Woodland Springs Touring Park
Loo of the Year Award 2014
With much trepidation I venture out to undertake my first review, could I follow in Jill's footsteps? Luckily I needn't have worried I was greeted by the very hospitable Chris and Jan at Woodland Springs where I was here to see the toilet block that has recently been awarded Platinum Loo of the Year Award 2014
For all that know me, you will know I am not your average camper, however within a few minutes of being on site I was relishing the joys of the outdoor life and very tempted to pack up at the weekend and sleep out under canvas - Julian, my partner will never believe this.
Woodland Springs is just my type of touring park, adult only, dog friendly and the delightful Chris and Jan are your hosts along with two adorable Westies (they had me at hello!)
Arriving at Woodland Springs, just 18 miles west of Exeter and within a few miles of Castle Drogo you are welcomed at Reception by Chris and Jan. PS there are no narrow lanes to contend with!
Stocks running low? No need to worry the on-site shop is stocked with local jams, chutneys, beers, ice-creams and of course those everyday essentials. Even fresh bread baked to order is available during the summer. The shop is open every day between 8:30 and 10:30 in the morning and between 4:30 and 7:00 in he evening (except Sundays and Bank Holidays when it is just open between 9:00 and 10:30 in the morning, after all everyone deserves a break). BBQs are available to hire and Chris and Jan are also registered Calor Gas stockists. A 'swapsy' library book system is offered in the shop, so take advantage of the tranquil surroundings and catch up on that latest read.
No question they deserved the Platinum Loo of the Year Award 2014, the shower and toilet block were spotless. Offering free hot water and showers, centrally heated in the winter and full disabled facilities - no wonder this the is third time they have won this award.
The proud winners displaying the plaque. Being disabled myself I was pleasantly surprised to find the facilities were all accessible and Chris and Jan try to keep some pitches available that are more central in the park for people with limited mobility, however even if you are not near the shower block it is not miles to walk - another plus point in my books
A 24 hour information point is available to all guests and while perusing the leaflets and deciding on where to go you can enjoy a coffee from the fair-trade coffee machine. In here there is also a freezer for guest use, great for storing those ice blocks.
Woodland Springs has 81 pitches including 10 fully serviced, standard and basic.
NEW this year - DOGS GO FREE, yes that is right - no matter how many canine friends you have they are all welcome at Woodlands. Chris told me the most one guest has had to date is 11 dogs! Your four legged friend can take advantage of the large dog exercise area, and if you want to have a 'dog free' day, dog kennels are available on site.
Laundry and dishwashing facilities all provided - token operated.
A few final points worthy of note, Woodlands are passionate about the environment and as such have a fabulous recycling area on site and have also just planted a wildlife bank. Wi-fi is available at a charge - £1 per hour ranging to £20 for a week - the bandwidth is fab so yo can watch your TV on your IPad (or any other form of tablet) to your heart's content.
The site is one of the only few in the National Park that has both Quality in Tourism 5 star
and AA 5 Pennant awards.
Say hello to Margaret, one of Woodland Spring’s regular visitors. She is happy to leave her caravan on site here rather than have to trail it down to the South West each trip. “This is a great site and not too far off the A30 for me. It has everything I need, and I like the fact that it is central in Devon, so that I can see lots”