AD Presstrip – We were invited to stay at Croyde Bay Resort for the purpose of this review.

Croyde Bay Resort Review. For our first mini-break since the easing of lockdown, we travelled to North Devon to stay for four nights at the Croyde Bay Resort. Which is situated a stone’s throw from the bay itself. I am not sure you could get any better from a location perspective. And although the location is perfect there is a lot more to this resort than just its proximity to the beach. Without a doubt, we will be returning, as we left wishing we could stay for the rest of the week.

Croyde Bay Resort consists of a hotel, self-catering holiday cottages and also some self-catering lodges. Meaning there is a lot of choices and something for everyone and party size. We stayed in a four-bedroom lodge which is designed to sleep eight. They also have easily accessible lodges with ramps and the ability for pet stays where you can bring your dog.

Croyde Bay Resort Review

Our Accommodation – 4 Bedroom Lodge

There are twenty-eight lodges on the resort, most of them are three-bedroom ones which will sleep six. There are four which are four-bed and will sleep eight. To say these are on the large size is probably a bit of an understatement. I do not think I have ever stayed in a self-catering lodge like this with so much room and with such a modern stylish feel.

There is an open plan living area at the front of the lodge which includes a large lounge area with two full-sized sofas and a flat-screen TV (with Netflix). A fully equipped kitchen including a full-size dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and freezer. Plus plenty of cupboard space and a rather snazzy microwave. Next to the kitchen there a dining table which will seat eight. Leading out through double patio doors there is a large veranda.

Outside Space

The veranda also has its own seating area with chairs and stools so that it would accommodate eight outside if needed. It was hot and sunny while we were there. And on returning Saturday from the beach we also noticed that the staff had popped an umbrella out for us. It is perfect for eating alfresco. Plus there is plenty of room to dry wetsuits and swimwear as well as store the kid’s boards.

The lodge had four bedrooms, three twin rooms and one double. Two of the twin rooms have slightly smaller beds which are for children up to the age of 12. When I read this on the website I did wonder if they would be tiny. But to my untrained eye, they didn’t look much different maybe a little narrow. There is a large family bathroom which had a full-size bath and shower. One of the things I am not keen on is generally there is a  lack of storage in the bathroom. But this one had plenty at the end of the bath.

 

Master Bedroom

There is also a master bedroom with its own ensuite and a large walk-in wardrobe.  I was extremely impressed with the storage throughout the lodge. Each bedroom had its own set of draws and wardrobe with more than enough space for a week or even two. Plus next to the front door there was a unit to store beach stuff, shoes and anything else you wanted. Which is great when you are travelling with kids as there is always so much stuff!

Not that we needed the heating when we visited but there are radiators throughout operated by a thermostat in the main living area. Meaning that you can visit in the cooler months quite easily. Although the concept may not be unique I personally have not experienced accommodation to this quality and size elsewhere.

Croyde Bay Resort Review

The Facilities at Croyde Bay Resort

When we visited due to the pandemic certain facilities were not operating. This meant that we could not make use of the indoor pool or spa. However, the pool did look gorgeous and it is nice to have something to use if the weather isn’t great.  The resort also has a number of outside activities which they have increased in number because of the pandemic. These included pitch and put, crazy golf, an outside play area, tennis, table tennis, boules, corn toss and table football.

It meant that the boys always had something to do. They especially liked the boules which were right outside our lodge. Meaning that hubby and I could enjoy a drink on the veranda while they played. And of course, the play area was also a hit. Near each outside activity, there was a little hut which housed things like golf clubs etc and a sanitising station. To help keep you and the equipment as clean as possible. During our stay, I quite often saw staff walking around with cleaning products giving things a wipe down.

Bar & Restaurant

There is also a bar and restaurant on site. When we visited it was possible to eat in the restaurant but you did need to book a timed slot. Because of the pandemic, they have removed a lot of the tables and chairs leaving plenty of space between the remaining ones. There is a clear one-way route around the restaurant which is marked on the floor. You order your food yourself via an app and then they deliver it to a small side table next to yours so you can help yourself. Drinks are ordered from the bar directly.

It is also possible to order from the same menu for pick up which I think is a nice touch and a clever way of doing things. As there is a Q code available in the lodge which you scan to access the app. From here you can place your order and then you will get notification of when the order is ready.  It is also possible to do the same thing for breakfast.

We ate in the restaurant one night during our visit. The staff all had protective masks or visors on and were extremely helpful and polite. The menu options for adults and children are what I would call good pub fare and priced accordingly. We opted for steaks and the children for chicken nuggets and chips. You can tailor the sides to meet your requirements which is great for fussy eaters. I particularly enjoyed the steak that I ordered.

Tables need to be booked in advance in the current environment. The staff did a wonderful job under difficult circumstances and thoroughly cleaned between settings. I was very impressed with the whole set up.

Location of Croyde Bay Resort

The proximity of the beach is amazing. Literally you walk out the end of the resort and across some dunes and you are on the beach. It is ideal when holidaying with little ones. Or super keen surfers that want to catch the tide first thing in the morning. Plus it is very handy for watching the sun go down. As beautiful as Croyde Bay is and we would happily spend every day of our break there. It is important to note there are a number of other beaches close by too including Woolcombe and Saunton Sands which less than a ten-minute drive away.

We also walked into Crodye Village which is easy to do so. Opting to use the footpaths around the back of the resort and not the road. It took between ten and fifteen minutes. The village is lovely and has a great ice cream shop and several places to get food. Plus there is May Cottage which does a lovely cream tea.

