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Visitor Reviews - Sandyhills

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Tel: 01387 780257

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Pitches: 25
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 28 Reviews
              8/10 from 28 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes  Statics for Hire 

Reviews:  28 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Masha 7 reviews from this member

My husband and I stayed at this wonderful site for 4 nights with our 3 children (8, 6 and 2) during a really hot spell.

The site has a toilet/ shower block (including an outdoor shower which also has warm water for reasons I will say later). There is a laundry room, a basic shop, a play park, a play field and oh yes, the most fantastic beach 100 yards away through a path!

The toilets were clean enough and the showers as well. There was often a lot of sand on the floor but I really can't complain as we were by the beach and the owners seem to do the best they could do keep it clean.

The outdoor shower was a blessing as the kids got very muddy on the beach and would have made an awful mess in the indoor showers.

The site was beautiful and picturesque. There were plenty of trees and a nice view of the beach. There was also a little stream the kids could paddle in.

We did find it hard to find a flat pitch but not impossible and we were happy where we pitched in the end. The grass was of good quality and well maintained.

The shop was quite expensive and fairly basic. There was a Costcutter up the road a mile or so when turning left out of the campsite.

The play park was fine for all my kids and they had lots of fun there and made lots of friends.

The staff were friendly and helpful and I noticed they kept the shop open later than advertised on some days.

The beach was stunning. When the tide was out it left catch pools and rivers which were warm, lots of shells to collect, rock pools and caves. When the tide came in (and very quickly) the water was safe, shallow and not cold at all. We spent 3 full days on this beach and didn't feel the need to visit anywhere else. Everyday the tide left something different to do so the kids were never bored. We also walked out to an old RAF practice bombing target from WWII.

I would recommend the beach and the campsite to anyone. Just great!

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mary1950 1 review from this member

Stayed here for one night, with 2 adults and 2 children. Definitely will go back. The staff are so friendly, and the warden very helpful. Even late when my daughter lost the key! It was no trouble to him, and soon sorted it out

The toilets were very clean and showers hot. Also if you stayed longer the facilities are excellent for washing clothes etc.

The lovely beach was only minutes away and the children played on the little play area and loved it.

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Fiona W 113 reviews from this member

Having enjoyed staying here before, I organised a camping trip for 8 friends in 2 old motorhomes, a classic campervan, and a cosy static caravan - we all squashed into its lounge in the cool and wet evenings. Plenty to do locally for a group with widely varied interests, and beaches to satisfy the most energetic dog. The staff could not have been more helpful and accomodating - all credit to them. At only 17 out of high season for EHU on grass, we think it's good value. A folding bike is useful as the site shop & office is quite a hike away. The bus to Dumfries or Dalbeattie is every 2 hours. Minor quibble - the toilet block steamed up after showers (which are hot and free) as the heat / moisture / ventilation balance isn't right: it was like going into a sauna some mornings, with damp floors. Won't stop us coming back again, however.

Date of Visit: April 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: LyraTours 5 reviews from this member

Another great holiday at Sandyhills, Staff on site are great, very friendly and always willing to assist. I have reviewed this site a short time ago and everything stands except 1 thing!

The toilets now have no heating available and with the cold Easter morning's they were freezing to the point it put me off using them. Spoke with staff who were aware of the problem and were hoping the owners would invest in a solution soon. If you plan a trip soon might be worthwhile calling Gillespie Leisure direct and ask if they have sorted the problem, maybe this way a cracking wee site can be made even better!

Date of Visit: September 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Weejan 2 reviews from this member

We have just returned from spending a weekend at Sandyhill bay campsite. We arrived quite late on Friday evening and the wardens were so friendly & helpful, they were not at all put out, ( as we have found on many other sites! )

The site is lovely, relaxing and clean with a beautiful sandy beach which is easily accessed. The showers were clean with plenty of room in each cubicle. The shop is well stocked too, with a small cafe next to it which unfortunately was closed for the season, but 400yds away there is a restaurant for non residents of their site.

There is a bus stop at the entrance to sandyhill bay site for anyone wanting to go further afield without driving. We also had our Labrador with us who loved the walks & beach. Would definitely go back & would recommend this site to friends & family.

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Fimac1634 1 review from this member

This is a friendly and welcoming campsite situated in a lovely area very close to the beach. The campsite is clean and safe, very good for families. My partner and I plus dog camped for two nights and enjoyed our stay.

We felt it was quite expensive at 19 per night for 2 adults in a small tent. There were good amenities ie shop/cafe, laundrette, dishwashing facilities but at the height of the season it was difficult to get a shower as there were only 2 showers available in both the male and female toilet blocks.

There is definitely a need for more showers as it meant a long wait in the morning and two seemed inadequate for the volume of campers staying at the park in peak season.

What we particularly liked was the presence of the warden at night patrolling which made the site feel very secure.

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