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Visitor Reviews - Merley Court Holiday Park (shorefield Holidays)

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Merley Court Holiday Park (shorefield Holidays)
Dorset   (Browse area)
BH21 3AA   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01590 648331

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Pitches: 160
Open: February 5 To January 2

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 107 Reviews
              8/10 from 107 Reviews

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Date of Visit: March 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mandiedonnelly 1 review from this member

I have just returned from a four day stay at merley court. we will definitely be returning. the grounds were beautiful and shower and toilet areas spotless, there was a pub just around the corner that was dog and child friendly. The reception staff were friendly, we had a few problems with our caravan which left us with no lights we asked the warden Rod if he had any ideas and he spent a long time and did everything within his power to help its a shame other places we have visited don't have wardens like him. He came round in the morning to check that we were ok. Excellent service booking again after I have written this review ten out ten from us x

Date of Visit: February 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Wyann 1 review from this member

This was our first ever time caravanning. On arriving at Merley Court we were welcomed by polite young girl in reception (which is at the back of the shop)who explained that we could use the facilities at their sister park Oakdene. Merley court grounds were well kept loved looking out the window to watch the squirrels running around. The barriers in and out of the camp are registration recognisable. The showers were nice and clean and water hot. We didn't use the club as we had the dog with us but found some nice pubs in Wimbourne in particular The Cricketers Arms good home made food.

Merley Court was very quiet and as it was so early in the year the outdoor swimming pool wasn't open but the area around it looked lovely and clean. Would definitely come back

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Kyka7862 3 reviews from this member

Just back from a 4 day break at this nicely laid out park. Reception/shop and bar staff were all friendly and helpful. Nice refurbished club which at the rear opens out to overlook small outdoor pools. Children's play area was a bit basic and was near the entrance to the park which wasn't ideal. You can use the facilities at Oakdene park which is a sister park to Merley Court, they have a nice indoor pool/gym/steam room/sauna and is about 7 miles away along A31. Shower and toilet blocks were always clean though shower cubicle were a bit small. Overall nice park nice stay and about average prices for the area

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: M CLark 8 reviews from this member

A large, very nice well laid out site with a big grocery area that also stocks caravan and camping parts, while the staff in reception were friendly and helpful. The toilet block was clean, warm and airy, with plenty of hot water for the sinks and showers. Dumpsters are around the site for recycling/ordinary rubbish. Dogs are welcome on leads and only a couple of miles away towards Broadstone is a very big heath with lots of dog walking. I will certainly come back again.

The site is within easy drive of Poole with its quay and waterfront pubs/restaurants. Brownsea Island is reached by ferry but be warned, if not a NT member there's a further 6. 40 to get off the boat.

Bournemouth has good beaches, and the lovely Compton Acres gardens, with Weymouth and Portland Bill about 1 1/4 hours away, as is the New Forest. Broadstone is a small village with a nice shopping centre, and a Wetherspoons for a nice meal.

Date of Visit: September 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: TentsTentsTents 3 reviews from this member

Just back from a very pleasant week at this site.

Good location just off the A31 roundabout so very good for trips out and about (Kingston Lacy is a *must*).

Mostly caravans/motorhomes with some tents. On the plus side this does mean that there is less queuing for the loos and showers!

Somewhat regimented site (laid out in rows) with marked pitches. Pitches were a good size with plenty of space for our 6m tent and car. (Pitches numbered 82-127 are even bigger if you have a large awning on your van - you can request a particular pitch when you book. )

If you want electricity in your tent then you'll be put in amongst the caravans. Not a problem, they're usually a friendly bunch

Toilet blocks (x3) very clean. Only let down by missing hooks on the wall or hooks hanging off. I know it's late in the season but really that is not an excuse - any campsite pulling in over 4, 000 each and every day ought to be able to fix these as and when they occur. The site workers are however very good - report a fault (e. G. Bulbs blown) and they'll fix it very quickly (and cheerily!).

Showers hot all day, and free which is a big plus.

Being picky I would say the toilet blocks are starting to look tired (aforementioned missing hooks, no shower curtains, scaled-over shower heads, grubby pipework / window woodwork) and could do with a facelift, but I've seen a lot worse (for which I've paid a lot more!).

We went late in the season - if you went in July/August I would imagine there would be a lot of children there, so bear this in mind if you dislike children.

Swimming pool was closed due to no lifeguard (thinks: what's wrong with parents watching over their children instead of expecting someone else to do it?!) - it's probably only open during July/August.

On-site shop has all the basics, and has a bar room (Freeview tv - no Sky) although we didn't use it.

Some background noise from traffic on the A31 during the night but not intrusive. Early flights from Bournemouth leave at 06:30 and 06:40 which will probably wake you up!

Cancellation insurance is very expensive (and added automatically) - minimum 17. 50 ! - but they'll cancel it if you ask when you book by phone.

Overall a very nice site: good location, good facilities, good price (in low season)

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Fudge53 1 review from this member

Having grown up with parents who were avid Caravanners we made a decision to purchase a used Caravan in June 2012 a Swift Challenger 550 (2005). While trying to decide on tow car and unit combinations we struck on the idea of storing the Caravan on site for the first year and looked around for locations. After a good search we decided upon Merley as it ticked many boxes.

Good points:

Very friendly staff, they helped us every step of the way when we had our van towed from Oxford Caravans to site and made sure everything went smoothly. On each visit we have had excellent service.

After the first initial weekend after delivery we have stayed with our family on several occasions and each time it has been enjoyable. The tow in/out service is 10 in total and we have found it very easy to plan and book a weekend away and arrive on a Friday night to find the Caravan already on the pitch waiting for us.

We have used the toilets and shower blocks on many occasions and have found them clean and the showers a good temperature. The shop is good but a little expensive but there are plenty of other alternatives in Poole etc.

In terms of location we find Merley ideal as shops such as LIDL, Tesco, and Sainsbury are within driving distance. There are excellent restaurants around the area and we found no problems in finding something suitable to eat. We have enjoyable days at Sandbanks, Bransome Chime, Boscome and other beaches in the area.

Having visited Dorset over many years it is very loved by the family and we plan to visit many of Dorset's gems such as Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Corfe Castle and the Jurassic Coast on future visits.

Very good site overall when you weigh up all the factors such as location, nearby shops, restaurants and lovely beaches within 10 mile radius.

Bad Points:

We found that on a couple of Saturday nights there was a lot of noise after 11pm coming from a nearby Club. The level of noise was unfair on people on site especially those with young children. We are reasonable people and enjoy music but after 11pm it needs to be a reasonable level.

Could be more facilities on site but we have access to Oakdene and have already used the swimming pool there although it can be a fair drive in traffic.

Traffic getting to site can be fun and we were held up several times on the M3/M27 and A31 but that is not the sites fault just the popularity of the area.

One of our friends stayed at our Caravan recently and found that the nearest bus stop was quite tricky to walk to and she had to cross a busy road with her daughter to get there. In the end she booked a taxi each day for 20 to ferry her around Poole, Bournemouth etc

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