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Hidden Valley Park
West Down
Devon (North)   (Browse area)
EX34 8NU   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01271 813837

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Pitches: 120
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 121 Reviews
              8/10 from 121 Reviews

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Date of Visit: March 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Doggies On Tour 18 reviews from this member

Mixed thoughts on arrival, seemed nice although building looked a bit dated, everything was modern and clean. However, mix up re our booking as we hadn't been clear about our specifics so the lady was a bit off, but when the younger guys turned up he sorted everything out and we were able to pitch on a smaller, cheaper site, although no offer of a refund for the difference! Once we had got over the initial hiccups, the site is actually really nice, hidden in the valley makes it very sheltered although you can hear the road noise. The stream that runs through is pretty although overgrown in places. I know wildlife need some overgrown areas, but overgrown brambles by your pitch isn't the best. The pitches are spacious yet closely sited. You have a tap and grey emptying point on the pitch and the toilets were clean, although I do wish some other campers wouldn't leave the toilets so dirty. You wouldn't do it in your own home, so why do it at a campsite and let other people clean your mess up for you. It does infuriate me! Rant over! The location is set down from the main road, and a few miles in either direction gets you to the most amazing beaches, either Woolacombe or Saunton. Dog friendly bar in Woolacombe Hotel was most inviting. The floor in the dog section has underfloor heating and the staff were so accommodating which was nice, considering the rest of the hotel was a no dog zone. We had a lovely meal there. Croyde bay has a nice walk round to Baggy Point and there are good sized tescos in both Ilfracombe and Braunton, both only a few miles away. Overall, I think the site is just about perfect for a winter get away, summer may be different as sitting outside with the road noise and being close to neighbours maybe a bit off putting, but then we are more used to small sites in the middle of nowhere. We will be returning over the winter months as the beaches are beautiful and plenty of open sand for the dogs to play on.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Monkeydog 3 reviews from this member

A beautiful and well kept camp site. Unfortunately on arrival we were told we couldn't use the footprint to go under the tent because the ground was so wet it would make it more boggy. ? If you're putting a tent down then what difference does a footprint make anyway apart from helping to keep the mud off your tent? We were told we would be charged 5 per night if we put it down. But we risked it anyway and put it down. They had put wood chip down on the pitch anyway, so I didn't want to put our tent directly on top of that in case it damaged the tent.

We were on the grass pitches near Kingfisher Meadow and despite no rain for a good few days you could tell the drainage wasn't great on the site, obviously with it being in a valley you were quite low down for all the water to come down to you. As we were due more rain this wasn't great news. Unfortunately the rain did come down, and it got boggier and boggier, when we took the tent down the awning area was particularly muddy - I'm not sure what they can do about this.

The facilities were very modern and lovely, the womens had 3 individual showers, 1 family room shower with an enclosed sink and toilet, about 5 toilets and 4 open sinks. The family room shower was lovely, powerful and good hot water flow. Sadly the individual showers were little more than a dribble and the hot water wasn't consistent. This meant that women without children with them (including me when my kids weren't with me) opted for the family shower which was a shame really for mothers with kids. But had all showers been as good then there wouldn't have been this problem - something that can perhaps be addressed by the site? I understand it was the same in the mens too.

Because of the set up of the site, there wasn't really a play area for the kids from the tent, however the woods and park in the woods were brilliant. OK for good weather, but not so great for rainy wet weather which we had during most of our stay. Also our kids are still too young to go off on their own, where as older kids probably would have gotten a lot more out of the woods etc.

The driveway down from reception to the Kingfisher area was fine for us in a van but created problems for those pulling caravans as it was so steep in certain places that the tow bars or caravans scraped the road badly. Something that could perhaps be resolved given than you can see where the road is damaged, obviously needs to be lowered and evened out?

We used the on site restaurant a couple of times, which was sufficient but in our opinion over priced for what you got and nothing amazing food wise.

Location wise it was a pretty good setting for visiting places and not too far for beaches, however unfortunately due to the closely located Braunton traffic lights, we lost between half an hour to an hour every day queuing to get through Braunton. Not a great start to the day, and we even queued although not as long to come back through Braunton.

