Woolacombe Devon budget holiday

North Devon coast

Not all of us have pots of money ready to spend as much as we’d like to on holidays but quality family time together is pretty high on everyone’s list, so if the only option is a BUDGET Holiday, what exactly are we letting ourselves in for?

Many holiday companies are offering cheaper deals so I thought it would be a good idea to try one out for myself and report back to you with my findings.

This year Other Half and his twin hit the big 4-0 and it gave us all a brilliant excuse to book up a Bank Holiday weekend away. We looked into it last year and as North Devon is a place where they spent many of their childhood holidays it seemed the perfect place to go back to plus the fact I love a cream tea and a Cornish pastie.

Each family booked their own accommodation with Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks and we went for the very lowest which was scary in itself, what would we find? Would it have a roof?

budget holiday home - Woolacombe Bay

Woolacombe has four parks to offer each with it’s own unique set up but you can cross from one to the other as and when you please. We stayed at Twitchen Park. The site is set around a beautiful manor house of the same name which dates back to 1881. One set of our group stayed in an apartment in the Grade 2 listed building and I was fascinated to see so many original features. An enormous apartment which sleeps 8 in three bedrooms plus lots of extra space to enjoy. You could have fitted our minuscule mobile home in the kids bedroom and still had room to spare :)

budget holiday home

Budget holiday home with a million dollar view

But what is budget accommodation like… booked up almost a year in advance we took advantage of a special early booking discount and paid £96.70 for a 3 night Bank Holiday weekend break. Which is an excellent price. The mobile home sleeps four in one double and one twin bedroom, it has a bathroom with a shower and a main living area with divan seating, a dining table and a galley kitchen. It’s perfectly acceptable for a short break and comfortable too.

budget holiday home inside

The kitchen even had a microwave which surprised me as many holiday parks see them as extras and for upgrades only.

My only quibble that really turned my nose up was it stank of stale smoke and being a non smoker it made me feel sick every time I entered, sadly it was a very cold weekend so I didn’t have the opportunity to open the doors and windows and in all honesty I think you’d need more than fresh air to take away that smell. Oh and the windows had definitely seen better times

budget holiday home window

The site has a very helpful reception, amusement arcade, clubhouse, TV/sports bar, swimming pool, launderette, take away/eat in fish and chip shop (which was so packed the first night with people queueing up to 40 minutes it was quicker to drive into town and get fish and chips from Woolacombe) and a children’s activity park.

We visited the clubhouse every evening so the girls could join in the Tots disco which they adored and the entertainment was good.

Marianne Weekes and twins

North Devon is packed with all sorts of activities for all ages so very well worth the visit.

My tips would be to ask for a non smoker van on booking if like me you are anti-smoking and if you’re in for bad weather take a small electrical fire to keep the place ticking over nicely.

If you can get past the stale smoke smell this was an excellent budget holiday.


  1. May 10, 2012 / 2:29 PM

    That bit of Devon is great, not as busy as the popular areas of Cornwall but with great beaches. But I think you’re right, if you pick carefully the caravan site some are excellent value these days.
    We’ve stayed at Mother Ivy’s near Padstow before, probably a bit more expensive but has it’s own beach!

    • Mari
      May 10, 2012 / 3:08 PM

      This site also has premium homes to rent out and they are fabulous, can’t fault the site and to be honest for under a hundred quid can’t really grumble. We had a fabulous holiday visited The Big Sheep and Watermouth Castle. 
      As for Padstow, adore it, we were there last year caught the ferry over from the small town opposite (Rock?) a millionaire’s paradise. Would love to go back!

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