18 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Value for Money
"We booked this Holiday through a well known Â£9.50 holiday promotion in a daily paper (you know the one!). The only realy reason we booked it is due to a friend living in the area, and wanting to visit her.
The site is nice and quiet, with good facilities. We arrived at approx 8pm as I had to work during the day, and had an evening meal at the on site restaurant, which is decent pub grub. Found the staff to be nice and helpful. Chalet was a little bit tired, and yes there was mold in the bath room, but it is nearly the end of the season, and you are effectively staying in a shed without central heating etc, but the rest of it was clean and spacious.
The first day we visited Clovelly, and the excellent excellent nearby gnome reserve, second day we drove into Barnstable, and on the third we just pottered around.
Didn't use the pool etc, and don't have kids so can't really comment on playground etc, but what we saw of the kids club looked like good fun for children - and yes there is the Big Sheep and the Milky Way nearby.
If you can't drive you are a bit stuck, as you are basically in the middle of a little village.
I would return here again, it was clean, it had a decent bar that sold nice house white, and it was peaceful - what more can a girl want!"
- Travel date: Fri 26th of September 2008
stayed in spacious Bronze 8 berth wallands chalet
"I paid 606 pounds for the August bank holiday week in a "bronze" chalet. I decided to go for space over upgrades and was pleased with that. The chalet had obviously had a former life as 2 X 2 bedroom chalet knocked into 1 X 4 bed (2 doubles & 2 twins). All the bedrooms were a clean & of good size with plenty of cupboard space. The kitchen was clean with microwave, electric cooker, toaster, kettle and good sized fridge freezer. Could have done with bigger frying pans etc.
The open plan kitchen/ diner / lounge area was huge!
Having spent years cramming in to tiny apartments and hotel rooms this was a big plus. plenty of room to sit and eat you meal at a big dinner table. room to hang coats and waterproofs put shoes etc. Our week was very rainy and because the chalet is single glazed it was a tiny bit damp near the windows. Not smelly damp but the clamy cold damp. We put the heater on and this dispersed fairly quickly.
My negative for this chalet was that they allow pets so if you are allergic to animals it is not suitable. They clearly try to remove the hairs but I noticed them. You really can't get all the pet hairs out of furnishings.
Had the weather been warmer we would hace enjoyed the outdoo areas more. There is a steep footpath throught the woods that leads down to the rocky beach at Bucks Cross village. (wear sensible shoes) The beach is great for rock pooling. The indoot pool is small and they limit the number of people per hour session. The outdoor pool was bigger and had a flume but was too cold. There is a good sized playground and an adventure playground which was too wet to use while we were there. The restaurant was 'pub fayre' at reasonable prices. The entertainment was the usualy holiday park thing. Not my cup of tea. There is a little shop on site which was not too badly priced but if you want to do a 'big grocery shop' there is an ASDA a few miles away towards Bideford next to Atlantic village.
We used the holiday park as a base for seeing other parts of Devon and Cornwall.
I liked the size of the chalet, the quietness of the site,
Needs a bit of updating but ok.
Not suitable for anyone in a wheel chair though."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of September 2008
"we stayed at bideford bay for a week.We payed extra for an early check in at 2pm instead of 4pm and a late departure at12pm instead of 10am.We arrived at the chalet at 2.15 and the cleaners were there until 2.30 and then the linen arrived at 3pm so we didn't benefit from the extra payment at all we told reception and had no apology at all they had odviously heard all this before.When we got into the chalet it smelt damp. that night the fuses went and we were in darkness it took somebody an hour to come out to us.the next day the light bulbs in different rooms went we went to reception and they gave us nw light bulbs but through the week they just kept going all the time.The smoke alarm kept going off all week just with using the toaster and there was no smoke.The radio on the tv didn't work and we only had two channels.The fridge didn't work either.After all these problems we gave up with going to reception because they didnt care.There was nothing near by apart from the campsite.Bideford is 9 miles away and there isn't much there.The only beach nearby is westwood ho and that a drive away 2.On the day we left the draw from my sisters bedroom came out and fell onto her foot.I wouldnt recomend this place at all its a hole."
