A brief however sweeping drive takes you from a white-walled housing property on to an excellent greater sprawl through which static caravans virtually seamlessly substitute bricks and mortar. It’s excessive up with views throughout a valley and out to a sea that laps one nook of the English Riviera.
It’s the place you’ll discover households dressed for the pool ambling alongside tree-lined roads with inflatables and Disney-style characters instructing the children the way to dance.
It’s one the place you’ll discover a younger, enthusiastic workers going out of their option to make you’re feeling at residence through the day and safety guards on the door on a Saturday night time when the ballroom is packed, the music ramps up and so they’re three-deep on the bar.
Welcome to Hoburne Devon, a 300-unit static caravan park on a sun-trap of a hillside overlooking Goodrington Sands in Paignton, a spot to which 1000’s flock, the place the camp spirit lives on and everybody, it appears, is recreation for fun.
Households on a funds. Anybody who likes their holidays served as a Full English; unfussy bars, swimming pools, one-armed bandits and an leisure schedule that features the likes of “a night with Barry from EastEnders”.
The one caravan considered was the top-end Platinum Plus which was clear, sensible and had extra of a chalet really feel in a pre-fab kind of means.
Two chunky sofas, a flat-screen TV (and one in the principle bed room) and a kitchen/diner with a fridge/freezer and as a lot cupboard space as you’d discover in an honest fashionable house.
There was a wrap-around balcony accessed by way of French doorways that clipped neatly again, including to the welcome roominess and making you overlook you’re wrapped in squeaky, creaky uPVC.
There’s additionally luggage of parking with bays in all places and, whereas the format does really feel just a little dense and barracks-like – don’t look from the air – there’s sufficient recent air between caravans to be pleasant however not intrusive.
Foods and drinks
Conventional, hearty and well-presented English fare within the bars and there’s a Nisa Native on website for groceries, which was advantageous for staple necessities however little else which was disappointing given the self-catering ethos.
Frozen chips, fish fingers, processed meats and many tins sat alongside cabinets of low-cost toys which embody doubtful rest room video games reminiscent of “Poop Hoop” and a “Fish for Floaters Video games”.
Quite a bit, to be honest. A central complicated behind the principle reception homes all the things from bars, lounges, indoor and out of doors playgrounds and swimming pools watched by lifeguards. The surface one is vividly blue, flanked by seashore huts and loungers whereas the within one, in style and protected for youthful youngsters at simply over 3ft deep, has an honest flume and a whirlpool tub, though its jets do little greater than tickle.
There’s a small gaming space that includes arcade machines reminiscent of simulator rides, a shoot-em-up and a claw that grabs furry animals and by no means disappoints. Oh, and a small health club, a golf course, sports activities pitch and even laundrette up the hill behind the store.
Is Wi-Fi obtainable?
Solely simply. It took 5 makes an attempt to attach and would disconnect recurrently and seemingly at random, though reconnection was fairly immediate after that. No drawback with a cellphone connection by way of Vodafone.
How a lot?
What’s close by?
Gems of the English Riviera which incorporates coastal delights reminiscent of Dartmouth and Salcombe. The previous is accessed by way of a automobile ferry which strikes shortly and seamlessly forwards and backwards throughout the River Dart. Remember, the highway runs proper all the way down to the crossing level and automobiles queue again up the hill. However at solely £6.70 a technique and a mere 15-minutes wait, it’s value it. It’s additionally value touring the again streets for Instagram opps among the many historic buildings, though it’s the Embankment and the fairly gorgeous boat-filled estuary views folks come to see.
Salcombe is one thing of an icon amongst seaside cities within the south west in its personal proper, with its pristine seashores, turquoise waters and thriving city centre, all nestled inside an space of Excellent Pure Magnificence.
Numerous well-known folks dwell there, it presents each kind of water sport and boasts impartial boutiques and conventional seafood shacks galore. In the event you’re driving in for the day, don’t even attempt to park. Head uphill for the park and journey for a £three twisty-turny journey again down once more.
And lest you’re tempted by the sound trains you’ll be able to hear on and off from the Park, there’s at all times the Dart Valley Railway which steams its means alongside six and a half miles of former Nice Western Railway line between Paignton and Kingswear.
Free-spirited, inexpensive enjoyable with out the frills: Hoburne Devon Bay Vacation Park is a spot that is aware of its viewers and provides it what it needs.