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Visitor Reviews - Devon Cliffs Holiday Centre (haven Holidays)

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Devon Cliffs Holiday Centre (haven Holidays)
Sandy Bay
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
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Pitches: 195
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 52 Reviews
              7/10 from 52 Reviews

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Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Angelaanaconda65 7 reviews from this member

Very good value for money, booked this a year in advance and got 50% off, warden was very polite when we arrived and gave us a brilliant pitch at the top end on a corner not overlooked by anyone, massive site with loads of amenities going on and free access to the huge swimming pool, plenty of places to eat here on site and not too expensive, lovely walk along the cliffs to exmouth which takes approx 1hr 30 mins to get into the centre, not much there to do but recommend the train for a day trip to Torquey or a trip to Exeter, would definitely use this site again.

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Wildvoice 14 reviews from this member

Stayed for a week at Devon cliffs touring site, have to agree with most reviews about this site there has been very little thought into the layout, we had pitch 6 which was fairly level about a six inch slope but some pitches on the bends were crazy you had caravans propped up about 2 foot on one side. The pitches are very tight and ours was extra large, our van is 7-3 meters long and as most vans stuck out into your car space on the road. The shower block is tired and the showers were a bit his and miss, the wardens when the office was open were friendly and as people left the pitches, were mown and kept tidy. The one thing I don't understand as dog owners ourselves is that when your dog poops you clean it up, now as the pitches are tight and you have to walk on your neighbours grass area to empty your loo and top up your water etc, we had to dodge the poo from our neighbours as they didn't bother picking it up, even though they had kids playing there and had chairs out in the evening. Not good! The site how ever was clean and tidy and the area around is very pleasant we took the car with us and we're out every day. There are 2 pubs just outside of the site which were OK typical pub grub. Now the negatives, apart from the pitches being too small and hilly the local wildlife the dreaded seagulls will wake you from 3 am onwards so hope you are a heavy sleeper after that, the site receives deliveries every day from 7 am which is just behind your tourers and finally there is a mod firing range a couple of hundred yards away. Apart from this we had a good week but as a frequent haven user will not be visiting here again.

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: GingerFiFi 4 reviews from this member

Just back from a lovely week at Devon Cliffs, I think we had the best weather of the year, despite it being the last weekend in September!

We've stayed here before, not visited for 8 years, but this was our first time touring. The pitches aren't huge (our 6 berth Sterling Europa hung over the back of the hardstanding), but hey, it's a holiday site so I assume they think you'll be off enjoying the facilities. Having paid c. 1k for a week in the summer holidays in a static years ago, we were delighted to get a week for 105 - an extra night booked with the wardens came in at 5! Amazing value, considering the facilities on offer here. Haven have spent money on upgrading this site, the beach bar in particular is lovely.

In terms on the touring section, the pitches could be more level (but you are on a huge cliff above the sea!), and yes you can hear the complex of a night - but it didn't bother us. The noise was over by midnight at the latest, and in your van with the TV/radio on, how much can you hear? The bathrooms were kept very clean, but my bugbear is push-button, non-directional showers so a mark down for those. If there was a family bathroom, I didn't see it (would've been useful for the 3 year old). The wardens were extremely friendly and helpful, and there was a lovely atmosphere. We've already booked for two weeks next summer - so much to keep our little'un occupied, she had a blast! Perfect for families.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Ljamfam 24 reviews from this member

Just spent nine nights on the touring park while the family hired static caravans. This is our second visit to Devon Cliffs and it is really good value for money. You have the same access to all of the facilities on site as those paying for static vans. It's a holiday park so there will always be noise and yes you can hear the entertainment complex at night but the noise all stops by midnight. If you are not prepared for that then this site is not for you.

The shower and toilet block are kept clean by two lovely wardens who are always willing to help you if you run into problems. My only small moan is the dreaded push button system only gave you about 30 seconds before the water went off and it was very hit and miss with the temperature.

Lovely place for a family holiday with the typical holiday atmosphere.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mrs KH 2 reviews from this member

Just returned from an 8 night stay at devon cliffs. We last visited this site about 30 years ago and enjoyed it, however, when we arrived and were shown to our 'xl premier hardstanding pitch' we were very disappointed. This was pitch 29 and it was on a hill. My daughter had pitch 31, which was very small, with only a small triangle of grass. I don't think pitch 29 could be considered as 'xl premier hardstanding' as our caravan was too long for the pitch. The following morning we moved to pitches 32 and 33. These were also described as xl premier hardstanding' but in my 30 years of caravanning i think they are probably one of the smallest pitches i have seen. Also the price we paid was questionable. It seems that depending on when you book, the price changes and we had paid around 500 for a week on this tiny pitch. When we questioned the price and also the dated bathroom facilities, the warden suggested that we could always move to another site if we were not happy! Despite this we enjoyed the haven facilities and entertainment, although it was very busy and one could not get a decent seat for the entertainment unless you were prepared to queue before it opened. Five days into the holiday a twin axle hobby caravan parked on the pitch next to my daughter. The caravan had the door on the left hand side, therefore the occupants had to step directly on to the grass of my daughter's pitch. It clearly stated in the information sheet given to us that caravans with the door on the left hand side must park with the door on to the gravel to comply with fire regulations. When we mentioned this to the warden, he did nothing about it and said it did not contravene fire regulations, even though the information stated it did. My daughter therefore had to share her pitch with another caravanner for the rest of the holiday, as they were not prepared to turn the caravan around. I would not stay again on this touring site as the pitches are too close together, there are no speed limit signs and people were driving too fast on the site. However, the surrounding area and facilities at haven were very good.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Yitopm 2 reviews from this member

Stayed here for a week in mid August in a static caravan rented through Newmans Holiday Homes. Caravan was quite tidy and in good location. Nice deal with Newmans caravans having keysafes so no queuing in Haven centre.

Good well-stocked SPA on site. Still don't like how Haven ent. Centres are built around a hub of arcade machines.

Site was very busy but still always clean and tidy. Great bar/restaurant overlooking the beach. Lovely views. Shame about the beach being covered in rotting seaweed and smelling quite bad. Haven had a tractor pushing it back into the sea, removing it altogether might have been a better strategy !

Roads to get to site were a bit of a pain, narrow with parked cars and bottlenecked in places.

Exmouth beach was quite nice and would've been great if the weather had been kinder.

Dartmoor Zoo was really good for a day out although a bit hilly so not for people who have mobility issues.

Biggest negative was (as expected) prices at Haven, almost everything is 'extra' and can rack up to being very expensive after a bit.

Probably wouldn't go back as it was a bit TOO busy for our liking and just a bit too expensive for hire and prices.

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