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Visitor Reviews - Wood Farm Caravan & Camping Park

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Wood Farm Caravan & Camping Park
Axminster Road
Charmouth
Dorset   (Browse area)
DT6 6BT   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01297 560697

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Pitches: 212
Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 94 Reviews
              8/10 from 94 Reviews


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Date of Visit: October 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Joynpete 3 reviews from this member

Had an excellent short stay on this lovely site. We booked a premium pitch which was perfect for our needs. The site is very well maintained with great views over the valley. The facilities were very good. Although we didn't use the swimming pool it looked really nice with staff in attendance. There is a small cafe and outdoor seating area adjacent to the pool and to the outside playground, and although not applicable to us, it would be ideal for parents keeping an eye on the kids whilst enjoying a coffee or something more interesting! As we were right at the end of the season the site was relatively quiet. Different types of food seem to be available in the evenings - during our stay it was a curry night. The staff were very friendly and helpful and sorted us out with bus details to Lyme Regis. The shop stocked the usual supplies, and probably even more in the season. We will certainly return and recommend to friends.

Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mrscmb 48 reviews from this member

This is a well run campsite set in a hillside location with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. It was our first visit and we were given a very warm welcome from Stella. The rest of the staff were always available and friendly. Reception has a small shop selling essentials including bread rolls daily which were very fresh. Mobile food vans call on different evenings – we tried the fish & chips and also the wood fired pizzas. Both were excellent quality and very tasty.

The showers and toilets were kept very clean (although a large mat might help the cleaners just inside the main door to stop muddy footprints being walked through). The showers are a good size with a large shelf (come seat) and plenty of hooks. There are also some private shower rooms with toilet and handbasin. The laundry facilities are good and I especially appreciated the use of a spin dryer for my hand washing. Very thoughtful.

We didn’t use the pool or café so can’t comment on either, but appreciated the fact these amenities were provided. The children’s playground looked very good and there is also a tennis court and outdoor draughts.

The location is fantastic – a 20 minute walk to Charmouth beach (be prepared for the uphill return) and bus stops just past the roundabout with the A35.

Unfortunately not everything was good. The wifi was very intermittent and we had just used the same service the previous week on a hilly site in North Devon with 100% reception which rather highlighted the poor signal at Wood Farm.

The worst thing for us was the pitch itself. We had a standard pitch near the road running through the site. It was far too near the road for comfort but worse than that it wasn’t level. When you see a concrete base you assume it will be level but this was from it. The rain drained under our awning and the gravel area designed for the awning was a good 3” below the concrete base making the step into our caravan very difficult. We walked round the site looking at other pitches and it appeared that a lot of the standard pitches were the same – no end of caravans had to put lots of blocks under the steadies at one end in order to be level. Awnings don’t fit well when one end of the caravan is a lot higher than the other – and there were plenty of awnings pulled into a strange shape, including ours. The premium pitches are all weather pitches and looked ok - it is such a shame that a lovely site like Wood Farm is spoilt by so many unlevel pitches.

I would love to return to this site as it has a lot going for it, but would be very wary of what pitch I would be allocated.

Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Valvelifter 6 reviews from this member

We booked a two week stay at this site on the strength of several good reviews. On arrival, we were dismayed at the very small and steeply sloped pitch that we were allocated. Looking around the site there seem to be two classes of pitch: A fully serviced pitch which looks like a normal sized pitch for an average sized caravan and is level, and the non-serviced pitch. Ours was a non-serviced pitch. It consisted of a concrete apron less than two thirds the length of our two berth caravan. It was impossible to get the jockey wheel and all four corner steadies on the concrete. We elected to have the jockey wheel and front corner steadies on the concrete along with the caravan wheels. The rear steadies were on the grass. Furthermore, the pitch was unacceptably sloped with the front of the van more than two feet above the ground and the rear almost touching the grass with the rear steadies only wound down two turns. The approach to the pitch required mounting a kerb and driving up a steep grassy slope on the first pitch we were offered. And on the second pitch we had to drive over the adjacent vacant pitch to get the caravan positioned successfully. The management keep some wooden blocks for loan for sloping pitches and looking around the site, several pitches were steeply sloped. In practical terms, unless your caravan is fitted with a motor mover or you choose a fully serviced pitch don't book this site if you value your car's clutch. The excessive slope of the pitch meant I had to buy extra hose to use my Wastemaster and they charged an exorbitant price for it it the on site shop. The management offered to pitch another customer's caravan using a small tractor and wrecked his jockey wheel, dragging it over soft grass in the process. He complained and they replaced it for him.

