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Visitor Reviews - Riverside Lakes

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Riverside Lakes
Slough Lane
Dorset   (Browse area)
BH21 7JL   See Map
Tel: 01202 821212
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Pitches: 55
Open: May > October (weather Dependant)

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 52 Reviews
                9/10 from 52 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Refills   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant <5 miles   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <1 mile   Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis 
 Beach <10 miles   Watersports <10 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <5 miles 

This is a Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site, which accept caravans or motorhomes and usually tents, space permitting. It is a member only site - you may be able to join on arrival - please check direct with the site.

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Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jacfrosty 6 reviews from this member

We stayed here for 3 nights during the earlier part of this week. Lovely campsite, beautifully maintained. The pitches are in groups of a few, single isolated ones and an area (not hard standing) for those in campervans and caravans.

There is EHU on quite a few of the less isolated pitches. The remoter ones are without.

The grass is left to grow long except where 'trails' have been mowed and where the pitches are. It really is quite beautifully done. You feel you are in a meadow (which you are) full of buttercups and other wild flowers and yet the pitches are perfectly groomed.

They have some open fire areas and also will provide a fire pit for individuals.

The facilities are clean and comfortable. There is a very nice bathroom with a full-sized bath in it. They also have in the dish-washing area an enormous fridge and 2 freezers for freezing your freezer blocks.

The family who own it are so kind and helpful.

It was very quiet when we were there which was perfect for us. However, even full I do not think people will feel at all over-crowded with so much 'non-camping' area around.

A lovely site, we will return.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: ArkansasJane 2 reviews from this member

Just back from a week's stay in lovely dry weather. This was our first visit - 2 adults and one 8 year old. I'd booked a pitch at the far end (chill out area) and in many ways, this was the loveliest spot. We saw and heard plenty of wildlife, including a badger snuffling through the long grass by our tent - so exciting! We were away from passing (foot) traffic and so it was especially peaceful and dark. This is an AMAZING site, hard to find now, with so many places offering smart facilities and entertainment. This is the opposite and is so simple (but extremely well run, by a lovely family). No hook ups, apart from the hard standing field by the entrance, so no electronic noise (hooray); terrible mobile coverage (hooray); no kids entertainment apart from a brilliant rope swing in the shade, dismantled at night, and gorgeous piglets. No cars on site, except for unloading/packing up. A FANTASTIC idea, which saves you from revved engines, slamming car doors and party animals coming back at midnight and shining headlights over your tent. I wish lots of campsites did this. Brilliant and useful features were the fridges and freezers and electric points for re-charging phones. Free showers were just fine - spacious and pretty clean, though never hot (warm was fine). Night skies were wonderful, sunsets beautiful, the glow sticks every night were great and made for some lovely games; the ice cream van was fun. The fire pits were great. Lots of glowing campfires everywhere on an exceptionally dark site. You could easily spend 2 or 3 weeks here. The only downside for me was that the traffic around the Bournemouth area is appalling in summer (the A35 is notorious apparently) and so trips out, especially southwards, towards the coast ) took way longer than we'd anticipated. But not the fault of Maggie and Nigel. Thanks. We hope to be back (if we can get in)

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: ShortHamstrings 3 reviews from this member

This is our favourite campsite and we visit several times a year. The owners have come up with a unique philosophy of having several lovely big pitches grouped together dotted around the site with plenty of wild meadows in between. There are lakes if you like fishing, a tyre swing for the kids (which gets taken down at night, nice touch!) and you can have fires which is top of our wish list. There is a strict no noise after 10pm policy which is happily enforced, so many places we have been to where this is ignored, but then again the people who come to this site do so for the relaxed and peaceful vibe. Toilet blocks are usually pretty clean as are the washing up areas. There are a couple of fridges and freezers here too which is really useful for re-freezig ice blocks and storing food. Moors Valley Country Park is about 5 mins drive away, this is a great day out, and the lovely Sandbanks Beach about 20 mins drive away.

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Mr CB 2 reviews from this member

Just returned from an amazingly relaxing week end at site and have to say that I have never stayed at a such a well run and friendly site. The pitches are very large and well maintained, the washing up area was good with plenty of hot water and the toilet block was outstanding. We had a brazier one night and it really did add to a very lovely evening watching the sun set and stars come out. The walk from the site to Drucilla's took us just over an hour through some wonderful country side with the help of a very descriptive route map supplied by the site. The people running the site were so friendly and helpful I can not thank them enough for shearing their lovely part of Dorset with us. We will be back many times in the future.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: JoggingHippo 3 reviews from this member

2nd year at this campsite with my wife and 5yo boy. Our favourite campsite by far. This is how campsites should be. No cars on the campsite (except for unloading and packing up) which makes it pretty safe for kids to run and cycle around. Loads of space. Other campsites of this size would squeeze another 50 pitches onto the space available.

Rope swings for the kids, plus the opportunity to get up close with some of the farm animals. Fires allowed in the provided fire baskets, they come round with kiln dried firewood, sold at cost price. Plus glowsticks for the kids. Clean facilities, plus a self composting eco-loo. Fishing lakes, and in a lovely part of Dorset. Drusillas pub only a couple of minutes up the road. Verwood 10 min drive, Ringwood 20 min drive. A large Camping World branch only 5 mins away which is handy, but you can end up buying extra stuff which you then have to pack in the car for the journey home ;-)

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ad2101 2 reviews from this member

My new favourite site! Really friendly, good facilities in an amazing setting. Owners really put themselves out to make sure you have a good stay. No cars on site is a really good idea and just improves the standard of this site. Can't wait to book up next years trips. Fishing is very much a small fish course fishing lakes. Great for the kids but I would like to see a few more larger carp in there, but that's just my style of fishing!

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