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CLOSED: Dolbeare Park Now Closed
Cornwall (East)   (Browse area)

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Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 52 Reviews
                9/10 from 52 Reviews

 No Tents   No Caravans   No Motorhomes   No Campervans 
 No Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics for Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 No Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 No Toilets   No Showers   No Washing Up Area   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   No Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 No Shop   No Bar   No Restaurant  
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: January 2019 Unit:  Other
Reviewer: Webmaster

 Please note we have been advised that this site has closed, and no longer offers camping, motorhome or caravanning pitches. If you know that this situation has changed in the future, please could you let us know. Many thanks 

Date of Visit: January 2018 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Dartgirl81 24 reviews from this member

 We stayed here during the wettest January ever!

Really easy to find site with instructions from the owner. Do not follow your sat nav! Access is very good.

We were greeted by the site owner, who gave us all the info we needed. They have a security barrier, you leave a £10 deposit for the card.

Really good hardstandings, although we did need chocks. They have a motorhome dump point, although it is only a small one so you need to be accurate!

Showers were warm and clean and the water was hot. There are about 5 toilets. I also liked the radio playing. Two things to note. There are only 2 showers in the ladies, so I guess you'll queue in the summer and the hair dryer only blew cold/tepid air.

There is a good washing up area, undercover, although it took absolutely ages for the hot water to come through. Drainers were supplied. Kids are catered for with a small playground, and there is an information hut/shed with lots of information for the surrounding area.

There is a shop which sold the usual basics, including wine. Although at this time of year, it was down to the very basics. There is a Waitrose about 15 minutes away.

I did use the laundry which had 1 large washing machine - £5. 00 per wash which I thought was a bit pricey, and a large commercial dryer £1 for 10 minutes, there was also an iron and ironing board available, free of charge. I guess you would be queueing for the washing machine and dryer when it's busy. There is a 'drying room' about as big as a double wardrobe, which had a clothes rail and a small oil filled radiator in it, but to be honest it was useless. Took 2 days to dry a couple of t shirts that couldn't go in the dryer.

This site is dog friendly and has a doggy walk, but there are no dog bins as such on the site for emergency pick ups if your dog doesn't make it to the dog walk area.

There is a bus stop about a mile away on the main road, too far for us to use - didn't fancy the 20+ minute walk in the pouring rain along country roads with no pavements. The nearest pub isn't far from the bus stop.

There were 2 winter wardens on site, they were really nice people and were very helpful.

On the whole a well kept clean site.

Would we stay here again?????

Yes we would. 

Date of Visit: December 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Mrs. Bonce 369 reviews from this member

 The previous review is very harsh! We arrived slightly early on 30th December so had to queue behind a couple of motorhomes. Easy and helpful access to our pitch, good hardstanding, slightly uneven so needed our chocks.

Nothing wrong with the facilities, clean and warm with an adjustable shower heater worked by waving your hand at it.

We have been up and down many worse lanes to sites, no problem at all. When you arrive £10 is deducted from your debit card for the security gate.

The only slight gripe is that dog walking is limited, the designated dog walk is tiny and you are not allowed to walk your dog on the nature trail.

It's perfect as a stopover or for a holiday, and cheaper than Riverside on the other side of Plymouth, we would certainly use it again. 

Date of Visit: October 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Markyboy236 10 reviews from this member

 Access to the site is 1 mile via a busy narrow lane from the A38. The reception is only open for 2 hours during close season so you have to ring a bell. Welcome was friendly enough but there are too many site rules. For example. No cycling or use of scooters on site, no kite flying. There is also a rule not allowing you to transgress anything onto the grass. You are Not even allowed to drive a ground peg into the grass areas. Some rules seem to be a little over zealous or OCD. Some EHU's are a distance from the pitch which as we found, means you will need x 2 cables to reach.

There is a noise problem with the adjacent kennels (barking dogs from 6am every day) So if you like it quiet, particularly in the morning don't stay here. There are high voltage electricity cables crossing the site right above the children's play area !

There is no lighting on any of the site roadways, therefore a torch is essential at night.

Toilets are starting to show there age and need to be bigger. At the time of the visit they were always clean and tidy. There are only x 2 showers in the ladies and x 2 toilet cubicles in the gents which must make it frustrating or difficult in summer time when the site is full.

A vehicle is essential when visiting this site due to its rural location. We did walk 25mins down the lane to pick up the bus to Plymouth one day which runs approximately every hour. It takes 45mins and cost £12. 50 for two. Bus drops off in city centre for the shops. Plenty of car parks around the centre for those who wish to travel in via car. £1. 50 toll on Tamar Bridge.

Barbican area is well worth a visit, where there are plenty of restaurants, pubs & bars and would recommend a tour of the Plymouth Gin Distillery £7 including free G&T in their cocktail bar. Also visited Looe and Falmouth great Cornish sea towns.

Would we stay again ? sorry no. Too isolated & noisy. 
Management response: Thank you for your interesting review.

We would like to clarify a number of your points:

Access to the park is down a quiet country road that is two way traffic for the most part with passing places when it narrows. For Cornwall, this road is not bad at all but like all Cornish roads, you do need to take care. The distance from the A38 is just under a mile.

In off-peak times, the shop is open from 9am to 10am and 5pm to 6pm. In summer/peak times, it is open from 9am to 11am and 4pm to 7pm. During the day, most people either go exploring or relax in the sunshine on the park. If it’s hot and guests fancy an ice cream and we’re around, they are more than welcome to ask (which they do!).

All of our pitches can be used with a standard 25m electric cable.

We do have kennels nearby, however, as Cornwall has prevailing south westerly winds, for maybe 95% of the year, you very rarely hear them. Unfortunately, you did whilst you were here.

