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Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park
Ham Lane
Bishop Sutton
Somerset   (Browse area)
BS39 5TZ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01275 332 127

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Pitches: 45
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 53 Reviews
              8/10 from 53 Reviews

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Date of Visit: April 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Bessy525 41 reviews from this member

Stayed for almost a full week, site is quiet with only minimal noise in the evenings, surprisingly you can hear the planes from Bristol airport in the distance. Free view no problem didn't need the tv point, ee phone signal virtually non existent so if you need to stay in touch you will need to pay for the wifi connection. Had no problem with access to the private bathrooms throughout our stay and someone was always cleaning them. Local pub best summed up by a villager ' its a pub charging restaurant prices' small post office had surprisingly large range of essentials at reasonable prices, good job too nearest good size supermarket was in Midsomer Norton. Ideally placed for all the Abbey's in the region don't forget. Downside its as good as any of the well known one's in the area. Tried to take a walk around the lake but had to give up due to swarms of mosquito type insects.

If you want a quiet site and are well provisioned this is the site for you, all the staff were excellent and very helpful, had no problems with the caravan being moved by on site staff no waiting either on arrival or departure.

Date of Visit: December 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mrscmb 37 reviews from this member

I was looking forward to staying at this site due to the fact it wins votes consistently in the Top 100 Sites Guide. Although it is a nice site I fail to see how it does so well in the voting stakes when there are higher quality sites in the South West of England.

The location is good, being almost equal distance between Bristol and Bath and a third of a mile from Bishop Sutton village where you can find a good general food store, post office and pub.

The owners insist that you unhitch your caravan and their staff site it for you and remove it from your pitch on leaving. I appreciate some people would like this service – but it should be an optional service not mandatory. We were delayed leaving by 15 minutes because there were so many people leaving at approximately the same time.

The site is small but thoughtfully laid out so you are not looking straight at other caravans all the time and cars have to be parked in the car park, not next to your caravan.

We paid extra for a serviced pitch – the water flow was almost non-existent and thankfully we didn’t want to use the TV aerial socket as it was broken.

The site website refers to the facilities as “luxury solo bathrooms” and also states: “Our luxury heated toilet and shower facilities are refurbished annually”.

The use of the word luxury is obviously arbitrary as the sanitary ware and materials used are quite ordinary and not particularly up to date. I think the annual refurbishment must refer to the fact the walls had been recently painted. Although the showers do not have the dreaded percussion valves, they are fixed heads and have quite a dismal flow. Some of the shower rooms are quite poky and the mops provided had seen better days. It was not really possible to clean the floor after a shower as there was no water/disinfectant etc in the buckets. On the morning of departure I used a shower room at 7am and there was no heating – not really acceptable in December.

The main problem with the solo shower rooms however is the fact that no other toilets and/or showers are provided. Other campsites that provide private cubicles with toilet/basin and shower also provide separate toilet & shower facilities. A lot of people just want to use a toilet, or a washbasin or a shower and with no separate facilities they have no option but to occupy all three facilities at once. To add to this problem the only place to queue (which we had to do) was outside – thank goodness it wasn’t raining.

All in all a pleasant site but it appears to be run in a regimented way and it would be vastly improved by providing at least two separate toilets.

Date of Visit: November 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Hampshirecampers 3 reviews from this member

Trying to find a site that is open all year, is hard and to find, this one we thought was great. The showers were always lovely and warm and the uniqueness of these 'pods'was nice. Warm and well laid out on a cold wet evening. However not sure what it would be like in the summer busy months. Maybe just a small block with toilets only could cut down having to wait. Being a quiet time we did not have to wait.

The area was ideal, walking to the lake was easy. Lots of public footpaths surrounding the village.

The pub and shops situated close by. When camping in a village and rural area large supermarkets are not needed as this would ruin the location. However, only 15 minutes drive down the road. The local shop was adequate and the people in the pub friendly. Dogs were also made welcome in the bar.

Ideal location for Bristol, Bath and other areas. Good for the Christmas markets

Liked the idea of having hand wash facilities in the chemical disposal area.

Given lots of info on arrival, mostly rules and do nots, but some parts useful.

Motorhome service point would have been good. Slightly expensive, but on par with a lot of private sites. Would definitely go back.

Date of Visit: October 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Peter.neil 3 reviews from this member

A 'quite good' site which is trying very hard to keep up with Caravan Club.

An adult only site.

On arrival we were booked in by a young female who only once looked up at us when asking for money. The intro speech was well rehearsed and robotic. You are NOT allowed to pitch your own caravan. It is taken at speed by an operative with a mini tractor and THEY choose where you pitch. The pitches are wide enough to pitch comfortable, even with an awning but you cannot park your car next to your caravan, you have to use the carpark. They pitched us so close to the edge they left no room on the hard standing for water barrels. So there was 2 unsightly muddy patches on their manicured grass when we left. The toilet block is very quaint but very clean. All in one toilet and shower rooms were ok but annoying if you only needed to use the toilet at busy times. They also started to clean them at 9-30 am. As this was the busiest time of the day for showers there was always people waiting outside. Also you are not allowed to use any water to clean your unit, as seen as you enter the site, one filthy caravan and awning used by one of their wardens. They have a good info room with a PC and printer, which is free to use. A quiet site and in a good location to explore the local area, eg. Bristol, Bath, Glastonbury.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Nicky Davies 3 reviews from this member

I chose this site for its location very near my daughter's wedding by Chew Valley Lake and I certainly would choose to come back if I wanted to holiday in the area. I don't have a dog so can't comment on those facilities. For my needs, one person, it was perfect in terms of site staff helpfulness, fully serviced pitch, immaculate, super clean, warm individual shower/toilet/wash rooms well equipped each with hair dryers. I was delighted to have my touring caravan sited for me which the site insists on and, as the pitches are quite precisely laid out, it was one less potential stress. The pitch came with TV aerial point, a first for me, which I thought wasn't working. Staff came to check it for me very quickly only to find the problem was me! Due to the wedding, I had all the flowers delivered to my caravan and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. Without me asking, I was given the loan of their airy meeting room, with key, for four days to keep them in and a large table to prepare them. They even took them all - 30 vases, pedestal, buckets of greenery and buttonholes - in their van over to the outdoor venue for me. When I got back someone had cleared up all my mess! In my case, in terms of staff helpfulness and pleasantness, I cannot speak highly enough. It didn't bother me that my car had to be parked in their car park, which was near enough and helped to keep the site quiet which I like. Good road access into Bristol and Bath with various means of getting there if you don't want the hassle of parking. There is hire car available on site, which although I didn't need, I thought the rates were reasonable. Its location makes it good for country walks, trips to beaches at Weston super Mare, shopping locally in Wells or Midsomer Norton or the cities if you want more choice. There is a lovely pub, The Carpenters Arms, 4 miles up the road at Stanton Wick, where our family had a delicious quality meal as I didn't like the local one, despite its rave reviews. The only thing I do like when caravanning is a view, which I didn't have this time, but a quick trip to the stunning lakeside, walking (1. 5 miles) or by car almost makes up for that. Access to the site is fine from M5 although lots of windy country lanes for about 11 miles. All in all a very good site.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Raq54321 8 reviews from this member

This is a very clean tidy site with wonderful show facilities.

Some things they could change to make it even better:

Bigger dog walk as it is like a postage stamp and no good for larger dogs. Good to have water bowl and poo bags but just too small and no off lead area particularly when there is nowhere nearby to off lead walk them either.

Agree about village being run down. Pub advertised as fantastic was far from it! Food bog standard but overinflated prices.

Also agree with road to the site very narrow but at least they made it one way.

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