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Visitor Reviews - Bank House Farm

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Bank House Farm
Hulme End
Nr Hartington
Derbyshire   (Browse area)
SK17 0EX   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01298 84441

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Pitches: 60
Open: Easter To End Sep/oct

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 111 Reviews
              8/10 from 111 Reviews

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Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ovcubberley 6 reviews from this member

We've just returned from our second visit to Bank House Farm. How lovely to see that, what was a lovely spot 5 years ago has only improved with time.

We were booked into the Meadow Field (the smaller of the two fields). It is over the road from the main site which means a short walk along the road to the toilets and other facilities. If you have young children it does mean you have to watch them on the road.

Facilities themselves were clean. Can't comment on the showers as we didn't use them. Looked reasonable though and were free. The wash basin area in the ladies was a bit cramped, but well kept.

Two good sized washing up stations and a couple of fridge freezers. The site also allows fires and provides fire bowls and kindling at a small cost. I noticed the staff also take the time to check on fire safety around the site.

The highlights for us:

The river. In the meadow field, the river was shallow enough that all the kids on the site could play safely (and get very wet). If you camp in the right spot, you can supervise them. Our 8 year old had a great time making new friends.

The pub: Don't be put off by the closeness of the pub to the site. It was a lovely place. Not rowdy. Food was outstanding (Manifold Inn). Lovely field at the front where kids played. Just be warned of the temptation to stop off on the way back from the loos.

The shop: Well stocked, open early and no more than a five minute walk from the main site. Just a short hop over the wall from the meadow field.

The Manifold Way:

Starts in Hulme End. About 200 yards from the site. Amazing tea shop at the start of the route (biggest selection of home baked cakes I've ever seen). Beautiful valley with a family friendly cycle route and a number of circular walks along it. Don't miss Thor's Cave.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Snoopysmum 20 reviews from this member

What a super site!

Wayne, Alexa (and the princess with chicken pox!) made us very welcome!

We were concerned about pitching on very wet ground so Wayne let us use the wardens hard standing. He was constantly checking that everything was neat and tidy. People have commented that there is only a small shower/ toilet block but a new one has been constructed. These were spotlessly clean, the showers were hot and no annoying push buttons!

The site is in a beautiful spot, right next to the Manifold river, there is a small shop in the village 5 minutes walk away and the Manifold Inn is just across the road from the site. We ate there a few times and the welcome was friendly and the food very good!

There is a huge field at the back of the site where you can exercise your dog, Wayne has even mown a path round it!

Nearby there are wonderful walks, the Manifold trail starts in the village, Hartington is 2 miles away where you can walk in Wolfcotedale - absolutely beautiful! Dovedale and Milldale are a short drive or you could walk there.

We had a lovely relaxing 6 nights here, were very lucky with the weather and will probably return soon!

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: R0450111 3 reviews from this member

Fab little gem of a camp site. We pitched in the meadow field and found a gorgeous spot. Nice and level but very sheltered from the wind. Only facilities in the field are bins and a water tap! We used a chemical loo for our stay and we were fine course not everyone has one! Site looks spotless and very well maintained. Owner was brill, gave us lots of local information and a choice of which field to pitch in. We will be returning next year to continue exploring the area. You do get some traffic noise and some airplanes going over head but it isn't often. All campers were quiet by 10 pm, and it was fab to lie in bed and listen to the river babbling away! Perfect site for those of us who wish to relax and watch the world go by, or have a wander round some fabulous countryside.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Gemlie 3 reviews from this member

This is a lovely campsite in a beautiful setting. Our pitch was flat and the only downside was that we were pitched next to the footpath up to the facilities (this is a steep slope by the way). This was fine except for the people that don't understand that a tent in darkness means people are asleep or trying to get to sleep inside. Where is your camping etiquette people!?

The site asks for no noise after 10. 30pm which suits us perfectly, unfortunately some people didn't respect this and this meant I couldn't sleep until 1am the first night due to noisy campers. The site owner was very emphatic and thankfully no action was necessary as the people left that day. After that we had a very enjoyable stay.

The kids (10 and 12)loved walking through the river (crocs or wellies recommended) and feeding the ducks. A huge positive for us was the fact we could have campfires. We enjoyed listening to the sounds of cows and sheep.

Facilities are basic but fine for a short stay and spotlessly clean even in wet weather. The owner and wardens work extremely hard to maintain this. Free fridge and freezer provided which is essential.

Another huge plus is that the campsite is just around the corner from the start of Manifold Way. We cycled to the end and back (18 miles) and climbed the hill to see Thors Cave. This is highly recommended (wear shoes with good grip).

There is an amazing view from the hill at the top of the campsite.

We visited all the places in the area that we wanted to so I don't know if we will return in the near future but if we do we will certainly consider returning here.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Grev 3 reviews from this member

Lovely farm campsite. Very welcoming, owner and the wardens.

Booked 2 nights last minute. Was given a spot on the top field overlooking the tighter, muddy EHU spots next to the river. (Kids paddled in this, ducks became our best friends, especially when food was around. ) Beautiful views, pitch next to a noisy road during daylight hours, but only 1 other there and a good deal away from our pitch.

Facilities were as others say sparse, 4 free showers (2 male/2 female) with an on/off button, (a luxury on campsites) although early use proved no problem with queuing, sinks were very tight to use other than washing hands. They were cleaned very regularly and looked to be fairly new, compared to the original toilet in the farm building and the extra ladies portacabin.

Two washing up sinks, so there were queues for this, especially as one was open to the elements! The owner sold wood and burners, (gas as well) although we didn't use them, quite a few others did.

The pub across the road was very convenient, food was good and drinks even better when you can walk back to your tent. Hartington village is beautiful and the village shop sold some great local food, also had a few pubs too.

A short drive to Dovedale and very close to the Tissington trail.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Whale61 2 reviews from this member

We visited on the spur of the moment after reading the mixed reviews here. On arriving I noticed how close together the pitches were by the river and was a bit worried that would be squeezed in but we were told to pitch in the meadow field which had bags of room and nice flat areas and we could put the tent up where we liked. The only problem was the walk along the road to go back to the main site for the loos and washing. I did not like the hike too much as I have trouble with slopes, the washing facilities seemed basic but adequate but I can imagine some large queues there in the morning. The position of the site next to a pub is a bonus as they do great food and beers. We only stayed the one night and I think that is all we could have put up with being in the meadow field without any facilities apart from a water tap.

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