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Visitor Reviews - Sparkhayes Camping Site

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Sparkhayes Camping Site
Sparkhayes Lane
Porlock
Minehead
Somerset   (Browse area)
TA24 8NE
Tel: 01643 862470  or  07721 045123
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Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 58 Reviews
                9/10 from 58 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
Facilities
 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 Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <5 miles   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <1 mile   Cycle Hire <10 miles   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports <10 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring <5 miles 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

Reviews:  58 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: July 2018 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Emste76 8 reviews from this member

Lovely, clean, quiet well kept campsite, though it is basic but suits us as we like these type of campsites. Had a lovely few days. Perfect location for walking and visiting the surrounding area. Porlock is a lovely village and the campsite owner is very friendly. Would recommend and will be back next year.

Date of Visit: November 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Chrisandsandra 32 reviews from this member

We loved this campsite.

It's located in the centre of the lovely village of Porlock which has a selection of 3 pubs, several tea rooms, cafes/restaurants and various other quirky shops.

Access to the site is narrow and might be a problem to bigger units and caravans.

The pitches are all on grass and most have a sea view. EHUs are available. Pitch where you like. The facilities were a bit tired but ok and there was a room with a microwave and facilities for backpackers etc to prepare food with a few seats out side.

The owner was very friendly and helpful and we loved the laid back feel of the site.

The site is just off the South West coast path and there are lovely walks nearby.

Can't wait to return when the weather is better.

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: TimCESmith 28 reviews from this member

Our third visit here (see review from March 2015) but only three nights this time. Doors have appeared on the shower cubicles, so you can begin to dry yourself off a bit without the curtain expressing its love. The Austin Princess carcass has gone, and Porlock's disappointing hardware shop is under new management. There's an excellent new pizza gaff called the Mandala. Other than that nothing much has changed.

Still my favourite site: quiet, relaxed, friendly, convenient, beautiful, just busy enough, good ground and good EHU in a fab location.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sazwils 1 review from this member

Having visited Porlock before, I knew the surrounding area would be perfectly substantial for the type of holiday my husband and I enjoy - that being walking the dog to local pubs for the afternoon and generally meandering around.

Our position, on the corner, with EHU and facing the owner's house, was ideal for people watching, as out beagle loves to do. We did feel exposed somewhat, as we were facing the whole park, but this was easily rectified with a couple of wind-breakers.

The site's facilities are basic. The showers are awkward, mainly as there is nowhere to undress / dry / redress. I found a solution of wearing loose shorts and dressing again the shower - some women were happy with undressing wholly in the sink area - be warned when you fling open the door as you might accidentally expose someone!

Furthermore, although cleaned daily, the toilets are tired. They suit their purpose, but I suspect the growing nature of the site has meant extra-use has affected the quality of the toilets. There is a wealth of information by the toilets too, along with benches/left over oil/pans etc. To cook from - presumably for those back-packing or travelling light.

The owner circulated regularly, which I find reassuring and welcoming. He has excellent local knowledge of walks, where to buy items left behind and if anything, will make you feel like you've known him forever even when buying one 'use' of the washing machine.

We walked a lot, mainly on the coastal path, during our holiday and I would recommend a meander down to Porlock Weir, and across to Bossington for afternoon tea! Yum!

Download the very useful Porlock App for directions on key walks, with photos to refer to to ensure you haven't gotten lost!

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Gingawarrior 77 reviews from this member

This is the fourth or fifth time I have stayed at Sparkhayes and it never fails to remind me what a truly great site it is, for what I like out of a site, it is possibly the best I have stayed at.

Previously I have camped in a small group or on my own, however, this time there were 19 of us on a Stag Weekend, a mature Stag Weekend I might add but the owner could not have done more for us, providing us an area out of the way from all other campers and very politely asking us to keep the noise down late at night when we may have been a little over excited.

The site is just wonderful, the sea in the distance, Exmoor behind and a large grass, pitch where you like site, that helps create a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The facilities are maybe a bit old and ramshackle but they were always clean and fine with me, and whilst the showers may not appear particularly welcoming they were powerful and very warm and it was difficult to prize oneself out.

Porlock is a delight, quaint and picturesque but with a few goods pubs to keep things lively enough to enjoy a night out. A walk to Porlock Weir along the coast path is worth it for the bottom Ship pub which is a proper traditional coastal pub. In the village the Royal Oak appears to be the local's choice and does good traditional pub grub, the top Ship is just a really nice pub and the Castle is a little more upmarket and lacked atmosphere.

Although it was a tough walk at times, especially after the night before, walking to the top of Dunkery Beacon was well worth it, we trekked onto Minehead which is not far and has more facilities but lacks the charm of Porlock.

I will definitely be back at Sparkhayes fairly soon, but maybe for a quieter, more relaxing stay this time round.

Date of Visit: March 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: TimCESmith 28 reviews from this member

I spent two weeks of the Easter holidays here with my 6yo daughter; it was our second visit. The pitches are good: flat, well drained with mown grass, although with a few sheep droppings - if that sort of thing upsets you. Pegs go in easily. It's fairly well sheltered from westerlies, although we did feel the big blow just before Easter. The EHU area filled up for the bank holiday week end, but it wasn't cramped.

The location is superb: right in the heart of Porlock with plenty of smaller shops, an excellent butcher, a Post Office which does hiking and some camping gear, a disappointing hardware shop and more than its fair share of pubs and restaurants, most of which will do breakfast if you can't face it.

Access to the site can be a bit tight, not helped by some weird parking on the approach. Once you're there though, the atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly. Children play quite freely but without being a pain; ditto a rather boozy but well behaved group. Lots of Duke of Edinburgh-ists passed through whilst we were there, but as has been mentioned elsewhere, they're gone by 07:30 and didn't stress the facilities.

The facilities are a bit basic - no changing rooms, and the showers are few and a bit feeble, but they are cleaned promptly and to a standard I'd be happy with in a hotel. The washing machine and drier work well. The kettle and microwave in the washing up area are really useful. There are also fridges and freezers in a rather forbidding shed, where many tents are in storage.

Phil the warden is very helpful and clearly puts a lot into this site. The laid back atmosphere obviously takes a considerable amount of work! Don't be put off by the rotting Austin Princess. The prices are excellent, you're not bombarded with rules and everyone seems to enjoy staying here. I rather wish all sites were more like this one. Highly recommended.

Mobile signals are variable. Best bet for mobile broadband is 3. I couldn't tell you about TV reception, but there were plenty of units with aerials out.

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