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Chatsworth Park Caravan Club Site
Derbyshire   (Browse area)
DE45 1PN   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01246 582226

Facilities:  (Key)

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Pitches: 121
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 100 Reviews
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Units accepted:   No Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes 

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Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Viggo 15 reviews from this member

Just like buying property, choosing to visit a campsite is (at least for us) all about location, location, location - and this site scores big on all three of those criteria.

Sitting on the outskirts of the Peak District village of Baslow, and within the estate of Chatsworth House, this site is fairly easily accessed via good A-roads from east or west. Once pitched up, you can step through a private, locked gateway (you get a key on arrival) and into beautiful countryside with as much walking as your legs can take, plus one of the country's best privately owned and operated stately homes and gardens right on the doorstep.

That's why we were there. It had taken a determined effort to book very early in order to secure a weekend pitch at this very popular site, and when we arrived after a fairly long, slow drive up the single-track road that leads from the main road to the reception, there was a short queue of other arrivals ahead of us. By the time we'd booked in this had cleared and we drove on to the site itself in search of one of the few vacant pitches available.

This is a compact site but otherwise fairly typical of a Caravan Club facility. The big difference is that the Chatsworth CC site sits amongst trees - lots of them, most of them large, many of them ornamentally in blossom in May, and all of them happily covering the ground with leaf casings and flowers and bits of twigs as they celebrated late spring with a display of new growth and vigour. Very verdant! Very pretty! Very messy!

As well as being very mucky neighbours - showering cars, caravans and awnings with arboreal detritus so that all looked like confetti-covered couples at a wedding - these large, mature trees also block out most of the views of the surrounding countryside and much of the sunlight, so choose your pitch with care if you want to sunbathe. And wherever you are you'll be surrounded by birds - especially noticeable are the mallard ducks and the noisy, noisy rooks. These latter feathered fiends love to give a very early morning cackling, cawking alarm call. Whoever said the country was peaceful has never camped beneath a rookery!

Our selected spot was at the back of the site, as far from the entrance as it is possible to go, and was utterly devoid of direct sun - not a problem to us as we didn't expect to spend much of our two day stay on site. As it was we wandered through the gate and up to the Big House to mooch around the garden on one day, and spent a few hours exploring the shops and market stalls of nearby Chesterfield on the second day.

The central facilities block - loos, showers, laundry, washing up stations etc - is modern and comfortable, although the water pressure in the showers was less than invigorating. Three additional service points for water taps, grey water drains and chemical toilet emptying points, seemed sufficient for the 120 pitches - I saw no queuing. There's a small play area for children; an information hut; the reception area sells some groceries and some caravanning essentials and accessories.

Our visit was short and pretty sweet. The wardens were pleasant and efficient and largely unobtrusive. Anyone used to Caravan Club sites will know what to expect here, and they'll get it.

The positives are the location - it's a relatively easy place to get to, there's plenty to do and see in the area, the village of Baslow is a 20 minute walk away through the parkland, and once there you'll find several decent pubs to visit. Food in the Wheatsheaf was average (starters) to good (steaks), and they knock 20% off for visitors from the campsite. We also visited The Moon at Stoney Middleton, three miles away, and that's a decent place, too - food ranges from simple sandwiches up to quite fancy daily specials, so something to suit all tastes and budgets.

The negatives are the trees, which are litter louts and sunshades. If you can put up with that, and the feeling that the site is rather squeezed into what was once a walled garden (with the high brick walls further adding to a feeling of compactness, if not slight claustrophobia) then you'll be fine. For those reasons, this is probably more a site for short visits than a fortnight's summer holiday.

Date of Visit: October 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Cheesehound 4 reviews from this member

This was my first experience of a CC site, and I really hope that it isn't typical.

We arrived at 1:20, to join a queue of thirteen units inching along the narrow approach drive. 25 minutes later we reached reception, where we were given precise instructions on exactly how to align our car and caravan.

I managed a fairly tight reverse into what was quite a cramped standard pitch and thanked my lucky stars that our van is only a 2-berth poptop.

