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Visitor Reviews - Woodlands Grove Caravan & Camping Park

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Woodlands Grove Caravan & Camping Park
Blackawton
Dartmouth
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
TQ9 7DQ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01803 712598

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Pitches: 225
Open: Easter To Bonfire

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 120 Reviews
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Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: SteppieBristol 7 reviews from this member

If youíre looking for a family friendly, well-located and well run campsite in the beautiful South Devon countryside then Woodlands is a great choice.

Itís a huge site so there was space even on a sunny week in the middle of the summer holidays. The size could have made it feel overwhelming, but a well thought out layout, and what appeared to be a careful policy of allocating pitches, meant that it felt surprisingly intimate.

The big selling point is the access to Woodlands Theme Park. Our grandchildren (aged between 3 and 12) loved it and didnít really want to do anything else, although we managed to tempt them away to the beach a few times, and did one lovely walk on Dartmoor. I donít know how well the park would suit older teenagers, but it has great facilities for most ages. Itís a little bit dated in places, but has a very friendly feel. There is plenty to do and kept our lot occupied for hours.

If you can drag yourself away, itís a wonderful area with beautiful countryside. Itís only about 15 mins drive down to Slapton Sands which is a long beach with three car parks (the middle one has the most space and is the best place for swimming as it has lifeguards). Donít miss fish and chips at the Start Bay Inn Ė declared as the highlight of the holiday.

Totnes and Dartmouth are both lovely towns to visit, and it is worth driving up to Dartmoor if you have the chance. There are lots of other things to do which we didnít manage to fit in.

The campsite itself has several distinct areas ĖI think itís a shame these arenít explained more clearly on the website, but itís also not clear how you get allocated to an area and whether there is any choice.

The Hillcrest area contains a number of individual paddocks, all different shapes and sizes but with between six and ten pitches, some with small trees that gave the feel that the campers were in an orchard. It is mainly level grass with some hard-standing. I thought it looked the most attractive and tranquil part of the site.

Falcon View comprises a number of eight-pitch paddocks. All the pitches are hardstanding but have groundsheets provided for tents. Personally I thought these were the least attractive as they felt a bit regimented, but itís a matter of taste.

Well Park is a large area but as itís divided up by hedges you feel as if youíre on a smaller site. The pitches here are more flexible Ė there are some big spaces which lend themselves to larger family groups. Some but not all have EHU. We were in the top right hand corner and had lovely views over the countryside. The only down-side is that all the pitches have a bit of a slope Ė some barely noticeable but others quite marked. Although we were there at a very busy time, quite a lot of pitches were left empty so there was enough grass for children to play games and run around. The wardens tell you where to pitch and although the pitches arenít marked there was plenty of room so it didnít feel overcrowded.

At the top of the park, Upper Well Park and Stonefield are both big fields Ė more like an old-fashioned campsite. Upper Well Park had lots of trees and a very nice feel, although no EHU and a bit of a walk to the facilities.

There are three toilet/shower blocks. All of them have several family shower rooms as well as individual cubicles, and at least one accessible shower room with toilet. Hillcrest and Falcon View facilities are bigger and better established. Well Park has a bit of a portacabin feel which is a shame as it serves the largest part of the site. The showers were fine, but the block itself did get cold. There are two big ice-cream freezers to freeze your ice blocks which is a useful facility. The facilities seemed to hold up quite well, although on a very busy Saturday you might need to time your shower or washing up session to avoid the rush.

The General Store is well stocked, but itís a bit of a walk down the hill. Although there is a pizza take-away and cafť, there isnít a central club house or bar which I thought was a shame. It would also be nice to have a swimming pool Ė I know our weather is variable but Iím always disappointed how few English campsites have pools.

The campsite is very well-run. There is a large on-site warden team who are friendly and helpful without being officious. They drive round regularly to check the site and seemed very willing to sort out any problems that people had. We were lucky that although there were a couple of big groups, we didnít witness any bad behaviour, but I felt confident that it would be challenged if there was.

In summary loads of pluses Ė location, facilities, staff, free access to the theme park (including after hours, when you can use the outdoor slides although the rides are shut).

It would be good if the Well Park facilities block could be upgraded to the standard of the other two. The only other negative was that the on-site wifi was very poor, even though there seemed to be booster aerials in most fields Ė definitely not worth the money.

I canít give it a perfect ten as there are a few areas for improvement, but we had a great ten-day stay on the site and Iíd have no hesitation in recommending it, or going back again.

Date of Visit: April 2016 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mrs mouse 5 reviews from this member

Stayed here over the early May Bank holiday weekend for three nights for the third year running. Had a special deal as we were staying as part of a larger group 'rally'. Check in is easy and quick, pitches are mostly level, plenty of water points and frequently emptied bins. The campsite is well managed, tidy and quiet. The facilities are also clean with a good range of showers, family rooms, bathrooms etc. Good dish washing areas and laundry. The bonus is the free entry into the theme park which is down hill from the camping area, our grandkids love the attractions as do we, water rides are a particular favourite. It is close to Dartmouth with plenty to see and there is also a very good pub just up the road from the campsite called the Sportsmans Arms, the carvery is especially good. No doubt we will be staying again next year.

Date of Visit: March 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Chipmonk 12 reviews from this member

The other reviews sum this place up. We have been visiting for years as a day member with our kids. Our first visit with touring van.

Check in was easy, staff very pleasant.

Warden met us in holding area to show us pitch. If anyone has trouble with reversing in, wardens will hook up your unit to their buggy, and do it for you, as a neighbour did.

Flat hard standing pitch, with a twist. Looks like tarmac, but you can actually put pegs into it!

Loads of little top stones, but a ground sheet is neatly folded up on your pitch for you to use free of charge.

The sight is on a hillside, so walking around can be a challenge for some.

Facilities are top notch. Extremely clean, and always being serviced. The sight is also very clean, with plenty of bins and water points.

Pitches are sub divided by hedges, with an average of 8 units in each.

Entry to the park is included on stays of 2 nights or more. Even with older children now, we still love it!1

There is a bus stop outside the park, but everywhere else, is a drive.

The park is very quiet, and well marshalled.

Will definitely be returning.

Date of Visit: October 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Karenw1 1 review from this member

We stayed here for 3 nights during the October half term. The site was very clean and tidy and there were plenty of bins that were emptied regularly. The pitch was well maintained and there was even a ground sheet provided. The toilet block was very clean and it was nice to see that they have family rooms with baths as the little one is not keen on showers. The dish washing area had plugs for the sinks and cloths were provided. There was also a game and tv room which was open all day/night. The shop had everything we needed. The theme park next door was very good with lots of activities for us to do. I would recommend this site. Very good value for money.

Date of Visit: October 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Caff57 1 review from this member

My cousin and I came for a short break; as we stopped 2 nights we got free entrance to the park (see review). It advertises the best campsite in Europe! I would not say that but it is great for kids with the large indoor area, table tennis etc there are slot machines but in the old day it was 2p - but in this area it is 10p that's inflation for you.

There are disabled showers but they are a bit tired - perphaps it's low season! It would have been good if the shower head was handheld to help hairwashing.

If you want to remain very local it's good but if you want to use the site as a touring base there are lots of small roads to get out of area, so if you want to fit in more perhaps try a different campsite.

Rangers were continually round emptying bins etc so the site was always clean and tidy.

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Philatstoke 1 review from this member

This is one of our favourite sites, have been many times and NEVER been disappointed. We always stay for 5 nights, Sunday to Friday morning, on their special deal for £54 (2 adults only, EHU, awning, off peak). It is an amazing deal for an excellent site with free access to the leisure park.

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