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Sandaway Beach Holiday Park
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Wonderful Location”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Stayed at this site in July 2013 had a silver caravan that comfortably slept 6, 2 bedrooms with a pull out bed in the lounge area. Our caravan (43) was situated at the foot of a small hill overlooking the cliffs, the view was stunning! The caravan was clean but very dated and tired and I'm afraid the beds were very hard and uncomfortable. That is the only criticism, the park is very well kept, the staff are very friendly and helpful. Our TV/CD player broke down and was replaced with a flat screen updated model within an hour. But beware Devon does not have very good reception and there are limited channels on the TV. There is poor phone reception at the bottom of the site but the clubhouse has free WiFi. The on site catering is run by a very friendly chef who prepares each meal as it is ordered, the portions are massive. The entertainment is typical of a caravan park, something for the kids with characters, bingo, competitions and live singing acts.

The walk down to the beach is 75 steps and very very steep so coming back up is tiring not recommended for anyone with walking difficulties. Beware of the tide, it comes in very quickly and swallows up the whole beach. Look out for the dolphin who lives in the small bay, we watched it playing near the site every day. One day we watched as the dolphin was jumping over some people kayaking, it was amazing.

The pool is heated but not very big and the area around it is quite a sun trap. large inflatables are not allowed in the pool. There is a small shop on site selling essentials and toys but it does close during the afternoon. There is a very small indoor play area for toddlers and a few old games but not much else. Did not use this facility.

The walk down to Combe Martin is very steep but you are rewarded with beautiful views of the bay and surrounding cliffs. The beach and sea are not especially clean. There is a great chip shop just a short walk from the bay, we had the best chips ever there.

Devon is a really beautiful part of our country and we will return next year. I would go back to this site but ask can you please make the beds less hard?

Room Tip: Ask for a caravan with unobstructed views
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Patrick_Jennings, Guest Relations Manager at Sandaway Beach Holiday Park, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
What a wonderful review, thank you, we really appreciate it.

Your praise will mean so much to the management and staff at the park. They all work extremely hard to make everyone’s stay enjoyable.

We hope to welcome you again very soon.
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Would really like to go again,handy for the beach great for kids,the local area has everything you need for a lovely family holiday ,with none of the razz a mataz of a big site.we will definitely be going again really enjoyed it.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Patrick_Jennings, Guest Relations Manager at Sandaway Beach Holiday Park, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thank you very much for leaving us such a fantastic 5 star review, we really appreciate it. Your comments have been passed on to all departments.

We look forward to welcoming you again very soon.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We visited Sandaway Beach on the 16th July with our two young daughters five and two. We booked a silver caravan which seemed rather small compared to the haven caravans we were used to . We contacted guest services and asked for another caravan but the site was full and the only thing available was an appartment. They offered us the keys to go and have a look and see if we like it. The appartment was huge but the girls wanted to stay in the caravan so we decided to give the keys back for the appartment. Once we were unpacked and settled it didn't seem that small and the caravan was spotless. The caravan did have a stunning view of the sea and cliffs with the odd dolphin. The out door pool also had the same view and it was great swimming in the glorious sunshine. The staff and the management were very professional and did all they could to make our stay a memorable one. We didn't eat in the restaurant or attend the evening entertainment so cant comment on those. The location was great to explore the surrounding areas. All in all a great stay and would return.

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5 Thank jazz280
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Patrick_Jennings, Guest Relations Manager at Sandaway Beach Holiday Park, responded to this review, July 30, 2013
What a wonderful review, thank you, we really appreciate it.

Your praise will mean so much to the management and staff at the park. They all work extremely hard to make everyone’s stay enjoyable.

We hope to welcome you again very soon.
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2013

we have just returned from a week at sandaway beach holiday park. Coming away from such a beautiful place was disheartening. It was stunning from the minute we arrived till the minute we vacated the site, which was more than enough for our needs. Our caravan was immaculate, food was delicious, great portion size and excellent value for money. The chef was more than accommodating for our needs as a family. All members of staff were friendly and happy to help at all times, from the ladies in the shop, pool attendants to the bar staff. Every night was a fantastic night in the clubhouse. For the children as well as adults, Gareth and his team put an amazing show on for the whole family. our children loved the foxy club, as us adults enjoyed the evening entertainment performances by Gareth and Mark, both have amazing talent and have great ability to entertain the crowd. I would highly recommend this destination to any family looking for a great holiday in a beautiful surrounding. There are also lots of great days out within a 20 minute drive. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our week here and could have stayed longer. Looking forward to returning to sandaway in the near future.