I feel that, given its location in the Peak National Park (ie. Not on the outskirts of a city) far too many pitches have been shoehorned in here. Our pitch had an associated metre-wide strip of grass on which we could just fit a couple of chairs.

Whilst acknowledging the fact that, in terms of facilities provided, the site is very good indeed, for me there is far more to the overall quality of a caravan site than the provision of an outstanding loo block, which, incidentally, this has.

There's little point, I feel, in repeating what has already been stated over and over in the many good reviews for this site. Certainly it has many plus points, but for me, whilst meticulously maintained, it lacked atmosphere and left me unmoved.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: BrandNewDay 7 reviews from this member

This was our first stay at a Caravan Club site, and only our third stay anywhere in our caravan (previously we used tents).

We were really impressed! The whole site is very tidy and clean - including/especially the toilets, showers, and washing-up facilities. I found the shower had plenty of hot water and good water pressure and there was plenty of room for putting my things and changing.

The site is in a great location - you can go out a back gate straight onto the Chatsworth estate. Go right up to the house and left will take you to the village where there are some pubs. (We went to the Wheatsheaf as it is extremely family-friendly with a great play area. )

The management/employees of the site were all very kind and helpful and the shop is good - better than many campsites we've been to. No difficulties getting in and out although you probably wouldn't want to leave after 1pm when caravans are allowed in. I mean, we left in our car OK but it maybe could get awkward if caravans or motorhomes met on a bend.

We pitched directly across from the small playground so our kids were able to have fun out of the way.

There were no problems with the electricity. We don't have a telly in our caravan but there were ports for coaxial cables for those who want it. I wasn't thrilled with the wifi, which was a bit slow - especially for 2. 50 per 24 hours.

We will definitely return.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Eclaire 17 reviews from this member

+ A unique site which is probably why it is so expensive and full.

+ Toilets and showers clean, wardens friendly.

- some pitches cramped so can hear noise from other pitches at night.

+ nice dog walk area which is secure so they can be off lead

- huge queue to get in and you also have to get round this if you go off site in your car and then come back, although wardens are good at keeping it moving

- small play area

- not good for cycling -cant cycle on much of the park and have to go on busy roads or drive to other cycle routes

+ key to walk onto the estate that brings you directly onto a footpath.

Overall a nice site. Will we return? Probably not as there ar other sites that offer better value for us even if they are not quite as unique.

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Lobraes 22 reviews from this member

Just returned from a weekend here for my husbands birthday. It was our first stay and it certainly won't be our last, in fact we re booked two more weekends whilst we were there !

We only live 15 mins away from site but we love chatsworth and couldn't resist the chance to stay in the grounds the location is stunning !

The wardens are very friendly and helpful as are the ladies in reception, nothing too much trouble even though they are very busy, the site was full ! Reception sells newspapers and food/camping essentials.

Pitches are large and flat with hard standing surrounded by grass (and loads of very friendly ducks who expect to be fed )

Showers and loos were spotless and plentiful.

Lovely dog walk area on site with poo bins located all the way around.

Access to the park via an allocated key. Lovely walk into baslow about 15 mins all flat and footpaths. Great pubs to visit for food or a drink( the Devonshire arms is dog friendly too) and loads to do and see around chatsworth house.

We were also very pleased that they welcomed some of our family members who visited us to say happy birthday.

Can't wait to return :)

Date of Visit: January 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Hughandpenny 23 reviews from this member

First break of the New Year, a lovely usual CC standard site. Very quiet for our 3 night stay, less tha a dozen units on site for 2 of the nights.

Facilities fantastic and clean/warm, some cubicles and showers locked due to low occupancy on site but still plenty open and a sensible approach.

Wardens very friendly and ready to assist when asked but not intrusive just how we like it. The weekend was very windy and wardens cleared debris up well and as we left tree surgeons were present clearing up and pruning.

The door into the estate is fantastic and very Toms Midnight Garden for those of a particular vintage. Easy walk to either the house or Baslow and both well worth the walk ( house closed until March but stables and shops open)

We will return at some stage when house open when I am sure site will be a lot busier

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