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Parkdean - Challaborough Bay Holiday Park
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Owner description: Discover Devon's Secret Bay...Keep this to yourself but there's a speaceful holiday park, in a quiet corner of Devon, set right on the edge of a glorious, sheltered beach. It's a perfect coastal retreat with blue seas to paddle in, rugged paths to explore, tiny villages to discover and wonderful views across to historic Burgh Island. Even the name's a delight... Challaborogh Bay.* A quiet, friendly park by a secluded beach * Golden sands and a great surf school * Rugged walks along the South West Coastal Path * An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty * Perfect base for exploring the heritage coastline
Reviewed 29 June 2014

After eventualy finding the park, and driving down a very narrow lane!!!! The sun was out and the beach looked lovely. We checked in and found, our caravan whch was facing a building site , they are building new holiday homes, although we didnt hear it too much, we should have been told about this. Our caravan was lovely and clean and had a decking area. We found out the fridge freezer wasnt working,we went to reception and they contacted maintenace, we had only just got back to caravan and the maintenace team were there, they quickly found us a brand new fridge freezer and took the old one away, and were very helpulful. We ate at the resturant serveral times food was good, and served quickly, and staff very helpful and friendly. We also went to the nightly entertainment which was very good, Michele Upton an excellant femle singer.We walked to Burgh Island and stopped off to have a drink. The mobile signal was rubbish, and even when we were sat in the entertaintment we couldnt get WIFI.We had a lovely time, and were very lucky with the weather. But on our way home driving up the very narrow lane, we were met by a huge lorry,and a driver who was very aggresive,my husband had to back up and as there was no passing place had to go into the hedge!!!! the driver didnt wait for us to do this, continued coming towards us finding it funny!!!! my husband is a good driver, and the lorry missed hitting us by millimetres!!!!! And luckly didnt damage our car!!!!!!! We enjoyed our holiday, and the caravan was nice, but unless they sort out the WIFI, and the narrow lane approaching the beach with traffic lights maybe? We will not be returning

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Have just returned from a week stay at this Parkdean resort... We stayed in a 8 berth caravan Coromont, which was very clean, comfortable beds and clean linen, which we paid extra for and also had a washing machine, iron and board and outside small decking area. The site itself is small and friendly, with very close excess to a small beach which looks across to Burgh Island. The costal walk is slightly hilly, but well worth the walk around to Bigbury on Sea and when the tide is out you can walk across to Burgh Island for a drink in the 1336 built pub called the Pilchard Inn. The site has no wifi, if O2 you can walk to the shop onsite and you are able to get, reception on the mobile, which I did find not having the phone was a godsend. The onsite faciities were good, with very clean and not very busy pool, small, but very well equipt food, wine and gifts. The takeaway shop, served fish and chips, pizza and pies, and the enterntainment was just ok, although only used twice.
The drive in and out of the park was thru single lanes, but did have a few passing place to nip in and out off for oncomming traffic which can takes about 15 minutes to get onto the main road.. |All in all I was very pleased with our stay and give it a Excellect review, helped by the gorgeous weather we had.

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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Stayed here recently on a Sun promotion holiday and was pleasantly surprised. The site itself is in a great location, right on the beach and only a short walk over the cliff to Bigbury on Sea where there is an even nicer beach. Dartmouth, Salcombe and Plymouth are all within easy drivable distance from the park and are great locations for days out. Kingsbridge is also very nearby and has a tesco and morrisons. There is also a small convenience shop on the holiday park which has everything you may need and fairly reasonable prices (what you would expect from a corner type shop).
The park has a lovely swimming pool which was very clean and was never very busy. Also on site is a pub which has great sea views and reasonably priced tasty food. The only negative about this park was the evening entertainment, which left a lot to be desired.
The caravan itself was fabulous. It was a Tern 3 bed, in an excellent location very close to the front of the park. It was very clean and had everything you might need. Overall we had a wonderful holiday and I would recommend this holiday park to anyone looking for a relaxed holiday in Devon.

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We had a very enjoyable 5 day break at this site, admitted helped by some very good weather. It is quite remote, so a car is essential, although once there it has a good beach and there is some excellent walking on the SW coastal path, so you don't need to drive somewhere every day. It's 1/2 hour or less to most of the larger towns in the South Hams, such as Totnes, Dartmouth, Salcombe and Kingsbridge and about 40 minutes to Plymouth. Our caravan was very well appointed and the site in general was very clean and tidy. Not long after arriving, someone came to our caravan to make sure everything was ok - a nice touch. We used the restaurant a couple of times and found the food adequate, although some of the young staff seemed quite inexperienced. There is also a decent size swimming pool with spa and sauna and a fairly well appointed gym.

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

I have just returned from a Sun holiday at Challaborough. We initially decided against an upgrade as it was expensive, but a last minute special offer from Parkdean resulted in us being allocated a brand new caravan, which was absolutely fabulous!

I'd read previous reviews so knew about the narrow lanes to the site. However, as someone who hates country lanes, I actually didn't find the lanes that bad! I followed the directions on their website rather than following the sat nav so I think that helped. I was also aware of the lack of mobile signal in advance, but was happy just using the free wifi in the entertainment area. However, if you are surgically attached to your phone, then this probably isn't the site for you!

The beach is lovely and easily accessible. It is also literally yards from the restaurant/bar so easy access to toilets and refreshments. The food in the Waterfront restaurant was very good and reasonably priced. However, when ordering pizzas from the takeaway it was rather reminiscent of the "Two Soups" sketch with Julie Walters! The lady serving was lovely, but wasn't very fast and was a bit unsteady in transferring the pizza from the oven to the box!

The only down side in my opinion is that the site is rather "tired" in appearance, which is why I have marked it down slightly. With a bit of investment and effort to upgrade the facilities, this really would be a fabulous site, but even as it is I would be happy to return.

2  Thank Laura W
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