Written on: 19/08/2013
We like haven doniford bay the entertainment staff are fantastic with the children and make us feel welcome plenty to do around the area including things close enough using the car. The chip shop on site could do with improvement need more staff as was a slow service (read more)
Written on: 09/04/2013 by Nelliesmithers (1 review written)
This weekend my husband and I, my daughter, her husband and our grandson went to Doniford bay for a long weekend booked through the Sun newspaper holidays. We were all a bit wary of what we might find as we had read previous reviews which seemed to be quite negative. On arrival we were pleasantly surprised. The site was very clean and tidy. The booking in staff very friendly and helpful. Myself and my husband had a lovely 3-bed caravan and our daughter, husband and our grandson had a... (read more)
Written on: 08/09/2012 by DeanBluenose (1 review written)
I recently stayed at Doniford Bay with my wife and our 2 year old daughter. The caravan we stayed in was clean,tidy and did the job. The park itself is on the small side but we found this to be really useful as no where was really uncomfortably busy as larger parks are. It was easy to access the amenities. The pool was a little small and water slides were outside were not open (despite the glorious weather) but my 2 year old loved it. As it is a small site there are obviously less things to... (read more)
Written on: 29/08/2012
We hired a private van that was very nice & clean. Now the bad bit... We only stayed for 4 out of the 7 nights, on reporting to reception we were made to feel a bit 2nd class as we hadnt booked direct. We paid over £65 for 'fun works' passes that were only asked for once - when we went to the old dirty swimming pool. The bar wasnt much better, tables were very sticky, possibly used the same cleaning cloth as on the toilet doors as they were sticky too. Restaurant staff were dozy,... (read more)
Written on: 17/08/2012
Doniford Bay offers a view which can best be described as an old military camp with chalets that are more like old battered MOD accommodation - they are from the sixties, patched holes in the outside walls with dirty pink paint work (fit for demolition only) park is very tired. The dirty/smelly rock/stone area is what they consider as their beach! The manager of the park is more interested in smoking than customer service. When carrying-out paperwork - this is something which they are... (read more)
Written on: 22/06/2012 by jakkim69 (1 review written)
If raining then forget this camp nothing at all to do. Firstly i booked this as read was a lot bigger than the 1 in Burnham but apart from the pool nothing included in price. Even then if you want to do water activities more money and with 2 children that's £12 a shot. They have water slides but outside so weather bad not open. There's a crazy golf and yes more money but was water logged no1 was looking after it. There was a pool table (only 5 of each colour and baize ripped) a dart board... (read more)
Written on: 08/06/2012
Just returned from a holiday at Doniford Bay and the following comments are what i personally found. The site was kept very clean Staff were all very pleasant Very quiet site and nothing much for adults. I didnt think they had very good entertainment at all and the club room was half empty every night. I found the location of the site awful a car is definately required as there is not much around at all. I personally would not go to this site again, i like a bit more activity and like... (read more)
Written on: 14/11/2011 by kingstreet (5 reviews written)
Having given Haven an absolute tatering for the state of Hafn Y Mor a few years ago, I must say Doniford Bay was a pleasant surprise. Nice park, usual Haven stuff, although pool a bit on the small side. Stayed in privately owned, reasonably new caravan. Clean, tidy and good value. (read more)
Written on: 14/07/2011
Just got back from a 4 night stay in doniford bay. We stayed in a Standard Plus caravan for 6 people.3 adults. 1. Four year old, 1. Ten year old and my disabled deaf mother plus one assistants dog. On arrival we meet the man at the gate who let us in told us were to find reception. We got our keys and gate code went to the caravan which had been cleaned excellently. So over all very pleased with the staff and the hygiene of the park and caravan. AS for days out we walked down the road for a... (read more)
Written on: 12/04/2011
Just got back from Doniford bay, even though when I phoned I was told my holiday had been cancelled? due to the fact I hadnt confirmed I wanted entertainment passes, so at that point they re-booked my holiday and charged me £10.00 extra, because the site was fully booked? got there and it was extreamly quiet and not really anyone staying at the park, my accomodation was lovely but we were lucky to have a privatly owned caravan, there wasnt much for the children to do apart from swimming and... (read more)
