My wife, Daughter and I stayed at Silver Dawn last weekend (21st-24th) and had the same trouble on arrival as previous review 'Chappie43' experienced two years earlier! due to a pin code barrier. The site is in a residential(but very quiet) area so is compact in size and layout, so I would think it could be a bit tight during busy times, but each pitch did have its own hookup point.
The Owner was a very friendly and easy going chap, and found like 'Donnylou72' that I also had to find the owner the following day to pay for the pitch (at his suggestion on arrival)but at £15pn all in, it was cheaper than expected.
The toilets (situated in the centre of the statics) could do with updating and a clean, but we did find the showers spacious and hot, with shelves and hooks and the local radio station playing in the showers and toilets. Different I suppose! but a broken window and lack of heating made it a bit chilly in September.
All in all though, we found everyone on the site very friendly and had a very enjoyable weekend, despite a heavy downpour on Sunday that turned the floor of our porch awning into a paddling pool.
The site was generally quite tidy, and for the price, location of shops and Clacton, and basic facilities, we would consider a return in the future, but would try and avoid busy times like Bank Holidays.
We stayed at Silver Dawn for our main two week holiday and must admit we were influenced by the very reasonable cost for Peak season (think it was £20 per night all in). We have relatives in Clacton so we were mainly wanting a site as a base. As mentioned by another reviewer, we found the arrivals procedure sadly lacking as we had difficulty finding a member of staff which is very disconcerting when you are blocking the main route into the site. Access is very tight if you follow the instructions given regarding which entrance to use (you're supposed to use the lower entrance) but others were using the first entrance which makes access much better. When we found the owner though he was very friendly and helpful.
The actual site is split into two with static caravans on one half and tourers on the other. Bizarrely, the dated toilet and shower block is on the static half! The facilities are very dated but the water was hot and we never had to queue to use either the toilets or showers which is a positive. Also rather strange is the waste water disposal point which is about 2 feet off the ground meaning that you have to lift your full wastemaster to empty it. Our kids usually do the waste and water for a bit of extra spending money but they were not able to at Silver Dawn. Mr Chappies nearly gave himself a hernia the first time he went so we resorted to twice daily emptying - not really what you want on holiday.
Much of the touring site is occupied by seasonal caravans which meant a very limited choice for tourers. There is very little room for manoeuvre onto the pitches which are sideways around the perimeter so our motor mover was a godsend. We stupidly pitched opposite the play area which was a big mistake as lots of youngsters from the static caravans hung about there each evening and we frequently had to complain when they were making noise beyond midnight.
The pitches are very small with very little room to sit outside unless you're prepared to sit where cars have to drive (some of the seasoners did this and seemed very annoyed when they had to move to let us by!)
The area itself is lovely with lots to do and we visit every year to see family. We may stay at Silver Dawn in the future simply because it is on the same road as my Aunt so is convenient but we will never stay for more than a few days in future.
Was not impressed by this site at all, upon arrival, couldn't even find a member of staff! Found the pitches too close together, ground is not well drained, was very boggy, a car got stuck which we helped pull them out !
Shower block was very dated, showers were either too hot, or no water coming out,not cleaned regularly. Play area was very dated. Found that the owner prioritized the static caravans as they were privately owned, will not be returning.
Came for three nights with my wife and our grandson; found it very relaxed and laid back ; facilities were clean and tidy, children's pool was clean and well supervised, which was great because it was so hot; club house was very welcoming with something going on all the time; shops 5 minutes down road; 10 minutes to clacton, great for kids, plenty to do. All in all we had a great time
We have just returned from a weekend stay at Silver Dawn. We booked the site at the last minute, on Friday am, to arrive that afternoon. We were lucky enough to get 2 pitches together (my parents also came in their own tourer van with my niece and nephew).
The site was small but very well cared for with beautiful plants / borders. The facilities consisted of a small outdoor mini pool (which was not open yet as the weather hadn't been quite warm enough) a pub / club with beer garden and toilet / shower blocks.
The site does not allow tents and I believe that is why there are no dishwashing facilities on site. The touring park is adjoined to another with static caravans and chalets who share the site's facilities. Within the touring park there is an old-fashioned, but nevertheless, very popular children's playground.
The site accepts well behaved dogs on leads (although no dog walking area) and even welcome them in the club/bar (our children were most impressed that they could go to a disco on the Sat night and take the dog with them!). The club / bar appears to have a good varied entertainment programme (weekends only out of high seasons)for both children and adults.
Overall, the site had a very friendly and laid-back vibe. We appeared to be the only vans on the touring field which were there short-term as most appeared to be seasonal pitches, judging by the length of the grass around the awnings! Even so, we were made to feel very welcome and by the time we were due to leave, nobody had even asked us for any money! (being the honest citizens we are, we did make a point of paying someone at the club house!)
I would definitely recommend this site to anyone with or without children or dogs, either for short term or as a seasonal pitch. It was so nice to spend a weekend somewhere so relaxed and laid-back with nobody breathing down your neck with rule books. Having said that, everyone who uses the site appeared to give it the respect it deserved and this is a credit to the site owners / managers. We will definitely be returning for future short breaks.
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