There are electric cables on wooden poles going across at the top of the park and these are not overhead of the play area, however, they are not safe for flying kites.

We have sodium lighting that covers nearly the entire park, with the exception of our camping paddock. We try to keep the paddock as dark as possible, so that guests can see the fantastic starlit nights and keep a look out for shooting stars and meteors. Campers definitely need a torch. Touring pitches do not need torches.

There is no cycling because we have gravel paths and did have a nasty accident in the past. No cycling is on our website. However, there are some excellent off-road cycling trails nearby at Tamar Valley, Plym Trail and Cardinham Woods.

Our toilet block is actually very good. We have underfloor heating, non-touch controls, two ladies showers, three gents showers as well as two family rooms and one for disabled. Around the time of your visit, we were inspected and won the Loo of the Year Platinum Award for 2017.

Awning pegs in the grass makes it difficult to cut the grass, especially if you are here for a couple of weeks, the grass around your awning looks unsightly when it gets long.

The bus stop is in the village and is a flat 15 minute walk. You can get a bus into Plymouth, Looe, Polperro, Liskeard and there is also a bus to Padstow (that does take a couple of hours!). You can also use the Park and Ride into Plymouth.

There is a great pub in Landrake Village which is in walking distance, and a pub a little further away at Notter which also does great food, and in walking distance from the park.

Dolbeare Park is a superb base for your holiday as it really isn’t that far from anywhere. The nearest beaches on the south coast are 15 minutes by car and the north coast 45 minutes. Looe is 20 minutes, Plymouth is 20 minutes or if you fancy going to the moors, Minions at Bodmin Moor is 25 minutes. Waitrose and Lidl are a few miles up the road at Saltash.

Cornwall is an absolutely wonderful place to enjoy a holiday. We hope that you will return to Cornwall soon.

Kind regards

Chris & Ian

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

 This campsite is for the most part very good, the toilet and shower facilities are clean and well looked after – although the gents hand dry is next to useless and brief discussion with others suggest it has been that way for a while, but overall the site itself is well maintained. There is a very small shop on site for those “ran out of moments” but it is expensive, and you are made welcome by the staff. Access is not too bad, even though the access road is narrow in some parts with passing places, but this is Cornwall.

I feel I should point out a few points to bear in mind;

Some of the pitches are smaller than others and if you get a smaller pitch, particularly with a longer van, it is difficult to get van, awning and car on your pitch – so you may be asked to park away from your pitch. This was not mentioned when booking.

There is a Cattery & Dog kennel a field or two over from the camp site, and the dogs can easily be heard when the wind is coming from that direction. 


Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Salsapembs 17 reviews from this member

 My family & I stayed for one night during August 2016 whilst touring The South West for 10 days in a motorhome. We only wish we could have stayed longer! We loved everything about this park. The easy access to the main road, the warm welcome from Ian on arrival, the well kept grounds, the friendly & hard working owners/staff, the clean modern toilet/shower block, the freshly baked bread from the on site shop, the local Chinese takeaway meal delivered on site. I could go on & on! We have stayed in a lot of caravan parks over the years & Dolbeare Park is up there with the best. We will definitely return in the future & make sure we stay longer next time! 'Thank you Dolbeare Park for making our visit an enjoyable one. ' 

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Jvc100 34 reviews from this member

 The Site is situated just off the A38 to the west of Saltash. It is central to most of the area.

The showers and toilets were always very clean and well stocked with free showers. The chemical point was well designed and as a site was perfect, with;

• Well laid out pitches

• Good kids play area

• Quiet

• Secure site with electric barrier – felt safe

• Nature trial + dog area (although a little limited)

If I was to give one negative it would be a lack of reach/power in the showers and the number are a little limited with only three showers and two toilets in the gents. The wife advised there were two showers and 4 toilets for the ladies. I would have concerns if the site was full.

We ate at the Bullers Inn twice and they allow dogs in the pub – the food was very good and quiet reasonably priced – ignore their web site, it is order from a board – they did Burgers, Steak, Fish & chips, etc

We used Seaton most days to exercise the dog and eat. This is a dog friendly beach with pub (good beer, poor food), Café (good food, no beer), river through the middle, toilets and parking. You can walk for about a mile along the beach with dog off lead. The sand is grey but it is a good kids beach as well, with rock pools and the river outlet to play in – 10 minutes from site.

The two lads who seemed to run the site were very helpful. :)

If I was visiting the area I would return to this site.

While there we visited Trago Mills, Adrenalin Quarry, Plymouth, Taverstock 

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Lin G 1 review from this member

 When choosing a site not too far from a main road in Cornwall and close to many lovely beaches and fishing villages Dolbeare Park fitted the bill. Although the drive up the mainly single track road was daunting, it was no problem for the short distance. The Site entrance was good and Chris to owner was very accommodating offering us a couple of pitches. The grounds and facilities were spotless and well maintained. We had a lovely week there and for the Special Offer Price before the school holidays I would recommend it to anyone. When we visit Cornwall again, we'll try there first. 

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Mixedgrill 29 reviews from this member

 A Warm Welcome in Cornwall

We have just returned from a seven night stay here and you must try this campground for yourselves!

Lovely friendly owners and the camp is spotless and clean.

You can walk to Landrake pass and get the bus into Plymouth or just to Saltash then get the train to Truro.

I am a registered blind person and I felt really safe here! 

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Captgeoff 22 reviews from this member

 Very friendly owners. Lovely quiet location. Immaculate facilities with plenty hot water. A credit to the staff.

We were there because of business in Plymouth, but would visit on leisure trip. Only negative is the junction to the A38, but not anything the owners can resolve. Lovely peaceful location. 

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