We were recently invited for a review stay at Woodovis Park in Devon. Woodovis Park is not far from Tavistock and is set in some really beautiful countryside on the edge of the Tamar Valley.
Even the long driveway/lane down to the caravan and camping site was beautiful. It definitely had the wow factor, in fields at the side were sheep and some lovely views.
Our caravan was right next door to the reception building, which was handy as that’s also where the shop was. It did mean that we could hear everyone arriving and popping into the shop early on, but then caravan holidays aren’t usually about lie ins and we could also hear birds in the morning and owls in the night, which was really rather relaxing.
There was a laundry room next to the reception and a games room for children.
The whole park was clean, well maintained and pretty, surrounded by green countryside. Each caravan and most pitches for camping had their own picnic table outside handily. As well as static caravans to stay in, there were also cute looking pods, pitches for tents and places for people to park their own caravans. There’s even a cottage as well available to rent.
Our own home for the week a Finch caravan was well stocked with everything we could have needed within the kitchen. We also had a decent sized television with DVD player built-in. A gas heater in the lounge, was very welcome as the evenings are still cold at the moment. Poor Si was actually ill all weekend, so we spent a lot more time in the caravan with the heater on than we normally would. At some points it was way too hot for everyone else, whilst Si shivered.
The bedrooms were also heated and the whole place was spotless when we arrived. There was also the lovely touch of some personalised Woodovis Park fudge waiting for us. There was also an A4 booklet with so much information in it. Helpful things like where to shop, eat, the nearest hospital. Pretty much any information you could need is in the booklet.
The boys enjoyed the games room on the site whilst we were there. If you stay there though, the only thing to bear in mind is that most of the things in the games room cost money to play on. So keep a stash of 50p pieces and £1 coins at the ready, to gain yourself some peace from the children!
There was a free to use giant connect 4 game in there too, plus books for adults to help themselves to. Also very handily there’s a touch screen television on the wall with places to go and other information on. The room also had so many tourist information leaflets in with ideas of places to go for a day out and more.
There is half an hour of Wi-Fi free in the games room every day – you can pay to have Wi-Fi access the rest of the time too, at quite a reasonable price and the signal was really good for us.
There are other things to do around the park too including table tennis, a space to play football, a lovely park play area, which even has an old tractor in it and a swimming pool. There are different events for children in the main holiday season too.
The swimming pool was brilliant, when we went in there on the Saturday afternoon we had it to ourselves completely. Inside the swimming pool building, there are two changing rooms, including a baby changing fold down area inside one of them. A shower beside the pool, a jacuzzi and an infrared sauna room. We didn’t try the sauna room, but we loves the jacuzzi.
I’ve seen on reviews by other people online, that a common theme is people saying that the swimming pool was freezing, but actually it’s a really nice temperature. However the jacuzzi is really warm and once you’ve been in there, the pool does feel really cold at first. I’d definitely recommend trying the pool before the jacuzzi. The boys turned it into a ‘challenge’ going from one to the other quickly shrieking at the temperature change!
I could reach the bottom of the pool all the way along, as it’s the same depth and the boys could too, which they loved. It was so good to have a pool to ourselves for a change. We did typically forget to take swimming stuff and had to spend money in Tavistock to buy new costumes and goggles though! It’s lucky that Tavistock is only about 10/15 minutes away.
The shop on site has a lot of the basics you may need and you can order fresh bread, baguette and croissants for each morning – all of which tasted amazing. However, I would recommend doing a big shop somewhere else if you need a lot of things. In and around Tavistock there’s a big Tesco, Co-operative and Morrisons. Tavistock is lovely for having a mooch around the shops.
Some evenings there is hot food to buy such as a hog roast that sets up in the car park, we didn’t try this though as Si wasn’t up to it and the boys just wanted something cold for their tea.
Normally when we go away for a long weekend, we spend a lot of time enjoying days out but as Si was ill we didn’t go out as much as normal. We did however go to the beautiful National Trust house Cotehele. Cotehele isn’t far away at all and such a beautiful place for a walk.
There isn’t any entertainment at Woodovis Park or a bar, which I actually really like. It means there are no loud people making their way past your caravan in the evenings. The whole park is really quiet and so relaxing, Other than the sound of children playing, all we could hear during the day were the birds singing.
Considering it’s a holiday park, compared to many that I have been to Woodovis Park is a little oasis of peace and calm. For a real restful break, I really would recommend it. I can’t actually think of any negatives to say about the whole place, other than the sofa in the caravan could have done with some cushions to be a bit more comfortable.
Even that seems petty to say! We honestly had such a relaxing lovely weekend and I would happily return to Woodovis Park in the future. Especially as it’s so close to Dartmoor and if Si hadn’t been so ill, that would have definitely been on our itinerary for the weekend as it is such a beautiful place.
Thank you Woodovis for the most relaxed and peaceful weekend that I have had in a very long time!
*Pop to the Woodovis Park website for more information and to book if you like the sound of a little Devon oasis*