The first thing to remember is that we usually holiday under canvass. My wife booked this long weekend break on-line listed as a last minute cheap deal. We stayed for 3 nights/4 days in what they describe as a bronze chalet.
Overall we we're very pleased with the park. The staff are first class; the park itself very clean and well maintained, the children's entertainment and park facilities are very good.
On the downside, the chalet was very dated - reminded me of the wooden chalets in Carry on Camping; it had a sort of Butlins feels about it. Now we could live with that; found it quite fun. However, the chalet was very dated, decorated and furnished to a reasonably high standard in the lounge but the kitchen and bathroom leave a lot to be desired. The bedrooms; whilst clean, had very uncomfortable beds similar to sleeping on mattresses with the occasional golf ball under the sheet. The wooden slats collapsed on one single bed - whilst funny at the time; it could have been quite dangerous. The bathroom had a cast iron bath and a small handbasin which was hanging off the wall. The kitchen cupboards were very dodgy; the drawers and then fell off the runners. We found a teapot in the cupboard which had mouldy smelly teabags in it; yuk!
Another downside was the pool. The website boasts two pools; one indoor and one outdoor. Even though there were two lifeguards on at times; there was only ever one pool open at a time. I was told by staff on reception that the outdoor pool closed on 2nd Sept; out of season, and even if the temperature outside is 80degrees, it would remain closed. However; the lifeguards opened it and it stayed open. On another occasion I was told the outdoor pool had to remain closed because there was only one lifeguard on duty. A little while later I saw the other lifeguard working behind the bar!
To end on a positive; the food was fantastic. We decided to book half board and were not disappointed. Although they appeared to limit the amount of food at breakfast, there was no limit at evening meal. Plenty of it and very nice too.
Would we return? Yes but not in a bronze chalet; and I wouldn't pay brochure price.
First stayed at Landscove in 2006, before Park Holidays took over, and fell in love with the place! The site was spotlessly clean, well maintained and the accommodation was the same. This year, the accommodation was shabby and dirty, the grass was uncut, the swimming pool was falling apart,(door broken on changing room and tiles coming away from the wall!) and the site looked as though it hadn't been touched during the close season.
That said, you can't fault the location of this park. About a mile from Brixham harbour, it gives easy access to all the South Devon's attractions such as Crealy, Paignton Zoo, Woodlands etc, and some of the most beautiful views anywhere in the country. Just a 5min walk from the site you come to Berry Head which is fantastic for a picnic.My choice would be to 'forget' the picnic and veer left down the lane to the Berry Head Hotel. Don't be intimidated (it looks very posh!), it's friendly, relaxed and the view from the patio is not to be missed! The food is exceptional, the menu caters for all tastes and the beers are cheaper than in the bar on the site. Talking of food, other places to try are the Manor pub, (head towards Goodrington, it's signposted.) and the chippy in Brixham harbour.
If you like crabbing Stoke Gabriel is a lovely location to do it, car parking is £3 all day, there's a cafe, it's picturesque and the village is about a 5min walk up the road and has some great little pubs. (be early if you're going to drive to them, the car parks are nearly always full.)
I could go on for hours about all the places I've found, but I'm not going to spoil it for you. Visit the area, it's brilliant for everyone, but maybe choose a different park until Landscove sorts itself out.
The site couldn't be any better situated. 5 minute drive (if that) from Brixham and overlooking the sea, absolutely gorgeous views. The site is not large, but it still had everything you would require for a family break. The site is very well presented, clean and tidy and easy to find, well signposted. All in all highly recommended and wouldn't hesitate to return.
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