As a child some of my favourite memories are of our holidays down in Devon, enjoying days on the beach building sandcastles, exploring rock pools, and eating our body weight in ice cream. I can still remember how it felt to feel the sun on my face as my Dad dug a hole to bury my brother and I in, the way the wind tugged at my hair as we flew our kites at sunset, how lovely it was to fall into bed each night, sand still between my toes, knowing that we still had a whole week of adventures ahead.
And whilst foreign holidays were lovely in my teens and early twenties, I knew that one day, when I had children of my own, I wanted my family holidays to be the same as I had, down in Devon, making memories of our own. And so for the last few years, that’s exactly what we have done.
Last month we were incredibly lucky to be invited to stay at Beverley Holidays and, with Lewis away in Greece, the five of us jumped at the chance! For those who haven’t heard of Beverley Holidays, their story is pretty special. Founded in 1959 by the Jeavons family, Beverley Park was opened in Goodrington, where they took inspiration from the famous Beverley Sisters, with just 10 caravans, a few tents and a shop.
Over the years Beverley Holidays has grown to 3 separate parks, nearly 200 holiday caravans, 23 holiday lodges, 150 touring and camping pitches and 100 privately owned holiday homes, been awarded five star status, and accumulated countless awards. 60 years on and Beverley Holidays still remains a family run business, now ran by the third generation of the Jeavons family, and that shows in their attention to detail, the kindness of their team, and the fact that their ethos is still very much to provide a family friendly holiday with memories to treasure.
It’s safe to say, we couldn’t wait to get there!
On arriving at Beverley Holidays we couldn’t have received a warmer reception. The staff were so friendly and helpful and the information pack we received told us everything we needed to know about our holiday. We were staying at Beverley Park, the largest of the three parks, offering a wide selection of caravans, touring and camping pitches, and unrivalled sea views of the South Devon coastline.
Beverley Park offers a range of caravans from Comfort to Platinum, meaning there is something for every size of family and budget. We were very lucky to be staying in a 3 bedroom Platinum caravan which really had the wow factor!!
We are no stranger to a caravan holiday, but we certainly haven’t stayed in a caravan of this standard before! Not only was it impeccably clean and stylish, but it had everything we needed to make our holiday as luxurious as possible.
With a full sized integrated fridge freezer, oven, grill, and microwave, the kitchen facilities were perfect for self catering. I also love that there was a cafetière and coffee machine, and a tea and coffee welcome pack all ready and waiting!
With two twin bedrooms and one master bedroom, plus en suite, there was plenty of room to unpack and, having moaned about the beds in every caravan we have ever stayed in, Gaz was so pleased to discover that the beds were actually comfortable too!
I couldn’t get over how spacious the caravan was, especially with three very excited children, and I loved that with the double opening doors it was so light and airy. I don’t think I have ever seen the children so excited as when they discovered that there are televisions in each bedroom, they were practically begging to go to bed on the first night!
With a gorgeous decking area it was tempting to sit back and enjoy the view, but the children were keen to explore the park – and it didn’t disappoint!
I love that, should you wish, you could spend an entire week at Beverley Park without ever having to leave. The leisure facilities are fantastic with an indoor pool with sauna, steam room, hot tub and even a gym!
For us, it was the outdoor area that had the most appeal, it was amazing! The main outdoor pool is perfect for both adults and children and, even better, fully heated.
Surrounded with sun loungers, as well as a pool side cafe, ice cream kiosk and a soft play centre, when the sun is shining you wouldn’t even believe you were in England at all!
We loved the shallow children’s pool which, at four, five and six, was just perfect for Harry, Megan and Eva. I often find swimming quite stressful with the children due to having to get in there with them and be directly by their side at all times, but with the pool being so shallow and the children being that little bit older, we were able to watch from our sun loungers and enjoy the sunshine for the first time in six years! Amazing!
We did find that on very sunny days the pool became quite crowded and so a few times we chose to swim at the pool across the road, Beverley Bay, where you can access all of their facilities too.
We found Beverley Bay to be very quiet and, other than the lifeguard, we had the pool to ourselves, which was just lovely and perfect for families who prefer a quieter environment.
Although swimming was a huge attraction for us, there is so much more to do and see. As well as the indoor soft play, which was perfect for a dull morning, there is an amazing outdoor enclosed play area which is perfect for children of all ages.
There is also a crazy golf course, an amusement arcade and a whole programme of activities, some free and some with a charge, for children to get as involved with as they wish.
At the main hub of the park you can find a large well stocked shop, a takeaway, a restaurant and a bar.
Although we didn’t eat in the restaurant the menu looked delicious and the outdoor seating area is perfect for enjoying the last of the days sunshine.
Several times we ate at The Catch where you can eat in or takeaway, and the fish and chips were the perfect treat post-swim!
A real selling point for Beverley Park is the Starlight Bar, which comes alive every evening with a fantastic line-up if productions and cabaret acts, ranging from outstanding magicians to jaw-dropping ventriloquists. There is also nightly children’s entertainment including a children’s disco with games, and the children really surprised me by getting involved, even thought they are usually quite nervous in these situations!
Voted one of the best Devon holiday parks in Britain, it’s evident why Beverley Holidays is so popular with families each year. Not only is the park itself amazing, but the location is second to none. With gorgeous beaches just a short walk away, and surrounded by popular seaside towns, there is so much to see and do.
During our week we visited Goodrington, Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. We enjoyed days out at Babbacombe Model Village, Crealys’s Adventure Park, Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts, Dinosaur World, Woodlands Family theme park and created so many wonderful memories. I can honestly say, hand on my heart, that it was my favourite week we have ever spent together.
Over the coming week I will be sharing reviews from all of our days out, so be sure to stay tuned! For now, I just want to say a huge thank you to Beverley Holidays for having us, I can’t recommend their parks enough. We are all a little sad to be home but, in the words of my Mum, “You have to come home so you can go back”, and this has never been more true than for Beverley Park, somewhere we shall return to for many years to come.
You can watch our video documenting our adventures here –
** We were given a 7 day complimentary stay in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own. **