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Hidden Valley Touring & Camping Park
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Sue and Phil Brown”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

We arrived at Hidden Valley to a very warm welcome at reception. The first impression was a wonderful setting, with pine forest surrounding the high hills and beautifully manicured lawns on the approach driveway. Taking us to our spot was a well-informed and friendly warden who explained where everything was located, including her caravan in case we were in need of any help. With three dogs in tow, I wasn't"t too sure of how they would be welcomed, but I needn't have worried-these folks are completely dog friendly-even down to telling us the local bus service would allow our hounds to tag along too! The site is divided into two, with the lower campsite (Kingfisher Meadow) more for tents and the upper site (Otter's creek) for caravans and motor homes with all service hook-ups and hard standings for awnings. The scenery is idyllic with a fast-flowing stream running through the middle. There is a lovely walk up in the surrounding woodland where the dogs could have a good run and I could have an early morning hike. The camp reception stocked a few items, not least freshly baked bread!! They also had a cafe where you could enjoy a full cooked breakfast, or just indulge in a cuppa and a cake the showers were always hot and the toilet facilities spotless. With an onsite laundry, washing and tumble drying clothes was easy and efficient. There was even an iron and ironing board available free of charge. Our Otter's creek wardens, Phil and Sharon-tina were very helpful and friendly. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble, and they were never far away if needed. This site is well worth a visit, and we will certainly return in the not-too distant future.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

As a family of four who regularly stay at Hidden Valley ( we store our caravan there) we have always been impressed with the site. The site is beautiful and well maintained, the staff are exceptionally helpful and nothing is too much trouble for them. It is especially a great place for kids as the playground and walks in the woods provide hours of entertainment. Love it!

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

I visited Hidden Valley Touring Park last year at the beginning of the season Easter with http://www.ukcampsitefinder.co.uk. These are my personal thoughts on the park after travelling around many caravan parks, holiday parks and campsites throughout the UK.

TOILETS AND SHOWERS are great camping field ones are clean and tidy. Touring and motorhome showers and toilets are stunning lovely and warm and I can tell you it was very cold when we were there.

Plenty of room on the pitch had TV connection, water, electric. Super pitches had tables.
Staff were really friendly and helpful. The shop slightly over priced at the time no more than other parks though but all the essential were to hand.

Dog friendly - lovely walk through the woods, beach close by.

Pitches were big enough to fit our very large six man tent.

Road was close by but we personally did not hear the traffic through the night at all.
A lovely lake to walk around and see the wildlife.

NEGATIVES - No wifi at the time apart from in the cafe. Play equipment could be updated but not essential and road had some potholes.

PLEASE don't read the negative reviews this is a lovely touring park in a great location. There are plenty of great reviews for this park and they unlike some accept good and bad reviews with open arms.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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4 Thank Nina B
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Sheffield
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

This site is quite expensive and very over priced. The best way to describe the site is totally dilapidated. The only good thing about it was one of the wardens who was lovely and a bit of a joker and the facilities were cleaned regular although very dilapidated. I would never go again unless I knew the site had been modernised and maintained to a standard reflecting the tariff. Very disappointed customer. Oh and remember take the longest electricity adapter you can get your hands on because your electricity point may be 1/4 of a mile away from you tent (an exageration but was a long way from pitch). It cost me £63 to buy a new lead.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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HiddenValleyManager, Manager at Hidden Valley Touring & Camping Park, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Hi Alison,

Many thanks for your review. I am so sorry to hear that you think the park is dilapidated. I would be interested to know what part of the park you thought was dilapidated, as we were recently voted ‘Best Touring Park’ in Devon.
Our prices are well in-line with other parks in North Devon, and is the cheapest 5 star park in North Devon. I am surprised that you thought the tariff is over priced.

Although some pitches are further from electric points than others, all pitches are well within 20metres of electric points, this is a standard set by the Caravan & Camping club. On K52 (the pitch you were on) a 15m electric lead would be more than long enough - where an earth did you pay £63 for a 15m electric lead? We sell heavy duty 20m cables for £39.99.

Thank you once again for taking the time to write your review. So that I can take on board your comments for future upgrades and improvements to the park, I would be most interest to receive an email from you detailing the parts of the facilities you think are dilapidated.

Thanks once again,

Richard Legg
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

I really enjoyed our weekend trip to Hidden Valley. Although there is not many onsite facilities (No Bar, Entertainment, Pool) the site is well kept clean and the facilities they do have a great.

The Park is situated between a main road and a forest but with all the tree's you can hardly hear the main road. At night the only thing I could hear was the near by stream.

Wish I had more time to explore this site as it is beautiful with well kept nature trails around the site. The tent pitches are well sized too :-)

Thinking about returning to this site in the very near future. Would highly recommend.

Top Tip: Check their website for late minute deals! We got our pitch for half price :-)

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

This review is written 12 months after our visit but the campsite is still fresh in my mind. From the moment we arrived we were treated to the best possible service by the staff. Straw was provided to cover the mud left by the footprint of the last tent and staff regularly asked if everything was OK as they passed by.
The toilets and showers were immaculate, the pitches flat and roomy and even though the site is near a busy road, the impression given by the trees and hedges is of peace and quiet.
The recycling area is also a great idea.
The perfect site for families and an ideal place to locate to visit the locality.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Nottingham
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Just returned from a one week stay at Hidden Valley. This is quite a large site well located for North Devon's attractions about halfway between Braunton and Ilfracombe and close to Croyde Bay and Saunton beaches. Easy to find as the site is directly off the main A391, although Braunton is a bit of a pain to get through as it it quite a bottleneck. We heard a bit of noise from the main road but it wasn't intrusive.

