Caravan pitched up at Chatsworth for 7 nights, Sunday to Sunday, we stayed Thursday to Sunday, with my parents taking the first four nights. We chose pitch 39, as it seemed to be less shady than other pitches, but it's an extremely small pitch, and the hitch was very close to the road. A helpful warden allowed us to pitch sideways on due to the pitch size. Due to a tree with a small grass bank, it wasn't easy pitching this way either. Wardens weren't altogether happy with the final position, but when I explained I couldn't drop the steady they were OK eventually. Wardens were helpful throughout our stay, and helped many visitors site their vans. They were also pleasant when serving our DD when she visited the shop and took time to chat to her, (or be chatted at, more like).
The site is (obviously) superbly placed for visiting Chatsworth, a must if you are staying here. It's also closer
Than I thought to Bakewell, we had a lovely mooch around the shops, watched the annual carnival pass through, and enjoyed a lovely French meal at Le Mistral on the Saturday evening. Bakeway puddings were bought for dessert back at the van, and for gifts for the family.
Facilities on site were immaculate, and there is plenty enough shower rooms and toilets for the number of pitches on site. Only complaint is the closing times for cleaning, the ladies closed 10:30 -> 11:30, gents 11:00 - 12:00. Perhaps a little early in the day for some people? 10:30? We weren't the only people to be caught out by this. Perhaps midday could be a better time to close?
A lovely site, ideal for visiting Chatsworth. Great facilities. Not sure I'd rush to stay again, as it wasn't a fantastically family friendly site - the play park is a little young, no field for ball games etc. But if you just want a couple of nights break on a peaceful (apart from the crows) site then this could be the site for you, if you can get in - book early.
Approach - easy to find using the web site instructions - do not follow a sat nav, we even have the caravan sat nav and that would have taken us to Chatsworth house ! There is not a waiting area so it's imperative you don't arrive before 1pm as instructed due to the width of the access lane.
Staff on arrival - we found the wardens really helpful and friendly, lots of instructions and hints and tips.
Pitch - we had a fully serviced hard standing pitch with awning, this was one of the best pitches we have ever had, both the size and the facilities, we even had our own elsan point on the pitch. Absolutely fantastic, water, waste water, electric and TV hook up. All of the other pitches on the site looked well proportioned and just as nice.
Facilities - plenty of showers, roomy with lots of hot water, very clean. Laundry, washing up area, small shop for basic items. Access to chatsworth park through a gate is amazing. Facilities as in other reviews really excellent.
Local area - Baslow a short walk away (1. 5miles) this has several nice pubs and a small spar (no lottery) Bakewell is a short drive and a lovely market town. Chatsworth farm shop is a must at pilsley, and obviously the grounds of chatsworth and the surrounding peak district are in easy reach.
In summary -very well looked after spacious site that has everything you could wish for.
Was this site for us - yes, we loved it here, can understand why it's always fully booked, we had a very relaxing time, managed to tame a blackbird who came each night for some bread, just had to make sure the ducks didn't see you otherwise they would set up camp on your pitch in the hope of a morsel of food, to be honest they could be a bit of a pain but the little ducklings were lovely and very well fed!
We will definitely return, even though we say we never go to a site twice (because there are so many to try) this site made us change our mind about that self imposed rule !
Visited this campsite first week in march, site is situated in the old walled kitchen garden of chatsworth estate, staff very friendly and facilities very clean, on booking in you are issued with a key to enable access through a door in the wall which leads directly into estate grounds, beautiful site and beautiful surroundings, one of the most peaceful and relaxed sites, chatworth farm shop worth a visit for a bit of luxury quality.
As novices this is our first long venture in our caravan. We are so pleased we chose this site, it was perfect, not only was the weather fantastic, the whole experience was. Right from the start we were made to feel welcome and assistance was offered. The people working on the site were very friendly. The site and facilities were immaculate and of a very high standard, obviously well managed. The site is situated in a beautiful location. We found that there was lots to do and see. We very much look forward to returning in the not too distant future.
To Find Site:- From both Bakewell and Chesterfield take A619 towards Baslow. Site entrance is between the two roundabouts in Baslow. Access to the site is by a long narrow road, although there are passing places it could be difficult for two towed caravans to pass. Therefore the Caravan Club instruct you not to arrive before 1. 00pm. The reverse is that everyone must leave the site by 12. 00 noon. The area on the approach to reception is across a fairly narrow low humped back bridge and from here it is cobbled and it can be quite daunting to drive over it!
Chatsworth is a real gem of a site which is set within what was, once, a walled garden. There are 120 pitches in total including 26 'Super Pitches'. The 'super' pitches have their own fresh water supply and waste water and WC disposal, there is an additional cost per night for these pitches. All the other pitches are on hardstanding, useful as the site is open all year. Although every inch of the site is used for pitches it has been cleverly designed so that pitches do not seem crowded. Not all pitches allow awnings to be used. The site does seem to hold surface water after heavy rain in places. The one central toilet block is quite large and of excellent standard and includes a 'Mother and Baby' room. The old reception building is now the information room. The Reception sells newspapers, milk and bread plus walking maps of the area. When you tell reception where you are pitched they provide you with a key that provides access from the site to the park through a gate. This site is open to non-members but not to tents. Electric points use standard blue CEE17 connectors and are rated at 16 amps. The bollards also have co-ax TV connectors but you have to provide your own cable, although these can be purchased from Reception. Water and waste service points are dotted around the site. There is also a motorhome service point. Being a very popular site it is usually necessary to book in advance particularly at weekends and holidays, at the very least it is advised to phone ahead to check if there is space. The site offers a WiFi service and access can be purchased online. Mobile reception is OK
There is lots to do in the area. You could amuse yourself by walks direct from the site. However most of the Peak District is within easy reach. There is a Garden Centre at Calton Lees a couple of miles from the site and a rather superb Estate Farm shop. There are a some restaurants in Baslow and details are usually found in the site information room. Chatsworth House, no doubt, will be the main attraction for a stay on this site. It is only reasonable walk from the site, alternatively there is ample parking at the house. In wet weather the path from the site to the house can be quite muddy so stout shoes would be advisable. Tickets can be purchased online this not only secures a small discount but also allows you to bypass the queue for people paying on the day. However showing your membership card at the ticket office secures a £5 discount on each ticket. This is a good destination in the run up to Christmas as the inside of the house is decorated and usually to a theme. For day to day supplies major supermarkets are well represented in Chesterfield.
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