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CLOSED: Bridge House Caravan Park
Bridge House
Clifton Hampden
Oxfordshire   (Browse area)

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Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 61 Reviews
                8/10 from 61 Reviews

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 No Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics for 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: February 2021 Unit:  Other
Reviewer: Webmaster

 Please note we have been advised that this site has closed, and no longer offers camping, motorhome or caravanning pitches. If you know that this situation has changed in the future, please could you let us know. Many thanks 

Date of Visit: August 2020 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Extended family
Reviewer: Jack Proctor 1 review from this member

 Stayed here for 5 nights in August on our way back North from Cornwall. Was drawn to the site by its location which did not let us down. On the banks of the Thames in the picturesque village of Clifton Hampden with its thatched cottages.

The site itself was good in terms of its position but the thing that really let it down was its toilet and washing facilities along with the waste disposal. Obviously very old and tired looks like it just need knocking down and a new block building. During the covid restrictions this left us a little nervous although we only used our own toilet and shower in the caravan for piece of mind.

Everyone in previous posts talks about the friendliness of the managers but I certainly didn't experience that. Very distant in my opinion. Also support what one other reviewer said about the dangerous entry to the site. We called reception on arrival but the caravan was jutting out a good 2 mt into the very busy road until they arrived to let us in.

All in all though a good visit to a very quiet and picturesque place but would have to improve the facilities before we re visit.


Date of Visit: July 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Paulou 1 review from this member

 Lovely place to watch the world float by, with the added bonus of a pub and shop just a stroll away,

This is a very well maintained site with friendly welcoming owners

I really hope to visit again this year 
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Date of Visit: July 2020 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Angie Fox 4 reviews from this member

 Fabulous campsite right on the River Thames, amazing views & beautiful sunsets.

We chose this site as we have our own kayak & paddle board so could paddle up & down this beautiful stretch or water, site also rents kayaks out.

Geoff & Mo are really friendly & helpful, always there to help with any problems & for a good chat.

We booked again as enjoyed ourselves so much.

Thanks Geoff & Mo, see you soon ( pitch 5 ) 
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Date of Visit: July 2020 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: The bartlett pair 5 reviews from this member

 Our first trip after lockdown was to walk the Thames path. We stayed at the Adults only Bridge House in pretty Clifton Hampden for 1 night but wish we could have stayed longer.

Easy communication, and well spaced pitches allayed our fears. The loos and showers are open, but you are asked to use your own units as much as possible. The showers are simple wet rooms but work well, while the loos are adequate. They were kept very clean and sanitised. Everyone was very careful about distancing etc.

Level grass pitches, with EHU and lots of empty grass for chairs etc. Good pub right next door.

Right by the river and quiet at night.

We thought it was excellent, and very friendly, helpful owners. Thank you 
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Date of Visit: May 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  With friends
Reviewer: Bob61 28 reviews from this member

 This campsite is less than an hours drive from my home but I have always been put off going there by some old reviews that were not too good. Having read more recent reviews it seemed there had been a great improvement over the last 3 years or so but this time I was put off by the price, which for a solo camper was quite steep.

In May this year though, the opportunity arose to go camping with a mate and we agreed to share a tent and halve the cost. We are glad we did because it turned out to be one of the nicest campsites we had ever been to.

On arrival one has to phone a number at the barrier (why is it assumed everyone has a mobile phone?) and the warden comes out to raise the barrier. As a previous reviewer reported, this could be a little dangerous if towing a large caravan as the entrance is quite narrow, right on a bend in a very busy road and the distance from the road to the barrier isn't very far.

In my case the warden arrived quickly and let me in and immediately showed me to my pitch which was right on the banks of The River Thames. It couldn't have been a better location.

The site itself was very well maintained with nice short grass and a few trees and shrubs adding to the landscape. The bridge crossing The Thames was visible from the pitch also. Sitting outside the tent looking across the river and watching the herons, ducks, swans and passing boats, it was possible to forget we were on a campsite and felt more like wild camping. Very relaxing. Although the road alongside the campsite is busy the traffic noise soon disappeared into the background.

Right next door to the campsite is the Barley Mow, a famous old pub depicted in a book called 'Three Men in a Boat' apparently. It turned out to be a very welcoming pub with lovely food.

