Family of 4 with kids aged 7 & 10. Weather was sunny with showers & we stayed 5nts. Booked about 1 week before.
Overall we had a wonderful stay at Cofton. The kids felt very safe & loved it!
Pitch - lovely staff member in golf buggy to great you. He asked us whereabouts we wanted to be, we had no idea, apart from asking for a not too noisy area. He asked ages of children & suggested Ten acre field, which is terraced & has play park closeby.
The 1st pitch shown to us was rather cramped as we had a large tent. 2nd pitch on top terrace was just perfect(we were also offered an overflow field if we wanted really quiet but no electric there). We were right by entrance to woodland adventure pk, (but to be fair our kids loved it & the noise died down in the evening).
Some kids (including our own in the end) had cap guns to use in the woodland adv park,(bought from the camp shop), which were noisy! You've been warned.But good fun!
The wash facs in Ten Acre field do need an upgrade but ok for toilet & washing up dishes & only 2 mins away from tent. From our pitch we could see the kids going to the toilet & see them at the play park.The play park has an open space next to it & this is where football seems to be played.
All of the kids around us were all well behaved. The best showers & wash facs this side of the campsite, were at the entrance of the Barn field, (looked newish), & still only a 5 min walk away for us. I always take shower flip flops camping. The odd time the floors could use a mop at peak times.Never had to wait for a shower though & constant hot water. Electric sockets to use in shower blocks for your straighteners etc, along with free hairdryer to use.
Clubhouse-noise stopped at about 11pm which was good. Very small though.
Swimming pool- lovely, one circular part is deep & other is shallow. Baby pool was mobbed by older kids, who did get told of by lifeguard after a mum complained.
Shop is excellent & well priced.Don't hang around in the morning if you want fresh croissants or pain au chocolates for breakfast!(yum,yum). Ice packs to rent.
Staff were lovely.
We had a walk around entire campsite & we were very pleased with our pitch, we had great views of the campsite (including the pool) & at night the noise stopped at around 11ish. The pub, chip shop & launderette all looked good & well priced.
We did hear a little rd noise early in the morning. Also we were next to the woods, & had the birds(crows?) singing at 5am! Oh & not forgetting the donkey in the field joining in on occasion. Hey ho, but that's part of camping!
So I think if you want a slightly quieter picth you prob need the barn or coombeland field.
Over the rd next to the lakes seemed to be more caravans & tourers with the odd tent & this is where the chip shop,launderette & games rooms are.
Oh, one word of warning take some rock pegs or heavy duty pegs, as ground was rock solid where we pitched, prob due to no rain for weeks.
We really enjoyed Teignmouth & the kids loved the penny arcades there,with lots of old fashioned penny games! Also great for rock pooling.
We did go in peak season & it was larger than we imagined but never felt hectic (& we do like a smaller, quieter family campsite). At night time it looked really pretty (on our side of the campsite), like a mini festival with all the twinkling lights on! Will go back again.
We have just got back from a break here. We booked the day before as we were going somewhere else. We thought the site was great. We arrived in the morning to be shown various pitches to choose from.
Apart from the weather we couldn't fault it and although previous reviews stated that people were too close, we never experienced this and as we went around the site never saw any of it. The site is on various levels and different fields but all well kept and clean.
The Cofton Swan is a great pub on site with reasonable prices along with a chip shop near by. The toilets/showers were always kept clean.
We had a walk into Dawlish Warren which is a lovely place and then onto Dawlish again a lovely place. In between them we experienced the steam train coming past which the track was only yards away.
On our last day we went to a pub called the Anchor Inn in Starcross but not on the main road. It was fantastic as was the food. A really old fashioned country pub with seafood being its speciality. Shema we found on last day. It's a mile from the site.
What a lovely site this is, a real gem and we will definitely return.
We made a telephone booking a couple of days before we arrived and accepted a pitch on the overspill tent field without ehu. When we arrived, I asked if they had any cancellations with ehu, which they did. We paid the extra and were shown to the area on where we were able to choose from 2-3 pitches. Pitched were generous but close together, if that makes sense?! It was like a tent city. You really could hear everything that was going on in the tents around you. Our pitch was close to the nicest toilets on the site, and I have no complaints about those at all.
I was a bit worried about being on such a large site and the noise factor at night, but needed have worried as there is a 10.30 curfew when older children are dispersed back to their parents and security patrol the site to make sure that no-one is disturbing anyone else. You can sit out and have a quiet drink, just no music blaring. Very family orientated.
The shop was very very reasonably priced.
The club evening entertainment suited the ages of our children (13,13, 12, 8) we only went over ourselves to collect them, after they enjoyed the karaoke.
