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Visitor Reviews - Golden Sands Holiday Park (park Holidays Uk)

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Golden Sands Holiday Park (park Holidays Uk)
Week Lane
Dawlish
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
EX7 0LZ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01626 244747

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Pitches: Caravans for Hire & Sale - Touring available
Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 6/10 from 100 Reviews
              6/10 from 100 Reviews


Units accepted:    Tents  No Caravans  No Motorhomes  Statics for Hire  Statics on Sale 

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Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bob_the_Bodger 3 reviews from this member

We were told by our neighbouring campers that this site had recently been taken over by Park Holidays. There used to be a swimming pool and club / bar on site but probably due to cost cutting they’ve closed down. The options are therefore to use the facilities in the neighbouring Park Holidays static caravan sites – Dawlish Sands or Golden Sands. From where we were pitched, Golden Sands was the closest and the facilities were pretty much what you’d expect. We didn’t try out the evening ‘entertainment’ but did go in the bar (free wifi) and did go into the swimming pool – indoor / outdoor combo which was really good on a nice day and there’s also seating around the pool too.

Our experience of camp sites is limited because we were only bitten by the camping bug this year and this was the third site we’ve visited. So out of three, we’d definitely put it at the bottom of the list but feel we’ve been spoilt by the other two.

We had EHU so were in the first camping area, quite close to the toilets / showers. The pitches in this area are either side of the road leading round the site so need to be careful with kids running about with cars constantly driving past. Behind our tent was the kids playground which was very popular. Bad design of the site meant that there was no direct access point into the playground so the kids needed to go through someone’s pitch. We had a couple of windbreaks up – more worried about kids tripping over the guy ropes – and others had done the same.

The pitches were very close together so getting along with the neighbours is handy.

The showers and toilets did not seem to be cleaned regularly or at least not cleaned thoroughly. The same bits of rubbish were still there a day or so later and we ended up throwing them away ourselves. To be fair it’s difficult to keep the floors clean when it’s on the muddy side around the site. Showers worked fine but as others have said – don’t take too much in with you because the cubicles are small and everything tends to get a soaking. The second block was apparently better.

Will probably be back to Dawlish Warren because we like it as it has all we need for a family break.

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Paul byrne 6 reviews from this member

From arriving at reception, holiday started to go down hill. Pitch allocated was under trees, where low branches were scraping top of tourer. Requested another pitch, but then found that it was waterlogged. Then reluctantly allocated another pitch which was not much better, but tired of going back & forth pitched up. Everyone we spoke to were unhappy with this site, and had we found another site with spare capacity, would willingly have left. The ladies toilet area smelt badly, and 1 of the 3 toilets was out of order (possibly causing the smell). The gents toilet area was fairly clean. Waste water disposal was a drain next to the road. Had tents on pitches where it would have made more sense to have tourers as there was more space. Had site been full toilet facilities would be insufficient. Shop expensive.

Date of Visit: August 2007 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: BECCI BOO 2 reviews from this member

Peppermint is a medium size park and doesn't seem to have changed much in about 15 years. The clubhouse could do with a complete overall although I believe the park has been taken over by park holidays so maybe a refurb will take place.
The shower blocks are warm, clean and plenty of toilets,sinks. Although I like this park I wouldn't rave about it but my children on the other hand love peppermint ages 8,11,& 13.
The surrounding area is good you can park up the car for the week and mooch about.

Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Rik666 22 reviews from this member

This is a well maintained large family park which joins up with its sister site to provide the family entertainment bit, The site provides a large basic vandal proof type shower / toilet block, a well stocked shop with camping spares & WI-FI for about £10 a week (but this only works in certain areas !)

Nothing special just a typical large family commercial site !

Dawlish is a nice little town with the basic shops to keep you going, Dawlish Warren is OK with a beautiful nature reserve.

Exeter is everything you would expect from a large city, you will be spoilt for choice shopping here, and obviously you can get the train from Dawlish !

Unfortunately this area does not have the same magic that is found in other parts of Devon & Cornwall, to sum it up 'nice but dull'

Date of Visit: April 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Chipmonk 13 reviews from this member

Went from Good Friday to Wednesday after Easter Monday.

On arrival the counter staff were friendly, and although the warden was not around, explained where our pitch was and what number.

The pitch was quite small, but having a motor home and trailer tent either side, we had enough to fit in. The only downside was there was not enough room to park my car. Had to park tight in front of tent to keep off road.

The pitch was flat and EHU easy to get to. We were near the play park which my kids loved. As we were near the closed for reurbishment shop, and nearer to the statics, the toilet block was near and very clean. The showers were always hot. Be careful not to take too many clothes in with you as the blast goes past the screen and soaks everything!

Very upset that there was no entertainment on site. Did try Dawlish sands not that was not very good.

Don't know what it would be like in the summer, although the site did seem quite full and all seemed to be fine.

Great location for exploring Devon and Dawlish etc.

Would go back.

Date of Visit: April 2009 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Rebekah31 11 reviews from this member

On arrival at the site had friendly welcome from reception staff, who showed us on the map of the park what pitch number we where and told us the warden was busy at present but would be around to see us (never did come, not that I'm bothered) Found our pitch which was not too far from the toilet block, which was good as we had our two kids and my niece and nephew.
Luckily the whole time we were there no one was pitched either side of us, because it would have been bit of a squash, pitch sizes seemed to vary, the majority being quite small, ours was quite flat, but a lot of sites quite hilly.
There is no entertainment venue on peppermint park, you have to walk into neighbouring golden sands, which is up quite a steep hill, would be difficult for the elderly or disabled!
Toilet block fairly modern and I have to say the showers were lovely, just the right temperature and a decent power, kept clean throughout our stay!
The entertainment venue at golden sands was ok if you like standing by the bar til after 10pm waiting for a table and chairs to become available, bar staff nice, entertainment very good just a shame its not a larger room, dread to think what its like July / August! Arcade for the kids a bit small really and pricey as is any arcade!
Dawlish warren itself is nice, had a meal in the boathouse pub on the front, between 5 and 6 is happy hour rump steak, chips, peas, mushrooms and onion rings for £6.95, but other meals pricey and very busy at this time!
Walked along the coastal path to Dawlish took about 45 minutes, Dawlish very pretty with a lovely small lake with ducks and geese, kids liked this! Caught the train back cost us about 65p each,cant fault that!
Overall I don't think the campsite is as bad as some reviews make out, but not really sure if we would go back to peppermint, the weather didn't really help as it was very mixed and not particularly warm for easter!

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