The warden and his wife were very nice people and made us both feel welcome. We were invited to have a trip to Days Lock in the wardens boat for £5 a head and since we had decided to go there anyway we accepted the invitation. It wasn't just a ride in the boat but the warden also gave a running commentary on the area and the different properties that could be seen along the river bank. Later, we were also offered the rental of a rowing boat but by then we were too tired to accept.

Nothing is ever absolutely perfect though and the site is let down badly by the facilities which have certainly seen better days. They were clean and adequate though and the previously reported charges for showers and hot water no longer apply. It is all 'free' within the tariff. I gather the warden is trying to get a new toilet block built but is having difficulties with the local council over planning permissions.

The second negative is the road running outside the campsite. There are no pavements for the best part and much of it is a winding 60 mph very busy road. I would strongly advise not trying to walk it. My mate and I did walk it to the Plough Inn in the next village on the first evening but it was a nightmare and we would never do it again.

There are walks in both directions along the river on the Thames Path and the Plough Inn can be reached by walking to Days Lock along the river and then by quiet lanes to the village.

All in all a delightful peaceful campsite right on the banks of the river, well maintained and with very friendly and helpful wardens. Both my mate and I agreed we would be returning but due to the high price it is not a campsite I would use when camping alone unless they decide to implement a solo concession. 

Date of Visit: June 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Group
Reviewer: Thorntop 11 reviews from this member

 We stayed at this campsite while canoeing the Thames. It has a wonderful location right on the river with easy access for canoes.

Unfortunately we turned up without booking (not knowing how far we would paddle in advance) and despite the campsite being nearly empty the owner made a big fuss about checking bookings before she let us stay. We were shoved in a tiny corner despite no other tents being there. It seems the campsite is mostly for itinerant workers. She explained the rules in great detail, no children, no dogs off leads, BBQ 50cm off ground, etc etc. When one of our dogs was caught off the lead only yards from the tent we were threatened with expulsion. To be honest I have never felt less welcome at a campsite before, she clearly didn't want us to stay.

The facilities were very basic and a long walk with no washing up facilities. Fine for a cheap campsite but simply not what you expect when paying over £10 per person per night.

There is a shop in the village for basics but the shop keeper was not very friendly. What is it about living in a beautiful village that makes everyone so miserable.

We would have liked to stay longer but we had children joining our group and hence were forced to move on to the Bridge House campsite at Shillingford. See my review for how a campsite should be. 

Date of Visit: September 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Vangelina 41 reviews from this member

 Our advice to anyone who has booked into this site is to phone ahead about 5 minutes before you turn into the entrance. There is a security barrier in place but not enough room for a car and caravan without the caravan overhanging into an extremely busy cut through road.

There are details of a phone number to ring by the barrier but it would be much better if the owner was there to greet you at the barrier on arrival. Having no prior knowledge of this was extremely stressful and scary.

We appreciate the owners do not want gypsies on the site but there wasnít enough space between the road and the caravan. To us it is a real health and safety issue. We are experienced middle aged caravanners and do not really need to be reminded that our 2 dogs should be kept on leads (as they always are on any site). We popped out for a walk along the river and when we returned a list of site rules was under our windscreen wiper.

This could be interpreted as helpful but we felt it was over zealous. The facilities are very tired but clean however you canít wash your hands in warm water without paying 20 p. To summarise the site wasnít really our cup of tea.

Itís only redeeming feature is itís position on the river. We know lots of reviews praise this site but it wasnít for us. 

Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Hecate105 17 reviews from this member

 Lovely campsite right on the river Thames, perfect for paddlers, cyclists and walkers.

Level ground, pretty setting and spacious site. Facilities were more than adequate, good showers, laundry room, loos. There's a famous pub 'The Barley Mow'which featured in my favourite book 'Three Men In A Boat' right next door, a shop is just over the bridge. Lovely villages and countryside to visit - if you are not paddling about on the river!

Friendly owners, and (sorry parents!) so good not to have screaming kids running around! 

Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Sue Paul 80 reviews from this member

 We returned hoping for better weather and got it.

Parked almost riverside it was wonderful.

We walked to Dorchester on Thames riverside all the way, about 8 easy miles return, was a fine walk. Next day we walked the other direction then looked around on a footpath returning back to the village, via the nice little shop.

We had lunch in the adjoining pub, Dog friendly and great food and service.

This is a no frills site, facilities could be better but were clean, adult only and well worth a visit. 

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