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Visitor Reviews - Craken House Caravan Site

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Craken House Caravan Site
Middleham Road
North Yorkshire   (Browse area)
DL8 5HF   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01969 623192

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Pitches: 25
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 97 Reviews
              9/10 from 97 Reviews

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Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Lolandmol 1 review from this member

We registered especially to submit this review. We don't usually give a review but we felt we had to for the first time, as this is the best site we have ever visited. This is our first visit to Cracken House and what a warm welcome we received, after our 3hr journey to this lovely site. Richard and Lynn met us on arrival and Richard proceeded to a tour of the site.

One shower(nice and warm)each and two toilets each, along with a room for shaving/washing. All these are immaculate. Also a dishwashing room with three sinks along with a washing machine/dryer which can be used for a small fee. This washing up area is kept exceptionally clean. A summer house is used for information on places to visit and Richard passed on an excellent pack of individually mapped walks in the Wensleydale area, which we returned when finished.

We were then guided to our pitch which was generous in size. And set up our caravan to align the stunning scenery. We have two small dogs that could be walked in fields on a lead-plenty of dog bins on site-not a doggy mess in sight(that's a first). Re-cycling bins in use for all rubbish. The grass is immaculately maintained along with the hedges that border the site.

Leyburn can be walked in 15 mins by road or footpath and for any real ale drinkers the Semer Water in The Golden Lion is recommended. Brewed locally at the Wensleydale Brewery down the road. Friday is market day for nice tasty cheeses and meats for the bbq. Petrol station 1/2 mile away and Middleham gallops on low moor-2miles. Hawes is a lovely market town worth the short drive(17miles). Richmond as well taking only 30mins. Also Masham is not too far to visit by car. This is a beautiful peaceful site that we will return to next year.

We booked 7 nights (sat-fri). Being helpful and accommodating we stayed one more night, before finally leaving after a relaxing stay. Would loved to have stayed longer but those 6 numbers never came up, so a return to work on Monday became a necessity. Great value for money. The friendliest owner we have ever met. Thanks for a fantastic 8 night stay and making us so welcome.

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Pcram 1 review from this member

once again had a lovely relaxing 10 days at CRAKEN HOUSE, beautiful well kept site, lovely clean toilets, showers and utility room, fantastic views over Middleham and surrounding area, owners lovely and friendly and helpful, Leyburn has a lovely selection of shops, and area great for walking or just chilling

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: JANE293 1 review from this member

Stayed at this site very last minute as we wanted to visit an attraction close by. We e-mailed the owner late the night before and he responded immediately. On arrival at this beautiful site in the heart of the dales we were greeted by the owner who showed us around. He had sited us and our tent considering where the sun came up and if it should rain the best spot. He showed us around the exceptionally clean toilets and showers also the washing up area all with piping hot water. The washing up area also had a fridge, washer and kettle plus electric sockets. He continued to explain the recycling bins and the water taps he then left us alone. It is only a small site but a real gem. I would recommend to anyone and will certainly visit again.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: CW52 20 reviews from this member

What can you say about this site, not too big, and its absolutely lovely. Richard, the owner, more than helpful and so pleasant. I told him he should charge for the guided tours which he gives all newcomers!. The view from our tent pitch was stunning. If you want to sit out late at night talking and laughing, this site is not for you. We came back from a night out just after 10 and you could hear a pin drop.

Grass is kept immaculate, facilities seem to be in converted outhouses, but kept lovely. Only 1 shower, 2 toilets for ladies, same for men I think, so only slight criticism, maybe could do with another shower. No facilities for children that I could see, although there were a few children on the site. Mainly caravans, but tents very welcome. Lovely area to explore, and nice walks from the site. Quite booked up in advance, but we rang same day and there had been a cancellation. Will be back,

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: GeekyGirl1 2 reviews from this member

First our likes:

Clean facilities - toilets and showers always clean and stocked. Nice and warm in each too.

Fabulous washing up room - looks newly fitted. It has 3 sinks, a fridge and freezer, washer/dryer (for a charge) and a kettle

Bins are promptly emptied.

Side note: use the postcode for Yoredale Vets, Leyburn and it will take you to the correct road to enter the site.

Disliked: This site has two major failures:

1) The traffic on site. It may be that this site is a tail of two halves. The upper field where the caravans go looked good with a central road to drive onto and a small playing area for kids. However, the bottom field where we were (pitch 13) was a circular area with long grass and nettles in the middle. The tents were pitched around the outside so there was space for your tent and then the cars driving past your tent - not ideal with young children around as most drivers sped past quite fast. There was no safe place for the children to play.

We did think that if we were further down the field (not near the entrance) that it would be better but there is barbed wire and a stream down there.

2) The water temperature of the showers. On arrival we were told 'the shower has plenty of hot water, it is on the hot side but within legal limits'. It was scalding even to adults. We saw an 8 year old crying as she had burnt so there was no chance that our little children (2-6 year olds) could have a shower then entire time.

Other minor faults which could be forgiven without the major faults:

1) The website says small campsite. I would say this is medium campsite. I didn't could but would estimate 20-30 pitches so the number of facilities is not enough. There is two toilets for males and two for females and one shower for males and one for females. This is not enough for the number on site so there was frequent queuing especially for the showers.

2) Noise on site. The site rule is quiet by 11pm. This was not enforced at all. There was one group nearby that eventually turned off their loud music at midnight each night but then kept talking and shouting loud long after that and another group that played loud music until 3-4am. I know this is other people on the sites behaviour but the site manager really should enforce the rule.

Also the website say 'no road noise' you can hear the nearby road all night

3) The cost. We were given a quote for the cost but on arrival as children do one child wanted to swap tents. Fine we thought but the owner told us it would be 6 more even though it was the same number of people using the same facilities (or not as the showers were too hot).

Overall, this site might suit adults who like hot showers and don't mind site noise or cars right by their tents but it is not safe for young children.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mlou 3 reviews from this member

We stayed Friday and Saturday night and we were really lucky with the weather which always helps but can honestly say have never been greeted at any campsite by such a friendly welcoming site owner. It was our first visit so the owner showed all of us round the site before taking us to our pitch. The facilities were spotless and remained so the whole stay. The scenery is beautiful and the site is very peaceful too. We enjoyed walking into Leyburn for a few drinks and food and would try Middleham next time. A perfect stay - only thing that would be a slight worry would be the lack of showers as, though we managed fine this time, there weren't many tents and I could imagine there could be quite a wait if more campers. Would definitely recommend this site and we will most certainly return.

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