The chip shop was delicious and fairly priced.
Great laundry facilities.
The whole site had a very European feel to it.
As a bonus we were pitched close to some lovely people on site and who we hope to keep in touch with.
We won't hesitate to return or recommend this site to others.
We stayed from the 7th - 21st of August 2010 & were camped on the Terraces. We were very near to the cleanest showers we have ever been to on a campsite. They were cleaned every morning by a team of very hard working & friendly cleaners.
All the showers had mats on the floor & there were shelves for your clothes, shampoo etc. The washing up facilities are brilliant. The Launderette is great too & you don't need to take washing powder as it is in the washer already.
The views from our camp were stunning.
It is very hilly, & wouldn't be a good place for people who find walking difficult they would be better off on the bottom field.
The pool is fantastic & our kids grew webbed feet as they were in it from 10am-6pm. It was extremely clean & had lifeguards on watch all the time the pool was open.
The pub was nice & the food was lovely & a reasonable price, we ate there most times & had a treat at the chippy near the orchard, the food was gorgeous, but pricey.
The camp shop was excellent & had everything you needed at excellent prices, some things cheaper than big supermarkets. Fresh hot food every day which was simply gorgeous, Hot fresh Croissants, Pies, Sausage Rolls, most cheaper than Greggs !
We went to Dawlish Warren which was about 10 mins away by car & was lovely, shops, beach, amusements, Fun fair, Fish & Chips.
Dawlish Town Centre was about 15 mins away & was nice too.
Torquay Harbour was fab & the fish & chips shops are just dreamy. Torquay Town Ctr is an absolute dump I would definitely give that a miss BIG TIME.
We visited Monkey World & the Tank Museum which is near each other.
Brixham & Teignmouth are lovely places to visit.
Port Isaac is an absolute must! It will take you about 2-2 1/2 hrs to get there, but it is well worth the journey.
We loved Cofton tons & very much want to revisit it.
We stayed there in July with a toddler and teenager and a baby on the terraced pitches, The site was very clean and very attractive with lots of flowers, the facilities were excellent with the pool area kept very clean, just wish the pool was open longer the first week were there, a lot of campsites forget that the Scottish school holidays are earlier than the English, as if you were out for the day, it was a rush as it closed at 6. The toilets were very clean and we used the family bathroom as well, (a deposit of £10 refundable) this had a bath changing table, which was great for the baby and toddler.
There were lots of lovely walks around the camp and the bar food was very good and reasonably priced. As was the shop well stocked and not over charged.
The campsite is a short drive from Dawlish though there is a bus stop at the entrace to the camp we did not use it so not sure of times.
Overall I would recommend this site, and we are going to book again for next year.
Spent 4 nights here last summer and can honestly say that Cofton Park is quite simply wonderful.
After a long journey we were given a wonderful welcome including a kids pack which was perfect for our 2 young girls whilst we put our tent up.
We were offered a number of different locations but chose to be near the more practical facilities due to the children, though having walked around the site, it was clear that there were plenty of other facilities, so it would not have mattered. I like the fact that tents could be pitched near caravans rather than having totally separate areas. Glad I came out of the dark ages and bought an electrical unit and will find it hard to go back to non hook-up pitches.
The toilets were spotless every time we went into them and the showers were excellent. Although we came well prepared with our own food and camping gear, the on-site shop was excellently stocked. We loved the pub and the all too conveniently close & friendly chip shop and probably used them a little more than we originally planned. Tapas night was fantastic at the pub and the pint of local brew was enticing and I still miss the nightly snack of cheesy chips now!
The pool was great for us all, albeit busy a lot of the time.
We also loved the donkeys and ponies and the nature trail looked good fun for children a bit older than ours (4 and 2). The walk down to Dawlish Warren from the campsite was also very pleasant and a nice bit of exercise.
Have always had a soft spot for Devon and it didn't let us down.
Had a great day at Dawlish Warren on the beach but we spent most of the time out and about. Whilst there we did Living Coasts, Paignton Zoo, Babbacombe model village and had a fantastic day in Plymouth via the train which is worth booking in advance for cheaper fares.
Not the cheapest site to camp on, but all things considered, we certainly got excellent value for money.
If we were to be looking for a negative comment, the worse thing we could say is that it would have been nicer if there was a freezer for people to leave their own ice-packs in rather than have to buy. Play equipment was o. K, though perhaps aimed at children older than ours.
Don't want to end on a negative though, as was would dearly love to go back.
We have just come back from Cofton. We stayed in a tent on the 10 acre field. Our 8 man tent was home to 3 adults, 2 teenagers, 1 child and a dog.
