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Visitor Reviews - Karrageen Caravan & Camping Park

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Karrageen Caravan & Camping Park
Bolberry
Malborough
Kingsbridge
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
TQ7 3EN   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01548 561230

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Pitches: 70
Open: April To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 67 Reviews
              8/10 from 67 Reviews


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Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Doodlebugdil 4 reviews from this member

We never book in advance but outside school holidays this is not usually a problem and this was the case at Karrageen. We arrived and pitched up in torrential rain (as forecast) on a Saturday evening. I explained to the site owner, Phil, that I didn't want to pay for a whole week in case the weather didn't improve. This was not a problem and Phil was happy for me to pay before departure for however many nights we had stayed. This proved to be a good thing as my partner badly injured her knee on the Tuesday, so we had to cut our holiday short.

The site can accommodate maybe 65 tents and tourers, plus there are a handful of statics.

Although the site is on a slope, it has been terraced so you are guaranteed a level pitch. The numbered pitches are very generously spaced. You will never feel overcrowded at Karrageen.

Well positioned hedging divides different areas are provides more privacy and wind protection, always handy on a coastal site!

There are sea views from pitches at the top end of the site, more wind protection at the lower pitches.

We were not allocated a particular pitch, which is a big plus point for me. The immaculate facilities block provides hot showers and indoor washing up points (20p for 2 mins hot water) plus loos, basins, washing machine, dryer, freezers for cool blocks and a chemical disposal point, all very modern. A bit of a hike from the bottom of the site but as this is a walkers paradise, I guess no-one is going to mind.

Reception is part of the owner's house and also incorporates a shop (open morning and evening) selling fresh bread, milk and all the usual camping essentials plus alcohol!(more brownie points)

Phil is out and about the site daily, ready and willing to field any queries or offer advice.

Hope Cove (food and beer) is an easy stroll (about a mile)

We didn't get to explore as much as we intended, due to A. Bad weather, B. My partner's knee injury.

Really can't fault the site, the owners or the area. We'll be back!

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Bluevw 4 reviews from this member

Quiet, but one of the cleanest nicest sites we have stayed at, will certainly visit again before the end of the summer.

A friendly greeting on arrival, a well stocked shop and a fantastic location with nearby Hope cove.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Daveitalia 3 reviews from this member

My wife, our 2 Spaniels and I stayed here in the middle of June, I have to say this is one of the best sites we have stayed on the owners actually thought about us and the dogs and gave us a fantastic pitch with loads of room and really private which was great for the dogs as no one could really walk past the front of our tent, the owners are very friendly and accommodating, the shower and toilet blocks are immaculate and there is a big family shower room which is great if your are disabled or have young children, the site is located in some fantastic countryside and only 3/4 a mile from the south west coastal path STUNNING!

Also it's a mile from Hope Cove with a great pub called the Hope and Anchor serves good food and sits right on sea front where you can watch the world go by with the sun beating down on the bay. One final point is the owners bread if you order by 5pm the day before at 8. 30am there will be fresh bread just out of the oven for you GREAT TOUCH 😀 will definitely be back in 2016

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Oompsy-daisy 9 reviews from this member

My friend and I went to Karrageen in the May bank holiday weekend. We booked via the website and got an email with booking confirmation and how to pay. We had to make a bank transaction, was not possible to make a card transaction. Which in our case was fine.

I think this was probably the wettest camping we had been on. But this made it a little more challenging but also more fun!

It was an unusual campsite, that we had visited in that the reception was away from the campsite. As you come in along the very skinny lanes, if approaching from Malborough the reception was above the campsite on your left and the site was below on your right. We originally went into the site first as we weren't sure which way to go. But when we did find them they were very friendly and due to the weather that was due to come in we ashed for a sheltered spot, in which we were given 3 options.

The site is on quite a steep hill with a stony drive, which was a little slippery when wet. Most of the pitches though were relatively flat. We were are the bottom of the hill on the right, this meant that we were shielded from the wind, as we had some kind of shelter on all sides of us. Which was amazing considering the weather that weekend.

The sites facilities were all clean with cleaning taking place each and every day at 2pm. It was lovely to be able to wash up inside! The showers were 0. 40p for 4 minutes, which the site owner had a plentiful supply and was happy to give us some change. I am never particularly happy about paying for hot water, but on a plus side of this there was an on/off switch so you didn't waste any hot water when applying shampoo and body wash. On the three nights we stayed there we each had 1 tepid warm shower which we did report to the site owner was advised he would look at it as it seemed to be the same shower on both occasions, all the other showers were hot, but the temperature was unchangeable.