On arrival, the site looks nice with some well kept, mature flower beds and shrubbery. Good sized arrivals area where you can wait for your pitch if necessary. The entry road is a bit rough and looks like it has had some fairly major potholes recently filled in, shouldn't be a problem if you're driving at an appropriate speed though.

Nice reception area with leaflets for local attractions and pleasant, helpful staff. There is a small shop (very, very basic though) and a cafe which does snacks and meals. We only used the cafe once and the food was nice, but a little slow arriving and a bit on the pricey side.

Wardens showed us to our pitch and helped with the awning which was appreciated after a six hour drive! The wardens really do this place credit, they were always smiling and nothing was too much trouble - an absolute credit to the site!

So, onto the nitty gritty. Firstly, I have to say that we were a little dissappointed with the site overall. Considering the boasts on the website and some of the reviews, we were expecting much more... We had booked a 'large' pitch and were located in the 'Oak' area. The pitch did have a drainage point, light, hook up, tv point and fresh water connection as promised, but I would question the description of 'large'. There was just enough room for the caravan and awning, then a narrow grass space before the next unit. Cars had to be parked along the front of the units, not a problem in itself but we did feel the pitches were a bit tight. That said, it was adequate but no more than that. Personally I would say they have tried to cram on 2-3 more pitches than they should have on this row. Roads around the site were generally ok although as you would expect (being in a valley) there are some fairly steep inclines. Our pitch drained well during the one night of heavy rain we had. Levelling ramps/blocks would be a good idea for this site as a number of the pitches were sloping to various degrees.

Amenities block was up a steep flight of steps. Again, considering the website descriptions we were again a bit dissapointed. There were only 3 toilets and 3 showers. For the size of the site, I don't feel this is enough and several times we had to queue (although it was high season...). The block has underfloor heating but as we always use flip flops it made no difference to us. I would say cleanliness standards are OK, certainly not immaculate but reasonable and acceptable. The blocks are in need of a fresh coat of paint though - fair bit of mould on the ceilings etc. The block also has a laundry (£3 per wash, £1.20 for 20 mins drying), covered washing up area, chemical disposal point and a wetsuit wash area. The showers themselves are good - not the pain in the bum push buttons that so many sites are installing now, but a proper shower with plenty of free hot water in good sized cubicles.

There was a shallow stream running through the park behind out unit. There were a couple of places where it was accessible for the kids to have a paddle and build dams etc but obviously could be of concern to those with young children - some of the banks were very steep and very close to the pitches (especially the 'Premier' pitches). Kids play area was good with swings, slides, climbing frames and a zip wire, but it is very, very muddy so wellies are an absolute must on this site. Being in a valley it doesn't get a great deal of sun and is mostly shaded by the surrounding forest so it never dries out!

Not alot for younger children as due to the layout of the pitches it is difficult to keep an eye on them if they wander away from the unit...

The top meadow area (mainly hardstanding) has a barrier access. The access code is unique to your pitch to prevent unauthorised visitors which I thought was a good idea.

Up near the reception is a lake which again has a nice mature garden area. Very pretty for a walk or just to sit in the evening but no fencing around the lake again means younger children need to be watched.

We had a drive around the camping area on the other side of the site where the grass pitch's are located and this seems a more social layout, although pitch sizes appeared similar.

All of this site is either up, or down hill. The clue is in the name I guess but it wouldn't be suitable for those with mobility issues.

The surrounding area is lovely. We love this part of Devon and it never fails to impress. Plenty to do for all age groups and a number of excellent beaches all within a ten minutes drive (Croyde, Braunton, Putsborough being three crackers). Braunton, about 4 miles from the site is a nice little town with a good selection of take-aways, shops and suchlike. There is a co-op and a tesco in Braunton too.

Several pubs are all within a few minutes drive and we would recommend the Ebrington Arms in nearby Knowle. Charming place with good food, although try and avoid it when football is on TV as it got a bit loud and the landlord didn't do much about the swearing! Fish and Chips has to be Squires in Braunton, very nice indeed although be prepared to queue and part with £20+

A little further afield is Ilfracombe with it's pretty harbour and seaside feel. Great days out for the kids would include The Big Sheep, Watermouth Castle, Exmoor Zoo, Combe Martin Dinosaur park, Quince Honey Farm and many others... all within easy reach. Horse riding and Quad biking is also available nearby.

Overall I would say:

Great Location
Great Staff
Average Facilities & Pitches
Don't believe all that you read on the website

Would I go again...? I wouldn't say no, but I would look at alternatives first. Would I recommend...? Yes, but tentatively.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hidden Valley Touring & Camping Park
Address: West Down, Ilfracombe EX34 8NU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ilfracombe
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Ilfracombe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Hidden Valley Touring & Camping Park 5*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set amongst the rolling hills of North Devon and open all year, Hidden Valley Touring Caravan and Holiday Park is justly proud of its growing list of awards. These include the Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award, its 5 Star rating by 'Visit England', winners of the 'Holiday Park of the Year' and just last year we were honoured with the new AA 5 Pennants Award. Whether you are looking for a campsite to pitch your tent or touring caravan spaces, our Devon campsite provides it all. ... more   less 
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