Sandaway Beach Holiday Park

From £25 For 1 night, 6 adults 7.1 111 reviews
Separate toddler pool (added by manager 21 Jan 2016)
Stunning views from the park (added by manager 21 jan 2016)
Touring pitch with hook up (added by manager 06 jan 2016)
Pitches (added by manager 21 jan 2016)

  • Family friendly-site with spectacular views out to sea
  • Private stretch of beach leading to a secluded cove
  • Pool, kids' clubs, soft play and playground
Ever wanted to channel your inner mermaid? Sandaway Beach Holiday Park near Ilfracombe in Devon has a private stretch of beach leading to the secret spot of Mermaids Cove for secluded swims and sunbathes. (If you happen to glimpse a topless mermaid, say the site staff, just look the other way…) The park is placed right on the edge of the ocean on a low cliff, with the rocky foreshore and sand of the private beach a few minutes’ stroll down a purty stepped path. If you’re not scrambling over the rocks to Mermaids Cove, soak up the rays at the sun trap here; just make sure you’re aware of the tide times before you go down. Away from the beach, there’s plenty happening parkwise for those who might get restless just soaking up the sun: Sandaway Beach is a John Fowler Holiday Parks site so is crammed with things to do for merpeople of all sizes – kids’ clubs for little squirts, free heated outdoor pool, indoor soft play area and an outdoor playground alongside pool tables, amusements and an internet café. Guests can also use the facilities at Sandaway Beach’s sister park Combe Martin Beach Holiday Park a few minutes away: this one has its own private beach too (Newberry) and the Sea Spray Club for beachside drinks and dining as well as evening entertainment and more kids’ clubs. Vittles at Sandaway are covered with the pub grub and basket meals at the Smugglers Bar, where there’s also evening entertainment, free wifi and a gape at Exmoor and sea views (kids are welcome in the pub). Golf, fishing, watersports and farm parks are all close to hand nearby.

Site type

Caravans for hire 86
Touring caravan pitches 10
Motorhome pitches 10
Tent pitches 10
Open now

Tourist board rating

Please note
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
  • The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. XL Bully, Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).
  • The outdoor swimming pool is open between 29/03 and 01/11 (subject to weather conditions).
  • The restaurant is open between 29/03 and 01/11.
  • The grocery shop is open between 29/03 and 01/11.
  • Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Languages spoken

English

Open from Fri, 22 Mar to

This site is a member of John Fowler Holidays group.

Silver David Bellamy Conservation Award AA Holiday Centre
View all John Fowler Holidays parks.

Reviews

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Clean and tidy well maintained toilets and showers. Grounds looked after.…

Overall 6/10
Location 10
Value for money 6
Accommodation No rating
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 4
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Dave L. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric grass pitch

Liked: Clean and tidy well maintained toilets and showers. Grounds looked after.

Disliked: Only compliant is young people who had been drinking at the bar decided to stop outside our motorhome, where they decided it was OK to shout and scream and also play loud music. Nobody from the park came to move them on. I payed to stay at the park to relax. I got no issues about having a drink but the park didn't seem to care about people's peace.

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Would not return

Overall 2/10
Location 6
Value for money 2
Accommodation 2
Facilities / Activities 2
Customer service 2
Child friendliness 2
Cleanliness 2
Wifi 2
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric grass pitch

Liked: Location - easy access to Combe Martin.

Disliked: The touring pitches are in a high traffic area. Pitches are uneven making it difficult to pitch/level up. Kids kicked footballs around. Touring pitches completely surrounded by static caravans and alongside additional relief parking area. Made for a fairly noisy and uncomfortable stay. Toilet and shower facilities are awfully dated and dirty. Light fixtures full of dead bugs and lights in shower cubicles did not work sufficiently.

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Great site for caravans but not camping/touring

Overall 6/10
Location 8
Value for money 6
Accommodation 4
Facilities / Activities 6
Customer service 8
Child friendliness 8
Cleanliness 4
Wifi 8
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric grass pitch

Liked: Swimming pool Stunning scenery Helpful staff Lovely park for kids Evening entertainment Able to chance pitch due to having a motorhome and not tent as pitch given was unsuitable due to very wet soggy ground and on a slope. Can drive to local beaches or catch the bus Lovely pebble/rocky cove onsite at the bottom of The steps

Disliked: Pool was freezing The touring/camping pitches were placed in a grass area in a carpark over looked by all arriving or accessing their cars. Not overly safe for small children. Showers were either scalding hot or freezing. Toilets and washing dishes area was placed away from the camping area, in between the caravan area instead. No lighting to the path to the shower/toilet block and slippery with mud due to all the rain when we went. Pitches aren’t really suitable for camping on the ends of the plot are very slopped

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For short stay, very good.

