Cofton Country Holidays Campsite Review
The Cofton experience begins when you park up outside the wide reception road and wander into the brick-built reception area. The reception area is set next to the mini-market, which offers everything from groceries to freshly baked goods, wine, beer, gifts, camping accessories and pretty much every thing anyone could even need on a campsite (they even sell MMM!) This main complex is also where you’ll find The Swan – a traditional pub with an outside decking area – as well as the campsite’s famous eight-shaped outdoor swimming pool. On a sunny day, the terraced grass banks around this pool are a popular place to be. New for this season is a purpose-built indoor pool complex, with the indoor swimming pool even featuring spa jets. The upstairs area of this new building houses Amelia’s Pantry, which is open for breakfast (8.30am to 11am) and lunch (noon to 3pm).
The campsite is separated by a quiet road with the pitches either on terraced grassed areas on the pool side of the grounds, or in small clusters and rows on the fishing lake side. The character of each group of pitches very much depends on where you’re placed, so if you prefer quiet and peaceful I’d suggest going on the hardstandings near the fishing lake.
There are limited hardstandings available, so it’s best to book well in advance if you would prefer one. There are newly-built super pitches available too. The larger ones are even suitable for RVs and, with good access, there is no issue for big vehicles getting pitched up. There are several toilet blocks around the campsite and all offer excellent facilities of a high standard. As well as the pool and eateries area, there is also a large outdoor children’s play area and one designed for older kids in the nearby woods.
With direct access to walks in the woods and the fishing lakes, you can enjoy a very laidback holiday at Cofton simply exploring the rural surroundings. Dawlish Warren is about 10 miles away and offers a fantastic sandy beach that is Blue Flag rated. You can park a motorhome on the large car park next to it, but many people opt to catch the bus from the campsite entrance to avoid driving. Near the beach are various places to eat and drink too, so you can make a real day of it and it’s always popular with families in peak season.
Address: Starcross, Dawlish, Devon EX6 8RP
Open: All year
Charges (2013): From £13.50 (2 adults, pitch, electric).
Nearest public transport: There’s a bus stop at the end of Cofton Lane that can take you into Dawlish, Exeter, Teignmouth, Torquay and Newton Abbot.
Nearest pub/restaurant: On-site in The Swan pub (which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner), while the new indoor pool building houses Amelia’s Pantry. Warren Retreat is also new and is an evening entertainment bar. There’s also a fish and chip shop on site and a very well-equipped shop.
Directions: From the M5 heading southwest, exit at junction 30 and follow signs to Dawlish. Before you get to Dawlish you’ll see a sign on the left-hand side to the campsite. Follow this sign up Cofton Lane and you’ll see the brick-built reception building on the right-hand side as the Lane starts to open out.