Just got back from a fantastic week at Hooks House Farm. Difficult to add anything which has not already been said. The View? One of the best from any site we have stayed on.
Facilities are always spotless although they are a bit over worked when the site is full and the slope of the field gave us a bit of trouble trying to get our trailer tent level in a way where the sleeping area was horizontal and we could still get the pegs in all around the edge but that's just being picky.
So much to do in the surrounding area, the walk along the old railway to Whitby is a pleasant 6-7 mile trek with no steep climbs. Or a short walk down to Robin Hoods Bay and you can walk the beach (Remember the return to RHB is cut off at High Tide) or just wander around the village and spend your money in one of the many cafes or shops. A few nice pubs in RHB as well.
There is also a Ghost walk once or twice a week around RHB, a nice way to kill an hour or so before grabbing an evening meal. On the subject of food, I can really recommend the Fylingsdale inn in Fylingthorpe, fantastic food and a good selection of ales and if you find yourself in Whitby search out the Magpie, their fish and chips are excellent.
For the less energetic the bus between Whitby and Scarborough stops around 100yds from the site.
The only thing left to comment on are the owners nicer people you could not wish to meet. Always available but never intrusive.
All in all one of the nicest sites we have visited, a definite thumbs up.
Hubby & I have just spent 5 wonderful days at this camp and what a fantastic place. Greeted by very friendly owners who keep the facilities spotless, toilets even have airfreshner, 3 showers for the ladies & 2 for the men, with endless hotwater also separate wash area for families with plugs and baby bath.
Kitchen wash area again spotless, with 2 freezers and a fridge so no problems freezing your icepacks. Plus the use of Microwave and kettle.
Field on a little slope but provide wooden blocks for caravans etc, but with outstanding views of the bay and 10min walk to Robin Hoods Bay/beach which our dog Izzy loved, plenty of cosy pubs which are all dog friendly. Small postoffice 5mins from camp which stocks everything or supermarket 4miles away in Whitby.
Overall this is one of the best sites we have stayed on for cleanliness, breath taking view and only a few miles from the main seaside towns.
Would highly recommend to couples and families.
Will definitely go back for more this year
Just watch to the far left of the field there is an electric fence to keep in the sheep, and our dog got a little surprise the first day but didn't go back for more
Been using Hooks House since the early 90's and still our favourite site. Owners always friendly and helpful. Facilities clean, plenty of hot water, soap, paper towels. Over the years we have seen the site develop. The view is amazing - the BEST!
Robin Hoods Bay is great. Good pubs, cafes, chippy. Really dog friendly - you can take your dog in most of the pubs and all do good food. The good pub in Fylingthorpe is also in walking distance and a well stocked shop.
On a down side camping has got so popular that you may find the site full and you cannot book for short stays. The area is great too - coast and countryside.
Although we only wanted to book an EHU for five nights we were asked to commit to 7 nights it being a bank holiday. Seems to be becoming the norm nowadays due to the upsurge in the popularity of camping as they weren't the only site to ask so I won't go on.
Views were just breathtaking rain or shine - we had both, and the location so close to Robin Hoods Bay is fantastic. We just loved not having to take the car, and being able to cycle and walk to the shops.
We went to Thorpe Stores in Fylingdale - friendly and well stocked, open 7 days a week - a short walk down the hill. Yes the site slopes but people coped and was the price of the fantastic view. We were given chocs in case we needed help levelling our trailer tent.
The friendly and relaxed welcome all helped to make our stay one of the best I can recall for some time.
We really felt like we were away from it all, even though an A road ran behind the site, it didn't bother us. Sheep in the next field, and the birdsong from 4.45am in the morning all contributed to my ideal camping experience.
Robin Hoods Bay and Runswick Bay reminded me of some of the little Cornish fishing villages we have visited recently - quaint, unspoilt, intriging. Something for everyone, sand, sea, chocolate box imagery ( no slot machines, or kiss me quick hats here thank god.)
Try the Cliffemount Hotel at the top of Runswick bay. Free parking if you use their bar, and the evening menu looked scrummy even though I didn't eat there.
Generally a picturesque site full of family groups, and serious campers, so the site stayed relatively peaceful and laid back.
I agree with previous reviews that the site gets a lot of wind, everyone pitched facing the bay, to take in the breathtaking view, with the wind blowing offshore, so it didn't really bother us.
Washing and toilet facilities were kept fastidiously & spotlessly clean. ( a nice touch was airfreshener in the ladies and gents loos ) with soap dispensed from the wall. Never ran out of loo roll !
Obviously well cared for, although you need to be prepared to queue as there were only two showers per sex. Individual washrooms were very much appreciated - modern and clean. Kitchen with microwave & kettle, and loads of pot washing both indoor and outdoor.
