This Site is a Naturist Club however its open to visitors, people wishing to visit must book via the telephone or email. The site is very easy to get to as its near to the A1, A69, and A68. Some one who was staying at the site had travelled up from Dorset and they were boasting that apart from the last mile or so they had travelled via motorway or dual carriageway for their whole journey.
The site is set out of town in rural Northumberland its approximately 60 miles from the Scottish Border and Hadrianís Wall is only a couple of fields away. Other attractions within 20 miles or so are The Cities of Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham. If you like shopping then one of Europeís largest shopping centre is even closer. The North East of Englandís Open Air Museum is almost on the doorstep likewise Tanfield Railway That is the worlds oldest railway still in operation.
If you like the call of the wild then Keilder Water Europeís largest man made lake is surrounded by Keilder Forest Europeís largest man made forest.Is a nice short drive.
The Seaside is less than 30 mins drive away. Public Transport is available at the entrance to the sites private lane. Thereís so much in the general area its to much to mention. So I will turn my attention to the site itself.
As you can imagine as the grounds are a naturist club the site is very secluded, and a safe place for families. The site as you would also expect is in its own private grounds and all the clubs facilities are maintained and manned totally by unpaid volunteers. You like me would be surprised at their achievements. The Club is a not for profit organisation and the charges reflect this.
The facilities although basic are well kept and clean. There are showers at the top and bottom of the site and likewise the toilets. We noticed once you have paid your pitch fees everything else was free. The site is extensive with its own woodland area and stream remember all these are closed to the public and therefore there is an abundance of wildlife. Some of their wildlife visitors include 3 species of bats, a fellow visitor informed me that some were very rare indeed. Then thereís a vast variety of birds including King Fishers, and sometimes Red Kites and Buzzards visit. The site is surrounded by fields and its common to see deer at the stream to quench their thirst. If you have children then you and they will appreciate the play area it has slides, swings, etc the site also has an array of toys from bikes to scooters, and every thing in between including two trampolines.
For the Adults and older children thereís also a mini tennis court and French bowls court. If youíre a fan of sauna then you will enjoy there wood burning sauna used most weekends and Wednesday evenings but more if numbers of people allow.
In the summer they have an small above ground outdoor pool although its unheated most of the time the water was 25c whilst we were there. There is a Pavilion with a kitchen great if your camping in a tent (oh and by the way the tent area is very flat.). In the Pavilion there are also some comfortable seats and tea and coffee if you make it ha ha ha.
The Pavilion is also where the television with digital channels and a DVD player is situated.
There is a sun lawn just to improve your tan, and on Saturday Evenings during the busy months there is some form of entertainment, this year they have had Greek Evenings , 60s and 70s nights etc. All home spun but great fun.
The Members make you as welcome as they are themselves and go out of the way to help. They even towed a car of a visitor back to the site after he had set out for home then broken down and they gave them free accommodation until the car was repaired and they could make their way home again. Oh that reminds me the club also has some basic accommodation to rent too. There is a couple of touring caravans and a chalet you can hire for little more than a touring pitch fee.
The site is great place to stay overnight or for longer we met a couple and a family who planned to stay to break there journey to Scotland however they did not move on, they visited Scotland on day visits from the site.
All in all itís a great place to stay if I have to find a down point at all, I could say that there was some road noise more noticed on some parts of the grounds than others. However after a while I did not even notice it. So Well Done to Tando Club and its members you could not have made us more welcome and I can say we will be back.
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