Cofton Holidays, near Dawlish
Sun-seekers, campers, caravaners and fans of luxe lodges and cottages with hot tubs – Muddy’s found your perfect stay! Meet a multi award-winning holiday site near Exeter with a blue-flag beach, moor and forest all within striking distance.
This family-owned holiday park is just down the road from me, and if ever I have camping friends visiting, I send them here. Why? Well, it’s very well presented, spacious, the staff are friendly, it has outstanding facilities, great on-site entertainment and events. It’s green – in a leafy way (its 80 acres have been thoughtfully laid out to incorporate the existing landscape) and environmentally, with a biomass boiler and grey-water recycling just a couple of their award-winning initiatives.
It’s in a fabulous spot too. The blue flag beach at Dawlish Warren is just ten minutes away, as is the South West coast path. You can stride out or cycle from the front door, while forests and moors are all just a short tootle away in the car. What makes it unusual in my book is its proximity to the cathedral city if you fancy some shopping, as Exeter is just 9 miles down the road. Kids won’t get bored thanks to two heated pools – indoor and outdoor – a bowling zone, a woodland zip wire and adventure area, five course fishing lakes, a soft play area, adventure walls and much more. It’s also good to know that throughout the school holidays and from Easter to the October half-term, Cofton provides free clubs for the littlies, giving you grown-up time for a breather in the sauna or steam room.
You can can pitch up in a tent, pull up with your caravan or RV, stay in a holiday home, or upgrade to one of their pretty cottages either on the main site, or on the Eastdon Estate (some are dog-friendly). You’ll also find drop-dead gorgeous apartments, recently renovated in an amazing Georgian country house, with stunning views over the Exe Estuary and Dawlish Warren. But that’s not all. Hot off the press are 12 new two and three-bedroom luxury cedar lodges for summer 2020, which look fantastic. Each has elevated views over the Haldon Hills and Ashcombe Forest – complete with floor to ceiling windows, private decks and hot tubs, starting at a very reasonable £742 for a four-night break, including VIP pool and gym passes. Honestly, it’s the sort of place you can rock up and just stay put – even the food is top quality and great value too – locally sourced, with a fab cafe, restaurant and a dog-friendly Inn serving local beers and ciders, plus tasty, traditional pub grub. There’s even an on-site fish and chippie serving fresh, locally caught fishies from Brixham. It’s not multi-award winning for nothing. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed, I promise.
Starcross, near Dawlish, South Devon EX6 8RP
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