We have visited this campsite at Eastertime for the last 5 years. We go here because the children have such a wonderful time at what is a very laid back & uncommercialised site.However DO NOT visit this site unless you are prepared to go back to really basic no frills camping for your stay. The facilities are very very basic.
What we love about this site are all the attractions for the children.They are kept amused from morning until night.There is a small animal farm with animals to feed (fantastic at Easter with all the newborns),goats to walk, horses to ride etc etc. There is then an indoor play barn open until 5pm, and an indoor swimming pool for the sole use of campers .However this is just a pool in a bit of a run down greenhouse which my daughter refuses to go in because of the flies floating on top!
Outside there is a good play area with trampolines, slides, sandpit etc. When the park closes the children get this all to themselves which they think is wonderful. There is a cafe on site selling meals & ice creams & 2 very good nature trails. Every Easter there is an Easter egg hunt.
The site is set in lovely countryside on the edge of a ridge with the most stunning of views.There are deers roaming the countryside with a tractor ride out to see them.
There is plenty to do in the area. My son`s Birthday usually falls at Easter & we take him to Creay adventure park. We always have a day out on the tram from Colyton to Seaton & have a meal at the "Hook & Parrot" overlooking the sea.The kids enjoy a day at Charmouth & hire hammers to go fossil collecting. There is a lovely beach at Lyme Regis & Branscome & Beer are also within easy reach & well worth a visit.
We love it here for the relaxed no frills holiday we have & will probably be there again next year. We often daydream about buying this site & investing a bit of money into it to make this site the really wonderful place it could be, because that is all thats needed.For now though only go if you are prepared to "rough it" for a while!
We booked this camp site for Aug Bank Holiday weekend, after finding many of our other choices unable to take us. The website made it sound very appealing so off our two families went.After paying our full fee (£22 a night for 3 nights, no EHU), we were directed to our (unmarked) pitches. The pitches were in a very level field, with plenty of space. The ground was quite stony, which meant a few bent tent pegs, but once the tent was up it was very sturdy, thankfully so,as the site is on top of a very high hill and does tend to catch the wind. Hook ups were available for those the required them.
The Countryside Park is open to the public during the day. There are small animal enclosures,with guinea pigs, rabbits, goats etc for the children to handle. Also there are some of the larger farm animals to see (pigs etc). There is an indoor play barn, with a ball pit and soft play, and a small coffee bar, selling drinks, ice creams and so on. A nearby field is given over to outdoor play, with three trampolines (no safety nets), a small zip wire, climbing frames and slides. In this area there is also a restaurant, with a menu of items such as chicken and chips, pasties, etc. (We did not use the eating places on site at all, so cannot comment on them.)
The Park also has some woodland walks marked out, with fantastic views over the Devon countryside. (We saw a herd of deer, led by a beautiful white stag!)
Now, regrettably, the negative side.
There were two sets of toilets. One located near the entrance, and presumably used by day visitors and campers alike. The building was not dissimilar to a wooden hut, with a disabled cubicle, and two others (in the ladies). There was a padded table provided for baby changing. The toilets were maintained in a very poor fashion. The tiled floor appeared only to be swept, rather than washed and was very dirty with large amounts of long term black dirt built up in the corners. The walls were dusty and cobwebby, and even had bird mess on them inside the building. (It was next door to a dove cote.) The window was absolutely filthy, with old spiders webs, dead insects etc all over it. The one hand basin was cracked through, and I was aware, through observation, that in the time I spent there the same blob of toothpaste remained next to the cold tap! The waste bin had to be overflowing, literally, before it was emptied. (I understand from my husband that the gents were very similar in state.)
The second set of toilets were in a portakabin, viewed once but not used as they were so very dirty, much as the others but possibly worse! I looked at the showers, but admit I refused to use them due to the poor hygiene standards, and the state of the portakabin they were housed in. General mould and dirt abounded! The washing up sink was next to the ladies showers, again I chose not to use this, preferring to boil a kettle and keep my property away from the poor state of the sinks in that area!
I do not use a chemical toilet, however the Elsan point was close to the showers. It was in fact literally, a conventional toilet, complete with cistern plumbed in outside, with an "Elsan" sign over the top. The drinking water tap was very close to this approx 6 -8 feet away, both located along a fence, neither being enclosed at all.
The site advertises an indoor pool for the sole use of campers. I was aware that there were a few people who did use the pool; mainly young people, although I did not actually see anyone in the water. When myself and my friend "checked" out the pool we were very disappointed. The pool itself was housed in a plastic corrugated building, which had seen better days. It was obviously suffering from overgrown plants outside, as one end of the building was completely dark because of the ivy etc outside. This had also encroached into the building via the joins in the plastic sheets. The pool did have a cover on it, but once this was moved, there seemed t be a layer of scum on top of the water. There were lots of dead insects and dirt in the pool, and a line of green algae around the edge. There was a glugging, gulping noise in the pool house which I presume was the pump trying to do its stuff. I did not allow the children to use the pool at all, as I I was not happy with the cleanliness at all.
In all, we adults felt that with better maintenance and a little cash input, this could be a fantastic site, mainly because of its ideal location. It is in East Devon, close to the the seaside towns and villages such as Seaton and Beer, yet in a quiet and tranquil spot. Although they do not have any kind of shop facililty, there are local general stores close by in Colyton and also a large CO-OP in Seaton, 3 miles away.
Sadly, despite the beautiful surroundings we have decided not to visit again , and not to recommend it.
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