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Golden Coast Holiday Park
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Devon (North)   (Browse area)
EX34 7HW   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01271 872 366

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Pitches: Pitches 89 /Units 342
Open: 9th Feb To 5th Nov 2018

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 34 Reviews
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Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lisal1974 3 reviews from this member

We have just returned from our stay at Golden Coast. It is within a few minutes of Woolacombe beach (by car) where you will find a very pretty village and surfers paradise.

Here are a few observations on the site:

Shower blocks - (there is a unisex block as well as blocks for ladies and gents). The latter blocks are much better with the unisex blocks in need of an update.

Swimming pools - the indoor pool is lovely with good changing and shower facilities. Be warned that it's not a place for a quiet swim as there are lots of pool rules broken that go unchallenged by staff.

Entertainment - our children were too old for many of the activities so I can't really comment on this however the staff appeared friendly and had a constant trail of kiddies which is a good sign of quality children's activities. The later evening entertainment is fun. Be prepared to have to pay for activities that your teenagers want to do. The entertainment/club house is a little dated in parts.

Wifi - free in the club house/restaurant. £5 per day to browse anywhere on site. £10 per day for streaming internet (being able to watch tv/Netflix etc. There is a discount if you pay for a full week however this is very pricey in my opinion.

Pitches - this depends on your expectations. We paid for a super pitch. This gave us water, drainage, hook up and lighting on our pitch. I was led to believe there was a to aerial point on the pitch but didn't notice it - though I'd not planned on using it anyway. You will definitely need rock pegs for these pitches. We had a corner pitch which was a short straw as it is smaller than the others. However our awning fits on the side of our tent. If we'd got a front awning we'd have struggled to fit. Despite having a carpet in the tent we could really feel the pea gravel under our feet. I don't think the super pitch was worth the extra money.

Transport - the company offer a bus to and from Woolacombe Village and beach however you should expect to queue for the bus on a busy, sunny day. This didn't appeal to us after a long day on the beach with chairs, snacks, windbreak, wetsuits and boards. You can expect to pay £7 per day parking. Though the company boast the beach being a walk away from the beach, this isn't advisable due to lack of footpaths.

We don't think we'd visit this site again despite having no major complaints but would consider Woolacoombe Bay Park as my understanding is it offers more on site and has been given a facelift. I have also heard great things about Woolacombe Sands which has its own path to the village.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Argente4 15 reviews from this member

Was very pleasantly surprised by this site, especially after reading some of the previous reviews.

Check in wasn't great. There is a sign near the entrance where you are supposed to wait for the warden to show you to your pitch and give you your wristbands to use the facilities. Nobody arrived after 10 minutes so I went to reception who contacted the warden. We waited for another 5-10 minutes and he still didn't appear so I returned to reception, collected our wristbands, site info and pitch number. We followed the signs to the pitching area and located our pitch easily.

We were in the bottom area of the touring section which was great since it felt a bit less like a holiday camp, more like a proper touring site. It was all gravel hardstanding with small hedges between pitches. Our pitch, and those near us were all a good size, plenty of room for 7m long caravan, awning with sleeping annexe, and to sit out with sunloungers and picnic table set up. Could even see the sea if I stood up! We were in no way cramped. We had EHU, water point and TV aerial point on the pitch.

Toilet block was a short walk away. Facilities were unisex and kept reasonably clean. There were individual cubicles with shower and sink in. Showers were hot and powerful and I only had to wait a few minutes once. Some toilet cubicles had wash basins in as well and a couple were just loos with hand washing facilities for these located in the baby changing cubicle.

Supermarket was well stocked (except it didn't have burgers?) and reasonably priced. Their hot sausage rolls are great value for money for a quick bite at lunchtime. The main indoor pool was warm and a decent size, and not too crowded when we went. There is another smaller indoor pool with a paddling pool that looked pretty good as well. There were three outdoor pools. The main one is in the centre of the site, has a waterslide and also small sunbathing terrace. It was often busy and we didn't use it. We did use the outdoor pool situated near an old manor house area which is across a small lane from the rest of the site. This pool was sheltered and warm, and very quiet, with a lovely sunbathing terrace and picnic garden. The other outdoor pool is very small, and tucked away in a top corner of the site.

We used the bowling alley which was good value for money. The children enjoyed using the arcade, but generally went earlier because it got a bit busy later on.

We didn't use the other facilities such as the high ropes course, any of the water based activities (zorbing etc), or the pottery painting.

What we loved about the site was the area across the lane from the main site which had a pitch and putt golf course, tennis court, football field, a trim trail, and plenty of open space to play ball games or sit and have a picnic. There are also great sea views from this area.

