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Reviews of Watermouth Valley Camping Park (was Big Meadow )

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Watermouth Valley Camping Park (was Big Meadow )
Devon (North)   (Browse area)
EX34 9SJ
Tel: 01271 862282
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Pitches: 125
Open: 01/05/2024 to 30/09/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 33 Reviews
                9/10 from 33 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   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <1 mile   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <1 mile   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   No Cycle Hire   Golf <1 mile   No Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports <1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring <1 mile 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport On Site  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: August 2023  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Cookmc 1 review from this member

 Very clean toilets and showers family cubicles and hot water.

Booked a sea view spot at £50 a night, on arrival at pitch we could not see the sea, would have been great if you were15 ft tall! Otherwise expect an overgrown hedge instead.

Although the pitch was private and a fair size with room to park the car the ground was hard and stony so take extra pegs cos most of ours got bent.

The site felt secure but some of the staff were unhelpful.

6/10. The location was close to beaches and a few nice pubs.

Shops in illfracombe were a 10 min drive away. 
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Date of Visit: July 2023  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Extended family
Reviewer: Andrew 1 review from this member

 Live near by but always use Watermouth Valley camping park when my family come to visit as we all camp as a group

Children love the goats & sheep & playgroup 

Date of Visit: June 2023  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Seahorse 6 reviews from this member

 Lovely site but the daytime road noise was too much for me. It got quieter by night-time and wasn't enough to keep us awake in the van, but was fairly relentless during the day.

Pitches were lovely, showers perfect and lots of nice touches ; kids play area, games room, Sawmills pub within walking distance (though the food there wasn't great).

The beach is only accessible via a steep uphill walk and then 200+ steps descent, not ideal for small children or anyone with mobility issues. I was unable to visit the beach, frustrating when you can see it but can't get to it.

They have people providing takeaway food on certain evenings, we gave them a try but found it wasn't up to the standard we would have expected for the price, I wouldn't buy again.

We were fortunate to have a partial sea view with ehu but the best views are on the non electric field which is on a steep slope at the top of the site. 
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Date of Visit: September 2022  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Tomgi7 1 review from this member

 Excellent as always. Lovely site, lovely people.

Nice location for exploring surrounding area and further afield.

Food tent was excellent, good value for money, all fresh, home made scones were great. 
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Date of Visit: August 2022 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 10 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Rob Johns 15 reviews from this member

 We decided on an unusually (for us) longer camp at Watermouth Valley Camping Park.

This site can only be described as very special. The owners are fantastic, the atmosphere is outstanding the scenery is breathtaking.

There is a very nice modern 8 unit toilet block which is probably a little small considering that it (along with a small group of five older toilet/shower units) has to cater for a very large chunk of the large site. There is another toilet/shower block along the valley section which we did not visit.

If I were to criticise anything here, it would be that there was only one single water tap for the whole large hill area of the site.

We were pitched on a hook up pitch on the hill (pitch B2). Beware, this is on a hill slope, so I would not recommend this pitch for tent camping. We were offered an alternative pitch by the excellent staff, but declined in this case as we were very tired and had already set up a lot of kit. The pitch did have a view over the Bristol Channel that was incredible, with some spectacular sunsets.

There is a large children's play park, a goat field, a pool/TV room as well as laundry and washing up areas. There were also mini tennis courts! I really could not fault any of this.

Another very notable feature for the summer peak times is that there was a catering set up near the reception with a different meal style every day. There were tasty roast dinners on Sundays as well as curry days, Mexican days and Pizza days, all done very nicely.

The area is fabulous with Ilfracombe and Combe Martin on the doorstep with many smaller beaches in the area. If you have kids, then a visit to Watermouth castle 300 metres away from the site is well worth a visit with its Victorian museum and beautiful gardens and theme park.

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park is also a great day out (mind the steep hills though).

All in all, I thoroughly recommend this site. 


Date of Visit: July 2022  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Nichol 1 review from this member

 Amazing campsite before we left we have booked an additional two stays for over the summer holidays -

Staff were incredibly helpful,

Amazing facilities

A firm favourite! 
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Date of Visit: July 2022  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Shauna 1 review from this member

 Our first time visiting the campsite and we had an amazing time.

The camp was well equipped with many facilities and our children had the best time!

The views from the hill were spectacular.

We will definitely be visiting again! 
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Date of Visit: May 2022 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Nicolahole 1 review from this member

 Site is beautifully maintained fantastic facilities.

Family run who seem to really know what running a great campsite is all about.

Lovely choice of pitches. Small playpark for little ones.

Dog friendly and some lovely walks nearby 
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Date of Visit: July 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Marshy 1 review from this member

 We had a lovely time staying at this campsite. The owners and staff were really friendly and helpful at all times.

I was really impressed with extra facilities such as washing machines and tumble dryers, a freezer to keep ice packs in, pool tables, ping pong tables, badminton net and play areas.

The pitches are well kept and fairly private. Such a great location as well with a choice of beaches within a short drive and Broadsands only a short walk away (down the 200 steps).

Thanks so much for having us, we really enjoyed it. 

Date of Visit: May 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Katyc3 1 review from this member

 Canít fault it. Plenty to do. Great facilities. We had the best time.

The views from the top field are phenomenal. Feels free and unregimented.

The shop is useful and reasonable 
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