We stayed here on our first caravan outing for nearly 20 years ! Having bought a caravan rather rashly on e-bay and spending large to get it roadworthy and safe, we were keen to test it. We didn't want to go too far and Exeter was a distance we felt safe with from our base at Minehead. We studied the UKCampsite.co.uk database and quickly found Langford Bridge which sounded fairly small and friendly with good facilities. Ideal for these silver haired explorers. Our phone call was answered in a very friendly and positive manner and we immediately warmed to this location.
Booking was simple and we arrived to find a choice of hardstandings, allowing us to practice some caravan parking capers, and settle in. The electric hook ups are plentiful and in good condition. There were stand pipes dotted around and all placements are within easy trotting distance to the Facilities Block. Here we found 2 toilets and 2 showers in each Male and Female area. Plenty of free hot water and everything working well. There was also a covered washing up area, again with plenty of hot water and a room with a washing machine, large sink and shelving with local touring brochures and small library.
The site has a lively stream running through and a large pond with ducks. This may be a point of caution for families with very young children, they will need careful management when outside. There are swings and some biggish cages with interesting rabbits. We were very happy to be there and were made very welcome by the owners representative.
It was clear that great effort was put into keeping facilities clean in a busy period with some rainy weather and muddy shoes. Exeter is a short drive away and we enjoyed the shopping and dining opportunities. Interesting to see a very large John Lewis Store nearing completion! Also a nice Waitrose close by (our favourite) On future visits we plan to explore more of Exeter and then go a little further to the coast at Dawlish and Exmouth (many other good resorts in easy striking distance)
We also found a lovely spot nearby at Bickleigh, with a large riverside pub (almost irrisistable on a sunny day) a Mill and the Devon Railway Centre. A few miles on lies Tiverton and Exmoor. In conclusion, this is a friendly, well managed, reasonably priced, site with a fantastic array of leisure opportunities within easy reach.
We visited this site over 3 nights with a group of friends, in all there was about 10 tents in our group and only a couple of other tents and caravans in the campsite. On arrival our car got stuck on both the speed bumps and trying to drive off of them scraped the underside of our car quite drastically. I have read other reviews that also state this so this is an issue that needs to be resolved.
The site has a small unfenced lake in one corner and a stream on either side of the field. There was a climbing frame which the children immediately started playing on when we arrived only to be told by the owner that it wasn't safe and could collapse at any minute. There was no sign to this effect and no tape to cordon it off. About an hour later it was fixed and the children resumed their play on it.
The ground was flat and well grassed and although there were power points, the actual pitches were not defined so we basically just pitched out tents where we wanted to.
Around the field border itself were hundreds of stinging nettles so make sure you take cream for stings! By the way there are also lots of dock leaves! There is a train track a few hundred yards away and trains were running through the night when we were there, the first night it kept me awake, but the following two nights I slept through them!
The shower and toilet block caused a bit of a sticking point with me as we have camped in various sites over the last 10 years and so I feel I am justified in saying that this is perhaps one of the smallest shower blocks I have ever come across. There are only two toilets in both the womens and mens blocks, and when you are inside the cubicle there is practically no room to move, and your knees are nearly touching the door when you are sitting on the loo. This makes in particularly difficult - in fact I would say impossible - for you to take a child in there with you. Opposite the two toilets are two showers - open apart from a shower curtain each. No thought seems to have gone into this design as once you step out of the shower, you are not only right in front of the loos but are basically in full view of the door to the block and if other people are coming in and out it means everyone outside can see you! There is nowhere to dry apart from inside the shower once the water stops. The only place to dress is next to the 2 sinks - which happen to be behind the door, so if you are dressing there people can not get to the sinks and people will still be able to see you through the door window! Yes the door has a window, and although it is frosted one man walked so close to it that I was able to recognise him as one of our group. The toilet/shower block only seemed to be cleaned once a day - there was one occassion when one toilet had no loo paper in and the paper towel dispenser had run out. When there are 15+ women and 18 children on site the blocks need to be cleaned more regularly or perhaps leaving a mop in there is a good solution so people can mop the floor when they have had a shower. Certainly when I was there the floor was dirty with wet tissues, hair etc and whilst there I only had one shower, simply because the facilities were not up to scratch.