The pitches are plenty big enough and we got a very flat pitch near the toilet/shower block. Word of warning though the this block is not the one advertised on the website!
Its small, cramped, dirty and is not cleaned regularly. It was used by us only as emergency toilet during the night.
The A* block is just in the next field and they are pristine! cleaned regularly, airy spacious showers and heart fm while you shower!
The staff are very friendly and helpful and the on site shops are excellent. The general shop has a wide range of things from sausages to tent pegs and the chip shop does fab chips! on our last day we packed up the car and had breakfast in the pub. Despite just missing the time for breakfast being served they were happy to cook us all full English
The swimming pool is kept immaculately clean but was busy most days due to the hot weather. I think it would have been nice for it to open earlier to allow older people to have a swim before the masses jumped in with their inflatables.
There is plenty of choice though when it comes to choosing a pitch and once you've arrived and booked in reception a very nice chap will show you to the fields and will offer you whatever pitch you want.
For the money we would definitely recommend this site although you do have to accept there may be noise at night due to the number of people.
There was something happening in the pub each night but they don't allow dogs inside so we couldn't join in, maybe if they did more outside on warm nights it could include dog owners.
A lovely holiday with an excellently maintained site.
We Stayed at Cofton in our touring caravan for four nights in July 2010, a couple of weeks before the school holidays. The site check in system was easy and the staff in reception very helpful. However, we could not book a super pitch as they are only available on a weekly basis. The cost is high too, as there is a £5.50 a night surcharge for them. Normally a super pitch just has itís own drinking water, waste water drainage and electricity but these had brick hard standings and barbecues..
We were told to drive around the site to choose a pitch and we were pleased to be able to do this. The site is huge and we were surprised how many people had been packed in. The pitches are fairly close together on the terraced field but we had room for our caravan, awning and car alongside too with a couple of feet spare. Having a caravan mover made it easy to get the caravan onto the pitch. There was no privacy though as the terraces are very close together and we over looked the people below us. We could see what they were eating and hear what they were talking about as they were so close, but there were also lovely views of the surrounding countryside. A camper a couple of terraces further up played music which we could hear despite being about 50 yards away.
Although the pitches were wide, some people had put up wind breaks which extended into neighbouring pitches. A couple pitched a tent next to us and their guy ropes were right on the boundary despite having about 30 feet spare the other side of their tent. This, and the fact that the people opposite had an additional car parked by their caravan and awning, meant that we had difficulty getting our car out and had to manoeuvre backwards and forwards several times. We feel that the staff at Cofton should have gone around and got people to move additional cars to the car park at the bottom of the field. Perhaps they should also have talked to those people who were encroaching on other peoples pitches
There was an additional field for caravans and tents but it was closed. We feel that if they had opened this huge area there would have been less congestion in the main field. Not everyone likes to be crammed in like sardines with everyone else.
We didnít use the toilet and shower block as we prefer to use our own facilities in the caravan. However, my husband had a peek in and said they were very clean and everything well maintained. However it was difficult to fit a hose on the tap providing drinking water.
It was a long way to go to the dog walk from where we were pitched.
We didnít try the club/pub or pool but we did use the shop and it was well stocked and prices seemed reasonable.
We were able to use Camping Cheques for our four nights stay but if we had been paying cash it would have been over £100 for two adults and a dog. I have therefore rated the value for money on someone paying the full rate. Using Camping Cheques I would give it 5 or 6 out of 10. With friendly staff, beautiful surrounding countryside and great facilities, it was let down by the actual pitches.
The surrounding area has a lot to offer and is very beautiful. We didn't go to the beach at Dawlish Warren as we personally dislike fun fairs but we really enjoyed the walk along the front at Dawlish and seeing the trains coming and going. Tignmouth was also very pleasant and unspoilt.
This site was recommended to me by a friend that had been there a few years ago. It is a lovely site and I will definitely return.
My only gripe was that I had booked at the same time as some friends with the view of pitching next to each other ( which we asked for when booking ) Upon arrival we were told to pitch wherever we liked (which sounds great!) However we were really lucky to find 2 spare pitches together after a thorough search. Gripe over !
The pool was lovely and warm and the grounds were very clean. We stumbled across some donkeys and a play area in the woods which the children loved.
The toilets/shower facilities were also excellent. The bar staff were very good as well seeing it was an extremely hot weekend they let our children have glasses of water whenever they liked :) We didn't use the chipshop but when we popped in the amusement arcade it was pretty much destroyed. The pool table was ripped, air hocky table pucks were shoved in the grab machine etc.
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