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Cofton

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Nelson
Nelson
24 Nov 2011 08:04

Long before we moved here, we spent many a long week at Cofton camping site, which is/was one of the best for miles around. I have to say that I'm horrified that they intend to build an entertainment centre and indoor pool and suchlike there. All the character will be lost and I'm sure that the fact that it didn't already have those 'attractions' was actually part of the attraction to people like me. Such a shame to see it go down that route. Oh well, that's progress for you I suppose. At least it's another lovely mild day out there and another opportunity to walk along the beach.

Brazilnut
Brazilnut
24 Nov 2011 08:11

The problem is that a lot of people do want this type of holiday, and to compete they have to move with the times. Ladys Mile has changed completely to compete with the times

wriggler
wriggler
24 Nov 2011 18:04

Brazilnut, you are quite right, running a succesful business means providing what the customer wants. I'm old enough to have seen many businesses, from engineering to restaurants close down due to the owners providing what they 'think' the customer wants.

I personally can't stand campsites in any form and have only been on them to visit friends who were staying there. However, from speaking to regular Cofton Campers this Summer they were all looking forward to 2012 and having the new Pool and centre open.

I think this will reduce visitor spend in Dawlish but I can't blame any campsite for trying to keep their customers onsite by providing additional facilities, this is clearly the reason for expanding in this way.

Huggie24
Huggie24
26 Nov 2011 07:40

Hi there

We have a caravan at Cofton on their seasonal pitches, and yes the views are lovely where we are sited. But its like you have said people want these sort of things and if you want holiday makers there you have to make these changes.

Nelson
Nelson
26 Nov 2011 08:51

Hiya Huggie. Do you come down here often? It's a lovely part of the world isn't it? These developments seem like change for changes sake to me. When we had a pootle round the site for old times sake during the summer, the place was rammed. Which suggests to me that the paying public like it as it is. And hasn't Cofton won awards in the recent past? If so, that suggests that they're doing things right. Like I say, this is just an observation and I'd like to wish them all the best of luck with their venture.

J.Warrener
J.Warrener
26 Nov 2011 11:30

We've had friends stay at Cofton, and the one complaint about the place was the swimming pool and surrounding area for sunbathing wasnt big enough for the number of people stopping. If you went in school holidays you couldnt get in the pool , as it was rammed and if you did the chances of swimming were near impossible. In this day and age and our weather you need to offer something else .

Huggie24
Huggie24
26 Nov 2011 16:45

We come down to Dawlish everytime the kids are on holiday from school, has i work in a school. So we come down to our caravan every 6/7 weeks( from April to Oct) and stay there for 6 weeks in the summer holidays. Been coming here since i was a kid and then my children was here for there holidays so its a home from home....

The place is packed like sardines in the main season. Ive heard people say that you couldnt swim or stay in the water has it was to cold .... And if the weather is bad at least there would be a indoor pool to take the children, nothing worse then moaning kids on holiday...lol.....

Nelson
Nelson
20 Jul 2012 21:07

I'm going to hold my hands up and admit to being completely wrong about this!  I paid a visit to the newly opened complex this evening and have to say that it's truly fantastic!!  Well done to all concerned, and sorry for being a Doubting Thomas. 

wriggler
wriggler
24 Jul 2012 17:25

The only people who know what Cofton needs are the owners, they are clearly not going to invest many thousands of pounds into developments that customers don't want. More space and facilities were clearly needed as the previous posts say, being overcrowded is not good for repeat business.

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