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!
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.
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.
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.
This is our 2nd visit to the site, that must tell you something.
Alston Farm is perfectly placed if you intend on visiting the Salcombe area with a tent. It's a 5 minute drive to Salcombe's own beaches (North Sands, South Sands etc) and only 10 mins drive to beaches like Bantham. You can actually walk to Salcombe town itself if you're up for the 30 min (albeit very pretty) walk.
There are 3 areas that make up the site. One smaller tent field on one side of the road, a large caravan section with a bit of tent field at the end of it and finally an upper most field which is usually empty but is on a slope so not ideal for tents anyway. We stayed at the end of the main section, just past all the caravans. You can't book, but we found a space quite easily and this was Salcombe regatta week! There are no marked pitches so you should be able to camp together in a group too.
The facilities are basic (unpainted concrete toilet block!) but everything you need is there, including a tumble drier. Showers are 20p for about 4 mins but are proper electric showers so work well. Everything is kept pretty clean.
There is a small shop selling essentials and a freezer for your ice packs.
Given the amount of caravans on-site, it's actually quite a calm site and doesn't feel too 'touristy'. It's one of those sites where everyone is quiet by 10:30 and up early.
Basic, but clean, reasonably priced and well placed for exploring that area. Will definitely be going again.
What a friendly site, the field was not busy, the staff were fantastic and the experience was commendable. We only stayed one night, but on arrival had the choice of three fields to stay in - all were good. The facilities; shop, toilets, showers were all perfect, the price was reasonable - £14 for two plus two kids - overall no complaints. We cooked a gorgeous breakfast of locally produced sausages, bacon and eggs - scrummy! We will def go back there if we head to Salcombe again.
Trust your sat-nav. It will get you there - but don't follow it if you have a caravan, the route it takes you is tight!
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