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Visitor Reviews - Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes

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Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes
Rosliston
Swadlincote
Derbyshire   (Browse area)
DE12 8HZ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01283 763981

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Pitches: 50 +
Open: Closed Over The Christmas Period

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 81 Reviews
              8/10 from 81 Reviews


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Reviews:  81 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Rimor25 3 reviews from this member

This beautiful site has some down points. The reception staff were very good but on explaining that we had chosen the location because of a family party to be held at a hotel about ten miles from this site, family members were going to meet us in 2 cars in order that the one person who knew the area could guide us to the party venue. In the visiting cars were our grandkids that naturally wanted to see inside our new caravan, but were told this wasn't possible as we had booked an adult only pitch. We couldn't help but notice this adult only policy didn't apply to several family's in seasonal vans in the same part of the site. On asking a lady in charge of reception the following morning the same question could our grandkids see inside our new van 'Of Course' was the response. This is quite a large site in 3 sections but is not matched by the amount of toilets or showers, when we were there 2 of the 6 showers were out of action and 50p for a shower was a bit steep considering this was the most expensive site we had stayed. The showers stay on for a very long time human nature means people will stay too long or just leave it running must actually cost the site far more than the income of 50p's collected!. That aside this is a stunning part of the UK the site is very tranquil with wonderful wildlife all around' the village of Rossliston is very pretty and with good facilities.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Happycampers8081 2 reviews from this member

On arrival we were greeted by the friendly staff in reception who explained about the site and where our pitch was located.

The site was in a quiet location and for the weekend we stayed very open meaning a large open field for the kids to run around in.

The facilities were very good. Small charge for the showers but 50p lasted plenty long enough for an adult and child to get showered. Always got hot water any time of day. The family shower rooms were excellent for the four of us to occupy and get washed in one go. We also made use of the tumble dryer, token operated for £2 I think. An hour cycle dried a small load, perfect after pitching in the rain!

We never visited the small animal farm on site but saw the rabbits and peacocks, all added to the charm of the site. We would definitely consider staying again.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Happy retiree 3 reviews from this member

Site as good as always. Very helpful staff. Bathrooms have been up graded in the toilet blocks this means no free showers on site and at £25 per night over bank holiday I think that is a bit much. Our only other gripe is the low amps from the hook ups. We measured ours coming into the van we had 9 amps. So had to choose between heating and hot water or boiling the kettle. Couldn't use kettle and microwave together. Mini farm is lovely for the small kids. It a day pass would be more appropriate if you are camping to enable you to return as you wish during the day. Woodland walks and fishing lakes are very well kept and any angler will enjoy the choice of 3 lakes Horseshoe is the only one close to caravans where you may hear a little noise the other 2 are more secluded. The whole area is very very well kept we love the added security of the height barrier and coded gate. Nice little cafe for breakfast at entrance to site they do take away and lovely cakes. Will always go back here but the site needs to balance camp facilities with prices are there are a lot of sites offering the same for a lot less fees per night in the area.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Paulhw 4 reviews from this member

As we are new to the world of caravanning and have just purchased our first caravan we decided to travel only a few miles from home to the Beehive Farm site. We received a very warm welcome and everyone was helpful and friendly. We had spoken to the staff on the phone and explained that we where newbies and they arranged for us to have an easy pitch to put our caravan on. The staff even came along later on to make sure we had pitched up ok which was a nice touch.

The site itself is split into two areas one for adults and one for families. It was very clean and tidy and the facilities are first rate with plenty of showers and family rooms. The shop is stocked with the things you are likely to forget and if you need bigger items the local supermarket is not more than ten minutes away.

The site has a strict no noise after 11pm policy which was good so a peaceful nights sleep was possible

The walks round the site are lovely and if you like fishing there are a few lakes to use.

The Rosliston Forestry Centre is just up the road which also has plenty of walks to explore.

We where also pleased that the site allows dogs as our little dog had a wonderful time ( even if he did find some fox poo to roll in! )

So we would like to thank the staff for making our first caravan experience a wonderful one and would recommend it to everyone and we will be back there soon

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Swatson 6 reviews from this member

Firstly to say that I love this site. I keep my van in storage here at use it on site at weekends when I can. The owners and wardens are incredibly helpful and the van is pulled out onto a pitch for you and levelled up for when you arrive.

