Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park

4.0 stars out of 89 reviews

Open
All year
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Location
Alfreton, Derbyshire, Central North England, DE55 4ES
(Location map)
Last updated
01 May 2018
10
Motorhome pitches
(£22.00 - £30.00)
40
Touring pitches
(£22.00 - £30.00)
120
Tent pitches
(£15.00 - £20.00)
Yes
Serviced pitches
(£25.00 - £32.00)
10
Seasonal pitches
(£650.00 - £700.00)
Pitches
Motorhome pitches10£22.00-£30.00
Touring pitches40£22.00-£30.00
Tent pitches120£15.00-£20.00
Serviced pitches£25.00-£32.00
Seasonal pitches10£650.00-£700.00

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Bell tents
Karsten tents
Gypsy caravans
Shepherd huts

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Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park is a stunning four-star family holiday park found in the heart of Derbyshire. The site is open all year, and welcomes guests with motorhomes, tents, and touring caravans, as well as offering a selection of log cabins for hire. Seasonal pitches are also available on per three months basis, although pitches can be booked for longer. Booking a pitch for the season makes a great option for families looking to return to Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park repeatedly throughout the year.

All of the log cabins for hire at the park are modern and nicely decorated, and feature all necessary appliances and conveniences for guests to enjoy a comfortable and relaxing stay.

The touring caravan area is nicely sheltered and secluded, set in beautiful woodland. All of the pitches are hard standings, while 24 super pitches with electric, water, and drainage hook ups are offered, along with 20 pitches that are electric hook-up only. All tent camping guests are placed on grass pitches, and with no hook-ups can enjoy a true back-to- basics camping experience.

Facilities offered at Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park to ensure guests enjoy their stay include heated toilet and shower blocks, and a pot washing area. An on-site shop ensures guests can stock up on essentials including groceries and camping accessories, while there is a café and bar at the park for those looking to relax and enjoy some delicious food and drink.

There is plenty to do at the park for the whole family. An undercover sandpit is always popular with younger guests, while there is a sizeable adventure playground in the middle of the park, with plenty of tables and grassed areas for parents to relax. Many of the park’s pitches are also within view of the playground, which means that parents can stay at their accommodation if they wish and still be able to keep an eye on the kids.

Adults can enjoy the on-site gym, which has a range of weights as well as cardio equipment, while there is a Jacuzzi for those looking to kick back and relax. The games room is perfect for children and is always busy on rainy days, and has a pool table, amusement arcades, and other things to do.

On-site fishing is offered for guests looking to enjoy a relaxing day by the water’s edge, while the 26 acres of woodland in which the park is found is ideal for walking and cycling, with several routes and nature trails available. For younger guests there is a Fort Adventure and Trail Blaze attraction to keep them entertained.

Although there is much to do on-site at Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, the surrounding region also offers numerous possibilities, with the Peak District National Park and Alton Towers both found close by. Near to the site is Britain Pit Farm, where younger visitors can get involved and feed the animals.

Consider making Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park your base for family tent, motorhome and caravan holidays in Derbyshire. It's set in a wonderful location for your family holidays, with plenty to do at the site as well as in the surrounding area.

More about the parkHide
  • Pets allowed
  • Allow rallies
  • Disabled access
  • Family park
  • 4 Children's play area(s)
  • 40 Electric hook-ups
  • Water hook-ups
  • Drainage hook-ups
  • LPG stockist
  • 2 Sanitary block(s)
  • Laundry
  • Shop
  • Take away food
  • Designated / private parking
  • Visitor parking
  • Wireless internet
  • Chemical disposal point
  • Washing up facilities
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Club house

Jacuzzi, Zip Slide, Donkey rides, Gym, Quad Bikes, Fishing - all subject to
extra charge and open at discretion of owner.

Please note that additional charges may apply for items including:
Tent Electrical Hook Up
Gazebo
Awnings
Extra Person
Extra Car
etc

Location


Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park (www)

Coach Road, Golden Valley
Derbyshire, Central North England
United Kingdom
DE55 4ES

Directions

From M1 J26 on to A610 Bypass to Codnor turn right at traffic lights, then right again to alfreton road, follow for 1 mile into golden valley, turn left onto coach road at bottom of the hill onto the caravan site.
Sat Nav users please note not to turn right onto goldenvalley as it is a dead end road. Please look for the signs to the park thank you.

Nearby attractions

  • Cycle hire
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse Riding
  • Swimming (Indoor)
  • Swimming (Outdoor)
  • Organised Entertainment
  • Sports Ground
  • Internet Access
  • Games Room
  • TV Room
  • Gym
  • Snooker/Pool
  • Leisure Centre

Midland Railway Centre
Crich Stand
Crich Tramway Museum
Shiply Country Park
Heage Windmill
Matlock bath
Peak District
Codnor castle

In walking distance from the site there is also Britain Pit Farm where you can hand feed the animals - also Buttley railway where there is half price tickets to ride on the trains.

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Overall rating

4.0 stars

Based on 87 review(s)

5.0 stars

Fantastic site for the kids.. Get down and dirty.. back to your roots of playing shouting and having fun. Showers and toilet blocks spotless. .. staff always go the extra mile to help. Danielle is the superstar of the show... she's just simply amazing in everything she does . Brilliant family business. . The best. 5 star.

5.0 stars

We are a family of 2 adults and 4 children. We normally take the tent to the seaside but this year we decided to do something different. Glad we did because this site was great! The kids were constantly entertained by the parks, walks, train and log ride and we even had a go at crazy golf! There was an issue one night with someone having a party really late and an arguement broke out but i called security, number was easy to find, and they were very efficient and there very quickly even tho it was quite late. They even visited us the next day to apologise aswell which i thought was a nice touch although not needed as some things are out of their control. The lady that booked us in, i thought she was amazing. Very informative and she was always there and very helpful, even offered to go out and buy me a hairbrush cos i went to the shop to get one but they didnt have any. The traffic noise was a bit of a problem for me at night but another thing out of their control and wouldnt stop me going back. Overall very pleased with not choosing the seaside this year and will be back in the near future!

Lincolnshire

5.0 stars

We stayed over the half term period which was quiet due to the poor weather. During our stay, the staff were always very helpful in dealing with matters in relation to the downpour by sourcing some extra ground sheets for our tents. The facilities were very clean and of a very high standard, they seem to be getting better and better every time we visit there. We've been there 4 times now!! Overall, a very good campsite to accommodate everyone's needs.

Nottinghamshire

5.0 stars

After numerous visits to this site since its infancy all I can do is applaud Darren and his staff (including Mum) for what they have achieved and still try to expand for everyones benefit!!!I must say that if you have a problem whether its from inconsiderate dog owners or anything else if you inform either Darren or any of the guys that work on the site any issue will be addressed and resolved to the best resolution within their capabilities.People should understand that any of the staff including Darren the owner can not only be working at weekends when most visit but the guys are constantly on the go for YOUR benefit working 7 days and long hours appears to be the norm.Full credit to Golden Valley hope to see you again soon!!!Steve Hodgkinson

Property manager response (25 Apr 2013)

Good Morning Mr Hodgkinson. Thank you very much for your kind review, it is nice to see our customers and regulars enjoy our site not to mention notice and appreciate our hard work. We strive to do our very best to ensure everyone enjoys their stay at Golden Valley Caravan Park. We will look forward to seeing you again soon. Many thanks and kind regards, Golden Valley Caravan Park.

england

5.0 stars

visited this site over easter wkend what an absolutly brilliant site for children check in was very efficient the lady on reception very polite always smiling made my boys day with high 5. toilets were very clean and to a very high standard.loads for children to do many parks train rides and log rides.all the staff on site are very friendly the 2 men who drive the truck do a brillant job of emptying the bins and makin sure the park is keep clean and tidy they even had time for a cuppa with us and a chat about the campsite.defo recommend this site to anyone we are already looking forward to our next stay in the next school holidays

Property manager response (20 Apr 2013)

Good Afternoon Mrs Jones. Thank you for your positive review, we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay with us at Golden Valley Caravan Park. All our staff have been informed of your review and the kind words you had said about Golden Valley Caravan Park as well as the team and had brought smiles to our faces! We will look forward to seeing you again soon. Many thanks and kind regards :)

Wiltshire

2.0 stars

Just returned a day early (first time in 20 yrs camping) from this campsite for Easter 2013. First the good points: • With the exception of the very grumpy and unhelpful man on reception, can only think he is the owner, the staff were efficient and friendly. • The play areas were very good and well maintained. • The water in the showers was hot and plentiful. • The free train and trailer rides around the site were greatly enjoyed by the children. Now the not so good: • Check out Google Earth maps before booking. We had pitch 9 and expected some hardstanding and some grass. There is no grass and just felt like we were pitching in a lorry park. Granted cold weather and bare trees can make things feel grim but even on a sunny evening I would not like to sit out on tarmac/hard shingles outside of the awning. All the hard pitches are like this so be warned. • Pitch 9 is near the play park which was supposed to be good for children however you do have the traffic going right by your door to get to other fields and the view from the non-awning side is of the sandpit wall. • The Ladies showers near the sand pit are hot however the black shower curtains that hang from eye level and flop around the base of the shower tray blocking the plug hole is annoying and unpleasant. Please can you fit them properly so they sit on the bottom not blocking the plug hole (more like the mens block). The Valley is not Golden far from it. We did venture on the Wildlife trail but was amazed at the amount of rubbish. I mean black bags dumped along the pathway. We quickly gave up on the walk and returned to the site. The website writer has a very active imagination about the camp site and surrounding area. Needless to say we will not be returning. Since this review I have been contacted by the caravan park to inform me that he was "miffed" by this review and continued to be unprofessional in his unpleasantness and insulting manner. His subsequent comments on this site also prove that it was the correct decision to complain no further on site and make the best of a bad situation. It is only fair to add that the other staff in attendance were very polite and the man really let the whole site down. My review is there primarily to re-address the balance of the website portrayal of the site and reality so future families are not equally disappointed and also spend their precious holiday time together "making the best of it" as we did. Incidently we did not choose to move pitches as the ones suggested were pretty much the same as the first. One thing extra I would like to add is that as per other peoples feedback, it would be appreciated if they did close the ladies shower block at lunchtimes like most sites when a male cleaner is in attendance. Being in the shower when the male cleaner arrived, alerting him of my presence when he called and yet still have him continue to mop the area made me feel uncomfortable and being the mother of two young girls unhappy to shower them in the block.

