Tel: 07976 292001
Date Visited: August 2017
This site was supposedly a C&CC Certificated Site, but the owner was clearly paying scant regard to the five vans rule! She had booked forty-five units in for the Bank Holiday weekend! We chose the site for a family rally because of its "CS" status and its apparent laid back rural atmosphere. The site was appalling! We had a great family weekend but that was in spite of the site, not because of it!
The facilities and infrastructure were woefully inadequate for the number of units and had she only taken five vans/ten tents, then whilst they might have been adequate in terms of numbers, they would still have failed miserably in terms of quality and cleanliness. To top it all they charged us £20 per night for the "privilege"!
The site was advertised as being tranquil. It was anything but! The road Camp Lane is a very noisy B Road and the
constant drone from the nearby M40 was enough to keep us awake at night. Add in the proximity of shooting grounds
with clay pigeon shooting and it was awful. We will never go back there again!
The Gate Lodge Campsite
Tel: 01580 765447
Date Visited: August 2017
This is a very pleasant adult only Camping & Caravanning Club Certificated Site. It is set in slightly wooded grounds just outside the village of St Michaels. There are hardstandings for caravans/motorhomes and a camping field for tents. They also have a "wild camping" area adjacent to a pond well stocked with huge carp for which they provide a bin of food for you to feed the carp, its's quite a sight to see the fish go mad for the food!
The facilities are a bit rustic, but clean and adequate and we only paid £16.00 per night including EHU. The approach road, Swain Road is quite narrow with parked cars at the Ashford Road end and it is worth turning off Ashford Road onto Heather Drive and then turning left onto Swain Road.
Tenterden, which is only five minutes drive away, is a delightful small town with Tesco and Waitrose supermarkets, pubs,
restaurants and some nice designer shops. Tenterden is also the home of the steam heritage Kent & East Sussex Railway. Further
afield there are National Trust properties and an excellent English Wines vineyard. It really is an grear centre from which
to explore the Weald of Kent.
Horsley Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Ockham Rd North
Tel: 01483 283273
Date Visited: July 2017
We went to this C&C Club site with some friends for the weekend and to be honest, we were a bit apprehensive given its proximity to the M25 and the A3. It turned out to be a really quiet and tranquil site and we were pitched right next to the children's playground! It was popular with families visiting the local attractions, so tended to be quiet during the day and liven up in the early evening. That said, by ten o'clock the playground cleared and we sat outside with our friends and enjoyed the evenings.
The site is arranged around a large pond/lake and has the usual Club level of facilities including a small stock of esssentials for sale. The most essential items being ice creams as the weather was particularly bright and Sunny. They have the usual mix of grass and hardstandings with or without EHU and prices vary depending on the time of year. We often think that the C & C C sites are a bit expensive, but the quality and standard is pretty good and consistent - plus we are often entitled to a senior persons' discount!
There is a large Tesco Superstore on Junction 9 of the M25, but using the M25 to get there can be a big mistake! The site
is well positioned for visiting the many local attractions or catching a train from Horsley up to London for the day.
Carrog Station Campsite
Tel: 01490 430237
Date Visited: June 2017
This is an independent commercial campsite next to Carrog Station and backing onto the railway line. Since the line is a steam heritage railway - The Llangollen Railway - this makes the site a must for steam enthusiasts! Pitches are hardstandings for caravans/motorhomes with plenty of grass for tourers. The facilities are a bit rustic but clean and adequate. We paid £20.00 a night which was reasonable and the Dee valley is very pretty with wonderful walks along the river.
The site is just off the A5, but not so close that you could hear the traffic. Being close to the A5 makes it ideal for exploring north Wales. There is a pub, The Grouse Inn about 300m away with the most amazing views over the valley and river. You can take the heritage railway to Llangollen which is quite spectacular when the river is in full flow. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which carries the Llangollen Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal over the River Dee is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a truly remarkable feat of engineering, given that it is over 200 years old.
Supermarket shopping was a bit of a trek with the nearest being Wrexham or Ruthin.
