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Visitor Reviews - East Grange Camping And Wigwams

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East Grange Camping And Wigwams
The Loft Bistro & Venue
Kinloss
Forres
Moray   (Browse area)
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Tel: 01343 850 111

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Pitches: 10
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 10/10 from 2 Reviews
              10/10 from 2 Reviews


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Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Grapefruitmoon 23 reviews from this member

We stayed here for 4 nights as part of a large family group. Amongst us all we hired a bothy hut, 3 wigwams and had 2 camping pitches. The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to accomodate us comfortably. We pitched on the bothy field which had lovely views across fields. There was plenty room here for our big tent. The wigwam areas tend to slope and are more suitable for smaller tents. There is also a large camping area about 200yards(?) from the facilities. Each bothy, and wigwam, had a fire pit and picnic table. Even though the bothies come with kitchens and shower rooms, there is also a shower and toilet and a wee kitchen in this field (albeit rustic). There are modern clean toilets and a unisex shower room next to the communal room around at the wigwams. We also discovered more toilets and showers later which are next to the bar entrance. There are ladies toilets with a shower, gents, and also a separate shower. Plenty of facilities for all. The site was full but quiet and there was a lovely friendly laid back atmosphere with guests from all over Europe staying. The staff are very trusting and let us get on with it. The communal room had dining tables and chairs, a bookcase with books and games, cookers and a fridge. Lots of pots and pans and plenty crockery. We found these facilities were used fairly and cleaned by guests. The wigwams are in a nice elevated position and enjoy lovely sunsets. In fact the countryside around the camp site, although generally flat, was prettier than I had expected and there are pleasant walks directly off site. Above the bar and restaurant there is a comfortable area which has a ball pit for little kids and toys for wee ones as well as sofas for parents to chill out on with a beer from the bar. This site is very nice for young children with a good outdoor play area, too. Maybe not so much for older kids except, of course for the on site activity centre, where you pay extra for organised activities. Nearby are lovely beaches. We visited Findhorn and also the Roseisle beach which has a carpark run by the forestry commission. You pay (£2 all day?) but there are picnic benches, play ground, toilets and outdoor showers. Forres is a lovely town and has a useful hardware store and a great butcher where got pies and also Forres has a TESCO and a LIDL. There's a bigger TESCO at Elgin. We also visited Hopeman which has a nice beach with rock pools, pretty harbour and good fish and chips. Loads to do in the area and nice scenic mountainous road to Grantown on Spey. Only minus point would be the price of the wood for the fires on site. I don't think there is a washing machine…. Would absolutely recommend and would love to stay here again.

Date of Visit: January 2014 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Armchaircamper 21 reviews from this member

My daughter and I stayed in a wooden wigwam at this site just after New Year. It could sleep 4 or 5 people so was comfortable for two. It was one of the larger wigwams. There are smaller ones which have the beds on the floor and don't have as much head height apparently.

The beds are benches built against the walls and have comfortable mattresses with wipe-clean covers. We took our own sleeping bags and pillows. Wooden sections can be fitted between the side benches, resting on the central table, to create one large sleeping platform in the rear half of the wigwam. A further bench in the front of the cabin provides a fifth bed.

The benches can be used as seating through the day, but as the side walls curve inwards, it isn't that comfortable to sit as you can't lean backwards. I would take a camping chair next time.

There are three little windows in the walls and one in the door, covered with the cutest little curtains. The wigwam is heated and very weatherproof. There are shelves for food storage and a toaster and kettle. Electricity is metred and takes £1 and £2 coins.

Outside the front door is a little decking area with a bench table. Camp fire supplies are available for a charge. 'The Bothy' houses the showers and toilets, which were clean, as well as a large kitchen/dining room with cookers, fridge, sink, microwave, tables and chairs for about 20 people and a bookcase with books, games and jigsaws. This was also very clean and supplied with washing up liquid and tea towels.

There is a cafe or restaurant on site which was open even when we visited on January 2nd. The venue offers lots of outdoor activities including quad biking, grass sledging and archery, and is open all year to the public. I would imagine it gets very busy in the summer although we almost had the place to ourselves when we went. Reception has a map of short walks around the immediate area and we spent a pleasant hour wandering beside the stream in the sunshine.

We did some pottery painting in the reception building, which was very relaxing. There is a camping area over on the opposite part of the site, with cleared areas of grass winding informally between small trees. Apparently the campers have separate facilities but we didn't see these so can't comment. Everyone was extremely welcoming and helpful and we would be happy to return.

Forres is just a few minutes along the road which is convenient for the supermarket. Places within easy reach include Elgin, Nairn, Inverness, and the Moray Firth with beaches and dolphin spotting. Brodie Countryfare is a pleasant stop - a gifty shop with restaurant, and rather posh ladies' toilets!


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