Property manager response (09 Apr 2013)

Dear Mrs Begent. Thank you for your review. We have taken your points on board... In regards to your point about the man in the office, he was not the owner and he was sad due to illness, but was very helpful to you when you asked to be moved to another pitch. He who gave you the choice of three different pitch options due to cancelations. Out of the options, you had chose to stay where you were. During busy periods people do not get to choose their own pitches everyone gets allocated before their arrival. Refering to the showers, the signs and notices are put up for everyones benefit making all customers aware to abide by instrustions of keeping the shower curtains in the base. This preventing water leeking onto the floor and for health and safety reasons. In regards to putting you on a grass pitch, unfortunatley due to the horrendous weather we had with heavy snow days before you arrived the grass pitches were in fact understandably out of use. This is due to our past experience of the ground being wet, muddy and sludgy. Making it impossible to even be able to put a chair on the ground without sinking into it, therefore cars and caravans would of course got stuck and/or damage the grass. As you mentioned our staff were effecient and friendly, our office and staff were on site all day and night to help with customers quieries, why didnt you come to discuss your concerns during your stay so we could have explained reasons behind the bin bags being left along the trail which were purposly put there ready for collection from the maintence staff? We have a system where I person puts the bins out and another collects them, you must have just seen them in the transition period. Please accept our appologies for your unhappy stay and maybe visit again in the summer time, when the trees are green and the sun does some times shine.

Teesside

5.0 stars

Had read a lot of reviews on this site and thought there were some really good ones and some not so good. We arrived on a Monday and we had two children one aged 11 ( going on 20) and the other 9 from the time we set the tent up to the day we left we hardly seen them other than when they were hungry. The guys on the site work very hard the site has the bar that opens on the weekend but if you wanted to have a beer on a night the cafe serves and has a well stocked fridge. Mark who is the site manager was friendly and was helpful when asked questions, I actually asked him about some of the negative comments I had read about and they seemed to spring to mind right away and when he put his point of view across you can understand from the sites point of view why they have to be a bit strict on the grass issues. The camp does get very busy on a weekend ( but surly that's due to it being very popular) but I can say stayed for 7 nights and had no issues at all and we all had a good time. Considering we had to travel 3 hours to get there we will certainly be returning but probably with a few more friends and family thanks Mark to you and your team we had a great time.

Property manager response (25 Aug 2012)

hi thanks for your lovely comments we are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay a golden valley and glad to hear your thinking of returning in the future and it is also nice to know that people are not afraid to ask about the negative reveiws im sure all caravan and camping parks get from time to time thatnks for taking the time out to put your review on and hope to see you in the future cheers mark and all the staff at golden valley

Nottinghamshire

5.0 stars

Just returned from a fab week with my husband and 5 year old daughter, beautiful site, happy and friendly staff, very clean and tidy, loads to do for the kids without the computerised stuff, we had one of the best touring holidays so far and all 8 miles from our home!! We will definitely be returning and only wish we could afford to site our van seasonally.

Property manager response (25 Aug 2012)

hi thanks for the reveiw and we are all really pleased that you and your family enjoyed the stay with us and who knows in the future you may want to stay as a seasonal pitch all the best and thanks afgain from all at golden valley

south yorkshire

5.0 stars

fantastic site,most of staff very friendly,excellent for children,(train rides,fishing ponds,nature trails,play areas and a large sand pit.facilities all nice and clean and to top it off weather was great..thank u to all staff that made our stay warm and welcoming..we will be returning again.

manchester

2.0 stars

The site was beautiful to look at and we were initially impressed. We were directed to a spot even though the site was empty. I felt disappointed with the owner as we weren't given any information about the facilities and he seemed quite unhelpful, i had emailed before we went to check that the bar and cafe would be open and was told they would be, the cafe was open but shut at 5pm and the bar was shut. There seems to be lots of signs up telling you what not to do one of these things is leaving children unsupervised but there was lots of children unsupervised and extremely rude not letting my children (age 5) play on the play area. there was some gypsy travelers there who woke us up late at night arguing and there seemed to be people who lived on site which made us feel uncomfortable as we weren't warned of this before hand. the only good points were the site was lovely to look at and the showers were clean with no queues as we went mid week but the cost of the site and being told the facilities would be open when they were limited hours was disappointing.

Property manager response (17 Apr 2012)

thank you for your reveiw .everybody is welcome on this park .no matter were they are from all what they have done .we dont know when people book over the phone who they are .if you had a problem on the park why didnt you come to the office to tell someone .children are children .yes some mum and dad do let there children play on there own .we put the sign up to tell people that we are not there child minders and if they do have a accident on the park the insurants will not pay out .the owner of the park was not on site .you must mean mark the manager.the cafe has a bar in it .it will stay open when busy then shut when not .if nobody in there there is no point in it stopping open .nobodt stops on this site they may stay two or three weeks at a time all we do have seasonal pitcher they come in school holidays .we really do try to please evrybody .but I have found that you will never do this were ever you go ..all I can say is sorry you was disappointed .

Essex

2.0 stars

Stayed here for a week from Aug 22nd which unfortunately took us over the bank holiday weekend. Site has the potential to be lovely, but not in the hands of the current owner who only seems intent on packing in as many people as possible to make as much money as possible but without paying out for sufficient staff to keep the place clean and tidy. The staff we encountered were mostly pleasant but I suspect they have a tough job as there are so few of them. Dedicated cleaners are needed for busy periods - we arrived on the monday and the toilets/showers in the top field were filthy and were not given a thorough clean for the entire week we were there. Site has good facilities for children but that's about it in my view. We camped with family who arrived a few days after us to a very rude welcome - granted they arrived a bit early but their pitch was free (as was most of the top field at this point) so can't quite see why there was such a need for rudeness - they'd had a long journey with two very tired kids in the van so really could have done without being turned away and told not to come back until 11am! Totally unnecessary. We won't return to this site.

nottinghamshire

3.0 stars

A very nice site with friendly staff and very good facilities. One thing i didnt like, and might well stop me going again was the pitches for the tourers. It was gravel which was very uncomfortable to walk on and made it impossible to use our awning unless we had something thick to put on the floor. This very large gravel was everywhere and made me think i was in a quarry! I know it is the cheap way of landscaping the park but I think they could at least put a bit of grass down for the awnings to go on, or make the gravel a bit finer. In reply to your comments. I have added the following to my review. I understand that the gravel is all weather, but is there any chance that the gravel could be rollered to flatten it slightly. It wouldnt cost the earth. I have been on a few sites since yours and they have all done this.

wrexham

5.0 stars

just come back after spending five weeks during the summer holidays, the site is very clean,all the staff are polite and professional, the children enjoyed the zip wire quat bikes more so, i felt comfortable knowing my children was in a safe invironment,the train rides and donkeys for the children was great, Darren has a great bunch of staff,allways smiling,irene was a diamond and the children loved her and nothing was a problem,well done golden valley, looking forward to my next stay,my 5 year old son has made so many friends and is still crying

Property manager response (01 Sep 2011)

hi thanks for your great review it means alot to us for someone to take time out and place a review hope to see you again soon and by then hopefully your son may have stopped crying thanks again

