We are a family of 4, two adults and two children aged 11 & 14, and visited here for our main summer holiday.
I was a little perturbed that, in looking online, I couldn't find many reviews for this site. Maybe I put too much faith in reviews?
The reviews I read were a little mixed, mostly good, but the odd negative review. However, the negative ones are odd (mostly regarding the enforcement of rules)! Yes they have rules about being quiet at night and children being well behaved. Most sites do, or, at least, those which we'd choose to visit, anyway. The rules weren't draconian and weren't enforced in a heavy handed manner.
On arrival we were greeted by a very helpful and friendly member of staff (owner?). Her husband ( I think it was) came to show us to our pitch. He explained it was a little awkward to get onto and asked would we like him to pitch for us ( with their little tractor). I declined ( my ego wouldn't allow that!) which he accepted.
When we got to our pitch it was lovely. It was a nice corner pitch which was very generous. All of the pitches seemed roomy, but the corner ones more so. The pitch had levelled concrete flags for the wheels, meaning I only had to worry about levelling front to back.
The facilities were more than adequate. They did have a slightly dated feel to them, but were well maintained and kept cleaned and stocked at all times. There doesn't appear to be enough facilities for the entire site, but we didn't have to queue once for a shower. My only gripe is that the showers could have been a little hotter, but then, I like to have my skin boiled off by a shower and not everyone else does!
The site shops sells all of the usual along with some less expected items ( Whale pumps etc!). There is table tennis and a pool table for the older kids and a huge play area in the middle of the site. I think, if nothing else does, this play area sums up their outlook. They could have fitted an extra half dozen caravans and made more money, but they set aside the space for the kids instead. There are the usual swings and slide to one end of the play area. Again there are signs up showing the rules, but nothing beyond common sense, (pick up dog droppings and if the kids don't behave they'll be told to).
The prices were about right for the time of year and part of country. With two adults and two children (11&14) we paid £33 per night.
The location is in Devon, near to the Dorset border. Easy travelling to Lyme Regis, Sidmouth ( for the best ice cream ever!) or inland to Somerset. Most local beaches appear to be pebble, but there are a couple of nice sandy ones nearby.
There is one word of warning I'd give. There is no way to get here (apparently) without going up a big hill. Now, I'll emphasise that I know my towcar is slightly under-powered. I also discovered that one of my brakes was binding slightly. But, the hill out of Sidmouth (Trow Hill) is a long 14% hill. I ended up in bottom gear, engine screaming, doing 20mph to get up there. As I say, my car is a little under powered, but it's never struggled like that on any other hills. Obviously that's not the fault of the site and with a decent towcar it won't be an issue.
To sum up: Would I visit here again? You bet I would! (But maybe after I've changed my car! )
This is a very clean and tidy site, pretty. Plenty of facilities spread around the site, rather than in one place.
The shower water could have been warmer, but at the basins (3 private cubicles in one unit) and the washing up facility it was plenty hot enough after running for a while. This didn't happen in the shower.
Plenty of room for caravan, awning and car. Very helpful owner and staff. We enjoyed our stay, even though the weather was wet and windy.
Owner allowed us to park our folding caravan in the car park on the day of departure, (free) so that we could make the most of our last day. Very much appreciated.
We had no children with us, but there is a children's play facility which looks good and room for ball games.
If you can overlook the stringent application of the owners many rules (and there are signs to remind you everywhere ) then this is a lovely immaculately kept site with distant views to the sea.
We went with another family who were in a VW camper - unfortunately the owner was not flexible enough to allow us to pitch in the same field.There are pitches for static caravans - the vast majority of the site, a field for motorhomes /campervans and another field for tents.
This was a huge downside to our holiday as our children were constantly having to cross a track used for access by cars and if we wanted to eat together it resulted in having to lug tables and chairs and food across the site.
Our pitch was on a slight slope but manageable with easy access to water and EHU - you have to have an EHU pitch if you prebook for some reason.
The washblocks were very clean there was plenty of hot water but you will have to strip down yourself to shower young children otherwise you will soak yourself due to the design of the shower.
The small shop sells few basic food items with fresh delivery of bread and croissants each day and you can order a newspaper.The staff were very pleasant in the shop.
There is a small laundry £4 for a large wash and there is outside drying area and tumble driers.
The children's playground is in the middle of the site - well equipped and kept my 3 happy ( b/w ages of 3-9)There is a small games room with pool table/table tennis/table football and hockey table.Also board games and books you can borrow.There is also a trampoline but beware no net!
Places to visit locally include Bicton Park - beautiful gardens with good playground and miniature train.Donkey sanctuary - free. Seaton tramway.Killerton NT house and gardens, and Charmouth beach not far away - great for fossil hunting.
Rajpoot Indian in Seaton - lovely curries huge portions and free bottle of wine if you spend over £35.Bowd inn in Sidford - good basic pub grub at reasonable prices with children's menu and outdoor play area.Anchor Inn in Beer nice views great crab sandwiches but lousy service even early on in lunchtime rush.
Overall a quiet well kept site a little on the pricey side given facilities. I think had we not gone with another family with similar aged children we possibly might have been a little bored at this site.
A well run, well managed site, yes there are rules but this makes for a pleasant stay for those wanting a quiet break. If parents are able to entertain their own children and supervise them correctly it is excellent. If not they should go to a Haven all action site!
The staff are always helpful and willing and can recommend places not in brochures if you tell them what it is you are wanting from your holiday, ie a big antique / bric-a-brac arcade. The showers are excellent, if anything too hot initially. The shop is well stocked.
Seaton is a nice little shopping town with a Co-op and fast food. Nice coastal walk from Seaton to Beer (and back). I would also recommend Devonish Pitt riding school which is not too far (by car). Stay on the main road past Devonish Pitt and at a crossroads (opposite) is a pub which does a fantastic carvery etc well priced.
To me it is a 'safe' feeling site, with the staff and barrier etc. If you have a 'favourite' pitch they let you have it if it's available. Have used this site for 6 years now since using 1 up the road that had cold showers!
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