This was a very nice site set in a very rural location.
The site is to the usual Caravan club standard, very well run and very clean facilities.
As I said, it is set in a very rural location, though the lovely town of Alnwick is only a 20min drive away, this is where you'll find your supermarkets, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.
The site is missing a play park for the kids, though follow the nature trail on site and this will take you to a shallow part of the River Breamish, my kids and the dog had a great time playing in the river.
The site does have Wi-fi, and the signal was good from our pitch and the speed was ok.
Really lovely site. Easy to find, easy to access. Most pitches level, mixture of hard standings and grass. Water, waste and chemical points close by. Well appointed toilet block. Lovely spacious showers with lashing of hot water. Very helpful staff. Usual Caravan Club standard. Would definitely visit this site again.
This is a beautiful site in a fab part of the country. The loos and showers were spotless and warm. The site staff were friendly and welcoming. The site is made up of several small areas so it felt intimate rather than regimented. There is no play park for children but there is a separate field for ball games. The site shop stock was very limited.
The village of Powburn (which is walking distance from the site) has a pub, an antique shop and a very well stocked Londis attached to the fuel station.
The site is very close to NCN route 68, however beware that this entire route is not on roads. We followed it travelling north and came across a section of off road which was not possible on a road bike.
We cycled south on the route down to Alwinton one day, which was a very scenic ride. The Rose & Thistle pub in Alwinton served a tasty lunch. We also followed it travelling north (avoiding the off road bits by using the A697 instead, which is a bit busy so not ideal) up to the pretty villages of Ford & Etal. Here we lunched at the Old Dairy which is an antique/ salvage yard/ coffee shop/ champagne bar! Good for cakes/tea/ fizz, but there was not much choice of savoury food.
Our second visit. Having spent just a couple of nights here last year we were determined to revisit and have just done so (Aug/Sep 2013). We really cannot fault the site or location and the Wardens are welcoming and helpful.
Our 2 Norfolk terriers loved the dog walk and nature trail. There is so much to do for the active, and many places to visit especially if you are interested in history. I am not sure, however, that the site holds many attractions for small children (but it depends on the child!). I have heard one or two moans about the noise of the Geese. You need to be aware that there is a large flock living on the surrounding lakes and they fly out each day and return at night and there is quite a commotion as they do so. I found this quite magical but not everyone seemed to appreciate them!
There are numerous places to eat but they are all a drive away with the exception of the Inn in Powburn village: They do quite hefty pub grub cooked to order and, at the time of writing, they were offering 2 meals for £12 between 5pm and 7pm. But if you like fish and chips then there is a van that comes in on Friday evenings and they offered just the best fish and chips I have had for years! And at £5. 00 each, very reasonable. For general supplies there is a very useful Londis shop just down the lane which stocks most of what you will want but you will also find supermarkets in Alnwick, including our favourite Lidl.
We really cannot recommend this site of its location highly enough. We look forward to returning next year.
We only stayed here for one night on our way up to Scotland but we were very impressed
We had a hard standing pitch, very conveniently near the toilet block, it was lovely and peaceful, very well laid out.
The pitch was really big. It was easily big enough for our 6 berth caravan and our estate car with space enough for an awning. We didn't put ours up
The walks around the site along the cut paths were really lovely although we did get dive bombed by some annoyingly persistent flies.
The dog walk was a bit overgrown as it was that time of year. Lovely if you have a dog that will amble along with you, but not so good if you've got hooligan dogs who rush ahead and return covered with billions of burrs and grass seeds.
The shower block was amazing. Proper showers with really well designed cubicles, lots of room to hang clothes and towel, and trays for your shampoo and soap in the shower. Would definitely stay here again, although maybe find an open field to exercise my dogs!
Stayed here for a weekend in the recent July hot weather, we had a tent in the separate 4 tent area tucked away in a corner of the site at the side of the main entrance. It's a really spacious camping area, shaded by trees, allowing your car to be alongside up to a maximum size of 5m x 4m outfit.
The grass area was dry and well drained but very rocky so a few tent pegs got bent - will remember the best pegs for stony ground.
A woodland nature trail and the river run along side the site which was just wonderful for shaded cool areas for dog walking as well as a paddle. But if nature puts heat, water, lots of grass, shade and trees together, the only thing to remember is extra, extra protection against midgy bites if they tend to aim for you. Some of us got heavily targeted, as well as the dogs, so in high season be prepared.
The toilet and shower facilities were kept immaculate and overall the site felt tidy, well landscaped and really well maintained.
There's a little shop in reception and a fish and chip van on Fridays and Mondays. Lovely wardens who gave us a great welcome and couldn't have been more helpful.
Mobile phone reception seemed fine for everyone except O2 network phones - which could be a groan if it was an issue, which it wasn't for us.
Northumberland is a hidden treasure with so much to see and do on the coast, in the country or inside some magnificent country houses - and this site is really well located for so many directions - we can't wait to come back.
Pitch booked and counting down! Excellent
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