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Woodland Springs Touring Park in Devon

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A caravan and camping site exclusively for adults situated in the Dartmoor National Park in Devon. This is a tranquil and secluded site that caters for caravans, motor homes and tents. Access is quick and easy from the A30. Ideal for those wishing to see the beautiful Dartmoor, the lovely cathedral city of Exeter and the delightful county of Devon. We are also an ideal base for discovering Plymouth, Cornwall and the South West. We are surrounded by farm and woodland with some walks from the site with many other walks within easy reach. We are a Practical Caravan Top 100 Site and our toilet/shower block has a 2016 Platinum Loo of the Year award, we also have WiFi.

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A very mixed experience - the site is very neat and clean, perhaps too much so. The facilities were good - the showers/loos and washing up/washing machines were all kept to a high standard of cleanliness.
There is a freezer and wifi is available.
On the downside - while unpacking our gear the lady of the site emerged to shout at us for having a second vehicle on the pitch. Errrrrrrr??? We're unpacking! It turns out that our second vehicle must be parked elsewhere and charged for (£18 to park a car in a Devon field?). And then the gentleman of the site explained the parking rule - the vehicle on our pitch to be parked either parallel or at 90 degrees to the road. Ah - obsessive compulsives! (I'm in mental health). A request to park our other vehicle on neighbouring hardstanding was refused (the site was sparsely populated). And if you wanted to actually use the wifi be prepared to take out that second mortgage - this dangerous modern technology is very expensive, you know, unlike the rest of the UK where it's now akin to running water.
And that's what spoiled the stay for me - it seemed like the lady of the site would have been happier running a Blackpool guest house in the 50s and inventing new things to charge for - Eva Braun meets Ryanair.
Recommended for those that enjoy grey conformity.
pd (14th Sep 2014)
What an excellent site, all the facilites you need for a quiet and relaxing break without kids. Toilet and shower block were very clean and new, not too far from A30, good pubs 1 mile away, overall great. Bad points were puddle where i had to pitch but i can`t pick the weather can i, and main gates being locked at 11.00pm, ok for security but bad if your out late socialising, did bother me thou. Will go again in the future.
Jeff (27th Aug 2012)
I have to disagree with the two existing reviewers. My wife and I have just spent a week at Woodland and it's the third site in the Tranquility group that we have visited in the past two months. We would say that Woodland is the best of the three sites. Chris, one of the owners, was very friendly and helpful, the site facilities were excellent and always very clean. The pitches were excellent, although I admit that there were a lot of gravelled pitches, but presumably that is what caravaners want? We were in a tent and had a very nice (plot 44) grassy pitch with lots of shrubbery screening, and a supplied full-size picnic table. I really can't imagine a better site. We were just 4 miles from Castle Drogo, and there were were some great pubs in the area, especially the Ring o' Bells in Chagford (NOT the Ring o' bells in Bovey Tracey). I'm beginning to think that some people just go 'camping' so they can complain. We had a great time.
rob marshall (8th Sep 2011)
I am sure this is a fabulous place for caravans, campervans and mobile homes. But if you are a tent-camper then be prepared for a suburban camping experience. The tent pitches are very close together, and ours was subjected to a super noisy fan at the back of the Award Winning Loo Block. Yes, the loo block is very big, very nice and very clean,but gosh is that fan at the back noisy. No-one in our row of tents at the back of the award winning loo block had a good night sleep for the weekend. This is a touring park, not a camp site. Probably perfect for caravans and mobile homes. But it is no-where near perfect for those who love tent-camping.
Steven (30th Aug 2011)
Response from Woodland Springs Touring Park
This threw us at first as there is no fan on the back of the toilet block and we do not have mobile homes. We have spoken to current camping customers (at the time of writing) and they are not having any problems at all. We can only assume that the "fan" is the boiler exhaust at the back of the block. This can only be heard when the actually boiler fires up (time and temperature controlled). The boiler is off all night except in the very depth of winter when the outside temperatures are negative, not exactly camping weather. We beleive that this was written by a particular gentleman as he has been the only one to ever comment on the "fan" and he really wanted to be wild camping on the moors with no-one near him so did not even stay the night.
This summer my wife and I went this campsite, which was so unsuitable for our needs that we could not stay, even though this meant we lost our £60 deposit.
We have both been camping for most of our lives (myself for over 40 years) and this has never happened to us before. We have never seen so much gravel and such little grass- it felt like a caravan storage facility.
The only good point was the quietness except for the owner’s two dogs yapping and barking.
The campsite information asked for suggestions- ours would be for the owners to pack their tent and visit some other campsites to see how they should be run and how nice they are and also how to treat people who are on holiday. We had just travelled from a lovely site in North Devon. After leaving but not staying at Woodland Springs we soon found a beautiful site with friendly welcoming owners, grass and beautiful views, unfortunately unlike this one.
We give this one star- apparantly the toilets are ok
M Herbert (17th Aug 2010)
Response from Woodland Springs Touring Park
This couple were on a pitch that was 1/3 stone flanked by 2 areas of grass for sitting on and awnings, this is then flanked by Budlia\'s on one side and tall grasses on the other. We must point out that this couple were in a VW camper van and not a tent. We keep our grass pitches for tents and some caravans (some are exclusively for tents only), camper vans and motorhomes are only put on pitches with stone. We are open all year so we must have a good proportion of pitches which are either all or partial stone to service our winter trade. 44 of our 77 pitches have some degree of stone. Over the winter of 2010 we will be creating some extra grass pitches for tents only.
His initial complaint was that his awning wouldn\'t fit on the pitch so we offered him a pitch which is slightly larger on the awning side. He turned this down and asked for a particular grass pitch that is actually narrower than the one he was on. It became apparent that he wanted a grass only pitch. He said he didn\'t want to stay and demanded his money back, we pointed out that our T&C\'s say no refunds if a stay is cancelled within 7 days, at this stage he was getting rude and aggressive. As a gesture of goodwill we agreed to his wifes request to return the balance above the deposit but the gentleman had lost his cool and stormed off yelling that if we didn\'t give him the balance back he would write the worst review ever, even though we had already agreed to this request.
Apparently our toilets are OK!! Well anyone who has been here knows that our toilet block is excellent (2010 Loo of the Year 5 Star award winning in fact) and as many customers tell us on a daily basis.
Chris and Jan have been Caravanning for over 30 years and base Woodland Springs on what we wanted out of a Touring Site. We must be doing something right as we have a very high satisfaction and return rate of customers and excellent reviews on many web sites and in our Vistors Book but unfortunatley no-one is going to please everyone all the time and this was obviously one of those times.