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Postern Hill Camping In The Forest Site
Postern Hill
Wiltshire   (Browse area)
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Tel: 024 7642 3008  or  01672 515195

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Pitches: 170
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 71 Reviews
              8/10 from 71 Reviews

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Date of Visit: March 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sumps53 36 reviews from this member

The site was not at its best as there had been prolonged heavy rain but the team were very welcoming and friendly and explained this - as you would expect. They very kindly found us a spot with some firm footings, supplied an extension lead and we used our mover so as not to churn up any of the greensward.

We love woodland sites and - whilst we prefer to use hook-up, do not require any other facilities. We are regulars at Setthorns in the New Forest and thus had, I think, realistic expectations. We had a good two night stay but the site had an overall air of tiredness - not helped by the collection of stored vans, most of which looked as if they hadn't been moved for a couple of years. The site also had a number of apparently long-term inhabitants, who did not appear particularly welcoming. It's difficult to encapsulate our feelings and we have no wish to be unfair. It's possible that our views may have been influenced by the prevailing weather conditions? The location is great, though, for exploring the nearby town of Marlborough, with all its facilities, and the Vale of White Horse, and indeed the Savernake Forest itself. The Tesco nearby is very handy.

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Carole934 6 reviews from this member

A simple site that really is next to the massive expanse of Savernake Forest.

Basic facilities - only loos but no showers for some reason. Immaculately clean. Washing up facilities too. Loos closed in low season.

Wardens are very friendly and helpful. They keep the site in very good order. No shop as such, just a few supplies during peak season. Tesco is at the bottom of the hill, though.

Very dog-friendly and not far to go to let them off the lead in the forest. Kids seemed to enjoy the site too.

Quite a relaxed atmosphere, which is pleasant, and everyone is very friendly. Road noise is a bit of an issue and it drones virtually all of her time. The sort of site that is great as a base, but not ideal for just sitting and chilling out for a couple of days.

The forest is incredible. Can definitely sit and chill there, and walk a different route every day. More visitors at weekends, not surprisingly, but a magical place with plenty of room for everyone.

Useful, simple site that is well placed for exploring the local area.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sue6 24 reviews from this member

Cheerful, Happy, Helpful Staff, thank you.

The only facilities are toilets, which for a May bank holiday weekend were kept amazingly cleaned. This is a popular site, it is ideal for Nature lovers, as it is on the outer edge of the fabulous Savernake Forest. You can walk into Malborough in about 15-20 mins but it is a steep climb on a rough track back up. I would recommend a visit to the Crofton Beam Engines on the canal the café is excellent, then take a walk over to the working Wilton Windmill, don't forget your flour, and if your feeling thirsty do stop at the Swann Inn Free House. Check the Wilton Windmill website for more details of all the mentioned locations, Family Fun.

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Spikeion 4 reviews from this member

We used this site on a busy bank holiday weekend. We didn't book anywhere and this was one of the few sites that in the area with spaces. We phoned ahead and the staff were very helpful saying that they were there until 8pm.

Site fees for a tent was £15 and this is a lot for a site without showers.

This is not our usual style of camp site. It's a big capacity site and we usually prefer small quiet sites. It was fairly busy and we were expecting a noisy night. Apart from one moron who was playing music rather loudly in his caravan for about 30 minutes, this proved to be a very tranquil site. There were plenty of kids around but they were all very well behaved. Well done parents!

It's a very picturesque site with good toilet facilities. The washing up station had lashings of very hot water and was left clean.

Overall, a good site if a tad expensive.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Wsmstuart 5 reviews from this member

This great site is open to all as part of the 'Forest Camping' 50/50 JV with the C&CC and Forestry Commission. I've been coming here with friends since the mid 1990s, and have seen a few changes that's for sure. Here are a few +ve's and -ve's

+ve Staff are friendly, still live on site.

-ve The warden who we used to get on with very well doesn't seem to be there any more.

-ve The old tarmac path through to the public BBQ area has been covered over with brush and soil. I believe this was because it was leading people out to the PUBLIC toilets, and at one time, the SITE toilets were closed and boarded up, and not reopened until the 50/50 JV era. This is a shame as the 'new' access is across muddy, uneven ground, and not nice to use.