Written on: 09/04/2011
Read all the bad reviews after bookng this holiday, but don't listen to any of them as it's not the case! Just returned from a 4 night break at Doniford bay, was put in a brand new caravan, looked like the park had been done up for this year. Very clean and very nice. Wished we had booked a 7 night break as was very nice break. Staff were very enrgetic and friendly, entertainment was ok, closed a little early for the adults though at around 11.30pm. The beach is full of rocks but didn't stop... (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2011
to everyone who has been put off by some of the reviews - dont be. we have just returned from a sun holiday at doniford bay and we had a fab time. caravan was great. gas fire in living area and heaters in both bedrooms, all of which heated up very quickly. we did need them as it was end of march and was cold on the night. loads of wardrobe space and shelves etc... very clean and tidy with every mod con needed, even a new tv with freeview. entertainment for kids at the club on site was good.... (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2011
Just returned from Doniford Bay, the caravan was spotless and very warm ,heating in all rooms. The staff were very welcoming and helpful, the site is very clean. We had a lovely view over the sea and the sunset was stunning, we did not go down to the eveing entertainment, so can not comment, but we all returned totally relaxed, if you are looking for just chill out time, this is the place. (read more)
Written on: 29/03/2011 by karenwm (1 review written)
Just come back from a long weekend with Sun Holidays. The site itself was pretty good. Very good entertainment for the children but adult entertainment started a bit late at 10pm. Drinks in the club were expensive; didn't try the food as we self catered. The caravan, however, was not up to scratch, even for a 3 night stay. It was single glazed and no heating other than the gas fire in the lounge area. Consequently the bedrooms were so cold, we slept in our clothes (that was leaving the fire... (read more)
Written on: 15/01/2011
we went on our honeymoon to Doniford Bay Holiday Park summerset for a week
our hoiliday was not good from the start when we got there we could not get on the site because it was late there was no way to get through the barrier we had to wait for someone to leave to go though when I went to cheak in the sercurity could not find our accomidation key when we get to the accomidation there was no toilet roll in the loo, so i went back to check in and told sercurity we had to wait for her to bring... (read more)
Written on: 25/11/2010
I think it was a really good caravan, the bedrooms were lovely, one with double, another with 2 x single beds and another with bunks. The entertainment was a big hit everynight, especially for the kids!!! Drinks and snacks reasonably priced. Nice swimming pool with flume, and nice sports court and outdoor play area. Indoor play area & bowling was really fun too! No disadvantages whatsoever! Loved it 4 out of 5 i rate it! (read more)
Written on: 22/11/2010
Booked for 3 nights mid October. On arrival the bedroom in the caravan was filthy. We have paid extra to upgrade to a luxury plus, the caravan itself must have been over 20 years old and very dated. The carpet was a disgrace. We went straight to reception to complain and they sent the cleaners round. There were hardly any light bulbs working, the one outside didnt work and I nearly broke my neck on the loose paving slab when we were unpacking. Staff were rude and theres not much on site.... (read more)
Written on: 01/11/2010
First went to Doniford bay last year, chose it because it was a small Haven Park, yes there are limited facilities but that is the beauty of Doniford bay. The park is small and friendly, great views accross the bay and even when the park was full during peak season, it never felt overcrowded. Kids loved the entertainment, free activities during the day and the stage shows at night.
Only ate in the restaraunt once during the week but it was good value for money. Entertainment staff were... (read more)
Written on: 22/09/2010
Myself and my boyfriend got back from Doniford Bay on monday. We arrived on friday and were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful surroundings, the park itself is set in a gorgeous location and it was very clean. We stayed in a caravan and it was very clean and had everything we needed and we were close to the sea which was nice. The entertainment is good if you have kids. You have to travel out a bit for local attractions but we didn't mind that. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our... (read more)
Written on: 11/09/2010
Very poor service and information. DO NOT USE!
