After a wonderful break in a luxury caravan, writer Sue Kittow says Hoburne Devon Bay Holiday Park at Goodrington Sands rivals most cottage holidays she’s had
In spite of my advancing years, I’d never stayed in a holiday park before – and wasn’t sure what to expect.
We received excellent directions to Hoburne Devon Bay Holiday Park at Goodrington Sands, and the receptionists – although very busy on a Friday evening – were cheerful, courteous and extremely efficient.
Our (enormous) Platinum caravan was situated, alongside many others, in a quiet wooded valley near Goodrington Sands in South Devon. The caravan was brand new, and had a large enclosed verandah area (with tables and chairs) – ideal if, like us, you have a dog in your family.
The family staying next door to us didn’t leave the site at all during their holiday
The caravan had a large lounge area with very comfortable sofas, a 32” TV/DVD, a well equipped kitchen, three bedrooms (the double room was en suite) and central heating, as well as a flame-effect electric fire that made things feel cosy.
The well-stocked shop was a few minutes walk away, with a large launderette next door. Recycling bins are posted all around the site, ensuring scrupulously clean surroundings.
We sampled breakfast in one of the site’s three eateries, where the food was freshly cooked and delicious, as we sat overlooking Goodrington beach. Guests here can choose from the Bayview, a restaurant, bar and sun deck, the Beach Hut, a snack bar and takeaway, and the Porthole food kiosk.
There was plenty of entertainment on site too, from water-based activities in the indoor and heated outdoor pools (mid May to mid Sept) to bingo, cabaret and dance sessions – ideal for adults, as well as the kids.
We decided to go off the site and walked along the coastal footpath down to Mansands beach and along to Scabbacombe Head, enjoying the first hot weekend of the year. The views were quite stunning, with yachts sailing over the bay and the sea glimmering and sparkling in the sun.
After our walk we called into Coleton Fishacre House and Garden (a National Trust property) for a cup of coffee and a delicious slice of cake. The 1920s house was shut, being later in the day, but the gardens were well worth a visit with interesting landscaping on varied levels, the use of water in unexpected ponds and waterfalls, and extravagant bursts of colour from rhododendrons and azaleas.
The next day we explored Kingswear and walked along the coastal path to Froward Point, enjoying the spectacular views over Dartmouth harbour and the famous naval college.
There’s something for everyone here, and we noted people of all ages enjoying a break in the area. Still, there is so much for families to do at Hoburne Devon Bay Holiday Park at Goodrington Sands itself, that the family staying next door to us didn’t leave the site at all during their holiday…
…and I really don’t blame them.
How to get to Devon Bay Holiday Park at Goodrington Sands without flying:
From the A38 (to Exeter) take the A385 to Totnes and follow it through Paignton. 1-mile past the Ocean BMW you’ll come to a large junction with traffic lights: turn right to Brixham. Continue past Asda, Sainsbury and Aldi on the right then turn left at the traffic lights by Alan Kerr Camper van sales, signposted to Goodrington. Follow the road down the hill then turn left just past the Methodist church at the bottom of the hill to Hoburne Devon Bay.
The nearest British Rail station is Torquay, just 4-miles away.
Words: Sue Kittow for Feet on the Ground
Images: Hoburne Holidays / Coleton Fishacre / left-bridge.co.uk