Kids safe to play in front of all pitches as the centre area is left free for them to play. Very friendly owners who were most helpful when are motor home broke down suggesting a good garage and a local car hire firm. Thanks for a lovely stay we will be back, and thanks for the best sausage and bacon baguettes. A special thanks for running us to A+E when lily fell in the motor home.
If your looking for a nice small friendly site with very clean facilities just off the main road so no nasty little bumpy lanes to negotiate then I recommend this site. Easy road access to woolacombe and the surrounding areas.
Just returned from a fab weekend at this small site and felt we wanted to tell people what a great find it is, but could not believe the review we have just read here which we guess will be below this one. I would check out that persons other reviews looks like they don't rate anywhere they stay! we have never placed reviews online before now but will in the future as it seems those who like a moan like to review!
Well we admittedly had absolutely brilliant weather which always helps but
1 - The site is clean the toilets and showers are cleaned daily and we saw the owners out there at least twice in the day on Saturday as we chose to spend the day on site as the views from our pitch were just great. The J cloths are there to wipe the sinks out after you use them as they have in many of the sites we have been to and as for no towels don't you bring your own when camping not a big deal for us. The only time the water was not hot was very early on Sunday morning but it came through hot after a while so guess we were the first in there.
2- The site was fairly quiet but having visited the area before we found the car parks beaches everything quiet. Our pitch was in what they call the 2nd field still close enough to all facilities but away from the play area which was ideal for us as we took our dog and a bonus you don't find everywhere we didn't have to pay for him. The pitches are huge by the way.
3 - The road - not a problem for us it is as we expected fairly busy as it is the main road down to the beach
4 - Reception - we found this flexible the owners could not do enough to help with advice on where to go dog friendly pubs etc They don't have the reception room open all the time but are available I think about 12 hours a day from the house or by phone
5 - grass was cut ok for us
6 - Hedges - the two camping areas are surrounded by wooden rail fences and a wall/bank blocking it from the road, only hedges we saw were not in the camping areas!
7- we saw no caravans in storage there are 6 which were opposite us and we were talking to one of the owners they are all seasonal pitches and the one we spoke to had been staying at this site for the past 4 summers so guess they like it too.
8 - Dog walking area was left rough and as the owners explained when we arrive this is left so deliberately for the dogs to mooch around in.
9- Ducks for our stay they were in the garden with their duckings
10 - we found it good value at just £14 a night, yes there were some cheaper ones around but we spoke to someone on site that had looked at one of these first and they had a portaloo and a water tap
That's it I could go on as we really enjoyed our long weekend and so did the dog, we would recommend this site, its position in terms of getting to places is great.
We stayed at the campsite for 10 day in June, when we got there we were the only ones on the site, now I know this is the so called midseason, but to say it was in a sorry tired state is an understatement, The grass for the pitches had not been cut, the reception was closed, but there was a note saying call at house, when we were taken to the office to book in, it was very untidy with papers and stuff all over the place.
The general look of the site was overgrown walls were part painted the flower planters were grassed and full of weeds, hedges were wild, to me it looked like it had just been left and not maintained at all, the dog walking area was very over grown, and where the duck/s were looked very neglected.
Even the static caravan area had a broken gate and the hedges were out of control, it was like they had forgotten that had campers coming and had not even started to do any site house keeping
On the second day the owner did start to mow the grass but only in one of the two fields. They seemed to have 5 caravans in storage on other field and nothing else.
In fact while we were there two other campers came one drove in and just turned around and drove out again, the other went to reception and house and came back saying they could not get an answer so drove out too! The site just looked un-inviting but that could be remedied with a lot of TLC and work. But the worst was yet to come!
The wash rooms did look nice in respect of the dťcor. But that was as far as it goes there was problems listed
1. No paper towels
2. No hot water
3. Toilets not cleaned daily
4. Road outside was used as a race track late in day and at night.
No paper towels only 3 J clothes in the gents and my partner said the same thing about the ladies, these were there the whole of our stay and were not changed at all I even put dirt marks on some to check this.