Room Tip: would recommend a silver or gold booking as this provides a sea view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Patrick_Jennings, Guest Relations Manager at Sandaway Beach Holiday Park, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Yet another 5 star review for The Sandaway Beach Holiday Park, thank you, we really appreciate it. Your comments have been passed onto all departments.

We are extremely proud of our entertainments team this year, the effort they put in is amazing. They are all doing a brilliant job, and work extremely hard to ensure everyone has a great holiday.

We hope to welcome you again very soon.
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We were booked into a silver 8 berth caravan which was clean and reasonably well maintained. The site has a large grassed area, outdoor and indoor play areas and pool all well looked after and suitable for young children. The on site shop is well stocked with your essentials. All the staff we encountered were very polite and friendly but a true star is the gentleman that runs the Chefs Corner, having a very fussy eater 7yr old is normally a nightmare but on at least 2 occasions he put a dinner together for her that wasn't on the menu (he offered, we didn't even have to ask). The food was delicious and is freshly cooked while you wait. Combe Martin itself is only a short walk down the hill but be warned that the hill isn't so kind on the way back up! The highlight of the holiday was looking out to sea and seeing a dolphin! Would stop at Sandaway again and would recommend to others.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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6 Thank Corrina36
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Patrick_Jennings, Guest Relations Manager at Sandaway Beach Holiday Park, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Thank you for such a lovely review, we really appreciate you taking the time.

Your comments have been passed to all departments, especially the Chef's Corner catering team, who will be delighted to hear your thoughts.

We really hope to see you again in the near future.
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Cullompton, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2013

We stayed in a gold caravan and had the most amazing view of the sea and the hangman cliffs. The caravan ad everything we needed, was spotlessly clean and had the best shower I have ever used. We were able to watch local fisherman out to sea and a dolphin from our window. How perfect is that. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and everyone had smiles which is always a great sign. The only down side was the pool was only open for short hours a day. We would have loved to have a swim before ten am and after 5pm as it was such great weather. We did the ilfracombe princess boat trips so worth the money

Room Tip: Go for gold
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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5 Thank Ourpetunia
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Patrick_Jennings, Guest Relations Manager at Sandaway Beach Holiday Park, responded to this review, July 21, 2013
Yet another 5 star review for The Sandaway Beach Holiday Park, thank you, we really appreciate it. Your comments have been passed onto all departments.

Your praise will mean so much to the management and staff at the park. They all work extremely hard to make everyone’s stay enjoyable.

We hope to welcome you again very soon.
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2013

Came for the week and really enjoyed it! Awesome beach and stunning views of the sea, cliffs and beautiful sunsets! Very wildlife friendly too. Really enjoyed the entertainment in the evenings, had a good range of different stuff, we really liked Mark who did the rock and roll set, very good! The staff we're easy going, polite and friendly. The pool was awesome too! The only down side was the shower curtain pole was hanging off by one screw but other than that, the accommodation was good for what we needed. But all in all, we all really enjoyed our time and looking forward to going back later in the summer!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Patrick_Jennings, Guest Relations Manager at Sandaway Beach Holiday Park, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
What a wonderful review, thank you, we really appreciate it.

Your praise will mean so much to the management and staff at the park. They all work extremely hard to make everyone’s stay enjoyable.

We hope to welcome you again very soon.
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Additional Information about Sandaway Beach Holiday Park

Property: Sandaway Beach Holiday Park
Address: Sandaway, Combe Martin, Exmoor National Park EX34 9ST, England (Formerly John Fowler Sandaway Holiday Park)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Combe Martin
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Combe Martin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandaway Beach Holiday Park 3*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sandaway Beach Holiday Park stands on a low cliff at the very edge of the ocean with breathtaking sea views. Three minutes walk down a picturesque stepped path brings you to Sandaway Beach, privately owned by us, a rocky foreshore and a sprinkling of sand but a real sun trap and haven of peace and quiet, but beware of the tides. A short scramble over the rocks takes you to our secret spot, Mermaid's Cove, this is truly a place of magic and tranquillity for that really quiet swim or sunbathe. Relax with a cool drink in our Smuggler's Bar, take in the superb sea, and Exmoor views. Enjoy excellent pub grub, and basket meals from our Chef's Corner, and view our nightly family entertainment in our clubhouse. A feature of Sandaway is our lovely kidney shaped swimming pool. There is a well stocked shop, take-away meals, pool table, amusements, a special indoor children's soft play area and an outdoor playground. ... more   less 
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