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Visitor Reviews - South Lytchett Manor Caravan & Camping Park

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South Lytchett Manor Caravan & Camping Park
Dorchester Road
Lytchett Minster
Dorset   (Browse area)
BH16 6JB   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01202 622 577

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Pitches: 150
Open: 1st March To 2nd January

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 343 Reviews
              9/10 from 343 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes  Glamping 

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Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jen4 1 review from this member

Just got back from a great time camping at this site.

On arrival, the welcome was friendly and helpful. A member of staff escorted us to our pitch and answered all of our questions. He gave us details of the on site facilities.

Our pitch was clearly marked and had hook up.

The toilet block, with showers were spotless. Ample washing up facilities; washing machine and tumble dryers (tokens bought from the site shop)also very handy!

Fresh eggs and locally made bread available from the shop, as well as other goodies and camping accessories.

The locality of this site was perfect for trips to Poole, Bournemouth, Swanage, Corfe and Dorchester.

It has dog walking areas, children's playground, pond area, areas for caravans and campervans and has a little cafe, perfect for breakfast if you don't fancy cooking!

We had a booking for 4 families and they accommodated us together without any fuss.

We'll be going back!

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Adjer13 1 review from this member

South lychet manor is exactly as it states. Super clean toilet and shower blocks. Well kept grounds but when booking make sure you don't get confused like I did, the all mains pitches are called deluxe and not superior. Jo dave and mat have worked hard to achieve a five star status a credit to them and all there staff. Well worth a visit. Highly recommended our visit was in august, busy but not overcrowded.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: AuntieHeather3 3 reviews from this member

Just home from an excellent 2 week holiday on this lovely site. Staff are extremely helpful and friendly. We stayed on a super pitch in our 5m Bell Tent with a 4m event shelter porch.

The grounds and amenity blocks are very well maintained with piped music, hair driers, fresh flowers, hand & body lotion all provided.

This is a large site but is divided into manageable smaller field areas, each with their own amenity block so it still feels comfortable and reduces driving around on the site

The off lead dog walk area is a great resource, again very clean and well maintained with poo bags and hand sanitiser provided at the gate.

An easy 10 minute walk on flat footpaths to the local pub for food and a free bottle of wine with 2 main courses with a voucher from the campsite shop. ( can be used as often as you like)

The bus stops just at the site entrance and goes to Poole every half an hour ( also dog friendly buses)

Lots to do in the surrounding area, we particularly enjoyed trips to the small towns of Wareham & Wimborne for lazy, sunny day lunches.

Can recommend for couples & families. Site very quiet after 10. 30pm which suits us perfectly

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sue Ridgard 1 review from this member

Just returned from another fantastic week, 14/06 - 21/06 at South Lytchett Manor. This is our second year at this top notch campsite. We have stayed at numerous campsites around Britain and France and this is one of the best. Staff are very friendly and helpful, always on hand. Although the site was quite full toilet blocks were kept very clean and always plenty of hot water in the showers. We cant wait till we get another chance to visit this campsite.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sarahlr 10 reviews from this member

A nice welcome from the staff, who were waiting at the entrance gates to show people where to park, check in etc. We were shown to our pitch and the rules were politely explained - guy ropes within markers, car next to unit to keep to the 6m rule and so on.

The kids grabbed their bikes and were off exploring within a few minutes, and came back quickly in a gang having made friends already. We were on a super pitch, very close to the playground, but this didn't cause a problem. The playground closes dusk to 8:30 am, and most stuck to this.

The site consists of a small field near reception, two large tent fields, a large crescent of caravan pitches, and two offshoots for more caravans and motorhomes. The two tent fields were fairly full, and in the evening with all the BBQs and kids running around they had a Glastonbury feel. Nice, but I think I preferred being in our smaller field at the top of the site. The wash blocks were clean, warm and modern. Washing up block near us was very small though - 3 sinks and when all being used it was very very cosy in there!

The site shop and reception was helpful, the staff are very friendly and the shop stocks most basics, including eggs from the resident chickens. I was surprised to see that they sold blowing bubbles for children, and did have kids blowing them all over our tent. As detergent can damage tents, maybe the site owners need to rethink stocking them?

There is a games room with pool table and the freezers for your blocks. A red telephone box has been converted to a lending library. The kids on site enjoyed playing football in the field opposite reception.

We ate at the local pub and found it to be good but very busy, but it was bank holiday weekend. We took advantage of the free bottle of house wine. We also ate at Dylan's cafe in the craft centre on our pack up morning, this meant we could pack all the kitchen stuff the evening before.

One day my husband and boys visited the tank museum, while my daughter and I went to Bournemouth on the bus. A day rider ticket for both of us was less than 7 - a bargain.

The site was quiet at night. I was the only one in the family to hear the slight road noise from the A35, but I am a light sleeper and always take my earplugs.

We had a great time, especially the kids, who made lots of friends and we hardly saw them!

