2012 Winner of the Best Small Site Award in the Practical Caravan Top 100 Sites List.
Recent national winner of the Caravan Club CL Of the Year Award.
Open all year, exclusively for Caravan Club members. Birch Hill is an award-winning Caravan Club CL Certificated Location for members of the Caravan Club. It is a quiet hideaway in the heart of England, open summer and winter for up to 5 touring caravans or motorhomes. The 5 caravan park enjoys pleasant panoramic views across a wide expanse of green gently rolling hills: on a clear day we can see 9 counties: Shropshire plus Cheshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, Powys, Staffordshire, and Wrexham.
Quotations about Birch Hill from the Caravan Club Magazine February 2005 - "a nice CL from which to marvel... spacious... hook-ups... woodland walkies track… information packs for newcomers… Great Site, lovely location and always a warm welcome..." - travel writer John Bateman visited and wrote about us in his 'On Location' article for the Caravan Club magazine.
There are plenty of electrical hook-ups, mains water supply, chemical waste disposal point and we now have 5 grassed hard-standing pitches for Winter caravanning. Up to 5 caravans park over a spacious area of about 2 acres of grass which is mown regularly throughout the growing season. (To give you an idea of size, many CLs offer half an acre, so Birch Hill is 4 times bigger for the same number of caravans).
We are open for Summer and Winter Caravan holidays all year round, subject to firm ground field conditions - please telephone to check in advance during Winter months. We have added 5 hard-standing areas using 'EcoGrid' and 'HoofMark' grass reinforcement matting to help when the ground is soft: this has improved life for Winter visitors, particularly those with camper vans. Trailer-tents are welcome, but we do not have tent-only campers ('no tents' is a Caravan Club rule).
If we were to attempt to describe our typical visitors, we would say, slightly tongue-in-cheek, 'a semi-retired couple with a rescue-dog, and perhaps bicycles, here to relax and walk in the countryside'. Having said that, children are welcome and we are starting to get more families with small children who come to feed the birds by the Mere. Being realistic, Ellesmere does not have enough noise or 'bright lights' to attract teenagers. An increasing trend is for visitors with motor-homes / caravanettes. We get many repeat visitors and with so much to see in the local area, guests often ask to stay longer than their original booking.
This is a genuinely quiet and relaxing caravan park, with no car-door slamming at pub closing-time, no static caravans, no seasonal pitches, no adjacent commercial caravan site, and we have no intention of holding caravan rallies.
The site is well-maintained with no sheep droppings or cow pats between the caravans (although depending on the time of year you may see cows or sheep in adjacent fields). We let our fields to a neighbour who grazes cows in summer and sheep in winter, but they are sometimes left empty to quietly grow grass for the winter silage crop.