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Visitor Reviews - Thistledown

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

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 44 Reviews
                9/10 from 44 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 
Facilities
 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 
Activities
 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 Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

Reviews:  44 in total, now showing 19 to 24                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: March 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Doodz 2 reviews from this member

Decided to stay at this campsite because it won 'cool campsite' of the year. It was only the second time we have camped. We stayed in the Elderflower orchard.

Although the facilities were very basic (one glasto type porta loo but which flushed and was very clean and one water standpipe).

The downside to such splendid isolation was the 15 min walk to the homemade wooden shower block (2 gas powered showers in a field) up and down hill in the lower pastures- but that was our choice.

We still loved this site.

On the first night we were the only tent in the orchard although we were joined later by a camper van. We bought a half load of wood (5.00)on the first night, made a fire and sat outside the tent. Although it was the end of March, the fire kept us really warm and it was such a novelty for us; it felt great.

We went to the farmer's market in Stroud which is held on a Saturday morning and which I would recommend. Don't eat before you go. There are loads of lovely stalls selling organic wine cider, cheese, and hot food. We also visited Nailsworth which is a nice little town to wander around. We bought rather posh rolls from Hobbs house bakery for breakfast the next morning which

Went well with the bacon we had brought at the farmers market. We tried to book a table to eat at Hobbs on Saturday night but it was full. It looked interesting. We ended up eating at the Rose and Crown up the road. The food was ok but the landlady has a definite attitude problem. Best pub we found was in nearby Uley - picturesque village and micro brewery ale at the Crown (think it was called that).

The campsite borders national trust land (Woodchester Manor) which you can walk around the grounds and is worth a visit. We also went to Hetty Tump's which was interesting (for a hill) in a bizare way. The final day we went to Slimbridge nature reserve which I thought was ok but would not hurry back to (unless you really like ducks).

My only disappointment with the campsite was that we did not see sight nor sign of the elusive badgers -how do you see them in the dark anyway?

The owner and family are very friendly and sociable (including the hens that kept visiting). I would ask them (the owners that is) to recommend pubs etc if I were you.

We'll probably be back late June as my husband is doing the Cotswolds Relay race.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Pollylyn 4 reviews from this member

Have just got back from 2 nights at Thistledown and have to say it was lovely. We stayed in the 3rd pasture and I would definitely recommend a lift back up that hill when you pack up!

Composting loos were a bit strange to get used to, but very exciting for my four year old son and showers were lovely and hot as long as you were very early or very late to beat the morning rush.

The area was lovely and not at all hard to find the campsite with our sat nav. We ate in the Rose and Crown just down the road and it was nice although a little expensive.

I definitely want to go back to Thistledown again and in fact am about to book for next year - if that isn't a recommendation then nothing is!

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Fiddlyfingers 1 review from this member

Just returned from a wonderful four nights at Thistledown.

We pitched on the 2nd pasture, where there was a clean portaloo which was changed daily, and had plenty of loo roll.

We parked near the 'soil collar sculpture' - essentially a small hill fort around a big tree, which the children loved running up and down and generally having a whale of a time.

We bought some wood for 10 which lasted us 2 nights at least, and if you weren't cooking over the fire you wouldn't get through it as quickly as we did.

The staff were really helpful and friendly, the surroundings are beautiful, and it's a short pretty walk to composting toilets and hot showers.

Will definitely be visiting again!

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Tarar 1 review from this member

We stayed at this campsite for 3 nights from thursday to sunday in the elderflower orchard site.

The staff were very helpful on arrival and we were able to choose our own pitch, plenty of space to choose from and with the trees around it felt private. They also gave us directions for a walk through the National trust park to the mansion.

The toilets were portaloos in the orchard and were kept clean and changed regularly.

The shower block was about 5 minutes walk to the third pasture and was kept clean and were hot.

We had a campfire every night, a barrow full of wood for 10 was brought to you.

The local pub The rose and crown is about 15 minutes walk from the campsite and provided real ales and a selection of good food.

The small town of Nailsworth is about an hours walk away or 10 minutes drive where there are shops and restaurants if required.

Will definitely be returning to this site.

Date of Visit: June 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bmacky 9 reviews from this member

We booked this at the last minute and are so glad there was room for us! We stayed in the 3rd pasture and after managing to get our kit down the steep track by wheelbarrow, we put up the tent in a small clearing surrounded by trees. However when we left we did decide to pay 2. 50 to get a lift back to the car park! The owners do not try to cram people in, they believe that everyone should be able to have their own space.

The compostable toilets were always clean and didn't really smell at all. The showers were good (and free) and there was plenty of hot water. As others have said, it was fantastic to have a real campfire at night, and a barrowful of wood was provided for 10. The owners and family were very helpful and were keen to make sure you had what you needed without being intrusive.

At night time it was peaceful with only the sound of owls to hear. There was plenty of wildlife, including the occasional deer and badgers. There are some animal paddocks near the lower carpark with some pigs, goats and horses which the children loved.

There are no shops within walking distance but there are small villages within 5-10 mins drive including some good restaurants.

Overall, this site is fantastic if you want to get away from it all and get back to nature. Not for anyone who wants loud music and a bar! We are hoping to return in August

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Storeyfamily 2 reviews from this member

Used this site for a one night stop off en route elsewhere. Easy to find off M6. In nice countryside, lovely town along the road.

The site is large and interesting, loads of space, and interesting corners plus a modern stone circle, but the facilities don't really suffice.

We were in the orchard where there were some pretty dodgy portaloos. The shower/washing up block was too remote and too small.

Credit to them, I think they are trying to reduce environmental impact, but too basic for us.

Verdict - has potential but I won't be going back unless it developed

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