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Reviews of Oakdown Holiday Park

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Oakdown Holiday Park
Gatedown Lane
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
EX10 0PT
Tel: 01297 680387
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Pitches: 150
Open: 20/03/2021 to 06/11/2021
           20/03/2022 to 08/11/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 90 Reviews
                9/10 from 90 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <5 miles   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <5 miles   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire <5 miles   Golf On Site   Tennis <5 miles 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports <5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring <5 miles 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport On Site  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

Reviews:  90 in total, now showing 11 to 20                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Geb0205 2 reviews from this member

 Stumbled across this campsite via UKCampsite and it fitted in with where I was intending to go so booked it. The staff couldnít be more friendly, from first ringing and making the booking, right through to saying goodbye they were lovely. Nothing was too much trouble. A warm welcome was followed by a quick tour of the site whilst being shown to our pitch. The amenities block has everything you can think of from single toilets to a full disabled and family room complete with bath! Freezer, washing up facilities, laundry and ironing facilities available. Big play park for kids. Itís quiet at night, and all pitches are within small groves so youíre not overlooked by lots of other guests. The only negative for me was the distance to the toilet block from our pitch, a 3 minute walk when timed. Not much to the average person but as someone with reduced mobility and chronic fatigue it made trips to the loo in the night somewhat difficult. Undoubtedly this could easily be resolved by asking for a pitch close to the loo on booking ( we did but maybe didnít discuss our needs enough). Absolutely no complaints otherwise, a great site and well worth a visit. 

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Lindy0185 1 review from this member

 Fantastic campsite, we felt we were very spoilt with amenities compared to some campsites we had visited over the summer. Pitch sizes were plenty big enough and flat. Staff always so helpful and accommodating. The showers were always hot and we took full advantage of the family bathroom and used The bath a couple of times for The kids. The electric hook up point was easy to access and so to was the water. The washing up/kitchen room was great as we were able to store our stuff in the freezer and an added bonus of a microwave if needed. The children loved the play area. The shop was well stocked and the cafe on site served the best cream teas. We didn't have to cook 1 night as the campsite has a fish and chip van. Perfect! Can not fault this site at all will definitely return. Seaton Jurassic is definitely worth a visit if you have children. And don't forget the donkey sanctuary! You can even hear them from the tent at night. 

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Pombear 6 reviews from this member

 We have just begun using a seasonal pitch at Oakdown.

This is our first time owning a caravan and having a seasonal pitch. We've previously been tenters!

Such a lovely quiet site. Considering there are also a number of lodges on the site it doesn't feel like a huge site.

We are on the main site, rather than the adjacent field across the road where the cafť and golf course is situated.

The toilet block is excellent and always clean. There are only 3 showers in that block but never had to queue. Not sure what it would be like in the summer holidays but the site was fairly busy due to the good weather.

There is a family bathroom which for £1 you get 15 mins of hot water, which if you've got small children like us is worth it. This has a bath and separate shower cubicle, which for £1 you could wash the whole family!

The cafť is brilliant and very reasonable we thought, you get discount if staying on the site.

The children's play park we used was excellent. They have a great mix of equipment for older and younger children, often we go to places and the play equipment isn't suitable for our 2 year old so this was a major draw for us choosing the site.

The only place nearby we have visited so far is Sidmouth, which is a pebble beach unless the tide is out, the beach was quite quiet as there are a lot of older people who seem to visit Sidmouth as it is very flat when you are in the town and by the beach. 

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Windowman 5 reviews from this member

 Stayed here for 2 weeks in September 2016, had wonderful time. Site was all we could ask for, well kept and toilet block very clean. Dog walk up to Donkey Sanctuary was lovely - poo bags provided if you had forgotten your own. Shop was good and fish and chip van called to site. Golf available if that's your thing. Wardens always helpful. We plan to return in the summer - its a favourite location. 

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Maximo72 3 reviews from this member

 What a great site this is,

We've been here twice now and will return for a third.

It's really quiet and peaceful, the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful too, on one occasion we were approached by a member of staff who asked if there was anything we'd like help with, after a brief chat I suggested that the shower curtains were a bit too close as there wasn't much room to get dried, much to my surprise the next day I went for a shower the curtain had been moved back!

We stayed on the part across the road from the main site and has the golf course attached, although it was a little bland compared to the main area it was still very nice, pitches are of astro turf, level and big enough for a car, caravan and awning.

There's a little cafe there that does coffee, tea and cold snacks and is reasonably priced.

The walk to the donkey site is pleasant and walking around it is nice, you can often hear the comical donkey brays from the site which my 8 year old loved!

The surrounding area is lovely with plenty to see and do, the beaches are nice and I would recommend a trip to Beer.

