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.
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.
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.
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.
Helloooo, we are from New Zealand and just finished travelling around England and Wales (over 2 months). This site is a good little spot, nice playground, river running through the site. Great value. The bathroom facilities were good, however quite a walk from the pitches. Pitch got muddy with the rain but that's was to be expected camping in winter. Had free running showers which is always a bonus. Lots of wildlife around this site.
Excellent site, very friendly and helpful staff. Would highly recommend this site for the peace and quiet, except for the running water and the owls at night, but oh so soothing after a long drive. Very reasonably priced. Ideal for first time campers like us. Ideal for visits to either Ilfracombe / Braunton / Barnstaple or Exmoor and Dartmoor. With a pub just down the road, not far to walk after an enjoyable night.
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