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There probably isn’t enough room on the mantelpiece for all the awards heaped on Dolbeare Park. Apart from all its green creds and bling, this Saltash site is the place to come to if you want a traditional, laid back kind of holiday – it’s family-centred, there’s no bar or clubhouse (although you can buy scrummy Cornish scrumpy, wine and beer in the park off-licence), and summer events include barbecues, cricket, rounders, archery, boules and squaring up on the giant outdoor chess board or over the giant Connect4. You might even see a few rabbits hopping about in the evenings...
Amenities at Dolbeare are of the highest standards – the immaculate shower block has underfloor heating, family washrooms, up-to-date disabled facilities, hair dryers and a ladies’ make-up area with an electric point for hair straighteners. The shop on site sells freshly baked bread and local produce, and if you’re too relaxed even to make a sandwich there’s a takeway too. Tuck into the one of the yummy bacon baguettes while browsing through the Dolbeare information centre where there are maps and guides on Devon and Cornwall, as well as the park’s own guides on essential topics such as where to eat, where to walk and the local beaches.
Cornwall gets busy in the summer, but you wouldn’t know it from this peaceful corner which most visitors whizz past without stopping...the only problem will be trying to narrow down what to do from the tons of active and relaxing things on offer in this almost forgotten corner of the south-east. The Rame Peninsula is a must, especially Cawsand and Kingsand and walking around the coastal path, and surfers should take their boards to the beautiful beaches of Whitsand Bay. The area also has some excellent diving such as Scylla at Whitsand Bay, and golfers can tee off too at St Mellion just a few miles away from the park.
Canny campers can go tree surfing and off-road mountain biking up in the Tamar Valley, quarry jump at nearby Adrenalin Quarry, canoe the Tamar River with Canoe Tamar, or take the Plym Trail or Camel Trail cycle paths for family exploring.
History and culture are abundant too, with several National Trust properties in the area as well as other cultural spots including Anthony House and Gardens, famous for Alice in Wonderland; Saltram House featured in Sense and Sensibility and the former home of Sir Francis Drake, Buckland Abbey.
Also on the very long must-do list is a trip around Devon to take in highlights including Bigbury on Sea, walking on Dartmoor or just relaxing with a drink at the Noss Mayo pubs. Plymouth shouldn’t be missed either, with the largest aquarium in the UK, a huge outdoor swimming pool and the Life Centre, with massive indoor pool, climbing centre, bowling, children's activities and a family activity centre.
Plymouth is also the spot for some fantastic food and restaurants, with full-on foodies also having the option to try the luscious location and food at The View restaurant, featured on Caroline Quentin's Cornwall and only 20 minutes from Dolbeare.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
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- Cotehele (5.6 miles)
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Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
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89% would recommend this site to a friend.
82% would stay here again.
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Lovely Site 1 Oct 2014
geoffdelivett (Mature couple, 35 reviews, 47 photos)
From the manager...
Thank you for your review and apologies for the delay in providing a response.
We are really pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Dolbeare Park and the park overall.
Thank you for your comments with regard to dogs and our signage in particular. From your comments, this is an area that we need to improve and your idea of a clearly displayed map seems to be a good one which we will include with the Arrival Information we hand out.
The reason for the 'no dog walking' around the paddock is that campers don't want dogs near their tents, saying that, we don't mind dogs walking on a short lead to the gate at the top of the camping paddock to get off the park. The nature trail is fairly similar, it's a place that children seem to love and we are worried that if we do allow people (children in particular) walking their dogs along here and then don't pick up, this could cause a big problem. With it being so wooded with chipped bark on the floor, clearing up after dogs is very difficult and so hard to see, just easier (and safer for children playing) not to allow dog walking in this area.
We love dogs and walk our dogs along the many country lanes and footpaths from the park. Clearer signage will certainly address any future misunderstandings.
This is a lovely area to explore with dogs and families, and we hope that improved signage at Dolbeare Park will tempt you to return.
From the manager...
Thank you for your review and your comments on your recent stay at Dolbeare Park.
We did chat with you a number of times when we wandered around the park in the evenings and sadly you didn't mention that you were having difficulty with the showers or the disabled room. Had we of known, we would have done our absolute best to help you, giving you priority access to the disabled room during certain times and checking the showers to see that they were working correctly. We have received no complaints about the showers from other guests. All our showers are non- touch control, the water runs for 30 seconds and then switches off, if you wave your hand in front, they will come on again at exactly the same temperature. Being gold award holders of both the David Bellamy and Green Tourist Business Scheme, we try to be as sustainable as possible, and not leaving taps running is one of the measures.
We didn't actually know that you had a disabled child, until we met your son one evening. Our access statement is on the home page of our web site and details our gravel roads, disabled room access for wheelchairs and how we will help wherever we can, if we are asked.
We were disappointed that you didn't tell us of your problems whilst you were here, therefore giving us no opportunity to rectify them. Please, in future, if you have any problems, at a park, hotel etc., please tell them, so they have the opportunity to rectify.
Apart from the disappointment with our disabled facilities, we do hope that you had an enjoyable holiday in this beautiful part of south east Cornwall.
From the manager...
Thank you for your review and we are really pleased that you had an enjoyable and pleasant stay. This is a lovely area to explore and we look forward to welcoming you back on a future visit.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Motorhome service point
Tourer storage facilitiesMax. motorhome length: 8.5 metres
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Landrake (Cornwall): By pass Bus Stop — 0.9mi
0.9mi Tideford: Bus Shelter Main Rd Coach Stop — 1.4mi
1.4mi Burraton (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 3.6mi
- Train stations
St Germans Rail Station — 2.5mi
2.5mi Menheniot Rail Station — 4.5mi
4.5mi Saltash Rail Station — 4.6mi
- Ferry ports
Torpoint Ferry Terminal — 6.3mi
6.3mi Devonport Ferry Terminal — 6.6mi
6.6mi Cremyll Mount Edgcumbe Ferry Landing — 7.6mi
Plymouth City Airport — 8.7mi
We are quick and easy to get to - take the M5 and A38 dual carriageway all the way up to the roundabout at Saltash. Then it's just 4 miles (with overtaking lanes) to Dolbeare Park.
Take the A38 to Landrake (between Saltash and Liskeard) and turn north next to the bright blue pedestrian footbridge across the A38, signposted to Dolbeare Park and to Blunts. Then follow our signs for 3/4 mile, keeping to the left at the fork, and you will find us on the right.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||noon –||6 p.m.|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||6 p.m.|
Late arrivals must notify the campsite as soon as possible. Please note that a fee applies for late arrivals (6pm - 8pm £10 charge, 8pm - 10pm £20 charge). Strictly no arrivals after 10pm.
Refunds not given.
We accept minor changes, subject to availability. Changes to bookings within one month of arrival will incur a £10 administration charge which is payable on arrival.
In the event of a no-show, your booking will be held until 9am on the following day.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
Dolbeare Park will debit the full amount from your card immediately. This includes a 15% non-refundable deposit.
Payment methods accepted on the parkMaestro
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Arrive:Mon 10 Dec 2012
Depart:Mon 17 Dec 2012
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