Essex

2.0 stars

We stayed here for august bank holiday, arriving on Thursday to meet with family. Unfortunately we made the mistake of arriving early, we had a long drive to get to Derbyshire and gave ourselves plenty of time, but we had a really good run which resulted in us arriving earlier than expected. Now for first impressions, I have to say the owner (please see footnote) of this site really let the park and himself down. On entering the reception and waiting a few moments I was subjected to the rudest most abrupt greeting I could ever have imagined. I was told in no uncertain terms that the site was not open yet and when I apologised for our early arrival and explained my family had arrived and booked in at a similar time a few days earlier, he abruptly said he didn’t care what anyone had told me. The owner then said he ‘supposed’ he could let us into the car park to wait, however I already knew that our pitch was vacant and although did not expect to be allowed on did not really relish sitting in a car park with 2 kids and the dog stuck in the van so keeping my cool whilst his unpleasantness continued, advised him that if our early arrival posed a problem we would happily go off site and come back a bit later, at this point he advised me he would rather we left!. Okay we were wrong, made a mistake but there is no justification for rudeness. To be honest had it not been for the extremely long journey we had made and the fact our family were already there we would not have returned. However we felt we had no option, especially as the kids were so looking forward to being at this site, as it appeared to be wonderful from the website and claims made as to the pride that is taken in the site and making peoples stay the best they can, accommodating needs wherever possible? surely this must include customer service? but obviously not, if so maybe he would have accommodated our inadvertent early arrival!. So, anyway, off we went for 90 minutes and thankfully on return we were met and booked in by a member of staff who was much more courteous and had some degree of customer service. Thank you, I don’t know your name, but thank you anyway! Putting the earlier incident behind us, we looked forward to getting to our pitch; however I was soon to be faced with another situation that was less than pleasing. The guy that booked us in enquired whether we would be leaving site at all during our stay, to which I confirmed we would be, he then told me that because the site was to be busy over the bank holiday weekend, the double hardstanding pitch that we were to share with my familys unit may also be used for the purpose of other peoples parking, I queried this and told him that our awnings would still be on site so why should anyone park there?, well it turns out that you are not permitted to park your car on the grass next to your tents and have to leave them on the stone road/track that goes around the site, therefore as it was busy the front of our pitch may also be used for parking meaning we could either be blocked in or worse still not be able to return our campervans to our pitch – incredible!. In order to try to prevent this eventuality we backed our van directly up to the side of my sisters van with our awning on the grass in order that we would not get blocked in, this left approximately 2/3rds of our joint pitch open for other campers cars. When we left site I had to place a sign and rope of an area in order we could get back in. By now I was starting to feel very unrelaxed about the whole idea of being at golden valley, I have to say that the kid’s areas are very good and one of our kids enjoyed the train ride at the weekend but that is as far as the positives went for us. The facilities are probably adequate in number so why spoil the site with unsightly blue hired loos that aren’t erected level anyway? The single WC near to us didn’t lock so we girls didn’t use it, but apparently it wasn’t very appealing anyway. The ladies toilet and shower area did not smell or look very fresh on arrival but they were soon cleaned in time for the bank holiday arrivals on the Friday. Unfortunately as the facilities are kept open whilst cleaning is taking place, they perhaps don’t get the attention they need and I have to say looked a little grubby, the decor is also quite dull, not very light and airy especially as there are no windows in the block. But on the positive side at least you get to control the temperature and power of the water in these showers, which is quite a novelty at campsites! One of my main concerns regarding the facilities is that a male cleaner attended to the ladies and there was no warning sign of this, so ladies and young girls please be aware of this as he was in there at the busiest time of the day. Another thing I noticed, along with the simply hundreds of signs that adorn this site there is no smoking signs in the facilities, the cleaner obviously could not read this, I smelt cigarette smoke wafting in whilst I was showering and afterwards witnessed him entering other parts of the block again smoking – I doubt a visitor would have got away with that. This site is quite attractive however I have to say that the multitude of signs everywhere spoils the look, with up to 6 signs on most posts and many on the beautiful trees is just over the top and some are quite conflicting, for instance one will say strictly no disposable BBQ’s on this site, the next says keep them of the grass??. We all agree rules and notices are required but for instance in the shower rooms, they are in duplicate even triplicate saying the same thing. The attractive wooden lodge building is totally adorned with unsightly signs, less is more I think! Another area that let this site down is the filthy state of some of the seasonal caravans pitched there, the awnings and vans are badly discoloured and very dirty from the dark rubble/slag that makes up the hardstanding area, surely this could be addressed?. The staff were constantly buzzing around in farm gator style vehicles and pickups, they attended to the site well emptying bins etc, but on the first day we were there, none of them kept below the sites 5 or 10mph limit, the site may have been quieter prior to the upcoming weekend but there were still kids on site, if you want your visitors to abide by rules, your staff should set an example. The bank holiday meant that the site must have been to full capacity or even over, and for all the rules and regulations here it is a pity that the site itself cannot keep to maybe the most important regulation of all and that is the distance between units, some tents were barely 2-3meters apart, a 20foot/6m firebreak is required by law, thank god nothing happened. Unfortunately for us, our pitch and view were ruined with other peoples cars parked so close to us and on the Friday night we were all awoken by someone moving their car out shortly before 3am and then returning again a little while later, hence not a good night’s sleep. I would have made complaint about this but to be honest I didn’t feel that the owner would be very approachable given my initial encounter therefore we didn’t make comment. This site is expensive, as you have to pay for the kids as they are not included in the pitch price, plus you also have to pay for dogs (fair enough), thankfully we did not take our gazebo as it would have bumped up the price by an additional £10 per night!. Don’t get me wrong, we knew the site was probably one of the most expensive sites we have ever stayed on when we booked but thought it would be worth it, but no it wasn’t, it was not a good camping experience and after 10 years of annual visits to Derbyshire, we were really let down with this one, I have to say it is not a site that I would recommend and no we would not return. In fact, we packed up and left a day early, as did my sisters family. What a shame that instead of going away with praise for what could be a really lovely site our memory of it is tainted by the unpleasantness and unprofessionalism that we encountered here. Please note: further to writing this review, I would like to point out that the owner of the site, Darren, has telephoned me in order to discuss the content of my review, during a fairly lengthy conversation he pointed out that it was not he whom I had met on first arrival but a member of his team. Whilst I consider it right to add this information to my review, I still feel that my points are valid.

Merseyside

5.0 stars

We visited for the bank holiday weekend and had agreat time. We came with another family so all inall there was 4 adults & 5 children. We couldnt fault the site at all. Great facilities & clean. The playareas for the children were great. We had a great time bbqing and exploring the area. We visited Bakewell & took the children to Drayton Manor. We found the club house on site on the Sunday evening with a karaoke. Very funny. Apologies if we destoyed Wham songs!!! For our 1st experience camping it was great. The children wanted to stay another night. I would definatley come again & recommend this.site to others. Thanks for a great bank holiday.

Property manager response (30 Aug 2011)

hi thanks for taking your time to put a review on we are really oleased that you enjoyed your time at golden valley and hope to see you in the future by the way you wasnt that bad at singing no complaints thanks again

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

5.0 stars

We stayed here the bank holiday weekend. We thought the site and our tent location were fantastic, we were located in the top woods away from the busier part. The amenities were great. The site was run very efficiently by everyone. The weather could have been better but that is Britain for you. We did get woken by the police helicopters that take off and land quite nearby, but the children didn't. There was also a noisy dog nearby, but a complaint was made and the second night we did not hear any barking. (The dog was still there). Thanks Golden Valley, we visited your campsite on probably your busiest weekend for our first family camping trip and we had a great time!

Property manager response (30 Aug 2011)

hi thanks again firstly for using our campsite and secondly for your review unfortunatley we cant do a great deal about the police helicopter or the weather but we are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the future

Derby

5.0 stars

Fantastic site, food was great, my sister even got to watch the soaps in the cafe, toilets always clean, the pool tabel broke and someone tried to fix within mins of reporting, water was always hot, my only complaint, we had to come home!!!

Property manager response (24 Aug 2011)

HI JENNIE THANK YOU FOR YOUR REVIEW,WE HAVE LOGS CABIN IF YOU WISH TO STAY LONGER .FIREWORK IN NOV.NEW YEARS PARTY .

Solihull, West Midlands

5.0 stars

Absolutely outstanding. We visited this site with our two young children and had a great time. Piping hot, powerful showers and all facilities very well maintained; friendly, helpful and visible staff on hand throughout our stay; go-karts, zip-wire, play areas, fishing, tractor-train rides, nature trails and even a visiting ice cream van... the kids were in camping heaven! We are really looking forward to coming back. The atmosphere and facilities are second to none and we would recommend this site without hesitation. A big thank you to The Boss and all his hard working staff for making our stay so enjoyable. Until the next time!

Property manager response (23 Aug 2011)

hi thanks for your review im glad you enjoyed your stay and pleased your kids were in camping heaven hope to see you in the future from all of us at golden valley thanks again

Staffordshire

5.0 stars

Booked last week for this weekend (after ringing about 10 other sites in the area), was really pleased when told they had a spare pitch with EHU for our tent. We live local so was after somewhere near to home as a "test" weekend for new tent. Golden Valley is brilliant. Facilities were great, food in the on-site cafe is well priced and very good. Surroundings are beautiful. We don't have kids, but don't mind holidaying with them which is good as there were hundreds of them, but so much for them to do, obviously a great place for families to go. Showers and toilets were clean (only problem with the showers is that they are so warm and powerful you won't want to come out)! I think Darren was the guy on reception and he was welcoming and always very helpful (his voice is just a bit deep and gruff). Staff were all cheerful and happy to help. Spot on little campsite and we will definitely be using it again. Cheers Golden Valley. (I'm not going to recommend a pitch because then everyone will want to use it and I'm a bit selfish) :)

Property manager response (22 Aug 2011)

hi thanks for review we are really pleased you had a good time at our campsite and how nice it is to know that you didnt mind all the children as we are a family based site its great to get some feedback off just non family campers thanks again hope to see you in the future thanks from all of us and mark with the deep voice

sheffield

5.0 stars

visited this great site,for a weekend with our 2 kids, got to say its a top site for children,excellent facilities all round , we camped by the seasonal's and found them all very freindly , even invited us over for a free bbq and a drink , had a great time although you were man city fans lol. Showers were the best ever come across and the kids went fishing with one of the seasonals and came back so happy that they had caught so many fish, will be back soon.

Property manager response (21 Aug 2011)

i do apologise for the man city fan he is a really nice chap.thanks for your great review its nice to know you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you soon in the future thanks again

South Yorkshire

5.0 stars

We stayed at this campsite for the first time and it was great,we will definatly stay again .The site was clean and very organised.Lots of things for the kids to do,they made lots of friends.The site is very secure and the kids feel safe.One of the best we have stayed on.

Property manager response (14 Aug 2011)

hi thanks for your great review its nice to know that our hard work is appreicated hope to see you soon in the future and thanks again

doncaster

5.0 stars

This site is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!.....If you have got kids take them here, you will never see them, they just love the place. Our 3 grand children had the time of ther life and didn’t want to go home, my 13 and 10 year old grand son,s spent most of ther time fishing.they also had ne fishing never fished before. Brilliant site in a beautiful setting, well done to Darren and all his hard working. and yes we will be going back. staff...........keep up the good work!!

Property manager response (27 Jul 2011)

HI THANKS FOR YOUR LOVELY REVIEW IT MAKES ALL OUR HARD WORK WORTH WHILE !!!!!! WE ARE REALLY PLEASED YOU ENJOYED YOUR STAY AT GOLDEN VALLEY AND HOPE TO SEE YOU IN THE FUTURE THANKS AGAIN FROM DARREN AND ALL THE STAFF AT GOLDEN VALLEY

Wales

5.0 stars

Lived at this site for 20 months during weekdays whilst working locally. Thank you to Darren, Joanne and Mark for making my stay away from home so relaxed and comfortable. The site has changed quite a lot during my stay - trees removed to open up the top area and driveways improved. The shower block is second to none -lovely, powerful, hot showers with plenty of room to change. Excellent dog walks within the site and nearby, giving lots of scope for adventure. The setting provides home to lots of birds and wildlife and the site's animals are fun to watch. Everyone is very friendly and helpful and I cannot recommend this site more highly - even when it is deep in snow!