The weather was unseasonably cool on some days and the shower rooms were unheated even though there were radiators fitted. The showers were not always as clean as they could be.

The site advertises good tv reception but we found it very poor with far less channels that we expect and achieve on other sites.

There is a games room with a pool table but several of the balls were missing. The management's response to a complaint about it was 'well there were lots of children in last week'.

There is an on site indoor swimming pool but this is not for the exclusive use of site residents and was rather over crowded at weekends. There are other facilities; fishing, tennis courts, giant draughts etc but everything is charged for.

The site is in a good location, less than a mile from Charmouth village centre and about two miles from Lyme Regis but aside from that, I found little to recommend it and we will not be returning to this site.

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Lms0110 33 reviews from this member

Very helpful staff before we even arrived as we rang to postpone the trip then a day later had a change of heart and they rearranged it back to accommodate us. First impression was a lovely clean site on various landscaped levels with fabulous views over the hills. Two large off lead areas for the dogs, clean amenities block. Didn't use the pool. Lovely to have a safe walk into Lyme Regis via the redirected coast path along the pavement for a short time then across the golf course and down a back lane into Lyme, fabulous seaside town, had a lovely meal in The Pilot, and the dogs can go on the beaches at each far end, the better beach being the one between Lyme and Charmouth. Not a lot in Charmouth and the weekly market is full of tat, nice paddle for the dogs in the river, we then walked across the beach back to Lyme Regis.

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Doverover 14 reviews from this member

Lovely site, certainly lives up to all the reviews.

Friendly staff, escorted to our pitch and given all the usual directions.

Showers very clean and plenty of hot water.

Curries, Pizza's and Fish and chips share the honours for on-site visits, only day not catered for is Thursday so we had to fend for ourselves - dreadful.

Easy access from main road and all level pitches.

Right in the middle of fossil country which is why we went.

Didn't use the pool but it looked nice and the food at the café overlooking the pool was of good quality and a reasonable price.

Yes, would definitely visit again.

Date of Visit: April 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Damaca 17 reviews from this member

This lovely campsite, in a beautiful area, must be one of the best we have ever stayed in, if not just the best. It is quite large, but thanks to landscaping, and terracing of the hills it occupies, it doesn't feel at all large. Yes it is on a hilly terrain but all the sites we saw, including the one we had, are perfectly levelled. The individual sites are an adequate distance from each other. The campsite is split into several named sections. On each section nobody is far from a nearby toilet & washing block - these facilities are the cleanest and best laid out that we have ever experienced, and more than sufficient to cope with the number of visitors without any queuing whatsoever. There was plenty of hot water for the free showers and for washing-up. There seemed to be, as well, a good number of disabled facilities. Part of the time we were there, there was very heavy rain, but the site seems to be well-drained and there was no visible surface water at all, after the 24 hours of rain. We noticed a team cheerfully trimming roadside verges and checking drain covers during the rain. Thanks to their work, the site is extremely tidy and well-kept looking. There is a moderately large indoor swimming pool, which we didn't use, although we sat in the adjacent café enjoying excellent and modestly priced espressos, watching the swimmers and checking our emails on their 15-minute free wifi. Next to the pool there is a very large children's' play field with some equipment, and plenty of space for running about. Despite these facilities, the feel of the site is that of a rural campsite, not a 'holiday park'. The location is about a mile from Charmouth and just over that from Lyme Regis, both accessible from the site either by frequent buses, or, as we did, by a combination of footpath and quiet minor roads direct from the site. There are also footpath walks direct from the site in a northerly direction, into the hills and away from the coast. The friendly and efficient reception staff advertise freshly baked croissants for sale which we were tempted by, but didn't take up. They also sell newspapers and other necessities. The site is a Caravan and Motorhome Club affiliate, and has all the necessary facilities, as well as site wide wifi if you wish to pay for it and use it for more than we wanted to.

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