We didn't use any of the food outlets but they looked ok. The Old Mill (a pub on the site) looked good, especially if you want a drink or bite to eat without the entertainment or 'club house' feeling. We were expecting a very typical British holiday park experience with a lots of noise and crowds. Despite being there over the half-term holidays, and the park being pretty full, the facilities did not appear to be stretched and we were only bothered by noise when our neighbours started hammering tent pegs out at 5. 45am! Obviously not the site's fault. The only downside is that the only place to walk or cycle to safely is Ilfracombe. Unfortunately Woolacombe's roads make it too hazardous to attempt to walk there. For a family with younger teens this site suited our needs very well and we would return.

Date of Visit: February 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: JulietD 1 review from this member

This site is great if you want a lodge or static but not so good for touring. I booked a super pitch over the phone and when we arrived we were in the furthest possible corner of the site that felt more like it was a groundsmans yard. I asked to move so that we were somewhere near the facilities. The super pitches are not very big (or the standard) and only just squeezed our van, awning and vehicle in. A tiny grass verge separates the pitches so no feeling of privacy. The toilet block is very basic, clean but needs some love. The water was not hot at any time over the weekend. The whole site feels like it needs some love and updating and considering we were there at the beginning of the season I'd assume this won't happen during 2016. Pool is warm, minimal changing space. Bars and restaurant good and kids entertainment. Wave machine looks fun but my kids were too small to try. Golf and high ropes also good.

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Jadsett 35 reviews from this member

We spent a week on this site and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We used an 'all-weather' Super pitch which had EHU, water and grey water drainage. These pitches are far enough away from the 'entertainment' to ensure that any possible 'fall-out' was not intrusive. Close at hand were 2 facilities blocks, one 'unisex' and one of more traditional layout. Both were kept clean, although, at the end of the season, were a little 'tired'. The site boasts an entertainment complex including, bars, restaurants and pools plus extensive 'adventure' facilities. Restaurant food was adequate and competitively priced. There is a large shop on site which offers a very extensive range at prices that compare favourably with most supermarkets!

There is a bus stop directly outside the site with services to Ilfracombe and Barnstaple. The site owners also run 3 other sites in the vicinity and operate their own bus service between these and Woolacombe beach, which is a surfers' paradise. For good, unfussy food in Woolacombe, we can commend the Captain's Table. A couple of hundred yards from the site entrance is the Fortescue Arms, which offers good food at reasonable prices.

We will be going back to this site!

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Villa Rating:
Reviewer: Ratty 167 reviews from this member

We wanted to visit the area for the No 1 – Best Beach in Britain, Woolacombe Sands Beach, so we opted for Golden Coast Holiday Park which is only a few minutes drive away.

Upon arrival check in was smooth and efficient and gave us our keys and off we went. They did not show us on the map where the accommodation was, however the site is well signposted and with the map in hand we had no problem finding the villa.

We opted for a two storey, two bedroom villa as these are dog friendly and great when you have the kids. The accommodation was large and fully equipped with a TV, sofa, table and chairs, full kitchen including microwave, pots, pans, cutlery, etc, a decent sized bathroom and two good sized bedrooms, one with a double, the other with two singles and two bunk beds, so there was plenty of room for all.

The villa was dated but as we were using it as base to visit the area and enjoy the facilities on the park, this did not bother us and it was fully functioning and perfect. Each villa also had a picnic table to enjoy the sunshine.

The park itself has everything you can think of, 2 Indoor & 2 Outdoor Heated Pools, Water Park, Slides, Flume & Terrace, Kiddy Karts, climbing wall, crazy golf, wave machine, high wire ropes, pool tables, snooker table, sports bar, family bar, takeaway restaurant, ten pin bowling, golf course, dog walk, outdoor play areas, plus so much more.

The swimming pools were nice and if you get there early enough you can get in there whilst it is quiet, however if you want inflatables and fun then head there later in the day.

There is a huge shop on site selling all your essentials and it is not that expensive. They also have a gift shop selling souvenirs and the usual stuff. There is a large Tesco in Ilfracombe, not too far away.

The park is also grouped with three other parks and they supply a bus service that runs between them all and you can use all the facilities at all four parks once you have your wrist band on. The bus service also runs you down to the beach.

The main entertainment area has a bar serving a range of good drinks plus food and also a kids 'bar' selling toys, games, etc. They have entertainment each evening which is the usual holiday park entertainment and was enjoyable for a night.

