Lovely location, let down by dire facilities
Review of Cloud Farm
Aug 18, 2014, by Don
We first visited Cloud Farm in 2011 and decided to go back for 5 days last week. We have two children aged 8 and 6. First the positives - the location is truly lovely, with camping next to a beautiful shallow river that is pretty safe for paddling as long as smaller children are supervised. The owners are friendly and laid back and allow small open fires. The Doone valley is stunning and there is great walking from the site and further afield. The site itself is spread out along the river so never really feels too busy. My children loved the place.
However, I think the site is badly let down by the state of the facilities, which are completely out-dated and inadequate, at least for families. The toilet facilities are cramped, with only one sink for the entire site in each. Four bog standard electric showers (described as 'power showers') are sited in an old portakabin, run off a diesel generator which shuts down after 8pm. Again these are cramped and in poor condition, with broken panels just at the right height to catch small children's fingers. Black mould is everywhere. The washing up area isn't much better. We skipped the 'tea-room' as our confidence wasn't very high as a result.
Its difficult not to come to the conclusion that the owners are just trading on the location and can't be bothered to update the site to a decent standard. We paid £24 per night for a family of four - about average these days. We camp regularly every year and its unusual to find a site with such run down facilities for that sort of price now. The place really needs some money spending on it.
We'll definitely return to Exmoor, but not to Cloud Farm. There is plenty of choice in this area and we have already visited some of the competition for next time. That's a shame, as it could be so much better.