We are from a care home and booked a 4 bedroom villa. At the time of booking I was told told there was 1 double and 3 twin bedrooms. It turned out that there was 1 double, 2 twins and 1 bunk bed room. Totally unsuitable for adults with special needs. Both the holday park and head office were unhelpful and said there was nothing they could do and nothing they could offer to help with this. (read more)
Written on: 05/09/2010
I went to Doniford Bay from 27/08/10 - 03/09/10/ with my teenage son. We stayed in a prestige caravan which was modern, clean, well equipped, and was located in a quiet area of the park called Rookery Ridge which is mainly for owner caravans. Lovely view of the sea from the lounge window, and only 2 mins walk to facilities. I picked this park as it is one of the smaller Haven sites as I hate the ones where it is a 15 min walk from the pool back to your caravan. The park itself is in a... (read more)
Written on: 04/09/2010 by dasman37 (1 review written)
just got back from doniford and all i can say is what is all the fuss about.i thought the place was great plenty to do fantastic views and the caravan was 4 star.people who run this park down do not know what they are talking about.only down side was the entertainment. (read more)
Written on: 24/08/2010 by GSXRJASE (1 review written)
I RETURNED FROM DONIFORD ON SUNDAY 22ND AUGUST 2010,A DAY EARLY!! THIS PLACE WAS A JOKE!!! WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE AND A COMPLETE RIP OFF.
DO NOT GO THERE UNLESS YOU HAVE WON THE LOTTERY!!!!! STAFF WERE MISSERABLE AND SO LAYED BACK COULD OF FELL OVER.THERE IS NOWHERE TO EAT UNLESS YOU WANT CHIPS EVERY NITE .WAS REALLY DISSAPOINTED WITH THIS PARK IT WAS A HOVAL!!!!!!!!! (read more)
Written on: 18/08/2010
Visited Doniford Bay 3 years ago and it was the worst park we have ever been to. The caravan was lovely, ( but we rented this privately), the park iself was appalling. The bar area absolutely stank of sick this was there for the duration of the holiday, the childrens attractions were of a very [oor standard, pool table was ripped, stagnant puddles everywhere, yuk! As for the food... it made McDonalds look like cordon bleu! Yes it is alot cheaper than Devon Cliffs but not so much more... (read more)
Written on: 16/08/2010
Haven Doniford Bay. Got back yesterday...although not due home untill today! Caravan was clean and tidy, we had a deluxe 3 bed, only grumble being it was inbetween 2 standard ones so kind of let the area down, park was nice and clean too, apart from the odd pile of dog poo!!!. Staff were ok, more friendly if they were selling you something, other than that they didnt interact with the children, they didnt look like they could be bothered. Only saw the sight characters for half hour on... (read more)
Written on: 03/08/2010
Just got back yesterday....we booked a Deluxe Caravan and we all loved it. We took our own food and BBQ and had lots to do for 3 days.
We'll try another site for experience and to have something to compare too.
The only think i would ask Haven to do is send you all the literature about the additional activities and costs + method of booking as we only found this out once on site and some activities were fully booked up. (read more)
Written on: 08/07/2010
after reading these reviews it shows that what one person likes another dislikes and visa versa ..not everyones likes are the same so people should make there own minds up and decide what they want from their holiday....
Doniford bay is one of Haven smaller parks with limited activities but it makes up with its beatiful park and views.If you like devon cliffs then this isn't the park for you although many people I spoke to who had been to devon cliffs prefer Doniford as they said Devon... (read more)
Written on: 06/07/2010
hi i went to doniford bay on a sun £9.50 holiday with my partner whos 23 my sister whos 25 and my daughter whos 5 and myself whos 24, we were abit worried befor going after reading the reviews but were pleasently surprised. the 2 bedroom luxury caravan was a little bit small but clean and tidy and up to date, the campsite was very clean and had quite abit to do on there. we found the evening entertainment was the best starting from the bingo to the kids shows and live bands and disco ( my 5... (read more)
Written on: 06/07/2010
after i had booked my break i read the reviews.i was worried about going.when i got to doniford bay it was more than what i expected after reading the reviews.staff at reception were helpful.i stayed in a 2 bed standard plus caravan,i cant complain as it was nice acc.there isnt alot on site,but i was very happy what was on site.indoor/out door pool and slide.kids play area,park pub,golf,shop. there is a metion of a beach,but unless you like wearing wellies then it isnt the sort of beach you... (read more)
Written on: 06/07/2010
Read the revues before you decide to book and go elsewhere and take this as good advice! (read more)