Sadly due to the site pitches for tents being so low into the valley, even if you had perfect weather, due to the shelter of the trees either side of you, you didn't get the crucial morning sun hit your tent to dry the dew and make the tent feel lovely and dry. And for that reason alone we probably won't be going back to this site.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Dollchickgb 17 reviews from this member

A great site in lovely, wooded surroundings. The restaurant accepted dogs which was an added bonus too. There's also a really nice little walk around a lake which the dog enjoyed. The toilet/shower facilities are good and clean with music playing throughout the evening as well, so it they don't feel 'eerie' if your visiting them during the late/early hours! However, I do agree that the nearby road can be noisy and it even woke us up early on the Monday/Tuesday mornings. This can't be helped and it didn't spoil our stay, but thought it's worth the mention. I would recommend this site however.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Scuzbert 13 reviews from this member

We stayed at Hidden Valley campsite last week and found it to be a very pleasant site which is indeed within a hidden valley, wooded and attractive. The descriptions of it as peaceful are, however, not really accurate given that the site is right next to the A361, a busy road. Late at night there is not a great deal of traffic but at other times of the day it is busy and therefore noisy.

The facilities are excellent and the three showers, four loos and four basins (similar number and standard for men) were kept extremely clean at all times. Showers are free and not on those timed things so that was nice to see. Also, there is a hairdryer which is free to use. AND, most importantly, there are three hooks and two shelves in all the shower cubicles. Wonderful! The showers and loos are in a block which also contains the CDP and washing up sink as well as a separate disabled persons facility. The reception doubles as a shop, selling all the basics, and from where you can order a newspaper for the following day.

The site has the Lakeside restaurant and bar to hand, serving good food at reasonable prices. Excellent chips! We particularly liked the pool table in the lounge area - 1 per hour!

Apart from the road noise, there are just a couple of other 'negatives' to mention. Our pitch and its adjacent bit of grass was littered with dogends. Disgusting! Have these people never heard of ashtrays?! Our friends' pitch was likewise afflicted along with a couple of left behind awning pegs which could possibly damage tyres if not discovered. The grass is cut regularly and is neat and tidy as is the rest of the site, but the dogends really were unpleasant.

The only other 'negative' is regarding the security gate. While it's good to have that security it would be nice to know that it is locked for the night from (I think) 10pm. We returned at 10. 30 precisely from a meal out in Ilfracombe on the Saturday night to find our way back in was barred. Luckily my friend had the good sense to check the exit keypad - the barrier opened for that otherwise they and their camper van would have had to spend the night in the car park area sans hookup. 10 out of 10 for making sure there are no noisy cars roaring around the site late at night but really, 10pm? A little early, I'd have thought, especially as we had no warning. A little sign on the barrier stating locking up times would be very helpful. It's been a long time since I felt like a naughty schoolgirl.

All in all, this is a good site with smashing facilities, and has some excellent deals - we stayed on one of the small pitches with EHU and fresh water shared between two pitches, for the princely sum of 79 for 7 nights. Can't be bad. I have given only 4 out of 10 for location purely because of proximity to that road but from its geographical location it is well-placed for lots of what makes North Devon so special.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Kevin Fear 11 reviews from this member

Wonderful site staffed by very helpful and enthusiastic people. Little on the tight side for the pitch but we are at the maximum size for this site (9m x 2. 55m x 3. 6m high) and tow a trailer. They even trimmed the trees for us when we left! Woodland trails are wonderful, pretty stream, dog loved every minute, nice play area for the kids, loo blocks very clean. Restaurant serves good food at reasonable prices. Excellent location. All in all a top site with well deserved awards.

Date of Visit: February 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Donna Michelle 12 reviews from this member

Stayed for just under two weeks, the family that run the site are friendly and helpful but also leave you alone to enjoy your holiday. I found Hidden Valley a very pretty and spacious site. I pitched on one of the fully serviced touring pitches which has the river running directly behind it. There is a woodland trail which my dog loved and because it was quiet I could let her have a good run off the lead. The site is in a great location to explore locally with a good supermarket nearby to stock up. The only negative point I can make is that the shower room was very cold, I would have liked a bit more heating in the colder months. Lovely hot showers and clean facilities but very cold to get changed in. I will definitely visit again if I go back to North Devon.

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