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 6
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric grass pitch

Liked: Very good amenities, toilets, showers etc. very good views out to sea. Friendly staff.

Disliked: The pitches have mobile homes all round them, so over looked.

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the facilities were great…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 6
Robert B. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric grass pitch

Liked: the facilities were great

Disliked: Pitches wee somewhat on a slope

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Friendly staff, all amenities including take away, restaurant, heated swimming pool, stunning…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Maria J. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric grass pitch

Liked: Friendly staff, all amenities including take away, restaurant, heated swimming pool, stunning views over the coast.

Disliked: Small area for touring caravans/motorhome

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Great staff. All helpful and friendly

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 6
Customer service 8
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 8
Wifi 8
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric grass pitch

Liked: Location and facilities were great.

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Clean facilities

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric grass pitch

Liked: The views were amazing .The pool was lovely and so was the reception and club.Staff were very welcoming at the reception.

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Small friendly site, pitch was close to everything and the beach was…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 8
Wifi No rating
Emma G. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric grass pitch

Liked: Small friendly site, pitch was close to everything and the beach was so close. There was a lovely little cove to swim in the clear waters. A tiny walk away and there were several other beaches. Outdoor pool was warm and a bonus for the kids to play in. Toilet block was a little dated but absolutely fine and only a handful of people using it so never busy.

Disliked: Couldn’t take the dog inside the club house.

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Close to beach, pool and good overall location…

Overall 6/10
Location 10
Value for money 6
Accommodation 4
Facilities / Activities 6
Customer service 6
Child friendliness 6
Cleanliness 2
Wifi 2
Brett B. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric grass pitch

Liked: Close to beach, pool and good overall location

Disliked: Bathrooms were dirty and are really in need of an upgrade

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Spectacular scenery

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Location

Sandaway Beach Holiday Park

Nr Berrynarbor

Ilfracombe

Devon

England

EX34 9ST

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)

GPS

51.20651°N
-4.04455°W

Nearest transport

Coach
3.4 mi Methodist Church
8.5 mi Opposite George Hotel
8.5 mi George Hotel
Rail
9.2 mi Barnstaple Rail Station
13.2 mi Chapelton (Devon) Rail Station
14.7 mi Umberleigh Rail Station
Ferry
2.9 mi Ilfracombe Ferry Landing
12.3 mi Instow Ferry Landing
12.3 mi Appledore Ferry Landing
Airport
27.4 mi Swansea Airport

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The fishing village of Combe Martin is around five minutes' stroll, for boat trips, a 13th-century church and another beach: one of six within easy driving distance. Combe Martin also has the Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park with over 250 species of wildlife, animatronic dinosaurs, a canyon train ride and swimming with sea lions. Ilfracombe is four miles from Sandaway, with several beaches here and between Ilfracombe and the three-mile stretch at Woolacombe 10 minutes’ drive away. The hand-carved Tunnels beaches are a hoot for exploring the Victorian etiquette of the day and should keep kids amused for hours. Arty sorts visting Ilfracombe should pack paintbox and inspiration: the town has eight art galleries (Damien Hirst owns several properties here and the controversial Hirst statue Verity stands at the harbour entrance). If your art loving is of a more dramatic type, get along to the award-winning Landmark Theatre, aka Madonna’s Bra (you’ll see why when you get there. The kids hopefully will not...)

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Combe Martin 0.3 mi Sea Poor Poor Poor Poor
Ilfracombe Hele 2.3 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good
Ilfracombe Tunnels Beach 3.6 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Combesgate Beach, Woolacombe 7.5 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Woolacombe Village 7.5 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

RHS Garden Rosemoor 18.6 mi

National Waterfront Museum 28.7 mi

National Trust

Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum 5 mi

Heddon Valley 5.1 mi

Watersmeet 10.6 mi

Holnicote Estate 20.8 mi

Dunster Working Watermill 25.9 mi

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Other

Ilfracombe, Berrynarbor and the Coast 2.7 mi

ARLINGTON COURT 5 mi

Hunters Inn - SW Coast Path - Trentishoe - Hunters Inn 5.2 mi

Hunters Inn - Woody Bay - South West Coast Path - Hunters Inn 5.2 mi

Lee Bridge - Slade - Ilfracombe - Coast Path 5.2 mi

Local events

  • GoldCoast Oceanfest (Friday 21 June 2024 – Friday 21 June 2024)

    Croyde, Devon 9.7 mi

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Want to know more about camping in Devon?

  • Does Sandaway Beach Holiday Park have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Sandaway Beach Holiday Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Sandaway Beach Holiday Park? The fishing village of Combe Martin is around five minutes' stroll, for boat trips, a 13th-century church and another beach: one of six within easy driving distance. Combe Martin also has the … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Sandaway Beach Holiday Park?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Sandaway Beach Holiday Park? From £25 (for 1 night, 6 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.