Property manager response (27 May 2011)

thanks for your great review sally you will be missed on the park hope to see you again soon when you have a break all the best in your new job thanks from all of us at golden valley

staffordshire

5.0 stars

we were 1st time campers looking for a site at the last minute. I called this site and got a pitch with electric, the staff was friendly helpful all i could ask for. we never new what to expect and what the children would think of it. the kids loved it because of this site. the two play areas kept them busy for the two day stay and we hardley saw them, it was safe area to olet them go and play without any fears at all.We will be returning this year and all of the family cant wait to visit again and are hopeing to be there one weekend every month. we have told all our friends about this site and all the friendly staff and how clean we found it. cant say enough about this site besides we would not think of having a family camping weekend any where else.

Property manager response (12 Mar 2011)

hi steve.thank you for your lovely reveiw.first this year .dueing the last four months we have taken all the trees down in the topwood area.now it is more open.like the bottom area .wided roads revamped showers blocks.also tarmac large parking area .making it better every year .

Hampshire

5.0 stars

This was the fourth time we have stayed at this excellent site and we will be back regularly. The staff are very helpful and the facilities are very clean. Darren runs a tight ship and that is the way it should be. On one occasion a birthday celebration (adult) got a bit noisy and they were quickly asked to keep it down, they were gone the following morning. We find the site very relaxing and a good centre for visiting attactions. It is 200 miles from our home but worth the journey.

Lancashire

5.0 stars

We have just had our first camping experience. We went to Golden Valley and it was fantastic even though the weather was bad. Good Hot showers. Good cafe and really friendly atmosphere. Good park and Nature walks etc. Would love to go back.

Cheshire

5.0 stars

We arrived with our Vango Amazon 800 (8 man)and our friends with their 7 man tent was shown to a massive pitch right by the entrance road.Cars are not allowed on the grass so we had to handball everything to our pitch (approx 30m)not too much of a problem.The kids were already off exploring the huge fort/climbing frame/slide area right by the main building.Once set up we had a look around.The site is on two levels,the lower level was the livlier (kids ball games etc nothing too rowdy) as it had families with children on and the higher level seemed to attract camper vans/caravans but also tents.I walked our dog around grounds and came to the conclusion there isnt a bad pitch to be had on the whole site,its just whether you prefer to be semi-secluded or in the open.I took my kids fishing for the very first time with cheap rods and their faces when they caught their first fish was brilliant,Hannah caught 24 fish in the 5 days we were here.Reports of the grumpy owner,well i would just say he was very professional at running the site,no heirs and graces just gets the job done.We overheard a couple umming and arring in the very busy reception over where to pitch saying not too near the kids areas but we still want the sunshine but not too secluded,he just walked in hearing their requests and allocated them a specific pitch which i assume fitted all their needs.Sorted he said. The toilets/showers were spotlessly clean as was the whole site,not surprising as the team of workers work constantly throughout the day,be it cleaning loos/showers emptying bins cutting grass anything to keep on top of the site .Must say the free showers were great and i didnt see any queuing,but i didnt shower until 11ish.Located 3 mins outside the village of Codnor which has several pubs,shops mini tesco and chippies.I think it might just be out of walking distance as the main road had no kerbside to safely walk into the village.In the other direction along the campsite road was the Midland Railway Museum which although im not a trainspotter was, we all agreed a cracking free day out.A trip into nearby Ripley is a must for your main shopping. Were so glad we went to Golden Valley it is definitely not the kind of place where its a pound for this and two pounds for that. Would we go back ?,would we recommend this site ?,If were going to Derbyshire were SORTED

Property manager response (31 Jul 2010)

Hiya Dave thank you so much for your positive review. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay here so much and appreiciate your comments. Hope that you will choose to stay with us again in the near future.

south yorkshire

5.0 stars

Just been for a weekend and loved it, they where very accomodating with our group,facilities are really good for kids, excellent play area, quad bikes,zip wire,donkey rides,tractor ride,beautiful area with some lovely walks.facilities was overall very good.There is a few rules to follow but this is only to ensure everyone enjoys their stay so no probs following these. thanks very much for an enjoyable stay

Property manager response (31 Jul 2010)

Thank you for taking the time to submit a review Claire. It is nice that you understand the reason for our rules. Look forward to seeing you again soon

Derbyshire

5.0 stars

In 2009 we found this Caravan park it was the best thing that happened to us we went 7 or 8 weekends during 2009 and stayed for a week too hopefully we will manage that again this year. It is a beautiful park in beautiful surroundings there is plenty to do at the park and in the nearby area The toilets and showers are very clean and well looked after by hard working staff the showers are wonderful they are very hot a very powerful you do not want to get out plus there is a bath if you have little ones which is great.... The staff are very friendly and will do anything to help you They have a free train that goes around the park which is brilliant for the kids, donkey rides too I have a 15yr old and a 6yr old and they both adore this place Cant wait to start going back this year roll on easter

Property manager response (26 Feb 2010)

hi johanna thank you for your reveiw first this year .lets hope they are all this good .

manchester

5.0 stars

Can't believe some of the bad reviews I have seen on here , me and my family have had a wonderful time at this camp this year. My parents and my wife parents all like too. Showers , always clean and showers very hot and powerful with plenty of changing room. Laundry room with free irons and ironing boards for my wife! Excellent fishing. Great play areas for the kids. Nice bar and cafe. Free kiddies train runs around the camp picking the kids up. Games room/gym/jacuzzi/mini animal farm no noise after 10.30 with late patrols from staff. Staff all fine with me and they all work hard keeping this camp A1. Although the camp does get busy at peak time, never seen any idiots and there's always a good atmosphere , The owner Darren is always around working hard and to me seems a sound chap.He has rules and thats the way it should be. All in all a excellent well kept park.

north yorkshire

4.0 stars

Just returned from this site after a 4 day stay for the first time in a tent we were placed at the bottom field near entrance a lovely sunny pitch with plenty of room as we were the only tent at the time there .The site looked as if it hadn't been open long but I was told by staff it's a four-season site. New tarmac roads and no parking on the grass I agree can be a pain to carry stuff to pitch but hey I know what we like lush grass not bare churned up grass. The whole site is a credit to the owner, Darren. He seems to be on the go 24/7 great for kids the staff were more than helpful. Football saturday and more than helpfull to oblige to put game on .

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

1.0 stars

WE WOULD'NT RECOMMEND THIS SITE TO ANYONE. THE ONLY GOOD THING WAS THE SECURITY BARRIER. THE TOILETS WERE DISGUSTING FOR THE 4 DAYS WE STAYED. STAFF WERE CUTTING GRASS AT 2030 IN THE DARK. ON THE FRIDAY WE WENT OUT IN THE MORNING AND WHEN WE GOT BACK THE CAMPSITE WAS FULL TO BURSTING POINT. EVERYONE WAS PACKED SO CLOSE TO EACH OTHER IN THEIR TENTS YOU WERE FALLING OVER EACH OTHER. AND WHEN THE CARAVAN PART WAS FULL THEY JUST PUT THEM IN WITH ALL THE TENTS. BUSY ROADS NEXT TO THE SITE GOING ON INTO LATE EVENING. NOT WORTH THE MONEY WE SPENT

Property manager response (10 Sep 2009)

Hello David. Thank you for your review. To address your points: If you were on site for 4 days and the toilets were disgusting, why did you not come and complain to someone in reception? Our cleaners were working flat out to ensure that they were kept clean and tidy, and we received no complaints. Yes, we were indeed mowing at 8.30pm one evening, but it was a clear, dry, bright summers eve, not dark and the children on the play park were making a fair amount of noise! When you came down to the office and asked us to stop mowing, we did so immediately. The 'busy road' you speak of, is actually 200m away from the area where guests are sited - anyone who is unhappy being on the bottom wood is welcome to move. We have another camping area - the top wood. Some people prefer the bottom as it is more sunny, open and has more going on down here than the quieter, more sheltered top wood area. Over the summer months during weekends it does get busy here. People come and stay in groups, and they may have tents, or they may have tents, caravans and gazebo's. They ask to be sited near to one another. We have planning permission to have caravans and tents together and it was my decision to allow caravans and tents to go together on the grass, following requests from customers. We are sorry you did not enjoy your time here at Golden Valley, as we strive to do our best to accommodate visitors in whatever way they require. We would certainly have done so for you if you had made us aware of the problems you were experiencing.

nottingham

2.0 stars

Further to my review yesterday we have since spoke to the park and it was agreed by Darren that we would be refunded our deposit. We were later told that we must remove our former review to obtain our money. We told the receptionist that we were unable to remove it as we were away she told us that Darren would ring us back to discuss this did not happen. We later rang to be told that we would not be getting our money as Darren had reviewed the situation and we would not be refunded. We feel that Darren's behavior from start to finish is totally unacceptable, unprofessional and we will not be returning or recommending the camp site.

Nottingham

3.0 stars

We booked this weekend at Golden Valley a few weeks ago we have been on two previous occasions and I must say the site is lovely, clean and there is loads for the kids to do in a safe environment however the attitude of the owner leaves very much to be desired. On arrival my sister in law along with my husband went to the office to pay the balance and my sister in law asked Darren if they had encountered all the heavy rain he told her they had but the grass was not too bad as it had been spiked. My brother was told where to pitch our tents and due to the road around the grass being blocked by cars he proceded to cross to the plots over the grass something that we had done on our previous visits. Darren completly lost the plot chasing my brothers car waving his arms and using abusive language whilst my daughter (age 9) and my nephews (aged 9 and 13) were in the car. He told my brother not only to get off the grass but get off the park. Another member of staff informed my brother that due to the wet grass we were not allowed to park on the grass to which my brother replied he would just un hook his trailer and move the car. The response from Darren was that he did not care about my brothers stuff. The children were scared and crying and I feel that Darrens behaviour was totally unacceptable and and un professional. Other members of the public on the camp site were appalled at his out burst and although after we had been refunded (but not our deposit) he gave the children a bar of chocolate and apologised for the way he acted this in my opinion is totally unprofessional and it is a shame that because of Darren our children have lost out on a good weekend. Helen Stafford

cheshire

5.0 stars

WOW!!.......This site is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!.....If you have got kids take them here, you will never see them, they just love the place. Our 7 year old had the time of his life and didn’t want to go home, our 13 year old spent most of his time fishing. Brilliant site in a beautiful setting, well done to Darren and all his hard working staff...........keep up the good work!!

