Second review of this site so I'll annotate my original review:
We visited as a group of 2 - in a tent and a folding camper. We had children aged between 6 and 10. The weather was OK on night one and then misty/drizzly!
Toilets and showers - basic - just a row of rooms. Very little privacy from next door noise wise. No heating - open to the elements. However, spotlessly clean, and hot water at all times.
Sinks - Open to outdoors, no private cubicles. Same for washing up. But, hot water and clean.
There were two amenity blocks - my comments only refer to ours, but the other one actually looked nicer.
Noise - the area we pitched in was very close to the road. It was noticeable but not annoying in the day and evening, but did disturb us slightly as we drifted off and when I woke at about 5am. Other fields (non-EHU) were much further from road and probably quieter. Some lorries beeped their horns as they passed - dangerous corner or their idea of fun?!?
Space - plenty of space to pitch - we had a field to ourselves as the site was almost empty. We had EHU so had to pitch in a particular area, but if you didn't need that you could have had masses of space.
Climbing centre - amazing time had by kids there. Staff very amenable to us using their wifi (thankyou!) Low-ropes course now open to campsite visitors at all times - kids loved it.
EHU - brilliant supply - halogen oven & kettle simultaneously. New EHU points since last year.
Stuff for the kids to do - nothing on site other than the climbing centre and low ropes. However, ours had a great time playing ball games and making dens in the trees.
Campfires - controlled fires were permitted in BBQs and firepits (available for hire). We bought a bag of logs on site and used wood from felled trees dotted around the site
Staff - friendly and helpful. New couple this year.
Dogs - no roaming dogs.
Location - lots to do in Bourton on the Water. Easy site to find, close to main roads.
Site was clean and tidy. We would definitely return.
Note - long grass had been cut and not all picked up (machinery fault) so bring a doormat and crocs to slip on & off!
We enjoyed our stay on this well kept site. The warden was relaxed and welcoming and very helpful.
We didn't not use the facilities but everything did look clean and our friends seemed happy using the them.
Close to the attractions of the Cotswolds and close by to Bourton on the water.
Whilst the Warden told me over the phone that road noise was not really an issue, it can definitely be heard even on the furthest field, as we were in a caravan we did not hear it at night, but during the day you would notice the trucks going by.
The most disappointing thing was the bulldozer or other heavy machinery at 6:45 am on a Saturday morning! Not much of a lie in. There were industrial units on site.
Turned up on Thursday afternoon for 3 nights, and were allowed to pitch where we liked. We chose The Glade (no EHU) as further away from the road and were the only unit in the field that night. Marvellous.
Shower/toilet block spotless, always plenty of free hot water and no queues, though could imagine this would not be the case on a busy weekend.
A few large groups of young couples, but not too much noise after about 10pm.
Our 3 year old was in his element, finding dens in the trees and running around looking at towbars.
We used the site as a base to walk further south in the Cotswolds so didn't explore the immediate area, but an excellent base to visit the well known villages of Burford, Bibury and Bourton.
Visited here as a base for cycling in the Cotswolds. Very well located for this, with a number of rides right out of the campsite, with Bourton-on-the-Water, Bibury etc within easy access, both on and off road.
Northleach is 2 miles away, and has 3 pubs, and an excellent butcher who was very friendly and knowledgeable on places to visit and pubs serving good real ale in the area.
The campsite itself is very well kept and managed, with the toilets and showers scrupulously clean (although we were there mid week when it was quiet, so can't comment on peak weekend conditions).
There are a number of separate areas on the campsite, offering a different 'feel' rather than one large space which was really nice.
Owners/managers very helpful and accommodating, fetching wireless access codes from the climbing centre so we could keep in touch with our youngest daughter who was in France for the first time away without us.
A small note about this, we initially chose this site as it is listed as having 'internet'. This is in fact just a wireless modem in the climbing centre, so you can only pick up a signal in close proximity to this, nowhere else around the site. The owner was however most accommodating and said if we needed internet access, we could use the pc in the centre.
We have just returned from a 4 night camping trip to Far Peak and we are all still buzzing!
We arrived on the Tuesday of half term and I thought it would be a lot busier than it was (although, from talking to others I know it was rammed over the bank holiday weekend).
The site is large and open, and I would describe it as having 4 separate camping areas.
One, called the glade was holding a meet when we arrived and had a toilet / shower / washing up block and there was another block in the other half of the site. Both had a washing up area with 2 sinks, 3 hand washing basins, 3 showers and 4 toilets (or there abouts!). Both blocks were ‘outside’ with gaps above and under the doors to the outside. This meant that they did not smell at all!
They were cleaned a couple of times a day and always decent to use. Showers were hot and didn’t have one of those annoying buttons to keep pushing in for water.
With the lowish numbers there, we did have to wait for washing up facilities a few times and I would imagine that in busy periods it would be a long wait to get a shower or use the toilet too. For that reason, I do think these facilities need expanding and improving.
On site was a low ropes course, archery, tree climbing and a climbing wall. The low ropes course was good but had to be supervised by an adult. It really didn’t warrant it and my kids were a bit disappointed that they couldn’t go on it when I wasn’t around! I think they would have liked a play area, but I don’t think it was needed. The site was such that people made friends, chatted and children played together. With a play area, they would perhaps neglected the ball games, hide and seek and various other childhood classics they entertained themselves with with new found friends.
Dogs were allowed on site and almost all dog owners were thoughtful towards other users.
There were electric points and water points with fire buckets – none of which we had any issue with. Fire pits were available to use and a huge pile of branches to burn.
The Climbing centre was brilliant and my children enjoyed an hour and a half instructed climbing session for just £10! The enthusiasm of the guys running the centre was great – you could tell they passionately enjoyed what they were doing and wanted everyone visiting the site and the climbing centre to have a holiday!
The café in the climbing centre had crisps, chocolate, cold drinks and hot. It also sold ice lollys, oil, milk and bacon.
Everything about the site felt ‘right’. They weren’t closing the loos at mid morning to clean like many sites, they weren’t insistent that you arrive and leave at exactly the top of the hour. If they were instructing in the centre, you could help yourself in the café and pop your money in the honesty pot. Because, they recognised that adults can make themselves a cup of tea safely
The area itself was beautiful with lovely country lanes to run on, or walk through the fields to nearby Northleach.
There was a busy main road to one side of the site, but it didn’t bother me…
This has been one of the most enjoyable camping trips we have had. I felt relaxed and comfortable and that my kids were safe exploring the site.
Staff were friendly and helpful and passionate that you had a holiday rather than just a camping trip.
I recognise that perhaps if the site had been busier it might not have been as great, but, I can only judge by my experience at the time and it was fab. We are going to go back in the summer hols!
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