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Parkland Caravan & Camping Site
Churchstow
Salcombe
Kingsbridge
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
TQ7 4AF   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01548 852723  or  07968222008

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Pitches: 50
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 36 Reviews
              8/10 from 36 Reviews


Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes Caravan Storage Storage 

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Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: JAS55 3 reviews from this member

Lovely site with views across open field to Salcombe. Toilet and showers are good, very clean with hot water and privacy. Toilet, basin and shower all in one unit. There weren't many showers/toilets on the site but there was no queue for any facilities. Plenty of hot water for washing up. Friendly greeting on arrival, but had to wait a few minutes for the owner who was busy doing something on the site. The shop was well stocked with local food as well as a range of tinned and packet goods, but was undergoing some restoration so was in a temporary location. There was work going on on-site but this wasn't noticeable other than a few stacks of bricks near the work, so wasn't intrusive. We got a good hardstanding pitch very close to the toilets with hook up, but people on the grass pitches seemed to have a fair walk to the toilet. Didn't notice children's play area although there was a room with a pool table. Good location close to Salcombe, Kingbridge, Totnes and Dartmouth so plenty to do and see. Many beautiful sandy beaches to go to, but generally down lanes away from the main roads. Blackpool Sands is fine grit, but beautiful with good cafe and takeaway. Slapton Sands, shingle but stunning to see. DDay landings were practised here. Fabulous fish and chips available. Would come here again

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Rachaella 2 reviews from this member

Just come back from this lovely site. We have camped and caravaned for years and this site is one of the best. Nice size with areas within camping fields so has a small feel but space for the kids to kick a ball.

The owners keep the whole site extremely tidy and clean. Yes you have to pay for Disposal bags for your rubbish - we used 3 in 2 weeks for our family of 4 - but there is plenty of free hot water and no push button showers.

Showers and toilets were clean apart from once when the grass had just been cut and once when someone took half of Blackpool sands in with them (I presume they washed their wet suit out even thought there is a dedicated shower area for this!)

You can walk from the site down to Kingsbridge (Food, drinks and crabbing a plenty) down a narrow lane and across a field.

It's quite central so you can easily go to Salcombe, Plymouth, Paington, Dartmoor and Bantham/Bigbury beaches are brilliant for surfing body boarding, bbqing, floating down the estuary when the tides going out, exploring Burgh Island.

James recommended beaches, restaurants, takeaways, golf courses, pony trekking stables, all good.

Playground is quite near the road so probably not safe for smaller children to play on their own. But for 9 and 13 year olds fine. There is a pool table and table football as well as rabbits to stroke and a summer house to sit in and have tea and a clotted cream scone.

The shop pretty much has anything you need including fresh local farmshop offerings and no dearer than the supermarkets.

My husband tells me that the waste disposal area was very well thought out with a sink and hand sanitizing soap(defo not my job!)

We would definitely return to this site.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Thompsons in Devon 2 reviews from this member

Flower gardens greet your arrival. The facilities are excellent and the owners take pride in their business. The site was very quiet in May, which pleased us as we usually use smaller sites. A new security barrier was being installed while we were there as part of their ongoing maintenance.

We had a very enjoyable holiday.

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Mrs Brian the Snail 3 reviews from this member

We chose this site because it claimed to have 5 AA Pennants, but have absolutely no idea how or why it gained them, or how it could possibly keep them. We booked a Super Pitch for 23. 50 a night, but it was disappointing, to say the least. All the other 'Super Pitches' we've rolled into have been just that - Super; Parkland's are not, they're just. Pitches. A Super Pitch should have a power supply within easy reach, a tap for fresh water and an appropriately-sized grey waste disposal point. The power supply for our pitch was on the other side of a prickly hedge, so we had to throw the cable over, walk around the site to the other side of the hedge and plug it in to a wobbly post. The tap (they were the same across the site) was mounted on a cowboy-built breeze block. Thing (which'll collapse before long to match one which had already fallen over - and which was carrying power) and the grey waste disposal was a 4 or 5-inch outlet, which needed cleaning and unblocking. The point of a Super Pitch, apart from being Super (!) is that it's supposed to offer a degree of privacy. Parkland's SP's don't. At all.