- Travel date: Sun 17th of August 2008
Bideford bay holiday park
"Got back from Bideford bay yesterday after a 3 night stay there. I must say after reading the reviews on different websites, I was VERY worried!
We checked in at the reception on the friday afternoon. We were greeted by a very helpful staff member explaining all about the complex and then giving us the key to our accomodation and explaining where about on the park it was situated. We were given lots of leaflets explaining about park safety, entertainment guides etc. The lady also arranged to give us a call back in an hour just to make sure everything was ok with the accomodation.
We followed the directions given to us and soon found our chalet. From the outside we weren't too impressed but once we got inside we were pleasently suprised. The chalet was basic but it had everything in it that we needed. It was clean and the kitchen had everything that we needed. There was a microwave, electric oven, fridge/freezer, kitchen utensils, crockery etc. There was also a small portable tv and an electric fire. We had two bedrooms in ours, one with a double bed and the other with two singles in it. There was lots of wardrobe space and cupboard space in the kitchen.
Before we checked in, we popped to the onsite shop just to grab a few basics that we needed. It is quite expensive, but sufficient just to get milk, bread etc. We did a main shop at the ASDA at Atlantic Village which is about fifteen mins (i think!!) from Bideford Bay. Because of the bad weather, we didn't really see much of the park but we did go every night to the club and a couple of times during the day. We had a two year old with us and she enjoyed the activites at the club and the entertainment of a night time. There is an indoor and outdoor pool but we didn't get chance to visit them. There is also a large park for the kids but again the weather was too wet to use it.
We really enjoyed the entertainment at night. The Teamstars work so hard to keep everyone entertained. They have so much energy!!! We really enjoyed the Frankenstein Jive and Dine show and chelsey enjoyed the Who Framed Sparky Rabbit show. There were also various caberet acts while we were there that were just as good.
While we were at Bideford Bay we visited a couple of nearby attractions. On the saturday we went to The Big Sheep which is about twenty minutes from Bideford Bay. We had a really good day there although the weather was terrible. A lot of the different shows are inside or under cover so the rain didn't really bother us. Chelsey had fun in the childrens play area. There are loads of different slides as well for the bigger children. On the Sunday we went to Westward Ho which again is about a twenty minute drive away. The beach is lovely here and we also had a look round the shops and amusement arcades.
Overall we had a great weekend and we will definately be returning to Bideford Bay later on in the year. Hope this review has helped."
- Travel date: Thu 10th of July 2008
resort from hell
"My wife&I stayed in bideford bay resort,back in april we had a nightmare time.We stayed in a so called silver rated chalet which was something out ww2 seaview no44,smelt damp and very basic furnature which was dirty ciggy burns on carpet heating did't work.we complained then got chalet no 43 this was just as discusting we were watching tv about 10.00pm and something caught our eyes coming from the kitchen mice, my wife nearly had a heart attack.we had to go to bed but did not sleep.we complained again.this time the( lady) at reception told that you are in a wooded area,I could not believe it you do not expect vermin in your accomadation.this was the dirtiest place my wife and I have stayed in.they should pul them down. go there at your peril. reception staff need more training.this resort is filthy,dirty, a disgrace."
- Travel date: Thu 22nd of May 2008
would not recomend
"we stayed at bideford bay holiday park for a week september 2007 in a silver chalet.
the chalet was dirty with mouldy floor in kitchen and mouldy shower and bathroom floor. There was also a jumper left by previous occupants hanging on bedroom door (surprised the cleaners didnt find it?) sofa was ripped and there was no radio (as stated in brochure). I spent a long time scrubbing the minute we got in there!
The price for this holiday was cheap and i guess it is a case of you get what you pay for!!
one positive...my 5 year old daughter loved the childrens entertainment!!"
- Travel date: Tue 8th of April 2008