When we visited we went to Ilfracombe to go on a boat trip out to Lundy Island which I also recommend. There are several different tour operators offering a wide variety of different trips. We managed to see seals, puffing and dolphins on our trip. I have written a blog post all about our experience – A trip to Lundy Island.

Conclusions – Croyde Bay Resort Review

We had a fantastic stay at Croyde Bay Resort and without doubt, we will be returning. The boys really did not want to leave and we felt the same. It was the perfect break and allowed us some much-needed quality time as a family unit. Something despite spending lots of time together over the last months we have struggled with. Just like many full time working parents with young children we have struggled to get the balance between work, homeschooling and family time right. Croyde Bay Resort helped to give our family back that balance.

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56 Comments

  1. Gemma Hendry

    Wonderful article, looks a lovely place to stay

  2. Rachel Craig

    Seems nice for a visit. Though personally I am not keen on open plan design. Can be good to have separate kitchen / dining / /sitting rooms.

  3. YOLANDA DAVIS

    I love this area and will definitely bare all this in mind for our next trip.

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  5. Visited this park a few years back and had a great time

  6. adrian price

    what a lovely looking place–could be great for a family get together

  7. Lynne Durkin

    What an amazing place, the lodges look really lovely, plenty or room and very bright and clean. Great that the beach is really close by too, always love it when you are within walking distance. Weather seemed perfect as well, always a bonus.

  8. adrian price

    never fancied this type of holiday–but beginning to change my mind–looks stunning

  9. adrian price

    will definitely have to have a trip here–looks stunning

  10. Tee Simpson

    The views and accommodation look amazing. Looks like a wonderful family break.

  11. It sounds like the perfect place for a relaxing staycation. We love Devon but tend to stick to the Torquay / Paignton area in the past. We’d love to visit here for a change.

  12. Kas Grant

    Fantastic holiday. Can tell the boys loved it.

  13. Jeanette Leighton

    This looks fantastic reminds me of family holidays as a child would love to take my children somewhere

  14. What an impressive range of facilities. The lodges are lovely, too. Pleased that you had a great time.

  15. daniel Oliver

    will def check this place out for next holiday planning

  16. jen english

    We spent many happy holidays in Devon when I was little. I’d love to be there right now.

  17. Mel Pennie

    Looks like an amazing place to stay and the scenery is beautiful!

  18. this looks a perfect place for a holiday, the lodge is stunning and very relaxing. That beach…..wow! I need to visit here!!!

  19. What an absolutely stunning resort. This is exactly the sort of place I like to go with my two. I’ll definitely be checking them out 🙂

    Louise x

  20. James Harris

    Croyde is such a beautiful location – I would love to visit again.

  21. Marta Skeledžija

    Looks like a lovely place to visit. Hope you had a good time

  22. Shelley Whittaker

    Gorgeous photos and this looks like a great place to stay. One to add to the list!

  23. This place looks stunning! It seems like you guys had a nice experience there, looking forward to visit there sometime! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  24. Beth Evans-Topham

    Wow, what a place to visit! It looks really amazing and beautiful photographs. 🙂

  25. Tracy Nixon

    This resort offers everything you would want to have in a family vacation! Amazing!

  26. This looks like a nice place to stay. I love the look of the crazy golf, such fun. I haven’t played crazy golf in ages.

  27. Celebrate Woman Today

    Such a beautiful place to rest, have fun and celebrate your loved ones and the time spent with them.

  28. Jasmine Martin

    This resort looks gorgeous and very relaxing! I would love to visit there one day. Also the food looks delicious!! I’m glad you guys had a great stay there.

  29. You just inspired me to do a little island hoping in Turks and Caicos. I sure do need it! Although that would require getting on a boat with friends! Ha ha! Looks like a fantastic time with great food. The skyviews are incredible. You deserved it!

  30. This looks like the perfect family break, it reminds of the type of holidays I had as a child and they were the best kind!

  31. Catherine

    I wish I were there right now! Looks like a beautiful place to stay for the whole family. What a lovely place and view!

  32. Gervin Khan

    Wow, that is an amazing place to visit, it’s beautiful and it feel so relaxing to be there. I am so jealous and wish to be there, too.

  33. The location is stunning! And the lodge itself looks so clean and up-to-date! How beautiful! Looks like something I’ll have to consider in the future for my family!

  34. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    This resort offers everything you would want to have in a family vacation. That lodge you stayed in is huge! I’d choose that over a hotel room for sure. The resort gives great fun, perfect views and a really memorable family vacation.

  35. Andrea Fletcher

    Looks like a great place for a holiday. The lodges look great.

  36. This looks like the kind of place that we would really enjoy. The cottages look so nice and it sounds like you had fun as a family. Wish this was closer to me!

  37. What a beautiful place to vacation. The rooms are gorgeous. Look like a wonderful time could be had here

  38. lynn neal

    This looks a great place to stay with pleny of space and good accomadation!

  39. Margaret Gallagher

    Amazing place – will certainly keep in mind gor furure hols

  40. adrian price

    these lodges look great==and really well organised

  41. RUTH ROBERTS

    Looks a fantastic place, going to look into booking for my family! Thank you

  42. The lodge looks lovely perfect for a family stay. And the location and proximity to that gorgeous beach is fantastic,

  43. Lyndsey cooksey

    An amazing time for you all! The photos look fantastic! Mmm that food is making me hungry! A great resort that I will have yo look into. Brilliant!

  44. Priscilla Stubbs

    A lovely family weekend for you all and you were so lucky with the weather

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