All in all this is a great site (if slightly pricey) and for us well worth the long drive from Scotland to visit. 


Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Cm.conway 5 reviews from this member

 We were greeted by friendly staff at reception, (we stayed two nights in our campervan on Monday and again on the Thursday on our way back) staff will show you to your pitch. We were tucked away on pitch 20 Monday and 19 on Thursday large astro turf pitch there are also grass pitches with benches. it is flat and has plenty of space between in camper.

Amenities very clean and tidy, only 3 showers in the block though so some days you do have to wait or go into the main site and use those. We found it easier to shower in the evening. Washing up facilities were good plenty of hot waterms but it does get hot in there if every one washing up at same time.

There is a dog walk to the Donkey sanctuary well worth a visit and you can walk for miles.

There is a shuttle bus to sidmouth if needed. And a cafe on site that do fantastic flat white coffees and great pasties, also if you didn't want to cook in the morning a full English breakfast can got there, but can get busy especially at peak times.

There is a bit of road noise but we soon got used to it. And you can here donkeys eeaww day and into the night but surprisingly relaxing. There is a play area for children and a 9 hole golf course on site.

Overall a fantastic site and we will be visiting again and getting friends an family to visit to. 

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Jeffersskate 11 reviews from this member

 Modern facilities

Very quiet and peaceful

Well laid out

Well organised

We stayed on the astro turf pitches in beech grove - which are a great idea - especially considering the amount of rain they'd had in the week before we arrived.

Family rooms - although you have to pay - it's not much.

The friendly greeting and helpful, friendly staff, especially as we hadn't booked the astro turf pitches - but was offered one by the very friendly grounds keeper.

The play parks - there are two

The shop - well stocked and is a coffee shop also - could do with being open a wee bit later though.

The comfy TV room - comfortably decorated - rather than a hodge podge as you can sometimes find - proper thought had gone into it.

Met some lovely campers there also.

This campsite won aa campsite of the year 2015 after we booked it, it is a well run, family site. If you like quite organised sites rather than those that are a bit more laid back - then this is for you 

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: CK+B 39 reviews from this member

 Our pitch was in Maple Grove and lovely it was too! Fully serviced pitch on h/s surrounded by grass and hedges in between. When we arrived the owners were worried that we would get stuck in the mud driving onto the pitch, so came with us bringing large mats just in case, but all was fine.

The site has plenty of trees and birdlife and makes for a relaxing break. We have an elderly dog so did not venture too far, but did wander over to see the donkeys!

The facilities are good and you can order papers and bread at the site shop.

We really enjoyed our 2 night stay. 

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: J bonus 5 reviews from this member

 Good clean site but quite expensive out of season. Some sites in the area with fully serviced pitches are nearly half the price!

Low season used to start Sept 1st, now the 21st!

Friendly helpful staff always available if needed.

Toilet and shower block very clean and tidy.

The site wifi at £2 a day is very poor even outside the caravan, as slow as the old dial up speed sometimes couldn't access at all.

Hedge trimming and grass cutting went on until 5 o'clock which was annoying if people wanted to sit outside to relax.

Overall a good site with just a few niggles.  
Management response: Thank you for your review, we are very pleased that you've taken the time to provide us with some constructive feedback,

When installing the Wi-Fi we knew it would possibly be a problem at Oakdown before installation, unlike some of our competitors we have many trees that provide fantastic shelter and screening, this does cause a few issues with coverage and is something we are working hard to improve.

Again due to the vast amount of hedge screening we are forced to tidy the hedges during the dry periods as we have proved that when pruning in the winter months it churns up the grass which struggles to repair in time for the spring.

Our first drop down in the low season has always changed around the 31st Aug/1st Sept and has done again this year, if you choose to stay with us from the 21st September you'll find us very competitive, we hope to welcome you again soon and delighted to announce that we've just been awarded the AA Best Campsite for Great Britain 2015.

The Franks Family.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Elsiekay 49 reviews from this member

 Another enjoyable visit to Oakdown and I endorse all the positive comments below. This time we asked for a pitch away from the road as we have previously found the noise from this busy A road intrusive. We were put in Sycamore on a serviced pitch which was perfect and much more peaceful.

The Sidmouth Hopper now stops at Oakdown which is good although we didn't use it. It is free but has limited seats as it is a minibus and being free, is in demand. We were able to easily park our motorhome in the Manor Road car park for a pound an hour which I thought was very reasonable.

Sidmouth, lovely as ever, Budleigh Salterton, delightful and you can easily park a motorhome right next to the beach in the Lime Kiln car park.

Shame we had to come home! We will definitely be back. Again! 

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