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Dornafield Caravan Park
Two Mile Oak
Newton Abbot
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
TQ12 6DD   See Map
Tel: 01803 812732
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Pitches: 135
Open: March To 7 November

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 131 Reviews
                9/10 from 131 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available    Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <5 miles   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <5 miles   Outdoor Pool <5 miles 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf <1 mile   Tennis On Site 
 Beach <10 miles   Watersports <10 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

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Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Hooster 8 reviews from this member

The best site we have visited by far. The staff are friendly and helpful and the location is perfect. The only noise is birdsong and yet you are ideally situated for the whole of South Devon. The nearest supermarkets are an Asda and Sainsburys (tried both and both very good) less than four miles away.

The toilets and shower block really do deserve a mention, with Radio 2 playing all day and being so clean and spacious the worst thing about them is having to leave them.

We had our two dogs with us and saw many other people with theirs proving how dog friendly the site is. The two dog walking areas are great (they even provide poo bags at each just in case you forget yours). The only slight downside was there was nowhere to really wash the dogs.

The site was being continuously maintained and it was easy to find the duty wardens if you needed them. The information centre had everything you could need and the games room looked great if you have children (or are a big kid yourself).

The one issue with the tent field was that the pitches all had a slope to them, they are very big pitches but only half of their size is usable and even then you have to do a bit of careful planning to get the flattest part - this did mean that all tents were sited right at the front of each pitch making the field seem a lot smaller when it was full.

Overall a really good site with only a couple of niggles. My big tip would be to make sure you try the jacket potatoes from the quarry on site!

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Markie4569 7 reviews from this member

I stayed for a week along with some friends, all of us have children and although the site itself is fantastic I feel that there was little or no thought in where we were pitched. Having children we would have been happier tucked away in a corner near the play facilities in stead we were on the fist few pitches on the entrance to Blackrock Copse which is the main thoroughfare for all traffic so we found ourselves constantly on guard for traffic.

On the last morning as we were packing up the staff were making no secret of the fact that they were waiting for us to leave so that they could cut the grass etc ready for the next arrivals, constantly driving past on their tractors, It was not the most comfortable feeling I have ever had.

The site itself is beautifully kept and the facilities are by far the best I have seen.

Overall I would recommend this site but sadly it has left a sour taste in my mouth and I will not be returning.

Date of Visit: April 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Twinmommy 3 reviews from this member

We have just spent the Easter weekend at Dornafield and feel I have to write a review because this has to be the best campsite we have stayed on.

From the minute you arrive you feel that this place is something special, the grounds and pitches are kept immaculate, the toilets and washing up areas are spotless with plenty of hot water for everyone.

Our 5 year old twins loved the play area and you just feel this is a safe environment for them to play and ride their bikes and scooters.

The owners even organised a fantastic Easter hunt for all the children on Easter morning which everyone enjoyed. The staff in the shop and office were more than helpful and the only thing I think could improve was that this could have stayed open slightly later as sometimes you are not back before 5:30. We went to the local pub, ' 2 Mile Oak' which served good proper pub food and the staff were very friendly, well worth a visit.

The area is fantastic with so much to do and we will definitely be going back as feel we only touched the surface of what there was on offer.

Date of Visit: October 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: The Thingy 2 reviews from this member

This was our third visit to Dornafield. We were absolutely blown away by it the first time we went in 2009, and we are going again in March.

There are two areas for tourers at Dornafield, all are fully serviced. Buttermeadow and Blackrock Copse, the latter being the posher of the two. As has been said in other reviews, Dornafield is expensive in high season, but not unfairly so. The sheer facilities on offer and absolute quality of them rate all the plaudits they have received. From the owners down to the two wardens, I doubt you will meet anybody as friendly, knowledeable and helpful. I don't think I have ever seen anybody smile so much.

There is a strict arrivals and departures routine that must be adhered to, and with good reason. The lane leading into the site is extremely narrow with a couple of tight bends. Nothing to worry about, its easy enough to negotiate but not against a stream of caravans coming in the opposite direction.

Most pitches are flat and all are hard standing, one or two in Buttermeadow have a slight fall at both front and rear which could make your awning stretched, but in the main, all are brilliant. In Buttermeadow, all pitches have electric, waste and fresh water, and a waste bin shared between two. On Blackrock Copse they also have a TV connection point, chemical emptying point and waste bin. Short of a milkman delivering to your pitch, you couldn't ask for more.

