One of the best campsites we have ever visited! When you enter this 19-acre park you have a tremendous feeling of spaciousness as there is a large expanse of gently rolling grassy slopes leading to a beautiful central ornamental pool, covered with the vivid colours of water lilies and a small island.
Those who love fishing will enjoy the fully serviced lakeside pitches which have their own gate access to the waterside. Enjoy the great diversity of wildlife that the water attracts. There are carp, rudd, roach and tench – some of the fish are very large. You do not have to be a fisherman to enjoy the beauty of the lake which provides a lovely feature for all to appreciate.
The two modern and exceptionally clean toilet blocks, built of local stone, are the best we have ever seen, with underfloor heating in all areas. Throw in the beautiful floor and wall tiles, body-sensor showers and taps, unisex privacy cubicles and even full bathrooms, and you’ll appreciate that these facilities are pretty special. It also has one of the largest indoor dishwashing rooms and laundry rooms that we’ve been in – again these are built of local stone.
Nothing has been forgotten and no expense spared in equipping this beautiful campsite. The fabulous views of the sea, the bay and Lundy Island are ahead, and the rolling hills of Devon surround you, but you escape the prevailing winds when parked as you are protected in your own private hedged bay, many with hardstands.
Even the tents are looked after in the same way, and they can discreetly hide themselves away in many areas of the park. All the grass is immaculate, and the shrubs and bushes which abound are well-cared for. For those wanting the outstanding view then you can pitch your caravan anywhere in the open areas instead.
For a leisurely evening stroll why not visit the 14 acres of woodland? Here 12,500 trees were planted three years ago, which must make it one of the largest dog walk areas on earth. Ball games are allowed here, too, so the children can run freely at all times. Clearly, the David Bellamy Gold award for this site is richly deserved.
After your walk, you can enjoy one of the many freshly-cooked evening meals served daily. With the fisherman catered for, there are other hobbies to pursue. These include pony trekking across Exmoor, golf at nearby Easewell Park or Willingcott ranges; and even clay pigeon shooting at the North Devon shooting range.
If the weather is good, the beaches of Woolacombe, Saunton Sands and Croyde are close where swimming is safe and the children can enjoy rock pooling or play sandcastles to their heart’s content. The tunnel beaches at Ilfracombe comprise many hand-carved tunnels, developed in the 1820’s, leading to unique sheltered beaches and a tidal Victorian bathing pool. This has been rated as the third best beach for rock pooling in the UK. Barnstaple, once a busy port trading with America, is an interesting little town, with its Pannier Market, fine Georgian architecture and St. Anne’s Chapel which houses the local museum.
Arlington Court is nearby, housing the National Trust Carriage Collection, while Heddon Hall Gardens and Rosemoor Gardens offer herbaceous borders and a sea of colour from the many plants growing there.
There’s also Chambercombe Manor, an 11th century haunted manor house to explore, or you can take a trip to Lundy Island from Ilfracombe and visit this famous maritime nature reserve – the first in England.
It is 20 miles away,rich in wildlife, and home to large colonies of seabirds. If you are lucky you might see dolphin, porpoise and seal, and even a basking shark, up to eight metres long. So it’s probably wise not to dangle your fingers over the side.
The children are well-catered for if the weather is bad with the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, The Big Sheep, Watermouth Castle, Exmoor Zoo and Waves Ceramic Studio (where they can paint their own pottery).
Station Road, Woolacombe, Devon, South West