My family and I, along with some friends, stayed at Parkland for just under a week during August, 2013 (we actually packed up early and left after just 4 nights). On arrival we squeezed our caravan into the small arrivals area, blocking the road to other users as we checked in. We had arranged with the site to be pitched next to our friend’s outfit but the space available to us was far too small. By his own admission, the owner said that he had given us just over a single pitch size for both families (despite charging us both the full cost).
“Generous pitching area” it says on it’s website. The attached photos show the typical distance between adjacent units on the site. Guy ropes were often seen to be crossing over one another, with no space between for parking of cars.
There are many drinking water points around the site but they offer no drainage so the area around them was very wet and muddy. There is no dedicated waste water disposal point. Instead, campers are instructed to use the chemical toilet disposal for emptying waste (grey) water. This facility comprises a small outbuilding with a smooth tiled floor. It is extremely difficult to empty a 40 litre waste water hog without splashing any, resulting in a high risk of slipping. Consider also the contamination potential as this floor was often splashed with chemical toilet waste as well. At night the whole process becomes much worse as there is no lighting inside this building.
The toilet facilities in the new block are quoted as being modern and luxury. However, in reality the 3 wet rooms (toilet, washbasin and shower combo) have poor drainage, resulting in the entire floor being flooded with shower water (or possibly urine??) in which one would have to paddle through as they carried out their daily ablutions. Furthermore, there are no hooks or stools on which to store clean clothes whilst having a shower. The older block is just that – old and in need of refurbishment.
The “modern indoor” dishwashing facility consists of 2 sinks. Yet they are at right angles to one another so only one can be used at a time. These sinks are actually inside the ladies toilet block and have unisex access. This means that it is possible for anyone to hear clearly whatever goes on within block. Call me an old traditionalist, but I don’t know of a single lady who would be happy using the toilet knowing there are men just outside their locked cubicle door.
The games room is OK if you enjoy playing pool with tipless cues on a table with so much tilt that the balls quickly end up bunched together on the top cushion. Other activities for children include a small outside play area with some dated looking equipment.
The main gates are locked at 10pm each night, which means guests have to park in the small arrivals space outside (enough for about 4 cars I would guess) on a first come first served basis. Failing that I’m not sure where they would park as the site entrance opens onto the A381 clearway. What concerns me more is that as well as being locked out after 10pm, guests are also locked in!
The owner, James, has an odd attitude towards his customers. On hearing some of our complaints about pitch sizes we were simply told to leave if we didn’t like it. He said he could fill the pitches 3 times over and that he didn’t worry about what we thought.
Despite the lousy site and it’s rude owner, the weather was great during our stay and the local area and beaches are well worth a visit – just base yourselves at a different campsite, there are plenty others to choose from.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Parkland, the premier AA five pennant site in the heart of South Devon, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with panoramic views over Salcombe and the rolling countryside towards Dartmoor. Parkland is licensed to be open all year round and is set on level well maintained grounds, surrounded by natural Devon hedgerows abundant with wildlife and fauna. The site offers generous grass and hard standing pitches, some of which are super pitches (water, drainage & electric hook-ups). All pitches at Parkland have FREE electric hook-ups.Parkland offers you all the amenities you require for your comfort on a modern-day camping or touring holiday. The up to date onsite facilities provide you with individual washrooms with WC, basin and wet room showers,along with large family washrooms and disabled facilities complete with walk-in bath. All our hot water is free, even in our dishwashing area. We have a token operated laundry room for your convenience, fitted with energy saving machines, and of course there is a freezer for your ice packs.Parkland has a large safe play ground with swing, slide and large climbing frame for the children, and a small games room with table tennis, pool and a football table. And of course WIFI is available. Our onsite shop offers you a wide selection of fresh local produce, everyday provisions and essentials, along with luxury hampers. SEASONAL PITCHES A seasonal pitch provides you with a super pitch, which has a hard standing base for your caravan and awning. Each pitch comes fully serviced with mains electric, water and drainage. Your pitch is available all year and includes free winter storage.Rallies and groups are welcome by prior arrangement.Council licensed storage service available.Please note that we DO NOT ACCEPT DOGS ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parkland Caravan And Camping Site Kingsbridge, Devon