We stayed at Wood Farm back in the 90's when we had our caravan so this return visit was a long time coming!
Easy access straight off the very busy A35. Really friendly check-in and shown to pitch too. We had a lovely large hardstanding in the first section with views over the Dorset countryside. However, we were close to the road and it was very noisy all day and some of the night.
Great facilities. Not sure how many blocks they have but there are plenty. Our closest one was spotless and even had separate shower rooms. Great indoor washing up area too.
Good shop with essentials, not cheap but convenient. Wi-Fi was VERY expensive.
The walk into Charmouth is easy, downhill all the way (but obviously not on the way back!). Not much in Charmouth these days or so it seems. Both pubs were closed in the afternoons! However we did go back to the George in the evening and had a lovely meal.
The walk into Lyme Regis, up over the hill and golf course, is harder than you think but do-able. We got the bus back (£3 each for a less than 5 minute ride but it saved walking up that hill!). Lyme is lovely, much better than Charmouth, with lots of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants to while away a sunny day people watching. We had a fantastic meal in the Rock Point Inn, sat on the terrace in the very warm sunshine, overlooking the bay. Perfect.
Wood Farm is a beautiful, well looked after site, and as much as we'd love to return one day I think the road noise may put us off?
What a lovely site superb pitch fully serviced, the staff were very friendly especially upon arrival showed us to our pitch and made sure we were ok, the pool cost of £2-50 is an extra cost but the upkeep nowadays of a pool is very costly hence the charge.
The cafe very good breakfast as is the steak night quality food and cooked the way you want it.
We heard the boy racer on his bike every evening at the same time but that was the only traffic noise that really stood out.
We fortunately picked the weekend when the guitars on the beach record attempt was on and got a full days entertainment for free and glorious sunshine to go with it, the finale was Ian Gillan playing smoke on the water and all the boats in the bay setting of distress flares with orange smoke drifting across the bay.
The negative part of the holiday was the fishing, there are now no carp or tench in either lake as the otters and cormorants have eating them shame as could be a good fishery.
Overall a very good and pleasing restful holiday will definitely go again.
First time to this site will not be the last (so the wife says?). Very pleasant greeting on arrival and escorted to pitch, we were also given a choice of pitches.
The site is very clean and tidy I used the different toilet/shower blocks and found them all very clean and tidy. The pool was very good and the games room and children's area must have been good as we hardly saw our daughter once we were back on site.
Charmouth and Lyme were both nice places to visit both within walking distance although hilly, bridport and west bay aiso nice places only a short drive.
The campsite is very easy to find - it is very difficult to miss as it is directly off A35 / A3052 roundabout at the top of the roads to Charmouth and Lyme Regis. The staff at reception were very friendly and lead us to our (allocated) pitch on a quad bike. They say that a record is kept of any previous pitches you have had, so if you want the same the same one again, they will make every effort to do this. The site is very hilly and some of the caravans had novel techniques to get them level.
We were sited in the Eastern low side of the site - called something like Oak Lea. It is the nearest section to the pool and play area. It is a terraced section with 3 or 4 caravans per terrace, with fully serviced pitches. Our pitch was level though. Some pitches around the outside of this section were electric hook up only. Each terrace is not that ‘deep’ so positioning the caravan can be tricky. Reversing on involved almost jack knifing Next to us appeared a long twin axle caravan on one day. Sadly I missed this being positioned but the owner said it was interesting! When full, the site seems fairly densely populated with our pitch being overlooked from all directions.
The facilities are modern and very clean. Near us was a block with whole rooms containing a shower, toilet and sink. These were lovely to use - your own washroom but it did mean they were often all in use - a little frustrating if you just needed to pop in to use the toilet. There were other standard toilet blocks just a short walk away though.
The pool on site was a hit with my 8 year old son. There is a charge of £2. 50 per person per swim so this did add up. However, it is a lovely clean indoor pool. If you think you’ll get the use, there is a discount for buying multiple swims with the minimum being 20 I think. Probably good if you have 3 or 4 children!
The games room proved popular too with my son often asking to head down there on his own to see who else was there. It became a great little meeting place for the children and he made many friends. The room contains a pool table, table tennis table, soft play area, TV and vending machine.
There is so much to do in the local area. My son loves fossils and dinosaurs and we found loads of ammonites, belemnites, devils toenails etc just lying on the beach. Particularly good for this was Monmouth Beach walking West around half a mile from Lyme Regis, where the spectacular Ammonite Pavement (with huge fossils set in the rock ledges) can be seen at low tide. Also good is walking East towards Charmouth from Lyme Regis towards a cliff called Black Ven. There is currently work going on with the sea defences here so this walk is only possible from Lyme by walking on the beach at low tide. We did the organised fossil walk on one day, booked at the Lyme Regis museum - very informative and well worth it.
For food in the area, we liked the Royal Oak pub in Charmouth. This can be walked in around 15 minutes from the site. I’d recommend walking to Charmouth but driving to Lyme Regis as this is just a bit further, down a very steep hill and has plenty of car parks.
Back to the site itself, there is a good mobile phone signal and 3G coverage. I notice some reviews mentioned road noise from the A35. It was fine where we were, just like the sound of wind in trees with just the occasional boy racer making a bit more noise. I suspect it may be a bit noisier in the Western higher part of the site as this backs onto the A35 after the roundabout where vehicles are accelerating away up the hill. Traffic noise aside, it is a very quiet site, virtually silent after about 9pm. There is a ban on bicycles and child’s scooters etc being used on site. When I first read this, I thought it was very harsh. However, after now seeing some of the very steep roads and paths on the site, I think it is correct. There would be some nasty accidents with a great speed very quickly reached. There are hardly any level bits!
In summary, we had a lovely eight nights here and will certainly return, probably to the same pitch if possible.
This is an immaculate site. The pitches are generous and well laid out in small areas. Each area has immaculate toilet blocks, plenty for each area and they are cleaned regularly. The grounds for use of guests are very extensive and well kept. There is a restaurant/bar serving a variety of meals. The site is very close to Charmouth which has shops and pubs and Lyme Regis is a very short drive away. All in all an excellent site to visit.
Stayed for a week, and did not want to come home. Staff amazing, views amazing. Little noise from a35, but not a problem. Nice little walk past the piggies to the lake. Charmouth is a mile away with it's cafe's and stony beach and is a very quaint little village with a handful of shops and pubs. Lyme regis is lovely too, if you park at the top of lyme, although quite a tough walk back up, the views are amazing. Would love to buy a static at wood farm.
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