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Visitor Reviews - Thistledown

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Tinkley Lane
Gloucestershire   (Browse area)
GL10 3UH   See Map
Tel: 01453 860420
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Open: Late March - October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 43 Reviews
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Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lucie Robinson 1 review from this member

Fabulous campsite. Clean, well looked after, environmentally friendly facilities. Owners and staff were friendly & helpful. Well stocked shop - great selection of beers & ciders, meats, eggs etc locally produced. Loved the walk from the campsite to the nearby National Trust property & a pub in walking distance serving decent food, a bonus. We had our section of the Pasture 3, all to ourselves as the weekend we were there was particularly quiet. Great to have a picnic table and wooden bench next to the fire pit. The site has been in continuous (?) occupation for a long time, would have loved to have learned more about that.

It is more expensive than other sites I have stayed in, but it seems the owners are investing a lot in the environmental side and good management and upkeep and as a large site, this must come at a cost. Thanks to the owners for this great place, would definitely recommend.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Fiwhit 5 reviews from this member

Just had an excellent visit to Thistledown with friends and pleasantly surprised at how spacious the site was and how much room each group was allocated. We were told that the site was full but we must have had between 7 - 10 metres between tents, plenty of other sites would cram in at least another 4 tents in our space, so it was a real treat. Composting toilets were clean and serviced regularly and the showers were strong and hot with enough space to change and dry. Only minor gripe would be queuing for the showers with the toilet queue. The kids loved the Roman spring and pond with plenty of space to run around and trees to climb. Nice walk to local National Trust property, very scenic. Shop on site sold a good variety of very nice foods and beer. Unfortunately not enough time to appreciate the site fully due to major traffic hold up on day of arrival and the tail end of Hurricane Bertha on Sat night Sunday morning! We will definitely return, a real gem.

Date of Visit: March 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Si26 2 reviews from this member

We visited this camp site earlier in the year. Upon arrival we received a warm welcome with a detailed and informative explanation of the wonderful site and surrounding attractions. The family owners were very pleasant and helpful.

The site was very clean, well kept and the grass was freshly mown. The site is deceptively large. We stayed in the orchard area and found the fire pits that were in the ground very convenient. The owners came by daily to see if we needed wood for the fire and we found the toilet facilities very clean and convenient. These comprised of ports-loos for our area and in the other fields there were wooden buildings with wash facilities and toilets.

We felt the costs were very reasonable and the whole site had a serene, comfortable and welcoming feeling.

The surrounding area had a pub, restaurant, historical landmark attractions and places of natural beauty. We would recommend this site and plan to return in the future.

Date of Visit: October 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Marsonpee 2 reviews from this member

The good:

*Very friendly staff, felt very welcome and well informed about the site, rules and facilities.

*Plenty of space on the site to pitch with a large number of fire pits.

*Barrows provided to help move kit from car to pitch.

*Great views from site, and easy access to the breathtaking Worchester Park in the valley below.

The bad:

*None of the site or Toilet/showers/washing up areas are lit at night. Having a shower, washing up and visiting the toilet isn't great when done by head torch. Especially when we had to visit the other end of the site to the other showers as the ones on our field weren't working.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Siriol 2 reviews from this member

This is a fantastic campsite in a beautiful unspoilt area. We really loved the whole ethos of this site and it is particularly good for children as there are literally acres of fields and woods for them to explore. We couldn't believe the campsite was fully booked as we had so much room but the owner makes sure that he doesn't overcrowd it under any circumstances! ( So nice to see in this day and age when profit usually comes first)He was extremely helpful as were all his staff. We camped with 2 groups of friends in The Elderflower Orchard as we had a small camper van and this is the area they are allowed.

If you just have a tent though you can camp down on the pasture areas although you can't take your car down (but they have wheelbarrows and quad bikes with trailers to get your gear up and down to these) and that's what makes it so safe and idyllic for children. We chose this campsite because it allows real campfires - you're allowed to bring your own wood but they also sell firewood too.

Down on the pastures are composting loos (v clean indeed) and lovely hot showers and washing areas. The Elderflower Orchard doesn't have these (has a couple of festival style toilets) but you can walk to use the facilities in the pastures. That would be my only tiny constructive criticism - that it would have been good to have the same set up in the Orchard ( I think they are hoping to do this in the future).

There is a small shop selling organic local produce and essentials. (I suspect it's quite a way to supermarket so stock up before you come and you can top up milk etc from shop. )There are lovely pubs and walks everywhere around here - it was an area we didn't know and was a revelation! Beautiful! The kids particularly loved a long barrow near to the site wher you can actually go underground! It's called Hetty Peggler's Tump locally! Also from the view point nearby you can see the mighty Severn River spreading across the plain below!

A fantastic weekend at a truly lovely site. The owners should be truly proud that they have created such a wonderful place where camping is exactly as it's meant to be!

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Helen98 23 reviews from this member

The initial arrival at this site was deceptive. It is on a hill top and when we arrived on a windy, rainy day it looked a bit bleak and unloved.

However, the staff in the new reception / shop were really welcoming and when you venture further down into the 2nd and 3rd pastures (we camped in the Badger Site in the 3rd Pasture) the site was just stunning.

You can choose to pitch where you like, remembering to be next to a fire pit if you want a campfire. The ever helpful staff come around each day with wood you can buy for your fire (10 for a heaped wheelbarrow full) and we definitely recommend the organic firelighters that they also sell for 20p each.

You have to leave your car at the car park and transport all of your kit down to the camping areas in wheelbarrows, which is fine, but if you do have a trailer then it's 5 each way for the staff to tow the trailer to where you want to pitch, then you can just keep the trailer next to your tent for your stay.

The composting loos were great, cleaner than most normal toilets I've seen on campsites and the showers were piping hot. One small criticism would be that on 2 out of the 3 evenings that we stayed there was no hot water in the washing up area (but we did think that it may be solar powered and due more to the lack of sun than anything else). The little path by the toilets did get a bit muddy and slippy on one day but by the next morning the owner had already been along and put wood chips down on it to dry it out.

The little shop at reception is great for the basics, and for their own yummy sausages and they didn't mind us putting our purchases on an account until we could get to a cash point (at the moment they only accept cash or cheques on site).

The best bit of the site is the sheer amount of space. We were there in half term week but never felt at all crowded. There are large woods on site you can explore with ponds and rope swings that the children loved. The walk from the site around Woodchester Park and on to the Rose and Crown in Nympsfied was beautiful and took us about 2 hours, the food when we got there was delicious.

All in all: friendly, welcoming owners; nice loos; campfires; stunning scenery; lots of space. We will definitely be back again.

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