We were quite disappointed with this site as the website photos did not accurately represent the site. We chose this site because we wanted to go 'adults only' and the pitch photos looked lovely on the website.
The pitches were small and the avenues between rows quite narrow so it felt very much like a car park. Cars had to be parked in front of the pitch. You could literally hear conversations in the next pitch to you. Many of the 'privacy' hedges between pitches were non-existent or in poor condition. The views of Dartmoor could only be seen from a few pitches.
We were disappointed with the shower section of the toilet block. The showers could do with refurbishment. They needed grouting and the shower curtains were dirty (they were washed part way through our stay). Also the pipes were exposed and it was easy to accidentally touch them during a shower and they were very hot.
We did partake of the fish and chips and the experience was akin to eating scratchings they were so overcooked (I was there to collect at the correct time - I think they had been started too early).
I understand that the owners are new and the site was acquired late last year but I would have thought that some improvements could have been carried out after six months.
Pros - great location and the owners were friendly. There is a large information room available with tea/coffee, TV and table tennis table. Nice to have serviced pitches. As it was adult only it was quiet.
The camping field was lovely - spacious and great views but no electric hookups were available, otherwise we would have moved there.
We shared a delicious cream tea at The California Cross, really good scones and generous portions of jam and cream. However we thought the menus were expensive and a pint of beer was £4. We had two very good evening visits to The Exeter Inn in Modbury where the food was good and the prices more reasonable. (The pub with all the hanging baskets outside).
A lovely site in a beautiful area. Ideal for visiting several National Trust properties in the area and other lovely places like Salcombe and Dartmouth. Also for walking in the Dartmoor National Park.
The park is nicely kept, grass mown daily and good facilities for washing up, laundry room and emptying/cleaning the toilet cassette. You must use Elsan organic fluid as they have invested in a new waste treatment tank and the ordinary fluid will kill the friendly bacteria needed to make it work. You can buy this on site if necessary.
A nice dog walking area is provided along with recycling facilities. There is an information room containing local info and with large flat screen tv, table tennis table/bats/balls, books you can buy/borrow and tea and coffee making facilities with honesty pot. A lovely idea.
Fully serviced hardstanding pitches mean you don't have to bother with re-filling the aquaroll and emptying the waste master. My favourite kind of pitch! Attractively landscaped and laid out pitches although a little more room between them would be advantageous - some people without motor movers had to ask the people opposite to move cars so they could get their 'vans back out on departure day. The toilets and showers are shut for cleaning for 2 hours (!) between 10. 30 and 12. 30 daily which I found really inconvenient. We only use our toilet for 'minor' trips and to be hanging on at the wrong time or having to time your 'visit' to the facilities was annoying to say the least. You can manage without the showers but really at least one toilet should be available whilst others are being cleaned. Also, the toilets are not private - the walls do not reach the ceiling and you could literally hear a pin drop!
The toilet/shower facilities are in need of an update but I wouldn't let this put me off returning as all in all it was a lovely site. Also, very reasonably priced so I think you can put up with a couple of gripes.
Major plus also is the amazing California Country Cross Inn. Awesome pub, beautiful little garden areas for eating/drinking al fresco. Well-kept beer, fantastic food and only 10 mins walk from the site. We went there several times. We ate in the bar one night and in the restaurant another. Both fantastic and the chicken with 3 cheese sauce is to die for! Some people have said they found it expensive but we didn't. We are from the New Forest and pay these prices at home - for a good meal in a delightful pub you don't need to look any further.
One last thing - take ROUTE 1! Much quicker and less narrow bits than route 2 whatever the time or day in our opinion.
We stayed here for 2 nights in half term, the new owners are very friendly and helpful and the site is quiet and well run. All pitches are hard standing and have electric and water.
The toilets and showers are kept clean and warm but maybe a few more would be needed at busy times especially if there were a lot of tents.
The pub along the road(about 15 minutes walk)is quite good if a bit expensive, it is dog friendly though. If going make sure you take a torch at night road can be dodgy. The shop and garage is opposite the pub and sells most stuff you may need.
Make sure you have ORGANIC toilet fluid they are very fussy, I brought mine home to empty.
Just returned from a weeks stay at this site, and would definitely go back again as it really is a lovely quiet and peaceful site.
On arrival I was warmly greeted by the owner, and it was one of the nicest greetings I have ever had.
The site is well laid out with stone hardstandings. We had an 11m pitch which gave us plenty of room for our twin axle and car. The only downside is that the site road is not very wide and could make it difficult to get on and off a pitch without a motor mover.
The shower block and toilets were very clean, and the Elsan disposal point is easy to use, with a wash hand basin and soap provided which is very thoughtful and extremely useful. You have to use Organic Elsan as they are very environmentally friendly, but organic elsan works better than normal stuff, so no problem.
They do fish and chips on a Thursday night, which many people took advantage of, but we didn't partake sadly, so cant comment, but they smelt lovely.
There is no shop as such on site, but they do sell eggs, milk and papers and there is a good spar shop walking distance at the garage.
Location of site gives you easy journeys to good beaches and towns such as Plymouth, Dartmouth and Salcombe
Value for money was excellent as we had Senior Discount and discount for paying in full on booking, so it was much cheaper than booking a Caravan Club Site.
On the website, they give you a choice of two routes to take, variation 1 or 2. We took variation 2 as it was about 5pm on a week day and they advise not to do route 1 at busy periods, but to be honest I think Route 1 is the better route whatever the time of day, it has a much wider road, albeit a few narrow places, but otherwise its fine. If you do go route 2, its very very easy to miss the tiny white sign buried in the long grass at the top of the hill where you have to turn left, and if you do, then you have to do a tight reverse into a side road to turn around! The little white sign, needs to be a big white sign above the height of the grass. Route 1 is quicker and easier.
Just back from 10 glorious nights on this fabulous site.
Arrived on Sunday afternoon and were made very welcome in a relaxed way - there's the field, find a pitch, any questions just let us know. A check up shortly after to ensure we knew where everything was - great.
The camping field has been recently levelled and re-seeded with grass. It is very flat and well sheltered by trees with one water tap by the gate and gorgeous views out over the moors - amazing sunsets! There is no EHU in the camping field, but that was made clear and was really not a problem.
The camping field does run along the road, but honestly there was very little road noise at all, and no issue with noise at night.
The shower / toilet / wash-up and laundry facilities were all in excellent condition and there was no issue with queuing whilst we were there. The only 'extra' is a hairdryer a 20p a go - all hot water is free.
Dog walking facilities are the best we've found with a dedicated, safe field where dogs can have a good old run around, and all the other dog owners we met were very friendly with sociable dogs.
We tried the Thursday night fish & chips - lovely! - and also went for a couple of meals at the California Inn just along the road - very nice food at reasonable prices.
We made the most of the numerous National Trust properties close by, as well as a trip to Burgh Island and a drive out over Dartmoor.
For amazing sunsets, pitch your tent facing out towards the (quiet) road, over to the moors - breath taking.
This is a lovely, well maintained site, well run in a friendly and relaxed way - I would not hesitate to recommend it and hope to be back.
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