UK

1.0 stars

This site is quite good but could be better, mainly down to the on-site Staff. Very smartallic in there nature and are not always very helpfull. Also they take much pride in reputation rather than actually giving people a holiday break. They have a very small room with a tv/tables which is very cramped and has more staff than visitors relaxing in their, which is not welcoming and in that very room is were you will get served, alcohol, food, milk.

Property manager response (29 Jul 2009)

hi brian thank you for you review .I dont quite know what to say to you regaurding my staff .they try very hard to please everybody that visits this site.I dont understand about the webb site being misleading .everybody that I have spoke to said it is very good .the small room with t v .there is three rooms with tvs.also a bar upstairs with a new extension and disco room .there is one member of staff in the cafe /bar .lots of groups of familys get together round tables and have a good time .the site my friend is what you make it at the time you visit .sunny days rainy days good moods and bad ones too.hope you have a good summer and to see you again soon .with a smile I hope thank you darren .

derbyshire

5.0 stars

We as group of 10 loved the site!!! The children were very entertained all day!!! The site is cleaned regular all day.. The toilets immaculate the staff always willing to help!! What more could you ask for we will definitely be back soon very good value for money!! Next time will visit the railway station as it is a big hit locally.

south yorkshire

4.0 stars

This was a lovely site with nice facilities. The staff were friendly. The owner of the site was helpful, he helped us with any information we needed, all we had to do was ask. The kids loved going on the tractor train when it was running an also having a ride on the donkeys.

Yorks

2.0 stars

If you want to use the campsite's showers then I do not recommend this site. Having been stranded in the shower with no water and being all lathered up wasn't amusing. Even after 15mins of waiting nothing happened. One of the site's operatives pointed out that it was because of a known problem with the pump and because all the showers were being used - I duly pointed out that none of the showers were working! In any event 4male + 4 female showers isn't enough for the whole of the top area of the site. If there is a capacity issue then bookings need to be restricted.

Property manager response (29 Jul 2009)

hi tim thank you for your reveiw well you are the first person to say this about my showers .everybodys says how good they are evan on past reveiws.I dont think for one min you was in the shower for 15 mins with no water .I dont know who you spoke to on the day.but we are on main water and do not have a pump.there are showers on the bottom part of the caravan park too.in the rules you have to have one shower to every thirty pitchers .so there is not a capacity issue there when there was less than one hundred pitchers that weekend .I do agree with you when every body is in showers and in pot wash etc then the water pressure will drop .and if the farmer up the road is cleaning down from milking then it will drop .just like when you are at home .when running bath washing pots washing machine and flushing your toilet.sorry you had to wait for the water and do hope next time it is red hot and relaxing .

Staffordshire

5.0 stars

My husband and I have just returned from our second visit to this park, and, as on our previous stay, we had a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable time. This, to a large extent, was due to the owner, Darren, and his very efficient and friendly team, who did everything possible to accommodate all your needs. It was great to be treated as an individual, and not someone who just happened to be pitched on the site. The site itself makes one feel they are in the middle of the countryside and is very environmently friendly, and we particularly liked the way in which the tourers are parked in a less regimented manner. The showers are clean, hot and powerful, and there are many amenities, including a shop, a bar, a laundry and a jacuzzi. Children are particularly well catered for, as there are several playgrounds, a train on which to ride and donkey rides. Our grandchildren visited us for a day and did not want to leave! They were particularly impressed when Darren took the time, out of his very busy schedule (he always seems to be working) to supervise them holding the ducklings. This is a well run and caring site, and we intend to return on many more occasions!

west yorkshire

4.0 stars

We stayed here for the bank holiday weekend at the beginning of May. Camped with 3 kids and a dog. Was initally put off by some of the reviews and comments about the owner. There are a lot of signs telling you what you are not allowed to do and the owner can be quite abrupt. However do not be put of. The site is spotlessly clean and has loads for kids to do. The owner spends most of his time driving around checking the site as well as giving rides for free on the train. The site is very secure and even has security guards at night. There are some well designed walks around the perimeter of the campsite and an information sheet given on arrival, particularly good walk down to the railway. The lady in the shop who I believe is the mum was very friendly and the home made meals were good and reasonably priced. Couldn't find much to do in the surrounding area, but the campsite had plenty to keep the kids entertained. Would definitely go again.

Sheffield

5.0 stars

We stayed at Golden Valley over the Bank Holiday weekend as a family group - 2 motor homes and 3 tents. It's a great site - set in a mature woodland with beautiful views. The facilities are spotless - toilets and showers cleaned constantly and the staff are very friendly and helpful. There's plenty to do on site for children, but the area is worth exploring as well with the railway centre close by and some lovely countryside to walk through. It was our second visit and we will certainly be returning. Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, Derbyshire

Nottingham

4.0 stars

We fell upon this site by chance and what a lucky find. The site is well maintained with lovely clean, hot showers. As previously stated the wardens are working all the time and are friendly and helpful (the best I have ever known). The site is quiet and peaceful and yet lively enough for kids to enjoy. Our 7 year old went fishing and played on the park all day. We took our dog and the facilities were superb. We will definitely go back.

MANSFIELD NOTTS

5.0 stars

IF YOU WANT YOURE CAKE AND EAT IT STOP AT HOME. I DONT KNOW HOW ANYONE CAN COMPLAIN ABOUT DARREN FRETWELL OR HIS STAFF AT THIS REMARKABLE SITE,MYSELF AND PARTNER SPENT THREE DAYS AT THIS SITE AND FROM ARRIVAL TO DEPARTURE WERE MADE WELCOME, WE LEFT THE DAY BEFORE BANK HOLIDAY(MAY 1ST)DARREN WORKS TIRELESSLY TO KEEP THIS SITE SPOT ON, WE HAVE NO QUALMS, BRILLIANT SITE.STAFF MORE THAN HELPFUL. FACILITIES SPOT ON.WE SAW DARREN MOST DAYS AND HE WAS ALWAYS PLEASANT,BLEW A FUSE WHEN ONE OF HIS STAFF BROKE THE BARRIER BUT THATS UNDERSTANDABLE,BANK HOLIDAY APPROACHING AND ONE BARRIER PERMANENTLY RAISED NOT A GOOD START TO THE BANK HOLIDAY, I DRIVE A LDV MINIBUS AS MY TOWING VEHICLE AND WAS CATERED FOR NO PROBLEM. COMMON SENSE PREVAILS WHEN YOU ARE TOLD NOT TO TAKE CAR ON WET GRASS.YOU GET STUCK AND CHURN THE GRASS UP,KEEP UP THE HIGH STANDARDS DARREN AND DONT LET THE MISERABLE REVIWERS PUT YOU OFF I FOR ONE WILL BE RETURNING TO YOURE SITE. 100% SATISFACTION Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, Derbyshire

chesterfield/derbyshire

5.0 stars

fantastic,stayed here easter week ,the best and warmest showers ive ever been in,everything kept clean and tidy,the play areas for the kids were amazing,the kids didnt want to come home.darren the owner has thought of everything.we cant wait to go back and we only live 25 mins away. Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, Derbyshire

lancashire

4.0 stars

just spent a week with hubby and 16 yr old son, all i can say is we enjoyed it very much, the showers were clean and lovely and hot,although in Feb the weather was mild so we had some really nice walks, i like the idea that the caravans are not side by side but placed random and although near the end of the week it got more busier we still felt `private` will be going back again..fully reccommend it Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, Derbyshire

Property manager response (03 Mar 2009)

Thank you for your review Susan. We're really glad you had a lovely stay, and hope to see you back here very soon!

warwickshire

4.0 stars

jan 2009 this is a good site hard standing for motor home good size lovely view from top of road pleanty of small birds to watch as feeding tables are built inwooded parts freindly staff and very helpfull.site keept clead and tidy even in jan 09 we had heavy rain wind and snow so realey enjoyed the lovely hot free shower after walking our dogs in this lovely setting my grand children will love the play ereas and pool tables as they range from 6years to 18 .have booket to return at easter two adults and two dogs warwickshire p s good luck with radio wed sue Golden Valley Camping and Caravan Park, Derbyshire

Property manager response (28 Jan 2009)

hi susan thank you for your reveiw.pleased you enjoyed your stay.yes we was on radio derby about the ghost photos it went well thank you

wales

1.0 stars

having just returned from this site having spent new year here,its set in a great location shops not to far away and some nice walks in the area.cafe and bar area great and the lady in the cafe made us feel very welcome,the two points that i felt let this site down,were we were woken up one morning at 745am by a digger going past our caravan,this carried on till lunch time which i found quite annoying and also we arrived on the tues and the shower and toilets were not cleaned until sat morn,by then they were looking pretty grim.also today i have just recieved a voice message off, i take it the manager of this camp site,i thought this site was to express your views for good and bad points of campsites. Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, Derbyshire

Property manager response (10 Jan 2009)

hi caraline thank you for your reveiw.yes the mini digger was working.it is the only time we can get onto the grass when there is a frost.why didnt you come down to the office at the time .then the work would have stopped .now the showers they are cleaned in the morning and at night .same again why didnt you say at the time .there was somebody cleaning there dogs in the ladys showers .but this we cleaned up .yes we did call to explan what we was doing and why also to wish you happy new year .the reveiw on the same time as you we here is very different.

Staffordshire

4.0 stars

Stayed at Golden Valley over the New Year, never been to a camp site quite like it!! Staff were friendly, scenery was beautiful and amenities were top quality. Only downfall was the water supply getting frozen but that was due to the weather and in no way laying blame on the Site Owners. We were put on a pitch in the Wardens area which was in my opinion a better view but meant we couldn't put the porch awning up. Will definately be returning there!! Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, Derbyshire

Property manager response (08 Jan 2009)

hi sandra thank you for your reveiw.pleased you enjoyed your stay.what about the photo you took with the round cycles on it .are they orbs?

