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Alston Farm
Kingsbridge
Salcombe
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
TQ7 3BJ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01548 561260

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Open: March To End October

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 21 Reviews
              7/10 from 21 Reviews


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Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Nix12 1 review from this member

Have visited Alston Farm a few times now and keep meaning to write a review so hear it is. Alston Farm is situated at the base of a valley on the side of the Salcombe Estuary. The caravan park paddocks are amongst rolling hills and offer you a wide choice of pitches, elevated positions, sheltered corners, secluded nooks and crannies.

At this time of year nature is abundant, hedgerows full of wildlife and wild flowers, even foxgloves. This morning I woke to complete silence other than happy bird song. On my walk to the toilet block there were rabbits pottering and strutting pheasants.

To me this a world away from my manic work life and I now feel completely relaxed ready for the next working week.

The facilities are more than sufficient. Yes, basic but ample toilets blocks and showers where ever you decide to pitch. Though dated all are clean and tidy. The pitch price reflects the basic facilities but these are more than compensated by the parks natural beauty. It is a rural campsite. There is plenty of space, a great children's play area and a well thought out dog walk through a wooded valley. There is also a small shop on site open first thing and early evening selling your basics as well as laundry facilities and loads of washing up areas. A fish and chip van visits Friday evenings and is very reasonably priced.

All in all if you want a site for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle, this is for you.

I will be returning again this season.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Vaughnsins 2 reviews from this member

A very beautiful campsite in a very beautiful part of the world. We stayed in the overflow tent field and had the most peaceful break there. The facilities were suitable for the job and we were able to freeze our ice blocks with ease. A great location for all the best beaches, and a wonderful view of Salcombe estuary from our field. A fantastic camping experience. We shall definitely visit again

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jarmie40 2 reviews from this member

Camped here over the bank holiday weekend for 3 days. It is relatively close to home and we know the area well. The site is in a truly beautiful location and we were given a pitch up on the upper terrace, The pitch was generously sized, had electric hook up and was level. The campsite supervisor was helpful and flexible and allowed our friends to pitch next to us even though they had been allocated to a pitch further down. Salcombe is a short drive away as are the beautiful beaches of Hope Cove, Thurlestone and the surfing haven of Bantham.

Pitch fees are very reasonable but it is only on seeing the facilities that you realise why! There are a number of toilet and shower blocks across the site, but it is clearly geared up for the numerous static caravans on site. Showers and toilet blocks are separate. Each are bare concrete and the stencilled information on the walls gives it almost a concentration camp feel. Showers are basic and need a supply of 20 pences to work. There is plenty of hot water - but there appears to be no limiters on the temperature and the water was scaldingly, dangerously hot. The showers were also not always clean - the bin in the ladies shower block was not emptied at all over the 3 days we were there and the contents were less than sanitary! The laundry room on site was a real education in how washing facilities have moved on - an actual mangle and an iron that a 1950's housewife would've been proud of - all required further 20p coins to be used and no sign of a pat test anywhere! And although several sinks were provided, there was no hot water supply. Dishwashing facilities are also basic, with none of the sink areas having lights and the sink block near to our tent was cold water only with an unlabelled hot tap attached to the shower block a short distance away - we only discovered this by accident on the second day and this was after finding a couple washing their clothes in the dishwashing sinks - which sort of put us off!

It's such a shame, it's clearly a well used and well located site but is in desperate need of some investment to bring the facilities up to date. There is a small, well stocked and very reasonably priced shop on site and you can order newspapers. There is also a shed with a freezer for ice blocks and this is offered free of charge. Would I stay again - because of the location, yes, but definitely not for more than a night or two!

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: RichieP 3 reviews from this member

Site well sign posted but maize of rough tracks to site is somewhat confusing with public tracks running right through the site and splitting some of the areas up. We stayed on the terrace area with EHU which was flat and sheltered.

That is where to good news stops. Toilet and wash blocks are circa 1950's in appearance, finish and functionality. Laundry facilities where even worse bordering on unusable and certainly not fit for purpose. Many of the wash areas are semi open plan and open topped to the elements. There seemed to be very little attention to hygiene. It was a great shame as the site is located in a good position above one of the creeks into Salcombe.

Small shop opening for an hour or two mornings and evenings with very basic stock of essentials.

If you are fussy about your washing facilities, laundry or dishwashing areas, then this is maybe not the site for you.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Trevor + Jo 41 reviews from this member

We chose this site because they don't take bookings and they assured us the day before arrival that, unlike other nearby sites, they weren't full over the double Bank Holiday 60th Jubillee week end. We turned up early Sunday morning and there was indeed still loads of space.

The views from the top field are very good but unfortunately the windy wet weather forced us to find shelter under the trees at the top end of the main caravan park. Here the field is fairly flat and well drained but some of the other fields gently slope in places. The toilet and wash facilities are adequate although the 20p showers are a bit of a pain. Expect to use 2 or 3 coins for a decent splash. On the plus side the pitch rates were very reasonable and the coin system prevents shower hogs causing queues at peak times. The water in the sinks is scalding hot to the point of being dangerous. Be warned, because believe it or not, there are no cautionary signs displayed!

An amble into Salcombe along the lanes takes about and hour. Thurlestone, Burgh Island and Hope Cove are all well worth a visit too.

We enjoyed staying at this site and found the owners welcoming and helpful. Every day they do the rounds checking tickets on tents etc and stopping for a chat. A nice touch.

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Leonsmith 10 reviews from this member

This is my 3rd visit to Alston Farm. I last stayed at the site exactly 1 year ago and submitted a favourable review after that. I notice that no-one else has reviewed since, so I thought I'd put in a quick update after my latest visit to keep people up to date!

The site hasn't changed in the last year. It's still the same relaxed atmosphere. You can't pre-book, so you just turn up, pitch your tent and a chap comes round in the morning to collect your fee's (cash only!).

Similarly, there's no rush to pack up in the morning. I can't imagine that you'd ever have a problem finding a pitch as we've camped there during regatta week and bank holidays and there's always been plenty of space, in fact there's an overflow field (albeit on a slight slope) which has always been completely empty!

There seem to be no rules about where you pitch so perfect for group camping! The grass is in excellent condition and makes for a perfect tent pitch.

Again, we didn't use the official tent area, but camped right at the end of the static caravan area where there's a rather hidden tent area with its own shower block which is always empty for the most part. Showers are still 20p for a few minutes but they are electric so hot and powerful. Although the facilities are basic they are clean and functional.

For visiting Salcombe, I'd recommend parking at the park and ride (5 mins) and then walking down to the town (10-15 mins). This saves you the £5. 80 that they charge you for using the actual bus!

Stay up late and check out the stars! Without any light pollution down there, it's a great place to check out the sky at night!

Alston is a firm favourite with us and we'll keep going back.

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