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- 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 mere three 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 (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 the Exmoor and sea views (children are welcome in the pub). Golf, fishing, watersports and farm parks are all close to hand nearby.
Open from 02/03/2018 to 26/10/2018
Tourist board rating
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
Single-sex bookings of 3 (under 25s) or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Check availability at Sandaway Beach Holiday Park…
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Electric grass pitch
Max. persons: 6 x
Pitch dimensions: Max 6.0m width x 8.0m depth (19.7ft width x 26.2ft depth) Calculated area: 48.0m² (516.7ft²)
Ground type: Grass
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The staff were very friendly . The entertainment was good ...
The most disgusting site I have ever stayed in. Tent field on a slope.
the park was excellent, close to the kids park so ...
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
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Ilfracombe Bus Station
— 3.0 miles
3.0 miles Braunton (Devon): George Hotel Coach Stop — 8.4 miles
8.4 miles Chivenor (Devon): Camp Gates Coach Stop — 8.7 miles
- Train stations
Barnstaple Rail Station
— 9.2 miles
9.2 miles Chapelton (Devon) Rail Station — 13.1 miles
13.1 miles Umberleigh Rail Station — 14.7 miles
- Ferry ports
Ilfracombe Ferry Landing
— 2.8 miles
2.8 miles Instow Ferry Landing — 12.2 miles
12.2 miles Appledore Ferry Landing — 12.2 miles
— 27.4 miles
Leave the M5 at Junction 27 and take the A361 towards Barnstaple for 26 miles. Then go onto the A399 towards Combe Martin. Just past Combe Martin seafront you’ll find the park 500 yards up the hill, on the right.
A six-minute stroll from Sandaway Beach Holiday Park will take you to the fishing village of Combe Martin for boat trips, pubs, restaurants, thirteenth century church and another beach: one of six within easy driving distance of the park. 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.
Just over a mile away from Sandaway there’s the hamlet and harbour at Watermouth with Watermouth Castle and theme park; there’s a Victorian museum, an underground water show and suits of armour to eye nervously in the castle, and a theatre, rides and an adventure playground outside.
The seaside town of Ilfracombe is four miles from Sandaway and there are several beaches here and between Ilfracombe and the three-mile stretch at Woolacombe ten minutes’ drive away: the hand-carved Tunnels beaches are a hoot for exploring the Victorian etiquette of the day and should keep the kids amused for hours.
Arty sorts visting Ilfracombe should pack their paintbox and inspiration: the town has a whopping total of eight art galleries (Damien Hirst owns several properties here) and the controversial Hirst statue Verity stands at the entrance to the harbour. If your art loving is of a more dramatic type, take yourself along to the award-winning Landmark Theatre, aka Madonna’s Bra (you’ll see why when you get there. The kids hopefully will not.)
Day trippers feeling less sporty can reach Barnstaple, Dartmoor, Cornwall, cobbled and carfree Clovelly, Lynmouth, Lynton and loads more within driving distance, or take the kids along to a(nother) theme park: Milky Way Adventure Park and The Big Sheep, both outside Bideford, should tire them out nicely.
Leaving the car behind? A bus service runs near Sandaway Beach Holiday Park on most days from March to October.
- RHS Garden Rosemoor (18.6 miles)
- National Waterfront Museum (28.7 miles)
- Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (5.0 miles)
- Heddon Valley (5.2 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||12 p.m. –||10 p.m.|
|Arrive:||4 p.m. –||10 p.m.|
Sandaway Beach Holiday Park cancellation policy
No refunds after 1 day of booking.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Sandaway Beach Holiday Park will debit the balance from your card 8 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 8 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkMaestro