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Visitor Reviews - Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park

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Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park
Ulwell
Swanage
Dorset   (Browse area)
BH19 3DG   See Map
Tel: 01929 422 823
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Pitches: 70
Open: 01/03 To 07/01

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 80 Reviews
                8/10 from 80 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Refills   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <5 miles   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool On Site   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf <1 mile   Tennis On Site 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports <5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring <5 miles 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport On Site 

Reviews:  80 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: December 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Vashka 13 reviews from this member

Stayed for a couple of days between Christmas and New Year. Enjoyed our stay and we will definitely return to this site as it's in a great location, is good value for money and has good facilities. The only downsides are: no indoor washing up facilities which I think are definitely needed for a campsite that is open all year, can't control the temperature on the showers so you only have one temperature, luckily on our visit it was hot! Pitches are a good size and the site is easy to access. We went for a drink in the bar which was nice and busy, we didn't eat there so can't comment on the food. Easy walk into Swanage and there is also a regular bus which passes by right outside the site. We wanted to do a coastal walk and although there was nothing in the reception, the man on reception was really helpful and drew a couple

Of options on a map. Will definitely return to this site.

Date of Visit: November 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: BigErnie 21 reviews from this member

We have visited Ulwell a number of times before, this site is a firm favourite of ours to use both in high and low season, whilst I must confess that I prefer low season as it is generally a little quieter, perfect for us and our two dogs.

The campsite has a bar which is open all year, we used it for the first time during this visit and were more than happy with the reasonably priced, simple pub grub on offer, the bar was busy even in low season which is always a good sign. Other facilities include a shop (seasonal but well stocked when open)and a swimming pool which I admit we have not used but it always seems busy.

A lot of work has been done on the landscaping of the touring pitches over the last few years so it is very tidy and well maintained. Whilst the toilet facilities seem a little tired they are clean and also well maintained, my other half moaned that the men's showers were cold but I've didn't have the same problem in the ladies!

We love coming to this site due to the ease of walking direct from the site with a variety of routes available, we've been here four times now and still much more walking for us to do in the area. There is also easy access to public transport from the site and Swanage has the lovely railway to enjoy if you are that way inclined.

Top site to visit, we'll definitely be back.

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dafsaabi 8 reviews from this member

Having previously been less than overwhelmed by Swanage, I decided it was time to give the town and area another chance, and there's no denying that there's plenty to keep the whole family entertained. The steam railway from Corfe Castle to Swanage is excellent, the beaches of Studland Bay are unmissable, and Swanage itself has plenty to offer.

After deciding that the 'campsite' we stopped at just south of Swanage was probably not best-suited to our needs, we headed to Unwell, a campsite we had used 7 years previously. We were given the relief pitch (probably the best pitch on the whole site), and passes to the swimming pool for the duration of our stay were included in the price.

Pros:-

Excellent facilities,

Lots for children to do,

Passes for the swimming pool,

The area.

Cons:-

Soulless,

Well-lit at night.

I suppose when I was 13 this sort of camping village would have appealed to me, and there were enough retirees sat around televisions in their static homes to suggest that I may again find this pleasurable, but it turns out that I have been corrupted by campfires and the night sky. Without these 2 ingredients a campsite has to be exceptional and I'm afraid this isn't.

Date of Visit: April 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Rnclayton 1 review from this member

Just had 3 nights here, at this very nice park. This was our families' first taster for caravanning, having just bought our first. Normally we camp in a family tent, but decided to upgrade this year.

Chose one of the larger grass pitches, as we didn't know how much room we would need. Pitch was sloping 2 ways, but was easy to level caravan out. Bit of a dead grass patch on each pitch, but soil seemed cracked and dry. After a day and a half of light'ish rain, that became a thick mud patch under our groundsheet. Our fault for pitching where we did, but had we parked the van directly over it, wouldn't have had much room before the start of the next pitch. That pitch was empty, but we always try to ensure we are within our allocated boundaries.

Staff were very helpful on arrival, and a very nice lifeguard in the pool was great with the children.

Shower block was always clean, but it was probably only about 1/4th of its camping/touring capacity. Not many children there. Showers were great, but the floor of your entire cubicle does get wet, so put your shoes on the side.

Shop seemed well stocked. Didn't use the food services.

Verdict - Great park, and will probably visit again.

Date of Visit: April 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Nic323 4 reviews from this member

Stayed for 4 nights, about a 30 min walk from Swanage and on a bus route so very convenient. Excellent shower block and good facilities in the block for families. We were also given passes for the pool which we did not use but it again looked clean and well presented. Excellent shop with fresh croissants in a morning. The only downside was that some of the pitches looked a little worn and there are a lot of static caravans so a slightly different vibe to the campsites we would usually stay on

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Ghart386 23 reviews from this member

Another enjoyable week at Ulwell Cottage, shame about the weather.

Pitch 15 is very roomy and we like it up there at the extremities of the park.

Village Inn all good. Usual good food and pleasant staff. (I think barman knows us now as locals after 5 years on the trot?)

My previous reviews say how much we love the area and it's amenities.

Downside: Cleanliness of the toilet / shower block.

From last years holiday I have noticed a definite deterioration in general cleanliness. Lack of toilet rolls / children? poking the loose ends back into dispenser rendering them useless? Please change to normal loo rolls!

Also, the perennial complaint of too short run time on the showers!

We will return but have noticed that standards have slipped.

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