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: DadoftheApes 1 review from this member

We pitched as two families (with large tents and electric hookup) and were allowed the flexibility to have a communal area in the middle which really made the stay special. Our pitch was right next to the children's play area which was perfect for us as it was easy to supervise the kids. However, it was noisy for most of the day with kids playing so might not be ideal for those wanting peace. The camp site is very large though, with plenty of other areas well away from the play park. We were out every day so it didn't matter.

Just a short distance to the immaculate toilet / shower block which was always spotless with plenty of hot water. Great for those reluctant campers who prefer home comforts. The block had piped music which was a nice touch and added a pleasant feel when washing up! I can't comment on the standards of the other blocks situated elsewhere on site.

Our pitch was also very close to the reception and shop. This was open until late every day and stocked pretty much everything we needed including fresh daily stuff. The chickens near reception provide fresh eggs for sale. The staff were all extremely helpful and tried their hardest to make our stay easy. They take an obvious pride in their campsite and it shows.

South Lytchett Manor is a great base for visiting the Dorset coastal areas and attractions. I imagine the main roads might get snarled up on busy weekends but the site now offers cycle hire and the bikes are top-notch and new.

Fire pits were not allowed, even with a fire guard, which was a bit of a disappointment. However, we used ours with bbq coals which was fine. The site is quite conscious of safety which is reassuring. Also, campers are encouraged to be mindful of others and recycle responsibly.

Many of the other campers we met return to South Lytchett Manor year after year and we are already planning our own return visit for the summer holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and had great weather. Highly recommend this campsite.

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Felicity73 15 reviews from this member

Arrived at the site around 2pm on Friday. First impressions were good. Clean, tidy site. Friendly welcome. Informative and voucher for free drink at local cafe /craft centre. Free bottle of wine at local pub if eating. We enjoyed our tea and cakes at local cafe. The craft centre was interesting too. We ate twice at the local pub. Good service and good food. We got the local bus to Poole. It took about 20 minutes to get there. We found out after that there is motorhome parking by the habour in Poole. We travelling to Weymouth. Great park and ride for 3. 10 minutes from the town and buses run every 15 minutes. We travelled to Swanage in our motorhome. Parking restrictioms everywhere. Not welcoming to motorhomers. Gave up on visiting. Swanages, loss to tourism! Overall a great campsite, quiet, good facilities, ( lovely eggs freshly laid by chickens on site). We will be returning

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: KimWalker 1 review from this member

Searched for a site close to home for our first trip out this season. Picked this one due to the good reviews and we were not disappointed.

Very friendly welcome, immaculately kept site and drivable distance to many attractions.

We had a problem with our toilet not working when we arrived and upon enquiring at the shop, a member of staff arrived within 20 minutes to assist, solved the problem, and did not want payment (although we did).

We had a fully serviced pitch. Good area and distance between pitches. Wifi worked well.

Two little niggles; the entrance gates are narrow and although okay to get through some warning would be good.

Also the loos were not that clean at 8am in the morning but would say this was more down to the clients than the site management.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Signalman2 2 reviews from this member

This is a truly awesome campsite. The facilities are superb and the grounds immaculate. My wife and I stayed here for two days and found it a lovely place to return for relaxing after a day out. However, there was quite a bit of distant traffic noise which could bother you.

This site is attractively laid out very well maintained - the grass is uniformly cut, the hedges are trimmed, all the facilities are spotless, there are containers of shurbs and flowers, and hanging baskets abound. I felt as though I was visiting Hyacynth Bucket and was a bit hesitant in touching anything in case I disturbed it. As it was, I made sure I didn't drive over the grass when exiting.

There's a nice cafe just a few minutes walk away where you can indulge in a delicious full english breakfast, or just a coffee on their sunny patio.

It was end of season and not many people (especially children) at the site when we visited, but obviously things could be different in peak season. However, due to its layout, I don't believe it would ever appear crowded when full.

We would stay here again and would strongly recommend it.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Alastairandalice 5 reviews from this member

This site was very busy but seemed non the worse for it, never felt crowded. We only stayed here as a staging post for the cross channel ferry from Poole for which the site is perfectly placed, only a 10 minute drive yet out in the countryside.

Only gripes, the piped music in the blocks was a nice idea with a varied repertoire but was too loud especially in the baby change causing nuclear meltdown of our 3 month old! Noticed it was switched off on our return journey so presumably someone had complained and I don't doubt that if we had bought it to the attention of the superb attendants they would have done something about it.

Some of the campers were very ignorant not even replying 'hello' when so addressed, not sure what that's all about as normally we find fellow campers to be lovely people but suspect they were empty nesters thinking how dare someone bring a noisy baby on site (even though our baby sleeps like an angel and never actually disturbed anyone whilst we were there!)

Got disturbed by an unbelievably loud moped at 2am, listened to it buzzing along for 5 mins or so, it was that loud.

Neither of the last two gripes are the fault or in control of the owners and could happen anywhere, just felt like venting!

We enjoyed our stay on the whole and next time we will stay longer to explore the area which has loads to offer

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