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Waterclose Meadows Campsite National Trust
Houghton Mill
Mill St
Cambridgeshire   (Browse area)
PE28 2AZ
Tel: 01480 466716
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Pitches: 54
Open: 23/03 To 28/10

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 52 Reviews
                9/10 from 52 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 On Site   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports <1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

Reviews:  52 in total, now showing 37 to 42                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Beulah 4 reviews from this member

Rather reluctant to say how much we love Houghton Mill, because we don't want it to be fully booked when we return.

Of all the sites we have visited over the years, this is the one we come back to, time & again. If the only thing you can gripe about is the fact that the central heating in the shower block is a little fierce, then they must be doing something right.

Staff very friendly, and sweetly remembered us from our last visit. The location is superb, and our dog loves the river - he learnt to swim here 4 years ago.

As far as pubs are concerned, look no further than a gentle 2 mile walk through the meadows to the Cock at Hemmingford Grey - a little pricey, but great food, guest beers and attentive staff.

We'll be back before the year is out. Oh, and I'm only 48, so not retired yet!

Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Pmzmo 3 reviews from this member

Nice area with river views, walks, cycling, boating & mill etc. Entrance to site is 'fun' when caravans are arriving / leaving as its a tight turn & narrow so don't assume you can get in / out any time. Pub in village disappointing food but good beer.

Good grass / pitches & very well maintained.

Loos / facilities etc very good if long way from tent areas & only 3 off showers for ~40 pitches so I became the unwashed.

Nothing much for kids to do, no playground so they continually get told off for being kids & generating their own fun - maybe the site would be better as OAP / retired only?

Dogs accepted & tolerated more than kids.

Wardens helpful & friendly when things are ok, but rather lacking people skills when not or post 9pm if noisy!

Date of Visit: April 2009 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: HowCrag 10 reviews from this member

Do not arrive before 1300hrs so as to allow departing units to go through narrow entry / exit road! Common sense prevails.

Site a little lumpy but easy to level off. Satellite users beware plenty of beautiful trees to block Astra 2.

Time your ablutions to the tee as there is only three for each sex but are to usual CC standard of cleanliness, it will help if you can play the picalo quickly as the showers are of the push button type but are superbly refreshingly hot.

The village has two ok pubs & a mini supermarket where you can purchase daily provisions,newspapers & that all important lottery ticket.

Cycling to ok Huntingdon & more picturesque Godmanchester & St Ives is easy. But treat yourself to a walk or bike ride to Hemingford Abbots & Hemingford Grey,this is lottery ticket world both have lovely old style English pubs.

This site will suit all. Enjoy we did & will return!

Date of Visit: April 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Dudleydog 12 reviews from this member

Well, I am currently on site and using the magic 3 dongle to bring you this, great stuff, although I am in the awning as the signal is too weak inside the caravan.

This is a lovely site, all grass and a bit lumpy, but well drained and decent sized pitches, we are currently on number 13 and despite the Easter Bank Holiday weather there is enough to do around here. The walking is great, we have walked from the site into both St Ives and Huntingdon and got the bus back to Houghton easily enough.

The wardens have been friendly and helpful and the facilities are spotless.

If I were to have a grumble it would be about the showers which are the push button type and you have to hit the button about 50 times to get a shower, but hey its only a small gripe.

Not sure how easy its going to be to get the van through the narrow road and corner on a Bank Holiday Monday but that's tomorrows problem.

A great place for a small break, the local pubs are good, the Oliver Cromwell pub in St Ives is the best pub for miles, recommended.

Date of Visit: April 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Dartvan 5 reviews from this member

Visited here soon after it opened for this years season.

Facilities remain good, site was not quite full and never any queues for showers etc. Very clean. Other facilities limited in scope (is only a small site) to a laundry and information room etc, but everything for a few days stay that you might need. Site office sells basic essentials but shop in village will cover most other eventualities. Tesco at Huntingdon a few minutes drive. No play area for children but meadows at back of site allow space.

Well kept site, tidy, good weather showed off the greenness. Site is undulating in places but it is possible to get level on most of the pitches with minimal effort, pitches are a decent size.

Excellent walks and cycling locally. Good frequent bus service to local towns. For Cambridge, probably better to drive there and use park and ride rather than bus from Houghton (long journey at over an hour).

Agree about the access and the need to be cautious when arriving and leaving, longer outfits can make the turn but with care.

Dont arrive before 1 pm as wardens not keen to allow booking in before this time (which is entirely reasonable).

Date of Visit: July 2008 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Angus1215 5 reviews from this member

Just returned from a week at this site, our first visit, and unlikely to be our last.

We pitched in the `centre circle` which was our choice as the pitch was huge and despite being in the middle we weren`t overlooked by anyone, also you could pitch at 90degrees to the pitch marker which made the pitch even larger. This area of the site is undulating but hardly problematical, although I will concede I`ve never been on a CC site where the grass on the pitches was so long.

The toilet block was O.K, but with the number of tents on site the facilities were overstretched at times with queues for the (3 men, 3 women) showers. It was easier to use the shower in the van than queue.

Two pubs within easy strolling distance, but the Three Jolly Butchers is the better of the two, with a decent menu and a good selection of quality hand-pulled beers (Hancocks XB, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale amongst others) on tap.

Decent shop in the village, sells most things and is very clean with quality fruit and veg.

Lots of walking potential with circular routes to be had if you don`t wish to drive.

We found the wardens very helpful, despite them having to put up with the numerous caravanners who are unable to grasp the meaning of 'do not arrive before 1 p.M', and then whinging when they weren`t allowed on site. The entrance is both blind and tight, and if outfits meet at this point difficulties are inevitable, hence the simple (but ignored) request.

The watermill is typical N.T, the tearooms do the best scones I`ve tasted (wholewheat flour ground by the watermill, which you can buy, along with a recipe sheet), and there are boats for hire if you fancy exploring the Great Ouse a little more.

We left on the Saturday morning, shortly after getting our bacon & egg baps and raiding the home-made cake-stall (all done to raise funds for the Xmas lights) from under the thatched -roof central clock tower.

A nice lasting impression of life in a nice village.

Well recommended.

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