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“One of the best sites we've ever stayed at.” 5 of 5 stars
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Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe EX34 9SH , England   |  
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“One of the best sites we've ever stayed at.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2009

We booked fairly last mintue as we needed a weekend away, found this site on the net and came down. The site is in a small valley with a stream running through so there are some nice waterside pitches available. The valley itself was absolutely covered in primroses and cowslips. There was plenty of wild garlic about too, which we added to the pot on occasion.
The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly, as were all the caravanners who keep their caravans there. This made for a nice atmosphere in the bar, which though basic, did the job and was cheap.
The food onsite is best described as simple pub grub. It was well done, sensibly priced and plentiful. If you want something a bit fancier, ye olde globe in the village is well worth a visit - top pub. Ilfracombe isn't a gastronomes delight, be warned and give le gendarmerie a wide berth.
The dog was welcome on site, which was nice and it was good to see kids charging around soaked through where they'd been in the stream playing.
We'll definitely come back. The fishing on site has interested a few of our friends.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2007

Stayed here for 4 nights after taking a chance and turning up without a booking. Was given a very nice pitch, although it did back onto the road, which was quite noisy at times.

The site seemed well run and overall we had no problems at all. We have two small daughters and this site was very suitable for families. Having said that, the play area was rather limited and taken over by older children / teenagers. The staff were friendly and helpful.

We didn't use the restaurant or bar facilities so cannot comment on them specifically. The shop was pretty well stocked and had most essentials. The shower / toilet block was OK, but needs updating. The showers were very feeble, temperature erratic and the loos often ran out of toilet paper. Despite arriving in peak season, though, there was never any trouble finding a vacant shower or finding a spare sink in the washing up block.

We did eat out one night at the Saw Mill and, although the food was OK, the venue itself was disappointing. It looks very inviting from the outside, but fell short of our expectations on the inside - pity!

All in all, a very pleasant experience and we would definitely stay here again.

  • Liked — Small site with spacious pitches.
  • Disliked — Noisy road and small play area.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2007

Mill Park Camping and Caravanning, Berrynarbor Devon
1st July to 3rd July 2007

Mill Park is a camping and caravan site on the outskirts of the little Devon village of Berrynarbor, which is close to Coombe Martin on the road to Ilfracombe. The campsite is in a sheltered wooded area with a stream running through it. Amenities include the usual washrooms with showers, shop, onsite bar, restaurant; children’s play area and bizarrely a large coarse fishing lake. It is a 10 minute walk to the centre of Berrynarbor.
The site looks beautiful with pitches well marked out. It did rain virtually the whole time we stayed and the area round the tent did turn a bit muddy, but considering the conditions not as bad as expected. The bar is functional but not a bad place for a night cap. We did not eat in the restaurant whilst we were there as it was only open Thursday to Sunday but my parents who had been down longer said it was cheap, plentiful and tasted OK.
The washrooms again were OK, cleaned regularly and always had paper. I could imagine the facilities being stretched though when the site is busy.
Overall the site is well situated for what we wanted to do and well run. It was reasonably priced and we would certainly stay there again if we went to the area again.

Berrynarbor

Berrynarbor is a quaint little village full of white cottages. It has a post office, tea shop and a pub. The Globe Inn is a great pub with an enchanting old world charm. Furnished with rickety old furniture and decorated with bizarre local items it serves great pub food and has a good selection of ales. Well worth a visit. There is another pub on the main road the other way from the campsite, The Saw Mill, which is OK and does decent enough food but lacks the charm of the Globe.

Day Trips

There are plenty of places to visit just a short drive from Berrynarbor. It is just 5 minutes to Coombe Martin and 10 minutes to Ilfracombe. It is on the border of Exmoor national park and the villages of Lynton and Lynmouth and Clovelly are not too far. Below is where we visited.

Heddons Mouth/Woody bay

Heddons mouth is a small pebble beach with steep cliff’s either side. It has an old limekiln by the beach and is very picturesque. We drove to the Hunters Inn and parked in the car park there. It is well signposted from the major roads. It was a gentle 20 minute walk to the beach from the car park along a shaded river bank. We then decided to climb up the cliff to go to Woody Bay just a bit further along the coast. This walk was much more strenuous with a few fairly steep climbs. It was well worth it though with a spectacular views along the rugged coastline. Also spotted was plenty of the coastal birdlife, a pleasant waterfall. It took about 2 hours to get to the bay and take the road back to Hunters Inn for a well deserved drink. The Hunters Inn looks like a great country pub from the outside and is obviously very popular with walkers. The inside though did not live up to the outside with the décor tatty and not particularly atmospheric, although to be fair did serve good ale and looked as though the owners were starting a major refurbishment.

Tarka Trail – Barnstaple to Instow

We hired bikes from a hire shop at the train station and cycled the Tarka Trail to Instow. The route is fairly flat with scenic views over the estuary of the river Taw. Instow is a pleasant little place and we stopped in “the Bar” for a quick drink before heading back. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon and I just wished we had started earlier so we could have gone on further.

  • Liked — Beautiful Setting
  • Disliked — The weather!!!
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe EX34 9SH , England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ilfracombe
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Ilfracombe
Number of rooms: 125
Also Known As:
Mill Park Camping And Caravan Park Hotel Ilfracombe
Mill Park Camping And Caravan Park Ilfracombe, Devon

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