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“A shame, it could be so good...”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Cloud Farm Camping

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Cloud Farm Camping
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“A shame, it could be so good...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2012 via mobile

The location great and to be allowed log fires is a really fun thing to do. Sadly The site facilities were barely adequate, the queue for showers was ten deep. Saw a tractor emptying what we assume was a septic tank three times on a one night stay, and this all occurs very close to the tenting area. If you go and it rains, be prepared for mud everywhere. We can see the back to basics attraction, but if crowded it all comes over as a bit of a mess.

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

Just returned from a week's stay at Cloud Farm.
In addition to the priceless location, the staff could not have been more friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Newport, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

I stayed at Cloud Farm for 5 nights as a family. The scenery was beautiful, we were able to camp right by the river which was ideal, and our dog loved going for a swim too! The campsite was very big, however, I can see it could get very crowded in the summer months as there are no allocated camping spots and you can't book. It was nice to be able to have a fire on the ground using logs and sticks that were in the trees nearby. They also sell logs £10 for 2 bags but we didn't see the need.

The toilets were okay. There are 2 blocks, one near the first field (which we didn't use) and another further along. It is an actual building with 4 toilets in, they were okay for cleanliness. The floor always remained wet for some reason which actually made it look and feel dirtier than it probably was.

The shower block is a good idea but definetly needs work. It's unisex and consists of about 6 showers. They are in their own cubicle and each cubicle has it's own shower curtain pulled changing space. The 2 end showers had plenty of space, however the middle showers did not. The curtains were also thin and white, showing more than you would like. Also, the door was kept open, blowing the centre shower's curtains all over the place! It left the poor people very embarressed as they stood there clinging to their towels.
There are also allocated showering times (when the generator is turned on) 8-10AM and 6-8PM. Not only was this impractical, but it also wasn't true! We came up for a shower at 7:45 and they weren't turned on. We went to find someone as they said they were always around, but everyone was out watching the football. We were not impressed.

The location really was in the middle of nowhere, it's usually nice for a holiday, however, this was beyond nowhere! The only thing around was a small bits and bobs shop run by the same people, near the entrance (before the mile long drive to the campsite) and a lovely restaurant/cafe called 'CafeDeli'. Fresh cakes, take away and eat-in meals, fresh juices and REAL coffee! Was a lovely treat to find.

If you needed anything, unless you want to drive 10+ miles, you had to buy it from the campsite shop. £1 for ONE PINT of milk, 50p for ONE RASHER of bacon, £4 for a gas can etc.... It's pretty steep.

Their 'tea room' also sells cream teas and basic meals, everything with chips for about £6 each. But whilst staying with them, I also whitnessed 2 birds stuck in the cafe and kitchen when it had been locked up for the night and a dog walking around the kitchen. So safe to say we weren't eating in there. But CafeDeli did lovely looking meals for about the same price.

The owner of the campsite was nice enough. He didn't seem to know how to run a campsite, however. He seemed to just have the land so set it up and didn't really know much else. He clearly did not want to spend any money on it to make it the lovely campsite it could be! However, there was another man helping him when we visited and he was very helpful and chatty.

As the campsite was in a valley, the wind howled through every night. The last night we were there it was horrendous so we left the next day. If you do go, make sure you choose a spot that's sheltered.

The price to stay there was ridiculous for what it was. We had to pay £8 per adult, £2 for the dog, £3 extra for a large tent. So in total it was £29 per night.

There was another campsite not too far away called Doone Valley Campsite which I wished we would have looked at as well as it looked in much better condition. I'd advise you to have a look too!

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2012

Stunning setting in the valley of Doone, quite off the beaten track. We came here on the recommendation of friends who had stayed last year. Its a good location, within 10 miles of Lynton/Lynmouth for shops, restaurants, playground, seaside, also near Minehead. Campsite is quite large, runs alongside river which is quite fast/noisy in places, which may influence where you want to pitch your tent (we found the sound quite relaxing in the day, but it seemed louder at night when we were trying to sleep!). River was roughly fenced off, so little ones need keeping an eye on. There is a shop and tearoom on site which could be quite handy, it was useful for us to buy logs for the campfire but prices are on the more expensive side. The facilities were basic, and not clean in all honesty. There was a mop and bucket outside the toilets that looked like wasn't used all that regularly. Various mouldy scourers scattered the sides of the washing-up area. There is a fridge/freezer there which is useful, they have seen better days I think but they work which is the main thing. The showers work on a fuel-powered generator which the owner would frequently turn off to save energy costs, this was no real hassle though. To be honest, the negatives are outweighed by the positives; it is a stunningly beautiful spot and it was perfect for our first family camping holiday, and we managed a few days of sunny weather too. They offer take-away food which we had on the day of arrival, it was a little pricey for the small offering we received. There is a shop there too, stocked with camping equipment and other items. The owner was very friendly and we would recommend this site to others without hesitation.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Cloud Farm Camping
Address: Oare, Exmoor National Park EX35 6NU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Oare
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Oare

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