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Utopia Paradise Caravan Park
The Mallards
Farman Close
Norfolk   (Browse area)
NR9 5RD   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01603 870812

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Pitches: 15
Open: April To December

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

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Date of Visit: April 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Jean74fho 1 review from this member

We have just returned from this lovely natural camp site, our first outing of the year and only our third trip as caravanners.

The site owner is very helpful. Her site is immaculate in every way. It has a beautiful lake that she ensures you have a view of from your van. Its free to fish and Bob caught three small roach yesterday! A pair of swans also live there and many other birds.

There are separate toilets for ladies and men, the mens has 2 urinals, 2 cubical and two sinks. There is only one ladies. There is one shower which also has a sink and toilet. All these facilities are spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated.

You need 1. 20 for a shower token but one token gives you enough time for two showers we found.

There is no wash up area. Electricity is separately charged. We paid 2. 64 for our two days so not expensive.

The whole site is beautifully kept, peaceful and dog friendly. A lot of attention to detail and quirky bits too. Lots of places to walk, there is a local shop open 7 days a week. Norwich is 12 miles away with shops, Cathedrals and museums. You could get to the coast in about 45 minutes, the Norfolk Broads are also not far away but we didn't go there as the site was so lovely. There is an information stand on site. The local pub is shut at the moment but we ate at the Lakelands Country Club on Friday night, a short walk from the site. The food was very good and not too expensive. Not very characterful but you can have a view of another lake!

Would definitely return.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Debbiedivacat 10 reviews from this member

We have just come home after having two weeks at this lovely site and will definitely return. Susan the owner is as other reviews say, very helpful and welcoming.

When we arrived on site it was pouring down and Susan made us a cup of coffee in her home until it passed. When setting up we had a problem with our electrics and the water pump and both Susan and her husband came to our rescue and sorted the problem out. As fairly new caravanners we couldn't have done it on our own.

The site is well maintained and beautiful. We were lucky during our stay to have sunshine all but one day as well. The lake is well stocked with fish and my husband enjoyed fishing, which is free.

The toilets and shower are immaculate and Susan was seen checking them several times per day. Showers are 1. 20 but as the shower is unisex my husband and I managed to both use it for the 1. 20.

There is a local shop for essentials and also a pub. We used the shop a couple of times and had a drink at the pub but did not eat there. The night we went every table was booked so that must say something !

We already knew Norfolk and found the site to be well positioned for us to get out and about and visit both old and new places.

We went into Norfolk one evening for curry and Susan was able to give us a recommendation and helpfully a map and advised us where to park.

It was clear from talking to others on the site that Susan has lots of regular visitors to the site and we would certainly recommend it to other caravanners.

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: M155 LCY 1 review from this member

We have been meaning to stay here for some time now and at last we have. Suzan is quite a character! very welcoming and full of advice, one was to only turn your water heater on 10 minutes before needed as can be a bit pricey when on electric. It cost us 9 + for 2 night stay but we didn't take her advice.
on site shower room was a nice surprise, probably one of the cleanest we have used. We didn't get a chance to fish as the British motorcross championships were on at Lyng so we decided to give this a look instead. 20 per person to get in which is rather steep!

There is a Premier store just at the end of the lane which sells just about everything.

We booked to dine at the Fox & Hound on Saturday night (after reading the reviews we booked before leaving home). We got there early but after waiting half an hour to get a drink (couldn't get anywhere near the bar) and after hearing the barmaid say to a lady, who informed her that her table had arrived 'yeah and', we decided to leave.

We went back the next day and had lunch which was very nice but we were overcharged which I pointed out to the barmaid when paying the bill but she informed me 'the price is wrong on the menu therefore no reduction was given!

Hasn't put us off going back to Utopia Paradise. Check out the signs near the recycling bins about opening times and the doggy poo bin!

Date of Visit: March 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Ralph13 7 reviews from this member

Second visit to this wonderful site.

Despite the weather at Easter, the atmosphere was good.

The site is well drained, size of pitch very good.

Electricity paid for by meter which worked out very economically considering the cold and the heater on a lot.

Suzanne the owner very helpful and nothing too much trouble for her.

Major shops in Dereham, and Norwich both about 10 miles with a few local shops in village.

Good pub in Lyng and excellent food.

Will definitely return later in the year.

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Nicksta 2 reviews from this member

We spent a fantastic 8 nights at this beautiful site end July/beginning of August, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute!

