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Visitor Reviews - Thistledown

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Tinkley Lane
Gloucestershire   (Browse area)
GL10 3UH
Tel: 01453 860420
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Pitches: 80
Open: Late March - October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 45 Reviews
                9/10 from 45 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 Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <10 miles   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <5 miles   Outdoor Pool <5 miles 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis <1 mile 
 Beach   Watersports <10 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Dog Walk 

Reviews:  45 in total, now showing 13 to 18                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Siriol 2 reviews from this member

This is a fantastic campsite in a beautiful unspoilt area. We really loved the whole ethos of this site and it is particularly good for children as there are literally acres of fields and woods for them to explore. We couldn't believe the campsite was fully booked as we had so much room but the owner makes sure that he doesn't overcrowd it under any circumstances! ( So nice to see in this day and age when profit usually comes first)He was extremely helpful as were all his staff. We camped with 2 groups of friends in The Elderflower Orchard as we had a small camper van and this is the area they are allowed.

If you just have a tent though you can camp down on the pasture areas although you can't take your car down (but they have wheelbarrows and quad bikes with trailers to get your gear up and down to these) and that's what makes it so safe and idyllic for children. We chose this campsite because it allows real campfires - you're allowed to bring your own wood but they also sell firewood too.

Down on the pastures are composting loos (v clean indeed) and lovely hot showers and washing areas. The Elderflower Orchard doesn't have these (has a couple of festival style toilets) but you can walk to use the facilities in the pastures. That would be my only tiny constructive criticism - that it would have been good to have the same set up in the Orchard ( I think they are hoping to do this in the future).

There is a small shop selling organic local produce and essentials. (I suspect it's quite a way to supermarket so stock up before you come and you can top up milk etc from shop. )There are lovely pubs and walks everywhere around here - it was an area we didn't know and was a revelation! Beautiful! The kids particularly loved a long barrow near to the site wher you can actually go underground! It's called Hetty Peggler's Tump locally! Also from the view point nearby you can see the mighty Severn River spreading across the plain below!

A fantastic weekend at a truly lovely site. The owners should be truly proud that they have created such a wonderful place where camping is exactly as it's meant to be!

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Helen98 23 reviews from this member

The initial arrival at this site was deceptive. It is on a hill top and when we arrived on a windy, rainy day it looked a bit bleak and unloved.

However, the staff in the new reception / shop were really welcoming and when you venture further down into the 2nd and 3rd pastures (we camped in the Badger Site in the 3rd Pasture) the site was just stunning.

You can choose to pitch where you like, remembering to be next to a fire pit if you want a campfire. The ever helpful staff come around each day with wood you can buy for your fire (10 for a heaped wheelbarrow full) and we definitely recommend the organic firelighters that they also sell for 20p each.

You have to leave your car at the car park and transport all of your kit down to the camping areas in wheelbarrows, which is fine, but if you do have a trailer then it's 5 each way for the staff to tow the trailer to where you want to pitch, then you can just keep the trailer next to your tent for your stay.

The composting loos were great, cleaner than most normal toilets I've seen on campsites and the showers were piping hot. One small criticism would be that on 2 out of the 3 evenings that we stayed there was no hot water in the washing up area (but we did think that it may be solar powered and due more to the lack of sun than anything else). The little path by the toilets did get a bit muddy and slippy on one day but by the next morning the owner had already been along and put wood chips down on it to dry it out.

The little shop at reception is great for the basics, and for their own yummy sausages and they didn't mind us putting our purchases on an account until we could get to a cash point (at the moment they only accept cash or cheques on site).

The best bit of the site is the sheer amount of space. We were there in half term week but never felt at all crowded. There are large woods on site you can explore with ponds and rope swings that the children loved. The walk from the site around Woodchester Park and on to the Rose and Crown in Nympsfied was beautiful and took us about 2 hours, the food when we got there was delicious.

All in all: friendly, welcoming owners; nice loos; campfires; stunning scenery; lots of space. We will definitely be back again.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Simon Gerhardt 1 review from this member

Thistledown is a quiet, relaxed, peaceful, spacious, beautiful campsite. In a very rural position, with lovely countryside all round.

The site is ideal for both families and couples looking for a complete break from the modern world.

We stayed in the 3rd pasture which is a huge area with loads of room to pitch. The kids were able to run and scooter to their hearts content without being a bother to anyone.

Fire pits and picnic benches aplenty. The compost loos were great, showers hot, facilities simple but effective and always spotlessly clean.

Very friendly owners who are clearly passionate about their farm and site and ensuring a relaxing holiday for all visitors.

Lovely small town of Nailsworth just a few minutes drive away and lots of things to do in the local area.

We will definitely be back next year to this wonderful site.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Loupy21 1 review from this member

Beautiful campsite. We stayed in the elderflower orchid which is said to be the more basic camping area. We liked being able to pitch up were we liked between the trees. It was a bit isolated but we loved that.

We took 2 kids with us and they loved being able to run round safely and look for all the birds and insects that were around.

There was about a 5 minute walk to the showers and washing up area but there were toilets closer by.

We also loved the fact you could have an open fire and they came round every night with the chance to buy more fire wood.

Beautiful walks and woodland close by and on clear nights star gazing was fabulous. We had a fantastic time and will be definitely going again.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Stally26 2 reviews from this member

We really enjoyed our stay on this campsite. We stayed on the '2nd pasture' and it was refreshing for there to be no cars allowed by the pitches.

There is a car park at the top and wheelbarrows to cart your kit down which all added to experience, well worth trekking down the steep hill. The scenery was beautiful and the ground was perfect camping ground. Apparently they were full but we had so much space to ourselves so they do not overcrowd.

This a great site for kids, we had our 2 year old with us who could run around safely and freely and loved the animal paddocks but we will rave about it to friends with older children too for all that the woodland has to offer with it's nature trails, streams, rope swings and springs etc all on site.

Love to be able to have a campfire and the owners will come around and deliver wood if required every evening for 10 a barrow.

The local town of Nailsworth is pretty and has everything you need.

My only criticisms - as regular campers we felt that the prices were too high. For 2 adults and a tent we paid 22 a night, for the basic facilities we felt this was a bit steep.

However we didn't begrudge it as the setting really is beautiful. Also - the owners say they will help you with your camping gear if they aren't too busy but what isn't mentioned is that it will cost you 5!

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Charlie74 1 review from this member

A brilliant weekend with 4 other families. The landscape is well done with woods, streams and lots of hidden places to find. No need to leave the campsite during the weekend.

The facilities were spotless with a stand alone washing up building, great whilst the bad weather continued.

They were very friendly and delivered large piles of logs each day for camp fires.

Looking forward to returning again soon.

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