Note: This review was left while under different management
Stayed for 7 nights at the start of August 2011.
Booked this site after internet research and looking at its website. We were travelling with our grandchildren and it was their first time camping.
The website looked good, giving details of a sheltered play-area for toddlers, which fitted our grandchildrens age group and an activity centre (in case it rained).
The site was very expensive compared to other sites we have visited (£27.00pn) and since we have been camping both in the UK and Europe for over 30 years we have a bit of knowledge.
However we were prepared to pay for what it offered.
On arrival the staff were great. Very friendly and this continued throughout our stay.
We have a ridge tent and did not require an elec. hookup. We were allocated a pitch in the top part of the camp, away from the hedge line that bordered a rather noisy country road that in the evening/night appeared to be a favourite of the racing fraternity.
Now we were aware that it was peak season, so the rest of my review takes this into consideration.
The pitches appear to have been sized according to the average ridge tent and did not take into consideration the invention of the more modern, multi room, family tents. Therefore it felt like a sardine campsite!!
Warning though, the roads throughout the site are prone to kick up a lot of dust when vehicles drive over them when the weather is dry.
The bathroom facilities are located by the caravan area, furthest away from the tents??
They comprised of 5 toilets and 5 showers. The gents had no urinals. I would suggest that when one considers there would be over 200 persons on the site this is not the best ratio.The lady who cleaned them was very good, but even she could not be on duty 24hrs per day.
After washing your hands, if that was all that was required, there was a blower in the main block which only blew cold air.
For the washing of plates/dishes, three sinks were provided, again at the toilet block, by the caravans not the tents. Usually there was a queue. (bring a plug).
There was one washing machine and one dryer, both appeared to have frequent problems.
The only facility for rubbish was down by the Toilet block. There were no other collection points on the site. There were a number of large bins for the rubbish and within a couple of days these were overflowing. I mentioned this to the staff who stated that the bins are emptied twice a week. This was not the case.
Now as for the childrens playarea.
On the site there is one wooden train with carriages for the children to play on. It was super easy for the children to fall off the roof.
The park area, which is located on the otherside of the fairly busy single road, is open to the general public for a small entrance fee. The visitors, of which there are many, drive up to the car parks and park beside the camp site, thus allowing easy access, over a small ditch, to the camping area, should any individual choose to enter.
The play area, which is quite good, is located adjacent to this single road, opposite the busy car park. Me thinks whoever planned this had not considered the fact that children do like to run about!!!. Even better planning was considered for the "covered" play area, which was partially covered, for the use of under fives. This is also located beside the single road, however this time by a bend in the road. There were none of those signs that the highways put up stating how many accidents in the last year!!!
A word of warning for those with children, yes there is an activity centre that run a holiday club, it costs £20 a day.
The other thing that amazed me was the fact that they charged you for freezing ice packs. It may be commonplace, but this is the first time I ever had to pay.
Yes the park is nice and the staff were very friendly, but it has not been designed for overnight campers and how it got into the Practical Caravan's Top 100 Sites I do not know. It was not value for money.