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Visitor Reviews - Blackland Lakes Holiday And Leisure Centre

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Blackland Lakes Holiday And Leisure Centre
Stockley Lane
Calne
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 63 Reviews
              7/10 from 63 Reviews


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Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Kernow63 7 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 10 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.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: SUGARFOOT123 1 review from this member

Had only two nights here but must say how great it was. Initially We could not get a Satellite signal but was allowed to move away from trees then it was fine.

The fishing was amazing, my best day ever. Fishing Stans Lake I caught 55 fish in total including Perch, Roach, Tench, Bream, Hybrids, Rudd, common Carp and Mirror Carp. The Carp ranged from 4lb to 12lb. A fishing Paradise.

Thanks to all. We'll be back.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Sheila (Moose) 2 reviews from this member

Just had a fantastic week at Blacklands. Its a beautiful lush green and tranquil site with good fishing! It's a safe site for young children with a small playpark for them. The main toilet and shower block has just been refurbished and the showers now have lovely slate tiled floors.

There are no arcades or bingo you go to places like Blackpool for that! To recharge you batteries and enjoy the bird song and wild life this is THE place. Plus its not far from Bowood House, Stonehenge Longleat etc, we can't wait to go back.

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Itinerant-Potters 2 reviews from this member

We are a family of five and stayed at Blackland Lakes for 5 nights camping after a pre-dawn/sunrise visit to Stonehenge. (If you haven't, it's worth the trip)

From Blackland we also visited Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow and Avebury as they are all within easy reach.

The section where we pitched was glorious, the grass was gert lush and the ground was bowling green flat, all around the perimeter there are large trees which provide great wind protection.

It's like a clearing in the middle of the woods but from the 'Shire'. Peaceful, really relaxing.

We turned up at the site on spec after a brief phone call and found the staff very helpful and accommodating.

There is a shop on site which has all the basic needs. There's anything else in nearby Calne.

The shower and toilet facilities are reasonable and clean.

It is perfectly safe for children with plenty of room to run around without disturbing anyone else's pitch and keeping them within sight and earshot.

There are swimming & fishing facilities on site, however, we didn't partake, so cannot comment on those aspects.

We will definitely be visiting this site again in the future. With the rod and tackle next time. Thanks.

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