The site is divided into different areas depending whether you want electric or not, hardstanding or grass, or whether you want adults only or family area. The surroundings are lovely and great for people who enjoy walking as its close to the forestry centre and their are walks direct from the campsite. Their is a coffe shop at the bottom of the site that does the most amazing breakfasts so you don't even need to cook if you don't wish.

The local village has 2 pubs, a chip shop, and co-op store and are all within a 5-10 min. Walking distance.

Ok so here is what I hope is a balanced view of the good points and not so good points.

Good Points

Peaceful, pretty, great for walking, choice of 2 pubs in rosliston village or one in coton-on-the-elms which is a 10 minute walk over fields from the site, dog walks away from the main site, friendly and helpful staff, nice pet farm on site where kids can feed the animals. Plenty of toilets and family rooms which are clean and tidy. Good security and cctv cameras, no Light pollution so you can view the stars at night.

Not so good points

The following in my opinion is potentially where the site could improve in the future.

Ok so the toilets are great and the family rooms are good too especially if you have kids but they do charge for the showers. There is only one free shower in each toilet block then the others are to use in the family rooms at 50p. In low season the free showers and toilet block are locked which then means you have to use the family rooms at a cost of 50p each time you need a shower. Don't think this is really fair and should have free shower open for use at all times. In low season there is limited heating in the buildings and is therefore cold.

The pet farm is great and the staff really love the animals, you do have to pay to enter the farm and adults have to pay too even though they are just watching the kids, you also have to pay each and every time you go in, perhaps if there was a daily fee and then you could go over several times during the day this would be better?

There is no kids play area although there is the family field which kids can play football etc. On away from the caravans and tents, I don't have kids so doesn't bother me but it would be nice if there was a free little play area on the site for the kids and keep them out of trouble climbing trees etc.

Again the only other quibble I really have is that it can be expensive, again it doesn't really affect me as the pitch fees are up to two adults and I don't exceed this but when my brother goes he has to pay for the pitch and extra for his 2 children which in high season can be dear especially if your then paying for showers and to go into the pet farm.

The ground can be boggy in winter when there has been a lot of rain and the hardstanding pitches are a little small so you cant fit an awning on the hardstanding.

Despite all this I really love this site and think its a real gem of a place to visit and is in a great location. Hopefully I have given a balanced review which people may find helpful.

Date of Visit: March 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Paullong 26 reviews from this member

This is a very pleasant quiet campsite. There is an adults’ only area although it resembles a stone car park with areas of grass to the side of the caravan. There is a much nicer family area where there is a large field to look out onto. Pitches are flat and dry. There are some lakes but they are for anglers only as there is a sign saying “only anglers beyond this point”. There are ‘dog walks’ around the campsite which is a nice idea for dogs and people but unfortunately they are very boggy so you need wellies to do these.

The biggest problem for us was the lack of mobile phone coverage. EE was so weak that the phone would not work inside the caravan and it was very variable outside. O2 did have a weak signal that could be used but both networks did not have sufficient data signal to use. I don’t know about Vodafone. It would be nice if the site owners compensated for this by providing for free WiFi but unfortunately they charge £6 per day or £10 per 2 days and there are very low limits for download involved (100Mb) – this suggests that WiFi is definitely an ‘upsale’ for them.

Toilets were clean and well kept. They are in the process of refurbishing the main toilets so we were using the family rooms which were also very nice and we didn’t have any problems with queues. There is a coded barrier for entry and exit which is good for security but we were confused as to why they also had a height barrier – this meant that we could not return in the evening with bikes on the roof of our car which is a bit of an inconvenience, especially as unwanted guests are already prevented from entering through the barrier.

There is a pub within walking distance but if you want food then it’s just under 3 miles to Walton-on-Trent where we found the food to be excellent. There is also a local fish and chip shop and the Chinese and Pizza takeaways deliver to the barrier.

As far as the site and the area goes we would be quite happy to return but unfortunately the lack of phone and data signal coupled with the charge for WiFi will be the deciding factor that makes us choose somewhere else in the future.

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