There is free wifi in the main areas however I struggled to get good speeds from it and you do get a paid for service but we did not try that as we could not pick up the signal in our villa. I did wander down to the Old Mill pub on the edge of the site and bought myself a drink and used their wifi which was quick and useful to use.

On the subject of the Old Mill we ate there one evening and the food was awesome, the service from ordering to getting the food was really quick and was very very nice. Not the cheapest place, but great food and drinks.

The area has lots on offer from Ilfracome, Coombe Martin, Barnstaple and miles and miles of cliff walks and beaches. Our favourite beach by far is the award winning Woolacombe Sands and we managed to park in the car park on Marine Drive in the afternoon for just £2 for as long as we liked, other car parks were charging £5 plus but were closer to the shops, main hub of the beach. Croyde beach down the road is also stunning and we spent a lovely afternoon chilling there.

Overall this is a wicked holiday park and has everything for kids of all ages and adults too wishing to use it as a base for the area. I would visit again and indeed plan to.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Stevasht 4 reviews from this member

On arrival at the site the Warden met us as we drove down the approach road and saw us to our pitch - a fully serviced pitch. He even offered to help us out pitching, but as old hands we declined. A nice touch though - if you are new to caravanning or camping - I noticed him later helping erect tents - in the rain! He was also attentive to getting us the required wrist bands and pointing out the position of all the essentials - toilets, showers, waste bins.

I have to say that the general condition of the site was not that good. The pitch we had was a Super pitch hard standing – I think we paid a bit extra for a larger pitch? They had water, electric and a TV connection point (didn't use the later) – and all had pitch night light. Some of these worked, but if you have children outside sleeping in awnings, it might be a mixed blessing – they seemed rather bright!

All the pitches had some minor levelling required, fore and aft as well as left to right. The pitch next to us seemed to suffer from some strange gurgling sounds that emanated from the drain. Just a slight point the drains were in the middle of the pitch and just a drain cover with no way of securing your pipe into drain, I managed to find a few heavy stones that did the job. You really do need rock pegs, and sturdy ones, at the bottom of the site where we were. From our pitch we could see the sea (just - but mo way was it a sea view!)The overall feeling of the site was of very little greenery and all hard standing. I suppose it is more durable than grass, but you did get the impression of being parked in a huge car park!

Toilets and showers were barely “adequate” and continental in nature ie some unisex and outdoors to a degree. With the wet and cool weather we endured, and we can’t blame that on the site, it would have been nice to have had somewhere warmer to do your ablutions. The toilets were often out of toilet paper, warm water was elusive for handwashing as was soap, and the old fashioned hand dryers did nothing to warm/dry your wet hands afterwards. The showers on one visit were in darkness and the water for the showers was cold as well – there was obviously a “local” power cut to the shower block. The rest of the time the showers did have warm water. The showers were old in design, nowhere to hang things, and a sopping wet floor making it difficult to dress in comfort. Incidentally we suffered a number; I think three in all power outages on the pitch as well - these were not, I was told caused by over usage or individual piches 'tripping' the system.

The bus service is a nice touch and handy for getting to the town of Woolacombe or any of the other sites that are part of the group. There are only three services to and from the site to the beach in the morning and three in the afternoon – not sure if there are more services in the summer months? Parking at Woolacombe varies in price per day, but expect to pay at least a £5 for the day – usually more. The buses can be busy, some of the services are “open top” but they appeared to miscalculate when to put the fully roofed service on, occasionally when the weather was bad that can lead to a wet and cold ride for people, especially with young children, so be warned!

In summary – the warden did what he could and did it well. The cleaning of the showers etc didn’t appear to be his remit. The site has a typical holiday camp feel and meets the needs of many, but it is dated, and don’t expect top notch entertainment, although the younger kids will enjoy it. The ventriloquist, who we missed, was good, or at least he was when we saw him elsewhere. The pools are “okay” but not much room it would seem, to lounge about when you get the sun - but then you ought to be on the beach! The site shop sells just about everything you'd need, and is not excessively pricey. The touring side is tired and needs upgrading, its aimed, I would say at the younger families, the toilet block I would give a 4/10 with the showers a real let down. Don’t think rolling Devon countryside, think of large car park with a few hedges.

Would I return? Definitely not, but I don’t think we are the market this site is aimed at, we thought our older teenagers might have used the facilities, but even they found it not to their liking. O2 and Three networks got phone signal in places, but not 3G – but that goes for the whole area to be fair. There is Wi-Fi on the site – but it appeared to be in certain areas, no Wi-Fi networks were detectable in the bottom touring area, the kids used free and slow access in the reception.

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