STAFFORDSHIRE

5.0 stars

this site is superb and i would highly recommend it to anyone especially those with children,very friendly helpful staff lovely spotlessly clean shower and toilet blocks, loads for the kids to do. darren the site owner works extremely hard to keep the site up to an excellent standard and i have to say it is one of the best sites we have ever stayed on. For anyone looking for a seasonal pitch don't hesitate its superb. Darren and his staff should be very proud of the site. We will definatley be frequent visitors to this site and our children even the teenager love it. what more can you ask for ? Golden Valley Camping and Caravan Park, Derbyshire

Derby

4.0 stars

This is a fantastic site. 4 Adults, 4 Children ages 10-17, 1 dog 2 Tourers. 2nd visit in a month. Don´t be put off by the steep hill just ask on arrival and there is a 2nd gate which can be opened. Had a few issues with different matters which have been resolved and we will be visiting again. All in all one of the most safest sites we have been on and plenty for the children to see and do. We always take advantage of the option to stay later on our last day at a cost of an extra five pounds which is well worth it. Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, Derbyshire

Property manager response (04 Oct 2008)

hi andy thank you for you reveiw .very sorry for the issues and pleased they are sorted out hope to see you on firework display night.darren.

Derbyshire

4.0 stars

The site is set in beautiful surroundings and the whole place is kept very clean although it rained non-stop the weekend we were there. The showers are clean and lovely and warm as were the toilets - they even have a bath! The staff and owner work very hard and are friendly and informative. The only thing wrong with the whole weekend was that as it wasn't as busy as usual the bar didn't open at all. Had we known this before we got there we would have brought more things to entertain ourselves at night as there wasn't anything to do after 8.30pm. Would return again. Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, Derbyshire

Property manager response (29 Sep 2008)

thank you for you reveiw yes when we are not so busy we dont open the top bar .but the cafe also has a bar that does stay open till late at the weekends.there is also the games room up the top that is open all the time with pool table etc.

ilkeston

5.0 stars

hi we have been going to this site since it first opened and can honestly say that its the perfect weekend retreat.we only live 8 miles away but it is absolutly brilliant.you can sit anytime of the day anywhere n the site and just forget that you are in ripley...its more like being in the heart of derbyshire for the scenery and the tranquility.as for the negative reviews that i have read most of it is petty.we have never had a bad tine there.the staff and facilities are 1st class i agree they do work very very hard and darren should be proud of what he has achieved here .i reccomend this site to everyone and all you moaners out there just try and find a better site than this i guarantee u wont.well done darren lisa eileen and all that provide this wonderfull haven for us to enjoy.kids love it and want to live there ha.ha.c u bonfire weekend. Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, Derbyshire

Cumbria

5.0 stars

We went to this site for the second year running to meet up with a lot of friends for a charity fun day. We have 2 teenagers and a 5 year old but the 3 of them all had a great time and it's such a lovely safe area for them to run around and enjoy themselves. The site owner does a fantastic job of keeping the site clean and tidy, most days the cleaners were very evident around the toilet blocks and the bins were regularly emptied. Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, Derbyshire With such a wet summer you could expect a very muddy site but even with the very wet time we'd had before we arrived and during our stay the puddles were few and far between and the camping areas were just fine. All the staff are friendly and willing to help and we will definately be returning in the future.

west mids

5.0 stars

What a lovely site.With clean shower block.nice playground & pleasant surroundings.The site owners accommodated our everchanging requirments at short notice and managed to keep campers and motorhome owners together.dispite another party sharing our surname. The facilities are of a high standard and our party ranging from 53yrs old to 9months enjoyed our holiday.This is the 6th campsite I have stayed at over the last few years and definitely the best one. I reccomend you stay! Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, Ripley, Derbyshire

Shropshire

5.0 stars

Darren Fretwell the owner of Golden Valley what a Guy! We stayed for 4 Nights and first impressions were why would we want to drive 400-500 + into Europe when this Gem of a Site is only 1 hour away from our home in North Shropshire. Spotless toilets & facilities, Great helpfull & friendly staff, Darren (The owner) is on the go almost 24/7. Darren's Mum who helps in reception, Cafe & bar is a Star! Nothing is too much for the Golden Valley team. The site is near to all major Supermarkets 1-2 Miles away and is in the heart of the Very beautiful Derbyshire countryside with loads of attractions and things to see and do. The fishing Lake was superb with both my Wife & i catching almost 30 Fish in a 5 Hour session. Carp, Tench & Tiddlers! We are going again before the end of the 2008 season. On a final note we saw Darren pacing up and down by reception Phoning his Clean up crew to get a move on, This was a lasting impression as we left :) Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, Derbyshire

notts

4.0 stars

First time campers, and didn't know what to expect, or how we would take to tenting.... We stayed for 3 nights from 26/08 to 29/08. The site is lovely, the staff are friendly and helpful, and the children (aged 4-13) enjoyed the play areas and surrounds. Plenty of hot water, good showers - sometimes found the shower floors wet and muddy - but this is due to other people leaving them that way. Handy separate area for washing up and food prep. Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, Derbyshire Our only reservation was the fact that we were only offered a pitch on the back of the bottom field, which we didn't realise backed onto an extremely busy road, and on Wednesday night we had the added noise from several lorries tipping for a road onsite at about 11pm. We would come back, but would ask for a pitch up the top, away from the road. Having read the other reviews, perhaps we should have said something, but of course it did not become obvious until we had spent a night in the tent - and the thought of re-pitching the tent if another pitch had been available would not have appealed. Plenty of attractions available within reach - would not recommend the train trip on the Midland Railway (£27 for a family ticket) - which involved about 10 minutes of actual steam train travel, and the rest of the time sitting at each station.

Uk

1.0 stars

We have just returned from a few days at this park and must admit to being a touch miffed. The park itself is very pretty, nestled in between an industrial estate and a rather nasty housing estate. The walk around the camp is nice, but we only found one.The staff are generally good and willing, except the guys who whiz around on the little tractor, making a mockery of the speed limit (and the owner in his 4x4 needs to slow down a bit as well). The toilets are clean(ish) but when busy deteriorate rapidly.Dogs were constantly off leads and running around. The constant drone of the police helicopter hovering over head makes you feel you are in an episode of Police Stop. And then came the weekend and the influx...well, I have never experienced such bad language and drunken behaviour on a camp site before. Forget the 10.30 curfew, try 02.30!! We went to try and find the owners/security but nobody was around and when we asked a group to quieten down a little, we got told to go away you southern so and so's.nice. I even heard a chap threaten to strangle a child who was crying at 4am. Not worth the £22+ per night

Property manager response (20 Sep 2008)

hi dave thank you for your email.well I cannot help were my caravan park is .the tractor that goes around cleaning bins does not go no more than 10mph yes I drive the 4x4 truck it was I who made the speed limit on the site and yes some time I mite go abit faster when busy but with great care.Iyes there is a police helicopter base up the road.I connot stop this going up and over the park .yes on some weekends we get busy .you say you looked for the owner /security.we are on site 24 hour a day .if you had called the office it goes to a mobile phone who is on duty at the time .why didnt you complain the next morning?well as for somebody saying this to a child at 4am .you must have been dreaming .

england

5.0 stars

Hi we have had the most wonderfull weekend 1.8.08 to 3.8.08 We have two boys age 5 and 10. The ten year old had never been fishing so he tried it and the pond is so well stocked he never stopped pulling fish out all weekend. Some of the fishermen took him under their wing. Every body on the site were very friendly. The site is very clean and very well maintained. The site warden works very long hours we would see him in the morning and he would still be working late at night. we would recermend this site to any one who likes a nice quiet country side site with loads to do.The food in the cafe is nice and quite cheap.I can recommend the lamb shank. Golden Valley Camping & Caravan Park, Derbyshire

nottinghamshire

5.0 stars

We visited Golden Valley for a 3 night stay and from the moment we arrived we hardly saw the kids! The campsite is set within beautiful woodland and although we were only 25minutes from home we could have been anywhere. The toilets, showers(free), food prep and pot wash areas were kept to a very high standard and regularly checked and cleaned. All the staff were very friendly and seemed to work non-stop.The train rides around the site were very popular and free! The 3 seperate play areas for children were the best we have seen on campsites and kept clean and tidy along with the rest of the site. The cafe, games room and bar were clean and welcoming(we made full use of the disco!) Overall this is the best campsite we have visited and will definately be returning soon. Golden Valley Camping and Caravan Park, Derbyshire.

South Yorks

5.0 stars

We have just returned from our 3rd stay at Golden Valley and cannot praise the site and staff enough. Having read some of the reviews I cannot understand some of the critisism levelled at the staff/facilities. Prior to the last weekend we stayed May 2-5 and although the weather wasn't very good this did not dampen our spirits. I understand why cars are not allowed on the grass when its wet as the people on the next pitch to us really dug up the grass when pulling off. The toilets and showers are clean and excellent. It is very family orientated, run by genuine people who care, we will be going back again. My daughter, her partner and my grandchildren also love it there and are returning during the school holidays. Thankyou all at Golden Valley for a pleasurable stay.

staffordshire

5.0 stars

Golden Valley Camping and Caravan Park, Derbyshire Wow what a fantastic site, where do where do I start. The site in an excellent location, you wouldn't know how close you are to anything. The staff are A1 they work twenty four seven, they are so helpful, and really hands on, you can tell it's not only a job to them, but a love of the place. We have a five yr old daughter, and she had fun from the moment we arrived to the day we had to sadly leave. This is a site that we will recommend highly, and we can't wait to go again. Once again I can't thank you all enough of the cleaniness, the facitilies, the staff, the animals ( which my daughter loved feeding the goat their milk ) and the most important the parks!! See you all again can't wait. x

stoke on trent

5.0 stars

We have just returned from a weekend at Golden Valley, we had an absolutly wonderful time, we camped on the bottom field. The kids really enjoyed themselves the parks were safe and kept them amused for hours. The facilities are excellent, the hot water plentiful and showers toilets impecably clean at all hours of the day or night, but by far the best thing about this site is the staff, they obviously work extreamly hard to keep the site to the standard they do, yet they are extreamly friendly and willing to help any way they can including helping put up our tent !!!!, (first time out with it!!), THe food in the cafe/bar was delicious so much so that my youngest was declining our offerings from the bbq so she could go and eat there. All in all a brilliant site that i would recommend to anyone, cant wait to go back.

staffordshire

5.0 stars

We went to this campsite for the weekend in our tent with 2 small children. it was great, the best site we have ever been to. The staff are quite strict with the rules, but it was always to the bennefit of the guests which was very fare. The facilities were very clean, the pitches were immaculately kept for the tents. There was plenty to keep the kids amused and the site felt very safe for the little ones. we hardly left the site because we did not need to, everything we needed was on site. we will definately be back in the future and have already recommended it to friends and family.

