Great if you have a tent and don't require electric !
Helpful staff, clean toilets, showers clean ( portaloos but perfectly acceptable), cubicles are small though but the water was hot ! plenty of loo roll amazing view, good village location, pub nearby (which I didn't get too ) not far from a wonderful beach. Location if the site spot on. Didn't seem bothered we were not off the pitch by 10 am which is a good thing !
Could do better
They love to cram you in esp if you want electric as all the hookups are in one corner so if you need electric take a long lead ! We have a folding camper and they crammed them in so we had to wait for others to leave before we could.
It's not the end of the world though and perfectly ok for a weekend. Any longer be choosy where you pitch if you get a choice :)
My wife and I love visiting Dartmouth for the Regatta in August. This year we booked a long weekend stay at this site.
There is a local shop 2 minutes away where you can get freshly baked bread. The view from the site is beautiful, especially when the moon is visible in the evening. There is also a local pub. The showers were clean.
Unfortunately, despite its excellent location we were disappointed with our stay and actually left a day early. The main issue was that there were too many tents squeezed on the field.
Several tents were so close that they had guy ropes overlapping each other. The toilets, although clean, ran out of hand towels each day.
We tried a meal in the local pub, but were disappointed with the quality. The mashed potato appeared to be instant mash!
We came away with the impression that the camping side of their operation is of lesser importance then the static caravans and chalets. Which is a shame as the location is ideal.
GOOD POINTS: Excellent sea view. Shop/off licence, restaurant and Green Dragon pub all within a few mins walk away. Fairly convenient for Dartmouth, but is a hike on foot so most people would need to use the bus or their car etc. Blackpool Sands is an easy walk away but care needs to be taken as the road has no footway. During our stay we did not experience any problems with unreasonable behaviour or noise from other campers.
BAD POINTS: The campsite is poorly organized. Upon arrival we were shown roughly where to pitch and then left to get on with it. As the site became more busy other tents were located uncomfortably close to us which resulted in complaint to the proprietor. The toilets/showers are in two Portacabins and while these are attended, they were not very clean and often there was no soap or hand towels. While no fault of Leonards Cove campsite, the village church bells sound each quarter hour throughout the day and night and while this did not bother us it may be a nuisance to some. The tent pitches are not level and if you need 240v make sure to ask for this when booking as electric hookup points were few.
As a couple with a small two berth trailer tent without awning,we booked 2 nights at Leonards (1 acre)campsite,expecting it to be a small site,it was much bigger than expected with static caravan/chalets.
GOOD POINTS:Fish and chip Resturant / Take Away next to campsite (closed Sundays) General local store / Post Office selling Newspapers.Bus stop.Good location to walk to Dartmouth (3.5 miles)
BAD POINTS:A little expensive, but we were lucky to be squeezed into our sloping electric pitch. We noticed the other tent field didn't look secure, it had a low wall right next to the main road.
A few more amps on the electric point would have helped not trip the power when a neighbour used theirs.
Soap/hand towels would have been welcomed in toilets.CDP needed a tap with hosepipe. The Church Bells were delightful when we first arrived and we were in for a treat as they also rang all night every quarter of an hour.
We are a family of 4: 2 adults, 2 children, 10 & 7. We booked this site for 4 nights, wasn't too sure what to expect, but all others in the area were booked up.
Good points: village shop a minute's walk away with a good selection of basics. Close to Dartmouth, walked in on the coastal path (approx 4 miles) and got the no. 93 bus back. A laundry on site with 2 washers and driers. Chip shop at the entrance to the site. Reception will freeze your ice packs for no charge.
Bad points: Where did the 6m distance between tents go?? We have never been so packed in. The field is not large and we were at one stage overlapping our guy ropes with the tent at the side. There is little room for children to play near the tents (there is a playing field, but it is not in view of most of the tents). Unless you get a pitch around the edge there is a slight slope everywhere else, this does get annoying. Next to the road, which although through a village is fairly busy. Toilets and showers in portakabins, 2 toilets in the ladies, 3 showers. Another block in another field, where caravans were quieter but had to pay for the showers there. Not particularly clean in any of them. Visited The Green Dragon pub in the village, lovely pub for a drink but food terrible, all frozen and microwaved, refused to pay for my son's it was so bad (had already sent it back once as stone cold). Very worst thing was the church bells chiming every quarter hour day and night, not just one chime but a whole routine, very loud and lost sleep as did many other campers. Can't say the owners were welcoming saw them once when checking in, think the statics and cottages are of more concern to them.
It does look like a new facilities block is being started which will improve things. I still wouldn't recommend this site, although the area and Dartmouth are fantastic.
Made the booking for this site in March, and booked for 10 nights from Sunday 26th July through till Wednesday 5th August.
On arriving at the site around lunch time I was told that we'd been overlooked so the original pitch we were allocated had been taken.
We were then almost shown to a non-electric hook up pitch, until I advised that I had paid for electrics.
The pitch we were then allocated was along the front camping row, and quite near the toilet portacabins. Although this wasn't too bad as we didn't look directly onto them, and it meant only a short walk to the loo.
All the tents are quite close together as this site gets extremely busy, so guide ropes overlapped in places.
There is (was) a new toilet/shower block being built, but unfortunately it has been put on hold due to a complaint by someone local, so there is a little bit of a building site going on by the tent field.
The old toilet/shower block is allocated in the bottom touring field, and the showers here cost 20p a time to use, but the showers in the portacabins on the upper camping field are free.
All the toilets and showers are cleaned to a very good standard on a daily basis, although there is a lack of shelving and hooks for toiletry bags, towels etc.
The camping field is on a slight slope, so you have to set up the sleeping arrangements fairly strategically. Heads uphill and feet down.
This was also quite a precarious problem when using the cooker as the pans tended to want to slide off the hob and unfortunately for me one of mine managed to and put a lovely hole in my ground sheet.
There is an allocated play area for ball games etc, although many of the parents still let their children play around the tents, which we found really annoying at times as balls kept hitting the side of the tent and children would climb through the small spaces between tents to retrieve their toys.
It could also be extremely noisy at times, but generally everything quietened down by 10.30ish.
Thereís a fish and chip shop and restaurant on site, we didnít use the restaurant, but we did use the fish shop, which was lovely.
Generally the site is OK, as long as you donít mind being crammed in and the noise on a morning and an evening.
Views over the bay are good from the camping field.
Dartmouth and the surrounding area are really scenic and tranquil.
You can walk into Dartmouth from the site either on the coast path or along the bridle path, (which we found better), but if you go in by car you can use the park and ride. This costs £4 per car and is a really good service (£3 after 3pm). We also found that you can park on the road side near the castle all day for free, but spaces are quite limited.
Blackpool sands is a short walk from the site, although the road main road is fairly busy, so we found that if we walked to the Green Dragon pub and then took the road a little higher up on opposite side of road from pub, this brought you out almost opposite the coast path which lead to the beach. Car parking at Blackpool sands is £6 per day!
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