Written on: 19/06/2010
HELLO HAVE JUST COME BACK FROM DONIFORD BAY. I READ OTHER PEOPLES REVIEWS ABOUT THIS PARK BEFORE WE LEFT AND I WAS VERY WORRIED ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS PEOPLE HAD SAID ABOUT THIS PARK. GLADLY WHEN WE ARRIVED I WAS ASTOUNDED HOW CLEAN AND TIDY THE PARK IS, WITH THE MOST BEATIFUL VIEWS ALL AROUND THE CHALET WE STAYED IN WAS BRILLIANT AND VERY CLEAN. I COULDNT KEEP MY KIDS OUT OF THE INDOOR PLAY AREA AND THE POOLS, THE OUTDOOR SLIDE IS AWESOME! I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS PARK TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND... (read more)
Written on: 11/06/2010 by tagatone (2 reviews written)
just come back from days at doniford bay haven caraven park, vouchers from sun. Had a great time even though the weather was rubbish. Booked the dog in at the last minute for £20 which was great. We went on the beach twice in coats and wellies to collect shells, kids loved it. Pool is fantastic & the evening entertainment for the kids is better than Pontins. We upgraded to a standard caravan just to make sure we got one as kids have stayed in a chalet & a tent. From reading some of the... (read more)
Written on: 02/06/2010 by mummybham (1 review written)
We went to Haven Doniford Bay for easter as we were orignally going to another holiday park with another company but cancelled due to very bad reviews of there holiday parks. I am so glad we chose here the park is really nice, staff friendly and helpful our chalet was cleaned to top standard there was not one thing out of place, the only fault about the chalet there was no proper heating and it was freezing at night which isnt good when you have an 7 month old prem baby plus other kids. The... (read more)
Written on: 27/05/2010
This may be a tatty park but it is great, i love this site and everything about it we return every year and i cannot fault it if you want entertainment, and fun a lovely beach, great staff great location the go for it, it is well worth an upgrade and the chalets are a bit dark but the caravans are great and i will return again. (read more)
Written on: 19/05/2010
What can i say, my 8 year old son came back with a varucca, my husband bites from the beds, the chalet was dirty ring marks on the glasses a plate in the oven still had bacon and thick with fat on it, big black stains on the carpet, the bathroom was stinking, asked to be moved and was told fully booked spent friday night cleaning kitchen, came home after three days. wrote a letter to complain and recevied an apology and a free upgrade next time i visit, WHAT A JOKE, I WON'T BE VISITING... (read more)
Written on: 11/05/2010
well were do i start. on arrival i had a bad feeling about Doniford Bay.It was unwelcoming fromt he start.Our Caravan was average but we thought we werent going to spend to much time in the caravan.Area around our caravan full of cigaretts stubs disgusting!!! Swimming pool was a joke no changing facilities or toilets... dont go there!!! We have 4 children who look forward to this annual holiday but were very disappointed with this park.. nothing for the children to do...no communication... (read more)
Written on: 04/05/2010
First the good news. If you don't have kids and get allocated one of the newer caravans then you could probably have a nice break here. Sadly our caravan was basic beyond belief. We were not even supplied a toaster. What was far worse though was the filthy state of the caravan. Toe nails and hair on the carpet and a pool of excrement under the loo brush. The floor was also covered in stains. Our door did not work properly and neither did the TV. The maintenance guy was terrific though and... (read more)
Written on: 27/04/2010
i thought that doniford bay was a good weekend away for a family or tours, there is good entertainment for the children and adults. the staff were really welcoming and were always there if you needed help with anything. they have got everything you need on the site,and the accomidation was great. i would most definetly recomend this to a friend and will be returning. (read more)
Written on: 02/04/2010
when we booked Doniford Bay as a cheap holiday, we didnt know much about it, we had been to littlesea before (weymouth) and had a good time so thought this would be similar, we read the reviews on here and thought oh god we are in for a dog of a holiday, but from the moment we arrived (weather aside)the bad reviews given vanished. staff were excellent from reception, shop, chippy, security, everybody. the entertainment spot on, from adults bingo to full on adult stuff, family stuff, children... (read more)
Written on: 20/01/2010
My friend and I went to Doniford Bay four times last year with our five children, yes the chalets were standard but you only sleep in them, the staff were friendly especially fun stars Brett, Barnaby and Mike, The children had a fantastic time in the entertainment. Going back again in March and can't wait.
