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“Need to invest money big time. Not changed in 10 years!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Widemouth Bay Caravan Park

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Widemouth Bay Caravan Park
Widemouth Bay, Bude EX23 0DF, England   |  
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Ranked #23 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Bude
Tisbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Need to invest money big time. Not changed in 10 years!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I've been here before as a child and loved it. On arrival this time we returned with my 9 month old baby our caravan was not clean at all it was covered in dog hair from previous people that stayed week before! Was disgusting we brushed up a ton of dog hair and had to request a Hoover so I could personally Hoover the hair up from the carpet and around the windows. however 10 years later and nothing has changed. no money has been invested to improve facilities. Roads into park and upto caravans needs re tarmacing, shop on site is never open! Evening entertainment was a big let down bingo every night was so boring.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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JohnFowlerHolidays, Guest Relations Manager at Widemouth Bay Caravan Park, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience at our holiday park. We certainly do not ignore any constructive criticism and perhaps there are some areas that could be improved in the interest of future guests.

Your comments have been passed on to all departments and we really hope that you will visit us again in the near future

Pat
Guest Relations Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Just got back from a lovely week stay 21/06 - 28/06 at widemouth bay.

Firstly on arrival we were met by friendly reception staff who quickly showed us to our caravan, which was nice as we travelled from Yorkshire and was in need of a cup of tea and a nap ha ha

Weather was brilliant at the start of the week which slowly deteriorated towards the end, but hey ho that's British weather for ya.

The clubhouse was warm and friendly and the prices were rather decent for a holiday park.
Our family loved the entertainers they were brilliant with my two little ones. We were looking to play cash bingo however there wasn't enough players but the guys were quick enough to change it to disco bingo which the family found brilliant. My little boy loved the fox and I think had a little crush on Molly as he hasn't stopped talking about her. Yeah ok it was a bit quiet but it was sunny so everyone was probably enjoying the beach.

The only thing that let it down there was a few rowdy customers coming in later with no respect that we had children and the language that came out if there mouths was horrendous. It actually made us feel uncomfortable I don't know if they were staff or not but they acted like they owned the place.

The pool was lovely and the lifeguard was very friendly.

We didn't eat in the restaurant so we can't comment.

All in all it was a fantastic week and we will return

See you soon

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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JohnFowlerHolidays, Guest Relations Manager at Widemouth Bay Caravan Park, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Hello Ryan

Thank you for your five stars. It is satisfying to hear that you had a great time on our park.

We are happy that you thought the staff and the entertainers were friendly and helpful and we will pass your comments on to them.

Once again let me thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back to our park very soon.

Pat
Guest Relations Manager
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

My stay this time was ok, with exception to the entertainments team. The people performing were great, we had some rhythm and blues and all sorts, but was spoilt by the entertainments team, not as much engagement with the customers as last year, felt like you wanted to be booted out, rather than enjoy your stay. This being said because sunday, thru to tuesday the hall closed earlier than advertised !

I am not afraid to speak up, been going here with my family since 2000, but this time I didn't enjoy my stay.

Neverless, clean and tidy, nice pool, pleasant staff in the shops and at the bar, but that's all I can say really.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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JohnFowlerHolidays, Guest Relations Manager at Widemouth Bay Caravan Park, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Hello Stuboy

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. Your comments have been passed to all departments and everyone will be especially delighted to read your comments about the park.

It is rare to get a poor review about the entertainment, however, we can all have vastly different opinions about the same subject and your thoughts have been noted.

We really hope to see you again in the near future

Pat
Guest Relations Manager
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I spent a week here with my Mum and her Yorkshire Terrier. Having been to John Fowler twice before we were expecting the site and amenities to be a little 'tired'. How wrong we were! The lawns were kept nicely mowed and the flowers outside the reception area was a welcome site. On arrival I was greeted by a very friendly chap who explained what I needed to know and presented me with a welcome pack and lots of leaflets of places to visit. The clubhouse was clean and the food from the 'takeaway' good, hot and value for money.
The caravan had everything you could want and again was very clean and tidy.
I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JohnFowlerHolidays, Guest Relations Manager at Widemouth Bay Caravan Park, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Hello Kay

Thank you for taking the time to leave your fantastic review. It is satisfying to hear that you had a great time on our park.

