September 2003 Just got back from a week at Edeswell, and had mixed feelings really.
Have to agree with the train thing - our pitch was right by the road/railway line, which did disturb sleep somewhat (I now know for a fact that the trains still run at 1:30 am!)
One shower/toilet block was OK (the one halfway up the hill), the other one, behind reception, was, not to put too fine a point on it, awful.
Animal corner VERY smelly, forget about washing hands after petting animals, you'd need a shower I think!
Pitch was a good size though (had superior so we could park car next to tent), and (apart from trains) it was a nice quiet site.
Didn't use pool, but did go for a look, bar was OK but nothing special.
Finally, we discovered that they will be closing the touring park side of the farm at the end of this year, replacing it with more statics and some lodges, so if it's a 'van/tent holiday you're after, all the above will be of no use whatsoever!!!!
July2002 Found this site via the internet, small, quiet with lots for the children to do and see! The site was on a steep hill and as we own a large frame tent we booked a de-lux pitch in order to give us more room. The pitch was not I felt de-lux in any shape or form, A sheer drop behind and a lovely view of the toilet block, the road to the top of the site just outside the front of the tent (we ate all our meals inside!) and the path and steps down to said toilets to one side and some very close, very loud neighbours to the other. If you combine all that with the quiz night, local Elvis impersonator (the kids nicknamed him the cat strangler)'singing' well into the night we just knew we were booked into the wrong site.
I have to say that the owners were friendly and the shop did stock the basics, and that the toilet block was clean with plenty of hot water in the showers.
However the pet corner was very dirty and smelly and contained all the brochures for the local attractions.
If you like the idea of small 'compact' site with the feel of a Hi de Hi holiday camp then maybe this if for you. But if you prepare peace and quiet and space then choose somewhere else.
Lots of times! We discovered Edeswell on a Camping and caravanning Club DA weekend. The owners (Dave and his wife) are very friendly, very helpful and the site is a credit to them. We buy trout from the fishing lakes at the bottom of the driveway (look away if you don't want to see your dinner killed in front of you) and BBQ it for supper. He has even had one of the greatest bands in the Westcountry play there! The swimming pool is indoors and superb, the beer in the bar usually includes a real ale and the bar food is good and good value. Oh...and the Barn Owls are lovely!
August 2000 Found this site on the internet originally, e-mailed each other before we visited. Very friendly owners. Bit of a steep hill up to top of site (tractor available to site caravan FOC), but touring pitches level. Swimming pool and games room ideal for kids, as were the pets corner facility. Pub/restaurant great, quiz night and band enjoyable. Shop basic. Railway line trundling uphill during day/evening next to site disturbed our sleep a little at night. Good access to A38, beaches, supermarkets, Trago Mills is a must!
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