Written on: 15/01/2010
me and my family went to doniford bay in march 2008 we stayed in a prestige caravan that was lovely ,the staff were very helpful and very nice ,the pool was clean and heated and the changing facilities great ,bradley bear and polly ect were very good,our kids loved them dispite the weather being cold there was lots of shows ect for the kids to do ,the only down side id say about this park is the cafe was very exspensive so we only went once and cooked in the caravan the rest of the week ,we... (read more)
Written on: 02/11/2009
We stayed at Donniford Bay this weekend as a result of a newspaper offer and whilst the facilities were excellent, we were charged for additional things like entertainemnt passes that weren't mentioned at the outset.
The setting is beautiful and the layout of the site is lovely (no overcrowding). However, we were bitterly disappointed as the chalet was absolutely filthy. Numerous hairs in the bathroom and generally not nice. Paintwork and floors very dirty and the kitchen cupboards were... (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2009 by subaru (1 review written)
very dirty and run down, staff were very helpful and cheerful, swimming pool small and overcrowded and teenagers running about in the small pool which is for toddlers again dirty and poorly run. WONT BE GOING BACK and wouldn't recommend it either it is a shame because we have used haven parks before and they have been really good, the best thing about there was the west somerset railway that was excellent!!! i would really consider reading all the reviews before booking here ie these reviews... (read more)
Written on: 13/10/2009
We went to Doniford bay in October 2009 and had a very good time. My 2 year old son loved it! The swimming pool is a good size and not too cold or busy. My little one loved playing bowling and playing in the arcade. The entertainment at night was ok for the kids it and they can have there photos taken with them, but they do charge £6 per photo if you want it printing or £10 for two so take a camera with you. We went to Minehead which is a 20min drive from Doniford and had a great time. The... (read more)
Written on: 18/08/2009 by drealm (1 review written)
After reading all the negative reviews on haven holidays, doniford bay, we were afraid to find a terrible holiday park but non of that
Yes, the chalets are out of date but our chalet was properly cleaned, not at all smelly and situated nicely. The staff was friendly and helpfull
The negative points of this park are :
- the shop is much to small for a park of this size and not well stocked
- there is no beach
- most of the outdoor play-area has to pay extra for; this was for us the first... (read more)
Written on: 18/07/2009 by donmarie1 (1 review written)
We booked a sun holiday and after having 2 per year for the last 4 years this was the only dissapointment.
We got allocated a chalet that looked as if it hadn't been cleaned in years , we decided that with 2 kids and being heavily pregnant we would not be staying. We joined the complaints line in reception and after talking to a lovely girl we paid to be upgraded and moved to devon cliffs as we have been before and loved it.
Had we have known we would get a filthy chalet we wouldn't have... (read more)
Written on: 29/06/2009 by wigglyworm (1 review written)
Please don't consider staying in a chalet at Donniford Bay, they are badly equiped, dirty, smelly and poorly maintained. Ours had mould on the ceilings, smelled of smoke and had no working heating or cooker. Staff unhelpful and stressed out by all the guests complaining. general maintenance of site poor.
park has little regard for customer satisfaction or safety. Wrote to Haven to complain, got a list of excuses and fobbed off! (read more)
Written on: 30/05/2009
we stayed at doniford bay for a long weekend in may and enjoyed it so much that we decided to book an extra two nights, at a cost of just 30 pound extra per night. There was loads to do for all ages, even our 1yr old was able to join in the fun at a tots group which ran at the same time as club r&b which entertains the older children.
The park was well maintained and our caravan was very well equipt so we were able to cook most of our meals instead of having the extra expense of eating out.... (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2009 by liberty2 (1 review written)
On arrival at Doniford Bay, Haven Holidays, we were a little concerned as some of the accommodation looked very dated.....however, we were suprised to find ours was spacious if in need of a good clean!
The entertainment was really amusing and especially "Fun Star Mike" went out of his way to be lovely to me and my friend and the 5 teenagers we took with us!
The pool was large but it was a shame the outside pool didnt look quite as well kept.
On the whole it was a fabulous break for a... (read more)
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