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Visitor Reviews - Dreamy Hollow Woodland Campsite & Ww1trenches

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Dreamy Hollow Woodland Campsite & Ww1trenches
Licensed Site
Fakenham Road
Stanhoe
Fakenham
Norfolk   (Browse area)
PE31 8PX   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 07564 226780

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Pitches: 15
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 10/10 from 12 Reviews
              10/10 from 12 Reviews


Units accepted:    Tents  No Caravans  Motorhomes  Glamping 

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Date of Visit: October 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jarvis2017 1 review from this member

Camp is amazing. Was greeted by the owner upon arrival and given a quick tour of facilities. All our wood and supplies were waiting next to the camp fire for us. Amazing place. It's like having the feeling of wild camping but still has toilets and showers for us beginners.

Was impressed with how private all the pitches were. Could have believed we were in the middle of a huge forest.

Looking forward to going back.

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jamesvolunteer 6 reviews from this member

A Friend and I just returned from a two night stay at Dreamy Hollow after a knee injury forced us to reconsider our planned wildcamp elsewhere. We both agreed that it was one the most unique and enjoyable campsites that we have stayed on recently. There are a few caveats to whether or not you will like it as much as we did, but we for two will certainly be back.

When we arrived we were shown around by the owner Nigel, who was enthusiastically telling us about the site and it's military history as we looked around. We were given our net of logs and walked our stuff from the car park to the pitch. (This is necessary on many pitches. If you need a hand, Nigel will be happy to help).

At the site, you book a pitch and pay per person, and prices will vary depending on this, but for us the prices were very reasonable especially considering the local competition. (It's almost like the North Norfolk coast has suffered a Range Rover and Bunting plague since I last visited).

When booking you need to be aware of what size you need the pitch to be. If you want a lot of room for 10 people, or a tiny hideaway for 1, the site has you covered, but you should do your homework and not book just any pitch as you may well be disappointing on arrival. Our site would probably accommodate 3 two man tents, with the largest pitch would comfortably house a large group of several medium size family tents. Not all pitches are very level. Some are better than others, which is another consideration to add up. This adds to the 'wildness' for me and requires a bit of forethought before pitching up.

The pitches are relatively private with most having a walkway or two running alongside. Generally speaking, the other campers were very friendly and seemed equally happy passing the time of day, or just letting us have total privacy. There were children around but most seemed very well behaved, and there are plenty of rules dotted around reminding people that this is a peaceful site that certainly favours less noise to noisy parties. (Which for me is a big bonus).

It was quiet in regards to other campers from before 11pm, with most electing to sit around the excellent re purposed washing machine drum fires talking. There was no evidence of any music or parties while we were there (see next review), but I should say we were there Weds to Friday.

The site isn't without noise entirely however. Our pitch was right next to the busy 60mph main road that runs adjacent to the site. It is quite noisy up until the early hours, so this should be taken into consideration. The relative tucked away nature of our pitch made this more than bearable though. We discussed it and decided that every pitch appears to have its benefits and drawbacks, and are all very individual (to the point that they are named). This makes your stay more individual. In summary, if you want more quiet, book a pitch as away from the road as possible.

This site will not be for people who like glamping, electricity, or always spotless toilets. If you like luxury and swanky facilities on hand, you will be gravely disappointed. The facilities are purposefully basic, and have the environment in mind, which is a point that should be highlighted.

There are two toilets for the site, two showers (which are outside), and to a point rely on guests to make sure they are not messed up, as the site is not staffed 24/7. Also as others have said, relying on solar energy to light the toilets is not always 100% reliable. Take a headtorch, or put something in your washbag just in case. As any camper will know, relying on Joe Public to clean up after themselves is sometimes possible, but often not.

I like the fact that the site is aiming for mutual respect from its customers, and assumes that people will monitor their kids, and indeed their own behaviour most of the time. It will probably take a while for some campers to catch on to these concepts! (we didn't have any problems in this respect but will obviously be down to the luck of the draw).

After talking to Nigel a couple of times, it is clear that the site is a work in progress, and he is very much open to suggestions. For example, we expressed interest in the site becoming an all year round site. He talked of the possibility of introducing a glamping element, which I hope doesn't happen. There are countless of those type of site to choose from, and very few like this.

For anyone wanting to dip their toe into the world of wild camping, this is an amazing place for that. Also any parents who want their children to experience 'proper' camping while having basic facilities and the option of the multiple places to go locally available will enjoy it. I saw a few kids climbing a tree one day and thought that it was a great thing to see, that you don't see too often. If seeing well behaved kids climbing trees and exploring would annoy you, you'd be better off elsewhere possibly.

I look forward to see what Nigel and co have in store for the future and will no doubt find out when we return next year at the very latest.

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Patwalls 2 reviews from this member

This was our second visit to Dreamy Hollow as we enjoyed it so much last year. The woodland setting is fantastic and the kids had a great time. We had the same pitch as last year, Nelly's, which is slightly elevated on the left as you enter the site. It accommodates a large tent and small tent easily with plenty of space left for tables and chairs. The ground is quite stoney so check carefully before pitching your tent.

As other reviewers have said, the site is quite unique and will appeal to those who don't like camping in a field crammed with tents.

The only negative thing about our stay was nothing to do with the campsite but it had a very big impact on everyone staying that weekend. At the back of the site is a housing estate and one of the houses there was playing music so loud it could be heard across the entire campsite. On our first night it didn't stop until 3am and the second night it lasted until 6. 30am. It must have been one hell of a party, but fairy awful for everyone else.

I hope this was an unprecedented occurrence, as the campsite is a very special place to be.

Date of Visit: March 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Fenwanderer 2 reviews from this member

Just spent 2 nights solo camping at Dreamy Hollows, and yes I definitely recommend this site. It is much as back to basics as I wanted, your own fire pit your own secluded pitch, clean showers and toilets, owner very friendly and helpful. Give it a go you won't be disappointed.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Naich 15 reviews from this member

This is an unusual and interesting camp site, with some lovely features. The pitches here are individual, and many are only suitable for a certain size of tent. This gives a feeling of privacy but without being isolated, as you can hear the other campers, even if you can't see them. The pitch we had, 'Abi's pitch' was large and nestled amongst the trees next to the WW1 trenches. It was a beautiful spot but the grass covering was sparse and the ground was very stony. Most of the other pitches seemed to be more grassy. All the pitches are very sheltered and the slight noise from the road wasn't intrusive.

The kids loved playing in the trenches and information boards give you an insight into their history and the horrors of the First World War.

The facilities comprise of two toilets and showers, which did mean some queueing because the site was very busy. On the second night we were there, one of the showers stopped giving out hot water, the electricity went in the toilets (meaning you had to bring a torch, even in the day time), and the toilet paper and towels ran out.

This didn't spoil our time there, and it is an excellent base for attractions in the area like Castle Acre castle and priory, and Brancaster beach.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: LOUISE TOWERS 1 review from this member

Nice quiet site, which is very private. Pretty woodland location. Nice to choose your own pitch from the Dreamy Hollow website. Environmentally friendly solar opperated loos. Portacabin toilets and showers which are nice and clean. Don, t let portacabin toilets and showers put you off because the campsite is worth forsaking large manicured commercial sites for this uniquely beautiful natural campsite.

The owner very friendly and helpful. Roads nearby nice and flat, very countryfied - great for cycling. Hope to go again.

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