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Brighthouse Farm Caravan And Camping Site
Melford Road
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk   (Browse area)
IP29 4PX
Tel: 01284 830385  or  07711 829546
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Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 154 Reviews
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 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   No Wifi Access 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing 5 miles   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire 1 mile   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport 1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Reviewer: Alan

July 2003
A big disappointment after all these recommendations.

The toilets were shabby and lacked towels or hand dryers. The shower, although huge, blasted out boiling water which could not be controlled. At 50p a throw I expected more than a couple of minutes, which left me standing wondering how I was going to rinse my hair. In the event I stuck my head under the basin tap.

There was an uncontrolled dog wandering around which several times attempted to wander into both our tent and car. It also tried to follow me into the shower block.

Despite the lack of caravans we weren't allowed to camp in the shady part of the site because they had electric hook ups. Not much fun in a heatwave.

It's a good thing they didn't ask for money up front as we would have had to ask for our money back before leaving prematurely.

There are much better campsites in the area, as we discovered subsequently.

Reviewer: Amanda Sheridan

July 2003
We chose this site for our very first camping trip and we certainly feel we struck lucky. The site is well signposted and you'll find it buried deep in the most beautiful unspoilt Suffolk countryside. Plenty of local attractions round about and Bury is only 10 minutes in the car for shopping.

Brighthouse do superb B&B as well as camping, and they are also a working arable farm. The family are friendly and helpful without being intrusive. Very relaxed about arrivals, departures,and pitches.

There were about 15 families camping on this July weekend, and Odell said this was the busiest he ever lets the site get. We were free to select a spot for our 8 berth tent and were spoilt for choice opting to pitch next to one of several picnic bench and parasol sets which are available free of charge.

All the ground is level and smooth (a lawn by any other name!) and there are an abundance of beautiful trees and shrubs. We had a clear 35 yards all around our tent and the kids were free to lark about as they pleased.

Toilets and showers are not glamorous but they were scrupulously clean and in good working order. Showers are 50p but they blast out such an abundance of hot water in the huge cubicles that you can do one adult and two kids in one go and still have time for a raindance.

The farm trail was marvellous. We took our dog (a German Shepherd who was genuinely welcomed)and the trail provided a lovely safe run for him with lots of wildlife and a babbling brook as well. Odell has created a 5ft wide grass strip around the perimeter of several fields and it was evident he takes care to trim the hedges and drive back the briars and nettles regularly so his campers get to enjoy a very clean and comfy ramble with superb views.

Its the little things that make the difference. A fallow field to exercise the dog. Barns owls in the chestnut tree, and a hare living on the campsite. Odell raises turkeys for Xmas and he invited my kids in to admire the day old turkey chicks.
On the practical front, there is a well stocked corner shop about half a mile away, also a basic but excellent range of pub grub at the Swan.

We'd definitely go back. It cost £7 to pitch our huge tent, and 50p per kid. The dog went free. If I had to suggest an improvement it would be a climbing frame or some such for the kids.

Reviewer: Simon Gooch

Arrived in the rain, and were quickly shown the site. we could virtually pitch anyware ! We chose an area that was very quiet and well situated.

The owner is very helpfull and the site is very well maintained. Although the site does not have a childrens play area as such, there is plenty of space and walks to keep them occupied.

I would recommend a visit to this site, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We will return ASAP !!!!!

Simon Gooch

Reviewer: Lisa Chalmers

August 2002
This campsite is going to be very hard to describe, as words cannot show itís full beauty. On arriving in Lawshaw (a small village in Suffolk), we were guided by small B&B/camping signs along the roadsides. On driving into Brighthouse Farm we quickly found one of the owners - OíDell Truin, he then took us into the camping area of the farm and basically gave us the pick of about 5 different areasí where we could pitch our family tent. He then gave me a quick tour of their new shower blocks and toilet facilities and left us to choose a spot!

We decided to pitch up next to a wooden table & bench set, other campers in the ground had done the same and this meant we could use this table for eating etc. There were plenty of these bench/tables dotted around and we thought this was a nice added extra.

The grounds are very flat and easy enough to put the pegs into which was nice and after about 20 minutes the tent was up and we could relax. Mr Truin came around a bit later and told us about the local pub down the road as it has playground facilities for children and about the Brighthouse Farm trail they put in especially for the people using their site.

That afternoon we went to the local pub and found the food was really lovely and very reasonable in price, we also found we were about 10 minutes away from Bury St. Edmonds were thereís Tesco and Waitrose for provisions! The campsite wasnít very busy and in the evening/night we found it very quiet and relaxing (even with our two children). Although the site doesnít have a childrenís playground, the children are allowed to play any ball games where the tents are because itís so spacious, there really is no chance of you hitting another tent!

The next morning Mr Truin came around to collect some money Ė I was pleasantly surprised to find our Sat-Mon stay only costing £14. We then decided to go on the Brighthouse Farm trail to get the children out. The trail is absolutely stunning, going around lots of the local fields, well laid out and kept us busy for about an hour! If you live in London (like we do) we appreciate the rolling fields and fresh air and this trail definitely had all of that! The children were able to pick up wheat from the ground and found a few crow feathers as well as flint to take home!

On the Sunday afternoon having missed the 4pm closing of Tescoís we asked Mr Truin if he had any produce we could buy for our dinner, he directed us into Lawshaw village to a small farmhouse that sold burgers, sausages, eggs etc. We purchased what we needed for dinner and on returning to the tent found Mr Truin had left us a bag of freshly dug up potatoes and a bag of plums! When we left on the Monday (he wasnít fussed when we left as thereís no kick out time), he explained that weíd actually been at one of his busiest times! I was a little shocked at the news as the whole weekend was so peaceful and relaxing, all the children on the site were so spread out that you hardly heard them!

Next year they are planning to put in a dish washing area as at present they havenít got one Ė even with our children I didnít find this a problem though, merely getting hot water from a cleaning area and making do! I didnít mind roughing it one bit! The new shower blocks take 50p coins and are very clean, the ladies one could easily fit both of my children in with myself to make life easier for us mumís! The toilets are in portacabinís but again they are very clean, bright and airy. Not one spider did I see and Iíll be very happy to take my family there again next year.

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