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Visitor Reviews - Devon Cliffs Holiday Centre (haven Holidays)

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Devon Cliffs Holiday Centre (haven Holidays)
Sandy Bay
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
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Pitches: 195
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 50 Reviews
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Units accepted:   No Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes  Statics for Hire 

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Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: SarahJG 7 reviews from this member

The site as a whole has all the usual Haven facilities, pool, bars entertainment and amusements and you can also walk down to a beach that I think is owned by the site.

The camping facilities consist of a level field at the top of the (quite hilly) park with portable shower and toilet blocks at one end. The water taps are also here. No EHU available for tents and also no permanent paths or driveways as I think they only use this field in peak season - which I think meant that the rain caused them more problems in the wet weather than you would get on some other sites. It cost us £20 a night although I think some people who had booked further in advance had paid a little more.

Because of the weather the half of the field designated as a car park was all churned up and cordoned off, they put down wood chippings to help create a path to the toilets although it was still quite muddy.

Weather aside (which I know cannot be helped!) it was probably just not my type of camping but as a base for the holiday park and the area it would be ok but it's not a permanent site and does feel that way. The touring caravan facilities seemed very good and were always spotless. The pitches for these were in a different part of the park right by the main facilities.

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Arfchelsea 2 reviews from this member

We arrived on site followed the road to the tent site then road then ends and mud starts. Field is split in to two, one half is for the tents (not organised) then a mud filed car park that you have to walk through to get to the shower, toilet block & drinking water. The tent field is situated far away on the site with the other facilities e.G. Shops, pools and club house quite a walk, you have to walk as parking is very limited.

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Epiphone 2 reviews from this member

Just returned from Devon Cliffs after staying on the Tent field and I have to say I fully concur with what has been written below by Macmoore. Also due to the rain over the past couple of weeks the car pack side of the field and the side you have to walk through to get to the portaloo’s resembles Glastonbury on one of its worst years. The field is a complete bog. Only passable at times by the 4x4’s, every other car got stuck. Due to this the loo’s and showers are constantly filthy and full of mud. The pot wash never had any hot water which made washing up a nightmare. Showers cut out and only pumped stone cold water. Because you can’t drive onto the tent half of the field the tents are all crammed into a small area (close to the cars). I returned one afternoon to find someone had pitched less than 2ft away from my tent and had threaded their guy ropes through mine!

The field is not set up for camping and Haven are using this spare space to screw some more £’s out of a redundant field at the top of the site. Having said the complex itself is very good with all the usual swimming pools and entertainment.

I wouldn’t recommend you camp here unless you are prepared to put up with the above. You have been warned!

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Macmoore 4 reviews from this member

I chose this site because of the excellent reviews. I spent 2 nights at this site. I think it is very important to inform everyone using a tent that you are not allowed to drive on to the field at all. When you arrive, you are expected to park in the car park then carry your equipment to a site of your choice.

The grass was very long, and there was rubbish everywhere.

The portable showers and toilets were a long walk from the field, we had to walk through the car park.

I went into the showers at 8.30 on both days, although they were clean and I didn't have to wait long, the water was freezing cold.

There was no water facilities around the field, we had to walk over to the portables to get some. There was no information regarding drinking water.

I had an issue and when I approached staff they were arrogant, unhelpful and tried to pass the buck.

It seems everything is geared up for the caravans and tents were an after thought.

Was very disappointed and won't be returning.

Date of Visit: June 2007 Unit:  Static
Reviewer: Si-uk 16 reviews from this member

Went to Devon Cliffs, a part from the royal marine commandos shooting most of the day and the up hill struggle to the entertainment complex the site was a good one.

With it's stunning views and an excellent beach, mind the sea weed and the odd sand fly plus a few worm things, Devon Cliffs is ideal.

It has coastal paths but it is a shame that one route has become dangerous due to erosion and you can still get down to another beach that leads to Budleigh Staunton via rope.

Date of Visit: May 2007 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Hobbyman_1977 1 review from this member

We just stayed at Devon Cliffs on their brand new touring field.  The new field is the next level down from where it used to be which does mean the sea view is a little worse.  The new facilities are the best I have ever come across including spotless showers, toilets and chemical disposal room.  The facilities are cleaned every 3 hours during the day by a team of three full time attendants who were always around or on call. 
No longer do you have to approach the touring area via huge gradients which have resulted in so many clutches burning out.  This site have really sorted themselves out and with the new touring field and absolutely immaculate facilities gets 9/10 from me.  I say 9/10 and not 10/10 because the pitches are not very big at all. 
After setting up our van and pitching the awning there was only a few feet away from the next van.  All pitches are fully serviced and are hard standing.  We stayed for 9 nights and really didn't't want to leave.  At last a Haven site with all the facilities who are taking care of the tourers as well as the statics. 
The field is only 2 minutes walk to the shop and all the entertainment which makes it very convenient, although this becomes a little noisy during the late evening when you can here the loud music from the late night show.  All in all excellent and I will be returning next year.  These are brand new facilities with kind and friendly attendants.  Kids and wife really enjoyed themselves.

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