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Visitor Reviews - Thorpe Farm Centre

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Thorpe Farm Centre
Greta Bridge
Barnard Castle
Co Durham   (Browse area)
DL12 9TY   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01833 627242

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Pitches: 76
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 104 Reviews
              8/10 from 104 Reviews


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Reviews:  104 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: DMKay 3 reviews from this member

Could be a great site. Unfortunately too few water points and temporary toilets not great. Seems to have long term resident in caravans who have run of the site. Pleased we only stayed one night. With hindsight we would have booked a cheaper site with no play area as our children were bullied off it.

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Punisher 2 reviews from this member

Just returned from this site after 2 nights stay in our tent. On arrival it was difficult to know where to check in as there is no actual reception you had to go in the cafe to check in. The staff were friendly but didn't request any details from us such as name, address, number of people etc. We paid £10 deposit for a barrier fob key which wasn't mentioned on the website. We were looking forward to our pitch as we asked for by the pond area but after finding our site it was on quite a slope so had to request to change to flatter ground. Luckily they weren't fully booked so we're able to move. There was one toilet and shower block which was difficult to find at first due to poor signage and being in a porta cabin looked like a private office. The fresh water supply was also poorly sign posted and took a bit of finding. The site seemed more geared towards seasonal caravan pitches and seemed to have do what you like rule with some making their own garden fences with what seemed like any scrap wood they found. I got the impression lot of the caravaners seemed to live there most of the year. We tried not to use the toilet facilities after dark as the paths were very poorly lit and some of the more rowdy residents were drinking and partying in the games room in the same block so felt a bit uneasy. The last straw were the fireworks that started going off on Saturday night by one of the resident caravaners. I had to telephone the site as there were no staff that patrolled the site to check up on anything and we saw this as a fire hazard not to mention the noise which terrified our friends 3 year old and also our 18 week old baby. Our friend had to take his little girl home as she was that upset and come back the next day for his tent and belongings. Such a disappointing site as it has the potential to be so lovely in the area it is situated, unfortunately it seems to be a case of pay for your pitch and do what you like. We won't be returning in the near future.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Lindasewerrat 4 reviews from this member

This site could easily be one of the best in the UK but it is let down by over crowding, not enough showers and toilets and no numbers on pitches. The number of people going round the site trying to find the right pitch was crazy. There is 1 shower block for the whole site and they are by the entrance so all the people camped at the far side of the site drove to it. This meant there were cars going up and down the track at all hours, most didn't stick to the 5mph limit and there were loads of kids running around so it made you cringe at the near misses. The pitches are quite close together for our liking so it feels very crowded. If they move the tourers and tents down to the other field it will be cheek by jowl and we certainly won't be returning. It's such a shame because it used to be lovely.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: BRanger5104 11 reviews from this member

Unfortunately I can think of nothing positive to say about this place other than the staff who greeted us and served us in the cafe work very hard.

The site has the potential to be much better but I saw nothing in the way of new development being carried out.

We booked for a weekend stay and were disappointed from the second we got to our pitch. It is advertised as having level hard standing but ours, and others, were so steep that my caravan hitch was in the dirt and the rear stabilisers were wound fully out and on wood blocks to get some kind of level.

We gave up trying to pitch our lightweight awning due to the levelling issues. The EHU was so far from the pitch that my 30 metre lead only just reached the van. The hard standing is a kind of black cinder and the dust and mess this created got everywhere.

By far the worst point was the position of the fresh/waste water and Elsan points. Whilst they were some distance from the pitch I wasn't unduly bothered as it is sometimes nice to stretch your legs a bit but I can't help think that they couldn't possibly comply with any kind of sanitation regulations.

The fresh water and waster water are in close proximity as they are on most sites but the Elsan point was little more than a raised concrete 'sluice' open on all sides and only a couple of metres from the fresh water point with only a shabby little wooden wall separating them. The smell was dreadful not to mention the flies.

The toilet and shower block was little more than two tired looking Portakabins connected together and I must admit I didn't use as the smell inside of faeces/urine and stale body odour was just too much and there was no visible sign of recent cleaning.

The 'Reclaimation Barn' was simply a dusty/dirty old barn with a collection of old furniture most of which looked to be beyond reclaiming in any way. I also thought the animal rescue centre was a bit of a rip off at £5pp with little to see.

I am sorry that I cannot be positive about this site and it is one I would recommend to avoid.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sunncamp owner 13 reviews from this member

Ok I'm not one to leave bad reviews but I have to say this place did not live up to expectations at all.

We arrived on bank holiday Monday and went to book in, there was one young lad taking orders for food in the very busy café, making all the hot drinks and booking people in. After a lengthy wait I was then told in need a ten pound cash deposit for a barrier key, since we had paid in full I had to go back to the car and get this, hence to the back of the queue I went once more, I would say it took approx. 40 mins to get booked in.

The pitch was grass with electric and we were a fair way from the amenities which was fine in the main and the pitches we were on were quite spacious. Then animal sanctuary thing certainly left a lot to be desired plus they charged you for going in and if you did want to visit again (unlikely) then you would have to pay again! the place didn't give the impression of an up and coming site more a run down place that has already had its heyday.

Toilets were not clean, there were some go-karts in a pig pen, a pool table, a bit of a playpark (right next to a pond) and that's about it. The shop had nothing in it to speak of so any ideas of a wonderful farm shop can be laid to rest now.

Overall its relatively cheap to visit there and there is also some wonderful history and countryside in the vicinity but I'm afraid it will be the last visit for our family.

Date of Visit: March 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Andysum 1 review from this member

This is a good site, enjoyed our stay fri-sun. Bit of a issue with ehu tripping but told they were brand new so small things like that can occur. Apart from that nice site, friendly staff and the farm was good for the kids

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