mostly flat and tiered in some fields, no worries with camping on a slope, however, if you have difficulty walking it could be hard going up to the farthest camping fields but they make for lovely views over the site and surrounding countryside.
We were blessed with 10 days of solid blue skies and sun shine and we had a fabulous time. I would recommend this site to families.
Large well run site with indoor(extra charge) pool and gym as well as outdoor pool. Definitely a holiday park rather than a campsite. Various tent options though to us the Orchard field seemed the best if you're prepared to forego electric. Tiered family field avoids being surrounded by caravans. The good thing is pitches are allocated on arrival so there should be some choice.
On site shop (well stocked, reasonable prices), helpful reception, 2 bars including one in new build area with large screen TVs and soft play (operates as a cafe like space in daytime) with outdoor balcony seating. Also laundry, on site fish and chips and some arcade games.
Shower block clean with hot showers at all times (no queues but could have been more forceful). Didn't like the push taps on the sinks or the lack of soap in some dispensers (gents).
Not cheap (you're paying for the facilities) and £37 for the dog seems steep for a week. Dawlish Warren has a nice beach and the ferry from Starcross to Exmouth is worth the £5 return. The 2 local pubs were excellent in Cockwood particularly the fish restaurant at The Angel and the beer garden at the The Ship.
Stayed here for 5 days, end of July 2012, This site is quite big, but caters for all type of holiday home, we were in quite a big 8 person tent and our daughter was in a 5 person tent, We were put next to each other even though the camp was very busy, as I have difficulty walking we were placed close to the toilets and showers, There are lots of toilets and shower blocks across the park, they are all spotless clean and all are free, there is also plenty of washing up areas, There is lots for the kids to do including several parks and play areas, there are donkeys to visit on camp and our kids young and old loved the woods and zip slides and mini assault course, There is the open air swimming pool, all this is included in the price of your holiday, there is an indoor pool and gym but you pay a little extra for this. There are also a choice of places to eat and drink on site, from the chippy (that also does a good take away breakfast) to the bar/restaurant, the only small problem was some other campers were a noisy late at night, (around midnight)but that was just one night, over all and excellent place to stay,
I've got mixed feelings about this site. Yes the facilities are excellent as previously reviewed. And the staff really helpful but certain things have left me not wanting to return here.
first is the road in Starcross. I know this has nothing to do with the site but the journey there was not easy. The narrow long stretch of road should have traffic lights on it as you can't see what's coming and in our case 2 other caravans and a double decker bus! Having inched our way through with not much to spare we arrive at the site with no direction on where to park to check in.
The site is very hilly and getting on some pitches was not easy. We did enjoy our time after we were pitched up until the dreaded day to leave.
As it was a Saturday it was very busy. People were arriving early while others were trying to leave.
I think the site should not have arrivals and departures at 11am.
since the entrance is via a narrow road we had to wait 30mins while staff tried to sort out the mess. And since there were 7 caravans trying to leave there was nowhere for the new arrivals to go.
I know people want to start their holiday and get pitched up as soon as possible but it was very inconsiderate to arrive before 11am!
This really made me not want to return to this site. It's not worth the hassle of arriving or departing.
Toilet block - clean, hot showers which stay on, never found it closed for cleaning but was always clean, separate toilets, family bathroom, key available from reception for a deposit, disabled facilities too.
Only negative of the shower block was not enough hooks to hang up towels / clothes etc, did have a high shelf but difficult to negotiate especially with trying to organise myself and my daughter.
New indoor pool - gorgeous, large changing rooms, 1. 2m across the whole pool, no deep end. Ideal
Cost just over £4 for my husband and daughter to use the pool on a one day pass, you can buy longer passes but not sure of cost for these.
Outdoor Pool - free - great in the hot weather we had - only negative is the deep end is 2m, shallow end 1m so you need to make sure kids don't stray from the shallow end.
Didn't use the bar / restaurant facilities so can't comment, weather was fab so had BBQ's most of the week.
Did use the on site Chippy though which was great and packed out most nights. Highly recommend it though for a lazy day.
10 min walk to the Anchor and Ship Inn at Cockwood, both nice local pubs, Ship is cheaper !
Route we took was via Starcross which has a very narrow section which was a bit dodgy with large delivery vans etc coming in the opposite direction and does get backed up quite regularly apparently so bear this in mind if you are arriving or leaving around peak time.
In general staff were friendly and helpful, were shown to the pitch by one of the staff. We had a hard standing which backed onto the fishing lakes which was lovely but were woken fairly early each morning by the ducks which was fine if you are early risers but not so great if you like a lie in.
Only negative of the overall site is the cost for visitors. Cost us £10. 50 for 2 visitors to sit at the side of our van for a few hours, they charge regardless of your visitors using the facilities or not.
Will definitely return to this site next year for longer, just hope the weather is the same !
Farmyard stinking mud bath! This, and the cramped conditions, is why I have rated this site 2/10.
