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Visitor Reviews - Blackland Lakes Holiday And Leisure Centre

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Blackland Lakes Holiday And Leisure Centre
Stockley Lane
Wiltshire   (Browse area)
SN11 0NQ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01249 810943

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Pitches: 180
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 66 Reviews
              7/10 from 66 Reviews

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Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Dorne 2 reviews from this member

We visited here for 5 nights and found it to be a beautiful and quiet campsite although our pitch was quite hard to find but when we did find it we were more than happy with the location. The toilets were clean and the showers were powerful with lots of hot water although you did have to keep pressing them on for a decent length shower. This site has 3 large ponds 2 for fishing and 1 wildlife pond which sadly was fenced off so can't really be fully appreciated. There is also a hide which was locked and which could do with a revamp, as could a lot of the other things around the ponds such as a bridge that has fallen into the water and hasn't been mended. On the whole it was a lovely site. We saw a kingfisher, heron and loads of bats so as wildlife lovers it was a great site but with a bit after tlc could be a stunning site.

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Foley799 10 reviews from this member

Just returned after a week at Blackland Lakes.

In short Ė disappointing.

The location is excellent, all of Wiltshire is accessible with ease, and the campsite itself is a short way off the main A4. The people there are friendly, no problems there at all.

The pitches are huge, but the ones at the lower end of the field were soggy Ė I got well and truly stuck. The grass was long so I couldnít see it til I sunk into it Ė deep. They towed me out with a tractor and found me a better pitch, but why put people in a bog when there are pitches higher up that are better? They blamed the recent rain, but they knew it was soaking where they placed me, so it was daft to send me towing a caravan into it when the field was mostly empty.

You canít fill an aquaroll, as the taps at the water points donít pour Ė they spray water everywhere. They should install a small hozelock connector on each one so the water is directed in a Ďpourí not a spray? But if you take a tube with you, youíll be fine.

The shop has the essentials, but itís frequently closed.

Then to the shower/toilet blocks. There is an old one, which is ok but very beaten up, cracked tiles, but it works ok. The new one is awful. Everything works, but itís so dark and dreary. Poor lighting, all dark wood, and grimy. It needs a damn good clean. Cobwebs are inevitable on a campsite, but some have been there for years. The light fittings are full of dead insects Ė horrible. The hand drier only blows cold air and it was a freezing cold week, so that wasnít welcome.

But the main grouse about this block is the way itís been built. Thereís a ladiesí entrance one end, and a gentsí at the other. But both entrances go into the same block, so itís not segregated at all. Why on earth isnít there a wall half way down to separate the menís and the ladies halves?

They call themselves the premier campsite in Wiltshire. They certainly arenít that!

Date of Visit: October 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Bobsbabes 15 reviews from this member

Having visited before we were looking forward to our stay.

Toilets not cleaned very often and dirty and cobwebby ( I realise the spiders have to live somewhere but they hadn't been removed for ages )

The one time we saw the loos being cleaned (11pm There were no set cleaning times had there have been we would have known to use the other loos) we were told to use the other loo block which is only a couple of hundred metres away but in the pouring rain its a long way.

Only saw the warden once when we popped in the shop. Shop has a few essentials in but not open when you realise you need them !

Fishing is very good ( so the hubby says )

There is a small park for the children which has seen better days.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Kernow63 8 reviews from this member

We found this to be quite a good site, but could be great with a bit of work. To be fair, it was early in the season, but some of the facilities need a bit of an update. For example the children's play area where the equipment is a bit worse for wear. Having said that, the kids were happy and that makes a big difference!

There is a shop on site, which wasn't very big, but had the basics.

The location was great, with some interesting places to visit and the town of Calne only a few minutes drive away, with enough shops to get what you need. Other towns such as Devizes and Melksham are also quite close. There are also plenty of historic sites close by.

