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Visitor Reviews - Doone Valley Campsite Malmsmead

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Doone Valley Campsite Malmsmead
Oaremead Farm, Oare
Devon (North)   (Browse area)
EX35 6NU   See Map
Tel: 01598 741267
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Pitches: 40
Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 47 Reviews
                8/10 from 47 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Refills   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire   Golf   Tennis <5 miles 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports <5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport 

Reviews:  47 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Adnamabrown 2 reviews from this member

Love this site. No need to book, just turn up, but recommended to get there early (no arrival or departure times). Good price, facilities basic but lovely and clean. Stream is lovely for the kids to paddle in, camp fires allowed too, which is always a bonus. Owner Carole is very friendly, and recognised my mum from previous trips. Like so much, we're going back for another weekend in Mid August.

My family have been visiting this site for many years, and I first took my children/husband in July 2015, when we did a big family camp. We have visited with them again each year since. This will be the first year we have done 2 visits.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: ShadowC 7 reviews from this member

Lovely site with flat pitches and the ability to have a camp fire. The site was well maintained and the facilities, (toilets, showers and washing up area) were clean. During my visit the site manager dealt with a rowdy bunch quickly and effectively and the noise soon ceased. Bravo!

There are no shops for supplies, just a gift shop and a pub / cafe so bring your supplies with you. I loved the lack of phone signal, if you need to talk to someone you have to walk up the wooded hill behind the site.

I liked the idea of a children's field, the dog walking field, and they had clearly separated off a youth group camp in a field of their own which was a really good plan.

The river runs right beside the camp which is lovely, but do expect there to be a lot of flies (camp fire helps with this). I didn't go in the water by the site but did get a lovely walk along side the river where I found pools deep enough for adults to take a dip in if they were so inclined.

I fully intend to make this camp site a regular haunt.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Kayfamily 4 reviews from this member

Small site at the end of a long and narrow country road. Nice flat pitching with plenty of room and you can pitch right up to the river bank although there is only one block of toilets/showers so if you go down the far end, you will have quite a walk back.

Booking isn't required, just pitch and the lady comes round and takes the money - you can also buy logs from her at a reasonable rate.

The showers and toilets are basic but adequate and were pretty clean.

There is ZERO mobile reception in the valley - fine for getting away but frustrating if you need to meet other people or you get lost :-)

Our children had great fun playing in/around the river which is quite shallow in a lot of places and really only getting to 2-3ft deep at the points we saw.

We were up obscenely late (almost dawn!) as were a few other groups, sat around a campfire with friends chatting and the river as background music, it was a brilliant weekend.

There are no shops around, the shop that used to be by the ford is now a little Inn so make sure you have everything before arriving.

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

The perfect place for families to enjoy. We took our granddaughters camping for their first time here having visited many times with our children when they were younger. We had a brilliant time, a stream to paddle in, camp fires in the evening to cook marshmallows over and clean toileting facilities. We enjoyed peace and quiet as we pitched at the far end of the field as we did not want to disturb other campers if the little one woke in the night, as it happened they slept until 9am as we had worn them out the day before.

There is no shop close by for essentials (the nearby cafe sells bread I think but not much else)so you need to plan your provisions well, there is no mobile signal either which means you can really get away from everything. The scenery is spectacular and plenty of walks from the campsite along the valley or up on to Exmoor. Closest town with reasonable shops is either Minehead or Barnstaple both of which are a 20+ min drive away.

Love the site but it does get busy in the school holidays.

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 4 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.

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