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Reviews of Ilam Park National Trust Caravan Site

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CLOSED: Ilam Park National Trust Caravan Site
Derbyshire   (Browse area)

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Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 37 Reviews
                9/10 from 37 Reviews

 No Tents   No Caravans   No Motorhomes   No Campervans 
 No Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 No Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 No Toilets   No Showers   No Washing Up Area   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   No Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 No Shop   No Bar   No Restaurant  
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: October 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Venerable Bede 10 reviews from this member

 We loved this site and are eager to return. The setting is just beautiful and although adjacent to the busy Country Park still feels secluded.

The NT toilets are open 24 hours. The volunteer wardens were very nice indeed which considering there had been a glitch over our dates and
they had expected us 3 days earlier, was particularly commendable.

Ashbourne is delightful with lovely independent shops including the wonderful Bennetts department store. I think you could be there for days and do different walks without needing to use a car. 

Date of Visit: September 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Dnellies 1 review from this member

 Site is as good as mentioned, very pretty and clean facilities as in the other reviews.

Unfortunately, the stay was spoilt by an overzealous warden which made the stay uncomfortable, and not as relaxed as we had wished.

Also, the hall had weddings/parties on both Friday and Saturday night, with loud music, until early hours of the morning which made it difficult to sleep.

Perhaps this site would suit 'over 60's'. There are no ball games/cycling etc. For the younger generation.

A very formal site, that did not seem relaxed or easy going. 

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: WBAmacca 1 review from this member

 As it says in the description a 'Gem of a site' in a fantastic location. Great British countryside.

Good for walking and cycling the trails.

Wardens really friendly and very helpful.

I had no Mobile phone signal (which is not a bad thing to have total down time away from work) but there is a payphone on-site.

Pitches are spacious and the site is still maintained to the Caravan club site standard it once was.

No shops near-by (walk) but the wardens can get newspaper and grocery delivered next day if the order is in before 5pm. So take what you need.

Never found not having Toilets on site here a problem because the NT Toilets are aprox 50m away which is closer than some of the big site I've been on.

Definitely going back. And a discount for NT members. 

Date of Visit: April 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Geriatrics on Tour 3 reviews from this member

 This was our third visit to this beautiful, tucked away pretty little gem of a site. Nestling amongst the hills the views are stunning. If it's peace and quiet you are after then this is the place for you.

The wardens are volunteers and change monthly, we have always found them to be friendly and helpful.

The pitches are large with both grass and hardstanding pitches available. Some pitches are sloping. The site is always kept neat, clean and tidy.

There is no toilet on site but the National Trust shop and cafe with toilet facilities is a short walk away.

The grounds and gardens at Ilam make for a very pleasant walk, perfect for dog walking. Dogs must be under control as there are sheep in neighbouring fields.

We walked from the site to the stepping stones at Dovedale which again is the most beautiful countryside.

Ashbourne is a short drive away for shops etc.

Would not hesitate to recommend this site to family and friends and will definitely return again ourselves. 

Date of Visit: November 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Scruffy On Tour 9 reviews from this member

 Cracking site for walkers/hill climbers. Very basic no toilet block just a tap & relevant disposal point. Friendly wardens. If it's p-ing down don't pitch at the bottom of the site near the gate (we learnt this on day 2). We had rain for the 4 days we were there & there was a nice steady flow of muddy water through the awning. Oh well! such is life

Lanes to site can get a bit tight. 


Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Rach + Mo 1 review from this member

 Too short a visit to this lovely location about sums it up. A weekend is just not enough.

We arrived to a full site late on a sunny Friday night and the weather held all weekend. Helpful wardens got us set up before we knew it (it was our first caravanning trip) and left us to sit back and soak up the peace and tranquillity of Ilam park (just the odd chink of a wine glass and some satisfied sighs from adjacent caravanners jingled in the air).

We were located on a grass pitch, under a copper beach, at the lower end of the park. The differing site levels, trees and pitches at various angles makes the site very attractive. It would be awful if everyone was in rows.

The very fact that this site does not have facilities, other than electric hook up, and is not designed for children (we do have three, but not with us), is what makes it special. That and the glorious surrounding countryside to sit in under the stars (head across the park when there is no-one else around but the sheep - it's magical).

If you were coming for a week, you would need to travel to Ashbourne for supplies, but for a weekend visit with the fridge stocked there is no need to leave Ilam at all, although a walk across Thorpe Cloud to the nearest pub might be required. You can even have a morning paper delivered, if you order it the previous afternoon and a nearby National Trust farm supplies a selection of fresh meat, including bacon, in the Trust's shop behind the Hall.

We will definitely visit again. 

Date of Visit: April 2009 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Reviewer: Dimapps 5 reviews from this member

 Very quiet, peaceful, small site. No toilets, showers or play area but the site is in Ilam Country park so surrounded by countryside, walks around park or into Dovedale etc.
There is a National Trust shop and cafe 2 minutes walk from the site, also public toilets which seem to be open all the time. These are kept clean and tidy. The site is staffed by volunteer wardens which change every month.
While we were there the wardens were excellent, helping choose the most appropriate pitch for our folding camper and sorting a water pump problem for us - we couldn't have asked for nicer people.The pitches were large but many were sloping so be aware. We had a half and half pitch - half hardstanding and half grass (for the awning)but there were also several pitches which were all grass.

One thing to note though is that cycling is banned on the site, this wasn't really a problem as the site is so small but it did hinder our 9 year old who wanted to tazz around!

Also we didn't find a village shop so the nearest big store is in Ashbourne, not far as the crow flies but about 15 minutes drive through windy country lanes. 

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