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Karrageen Caravan & Camping Park
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
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Tel: 01548 561230

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Open: April To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 64 Reviews
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Date of Visit: June 2007 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Audiman 1 review from this member

Well, we have been going to Karrageen for the last 7 years, before we had children and no when we have a family of our own.
In fact I used to come here when I was lad with my mates.
I agree with most of the reviews about the peace, unspoilt views, quiet lanes, wonderful beaches, great shop and above all friendly owners.
The big news for 2007 is that the showers have been UPGRADED! This is a huge improvement and has certainly improved the whole experience.
So if you were cautious before, book away confident that the showers are now as they should be and revel in the knwledge that you too have discovered one of the best sites in the country.if you don't mind making your own entertainment!

Date of Visit: August 2005 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Rosebud14 3 reviews from this member

We have just registered but have been camping now for five years, whilst creating our virtual brochure I was alarmed to see such tepid reviews abouts Karageen, We have been here twice, not for the last couple of years as we have been busy exploring new places! but this spot holds special memories for us. It is fabulous in the height of summer, there top field is only open in August and it is not to be missed by the real campers among us!

We prefer to see the site as eco-friendly no lights everywhere polluting the sky, you can star gaze here! yes the showers cost 20p, but only because not everyone respects that the water here is precious, it comes from a spring, when you have washed your hair in this it feels fantastic. The family are helpful and professional, they keep an eye. No noise here, the majority that visit Karrageen come to enjoy the spectacular view and the peace.

The walk down the lane to Hope Cove is not difficult, however a torch is a must for the return journey when the Hope & Anchor has closed (the pub!), yes the hill is severe in places, but it is so quite that you can hear a pin drop, the most activity you will see is the odd low flying bat! During both our visits only a hand full of cars use this lane after dark.

Give it a go for some peaceful, remote camping close to our wonderful south hams coastline! We will be back this year for a long weekend at least

Date of Visit: August 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Kiek van o 2 reviews from this member

We stayed at karrageen in august 2005 because we rememberd the site from earlier visits in '85 an '86. The view from the top field was our great attraction. And again we loved the site because of the great view. Also the shop is a great improvement, toilet and showerblock not so much. We love the area very much, so much we will certainly come back.

Date of Visit: August 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Sekn410 2 reviews from this member

Just returned from our second visit to Karrageen. Another wonderful camping trip with views that take your breath away. We camped in the top field & enjoyed the stunning views over Bigbury & Bantham Sands & the sunsets over Hope Cove.
Again Fantastic service from Phil,Nicky & family who were always happy to help/suggest walks etc in the surrounding areas.
As for previous posts regarding facilities I would have to disagree - every shower - including the family room - has squeegy mops etc to encourage people to clean up after themselves even though we saw the owners cleaning on a regular basis.The 20p for showers/washing up is very clearly stated on the website.The water supply to Karrageen is all spring water & I think the pitch price reflects the fact that you pay for your hot water. All in all a wonderful site & on my top 5 fav campsite list. Try & find a better one in the area.

Date of Visit: August 2006 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Angelfish1 10 reviews from this member

I tend to agree with other peoples comments about this site. Spacious and peaceful. There is not a play area but lots of space. The whole place is let down by the toilets and showers. They were always dirty and the showers had no water pressure and very little warm water (no hot at all!) It was always a race to wash hair etc before the water went stone cold! Please note that the washing machines will do a wash for £2 or £1 (if light is on from the last user) The notice states they are £3 for a quick wash and £4 for a longer one. Dont waste your money!
Nice family who run it.
Dangerous lane to walk to the beach. Bantham was our favourite beach and great for children. We would definitely not return to this site purely because of the showers/dirty toilets.

Date of Visit: July 2006 Unit:  Static
Reviewer: Ruththelady 2 reviews from this member

Our party consisted of two families in tourers, two families in tents, and us in a static. I’d say that this combination makes me fairly well-placed to make comment on all Karrageen’s facilities. We stayed at Karrageen during the last week of July 2006.

The location is awkward to say the least. This area of Devon is full of roads that are little more than a car’s width, with high hedges, steepish hills and much twisting and turning. This may add to the local character, but means that there is much to-ing and fro-ing as you spend time reversing back to the last pull-in spot. Admittedly, we went at the height of the season, when the roads were quite busy, but the drives to the beach were, at the very least, arduous and frustrating. I would certainly not recommend walking the roads either, as there are no pavements. Those travelling with tourers need to be very confident manoeuvring with them as access to the camp site is very difficult.

We were in a caravan at the highest part of the campsite, and could – just – see a vague blue blur that we took to be the sea in the distance. Any notion that this site ‘overlooks the cove’ is optimistic to say the least.

Campsites tend to fall into two categories; the laid-out type, with proper roads to your van, lawned areas, all pretty-pretty, and those more rural ones, with fields suitable for the purpose. Karrageen falls into the latter category, mostly set out in terraced rows with high hedges between. There is no lighting.

There is a well-stocked shop, which did par-baked baguettes of a morning if pre-ordered, but – frustratingly – did not do morning newspapers, which with the nearest shop in Hope (see comments on roads, above), you mostly do without.

There is one shower/toilet block for the site, and although wonderfully close to the shower/toilet equipped statics, was a hefty trek if you were on one of the lower tiers in a tent – assuming you could find your way there in the dark. Those in our party who made regular use of the showers deemed them expensive (4mins/20p), and usually spent 20p before the water ran hot. The charges also applied to pot-washing water! These charges would perhaps be acceptable if the toilet block was kept clean, but it wasn’t; they were dark and quite smelly.

Our static van was fantastically well equipped, if a little smaller than the one we’d been in the week before elsewhere. Watch out for the power-on button for the TV; it’s round the side!

There is a general sense of the owners trying to maximise their profits; for example, the soap-dispenser (singular) in the men’s toilet block was only refilled when we complained. The water charges mentioned above epitomise this feeling.

I should also warn those who are thinking about a static, that after having returned home a fortnight, we received a letter accusing us of leaving our van in a dreadful state and ‘a microwave so smelly we had to replace it’. This was used to justify the non-return of our £30 breakages deposit, and was completely untrue. I would suggest to any other static-dwellers that they ensure they get the owners to check their van before they leave, to avoid these sorts of issues.

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