Site Overall:

Disorganised and far from user-friendly. When we were there we had to negotiate our way through builders' rubble, wheelbarrows to walk out of the site, get to to the shop or the toilet block. It was awful. Apparently not the site-owners' fault (?) but they still charged us full rate for our stay. Being told to 'be careful, because you might get a nail in your foot' isn't that reassuring. Very windy site, but it's on a hill.

Toilet block:

Only used it twice, didn't use the showers (we have a motorhome) but the loos are tiny and in bad condition, almost unfinished, with scrappy tiles and dodgy taps. And smelly;

Wi-fi:

The site promises free wi-fi, but it isn't. They charge 1 a day PER DEVICE, and this money is apparently donated to charity, but there was no evidence of the charity they claim to support, nor any evidence of previous contributions. Rip-off;

Security barrier:

This is really horrendous. It's raised at 7am and closed at 10pm, after which you can't drive back to your pitch or leave early in the morning. Really, really unacceptable. Every one of the other sites we've stayed at which have a security barrier or gate allow card or PIN access after hours;

Shop:

Great when it's open, but wasn't open once during our 5-day stay when it was supposed to be. Lots of bell-ringing and mobile phone calls eventually raised someone;

Rubbish:

Why doesn't this site provide recycling bins for campers as all the other sites do? They require you to pay 1 for a 'Green Bag' - which is not very big; a family could easily use 2 or 3 of these a day - and it's the only waste facility available, apparently subject to a 'private contract';

The local area is beautiful, but without a car it costs about 6. 00 for a taxi into Kingsbridge, the nearest town. Buses from there to Salcombe are frequent, but don't kid yourself that Kingsbridge is within easy walking distance as the site claims - it isn't! Plenty of stuff to see in both towns, and eateries by the dozen. The River Maid ferry from Kingsbridge to Salcombe (and back) operates from May to. Whenever - really wonderful!

All in all, this site seems to being run purely for the amusement of the owners; they're not running a business. More attention is being paid to putting up huge Tavistock stone monoliths at the front of the property and alongside the driveway into the site (beware. They'll take the side out of your vehicle!) than is paid to the facilities they claim to offer. We got the impression that their visitors were a nuisance.

Would we stay here again? No.

Would we recommend it to others? No.

Does the AA need to review its 5 Pennant rating? Yes.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Pamax 2 reviews from this member

This site is grossly overpriced and really not worthy of the AA 5 Pennant award.

The entrance is very tight with little room to manoeuvre when towing a caravan and for being placed in the first field.

The facilities are really not fit for purpose, although they might photograph well, the shower/ wet rooms are very small and cheaply finished with no filler around the windows.

The fully serviced pitch did have electric hook up and waste water drain but no fresh water tap.

When we visited, there were constant queues for the toilets and showers.

Several times people were locked in the toilet/ shower/ wet room as the fittings are not really up to the job.

The only positive, was the shop and the polite young ladies who worked there.

The only recycling facility available on site is for glass, you also have to pay 1. 00 for a green bag for your refuse every time you need one.

One day, the owner tried to place a motorhome between our outfit and the caravan next door leaving approx. 1 metre clearance, until he was informed about minimum clearance/s required between outfits.

We definitely WILL NOT be staying here again.

The surrounding area though is definitely worth a visit with plenty to see and do.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Swift 480 2 reviews from this member

An over rated caravan park next to a very busy main road, small cramped pitches, with a very tight access into and leaving the site, facilities are just about basic, a charge of 1 for a rubbish bag is a scandal, wouldn't go there again if it was free of charge. If you do visit this site we were not warned about the extra charges for certain things, and the pitches next to the busy road make sleeping impossible.

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