South Yorkshire

5.0 stars

Just returnedfrom a weekend camping. It was great. The site was geared around keeping the kids happy and giving the adults time to relax. The kids loved the play stuff. The sight was safe enough to allow the two eight year olds to explore on there own, and there was enough space around the tents for the younger two to play. Thesite was clean i never saw a single piece of rubbish, either on the gounds or in the toilets. Thanks for a great weekend. The jacuzzi was the icing on the cake of the older two. Thanks again

south yorkshire

4.0 stars

we chose this campsite because it was only a 45 mins drive from south yorkshire. we were very impressed with the surroundings and it felt we were a millon miles away. what a retreat! this kids loved it and the warden comes round with a train type thing which again the kids loved. the toilets are the cleanest we,ve seen. we ate in the cafe/bar and had fantastic lamb/and bbq ribs it just fell off the bone yummy!! i have read previous reviews and agree that it is a shame that the ground is v hard and putting up a awning can be tricky, but with the typical british weather at least grass and mud are not brought in the caravan. if you want loud music and loads of entertainment of a evening then this site isnt for you. however if you want the kids to be entertained with the play areas a quiet drink then its perfect the pitches are very well laid out and its obvious that warden and owner darren is very proud of his site and so he should be . a little bit of paradise just down the road. see you very soon

West Midlands

2.0 stars

We have just spent the weekend of 13/14/15th June at the site. It was good however; there are several issues I was unhappy with. Being in a tourer we were not allowed to pitch on grass or near the bottom park. I can understand the warden's wishes to keep his site in good order but the weather was dry and the grass was firm. Consequently my younger child aged one, kept hurting himself when he fell over. Also, there were friends of ours with us and their children kept falling on the hard pitch we were on. The pitches were not set out very well (how do you rate a super pitch?) and everyone was left to put their caravan 'somewhere' near the designated bay. Several caravan owners had extreme difficulties getting pegs into the ground when pegging awnings. We never attempted as I saw too many people having problems and bending pegs (steel ones). Like many other comments the warden was strict however, on Saturday night the noise from nearby tent pitches continued until at least midnight. What happened to the 10:30pm rule? The speed limit was also of concern. 10mph is too fast and several times I saw the owner driving faster than this. Kids run free when on holiday - please lower to 5 mph. We were told we couldn't go on the bottom pitch as he was chopping trees. Yet later there were tents and caravans (both on grass). Also, as my mum who was with us, has problems climbing up and down steps, she missed out on seeing the kid’s play on the bottom park and this was were they loved to play. Lastly, the prices; for the facilities available I think it is too expensive. To charge for £2.50 for over 4's is overpriced, if it was over 5 or 6 then it is more inline with other sites and then £2.00 a dog. Again other sites tend to charge 50p-£1.00. There isn't even a dog walk. I'd like to say I would return but if a grass pitch cannot be guaranteed then sadly I won't be returning.

Property manager response (25 Jun 2008)

thank you gill for your comments .my caravan pitchers are on hard standing with mains water ,drains and electrics.if the weather is good and dry caravans can go on the bottom field.it does specify that rock pegs are needed fr awnings on the web site if you were not happy with your pitch why didnt you say so on the day.? you say you could not get down the steps so why didnt you walk around the roads or use your car to come down to the play area,if you had walked a round you would have notice all the footpath with dog bin all over the site .the charge for dogs is for cost of dog bins also emptying the bins plus cleaning the mess that same people dont pick up.you also go on about cuts and bruises why didnt you report this , prices are know before you arrive on site and in fairness children also use the water etc and I am sure that all site do not have the high standard of facilities that we have on our site, we are sorry you did'nt enjoy your stay with us .

Derbyshire

5.0 stars

We have just spend a weekend at Golden Valley. Jest the warden is strict but this is for the benefit of all, at least if you know he is watching you are careful. He will make sure the kids are off the playground at a reasonable time and also that there is no loud music etc late at night. The toilet block is one of the best I have been to and the showers are excellent. He really has thought of everything to make your stay really pleasant. The staff work hard to make sure the site is kept clean and tidy, the bins are emptied regularly, and the toilets are also cleaned regularly too. The staff in the reception and the cafe are very helpful.

Property manager response (16 Jun 2008)

thank you for your review we work hard to make sure everything is on hand for everyone and that nothing will spoil your enjoyment of the site. All we ask is that our camper's stick to the site rules .

Derbyshire

5.0 stars

Just returned from a brilliant weekend at golden valley. Just read the review of 28th May and find it hard to believe these people have gone so long without a site owner/warden having a go at them if they go camping with that attitude! The site owner, Darren goes out of his way to make people welcome. He seems to be on hand 24/7 wether serving drinks/food in the cafe or out on site.The site is fantastic for kids- a lot of thought has been put into the layout of the play areas.The facilities are great (toilets,showers,cafe etc.) All the staff we have met have been brilliant and helpful. Would definately recommend this site and will be going back again, 5*

Property manager response (16 Jun 2008)

thank you Paul for your review glad to see some body appreciates all the hard work it takes to run a caravan park we do try to please all and as you know it is'nt always pssible. We only have a go at people if they break the rules. we hope to see you in the near future

South Yorks

5.0 stars

We also went to Golen valley campsite over the bank holiday and had a wonderful time. The site is set in beautiful surroundings, well planned for families. Something for everyone. The staff worked incredibly hard all weekend with fun train rides for the kids round the site, quad biking in a safe arena, fantastic cafe, irish music in the bar.The play areas are better than average for a campsite and our kids loved them. My father fished in the well stocked fishing pond with my sons - they caught 17 fish in two sessions. The jacuzzi and pool table were welcome during the bad weather. We were asked to leave our car in the car park once we had pitched our tent to avoid churning up the wet grass which we thought was perfectly reasonable. Darren obviously cares about his site. The electricity supply was more than adequate.We also saw the size and amount of heaters the couple afore mentioned had!!! Yes the floors in the toilets were slightly muddy at times but it was wet and muddy outside so what more could they do?? We heard gentle chugging of steam trains from time to time and the owls at night. Can't wait to go back.

Essex

3.0 stars

We too stayed on the campsite in the last week of May. The site is not perfect but I don't think it deserves some of the very negative comments. It has to be remembered that this was one of the wettest weeks of the year - it rained day and night for days. We were camped on the lower area near the site reception. There was standing water in some parts but our pitch remained pretty good - I expected a quagmire with the amount of rain. There was some road noise but it wasn't constant and not excessive. The site has good facilities - the cafe was a godsend. We were able to watch the England match, have a beer in the evening and breakfast in the morning. The Warden was fine - he chatted to the kids, took them on trailer rides and was generally helpful. We were able to park our car on the grass without any problems. Generally we found the staff very friendly. The kids thought it was great -there was good play equipment and Toby the goat was a hit. Unfortunately the weather made it impossible to use at times due to waterlogging. It was a pity there was no specific area for ball games etc. As the campsite became more busy there was very little room to play football etc. A designated area would be great. The toilets were not as clean as I expected but this was mainly due to the weather. They appeared to be undergoing renovation/decoration. There are only 3 basins/washing areas which is barely sufficient. There were no hooks to hang jackets/towels on and the soap bars were sometimes missing. The addition of hooks, soap dispensers, dryer would be helpful. The camp shop was insufficient - part was in the reception and part in the cafe. They didn't open that early so buying milk/bread first thing in the morning was not possible. Perhaps the shop could be seperate from the cafe/reception, be better stocked and open from early - late? It would save us going to Tesco up the road. There was CCTV but I would have preferred a more secure entrance with card entry - we have come across this on a lot of other parks. There was a strong conservation element to the park. Don't bother with Midland Railway centre around the corner unless you are an enthusiast. Strongly recommend Heights of Abraham in Matlock and White Peak Cycle trails for days out - we hired a tandem and it was great fun. I would return to this site.

South Yorkshire

5.0 stars

We visited the site on the May Bank Holiday and even though the weather wasn't brilliant we had a marvellous time. The kids loved the play areas and if they didnt have to eat we wouldnt have seen them all day. I cant comment on the cafe or bar as we didnt visit them but the rest of the facilities were tidy and very clean. The Location and the surroundings are 1st class, if you enjoy peace and quiet then this is the ideal place even though the the site was full,the size and location of the caravan pitches make it appear uncrowded. Also with it only being a short drive from home we will definitely be returning.

West Midlands

1.0 stars

Not quite the tranquil experience we were hoping for. We will not be returning, and would not recommend. Too close to a main road, poorly drained sites.

Property manager response (03 Jun 2008)

We are sorry this happend to you. You did not make us aware of the problem, so we could not place you on a different pitch. We would like to think you would return.