The site owner is brilliant. She is so helpful on arrival to the site, ensuring that you have the correct size pitch (which are much larger than average) and that you are set up as perfectly as you can be. She also lent us some chocks and a booster aerial for our TV, for which we were very grateful.

The site is very quiet and picturesque, and we were lucky enough to have fabulous weather while we were there. My husband tried his hand at fishing for the very first time and caught plenty during our stay!

We paid 9 a night for our pitch, which I thought was extremely reasonable. The electricity was metered so you pay for what you use, but we only spent around 11 for the 8 nights and I think that this is a much better way of doing things. The shower/toilet block were spotless, and although shower tokens are 1. 20 each, you get 10 minutes for that so it's ample time for 2 people (the shower block is unisex).

There is a well stocked shop and a lovely pub only a few minutes walk from the site. There is also access to the nearby river just a bit further round the road, which was excellent for our 2 dogs to take a cooling dip in during the heat.

The site was very well placed for exploration of the Norfolk Broads and the nearby city of Norwich. We really loved the beach at Cromer, and the lovely seaside town of Wells-next-the-sea.

All in all, we really enjoyed this little gem of a site and hope to visit again one day soon!

Date of Visit: May 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: DJFW 14 reviews from this member

Utopia Paradise has 15 pitches which are nearly all situated round the lake which is the focal point of this very attractive site. There are plenty of trees but the pitches are not hemmed in by them, although some are a little more open in aspect than others.

The owner, Sue, is quite a character with a quirky sense of humour, but she aims to please and really puts herself out for you. She very kindly printed off some information about the cycle path we were asking her about, for example.

The site is very peaceful, well away from any busy roads, but the access to the site is good. The lake and trees are a haven for birds, (including swans, ducks and geese) and there is plenty of birdsong. Sue is keen to ensure that the units are well spaced out, with a 6m gap in between, which I thoroughly approve of.

Rather unusually, the electricity is metered, so you pay for what you use, which seems very fair. It also gets you to think about what appliances you are using and Sue gives you a good idea of how much you are likely to use and the cost involved, which was quite an eye-opener! It is clear that most sites subsidise their clients one way or another and the sort of fees most charge per night just doesn't cover it. We used our gas more than we night otherwise have done, which was probably more economical anyway, especially with this metered system. Bottled gas is sold on site too.

The basic pitch fee is very reasonable, at 9 a night for 2 people, with no extra charge for awnings. The shower is 1.20 per token, for which there is plenty of water. Although there is a wash block, there are no dishwashing facilities. This wash block is contained in a large metal storage container, like you'd see on an articulated lorry, which from the outside is not much to look at, but has been tastefully kitted out inside. The gents' has two urinals and 2 WCs with 2 sinks, both with hot and cold water. The ladies' has 1 sink and 1 WC. The shower (unisex) is in a spacious'room' within the container and has a WC and sink.

The site is very peaceful and everyone was very friendly which created a lovely atmosphere. There is coarse fishing at the lake and a number of campers obviously enjoyed this. The first 2 rods are free. The site is basically flat, but you might need a check for for odd bit of unevenness on your pitch, which are all grass (no hardstanding).

Although there are only 2 water points, they are centrally positioned, by the wash block and there is a hose already attached from the tap, which is very useful. (I wish more sites would do this.) There are 2 chemical disposal points nearby and also grey water disposal, although you are encouraged to 'water the bushes' with it, unless you've got anything particularly undesirable in it.

There is a handy local shop less than 5 mins. Walk away which is open from 7-7 in the week and 8-1 on Sunday. The local pub, the Fox & Hounds is also less than 5 mins. Away. It has a good range of food, if perhaps a little bit pricey. Ithad 4 real ales, all served straight from the cask. When we were there, these were Hopback Summer Lightning, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Woodforde's Wherry and Adnam's Broadside. We went to their Tues. Eve steak night, for which booking was essential. This was good value at 14.95 for two.

The area is good for cycling, with plenty of quiet roads and the Marriott Way, which is a cycle route along an old railway trackbed. You could get all the way into Norwich using it (about 13 miles) or, in the other direction, Reepham and Aylsham. You could cycle to this track from the site or you could take the car to nearby Lenwade and park in the free (but Small) car park there.

Norwich is a pleasant city, with attractive cathedrals and shops, as well as lots of good pubs. When we there it happened to be the inaugural 'City of Ale' festival, which was interesting.

As one would expect with an adults only site this is very peaceful and relaxing. We would heartily recommend it and if we're back in the area, we'll certainly aim to come back to this site.

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