Little Nook Farm Campsite
Tel: 01422 844667
Date Visited: June 2017
The location of this Caravan & Motorhome Club Certificated Location is stunning! West Yorkshire is Stunning! Only five pitches, three hardstandings and two plastic reinforced grass pitches. The pitches are immaculately kept. £15.00 a night with EHU is very reasonable. Unfortunately the week we stayed, the WC/Shower facilities were not at all clean. There is only the one combined WC/shower which got a bit stretched in the mornings. To be honest, we were glad we had our own facilities in the caravan.
The drive up from Hebden Bridge is a bit challenging, but it is on a bus route, so not that bad.
There is an excellent pub, The Hare & Hounds just down the lane from the site, which serves good pub food. Be warned it
can be a bit of a struggle back up the hill at the end of a long evening session! The town of Hebden Bridge, a short
drive away has a variety of shops, pubs, restaurants and a cinema.
Bow Hill Farm Campsite
Tel: 07715 573 148
Date Visited: April 2017
This is a Caravan & Motorhome Club Certificated Location, so only five pitches, all hardstanding, although you may have to drive over a bit of grass to get to your pitch. It is very quiet and depending on which pitch you have, you could be forgiven for thinking you were the only ones there. £27.50 a night including ehu is not cheap, but it is a very nice site and we thought well worth the money.
There is a small toilet/shower block (2 loos, 1 shower) which is ample for five caravans and they have a washing machine and tumble drier. It was all immaculately clean. The online booking system allows you to choose exactly which of the five pitches you want (subject to availability) and book it - a great system.
The site is about 8 miles north of Chichester and surrounded by the South Downs, very picturesque.
Sumners Ponds Fishery & Campsite
Tel: 01403 732539
Date Visited: January 2017
This is one of those sites that specialises in fishing, not just for campers, but for serious anglers. They have a number of dedicated (stocked) lakes specifically for match fishing. The centre piece of the site is a small general purpose lake with some hard standing pitches on the lake shore.
We visited in January when temperatures were well below freezing overnight and were lucky enough to get one of the lakeside pitches. The site described it as a Premium Pitch, but we think ďpremiumĒ meant lakeside. The pitch had electric hook up, but that was it. At £29 per night for a basic hard standing pitch in low season, it seemed expensive until you woke up the next morning and looked out across the frozen lake!
The number of lakeside pitches is limited, less than half a dozen, so for most people the big attraction is probably the onsite restaurant. This is on the lake shore with a terrace overlooking the lake. In summer this terrace must be great. The weekend we booked there was live music (female singer/song writer) in the restaurant. The food was excellent, the singer was excellent, but the restaurantís front of house organisation left a bit to be desired. Fortunately it didnít spoil our enjoyment of the evening.
The local village has a pub, easily within walking distance, but we didnít try it. Horsham is only a matter of minutes away in the car, with a huge Tesco on the outskirts.
The toilet and shower block was a modern purpose built facility of a very high standard. It was kept clean even though the site was pretty full, despite it being January. There was also lovely under floor heating and a piped jungle background soundtrack. Showers and hot water were free. There were dish washing facilities, laundry and freezers available.
The whole site, which includes a farm, is set in 100 acres and there are plenty of walks around the lakes and woods.
This was an excellent site to visit in winter, although one could imagine it being packed to the gunnels in the summer
when people spend more time outside.
Brighton Caravan Club Site
East Brighton Park
Tel: 01273 626546
Date Visited: December 2016
The site is only a couple of miles out of the city centre and we walked there in the morning and back again in the afternoon. However it would be a bit of a trek to a pub in the evening.
Brighton is an interesting place, lots of shops, cafes & bars. Then of course there is the Pavillion, the I-360 and the Lanes, so plenty to see and do.
Typical CC site with clean well presented toilets & showers. Lots of hard standings and all the usual amenities. We found the
wardens friendly and helpful without being overbearing. Television reception and 4G wi-fi were good. As the site is located in
a dell, we also found it to be very peaceful, especially at the furthest end from the entrance where we were pitched.
Daleacres Caravan Club Site
Lower Wall Road
Tel: 01303 267679
Date Visited: October 2016
This is a nice quiet site down on the edge of Romney Marsh. Typical CC site with all the usual facilities. Appeared to have a
large rally field and excellent dog walking. Ideal for Port Lympne, Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, the beaches at Dymchurch
and New Romney. Toilet/shower facilities were of the normal CC standard.
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