Just got back from my first 2 night stay at this site with the wife and 2 kids (7 and 4) and our dog, and I must say me and my family enjoyed it, arriving on site the owners were friendly and helpful, we were shown to our pitch by the owner and shown where toilet facilities where. The toilets/showers were extremely clean, other reviewers have stated the toilets/showers where old and in need of updating, I would disagree, they may not be new or modern but they are perfectly fit for purpose. The chemical toilet disposal is on the side of the toilets in its own room, again this was clean and tidy, around the back of the toilet/shower block are 4 or 5 washing up points, a waste water disposal point and taps to fill water barrels.
I have again noticed reviews saying that pitches are too close together, I disagree, and felt that we had plenty of space between our van and any others around us even though the site was nearly full, not sure on what space there is available for tents.
The site is very clean, no litter and no dog mess, small site shop that sells some hotfood and sweets etc etc, tesco's is a ten minute walk away, electric hook up was fine no tripping out at all.
There area few rules which are enforced, no ball games on the site, no bikes or scooters, dogs on leads at all times and kids under 14 must be supervised in the toilets.
I can understand all the rules especially with regards to children ( I have 2!) with bikes, scooters and balls especially when there is a large field with football pitch and 2 play parks, crazy golf, basketball and tennis courts within 1 minute walk of site gates.
We slept very well, noise levels are very low most of the day and by 10-11pm there is virtually no noise from fellow campers and no particular noise from any traffic,
I would come here again as its excellent value for money and a nice site but must admit I prefer to be a little more into the countryside as I felt like I was just on the edge of the countryside and not in the middle of it, but that's just me!
After looking at the reviews on here I was a bit hesitant to stay but glad I decided to as it was the best site I have ever camped on and I would highly recommend this camp site! The hospitality me and my son received was first class. I work as a manager for a 4* hotel and know from experience that some hotels wouldn't even come close to the service and cleanliness as this site. The site manager and his wife couldn't do enough to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. We felt more like family than visitors, they even we as far as taking us to their own private farm for my son who is 10 to see the animals and sit on the tractors which of course he was so thrilled with this.
The site is kept clean and tidy and the cafe is kept spotless. Food is really nice and quite reasonable in price.
Don't know what the other reviews mean when it comes to their being no soap and the hand dryer not working as it all seemed in order to me.
The pressure of the showers is not that powerful but was more than satisfactory and water was nice and hot.
I don't know why this site has had so many bad reviews as it has everything to offer such as 2 parks, tennis courts, basketball courts and even free mini golf(you have to pay £1 deposit for clubs and ball but get it back when items are returned), football pitches and of course, Derwent walk which is beautiful and not to forget the service from the manager and his wife.
We would like to say how lovely our stay was at the camp site. We managed to get a slot 1 week before the Great North Run in September 2011. The owners of the campsite were very pleasant & helpful. There was a lot of grass for the children to play on as well as a Basketball court, swings, children's play area and a b. B. Q area. We were able to walk our dog along the river that was only a couple of hundred yards away form the site. The hill going up out of the campsite was a bit steep but as long as you didn't rush it was fine. There was easy access into the city by bus & back. The shower block/toilets were fine. We had a great nights sleep even though the campsite was nearly full. The owners even let us stay till I'd finished the Great North run & got back and sorted everything out as well as a nap at no extra charge. If I ever go back up to do the Great North run then I'll make sure I stay at this campsite again.
This was the only camp site near to our relatives that we were visiting on the bank holiday weekend.
We booked well in advance and were told at the time that we were not allowed to pitch our 4 man tent and that as we were a family of 4 we could only pitch two 2 man tents. This rule is absolutely ridiculous. What possible reason can they have to insist on this stupid rule?
In the end we went and bought (especially) a 2 man tent for the children and brought our old 3 man tent. These took up more room than a 4 man tent! Anyway the small patch of grass that is for tents is flat and surrounded by caravans. It is handy for the toilet block.
The toilets and showers are kept clean however the liquid that is in the soap dispenser looks and smells exactly like watered down fabric conditioner - it was definitely not soap/handwash! The toilet block light comes on automatically but turns itself off after a short while. This was the second annoying thing about the site, as when you are having a shower and the light goes off, you just have to carry on in the dark which is really not acceptable.
On the Saturday night the lights wouldn't come on at all and my husband went to report this 'malfunction' and the owner said 'what do you need the lights on for'? He stated that he didn't think they needed to be on as there was plenty of daylight. However he begrudgingly turned them on for us! In the shower area it does get quite dark and the lights are definitely needed.
The last thing I need to say is that the site is near a main road, so there is noise from the traffic and the campsite lights (outside) are on all through the night and shine right into the tent, so that may prevent a good night's sleep (as it did for me).
Great location especially for holiday travellers going North or South.
Level pitches although cramped a bit.
Gents toilet block a dump, the showers lack a bit of space and water pressure, after a few months the hand drier still does not work and the warden said he will not sort it but take your own towel.
You have to shower in the dark as the lights go out early and you have to jam the door open to try and get some light in.
I think paying for electricity is a problem with the warden towards tourers.
The resident caravan owners let their dogs loose at all times as the dog crap reveals, watch and see but tourers are strictly policed.
A re-vamp of the site is needed especially the owners attitude to tourers and facility cleanliness.
I will still stop here when passing as I have my own facilities and a good location for visiting the sites.
The chip shop outside the gate is very pricey and the portions are small, but go out of the site, turn left into the village for 100 metres and there is a few excellent restaurants and a Tesco. The Italian is excellent.
It was our first time at this site and was an excellent choice for our family. It is a small site with a mixture of statics, tourers and tents. On arrival site wardens were very helpful and helped to pitch the caravan.
We have 3 young children and with 2 parks and mini crazy golf it had plenty to keep them entertained, also next to site is basket ball and tennis courts.
The positioning of the site is lovely, next to gibside hall. Excellent for walking the dog by the river derwent and spot of fishing. There is also a big picnic field.
Up the hill from the site we were told was a nice chip shop and social club with a spar down the road and on site is a small shop selling snacks, ice cream.
The criticisms we had were of the shower block, it was clean but very tired and dated, also we found clean and waste water taps where not signed when filling water bottles. Pitches are a little cramped when the site is full.
We had an enjoyable stay and would definitely come again.
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