No clothes washing facilities which was a bit dissappointing especially after having to commit to 7 days, but I asked them to consider at least installing a spin dryer.
No children's playground, although for me this is not essential as the big field in which we were pitched at the top offered plenty of run around & ball game space, and is good for kite flying ( remember the prevailing wind.) Go to a shop called Rainbow Gems in Whitby - across the bridge to the right towards the main pier, up an alley way. Sells fantastic kites for £2 and didn't have a clue how good they were !
Slight moan, even though the dogs on this site were well behaved, I'm not a big fan, & was disappointed that dog walkers chose to exercise their dogs, (and hence a doggy poo stop) in the children's play field. Granted they did pick the stuff up, but all the same the two should not mix.
Overall I would give this site 8/10. ( extra shower, clothes washing facility, and dogs rerouted making it near perfect). I would definitely go back next year.
We drove over to Robin Hoods Bay on Friday afternoon to ensue we got a good pitch as bookings were only taken for electric pitches and longer stays. We arrived mid afternoon and were greeted very warmly by one of the owners in the reception by the entrance.
The site stayed pretty empty with only the outer pitches being used by caravanners at the top and proper campers at the bottom!
We pitched up at the bottom of the field which had a great view of the bay and the surrounding hills but at the price of being furthest away from the toilet block! Most of the pitches were on a slope so it took a while to get levelish but the owners offered us ramps so are aware.
The toilets / showers were always clean and tidy along with an al fresco washing up area.
Robin Hoods Bay is a short walk down the fields of about 15 minutes where there are plenty of pubs, cafes and the fish and chip shop. Be prepared for the hill on the way back up though!
Please note there are no cash machines in robin hoods bay and that if you need any fuel get it before you set off as the prices sky rocket once your past York
We have Just arrived back from a long weekend break at Hooks farm. Me the Wife, 2 kids and Jet the dog.
Well first the negative point, we wish we could have stayed longer! With that out of the way I would like to say what an awesome view awaits anyone who drives onto this site. The views are absolutely stunning looking out over the bay. To match this the owners cant do enough to help.
At reception we were made to feel most welcome, then they hooked our van to their vehicle and after towing it to the pitch, set the whole thing up for us. Ok the pitch was on a incline and I would have struggled but they sorted the whole thing out without issues.
The facilities were spotless throughout the stay. The Showers and the washing cubicles always had hot water and were kept clean. No kiddies park here but plenty of space to entertain yourselves with outdoor games and stuff.
A 10 minute stroll over a little moor and some wonderful scenery (all down hill) then your in Robin Hoods Bay an absolute gem of a place (just explore you will love it).
There is also a small general store here, little pubs and shops and places to eat. Don't forget the walk can be challenging (back up the hill) to the site but turn around again at the top and there is that view again, it will all be worth it.
Hooks farm is a must for those who want a quiet relaxing break and friendly environment. We will be back as soon as we can so leave us a space !
We booked for one night over the phone with the site and on arrival they found us a pitch and some extra chocks as its quite sloping.
The owners were very nice people and we set up and walked down the field to explore Robin Hood Bay. The first pub we came to was the Victoria so we went in for a pint. The first thing to hit us was the smell of fish as someone had been eating a meal. The atmosphere in here was drab/dead as was the pub itself and it needs updating and a good clean.
Then we went further down into Robin Hoods Bay to see what the village was like. Personally we found it disappointing and not worth the effort when you consider how lovely the villages of the Northumberland coast are, we were disappointed in Robin Hood Bay as a whole. I think this place is overrated and a bit shabby.
The Camp Site was fine but it was too near the passing road and we could hear the local boy-racers flashing down the country lane until late.
So, if you book here its worth getting a pitch at the bottom of the field for less noise but not a bad site with lovely owners.
The friendly, warm, welcome here is always fantastic. The site facilities are immaculate and the views of the bay are breath taking. The kettle and microwave on site meant we just had to pre heat what we'd cooked the day before which was great. Good price at £6 per person per night for 2 adults in a tent and this site has recently updated it's facilities, we love the fact that you can lock yourself into a cubicle with sink mirror etc. To spruce up. Our labradors like this place even more than we do! A BIG THUMBS UP Many thanks to all the family who run and take care of this fantastic site.
I don't usually bother to add to reviews when there are so many already on, but having just had a really lovely weekend here I thought I would, if only to sing the praises of the owners, who made us so welcome and went out of their way to be helpful and accommodating! When we arrived on Friday evening we were given help to pitch our van on a sloping pitch at the site - the owner hitched up his 4x4 and drove it onto a huge block - made sure it was secure, and then went round and lowered all the feet so he could check it was level for us.
Today when we left he came down again and helped us off and drove it up the hill to the entrance.
Also when we asked if we could stay longer today so we could have our lunch before we left we were told it was no problem at all.
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