Please note that as from 2014 we have been advised by the owners that this site no longer accepts any touring caravans, motorhomes or tents. It no longer has any camping facilities, only holiday homes for hire or sale.
Booked this site after looking at the website it looked lovely we booked nearly a year in advance of arrival. However I did read a review a few weeks befor arrival and it warned about the steep hill upto the campsite. I must warn other motorhome and caravans owners that this hill is not just steep but was so bad that our motorhome was rolling back down the hill with the clutch burning! ( I did phone the site to ask how steep this hill was before arrival and received no information at all and I even asked for an even pitch near to the toilet/shower block as my husband is disabled and has trouble walking) It was pretty scary trying to reverse our motorhome and trailer back down the hill to get through the tiny opening for the Triangle pitch. Although the road around is generally single road many of the weekend visitors parked outside there caravans so the road was blocked several times. Beware of the large amount of friends and families that turn up at weekends to stay/ visit these sited touring caravans.
The one and only toilet/shower block was up yet another hill and we had to resort to driving the car up as did many other guests on site. The showers were stone cold in the morning and hardly gave out any water at all.
There is absolutely no motorhome service point at all. And we did ask when booking. The only point that you can fill up with water is just through the tiny gap into the field so you totally block the road for around 20 mins while filling up etc. There are no water points on the field unless you pay another £10 per night. We ended up filling out van when the weekend people had gone home and using our 100foot hose pipe using the tap behind the vacant sited vans
The Swimming pool was not used at all other than local people it did not look anything like the brochure picture
The restaurant was empty all the time. We did have a meal on the first night to try it but the gammon was like shoe leather and my chicken was dry to. The salad was very fresh though!
The only saving grace to this site was the view. However be aware you do need a car on this site and a pair of mountaineering boots for the massive hills. We were looking forward to taking the dog to the beach but there was no way we could both walk down and back up the hill.
This is the third year we have stayed here with our grandchildren. We soon noticed that the site had changed hands and that things were different. Some better some not! We opt for a premium pitch on account of the sloping camping field. For the extra money we get a level pitch with electric, drains and water on the pitch and a view which alone makes it worth the extra. We also get a concrete base to pitch the caravan. Security was more evident and maintenance were quickly at our pitch to lay bark on the awning area as there had just been a heavy downpour.
The showers had improved from previous years but as the water was heated by immersion heaters, there may still be a problem at peak times.
The restaurant/cafe did a roaring trade with morning breakfasts and a wide range of snacks and meals in the evening and real ales were available from the bar along with a wide range of other beers.
Whilst the staff in the shop were friendly, helpful and polite, the range of goods for the caravanner was wildly lacking.
Wi-fi, though reasonably priced, was only available in the clubhouse. The five hotspots did not appear to cover the camping area except for the toilet/shower block. I for one, had no desire to access my laptop in this area.
The other disappointment has to be the entertainment which appeared to finish at 9. 30 in the evening with the bar effectively closing 30 minutes later. On the first night, there was what can only be described as a karaoke singer who called the bingo, ran a competition and then sang from a pre-ordered selection without moving from the seat. Fortunately, he did not attend the second booked performance later that week. Despite constant changes to the published programme, other acts were an improvement and, along with the obligatory game of Bingo, provided the nightly entertainment. Children's club, a feature of previous years, was sadly no longer!
We particularly like this area of Devon and, if the entertainment can be improved, would like to go back next year! If, however, as one reviewer has suggested, they put statics on the premium camping area, then this will not be so!
We stayed one night (Saturday) here and were lucky because the weather had been very bad but the campsite had no flooding.
The camping field is very large and we were the only ones camping so had the choice of any pitch. The toilets and showers were very clean and there was no queues. Lovely views and very peaceful. Reception staff friendly.
Shop staff friendly and helpful. Didn't use swimming pool or bar/cafe. I liked the layout of the site, there is static caravans as you go in. Don't have children but there was a nice park and space for them to run around if you did.
Then the campervans and caravans as you go through and camping at the top field. Short drive to teignmouth which has shops, places to eat and amusements.
Our 1st long trip in our new to us caravan. Touring field was a bit ramshackle, pitches of varying levels of level & size. We were lucky and got the corner pitch with amazing views, unfortunately this was the sites only redeeming feature.
Showers: hotter than hot, closer to scalding.
Toilets: cleaned regularly, but quickly got dirty with excrement on toilet seats. Not fault of site, just the clientèle.
Noise level at night: ok if you don't want to sleep. Children running amok round vans till gone 1130.
Clubhouse: shelter from the weather. Over priced food and drink.
Swimming pool: small but clean.
Crazy golf: desperate need of renovation.
Location: Excellent. 10 min walk downhill to Shaldon which has a few pubs and a ferry to teignmouth. Bus stop outside site to teignmouth or Torquay.
Staff: friendly, apologetic & receptive to complaints, but issues were not dealt with.
Some of the issues were down to fellow campers, but, stricter rules, wardens and staff - could have prevented a lot of this.
We put our caravan on this site for the season this year to take a break from touring. The site has good and not so good points as previously mentioned by other reviews, although the weather this year has effected many things.
But want I really wanted to put on here is to warn people that if you do not have a hefty 4x4 please please be aware that the route up the site to all pitches is extremely steep and if it has been raining hard it is also very slippy. So many vans have rolled back whilst people have struggled to get a grip on the road and pull their van up leaving that awful smell of burning clutch and rubber from your tyres.
The sight is also unsuitable for people with walking difficulties.
I feel people should be warned PRIOR to arrival!
The pitches do let the site down, some are very close together and small, there are no hard standing which is preferable for seasonal pitches.
Reception staff, site wardens, people in the club and shop have always been extremely friendly and helpful
Overall you can see that they are trying to improve the site since they have taken it over but it does seem that all the money is going into the chalets and statics. If they are granted the building permission they have requested, more chalets will be built on the nicest touring part of the site.
Police have had to attend the site a few times to campers on the top field after too much alcohol but that is not the sites fault.
Would we put the van on for another season? Yes because we love the area and it's a reasonable distance from home, but we will continue to look for another one which has better pitches for caravans unless they are improved on this site.
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