If you have children, there are two separate play areas, both very well kitted out. There is a tennis court, huge play filed and a dog walk. A playroom is located near reception, which is good, it keeps the kids away from the vans and also keeps them under the eye of the owner. An information room and well stocked shop complete the ensemble. There are other nice touches, a herb garden from which you can help yourself, and an orchard, where you are welcome to pick some fruit, and leave a donation.

Finally the showers, two separate blocks, larger than you would expect with more than enough of everything to go round. Spotlessly clean at all times. Washing up facilities and a laundry are also included.

Are there any downsides. No, not really. The lane can be challenging at times and some pitches would be tight to reverse a large van onto, but the owners are always ready to help with a special tractor. The pub at the end of the road has a good reputation, but we have been a couple of times and found it pretty average.

All in all, a real gem of a site and here is a hint. If you go low season, they have an offer of 89 per week all inc. In summer this prices rockets alarmingly, and that is all that would stop us using Dornafield in summer. The area surrounding has much to offer, Dartmoor is but minutes away, so too is the coast.

Date of Visit: September 2011 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Mustang75 22 reviews from this member

All I can say is 'WOW!'. Yep, this is probably the best campsite we have ever stayed in! Yes is was also one of the highest prices we have paid but my goodness was it worth it!

The lovely hot showers, the loos, the shop and info areas, the pitch (with water and hookup and bins for each pitch!)were perfect, and the truly informative chap who we called beforehand to book us in made us feel well attended and welcome - even though we arrived too late to register at reception. (our info pack with directions to our pitch were left in the visitor info room).

It was very busy but they managed to fit us in the first night, and when we decided to stay another night they found us and equally ideal pitch.

What really made this site for us though was the people - our neighbours and the people who work and run the site. The first morning we woke up to find our neighbours preparing a bacon sarnie feast for their friends and the staff. Everyone was really friendly and we felt right at home straight away! There was a real community feel about the place.

We will definitely be going back without a shadow of a doubt!

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: RTS5 15 reviews from this member

2nd visit to this site but during the busy season this time.

Apart from there being more people we noticed no difference in the standard of the facilities and helpfulness of the site.

The shower/facilities block is right next to the camping field. There was a queue of 2-3 mins for a shower in the ladies if you hit a busy period but if you timed it right this could be avoided.

Despite this the showers stayed very clean as just about every person mopped the floor over after themselves. The washing up area only has 4 sinks so got very busy too but again if you picked the right time you could avoid queuing.

There is a hair dryer (20p) in the toilet area but also two sockets so you can bring and use your own. The toilets/showers are cleaned daily at 11am and are closed for about an hour. You can however got up to Blackrock Copse and use those facilities if needed during this time.

Despite the camping field being full it had quietened down by 10:00 and was silent by 10:30.

The fish & chip van was exceptionally busy on the Wednesday but I think this was more due to them having a couple of big orders. The food was very nice though and worth the wait. (All the food is freshly prepared for you as you order)

This site is ideally situated for visiting the whole of Devon, not just the south where it is located. A visit to the information room is a must to find things to do as well as details of local pubs, takeaways and information on the local area.

There is space in the middle of the camping field for some games but it is not sectioned off at all so you can find balls flying towards your tent if they are hit a bit enthusiastically! Also it is right where everyone drives in and out.

Next door in Buttermeadow there is a large grass area that is surrounded by hedges and better suited to ball games. The two play areas in both Buttermeadow and Blackrock Copse are excellent and you can safely send children off to play in them.

Most pitches slope towards the centre of the field (some quite drastically) but all have flatter areas towards the front of them. This does of course help with drainage and despite some heavy downpours our pitch never got sodden.

If you visit the Asda store in Newton Abbot, try to go after 6pm as you don't have to pay for parking then. Bread, milk and other provisions can be ordered at the site the day before you need them. There is a little shop with odds and sods that you need and the staff are always happy to help you find what you need if they haven't got it.

We had a meal at the Two Mile Oak at the top of the road and it was excellent. The food was lovely and the service was A*. We managed to get a table without booking as we were there early and it was a Monday but you will probably need to book if going later in the evening or towards the weekend.

We cannot fault this site and will be back again.

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