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Visitor Reviews - Hoddom Castle Caravan Park

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Hoddom Castle Caravan Park
Dumfries and Galloway   (Browse area)
DG11 1AS   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01576 300251

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Pitches: 160
Open: April To November

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 122 Reviews
              8/10 from 122 Reviews

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Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: PAULOS1958 2 reviews from this member

Site reminded us of a Castels site in France. Toilets and showers always clean, pitches in excellent condition. Great walks into woods and surrounding fields for the dog. Not too far to the river. Beware of cattle appearing from nowhere if you are walking the dog by the river! Golf course looks inviting if you take clubs. Only downsides were the lack of atmosphere in the bar and the long hike to the chemical loo. Otherwise a smashing, relaxing site.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Santa cruz 10 reviews from this member

On the whole a very good site, 2 x toilet blocks kept spotlessly clean, grass kept short, space between pitches generally excellent. All pitches are hard standing I believe and despite the site being on a slope many pitches are pretty flat. The one and only shower block is a long walk from most pitches, on the other hand they are well serviced and maintained and the entire block is heated.

A few very mature trees including oaks but not so many that you can't see the see the sun when it gets out. We are C. C. Members and C. C. Can be a bit over the top with the number of trees on many sites, not here.

Walks around the site are very nice, the Annandale trail passes through the site on the river bank and alongside the 9 hole golf course. There is an ancient building named the 'Repentance Tower' just outside the site, quite interesting if monuments are your thing, the view from up there should appeal to all, Quite stunning in all 360 degrees.

Perfect site? Well no, I have a few issues. Firstly and as mentioned very recently, the trip to the one and only chemical disposal point really is quite a hike, to the point where the owners encourage you to transport it in your car when they actively discourage vehicle use at all other times. The other issue you can do nothing about (unless you have satellite) is the TV reception which is pretty bad.

I am glad we weren't alone in finding the bar less than friendly, though our gripe would be with the dour staff rather than the locals. They also advertise free WiFi yet it was never working during the entirety of our 8 day stay and non of the staff showed the least interest in getting the problem resolved. Final gripe, the food on offer in the bar left a lot to be desired, after two very poor offerings, we ate elsewhere, the Kings Arms in Lockerbie was particularly good and great value for money.

Would we stay again? Most definitely, chemical waste and the bar aside it is a lovely site and so conveniently located just 3 miles off the A74(M). A great stop-off en-route to or from the Highlands or a longer stay. Plenty to see and do in the area, a drive along the B road alongside the Solway Firth to Dalbeatie, fantastic view, or a trip to the lovely Drumlanrigg Castle.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Ncc.wal 11 reviews from this member

Just spent a great weekend at this site with my family who stayed in the chill pods and the lodges. Excellent site with loads of room for the kids to play without bothering grown ups but in a safe location. Pitches are very big but some on quite a slope to make pitching sometimes a bit difficult. The facilities are very good and the Gents are locked at all times so always clean and tidy. There is a bar serving quite good food on the site as well as a takeaway. Because there is huge number of static and seasonal pitches ( I often wondered what happens to all the massive Fendt and Hobby vans not used by travelling people) the bar isn't the friendliest place if you happen to sit in a regulars place during the bingo on Saturday night but hey? For golfers there is a 9 hole course costing 13 a day and some fishing nearby. Will certainly go again on our own. One point, there appears to be only one chemical toilet disposal point at the back of the castle-it, s quite a hike to get to it.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Lolabelle 1 review from this member

Just spent 6 days at hoddom castle and must say site is excellent well maintained excellent facilities showers toilet block immaculate. Had 2 meals in bar excellent value for money will be back. Very good if your a walker. Only a short drive to various tourist attractions and towns. Would recommend hoddom castle to our fellow caravanners

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Jobla 2 reviews from this member

Visited site over a weekend and found that in the main it lived up to what we expected. My son was in one of the 'Pods' and he enjoyed that. We were on a large hard standing pitch with a nice view of the castle. Freshwater and grey water disposal was within easy reach of all pitches. Facilities were top quality and kept absolutely spotless. However I do feel that in season the site would probably benefit from more showers, these are currently only in the main shower block and not the outlying toilet blocks. Shop was quite well stocked and prices were not in the ripoff category. Staff were polite and friendly.

However, I do have 2 grumbles the main one being the location of the chemical toilet disposal point in relation to the pitches. This was quite a hike and not being as young as I once was it can present quite a strenuous challenge. The only alternative would be to drive down which would be a bit of a chore. The other grumble concerns the restaurant/bar. This does not accept debit or credit cards. The site owners told us that the bar is nothing to do with the site, but they do highlight its presence on their website so I feel they should point out that cards are not taken. The restaurant/bar are probably loosing out because this is 2014 and folk are wary of walking around with large cash sums. Apart from that would certainly visit again.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bernie47 10 reviews from this member

Just returned from a very enjoyable week at Hoddom Castle with several UKCS friends.

Good spacious tent field although a little stony. Very clean toilets, showers and washing cubicles.

There is a nice reasonably priced bar serving meals and also a takeaway that serves breakfasts, chips, etc.

The reception area has a well stocked shop selling a good range of provisions and other items such as tent pegs, children's games etc.

There are three waymarked walks from the site, a golf course, river fishing, a children's play area and a dog walk.

The site is set in the extensive castle grounds and has a one-way road system, leaving the site entails driving approximately a mile along a fairly rough road with occasional speed humps.

As stated in a previous review there is a 10 deposit for two keys to the toilets, showers and laundry/washing up areas. This is a bonus as it prevents children from congregating and messing about in these areas.

The staff were very friendly and helpful, we intend visiting again next year.

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