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Visitor Reviews - Hidden Valley Park

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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 116 Reviews
              8/10 from 116 Reviews

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Date of Visit: February 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Donna Michelle 5 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.

Date of Visit: December 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mark26 11 reviews from this member

Just returned from a 7 night stay at this site. We had a fully serviced pitch backing on to a little stream, near to the play park.

The Bad points.

Had to put the caravan on the awning side of the pitch, to reach the service pillar, as this is situated in the middle of the grass, between caravans, as it services two pitches.

The good points.

Nice size play park, which our two loved.

Clean toilet block with plenty of hot water

Nice walks and stream.

Well stocked shop.

Easy access to site.

A lovely site, would return, maybe in season when more is open.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Figar01 1 review from this member

Just had 5 glorious days here and found it idyllic. Such a beautiful setting, lovely trees and gardens and the small river. Kids aged 10 and six had great times playing in the stream and play parks. Noisy road at times, but soon got used to it. Huge premier pitch, level and well maintained. Some of the others looked tiny however. Did not try the restaurant, but used shop for essentials. Road is terrible down to our field, but we managed. Annoying that we had to leave the second car in the car park, which was all the way at reception. Facilities kept very clean apart from inevitable grass and we had great weather so no mud. Pitches mowed when vacated. Staff friendly but too far to walk to ask for help. Shower terrible, boiling hot then freezing cold! I liked the sinks in some of the cubicles. Washing up was a bore as you had to lean on the taps while they slowly filled the sinks, but we were not in any hurry, luckily. Good recycling. Fabulous beaches nearby, we have been to this area many times and love it. Would definitely visit again.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Cornish family 1 review from this member

After the long hard winter we could see that the owners were starting to tidy up the site. The owners were very welcoming. The toilet/shower blocks were well kept clean and tidy and warm. It was lovely to wake up to the sound of the birds and watch the resident duck wandering the site. We would recommend the site and would go back again in the future. There are plenty of thing to do in the local area especially if you like cycling along the Otter Trail.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: SecondLife 8 reviews from this member

Having read all of their literature we were so looking forward to our spring break but were sadly disappointed. We were rushed through reception and had to ask for information, no explicit directions were given to our pitch. The roads are in quite a bad state of repair with potholes, so much so I tripped over one of the holes and damaged my knee quite badly. The shower block was ok, with 3 shower cubicles and free hairdryer in the ladies however we did discover that this one block served all three levels. Overall it was an okay break, does not deserve a 5* rating and definitely needs some money spending on it.

Date of Visit: December 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Anniandrich 5 reviews from this member

We joined family here for New Year celebrations. The site was jointly chosen on account of the reviews left by others, and because we have stayed on 5* sites before, so we felt assured of a comfortable stay.

The access on and off the main road is very good.

On arrival, we were rushed through, we don't know why, we were the only ones on reception. Felt as if we were interrupting. No advice was given on the surrounding area, and we were not asked if there was anything we needed. We were on Otters Creak pitches.

No one came to see if we had pitched ok!

The roads on site are not the smoothest.

We had asked for hardstanding, it was, but the definition between hard and grass is being eroded and not maintained. The pitch was small and parking of our relatively small car was not easy. The car had to be parked about face to avoid stepping on the mud. Pitches are reasonably level. The power point was not in great condition (but yes it works), one of the lids that hold the plug in was broken, and they were sloppy fits. The aerial box was falling apart (but worked), these had obviously been like this for years. To get our water or empty the grey waste involved manoeuvring in mud, and like some other sites, are not aqua roll friendly. Why there aren't a couple of slabs down is beyond us (we have photo). Our pitch was close to the main road, but the traffic noise wasn't too bad and did not bother us.

The toilet block is basic, and has had a budget face lift, not 5* standard (I am in the building trade). They were not warm and inviting, but were adequate and clean with plenty of hot water.

Rubbish and waste disposal facilities, rubbish is well sorted for recycling. The elsan point is a toilet, which makes disposal easy, but the environment it is set in leaves a little to be desired.

The site seems to be maintained with minimal outlay.

We had a walk around the site, which we could see will look lovely in the spring and summer.

We walked to The Crown Inn where we had a really good meal, we would highly recommend a visit, taxi back 5! Ilfracombe is looking tired these days compared to our last visit being about 4 years ago when we had our caravan stored at Stowford.

Would we come back, no. Why, well 5* to us is something a little more than average, we have had very different experiences of 5* sites. We would question 'Visit England's' rating system.

Would we recommend this site? Not if you want 5*.

The cynics out there may think we are being picky, well, we didn't want to be constantly avoiding mud and chose a site that suggested it was adequately suited to winter camping. The pitches we were given, weren't, yet there were other pitches available (discovered on our walk about) which were.

We did not complain to the wardens themselves during our visit, as we felt after our less than warm welcome, any observations would have fallen on deaf ears.

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