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Our first visit to Eweleaze with my partner and our two kids 11 and 14 also our longest stay in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
West Molesey, United Kingdom
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Great camping for kids and adults

We had an amazing time at Eweleaze Farm again this time round. The new changes to the facilities... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 16, 2018

We stayed at Shortlake Farm for 9 days last year, and it was a bit of a mixed bag.

- Unbeatable location - breathtaking views
- Fresh bread each morning
- Nearby beach a scenic walk away
- Hot & powerful showers (but expect queues in the morning)
- Campfires allowed
- Wonderful pub a mile's walk along the South West Coast Path away (Smuggler's Inn)

- Freezing ice blocks - peculiar system where you can't get your own blocks back (we'd invested in some great ones, so were keen to have our own back and had done this regularly all over Europe for over 20 years). Some staff were flexible, others weren't, and one staff member actually had a go at my mum when she tried to explain we'd found a solution with his colleague the previous days. He was young and perhaps inexperienced, but it was really not on. A particular lowlight.
- Pizzas seemed cheap but were tiny, not enough to feed an adult. Tasty though.
- Compost toilets - expected these to be fine, but really much smellier than anticipated. Due to the nature of the compost toilets, there seemed to be a lot of hovering over the seat, which inevitably led to dirty seats, more hovering, and so on.

Finally, make sure your tent can stand up to a solid bit of wind, as you really are on a cliff top and it does get windy (I think a few people had a couple of hairy nights when we were there).

It was an interesting experience in a beautiful place, and we did have some good times, but we're headed somewhere else in future.

Date of experience: August 2017
5  Thank leonie183
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Reviewed February 9, 2018 via mobile

It was amazing all the food,and the beach.But the toilets were not pleasant. Kids and adults loved it though!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Rachel T
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Reviewed September 25, 2017 via mobile

My partner, my bestie and I stayed here for Aug bank holiday week end. Nothing to do with the site but always a bonus the weather was glorious.

We picked a pitch next to the activity centre but soon realised it was a little noisy. Before putting the tent up we went for a wander to find a better pitch.

There are a couple of fields on the cliff edge with amazing views but get very busy. We chose the 'Entrance Field' LOADS of space and although on a slope the views were amazing and not so many tents.

Can't comment on the eco loos as we had a proper flushing one in our field. On 2 occasions one of the loos in the block of 4 was pretty disgusting but was clean as a whistle within half hour.

Shop is very reasonable. Didn't eat in the barn restaurant but looks lovely. Logs reasonable priced and available daily. Takeaway food a little pricey!!

All in all we loved it. Lovely people, lovely surroundings,
superb relaxed atmosphere and will DEFINITELY be back next year.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Caroline M
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Reviewed September 17, 2017

Shortlake farm is the sister campsite of the more popular Eweleaze. Whilst it doesn't have all the catering facilities and activities Eweleaze have it has the same beautiful location overlooking the whole coastline.
The facilities are long drops helpfully spread around the campsite and great showers in each field. The pizza van is great and the shop well stocked. There is nothing for the kids except some hay bales in the middle but that's what camping is about?
The walk to the beach is stunning and the beach wild but beautiful. It was almost full when we stayed but didn't feel crowded, although shower queues did peak in the morning.
This is the most beautifully located campsite I have ever camped in.
NB Downside it that it can get very windy as its very exposed

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank JoynerJournalsTravel
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Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

A lovely stay at Eweleaze Farm with the Jurassic coastal path passing through it and amazing cliff top view onto the Atlantic.
For 4 weeks of the year, Eweleaze Farm opens it's door to campers and what an operation it is!
Facilities are a little basic - loos and showers in huts that appear to be wheeled in for the occasion. But don't let that put you off, they are kept clean with regular cleaning team visits.
You turn up, announce your arrival at reception and armed with a map, you choose your spot. I recommend driving up to the barn and taking a left just before and going up hill to the fields with stunning sea views. It even has it's own private pebble beach!
Be warned the fields are all on a slant, so carefully consider direction of tent pitch otherwise you be rolling down the hill all night!
There are amazing catering facilities with a shop selling local produce with an emphasis on cider, in the barn you can buy camp wood for your allowed camp fire, there is a coffee outlet, a bakery that bakes everything fresh each morning (stroll down from 7 for your warm croissants and pain au chocolat), burger outlet, coal fire pizza van, organic restaurant and fresh juice van.
Kids will spend hours making friends amongst the hay bales playing king of the castle. There is a petting area with cow, pigs and other farm animals. There is a dog pen with dogs and puppies which kids can take for walk at set times, but wary of pitching tent near dog pen as they are up and claiming for breakfast from 5am ish!
An amazing place, would highly recommend but expect back to basics!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank K3837RLsusank
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