No hot water, the shower was easy to use but the hot water stopped within about 3 minutes and then there was no water at all, and this was in mid shower, so I had to finish off at one of the three sinks to my horror the same thing happened water for a bit then nothing, all I had was cold so had to finish off in just cold water, this was reported to Peter how said he would take a look, later that day he told me that it had been sorted
The next day the shower was hot and worked, it was nice to have a good shower. Trouble was sinks were the same again, told owner about this and he seemed puzzled and would take another look.
My partners was beginning to suspect that the block on her side was not being cleaned, and after checking mine I could see it was the case too, in fact even when some teenagers came and camped the I can only remember seeing the block on gents side cleaned once more. The WC had no brush in the gents and my partner said the ladies brush was disgusting as she was going to clean the WC herself but after seeing the state of the brush didnít touch it.
In fact in the gents if the ladies were being used there was no hot water in sinks until they stopped using water, and even then it only trickled out, which was very frustrating.
All in all the site was in a very sorry state and not like the pictures on the web site. We have stayed in sites that were cheaper per night than this and had a much better experience.
I hope the owners can turn this around as it could be a great little site, but Iím afraid we wonít be staying there again
This is a lovely small site with clean facilities and friendly helpful owners. Little cafe on site which does eat in/takeaway breakfasts and evening meals. Full english breakfast was very good!
Showers themselves pretty good, on a push button but temperature adjustable. Only minus points are only 2 showers each mens and ladies and one in the family shower room so if site was busy you would probably have to queue.
Also cubicles were rather small - to stand in the shower tray under the flow of water meant being attacked by the nasty clinging shower curtain! But there was enough room to leave the curtain pulled back without soaking your clothes/towel etc. Family shower room was good, large plastic baby bath provided and lots of worktop space for drying/changing baby.
Childrens play area kept our 6 year old entertained for hours and had the advantage of being visible from most of the pitches. The horse, pony and ducks added extra interest for the children.
This site is next to a road - it is only a small B road but is the main road to Woolacombe and during the day was very busy so you do get a fair bit of noise from the traffic. However it wasn't enough to disturb us during the night so this wasn't too much of a problem for us.
The major drawback of this site is that the majority of the pitches have no shelter from the wind. The site is situated on the hills above Ilfracombe and there are numerous fields sloping down to the sea.
So you have lovely views but what was merely a bit breezy on the nearby beach at Ilfracombe became tent-breaking gusts on the site. I think we had exceptionally windy weather for August but we basically ended up leaving the site on our 5th evening (having paid in advance for a full week as required) as the wind was so severe that the tent poles nearest the prevailing wind were damaged and we feared further damage occurring if we stayed.
We had already replaced one set of poles damaged by wind during pitching. Our poles are substantial aluminium ones (Khyam Ridgidome) so didn't snap completely, but were impressively bent. There were at least 3 or 4 other campers in large dome/tunnel tents who were also packing up to leave as their fibreglass and thinner aluminium poles had snapped and their tents had collapsed.
So even though this is a lovely site I would only recommend it if the weather forecast is for very little or no wind (or your tent is low to the ground). For this reason we wouldn't return as having to pack away your tent at 8pm at night and abandon your holiday isn't much fun!
Spent a few days over the Easter holidays at this fantastic site, we found it by chance last summer and had such a good time we wanted to come back. The old play equipment was not bad but the new play park is just fab our 3 really enjoyed it and the best was being able to sit in the tent and keep an eye on them while they played.
We have read all the reviews here on this site and having stayed in August last year when the site was full and at Easter when it was much quieter found both times that the owners were really helpful, the facilities really clean plus the free hot water, a place to plug the wife's hairdryer in and a family shower room which was a god send with 3 small kids.
We had a large pitch and a sea view - nearly forgot to mention they did not charge for our small dog - that was a first for us. The only thing that would have been handy is a laundry but there is a good one in Woolacombe so we used this.
Not open at Easter but in August they did food and the full English breakfast is to be recommended and Sarah was happy to cook any variation to keep the kids happy, had a nice little area where you could eat in as well. Would highly recommend this site if you are looking for a smaller friendly site close to everything.
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