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Visitor Reviews - The Duke William

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The Duke William
91 Church Street
Matlock
Derbyshire   (Browse area)
DE4 3BZ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01629 582585

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Pitches: 10
Open: May To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 47 Reviews
              8/10 from 47 Reviews


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Date of Visit: October 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Whitemorph 2 reviews from this member

My wife & I stayed here for two nights midweek at 8. 50 each per night without EHU. It was an additional 2. 50 pn if you wanted electric, so we did without. Frankly hugely overpriced. As we are about 3. 5 tons we had to park our motorhome at the back of the pub car park, which is reasonably level. The camping field looks ok but is only grass without any hard standing, and was empty apart from a couple of caravans which looked long term and unoccupied and a small caravan which appeared to be for a guy that was using it as a base to commute to work. So basically the site wasn't busy as there were only 3 of us using it, my wife & I and the commuter. There was no water tap that I could see in the campsite, so if you needed water you had to use a tap at the back of the pub. No motorhome service point, no chemical toilet disposal or washing up facilities.

There is just one male and one female toilet in the rear of the pub building and just one shower. In the 3 days we were there none of these facilities were cleaned at all, so god knows what this is like in summer when the campsite is occupied. I understand that the pub is under new recent ownership (late 2015?) and things take a while to sort out, but judging by the dust and dirt in the gents loo I don't think it's been cleaned properly in months. This is a very very poor standard. There is hot water, but no plugs in the gents loo basin or the shower room, so if you want to shave then take your own plug. Thankfully we had our own facilities in our bus. So for 34 we didn't get much for our money other than a parking space for two nights. Maybe the landlord should consider the Pub Stopover scheme for motor homes, where you stay for free provided you buy a meal.

Frankly we have had much better facilities incl EHU for 10 a night elsewhere.

Due to the lack of care and cleanliness in the toilets we we put off eating in the Duke William - although some food reviews were good. The place does look very scruffy inside.

On the plus side, it was nice and quiet at night, and is in a good location being only about ten minutes walk into Matlock via a downhill path, and park, and only about 5 minutes to the footpath leading up to High Tor.

Overall I'd rate this overall at 2/10. This needs to improve greatly in terms of cost and facilities if we were ever likely to use again, which is most unlikely

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mtg18 2 reviews from this member

The site is in a good position for walking to Matlock & Matlock Bath.

However, the site leaves a lot to be desired. As you enter & leave the site, the driveway is so uneven & built up on one side that the back end of the caravan touches the ground, causing damage to the caravan. We spoke to other people who had also damaged their caravans.

There is 1 ladies, 1 gents & 1 shower cubicle for the whole site. During our stay there were approx. 25-30 units, most of which were tents, therefore the toilet facilities were really insufficient and dirty. There is no proper facility for chemical toilets to be emptied & none for waste water.

It is a shame but we will never use this site again.

Date of Visit: April 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: JamesPL 5 reviews from this member

Stayed a couple of nights over the Bank Holiday, when it rained rather heavily on the Sunday night. Had a lovely Sunday roast at the pub carvery which was excellent value for money, a little disappointed with the meal the previous evening. Hard standing pitch (the car park) for caravans and campers, choice of EHC, lovely helpful people, great surroundings, bit of a dilapidated kids playfround.

Should also be said these people welcome your dogs warmly.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mark Dunn 4 reviews from this member

A first class site a stone's throw from the Derwent. Even better, it's behind a very decent pub.

This is a campsite, not a resort, so don't expect more than good facilities, though you do have to wash up in the washbasin.

Ditto Maazi- as good as anything in East London.

It's a pleasant walk of a mile or two down the Derwent Valley to Matlock Bath and Cromford Mill. We'll be back.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Saliboti 17 reviews from this member

We have just returned from a 2 night stay at the Duke William. Upon arrival we were greeted in the pub by a chirpy chap who showed us around the facilities and told us all about the exciting entertainment that was taking place in the pub over the weekend.

The campsite itself was situated at the rear of the pub. There were a mixture of tents and camper vans, and the site was quite full. We picked a relatively flat area of ground to pitch our tent, but we did notice that the ground was slightly sloping further along the field.

There were separate male and female toilets with a wash basin in each and a couple of comfortable chairs in the ladies just in case you felt that you needed a sit down whilst getting ready! There was only 1 shower which was old looking but worked fine. Due to the busyness of the campsite, more facilities would have been useful because there was a bit of standing around waiting for the facilities to be free.

The location of the campsite is good if you want to access shops and restaurants in Matlock. We highly recommend Maazi for a good curry.

On the first night there was a karaoke competition taking place in the pub, so it was quite noisy until about 11pm. Unfortunately the noise in the campsite didn't stop because we were next to some very loud campers who continued to shout and run about right into the early hours of the morning. This is possibly because of the site's pub location and it was clear that they must have had a few drinks. The pub entertainment on the second night consisted of an old chap singing and playing a banjo. This was relatively quiet though and finished quite early. The campsite was a lot quieter on this night apart from the distant noise of cars in the town and a few dogs on the campsite barking. If you are looking for a peaceful tranquil camping trip this is probably not the best place, however if you need somewhere to camp for a night that is close to Matlock then this is an ok option.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sox500c 11 reviews from this member

Excellent basic site. The Duke William allowed us to host our spring motorbike rally here and we had an excellent weekend. A relatively small field on a slight slope. The site was quite full and most of the campers were very friendly. It's just a shame that one or two insisted on partying until the early hours with loud thumping music, leaving their rubbish, food and empty beer cans strewn about til late the next morning. I'm sure this isn't the norm as when I camped here a couple of years ago it was fine. Facilities are basic but relatively clean, one male and one female toilet plus a shower room with a toilet, all open 24 hours. Pub toilets also available during opening hours. One water tap, no electric hookup. A small children's play area but most of the kids played in the centre of the camping field. The pub does excellent home cooked food and there is usually live entertainment on a Saturday night. They serve a good selection of ciders, ales and lagers, as well as mild! The surrounding area is excellent for walkers, sightseers and bikers, it is a short walk to Matlock centre, take the steep lane next to the church for a shortcut. Plenty of places in Matlock for food & drink.

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