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Visitor Reviews - Carsington Fields Caravan Park And Rally Site

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Carsington Fields Caravan Park And Rally Site
Millfields Lane
Carsington Water
Ashbourne
Derbyshire   (Browse area)
DE6 3JS
Tel: 01335 372872
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Pitches: 20
Open: Easter To Sept

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 92 Reviews
                9/10 from 92 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 <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant <5 miles   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <10 miles   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <5 miles   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 

Reviews:  92 in total, now showing 43 to 48                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Billy Can 7 reviews from this member

My family (2 adults, 1 child and a large energetic dog!) have just returned from a wonderful extended weekend break at Carsington Fields. The site is extremely well-planned and well-managed by the resident security-conscious site managers who are friendly and passionate about their site. Nothing is too much trouble - he even rescued my son's estranged rugby ball from the tall nettles beyond the fence with a long rake and fishing keep net!

The site itself consists of two large fields - the lower one mainly for caravans and large tents and the rear, higher field for tents. We were in the rear field which seemed quieter and was closer to the huge dog-walking field which suited us down to the ground. The dog-walking area is fantastic. The dogs can run, lead-free round the mown grass track which skirts a vast expanse of long meadow grass. Half-way round the track is the fenced off 'Happy Hen House', where chickens wander free-range. This was both popular with the children on the site and the dogs who lingered to sniff at the hens! There are two handy dog waste bins along the track.

It is great to have a site that is truly 'dog-friendly'.

The site is beautifully land-scaped, with a duck pond in the centre of the lower field and large area for kids to play ball games, ride their bikes etc.

The shower and toilet facilities consist of a rather tightly packed but immaculately clean combined block on the lower field area. Ladies have 3 loos, two sinks and two showers and the gents 2 cubicles, one urinal, two sinks and two showers. The shower rooms cost a 1 to enter which many people thought was a bit steep. Once inside, the shower is operated by a mechanically timed push button but the flow and temperature are just right. The cubicle and dressing areas are extremely small. There is a mirror and row of hooks and stool for storing items whilst in the shower. What the facilities lack in space, they more than make up for in cleanliness.

The site has a 'quiet after 11pm' policy which was adherred to whilst we were there. There is a free wi-fi hotspot on site but only close to the warden's office. Fires are not permitted but raised barbecues are allowed and bricks are provided for the job. Rubbish is segregated into recycling bins at the entrance to the site which is a long walk from the rear field.

Nearby Dovedale offers pleasant riverside walks with the very busy 'stepping stones' to cross the river. Carsington Water is very close and popular with kids who want to try watersports.

We paid 19 per night. Be aware that this is a site where you provide your own entertainment. If you are looking for a clubhouse, 'holiday park' affair then this is not the site for you. Carsington Fields is a quiet, spacious family orientated camping area. Overall, a very impressive site which we would gladly return to in the future.

Date of Visit: May 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sallyv 5 reviews from this member

Have just returned from a 4 night stay at this site. What a gem! I would think nothing is too much trouble for the owners, we haven't met such friendly, chatty owners before.

The site itself had the 'full' sign up, but there was plenty of space all around, with a large area in the middle of the site for games/playing. Even football was allowed!

the dog walk area was awesome, best we have seen yet, loads of room for our 2 whippets to stretch their legs.The charges were reasonable as well, no extra charge for the dogs.

There are only 3 toilets/ 2 showers for each sex, but they were kept nice and clean, and we didn't have to queue at all. The basket of complimentary toiletries was a nice touch, just the job when you've forgotten something.

The site is only 400metres from Carsington Water which has lots of facilities, my children enjoyed the taster sailing sessions they do. Excellent value!

No shop on site, but only 1 mile or so to nearest village which has a general store. Be warned mobile reception seems to be poor on the site, a bonus for me.

Overall we had a great stay, and will certainly return this summer. What more can I say?

Date of Visit: May 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Julie296 3 reviews from this member

We have stayed at this site many times, and will be visiting again many times more I'm sure. This site is really good for family's, especially groups, as their is so much space to enjoy together for games etc. If pitched around the top of the site then you can see your children playing, or riding their bikes wherever they are on site, while you sit and relax and enjoy the views towards the Reservoir, which is just a short walk away.

Dog exercise area is a large field where they can run freely. The site is very well maintained and thought out, and the owners Pete and Judy will always make you very welcome, and always helpful. Facilities adequate, and maintained very well. Close to many places to visit in a very large tourist area. Highly recommend a stay here.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Jackrascals 10 reviews from this member

We have just returned from this lovely Site - having booked a last minute weekend visit. Though the entrance to the Site is a little narrow - it opens up into a lovely parkland with generous open spaces. Clearly a lot of thought put into the landscaping of the park plus a great dog walking area.

The resident Warden was genuinely welcoming and very helpful throughout our short stay. We visited both the Caravan Club Site next door and the Camping and Caravanning Site just outside of Ashbourne to check them out but happily returned to this lovely retreat, knowing that we had made the best choice. Highly recommended and we will definitely return.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Kevnik0 6 reviews from this member

On arrival we were shown to a hard standing pitch (note there is little or no grass around these pitches - it's like being in the middle of a car park!) which wasn't big enough for our unit and there was an awful stench coming from behind the pitch.

Luckily when we asked to be moved they found us a grass pitch further up the site. Staff certainly are very friendly and helpful. The site grew on us over the course of the week - the grass pitches are wide and the main field overlooks the large 'play' area, with everyone pitched around the outside of the site. This gives a very open and spacious feel.

Toilets facilities are small but we understand the owners can't get planning permission for anything bigger. Showers should be free! The newspaper delivery by the little boy was a nice touch, as was the ice cream van(weekends)and fish and chip van (fridays eve).

A local indian restaurant will deliver to the site and we even saw someone have a sainsbury's delivery. The site would definitely benefit from a small provisions shop.

We feel the site is overpriced. We even had to pay for our 22 month old daughter who couldn't use any facilities anyway!

A very good pub 5 minutes drive away and overlooking Carsington Water is The Knockerdown Inn. A typical country pub, serving meals (Fridays is 2 steaks for 10). It has a good children's play area and a few animals. They also have a field for tents and caravans!

Places to visit with young children - Matlock Town Park and Chatsworth House Farmyard & Adventure Playground.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mumidebba 5 reviews from this member

We have just returned from a lovely relaxing weekend at this site.

The owners are very welcoming and friendly. We arrived Friday lunch and were told we could pitch anywhere we wanted (non elec)

There were a few more arrivals Fri evening, but the site was by no means busy. A few more people arrived Saturday, but the site has a policy of not overcrowding, so the tents were still spaced out around the edges of the fields with loads of room in the middle for kids to play.

The toilet facilities have already been mentioned, but we never really witnessed any amount of queueing, they were just a bit busy. Always very clean.

There isn't really any facilities here apart from the loos/showers, the office which sold sausages/bacon and you could get a paper, and a dog run - a huge field for them to run round. This is perfectly adequate for us, as we like it quiet. The site was quiet after 10.30pm, but then people were getting up at about 7.30am - ok for families I guess.

We will definitely return next year.

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