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Visitor Reviews - Doone Valley Campsite Malmsmead

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Doone Valley Campsite Malmsmead
Oaremead Farm, Oare
Brendon
Lynton
Devon (North)   (Browse area)
EX35 6NU   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01598 741267

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Pitches: 40
Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 43 Reviews
              8/10 from 43 Reviews


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Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Smithstrio 2 reviews from this member

Went with friends plus children and dogs, amazing time, kids loved playing in the stream that borders and the site - if you can get a pitch right by it go for it although it seems the most popular so if your going for a weekend get there as early as you can we pulled in on Friday morning and I expect in the school holidays its heaving.

Also no pitch layout so you have to watch how close others try to pitch to you

Can have camp fires which was fab and we took some marsh mellows yummy. There was also a picnic bench which was a blessing as we only had 1 camping table between us all.

Toilets and showers a bit basic but clean tidy and hot water

Go prepared to walk otherwise you'll miss the scenery which is fantastic There are woods opposite where we took the kids and dogs to wear them out and collect some more wood plenty just lying on the ground.

We didn't use the café but menu looked good.

As others have said owners seem laid back but they do find you at some point.

Date of Visit: April 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Foxkin 3 reviews from this member

Camped here back in April and managed to get good, though slightly drizzly weather! It's the third or fourth time we've been having originally found it by chance around 6 years ago. We usually pop down just for a night but are gearing ourselves up for longer now the kids are older because it is such a beautiful spot.

Situated in a somewhat sheltered valley with a tea room around the corner (a tad on pricey side, but I understand it's good) and stables over the road (yet to try). The ground is nice and flat, if a little stoney but there are plenty of good sized firepits with logs for sale, if needed. They come round with logs twice a day though at nonspecific times, so you may have to wait.

The kids always enjoy themselves around the field or river, never had to take anything other than sleep toys! VERY quite except for the sounds of sheep or lambs.

Prices do seem to have gone up drastically in the last two years, paying £18. 00 this time (£12 for two adults and £3 per child), whereas it used to be £5 per tent per night! Logs are £5 per bag, with kindling and you do get a good amount. Shower and toilet facilities are basic and generally clean and the wash up area has hot water and a tap for drinking water, which is really helpful.

We've always enjoyed it here, sun or rain, and will continue to go back, in spite of the price hike.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Duzz 1 review from this member

We came to stay here for a week as a group of 16 (4 separate units), we hired a field for a week (£90 per night, which worked out at £22. 50 per couple) as it was the only way we could get a booking, although our family had the electric hook-up, after some lighthearted haggling we managed to get this included within the £90 for the field. If there's a big group of you going, this could work out really good value as I reckon you could fit at least 20 tents into the field we were in.

The location is truly beautiful, the stream is great for the kids, we loved listening to the sheep and cows, this is a very relaxing site, you're surrounded on all sides by hills so you do lose the sun quite early but that is when the campfires come into their own! We had some roaring ones and came equipped with our own wood, although you can buy it from the owner. Beware the annoying midges in the early evening, bring some insect repellent with you.

Toilets are ok (4 of them) toilet roll kept well stocked. Two showers, not brilliant, sometimes warm, sometimes a tad hot but with the stunning scenery & location you can look past that!

We sampled the cafe just outside the campsite, £6. 50 for cod and chips, £6 for a pizza, very nice food & good portions.

Lots to do in the surrounding area, Lynmouth/Lynton are 15 minutes drive away, Minehead about half an hour, Combe Martin around 3/4 of an hour. The Valley of the Rocks is a must-do, good walking / scrambling, superb views, lots of goats & a great teashop to finish! However, there's so many different walks locally that you don't have to use your car at all if you don't want to.

We had such a relaxing time here, no phone signal unless you go up to the top of the hill, but we liked that!

All in all, this is a super but basic site in a stunning location-and that's what counts! We're planning on going back next year :)

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mike Jackson 8 reviews from this member

We have just spent 5 nights on this site in glorious sunshine. The site is beautifully positioned and is enhanced by the East Lyn river flowing through it, needless to say most campers preferred to pitch next to it.

£19 per night was very reasonable for two adults and two children, the only facilities offered were toilets, showers and washing up sinks, all with free hot water, and an undercover sitting area which would have been handy if it had rained. There were many fire pits so you can build your own camp fire with your own wood or you can buy it from the site owner.

There is a cafe and gift shop next door but the nearest pub is two miles away which can be reached on a very narrow road - not recommended!

The Doone Valley is delightful and has classic Exmoor features such as small hamlets / villages, picnic sites, the river and the church at Oare. Supplies were plentiful in Lynton which is about 4 miles away.

We had only one negative - lots of biting midges in the evening but once we had lit the fire they seemed to go elsewhere. The river could be a hazard to young children but on balance it offered loads to more savvy children, ours loved it.

We would visit this site again.

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lemonsherbert 2 reviews from this member

Just had five nights here and was very pleased. Good flat camping ground in beautiful spot. Showers and other facilities good and kept clean and toilet roll well stocked! Only two showers per sex so might get a bit busy at peak times but I never had a problem.

There is no permenant warden on site so you just set up and the warden comes around a couple of times a day to collect pitch fees and do the cleaning. They are pretty laid back so don't worry about going off out again without having seen anyone, they'll catch up with you at some point. Cost £6 per adult per night plus £1 a night for the dog (sorry didn't make a note of kids prices as n/a for me!) so reasonably priced. Would definitely stay here again.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Linz906 2 reviews from this member

What a fabulous location. We have just spent five nights at this campsite through the August Bank holiday weekend, and yes it did get busy. Our only complaint is that the shower/washing up facilities, weren't adequate for that amount of people. But hey ho we didn't have to wait that long.

We were very lucky with the weather although pitching our sizeable tent in the pouring rain on Thursday evening wasn't great. All was resolved on Friday with blazing sunshine.

The campsite owner was a very nice lady who was very laid back, and very helpful. We had a great campfire, under a clear blue sky, and were lucky to see a firework display going off in the next valley.

It was a great place for children to play.

A couple of further gripes although not down to the campsite, was some people who decamped and left a load of rubbish around their firepit, and a dog owner who thinks that because they're camping, they don't have to clear up after their dog !

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