A holiday here in the UK is not everyone’s cup of tea. The weather is unpredictable at best and for many people if you aren’t getting on a plane then you aren’t really on holiday. I have to admit that I was firmly in this camp up until we went on our staycation to the Devon Cliffs Haven Holiday Park.
I’m not really sure what led us to the decision to stay in the UK but I’m glad we did. The weather was hot and sunny all week and I can honestly say that both we and our three boys enjoyed one of our favourite family holidays here.
Here is my review of our holiday to Haven’s Devon Cliffs Holiday Park:
Devon Cliffs Holiday Park – Location
- Devon Cliffs holiday park sits on the outskirts of Exmouth, a really pretty seaside town in Devon.
- As the name suggests, Devon Cliffs is based on a cliff top which overlooks its own private, sandy beach with views out over the channel. It’s such a picturesque location!
Devon Cliffs Holiday Park – First Impressions
- Everything is well laid out, clean and the grounds are so well-kept. Visually, it’s really very appealing.
- Arriving in the height of the summer holidays, it was obviously very busy but check-in at the main reception was quick, well-organised and efficient and the staff were really friendly and welcoming. They were also very helpful in explaining how to find our caravan so we had no trouble locating it, which is a bonus after an eight hour car journey with three boys!
- The park is huge and there are lots of very steep hills to walk up and down when getting about. This wasn’t a problem for our family and there were lots of families with young children but I’m not sure how people with mobility issues would get around easily.
- We booked a Prestige static Caravan and we were pleasantly surprised at how modern and welcoming it was. There were three bedrooms, a kitchen, shower room and TV, plus bedding was included and made up for us on arrival. We also had a rather lovely sea view!
- You can’t expect a static caravan to be huge but aside from the bedrooms, which really are quite small, the living and kitchen areas were light, bright and as spacious as they can be. We were actually really impressed with the standard compared to some other static’s we have stayed in.
- Unfortunately, a few days into our stay there was a strong smell of sewage under one of the bedroom’s but the Haven team were really helpful and moved us to a new static caravan straight away and were very apologetic. The new caravan was even better and had the most perfect sea views!
- As I mentioned at the start of the post, it was a very hot week and it’s worth noting that there is no air conditioning. This was the one down side of the caravans – when you come back after a day out, it was overpoweringly hot inside. If you are bringing a dog with you (lots of people did) then you couldn’t leave them in the caravan for any length of time due to the heat. Equally, if you are staying on a colder week then there is no heating either so I’d recommend bringing an extra duvet or blankets.
- I found the cooking facilities to be perfectly fine and the caravans were equipped with all the pots and pans that you need to feed everyone as well as a fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle etc.
Park Facilities and Entertainment
Here is where this holiday park really excels itself. There are so many activities on offer that we were kept entertained for the whole holiday. Some of our favourites included:
- The swimming pool complex providing a broad range of water-based activities including but not limited to
- aqua jets,
- inflatable fun sessions for the kids,
- outdoor pools (summer only),
- indoor pools
You name it, they’ve got it! The kids could have spent all day in there (and they did on a few occasions!)
- Endless sporting activities including an adventure golf course, archery, fencing and a climbing wall to name a few!
- An aerial adventure course – tackling this together as a family was probably one of our holiday highlights!
- In terms of facilities, Haven seem to have thought of everything. Central to the holiday park is a complex including:
- Main reception,
- entertainment areas,
- Supermarket (SPAR and surprisingly reasonably priced!),
- cash machine,
- coffee shop (Starbucks)
- Obligatory fast food eateries (Burger King, Fish and Chips, Papa Johns Pizza etc).
- There is also a seafood restaurant overlooking the beach at the bottom of the holiday park, which was slightly overpriced but decent quality nonetheless.
- Beach shop at the entrance to the Sandy Bay beach where you can pick up wetsuits, buckets and spades etc
- Every evening there was the standard holiday park entertainment laid on but our boys were so entertained in the arcade with its games, slot machines and varying prizes to be won that we barely got round to it. To be honest, that kind of entertainment isn’t really our thing and we often ended up back at the caravan playing card games and chilling out so I can’t comment on that side of the holiday park.
Devon is full of brilliant days out for every age but we particularly enjoyed the following days out:
- A sea fishing trip, which set off from Exmouth beach. We didn’t actually catch anything but it was a fun few hours on the water trying!
- Crabbing on Haven’s very own sandy beach
- A day on Exmouth beach – two miles of beautiful, clean, sandy beach is not to be missed if you are lucky with the weather. This was a brilliant day and the kids loved surfing the waves on their paddle boards
- Kents Cavern in Torquay – an underground maze of prehistoric caves. This was a really interesting day out but probably not one for tiny children as it might be a bit frightening.
So would we return?
I’m sure you can tell that we were so impressed with Haven’s Devon Cliffs Holiday Park. It was an action packed, fun filled week for us all and the kids are already pestering us to return for another holiday soon. Just writing this review has brought it all back and has made me want to pack up the car and get back there again! If you are looking for a family friendly holiday with lots to keep the kids entertained then this is the place for you!
Have you been to a Haven holiday park, or maybe even Devon Cliffs? If so, let me know what you thought in the comments box below and if you found this useful, please feel free to share the review with others.