Good points. We enjoyed the total peace & quiet, the sound of owls, the pretty views, the free-range hens visiting for scraps, the efficient online booking, relaxed helpful owners and the high spec hard stands. These were huge (no. 2 Well Field was about 18m deep and 10m wide) and with enough grass between to fit in other pitches: it felt very roomy. For us, the individual stand pipe and TV point were luxuries.
Pitch no. 1 gets the best views, the most sun in the evening (the sun goes behind the hill that the site is cut into) and is the most exposed; No. 5 is the most enclosed by trees; pitches 2-4 grade between. The access track up from Oxton was not a problem. Dog walk on open fields not being used by livestock (as advised by the owner) and the access track verge.
However, the portaloo and portashower are basic. They are clean (and well ventilated) but lack electric light or background heating - you need a torch to use the loo or shower at night; the 'beach hut' for changing is cute, but there's no escaping the fact that there's open air between the hut and the free unlimited hot water of the shower. On similar sites, toilet and shower may be together in a portacabin or timber garden chalet as a family room where the tourist leaflets, book swap etc are dry, with a towel rail for background heat. But this does need capital investment, and I guess that's gone into getting the pitches right: the toilet and shower feel temporary. If your unit is self-contained, the shower isn't an issue. Otherwise, we're happy to recommend the site. £18 with 2-person discount, £20 without.
Plenty to do locally - Border towns with different characters, houses & gardens to visit, rivers to walk beside, rugby to watch, and some great golf courses.
The site itself is well laid out and has huge pitches with plenty of room between each one.
Each pitch has information point, EHU, Aerial point and cold water supply tap.
Tranquil out of the way site with far reaching views over the village(Oxton)and beyond.
A great place for wildlife spotting.
The toilet cubicle and shower cubicle are spotlessly clean.
On the down side however, the shower cubicle has no area for keeping your clothes or towel dry.
There are no hard paths to the w. C. /shower area or the bins.
If you have a hose connection for your water supply, you will need a long one as the taps are not at the usual service side of the van.
The biggest concern was the poor condition of the unsurfaced approach road which has some appaling potholes, some of which could not be avoided.
These negative points detract from what is otherwise a great site and although pricier than most, I would still recommend a visit.
Management response: A big thank you to “Tyefoster” and “Arty” who have taken the time to place a review on this site and many thanks for your positive remarks.
With regards to the negative comments we now have a small single WC and a separate shower with lots of hot water and plenty of pressure. We have taken note that it is difficult to change as the shower area is small and we have put in place a “beach hut” for changing which is just in front of the shower. This not only provides a pleasant and dry environment but also offers a bit more privacy for the shower. Stepping stone are also being added from the gravel driveway to the Chemical Disposal point and the WC and Shower facilities.
Unfortunately we cannot do anything about the placing of the water taps. We did have all the facilities at the one point on each pitch but the Caravan Club inspector insisted we moved the water taps well away. The Caravan Club also ask that we request people not to attach their hose pipes to the taps in case of cross contamination. However, the taps all have non return valves so there is no question of contamination from our water but there could I suppose potentially be a risk from the actual tap from the previous visitor but we feel that should be up to the individual and is highly unlikely.
The Council single track road has plenty of passing places and visibility on the bend has now been improved considerably. Our own farm track is through unfenced fields so plenty of room and visibility is perfect. Following the very wet summer last year the road did suffer. However, the potholes are being filled in this week and the whole road is being resurfaced over the next few weeks.
You both mention price. There are not a lot of CL sites who will be VAT registered so 20% of the cost automatically goes to the Government! Electricity costs are high and each site is metered so we are able to calculate the cost per night of the electricity. There is also the cost of the hot water in the shower; the cost of the wireless connection to each pitch; upkeep; loo rolls; cleaning etc. etc. So I do hope you understand.
We have an on line booking system to avoid you coming 2 miles off the main A68 to find there is no pitch available but do hope that this doesn’t deter people from telephoning on route to check availability.
Again thank you for taking the time to write a review
This is a brand new cl, in fact we were only the second caravan to use it. The location is fantastic with views to die for,each pitch has its own water, electric and tv hook up. There is also free wifi available.It is part of a farm and is adjacent to a group of luxury holiday lodges.
If you like isolation you will like this site, once you leave the single track access road you have about another half mile or so to tow up quite a steep hill on an untarmacked surface.
If you have a 4x4 this is no problem but it played havoc with my citroens suspension.
The only other downside is there is no wc at present only chemical disposal, but the owners have plans to install one later in year.They are also looking at tarmacking the access road at some point in the future.
Unusually for a cl you can check availability, book and pay for your pitch online.
A bit pricey at £15 a night but all in all a good site with potential to be a great site
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