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Rutland Water Camping
Armley Lodge Farm
Rutland   (Browse area)
LE15 8TH
Tel: 01572 755544
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Pitches: 50 tents
Open: Selected Weeke Only

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 7 Reviews
                9/10 from 7 Reviews

 Tent Pitches   No Caravans   No Motorhomes   No Glamping Units 
 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 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   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <5 miles   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire <5 miles   Golf <5 miles   No Tennis 
 No Beach   Watersports <5 miles   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  No Dog Walk 


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Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: CampingSwede 4 reviews from this member

 Rutland is a beautiful area with lots of activities. We went bank holiday with fantastic weather - Rutland Water does get very busy at times like that, which wasn't great. This site was not a great experience. It was really overcrowded. There was almost no space to pitch. The ground is also slightly on a slope and up and down ridges. The facilities were basic. 3 ladies cubicles and 2 mens. 2 showers which were cold only. 2 washing sinks with no hot water. A plus point was that recycling was offered. The farmer worked hard trying to keep the toilets clean but there were so many people that he would refill the toilet roll and it would be finished in 10 mins. Very few paper towels and a basic form of washable hand towel were offered. The rubbish facilities were emptied frequently but most over flowed. Not enough bricks to raise BBQs off grass. There were just too many people on the site. Some tent pitches would have had great views. The kids loved the cattle - there is not much to do, which is great but as a result it was a problem that there were too many tents on site so there was no space to play. The dogs were under control (thank you). It is a quiet location but we had an issue with someone else's car alarm the first night and some other careless behaviour the second. Camping is social but no reason not to respect someone else's pitch - playing in their guys etc. Not the farmer's fault but didn't help a poor overall impression. Fellow campers - It is not acceptable to wash up in the toilets - especially given the number of foul and disgusting people who don't wash their hands with soap after going to the loo. If the facilities were extended and hot water provided this could be lovely. OR restrict the number of campers. Felt like a greedy farmer. Not a good experience.

I also want to add that this site does not have a freezer to cool ice packs. The great views barely offset the many, many downsides to this location. The local pub is very nice as is upmarket Hambleton Hall restaurant and hotel. 

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Maggiemay79 1 review from this member

 We booked to stay over the bank holiday weekend. We had booked with 2 other family members with both of their caravans too. I have to say that the host was superb, we cannot fault them they were amazing. The views are stunning and it was wonderful to see a true working farm with the harvest in full swing.

The camp site was busy, but what else would you expect on a bank holiday weekend. The setting is stunning, the host is helpful and kind, we cannot wait to go back in 2018.

The only plus side would be facilities for the caravanners. 

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Smallperson 4 reviews from this member

 Spent four nights here in July. Nice site pleasant wardens facilities up to usual caravan club standards. Downside too many dogs, how do people get three labrador sized dogs into average size caravan with no awning? Unsociable campers, why go if you can't be bothered to pass the time of day with fellow campers? Don't be put off by the unapealing approach and didn't hear any disrutbance from ajoining industrial site 

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Matthuddy77 1 review from this member

 Great little site in a lovely area with great views and easy walks to both Rutland water and the local pub. Ground on the tent site is a little up and down but we found a flat spot with about another 18 tents already on the site. Toilets and showers were spotless. Only downside we found was that we didn't manage to get any hot water am or pm. Found out the hot top in the ladies was stuck on since. So gave it 9 out of 10 for my two cold showers. 

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Rustyarrow 10 reviews from this member

 Good basic site, showers and toilet clean, potwashing sinks with hot water. You need to pick a flat spot to pitch your tent but there is lots of room. Owner very nice leaves you alone. Shop is good way away (5 miles to Oakham) so make sure you have everything. Good view, walking and cycling. Very interesting area. Village pub a mile away- very swish! Beer good, did not eat there.

Great basic site- hope it does not change, would use again. 


Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Olaf_IV 6 reviews from this member

 About 4 miles from Oakham, 1 mile other side of Hambleton Village. Entrance is on a slight right hand bend (easy to miss if you're in a car but spottable when back packing). The site has not long been open to tents. Very good facilities so new you can still smell the paint! Free showers, toilets good and clean and you have washing up facilities. The owners pretty much leave you to it (no pitch up here, pitch up there sort of stuff)and the ground is fairly level and easy to get the pegs into. Car parking is in front of the house and if you have loads of stuff wheelbarrows are provided to cart it on to the camping field. Access is via a walkway between cows and CC Caravans (watch the wire fence, it's electrified!). Excellent views over Rutland Water, great watching the swifts darting around just feet in front of you hunting insects and not too far from the path around the reservoir. Hambleton Village is very picturesque. The pub, the Finch's Arms is a bit pricey but seems to have a good following. The campsite itself is good value at 6 a night (2 man dome tent) and I'd be quite happy to use it again next time I'm in the area.

Only two very minor down points, Not easy to get through on the phone to book a pitch (probably because it's a working farm)and the mirror in the Gents could use a shaving light (light from the window OK during daylight but a bummer in the evening when the daylight's gone). Would recommend this site quite happily. 

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Greenp 19 reviews from this member

 New campsite at time of visit. Very difficult to find, no signage and no directions on website and phone number not providing a answer. However enjoyed the remoteness of being right at the tip of the Hambleton peninsular. Really good washing and shower facilities as brand new and well built. Claiming to be zero carbon campsite hence 50 yard walk to campsite from ridge and furrow car park. Quite quirky with use of wheelbarrow-small inconvenience. Lovely views of cow field and Rutland water. Ideally placed for accessing Rutland Water cycle route. Very friendly farmers who just leave you to get on with it. 

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