Whitehill Country Park is situated in the Devon countryside, less than 3 miles from the beaches of the English Riviera and has a range of accommodation as well as a good selection of on-site facilities. We stayed in a 2-bedroom Comfort Caravan for 4 nights, which was clean but dated. The location was perfect for us, but it was the comfort and on-site facilities, the green grass and clear water of the outdoor pool, that made us want to go back again next year.
Pitches: Pitches are around £35 per night, pods start around £60 and caravans start at around £100 per night during high season. Prices vary considerably based on time of year, number of guests and what type of accommodation is booked. There is a wide selection of accommodation types on site, from non-electric grass tent pitches to luxury accommodation with a hot tub thrown in. Prices start at under £30 per night for 2 adults (non-electric tent pitch).
Included in the box: Basic on-site facilities are included, like use of the outdoor swimming pool. Each package and accommodation type has its own list of included features.
Paid Extras: There are many options that can be purchased, including champagne and chocolates on arrival, cots, high chairs, push chairs, flowers, a grocery pack, awning, gazebos, dogs. Prices are per person and a surcharge for additional people may also apply.
Retailer: Whitehill Country Park
About Whitehill Country Park
Whitehill Country Park is owned by the Jeavons family. “Whitehill Country Park was formerly the home of the famous Primley stud. The stables and barns have been converted into a bar, family room, craft room, cafe, takeaway, games room and shop, yet none of the original atmosphere has been lost. The stunning surrounding countryside is still used as farm land.” Read more on their website here.
The Ergohacks Evaluation
Whitehill Country Park is versatile and a good choice for a variety of uses, users and situations and changing circumstances. It is a great place for a relaxing weekend or holiday without ever having to leave the site, it is also a convenient base for sightseeing and travel. It offers a wide range of accommodation types to suit many preferences and budgets.
It is accessible to people with diverse abilities and its design accommodates a wide range of individual and circumstances. Booking, checking in and checking out was easy and the facilities was easy to find and access with both helpful staff, maps, programs and information leaflets available. There are accessible accommodation available and the general facilities on-site has level access.
Caravans, camping pods and touring pitches are seasonal from Easter to September with lodges available year round.
The holiday park has an ergonomic and inclusive design and facilities can be used efficiently and comfortably. Some of the accommodation is dated and less accessible – the comfort caravan we stayed in did not have adapted taps, it had a short shower over a tiny bath with a high side and multiple steps at both entrances. We also had very little access to hot water with taps running cold in under 30 seconds every time, including the shower.
Environment & People
Whitehill Country Park has no visible environmental policies in place and operates a standard business. Recyling facilities are available on-site as well as non-electric pitches.
The accommodation is charged at different prices during different seasons and at different tiers. We found it to be a cost-effective choice and at the lower end, the grass pitches are a good budget choice. Whitehill Country Park is also part of the Sun Holiday scheme that offers accommodation at very low cost.
Travel season: Summer
Location: Whitehill Country Park, Paignton, South Devon
Check-in Time: 3pm
Check-out Time: 10am
Temperature: Heating but no air-conditiong. Windows do open in the caravans.
We stayed in a 2-bedroom comfort caravan with parking.
The sleep quality was reasonable with a standard mattress, pillows and bedding included. The rooms cooled down quickly after sunset on hot days, there were very little noise even though other caravans are close-by and light levels were low.
Recommend packing: Temporary black-out blind as the curtains were thin and transparent.
Shower and dress
The shower was less than ideal. It was too low for an adult to stand under without stooping and over a tiny bath with a high side. The hot water lasted about 30 seconds and then turned very cold. Our stay was during hot, sunny weather and we mainly used the shower to rinse off chlorine from the pool or sandy feet from the beach, so it didn’t make a significant difference to the enjoyment of our stay.
Overall the bathroom facilities was adequate. Compact with difficult to close latches, but with a working toilet, sink and shower/bath.
Recommend packing: Toilet roll and towels.
The kitchen was adequate with a good choice of kitchen tools and appliances. On-site is a small shop as well as a restaurant open at meal times that served a mean burger and chips freshly made from local ingredients.
Recommend packing: Bring your own groceries and any specialist dietary products.
Connectivity: Wifi available with a slow but useable speed. Paid throughout the park but free in the central area.
Electric: We had unrestricted electricity with plugs in each room of the caravan.
There are no particular requirements for staying at Whitehill Country Park. It is a rural location, but with good access to public transport with a nearby bus stop. It is also a great place for cycling and walking.
Whitehill Country Park is a medium sized holiday park with a wide selection of quality facilities and activities on-site. It is near lovely beaches as well as many tourist attractions and we particularly enjoyed their outdoor swimming pool and cafe. It is a quiet venue with play spaces for children, a lovely woodland walk to enjoy and although it is a great family friendly venue, it is tasteful and stylish with something for everyone.
We enjoyed our stay and would definitely return, although next time we would opt for a grass pitch, camping pod, lodge or one of the newer premier caravans. Recommended.
This travel review is based on a 4 night stay a 2-bedroom comfort caravan during July 2015. This review was first published on 11 October 2015.