-ve The public BBQs have all now been taken up anyway. True, most were heavily vandalised (despite being narrowboat grade steel) but were a handy feature, one less thing to pack and take home 'hot'. A real end of an era.

-ve Still no showers and looking like there never will be - the old shower block IS still there but locked up and either empty or staff only.

-ve As another states, the path to Marlborough is in a real bad state now, thanks to all the rain. It won't recover, it will need work doing to it.

-ve Never thought I would see an industrial estate and big Tesco within a stones throw of the Forest :(( Shame on the planners.

-ve Even the forestry commission themselves don't seem to exist here now, all work done by contractors but.

+ve All the trees felled around 2007 made a huge mess and things looked wrecked. 7 years on and nature has sorted itself out, all logs removed, no big scars in the ground and chippings all mulches away. Looks good again.

Overall, still a great site, the BBQ and Picnic areas (public, not strictly part of the campsite but next to it) are still there and quiet in the evenings as the public car park closes quite early. Great for us campers who can just walk over.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bob61 24 reviews from this member

This campsite has good reviews but I am not sure if I am about to ruin that. To be fair my trip was in May after a particularly wet winter and it was instantly apparent that this is not a very free draining site.

My first impressions though were good. Site staff were living right next to the entrance gate. It was a little tiresome having to get out and open the gate then drive through and get out again to close it and an automatic barrier would be much better. Nevertheless security was excellent.

I was met by a very friendly female in reception who booked me in quickly and cheerfully and then took me outside and with true airline hostess ability and waving of arms stated, 'Ehu pitches over there, non-ehu over there, over there is the footpath to Marlborough, over there are the toilets, and over there is the footpath to the forest, pitch wherever you like'. So off I went little the wiser to find an EHU pitch. Being mid-week it was not exceptionally busy but it seemed to me that most of the usable areas were occupied. The only remaining areas within reach of an EHU pillar, it seemed to me, were either rutted from previous wheeled vehicles unsuccessful attempts to manoeuvre on waterlogged grass or had deep puddles and mud. This was clearly a campsite that was more geared up to wheeled units rather than tents with sewn in groundsheets. However, a complaint to staff finally produce a usable area with a little grass although the member of staff did have to move somebody else's hook up lead to a different pillar in order for me to use the one in that area. It is all very well having a 'pitch where you like' policy but on EHU pitches most units have to be within 20 metres of the supply pillar. They face in all different directions creating a spaghetti of EHU leads running along the ground. This can lead to difficulties in actually finding a space that doesn't encroach on somebody else's privacy or view, and not right on top of somebody's EHU lead.

The washrooms were clean and adequate but as previously stated, no showers. There was only one block for the whole site and in the gents that was 4 sinks and 4 toilets. The toilet cubicles were so small that one almost had to reverse in. There was hot water but it flowed extremely slowly and took ages to fill a sink deep enough to wash with. Push taps which seemed to go against the sites water saving policy since they took ages to stop flowing.

The footpath to Tesco was quite steep in places, narrow and rutted and although fairly dry on this occasion would clearly be dangerous, wet and slippery in wet weather. I wouldn't think anyone with mobility problems or heart or lung problems would be able to use it. As previous reviews it does actually take 10 minutes down this path to Tesco and a further 10 minutes along a pavement to the centre of town. It would be too dangerous to walk on the main road. In effect therefore, anyone who cannot manage the footpath would need to drive into town.

The nearest pub, the Lamb Inn, is in the town, in The Parade. I found this a very welcoming place.

In summary then, I am sure this would be a very nice site when fully dried out but pitches when I went were rather rough. The site seems to be more geared up to wheeled units rather than tents, certainly in the EHU area. The road into town is too dangerous and the footpath leading down the hill from the back of the site is a little dodgy underfoot even for the fit and healthy. Perhaps this could better be described as a 'chill out' site. Somewhere just to sit in peace and quiet were it not for the noisy road alongside. I was not too impressed.

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