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Elford Farm Caravan Park
Elford
Seahouses
Northumberland   (Browse area)
NE68 7UT
Tel: 01665 720244
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Pitches: 25
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 34 Reviews
                8/10 from 34 Reviews

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 No Tents   Caravan Pitches   Motorhome Pitches   No Glamping Units 
 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches  Caravan Storage Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant <5 miles   Wifi Access 
Activities
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing 5 miles   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool 5 miles   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding 5 miles   No Cycle Hire   Golf 5 miles   Tennis 5 miles 
 Beach 5 miles   No Watersports   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 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: TheForgies 1 review from this member

Having read a lot of the mixed reviews, I threw caution to the wind and booked a weekís stay (Mon 13th - Mon 20th August 18). I will try to give an honest review and representation as my family and I saw the park when we visited and is totally unbiased with all opinions and points being my own.

I emailed the site to enquiries about availability at around 7pm fully expecting a reply sometime the following day. What I didnít expect was an almost instant reply, given the time of day when all other sites would operate a ďduring site office working hoursĒ

The response was very polite and said that the dates were very likely available but to call the office just to confirm. I did so immediately and to be honest, I fully expected to get an answering machine but my call was answered, the rates were explained, the dates were confirmed and deposit was paid all inside a mere 15 minutes after 7pm on a Friday night. I was well impressed and I got the feeling that the site owners/staff were very acommodating and pleased to help.

The deposit was the amount of one nights stay and being in high season, was just £23 for a pitch which would include an awning, electric hook up, a tourer or motorhome and upto 8 people.

Great value for money.

The directions to the site were simple and accurate. The route gets a little hilly and narrow once you turn off the A1 but itís to be expected given the location and it caused no trouble and we quickly found the site.

The site is surprisingly spacious given its size and despite what I read in some of the reviews, it was extremely easy to find a level pitch. Yes there were a few undulations here and there but nothing concerning. We were spot on level without the need for our ramps or blocks, just simply adjusted steadies. To be fair, Iíve stayed in all manor of sites from basic fields to full on holiday parks and Iíve always had to use the ramps and/or blocks to level the van. So to reiterate; itís very easy to find level pitches.

The pitches were all grass, which was neatly cut with no bald or muddy areas. I was shocked at the size of the pitches. They were some of the biggest Iíve ever had. Tourer, full awning with parking to the side (comfortably housed our large estate car) and STILL plenty space for sitting out, BBQ, playing games with kids etc.

We had a very very wet week but the drainage of the field was amazing and no standing water was seen despite 4-5 days of heavy rain.

Once pitched, the owner came across to us and introduced himself and welcomed us into his site, gave us a few details etc and left us to it. Really kind man who came across as someone who would find no trouble whatsoever in helping his guests. He didnít hover or look over our shoulders as we set up at all. He explained that over the next couple of days, his daughter would drop by to check that youíre happy and be of help if needed and to collect the balance of your rates.

Now onto the facilities.

The electric hook up, while I donít actually know the ampage, was very generous and more than easily run our 12v and 240 lighting, our tv, fridge, kettle and awning lighting while charging our devices, camera batteries and phones etc.

The site is situated next to a working farm so the facilities were in adapted out buildings etc. There is a small block with separate male and female, toilets, basins and showers. A small laundry area with coin operated washer and driers. Also a small washing up area. We washed most of our dishes in our van so only visited this on two occasions.

The female block has very clean looís and wash basins and separate shower cubicles, of which offered extremely hot showers (and cold ones if preferred!) with amazing water pressure. The cubicles were a little smaller than other sites but given the size of the site, these were very much adequate.

They were very hygienic while rustic, with a tiny little patch of damp spots around the top of one wall, but letís not forget, this is a farm, with adapted outbuildings, there is always going to be little things like this but they donít pose a problem unless you choose to make it one. Youíre not in your bathroom at home or at a guest house, you are literally showering and performing your. Ablutions. In a field! Whichever way you tart it up itís only ever gonna be just that!

At the later part of the evening when the majority of guests have already used the showers etc, there is an issue of water on the floor outside the shower cubicle which over the course of the evening has attracted a dirty puddle, but with 30+ pairs of feet treading in and out in a short space of time, what can we expect? This happens on most sites even those with the ďsuper grandĒ facilities!

This said though, this could be kept on top of by the staff allocating a mop or two for guests to use. However, you can take a mop to the guest but youíre never gonna get all guests to mop! Maybe if guests helped out a little by wiping their feet before coming in, wearing shower shoes or just cleaning up after themselves.