Date of Visit: October 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Pete1946 10 reviews from this member

Just returned from a week on this site as part of a Halloween meet in field 6. The site is generally flat, but field 6 has a big hump in it, but easy to get round it, pitches are of a good size with nice grass, electric hook ups were very good, and no trips all week. We had some very nasty weather with high winds and heavy rain, but the ground coped with it and never got boggy, as it drained very well. Toilets were a little dated, but always very clean. The fishing lake was well stocked I was told, but did not use it myself. We had the use of the timber cabin for a couple of nights, but it`s a real shame it has been neglected, as this barn would be very good for rallies to use with some money spent on it, the roof leaks badly in parts, but as said, could be a good asset to the site if repaired. Fire pits are allowed off the grass, and had a few good nights sitting round them, drinking and laughing. There is a nice pub called the Talbot Inn within easy walking distance, but take a good strong torch with you, as the road has no kerbs, and no street lighting, and is pitch black at night. All in all, a very enjoyable week despite the bad weather at times. The site is in a lovely setting, and very peaceful, and would return to it on another meet if one is set up again, or a nice peaceful week for just relaxing, and visiting the surrounding places near it.

Date of Visit: October 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Absinthe_boy 12 reviews from this member

Just returned from a week on the site as part of a rally in field 6.

This is a difficult site to review, as we were visiting off-season (late October to early November). First impressions, pitches were large with plenty of space for large units and lots of green grass left free to run around, play etc.

There's a small toilet block at the West end of field 6, which looks lovely outside. It's been refurbished in the sense that the original exterior wall has been clad in very fetching logs. It really gives the impression of a new toilet/shower block. However inside it's very 1980. The shower units here really need replacing, though the toilets and sinks are fine and everything is kept clean. Even here, one cubicle in the gents has no lock and the staff have provided a broom handle to jam between the door and wall. This block also has a dish washing area which is also dated but very functional. There's also a *very* reasonably priced commercial washing machine and dryer, cheaper than launderettes.

The block at the East end of the field serves a couple of fields and is much better. It is either new or has had a recent full refurb, the only issues here were that it was cold (no heating, whereas the old block had radiators) and the roof seems unfinished. The ceiling is simply not there in some points and you can see the water tanks and plumbing. Otherwise a very modern, pleasant toilet block which will be lovely during warmer months. Both toilet/shower blocks had a plentiful supply of hot water. Showers are the usual pushbutton type and took a while to heat up but once going were lovely.

The field was not flat, but most pitches were reasonably flat. Pitches are quite large, EHU was very reliable with no outages. We did have a lot of rain and while there were puddles, the area drained quite well and there were no bogs.

The fishing lakes looked good, and our friends commented positively on the dog walk. Generally the site is attractive and upkeep is adequate.

There is a barn, dubbed 'covered BBQ area' which could be a great addition to the site. Indeed with some TLC it could be the jewel in the crown. Sadly it's been left to decay, and while our rally used it we had to put up with a leaky roof, de-activated facilities (bar, field kitchen with cooking pit, BBQs all left to rot). The barn could be something really special with some money spent on it. Indeed the site in general looks like it's part-way through a refurb that was never quite finished. I was told they have spent money on the barn but it's not repaid them in usage (you have to hire it). Maybe they're charging too much?

Overall we had a lovely time, and this is a tricky review to write as we've never been camping this late in the year or out of season. Staff were friendly, check-in was handled quickly. We didn't use the shop but others reported that it's small but adequately stocked.

I certainly wouldn't suggest you avoid the site. I think it falls into the 'nothing special' category unless you are a keen angler. But with a bit more TLC and money spent on it, the site could be excellent.

So overall there's nothing especially wrong here, but some of the facilities show signs that they could be much better than they are. The site is located in a lovely part of Wiltshire, not too far from the motorway (30 minutes mostly on good A roads), and there are a couple of pubs within walking distance. There are several towns nearby (Calne, Trowbridge, Melksham for example) where you can stock up. Longleat Safari Park is about 45 minutes away, and there are some local attractions.

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