Our second stay at this very nice holiday park. If you have a family, this is a must. However, we do not and this is still a really nice site. The pitches are clean and well tended. The staff helpful and all were very pleasant and helpful. We pitched on the Ridges with spectacular views of the sea. Enjoyed sitting out each evening as the sun went down and the site gradually fell into a tranquil evening darkness. The pool area is newly refurbished and the site has done well. The changing village is clean and has many nice touches. So, what about bad points? To be honest, there are not many. However, I can name three here:
A)we bought wifi for the week and this was expensive and not reliable and only works on one device.
B) There were no hooks outside the shower area for towels so we had to put them in a pile and hope they stayed dry while we showered after swimming.
C) No bins in the touring fields was a little annoying.
Would we go back? Yes, most certainly. We would highly recommend this site.
Just back from our first camping holiday as a family (2 adults, 2 kids aged 5 and 1). I feel we have possibly been spoilt for our first camping holiday due to the weather was glorious and the site was absolutely fantastic! We we're in the Smugglers campsite side and the pitches are tiered with lovely views over the campsite and sea. Each pitch comes with electric hookup and water tap. The toilet blocks we're not to far to walk to and all modern and I always being kept clean. The hairdryer you do have to pay for which is 50p which I feel could have been free (this may be a standard on all campsites?). The beach area is lovely though is pebbles and you will need crocs/beach shoes for walking on and into the water. We hired a motor boat for £20 (1hour) and had a great time viewing the coastline and general mucking about on the water. You can also hire kayaks. The outside play area for the kids is brilliant, just off the show bar and cafe/restaurant. The views are spectacular form here too. There is lots for the kids to do (however ours didn't want to get involved and was happy playing in the park). We didn't try the swimming pool however judging by all the other facilities we tried I am sure this would be a lovely pool too! The on site shop is well stocked if you need anything. The receptionist was really helpful too. This site is quite big and reminded me a little bit of Haven as very geared up for families but better! Dogs are welcome on this site too. I'm not sure what more I can say is that we would thoroughly recommend this site and are definitely looking forward to going back.
Just returned from 2 nights at Ladram Bay. We normally opt for smaller quieter sites but this site is ideally situated on the Devon coastal path so if you like walking the location is perfect. The site itself is huge with lots of mobile homes. It obviously attracts lots of families and there is a pool, bar and restaurant and an entertainment complex. We didn't use any of these but had a drink at the bar on the terrace which overlooks the sea with great views of the private beach. We have a dog so could only use the Terrace area - however that's fine. There are a couple of dog walking areas but note that dogs are not allowed on the beach. There is a well stocked small supermarket on site.
The facilities for caravans and motorhomes are very good. We were situated on No 126 which is the new section. Immediately on the left as you come into the holiday park. Terraced, hard standing, with electric and water. Wonderful views out to sea. The toilet block is obviously brand new and was immaculate. Large showers, lots of hot water and hair dryers available in the ladies loos - there is a charge for these. This section also has Chemical loo facility and the laundry area.
Staff were friendly and polite and check in was quick and efficient. They also take the ACSI card at Ladram Bay which means in the low season you can save about £10 for the 2 nights which makes it very good value for money.
The Coastal path walks are accessible from the site. Sidmouth is about 2 miles but be warned this is a fairly steep route so wouldn't be classed as an easy walk.
The other route is to Budleigh Salterton and this is about 3. 5 to 4 miles from the site. Fairly flat, easy going and only a couple of sections with a little bit of a climb. Good views and you will also come across Brandy Bay WWII observation post used in the second world war. Behind the observation post was the cannon/ammunition testing range for Spitfires and Lancasters who used this range to check their weapons were calibrated when taking delivery of their new aircraft.
It's a decent walk and well worth doing.
When you leave the holiday park on this path, about 1/2 mile from the site there is a public footpath to Otterton. This brings you out at the Otterton Football club and you take a right to go into the village. The Kings Arms does a decent lunch and dogs are permitted in the bar area. If you walk further down into the village past the pub there is another café and shop selling crafts and local produce.
So we were pleasantly surprised by our stay here. Although they cater more for families staying in the mobile homes and lodges, it's a very well organised site, immaculately clean and tidy and well situated. We will visit this one again.
Well what can I say. We have definitely been spoilt this time. At only £16 or night for a fully serviced pitch, and that's just for starters. Staff are very friendly and helpful. You get views that are spectacular and are available from all pitches, as the site is tiered. The toilets/shower block are brand new and superb and spacious.
It is a big site but not to be compared to Butlins / Pontins / Haven. This site has been improved over time. Its family run and is just about to celebrate its 70th Birthday. It is an extremely well thought out site and I say site but it is like a little village. Pitches are spacious. Views tremendous. There's a large recycling/refuse area. A play area for the kids. There is a shop which sells just about everything and isn't overpriced. A cafe which does snacks and beverages to eat in and take out. A restaurant/bar with great views of the sea. There is free WIFI at bars and eating establishments.
I had a big surprise as they have their own private beach. We were on the top tier and it took us less than 5 minutes to get to beach. It's a pebble beach, you can hire deck chairs. There are kayaks and fishing boats that can be rented for a reasonable price. The sea is an inviting gradual slope so good for kids. All in all a brilliant site and the best holiday park that I have ever been to.
Got to say all the people working at ladram bay, are so polite and helpful nothing is to much trouble for them, so well done to all of you. We were on the ridges by the new shower block, its the best shower block we have seen, and kept so clean and warm. The view from the ridges is great sat out at 9am having our coffee looking out over the sea. Bit of a trek uphill to the ridges, but hey we are from wales so are used to this, its worth it for the views. The fish and chips were good and the shop not to bad on prices, . The entertainers were good still worked hard even when half full, so well done to them. Will we go back yes yes yes.
We stayed at Ladram Bay for 10 days at the beginning of August and I have to say I was extremely impressed with the site and all of the facilities it offers.
We arrived in our caravan and was told to park on the left hand side of the car park and unhitch, a tractor then arrived and towed us to our pitch, I was very grateful for this as the campsite is quite steep and it saved my clutch.
We were pitched on The Ridges, which overlooks the campsite and has an exquisite view of the sea, the pitch was fully serviced and very roomy, with plenty of room for an awning.
The shower block, toilets and pot wash were obviously new and very impressive, the showers were digital and always spotless with the cleaner there always making sure it was just so.
The site was full but didn’t seem that way, the club is not overly priced, has some good entertainment and the kids loved it. There is an extensive kids playing area including amusements, which kept our 7, and 4 year old occupied.
The pool area is again first class, you have to pay as a touring guest but there are sun loungers to sit outside if the weather is nice.
We ate at the restaurant on one night, which was a bit busy, the food was lovely, we ate outside overlooking the beautiful bay, just watch out for thieving seagulls.
There is a private beach, which has canoes and boats for hire, the beach is pebbly until the sea goes out then there is a bit of sand, the beach and bay are so picturesque, there is loads of opportunity to go crabbing, something which we became quite good at by the end of the holiday.
The site is quite secluded through a lovely village called Otterton, there are nearby shops and supermarkets in Exmouth which is about 5 miles away, the costal path runs to Sidmouth one way and Budleigh Salterton the other. We walked to Sidmouth which is well worth a visit, must have been feeling energetic as it was a six mile round trip.
Overall I would to highly recommend Ladram Bay, the buildings are relatively new, the facilities really clean and first class, the staff welcoming, an excellent place to stay and I would not hesitate in suggesting my friends to stay as we loved it.
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