I have passed on your feedback on to the department managers so they can share this success with their teams.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Pat
Guest Relations Manager
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Saltash, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

After reading some of the comments on here I was apprehensive to say the least. However I decided to make up my own mind and I'm glad I did. The site was spotless, no litter anywhere and the gardens and grass were all cut and looking very smart. The staff were cheerful, helpful and professional. Nothing was too much trouble and requests were dealt with quickly. Yes the caravan was a little tired but it was clean and had everything we needed. I was really worried about ordering food in the clubhouse (after reading comments) but it was quickly served, well cooked and piping hot. The site is a little out of the way if you don't drive but reception booked us Bayside Taxis, a really lovely driver called Lianne looked after us during our stay. All in all we had a lovely break (including glorious weather) and would not hesitate to return. I can't comment on the pool as we didn't use it but it also looked clean and well kept. As someone said before on here, if you want 5*, book (and pay!!!) for 5*.Thanks to all at Widemouth Bay Caravan Park.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JohnFowlerHolidays, Guest Relations Manager at Widemouth Bay Caravan Park, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Hello Wellytwo

Thank you very much for leaving us such a fantastic review, we really appreciate it. Your comments have been passed to all departments.

As you say, the park does not deserve poor reviews and thankfully they are few and far between. We simply do not understand why some people choose to post them, when all the staff work really hard to make everyone feel welcome, as you experienced. However, we are all individuals and we can all have vastly different opinions on the same subject.

I am delighted to hear that you had a great time. Our returning customers are very important to us and we look forward to welcoming you again very soon.

Pat
Guest Relations Manager
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

It has taken me a while to write this review but i remember the datail well.
When our kids were small we holidayed in Widemouth Bay 5 times. The last time was in 2003. In 2013 we returned with our first grandson. The standard of Caravans has evolved since that time, service levels have increased and people expect more and the likes of Tripadvisor has made venting your opinions easier which means businesses must react. I think John Fowler have reacted well and obviously updating elements of the park have taken place. The clubhouse looked very similar to how it was 10 years before, so possible update needed there. The swimming pool looked very similar to how it was 10 years before, bizarrely small changing rooms. The scottish lifeguard was really freindly.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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JohnFowlerHolidays, Guest Relations Manager at Widemouth Bay Caravan Park, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to leave your review, it was very interesting to read your impressions of the park after 10 years.

I have passed on your feedback on to the department managers so they can share this success with their teams.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Pat
Guest Relations Manager
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Upon on our arrival to Widemouth Bay Caravan Park we were greeted by a very helpful and professional lady called Tracy. She explained the location of our caravan clearly and advised us of where the amenities were and gave me an informative pack of local attractions. Our caravan was stunning, complete home from home (platinum caravan) it was clean, tidy and did not have that caravan smell :) The view from our caravan and the site is amazing, you have a great combination of green countryside and sea views. Normally we go to Haven on our UK holidays, it was refreshing to be somewhere that had enough entertainment for the children without costing the earth. Pool table, hockey table, fruit machines and arcades. The Entertainment was great too, not pretentious just good old family fun. The staff were very friendly and each and every one of them had a smile. Pete the facilities guy was a true diamond and was willing to help at any point. I really cannot recommend this site enough. We will be back and i will tell all about you.

All in all, it was a lovely holiday in a perfect setting. The facilities great. Pool is basic but you can create your own fun.

If your looking for a good old fashioned family holiday where your family will be entertained and it wont cost you the earth to do it. Great walks and great views - this is the place for you.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JohnFowlerHolidays, Guest Relations Manager at Widemouth Bay Caravan Park, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Hello Kelly

Thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic review. We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your stay and how helpful and friendly the staff were.

We pride ourselves on our family feel at John Fowler Holidays, and are delighted to hear that you shared that experience.

Our returning customers are so important to us and regularly make up 50% of our visitors, so we look forward to welcoming you again very soon.

Pat
Guest Relations Manager
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Additional Information about Widemouth Bay Caravan Park

Address: Widemouth Bay, Bude EX23 0DF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Bude
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #23 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Bude
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 200
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