I think anyone who has been at Cofton Park for the past week can't fail to agree. The drainage on the terraced pitches is appalling if not none existant. Looking back through reviews this has been a fairly constant complaint for several years now. The rain showers were heavy during our 5 night stay but certainly not prolonged. The fields just can't cope with any amount of rain.
We were on a relatively flat terraced pitch but still ended up with a muddy stream running through the middle of our tent which smelt suspiciously like farmyard waste - a vile smell! It was gross!
One field had to be closed due to the danger of trying to drive through the mud.
This wasn't 'unprecedented weather' nor was it particularly bad weather - just a typical English summer!
Cofton are fully aware of the poor drainage on their site and still fail to do anything about it, preferring to spend money (millions no doubt) on a fantastic indoor leisure complex that will bring them even more income. Spending money on increasing pitch size (tents are so cramped it's dangerous) and improving drainage is clearly not a money maker so isn't going to happen.
The pitches are small and cramped so when we arrived we had no choice but to pitch directly onto dried mud from the previous occupants. Our tent is not very big (Vango 6 berth) and the pitch was so small that we weren't even able to sit outside our tent without encroaching onto the pitch next to us. Most tents and caravans are pitched to the outer limit of their pitch which results in very cramped conditions with little or no privacy. The terraced aspect of the site adds to the 'housing estate' feel. Despite the camp having a rule of 'no fires', campers near to us still insisted on having a fire evry night which, in my opinion, was extremely dangerous given the cramped nature of this site.
Having said all of the above, the staff on site couldn't be more friendly and helpful. The facilities, both indoor and outdoor, are excellent and the play areas for kids are great. We won't be returning to Cofton or recommending it to anyone until they take fewer bookings or considerably incresse pitch sizes (free of charge!) and do something about the lack of drainage. That said, if you can guarantee dry weather and very few other campers it could be a lovely site!
Not for us. I've just spent all day trying to clean groundsheets and the tent to eliminate the revolting mud and the sickening farmyard smell. I'm not sure our tent will ever be the same again. I really do wonder what is washing through this site - it most definitely is not just rainwater and mud! YUK! :-(
How happy were we to have found this site! Definitely coming back!
Staff were welcoming, friendly and very helpful. We were shown to our pitch on the grassed terraces of Coombeland field by following a young man on a golf buggy and although we were quite happy to stay where he suggested, he also said that we could have any vacant pitch of our choice if we preferred.
Most pitches were sized for a caravan, awning and one car alongside and on these terraces had lovely views across the valley.
All of the facility blocks were newly built, tastefully tiled and were immaculately clean with lots of attention to detail. Each had piped music in the form of the easy listening Heart radio and showers were free with plenty of hot water. Thought had even been given to individual private washrooms which had a sink, large lit mirror, electric shaver point and a free to use hairdryer.
The site shop was very well stocked and had its own instore bakery. Sainsbury's superstore is also only a mile away on the main road to Dawlish.
The licensed bar served meals and most evenings had light entertainment. The on site chip shop was great for a take-away.
The outdoor heated swimming pool was large and the new indoor swimming pool and gym facilities look to be very impressive when completed in a few weeks time.
There were two separate children's play areas plus a woodland adventure playground with a commando slide. Lots of woodland walks and footpaths.
The complete site was beautifully kept and very highly maintained.
If walking or cycling - about half a mile down the lane past the church is Cockwood harbour (The Anchor Inn does lovely home cooked food). From there to the right is the road to Dawlish Warren (1. 5 miles) which for most of the way has a safe cycling/pedestrian greenway path. From Cockwood to the left is Starcross (¼ mile) where you can catch the passenger ferry across to Exmouth.
Dawlish Warren, and Teignmouth and Exmouth seafronts are great for family fun activities.
For the adults, Sidmouth is a small but lovely sea town with quaint shops, Cockington Village (Torquay) is pretty with its thatched cottages and tea rooms. The Barbican in Plymouth is a bustling harbour area, and here you can get a pleasant 10 mile round boat trip across The Sound and past the Naval Warships (adult £6. 50 July 2012).
Only one very, very small criticism about the site and that was the grassed roadways on the terraces would have been better tarmacked because they were a bit sludgy in places BUT lets face it, we had just had the wettest April - June on record!
On our way to the campsite our Landrover freelander brokedown at Bristol. The RAC said that they would take us to our destination and then take the car to an RAC garage for repair whilst we was on holiday. When we arrived at Cofton, the RAC recovery driver would not take the caravan past reception, so unhitched the caravan there.
The staff at Cofton could not have been more helpful as they towed the caravan to the pitch and pitched it whilst we dealt with the RAC. Then all the gear that we had carried in the car, the Cofton staff took to our pitch making several trips with a beach buggy and then came back to take the wife and I to the pitch. This probably is all very boring, but it does show what the staff at Cofton are prepared to do to help the guests.
Now to the site, it is very clean and spotless, the toilets are imaculate and the site is well located with bus stops(which we needed)just outside the entrance to get to Exeter, Dawlish, Teinmouth, Torquay and Paignton, all that and a great bar on the site.
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