The trek to get to the toilets was certainly something, It was a bit of a walk up a hill for all amenities including water and the toilet, this is not fun in pouring rain! But on the plus side to this by the time you walked up to the toilet and back again you are warm :). Even if there was another water source a little way down the track for the campers towards the bottom of the site would be great, but I do know that this is not always possible.

They offered a small selection of food at their site shop but it all seemed locally sourced which is good, they also offer a service of fresh bread, croissants etc daily, just put in your order the day before. I have to say we didn't use this service. I think if we were staying longer we possibly would have done.

The area that they are based if very pretty and some of the lanes are very tight! Good driving skills I think are essential for negotiating the small twisty, turny, roads, including the road getting to Karrageen.

Hope Bay is a beautiful village with a great St Austell Brewery pub, with great food and service.

Karrageen, is a lovely, well kept place to camp and would thoroughly recommend it.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Honeysuckle123 10 reviews from this member

A welcome return to Karrageen - I enjoyed my first visit in 2013 and it seemed even better on return. I was camping with another friend who was due to turn up later in the day with her tent, so when I checked in the owner recommended one of the smaller terraces where we would be the only ones. It was very thoughtful and the terrace was wonderful. It was great to have our own space.

I had a dog with me and was recommended the top field for walking him in. The views are great from up there and there was plenty of room for him to sniff around.

The shower and washing up areas were immaculate and I never had to queue for a shower. There was plenty of hot water too.

The site is ideally located for walking along the coast - we did plenty of walking over the weekend.

As it was late in the year, we asked whether we could leave our tents up on the final day while we went for a walk, giving them time to dry out from the night's dew. The owner couldn't have been more accommodating, telling us (and other campers) that there was no rush to leave the site. This was much appreciated, meaning that our tents were dry when we packed them away.

I would definitely return to this site. It is well-run, well-maintained and welcoming - and a great location.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Purpleintent 2 reviews from this member

We are just back from a lovely 6 night stay at Karrageen (tent plus 2 adults and daughter (age 7)).

We were greeted on arrival by Nikki who checked us in, gave us a map of the site, with our pitch and other key areas marked out and some local information booklets - very welcome and useful. We also put in our order for fresh breakfast croissants and pain au chocolat. An order that was repeated every morning, as they were delicious!

Our allocated pitch was in a lovely location on the 1st terrace, with great views and with enough space for our long tunnel tent + car and lots of safe (pretty much traffic free) open grass space in front of the pitch for our daughter to run/cycle about. I really liked the fact that there is only one main laid out 'road' through the site, so cars otherwise have to make their way with real care along the field using the hedge lines to reach tents, avoiding the children playing, rather than the children having to avoid them!

Our daughter made friends with some neighbouring children within minutes of arrival and we felt immediately happy for her to go off and play safely, while we got on and pitched the tent. We met several lovely and friendly neighbouring families from various areas of the UK and EU and our daughter made several friends over the following days, and even swapped addresses with one girl, who she will hopefully stay in touch with!

The whole stay was very relaxed, we enjoyed several evenings with our BBQ (and then invited the neighbours and their children to toast marshmallows, which was great!) watching the sunset and then the amazing starry sky. It was lovely and peaceful at night (the only noises being from the wildlife, including one very vocal owl, oh and the wind on the 2 nights it was really howling up the valley!) - we very much appreciated and respected the 10pm quiet curfew, as did 99% of the other campers, which was great (and somewhat unusual from past experiences on other sites).

The site was well maintained and although full, didn't seem busy at all.

The shower block was very clean, the showers hot and we didn't begrudge the 20p's as it really did mean we never had to wait for the facilities.

'Mr Phil' came round each morning to check all was well with each and every camper and made sure we didn't feel rushed to leave on our last day which was very much appreciated with the unpredictable weather we had (we just got the tent down before the rain appeared again).

The local beaches were all great - we ran out of days to visit them all. Favourites were Hope Cove (for the surfing and sunsets) and South Milton (as it's National Trust and has great rock pools, views, good sand and safe swimming, as well as free parking and a fab Beachhouse eatery!) - pity we only discovered it on our last day!

Overall, we felt this was the best site we've stayed on over our 3 seasons of camping and definitely one we will definitely return to.

Thanks for a great holiday Phil and Nikki - keep doing what you're doing!

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