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Visitor Reviews - Houghton Mill Campsite National Trust

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Houghton Mill Campsite National Trust
Mill St
Cambridgeshire   (Browse area)
PE28 2AZ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01480 466716

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Pitches: 54
Open: 20/03 To 02/11

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 40 Reviews
              9/10 from 40 Reviews

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

We (family of four with two young children) had a lovely three days at this campsite.

Everyone was really friendly. We are fairly new to camping and everyone we met was really happy to share tips and show us their 'set up'.

We had awful weather for the first half and we didn't explore much. We found the toilets and showers - all facilities in fact - to be really clean and warm. There is nowhere to re-chill your ice packs or refill your gas - this didn't bother us at all but thought I'd mention it as apparently that's unusual and one of the other campers mentioned it. In case that's relevant to others.

Site for tents is flat but, of course, has some dips so pitch with care as we stupidly didn't and pitched with our sleeping area over a few small dips but they were very noticeable at night!

We didn't visit St Ives on foot - wish we had it looked lovely, but we did visit the Wimpole Estate which is great. Big house to visit on rainy days, quite large restaurant (didn't eat there, only had drinks), and lots of walking. Thoroughly recommend as a day out.

Although the public can walk through here (I think there is a public thoroughfare) we didn't feel unsafe at all.

Great recycling area. Lots of drinking water available.

Three showers in the ladies, three sink cubicles with curtains. I found there was lots of space. Very comfortable and the children loved it.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Fivefamilyessex 5 reviews from this member

Lovely site, really enjoyed our stay here. The staff were very welcoming and friendly and we liked that you could choose your pitch yoursself.

The pitches were spacious and the site was clean, tidy and in a great quiet location, but equally its not far from the A14 and easy to find.

There is one toilet block for the whole site and whilst this was clean, it could do some ventilation as it always felt too hot and stuffy! But it was very clean.

The location is lovely - walks along the river/stream and some people were swimming in the small lake. The village has two pubs, a village store with plenty of essentials and more. Its right next to the village so no long walk to do either.

The children's playground in the village is a 5 minute walk and the local pubs were welcoming too.

Most of the pitches on uneven so if you are in a motorhome the chocks are a must! Tents were allocated the main flat area.

Really recommend this site and we will return.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sparkiesdad 7 reviews from this member

Been going to Houghton Mill for last 10 years. When it left the CC circuit we were concerned that standards would drop and we went same time again this year hoping this would not be the case.

One word is enough - SCRUFFY.

It seemed to us they had just opened the gates this year without any maintenance or other improvements of any sort.

The grass is much longer, in fact the 5 days we were there we didn't get disturbed by a mower once. Previously the moment you vacated your pitch the warden was there to mow it. The ablutions are totally unaltered, One strip light in the gents is out thus 25% light reduction. The shower that I used required you to lean on the tap throughout otherwise it would go off in a couple of seconds.

I went into the gents yesterday (on a hot afternoon) and it stank of urine. I could not open the windows as a sort of security device had now been screwed into the frame. There was no disinfecting block in the urinals only some form of plastic device which to all intents and purpose was doing nothing. We were also less than impressed with the wash up area which could have done with a good floor clean! The food remains underfoot were a rodent attractor.

This site has always been very public with people wandering about on the site as there are no gates and a public footpath to the rear. There are also cars driven round with occupants obviously not resident interested in the campers. Previously CC wardens kept a close watch on such comings and goings but not any longer which means you will need to be very vigilant not to leave anything valuable in open sight and always lock up when leaving your outfit.

Finally there is supposed to be a one way road system but with no signs indicating this no one complied, this when added to total absence of any maximum speed restriction signage made for a somewhat boy racers paradise! Hope this is sorted before the children arrive later this summer.

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Chloedoggy 2 reviews from this member

Have just spent a great eight days at this super site.

We have visited before when the Caravan Club managed it and were wondering if much has changed since The National Trust took over the running of the site.

We thought standards were even higher.

The toilet block was immaculate at all times even during the bank holiday weekend when the site was full.

The wardens were very welcoming and friendly. They always had time to have a few words.

The pitches are all grass and very well looked after and unlike most grass sites we have visited the grass was cut when most of the campers had left after the weekend.

The village is a five minute walk with a small supermarket type shop for all you would need.

Must recommend the lovely beeer garden at The Three Jolly Butchers in the village.

Super sunny spot and the food is good too.

A half an hour countryside walk leads you to the small town of St Ives. Very pretty on the riverside.

A great site to visit with friendly wardens.

Thank you Nicola and Gary and the young warden who I'm afraid I don't know his name!

We will be back.

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Tony Burton 29 reviews from this member

This is an excellent site. All the facilities are good. In late April the blossom on the trees was spectacular. The entrance to the site is quite a tight blind right angled turn. They are therefore very strict about arrival and departure times. Depart by 12 noon and arrive after 1. 00pm. We hadn’t realised this and because of a clear journey actually arrived at 11:45. Even though the site was less than half full we were told to drive right round the site and leave it and go back and wait in the National Trust car park until 1:00pm. I was muttering under my breath words like, “jobsworth”. However despite my grumpy attitude I must say the staff were extremely polite and cheery. We had a great time there and hope to return soon. It’s a great place for walking the dogs around the meadows. Next time we might take the canoe and explore the many streams flowing in and out of the River Ouse adjacent to the site. It is a little more expensive than some sites, but the high quality makes it good value for money.

Date of Visit: March 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Remus927 22 reviews from this member

A nice quiet site, perfect for long walks with the dog. Site facilities were good, the toilet/shower block was clean and well maintained. Other facilities, waste water, fresh water, rubbish and chemical toilet empty point were also easy to access and well maintained. Locally there is the mill with it's tearoom nearby - both owned by the National Trust, like the site itself. There are two pubs in Houghton within a few minutes walk. St Ives is a ten minute drive away. The nearest superstore, a Tesco, is also ten minutes drive away, towards Huntingdon. There was no extra charge for the awning or the dog. We would happily use this site again.

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