Top Tips and Recommendations – Devon Cliffs Holiday Park with a 22 month year old

It has been such a glorious summer that we wanted to see the sea again! So we booked a holiday to South Devon, Exmouth to be precise, with my parents. We stayed at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park, which is a Haven site. Prices through Haven were pretty steep as all holidays are in the school holidays, we were looking at over £1000 for a standard caravan and that would only have one bathroom which isn’t ideal for four adults. So I looked around for deals and I found two companies that rented out privately owned caravans on the same Haven site. We went with Beachside Caravans as the deals were incredible. We stayed in Willows 18, an A rated extra wide caravan, on the sea front with two bathrooms and a veranda for £695! You do have to buy Haven passes on top of this if you want to use the entertainment facilities, but it still came in for around £800 for all of us which is a bargain. You can’t grumble at £400 per couple for seven nights in Devon during the August school holidays!

Willows 18

I couldn’t recommend this caravan and location enough, it was spotless and spacious with extraordinary views of the beach and sea. It was situated close by to all the main areas of the site and only very short walk to the main complex or the beach. It is worth noting though that the park is very hilly and steep, however, Max was fine with it most of the time and even made it up the very steep path back from the beach.

The park

The park is amazing and huge! It must be the biggest holiday park I have visited and it is very well kept and looked after. Obviously it was school holidays so it was very busy (the down side to holidays as a teacher) however it wasn’t too crowded, we could find places to sit in the bars and restaurants.

The indoor pool was brilliant, Max loved it and cried when he had to get out. The pool has slides galore, for all ages! It also has outdoor pools if you get the weather for it. There are all the usual day time and evening entertainment activities that you would expect, if not more, as well as soft plays and amusements.

There are also a huge number of restaurants and takeaways to choose from on site, from; Burger King, Starbucks, Papa John’s Pizza, Fish and Chip shop, Millie’s Cookies, Bugsy’s, Mash and Barrel Pub to the South Beach Cafe. There is an very well stocked shop which is reasonably priced too. We were relatively happy with every where we ate and drank, large range of drinks in the bars and the food and prices were good too, what you would expect from a standard chain pub. The only let down we had was at the South Beach Cafe. The cafe is perched on the top of the cliff overlooking the beach and sea, it has breathtaking views, I would have eaten in there every night even though it was dearer than the main complex, however, the customer service in there wasn’t great, we didn’t go back due to this. I have to say that this is the only place on the site that we had problems though, the staff elsewhere were great!

The beach

Although down a very steep hill, there is a lovely, private, sandy beach with a little cafe shack at the bottom that serves drinks including beer and Pimms as well as ice cream. There is lots of seaweed on the beach which may put some people off. Max wasn’t keen. However if you do want pure sand and clear waters, head down the coast, about a 10 minute drive at the most, to Exmouth. To find out more about Exmouth and the surrounding area please see my top tips blog, coming soon.

Thank you for reading my blog and I’m happy to answer any questions that you may have about this park. Happy holidays!

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