Having said all that the owners were friendly and the site was quiet and we had a nice few days there but I wouldn't stay there again on the basis of the shower block and the unfenced lake.
After reading the other reviews, I was quite looking forward to our visit. The site is in a very quiet rural location and at this time of year, we were almost entirely on our own. The grass was green although the site lacked 'landscaping' or flowers etc. Sadly though, I feel that this site is quite disappointing in one or two aspects. Firstly then, the owners need to lower the 'sleeping policemen' which severely scraped the bottom of my car! This is your first introduction to the site and can 'colour' your opinion from the outset. I drive a Rover 75 which is not the lowest of vehicles and even without the caravan, these things still scraped irritatingly.
Secondly, the automatic lights turn off in the evening when you're in the shower leaving you in pitch blackness. Personally, I have no problem with stepping out of the shower and waving my arms about madly but my wife does not like doing this at all.
Finally, (and I hope I am fair and reasonable in my reviews) the pricing structure needs to be more obvious. For example, the website shows that prices start from £6.50, which sounds very reasonable. However, one unit with no awning but with electric cost double that in April which was a price hike I could not entirely fathom.
Once those faults are ironed out, this little site does indeed have the potential to be a 'little gem', but we'd be happy to see the basics sorted out first.
We stayed at this site over the August bank holiday weekend and, overall, it was a pleasant experience. The site was in a very quiet location. It also had no lighting so was lovely and dark at night. It was a very relaxed site, with no lists of dos and don'ts handed to us on arrival or posted on doors & walls. The site was partially closed off at one end owing to flooding earlier in the year (it is surrounded on 3 sides by a stream & has a lake). Had the site been fully occupied, the 2 ladies' toilets and 2 showers may not have been adequate. Can't comment on the facilities for the gentlemen, but the only privacy for ladies taking a shower was afforded by the fabric shower curtains. Unfortunately these were very short so anything on the floor within a metre of the bottom got very wet owing to water spraying out under the curtains. On the positive side, the water for washing, showering and washing up was lovely and hot at all times. The owners were away when we were there. However, the toilets and showers looked like they hadn't had a thorough clean for quite a while. There were cobwebs & dead insects everywhere - even in the liquid soap inside the dispensers. On the little information rack there was nothing for 2008 - only old leaflets from 2007. Also, the grass was quite long. The air of neglect gave us the impression that 2008 had been such a horrible year weather-wise that the owners were too disheartened to bother overmuch. Having said all the above, we still liked the site a lot. However, the big downer for us (and which will ensure we do not return) was the road humps at the entrance (or exit if you're going out!). These were really high and our vehicle (a Nissan Primera) grounded every time we went over them. Over the weekend we tried crossing them at different places and at different speeds but all to no avail - on each attempt there was a horrible crunching sound from the bottom of the car. Sort the height of the humps & we'd be pleased to go back.
We stayed here as a one night stop over on our way home from cornwall and it is a lovely peaceful site, modern facilities, nice area for tent pitching with some trees and plenty of hook ups
The site was very peaceful and quiet however unfortunately on our stay there was a rave going on somewhere nearby, it wasnt too loud, but the thumping music could clearly be heard from our pitch - it wasnt as loud nearer to the toilet block, and obviously nothing that the site can do anything about and may have been a one off
Luckily it did go quiet towards midnight and then it was total silence, with only the odd owl hoot which was lovely
We will definitely stop here again - shame about the rave but hopefully a one off, otherwise the site was great, a real gem
I shouldn't be writing this as I will be letting the secret out but this is one of the most charming campsites we have ever stayed on.
The owners are very friendly and its in a beautiful quiet sheltered location.
The toilets and showers are very clean and modern.
It is very out of the way but this suits us perfectly. We made sure we had enough food and drink to last the long weekend and once we parked the car up we didn't start the engine again until it was time to come home.
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