Shorter review than normal - a bit pushed for time. It seems to me that Sundrum/ Parkdean are actively discouraging tent campers.
The tent field, although placed very centrally and close to all the amenities and money spending opportunities (!), is set on a slope, only some pitches near the front at the car park are level.
Of course, you'll find this out once you've paid, in my opinion, over the odds for a nights camping, given that there's no option for electrics.
The park itself is clean. Neat and tidy. There's a touring area for caravans and Campervans, that seemed nice and organised. There's good outdoor facilities for the kids, a well equipped swing park and a fenced off football pitch, although I had to have a word with a lad who was kicking the ball out on pupose and whacking my car with it! Care? Not he!
Amusements will attract your kids and keep your available change to a minimum. And in true Bourne Leisure style you have to traverse the entire area to get to the entertainment hall and bar restaurant. Entertainment serves a purpose I suppose, singers and bingo was the order of the day. There were also some kids activities going on too during the day, that was a nice touch.
Toilet facilities - woeful hot water pressure at the sinks, trickle at best. Showers hot but unadjustable, the wee ones might find them scorchio! Toilet facilities = 2 toilets and 2 showers for the entire caravan touring area (30ish pitches) and any campers who happen to be there (I reckon the field would take 20 tents).
It's my view that Parkdean are all about Static Caravans and getting them sold! They gear all their marketing on site towards that. There were 6 display models literally at the front entrance and a crew of slick salesmen waiting to bait you. You even get a starter pack (cups, saucers, plates, a frying pan, towels. If you spend £20, 000). Get my name down for that!
Summary - Busy weekend, facilities okay, camping - not the best, pricey, static city.
My jury is out on these kind of sites - they have a place I suppose, but give me a site that's all about camping with nice clean facilities and a nice quiet atmosphere that calms down at night anyday in the week. See my review on Eskdale, that's the difference.
Great value for money and a very well kept site. The touring area was will kept and clean, the toilet blocks were clean if not a bit small for the site, I can only imagine that in the summer it would be very busy.
The complex was clean. The bar area was nice and again clean. The amusement area was clean but very cold. Prices for alcohol and soft drinks very expensive which is a shame as I think we would have spent more time in the place. We went swimming on the Saturday, nice pool, clean but the changing areas were very cold.
Having looked on the web site this site gets very expensive during the children's holidays which is a shame as I think it would be nice to go then.
Booked up for another weekend in May so let's hope it is a nice weekend and they have sorted out the cold areas :)
Site on a slight slope, so you need to pick your space carefully.
Facilities good, although I will admit I do feel like I am treated like a second rate citizen as a camper, when we are only trusted to have showers that have a 'timed press button'. They were a bit too hot for my young children so it annoys me that you can't be trusted to adjust the temp(I have found this on several sites though). They ran out of toilet paper a lot, and toilets were rather wet. They were never closed, so they were not just used by tourers, shame really.
There is definitely animosity between owners and campers, in fact some were really rather rude, so avoid camping anywhere near them!
There is a cashpoint on site (charges £1. 75) and shop is well stocked. They will also freeze icepacks for you. No EHU is a bit daft considering the quality of all the other facilities.
Good entertainment, kids well catered for.
Restaurant was very slow service, but food was good quality.
Well arrived Friday to be told not on our requested pitch even though we requested it as we have a German Shepherd and long caravan that we didn't want near the football pitch. Instead we were in the middle where everyone just walks through even at 12midnight on way home from bar.
Toilets security number given however door was open all weekend so used by kids from statics as well as tourers and campers, they insist on cleaning them at 9 am when everyone is using them, have to say reasonably clean on this visit.
Son age 9 loves the astro pitch and was not seen all weekend.
There is a bit of a owners versus tourers/campers attitude on this site, witnessed more than once which is ironic as inlaws own a static on Sundrum.
The meal on the Friday was ok however Saturdays meal was a disaster and mother in law said they had the same issue the week before.
Daughter age 11 bought chips from on site chip shop and brought them into the club ready to go home an attendant shouted at her saying takeaway food not allowed after saying we were finishing our drinks and going another member of staff approached and shouted at us again. This was the same attitude we got from staff all weekend.
Maybe these sites aren't for us if you like haven go for it.
Just returned from Sundrum Castle after 3 days camping 8th July, with wife and nearly 4yr old son. We had a great time, quick check in,
Pitching area just round the corner, literally seconds drive from reception, we drove to the car park at the top of the pitch area as it was closer to where we wanted the tent pitched,
There is a football area just at the bottom of the tent area and the ball went astray many a time hitting the cars on a few occasions.
The pitching area can be a bit slope here and there but other than that it was fine, we used the Hi Gear Voyager 6 and the tent area looked like a Hi Gear convention.
The camp site has a very cosy feel to it all the areas of interest ie utility block, pool, entertainment areas and the children's play area/crazy golf is directly opposite the camping area, our son loved it, as did all the kids and its at the side of the restaurant so you get peace to eat the great food, while the wee ones are in and out
Don't let that worry you as we had no problems with noise from the entertainment area, as the cabaret/disco area is on the farthest point from the camping area,
The utility block was clean and tidy, men's toilet/shower area was constantly clean, showers were lovely and warm just takes a few pushes of the button to get the heat through, and pretty powerful.
Wife mentioned the ladies area a little wet, but due to users not closing shower doors properly also not a lot of tissue paper in the toilet cubicle no such problems in the gents,
Dish washing area has 2 sinks so pick your times but you can see from tent area if anyone is in washing up through the Windows.
We are looking at going back this weekend for our sons 4th birthday as the children's entertainment is excellent.
We thought it a little pricey for no EHU, be aware there is no cash machine on site, not even the the ones that charge you and you can only switch if its over a tenner and they don't do cash back, cash machine is under 10 min drive, just a minor grumble, we will be back.
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