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Visitor Reviews - Monstay Farm Camp Site

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Monstay Farm Camp Site
Monstay Farm
Ludlow
Shropshire   (Browse area)
SY8 2HE   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01584 318007  or  07913805981

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Pitches: 60
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 33 Reviews
              9/10 from 33 Reviews


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Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Colin Keenan 2 reviews from this member

Singularly unimpressed by the extent and condition of the facilities - hot water only from shower - toilet 'block' rustic verging on primitive and the few hook ups were hard to find in the undergrowth.

The site is spectacularly situated with gorgeous views, but finding a part of the field that was level enough [even with the use of wedges] for comfort and still gave a bonnie view defeated us.

I note the favourable views, almost all from campers, but clearly see this site in a different light. Have nothing against 'simple' sites and hope to be fair in what I write, but we were so disappointed here, that despite having paid up front, we sat around an hour or so and eventually just left - the only time we have ever done so. For us this was Nonstay rather than Monstay farm.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Thorntop 9 reviews from this member

Beautiful isolated location with fantastic views on a working farm. £6 for adults and £2 for children. We arrived in the rain but site appears well drained except the gateways which got a bit slippery. The farmer was happy to tow out any vehicles that got stuck with his tractor.

The farmer hires out fire baskets and sells firewood. Due to the wet weather he opened the end of his barn for somewhere to sit and cook in the dry. The facilities are basic but clean. Only 2 toilets and one shower I could see, so I suspect these might get busy if the camp was full.

The owner is very friendly and relaxed which creates a very peaceful atmosphere on the site. If all you need is a space to pitch a tent in some beautiful countryside with a toilet and water then this site can't be faulted. The children enjoyed the horses, lambs, chickens, turkey and dogs in the farm yard.

Date of Visit: September 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Stevenwilliam 5 reviews from this member

We had a six-night stay in September 2011.

The site lies a few miles to the west of the lovely market town of Ludlow and is a perfect spot for exploring the Shropshire hills and the Welsh Marches. A section of Offa’s Dyke is within easy reach. You really could not fault the location. As to the site itself, there are woods to the south and north and great views out to the west. There are three fairly large fields that can be used for tents. There are a few EHUs for caravan users in the middle field; we chose that field when we arrived because it looked the most level and it was completely empty, as was the north field. The south field had a couple of tents but at least 100-200 yards from us. On our fourth night, we had the entire site to ourselves. The site is sufficiently far from the road for it to be neither seen nor heard. At night, there was there were the sounds of nature only.

There are two loos, one without a light, and a shower with good hot water, which was free. There is an outdoors stand-alone sink and draining board next to the loos, but no hot water or light, where you can do the washing up. The loos were clean enough, as was the shower, although the rubber mat on which to stand after the shower could have done with a good clean or just needed replacing. There needs to some shelving put up around the sink. However, nothing looks finished – the walls of the loos being bare plasterboard and there’s not much of an excuse for a loo with no light given that it stands next to one that has. If the owners could improve these facilities, then this would be really good site. On our 5th day, the water, which is drawn from a deep bore hole, stopped. This coincided with the first day of the Ludlow food festival when I believe the site was “full” (there was still loads of free space), so the demand on the water was probably at a maximum, but the owners should ensure that water does not run dry again as apart from a piece of earth on which to stand your tent, water is the second-most essential in a campsite (it had been restored by the next morning).

I got the sense the owners are fairly laid-back, no one hassled us for money and we were half way in to the stay before I bumped into Angela who was lovely and friendly.

We really enjoyed our stay in Shrophsire and this lovely piece of the landscape is a great place from which to explore it. Hopefully, the owners will get the facilities up to scratch in the next year or so and then this would be a campsite to recommend.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Achy 14 reviews from this member

Excellent campsite. The driveway has now tarmac 3/4 of the way up, so no problem gaining access. The website directions are spot on. The site has some wonderful views, whilst still providing 3 fields with mainly level pitches.

The owners were not particularly visible whilst we were there, as they had a family gathering. This certainly didn't cause a problem & we even had to go & find them to pay at the end of the weekend! The rates were exceedingly reasonable.

No awful rules & you can have a fire if you use a fire basket.

Two toilets & 1 shower were adequate, especially when you take into account that I was advised they were really busy & any other campsite would declare that 1/2 empty-great for us!

If you want a rural campsite, with basic but clean facilities, close to Ludlow (castle is excellent) then Monstay is for you.

One last thing-the water needs to be boiled before drinking, so might be easier to take your own??

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Caspian 5 reviews from this member

Just returned from a couple of nights at this site. Overall it was very good - the location is great, close enough to Ludlow for easy visits but far enough out that you feel like you're properly in the countryside. Facilities were basic (the toilet doors have a few gaps in where the draught whistles through!) but that's part of the charm of a site like this. The fire pits are definitely a good idea, but it's worth reserving them when you book to make sure you get one.

Even though we were camping on the August bank holiday the site felt uncrowded and we never had to wait for loo or shower. Lots of space between tents and a big area in the centre of the main field for children to play in.

The only downpoint to our stay was the amount of noise on the site. One field close to the loo block had a big group of campers (5-8 families I guess) who had car radios playing most of the day, and another group were playing theirs later on in the evening (10pm).

As well as the radios a couple of caravans near us had brought a petrol generator with them, as they couldn't get an EHC pitch. This meant that from 5pm to 9. 30pm we had to listen to the generator chugging away, which was a real disappointment. To be fair to the caravanners they had mentioned they were bringing the generator, and the site owners had agreed, but I think it's a mistake on a rural site like this. Even a quiet generator seems loud when you're on an open field in the middle of the forest. Another couple did ask the site owners to check the noise, but as they'd given permission there's not a lot they could do.

We cut our trip short by a night as a result which was a shame, but we were looking for real peace and quiet and it wasn't really that type of site. The sound of voices round a campfire or children playing is one thing, but generators and stereos is rather different.

I would recommend this site for large groups and families with lots of children, but if you are looking for a quiet site you may be better off elsewhere. At very least it'd be worth checking with the site owners what their policy is regarding noise on site (radios especially) before you book. We were partly unlucky that we were pitched next to noisy caravans. On another day it might have been perfect, but not this time around.

In terms of constructive criticism (because this has potential to be a fantastic site), it would be good if the owners did a quick tour morning and evening to check on things. The owners are working farmers so understandably have other priorities, but it would have been a good chance to check on noise levels (as it was not obvious from the farmhouse given its distance from the main field).

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mands37 1 review from this member

Basic but clean and adequate facilities but wouldn't expect anything else for £15 per night for a family of 4. The owners were friendly and very laid back. There didn't seem to be any rules or regulations on the site. People were turning up and pitching their tents a 9:30pm and we were told we could vacate the site whenever we wanted. The views were fantastic. The site is in a quiet location and close to ludlow castle which is just what we wanted. We pitched in the larger field with the large tree in as it only had a few tents on it. Unfortunately there were a group of young teenagers that insisted on swearing at each other constantly which is not something we wanted our 6 year old to hear and also ran around with burning branches which their parents were not concerned by. We decided to leave a day early because of their behaviour.

It does get quite windy at night and would recommend pitching in the far corner if you can. We will stay here again but will choose one of the smaller fields next time.

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