Coventry

5.0 stars

Hi All, Just returned (today) from Golden Valley and would highly recommend this site! Clean and tidy, great facilities and friendly staff! Hope to visit again. Warden straight away offered assistance in siting caravan, toilets clean, showers hot and powerful, good cafe and a well controlled site so the "odd few" aren't allowed to spoil it for everyone!

staffordshire

3.0 stars

I disagree with the review posted by the other camper below. We have been camping for many years, and realise that if you have 3 heaters on at one time, you will blow a fuse, and this is why we have opted for one good single heater. The guy in question must have had too many electrical items. When he arrived I was watching with great amusement, and wondered how long it would be before he tripped the fuse. We have been camping for over 20 years and have seen everything but the kitchen sink in tents, and we know that you cannot use a normal house heater. I think most of the problems come from very inexperienced campers who want everything from home; all caravan electrics are down rated for a reason and so are camping items (apart from anything else because of the risk of electric shock). We were watching the band at this site, and because of this one camper not realising the electric situation in his tent, blew the fuse and ruined the night for many. May I suggest you leave the household electric items at home and go to a decent camping store and buy the right electric heater? The camper also made reference to the issue of not being able to drive on grassy areas; the grass areas when wet can become very muddy if driven over and can make camping unbearable for other campers. Overall the warden and his staff are helpful at this site and we would recommend it highly to other campers, as have many others who have already posted reviews.

west midlands

1.0 stars

Myself and my wife and two friends have just spent the bank holiday weekend at Golden Valley camping park and have come away with mixed opinions. Firstly the good stuff, the campsite itself is very attractive in the way it is set amongst the trees, it was nice to hear the sound of the trees in the morning and the owls at night. There are nice nature trails set around the camp which can be either accessible by foot or by bike. For those people with kids there is a lot to do on the site, including an assault course type of play area, trampoline, games room and a rather large wooden fort. For those who prefer fishing there seems to be quite a well stocked pond that is popular. Some of the female staff are very nice, especially the lady who works in the shop - we found her extremely helpful and friendly. So, from the outside looking in everything seems perfect, however the problem lies in the customer service (or lack of) attitude of the Warden, and certain facilities. In ten years of camping I have never met such a rude and jobsworthy person. What we normally expect when we go camping is to check in, be shown to the pitch and then left for the entire time we are there - if we ever have any problems we go to the reception and in the vast majority of circumstances these are taken care of simply and efficiently. When the warden showed us to our pitch he was quite adamant that we were not allowed to park on the grass, even though when a car and caravan struggled to turn the corner and clipped the wall my friend went to move his car for fear of the caravan hitting his car. This was met by the warden shouting stop and waving his hands around. I wonder if he would have paid for the damage if it had been hit. What grated us then was that he then showed other campers to their pitch by driving his big 4x4 onto the grass closely followed by people carriers, trailers etc. A little common sense here would have prevailed as its not as if were going to perform doughnuts on his grass!!! We also found the shower rooms to be adequate at best. It didn't help that someone broke one of the showers and it was spouting water into the block all day, but even so the general cleanliness was a little poor. When the showers did work they were good, nice and hot and also free which is a plus point considering a lot of campsites you have to pay. Even after the above issues we would have returned to site as it was quite stunning and ideally located for days out. What changed our minds was the attitude of the warden on the Sunday night. As with the previous night it was rather cold and everybody had their heaters on, this must have caused a surge in demand on his circuit which meant it was blowing the fuse every 20 mins or so for about an hour. The reason for this is that he had his amps set up too high at the hook up points but not a corresponding set at his main circuit board which meant instead of blowing the local fuse it was causing the main one to trip. Anyhow, eventually the demand must have dropped and there were no more blackouts.

Property manager response (29 May 2008)

Thank you, for your review. I am sorry that you felt this way. Sometimes people are left alone, but on this occasion a caravan went the wrong way and I shouted to tell him to stop but he didn’t hear me and he crashed into the rock. Regarding the grass when it is wet we ask people to unload and put their cars back in the car park areas. The people who I shown to their pitches was leaving their car, so they would not have been moving their car on and off the grass. Sometimes people do spin the wheel and rip the grass up. The shower had been damaged by someone, ripping it off the wall. The police are now involved, and have looked at CCTV footage. The water for the showers was fixed with in half an hour. The toilets on bank holidays are cleaned every hour in the day by extra staff. Regarding me the warden and owner of this park, I try to please everybody on this site. Bank holidays are extremely busy, and we work very long hours to please. About the electrics they are all 16 amp you had way too much heaters on it causing it to blow the fuses. You have there for ruined the night for people on the site and the Band, with the electrics tripping off. You was displease when I had disconnected your electric supply, and told you that you had way too much on. You did not like this and started to swear and shout but then you calmed down, and agreed to take the heaters off. You have now ruined this privilege for everyone that visits the site, because we are now going to change the fuses to 10 amp for tent pitches.

Stone Staffs

4.0 stars

We have just stayed for the long weekend with Golden Valley and it was brillant!! Excellant for kids relaxing for adults!! wonderful setting its like a fairy wonderland beautiful!! Can't wait to go back next weekend counting the hours. Toilets and showers very clean just a little busy in the mornings but this is to be expected on bank holiday. Staff very nice and friendly all in all fantastic!!

cannock staffs

5.0 stars

family with 4 children camping bank holiday weekend 5th may. this is one of the best campsites that we have stayed at, the site is immaculate and the facillities are great, staff are friendly and helpull, will certainly return. the children really enjoyed themselves, and were in no hurry to leave,

tyne & Wear

5.0 stars

We stayed in the park July last year it had been a terrible wet summer but the pitches were all well drained. Beautiful park setting, clean showers and a lovely cafe which is very reasonable. We are coming back again this year.

wrexham

5.0 stars

We have been to golden valley on a number of occassions,we have found all the staff very helpfull and indeed can not do enough for you no matter what time of day it is,and the staff being rude,i find this very hard to belive,the staff and darren work very hard,well into the late hours. The toilet and shower blocks are allways spotless cleaned,as is the whole campsite.the children are well catered for,rain or shine there is allways something for them to do,you can feel at ease at golden valley that the children are safe,plenty of cctv.a lot of campsites are not so, child friendley,i would highley recommend this campsite as one of the best in the country,and needs more recognision,for preserveing wild life in its natural habitat,and not spoling the woodland in providing such nice surroundings nothing is to much trouble for darren or his staff.

CUMBRIA

5.0 stars

We have just returned home from a lovely 4 night easter break at golden valley caravan park. On arrival we were made to feel very welcome directed to our pitch which was in a perfect location, close to one of the play areas (but not too close!) so we could keep an eye on our children (aged 2 and 7) from our caravan. The site itself is really great as nice if not nicer than its photos on website. Lovely quiet woodland setting. All staff we spoke to were very friendly. As it was bank holiday the caravan pitches were pretty full but it didn`t feel like it as they are well spaced, we had lots of room in between us and the next caravan. We all had a great time and would highly recommend!

Northants

4.0 stars

Lovely site, my only complaint are the staff being so rude when you try to book a pitch. I have stayed at Golden Valley twice now and both times I was a single camper, although other friends had already booked their pitches so we were meeting up, but these were couples (not all girl or all guy groups), and we're all in our mid thirties, not teenagers!!!! Each time, they have been rude and unaccomodating, everything is too much trouble, you would think they were paying us to stay there rather than the other way round!!!! But yes, the site itself is lovely, the staff just need to work on their friendly genes!

Property manager response (25 Mar 2008)

Thank you for your comments. Darren had spoke to you that morning and explained to you why we do not have one night stays on Bank Holiday Weekends. However, after a conversation on the telephone with Darren, you both agreed that you would come and stay with your friends in there tent, so that just ment that you were bringing a additional car, which wasn't a problem, and we thought that was the end of the matter. Darren then spoke to you on arrival on the Caravan Site, and he just couldn't understand why you felt the need to write this review. Darren as and had every right to refuse you entry to this site, and he allowed you to stay because you are a regular camper and your friends were already here, and also that the earlier disappointment of being told you cant camp for one night had been resolved. Thanks again for your comments.

Leicester

4.0 stars

This is an absolutely splendid site. The staff are welcoming (if every-so slightly mad!), and we cannot recommend the breakfast in the bar/cafe highly enough! The ptiches themselves are set amongst trees, and to wake up listening to the gentle "chuffing" sounds from the steam railway running adjacent to the site is wonderful. We've already booked our next visit..

South Yorkshire

5.0 stars

Brilliant site! Loads for the kids to do,kept very clean both outside and inside ,especially the toilets but didn't like the chemical toilets on site at the bottom field.Darren and his staff were very helpful and regularly walked around the site and understand the importance of keeping the majority happy.I would highly recommend this site to anyone,both tents and caravans.We have booked again as a family whilst on our first visit there as we liked it that much!!

lancashire

we have just returned from a weekend at golden valley.the kids age 3 and 8 had an amazing time.we were in the top part of the campsite near the playground and shower blocks so the kids just went of to play and we diden't have to worry were they were.the staff are friendly they have a bar area and seating outside,everything you could want really.the only thing is,is the red shale it gets everywere.also the hill upto the top campsite well if you don't have a 4 wheel drive and your pulling a caravan ask him to open the top gate.

south yorkshire

5.0 stars

This really is a little gem of a park. Excellent play area for the kids, brilliant shower/toilet block - absolutely immaculate. Set in really nice secluded woodland but not too far from shops/ supermarket. A 10 minute walk takes you to the Midland railway centre my kids loved it and entry was free! 2 small things wrong with it, if it rains the pitches are set on red shale and it gets everywhere(not good on my beige carpets) and as mentioned in another review the small minority of people who don't know what a mop or toilet brush is for! 9.5 /10

nottinghamshire

5.0 stars

what a great site, beautiful surroundings, great value for money. The place was easy to find, we only went for the night but will be returning. I really feel sorry for the cleaners who will be working hard to keep the place looking as good! yes, the british public are dirty! why do you always go in the showers with soiled shoes? Why don't you clean the toilet after yourselves? have some respect and keep this place clean it deserves it. 9.5/10

nottingham

5.0 stars

This is a great new site. Our children loved visiting the farm animals and riding the trains at Butterly.The play park kept them entertained whilst at the campsite.The Jacuzzi was the icing on the cake for them. Friendly staff on site and good value for money. We will definately visit again.

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