There is a simple stand pipe for drinking water, a very basic (man hole and lid!) yet more than adequate chemical disposal point, how fancy does it need to be people?

After all youíre just filling it full of shhhoe shine! Enough said! There is a separate tap near the disposal for rinsing cassettes etc.

The site WiFi while it was available, I tried once to access it without avail so canít comment too much. Who needs it anyway? Were meant to be chilling out with a bottle of wine etc not logging on and reminding us of the mundane thatís awaiting our return home! Just go for a walk, read a book, have a conversation!

The site has zero light pollution and no noise whatsoever leading to a quiet and peaceful nightís sleep. The resident wood pigeon is always around to coo a good morning though!

The park has ample area for kids to play, run around etc and is very safe. The park has an amazing family feel to it which makes it a winner in my book despite our son being an adult now, itís still nice to hear families giggling and playing and seeing kids fly around having fun.

So in summoning up;

If you expect ultra modern facilities, speedy WiFi and no country sounds and smells, go to a Haven resort or a holiday park. Do your research, we actually live in Northumberland therefore we have the natural ability to expect and put up with rain on a very regular basis, so if itís great weather and zero puddles, visit sites further south.

Letís face it guyís, the rates are awesome value for money and befit a small more basic site, letís be honest, you donít get the Royal Clarence Hotel if you pay for a Premier Inn.

Our local history here in Northumberland is second to none and the site is very close to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) for you Vikingís fans, Alnwick castle and Gardens for the fans of Harry Potter, Flodden battlefield, Berwick upon tweed, Bamburgh and a load more castles and stately homes than you could wave a medieval stick at.

There are beautiful restaurants (fish and chips at Neptuneís in Seahouses can not be missed!) Local flora and fauna with wildlife boat trips around the Farne Islands and Coquet Island a little further south, for spotting seals, porpoises, puffins and scores of sea birds (book boat trips at Billy Shiels boat trips office in Seahouses. Treat yourself to a sunset boat trip. You wonít regret it, I promise!)

There are quiet country pubs for a quiet drink or if you want big screen sports with pints, or a visit to a micro brewery, there is that too.

Great location for crossing the border and visiting the borders towns with markets, antiques and haggis!

We plan on returning for a couple of long weekends next month, we liked it that much.

Donít trust everything you read. If youíre after a pleasant base for walking, visiting local attractions or just a few days in the countryside, while staying on an informal, relaxed and honest little site, give this place a try.

All in all a lovely, simple, laid back and friendly week away with value for money rates. Definitely up there on our ďvisit againĒ list. Thank you to all at Elford Caravan Park

Overall 9/10

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Larry10 11 reviews from this member

We stayed just one night (cost £20 including EHU) following a trip to Farne Islands, the site is good and clean facilities. The owners very friendly but the field is a 'rolling' one. Difficult to get anywhere near level. Access to facilities would be difficult if you are disabled.

The site was quiet and the best bit was twice seeing a stoat.

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

Once again just have to say another fabulous Holiday at Elford Caravan Park! (This was our 6th visit).

The park has been Family owned for many years and they are helpful not only with advice regarding best days-out locations, but always available on site for any concerns we may have had throughout our stay.

The amenities are regularly cleaned and hot water is always available from the on site showers!

Perfect location within 2 miles of both Seahouses and Bamburgh Castle!

Looking forward to returning again next Summer!

Kind regards,

Jason.

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: AMBD 5 reviews from this member

Excellent site. Excellent facilities. Very helpful owners. Lots of interesting places to visit in the area. Just wish we didn't live so far away, here in Leicester.

This is not an all singing dancing site. Peaceful, calm, at least when we were there.

Fab fish and chips at Lewis chip shop, Seahouses, also lovely senior meals at Bean/Beal Barn Beal. (ask the owner)

Date of Visit: April 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Strongarm John 8 reviews from this member

A lovely site on a working farm.

Very pleasant owners and family running the Caravan Site.

Very clean toilets and shower facilities.

My basic type of site, if you want hard standings / lighting around the park go somewhere else.

These places are rare and hard to find nowadays.

My wife and dog and myself had a great relaxing time on site and will definitely be back.

There is plenty to do and see in the surrounding areas including good sea angling near by.

Highly recommended.

I went home relaxed.

Date of Visit: March 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Dwatson 2 reviews from this member

I have stayed at Elford several times over the last few years and find its charm wonderful, as are the owners. The facilities are ideal and leave you wanting for nothing. It is also very reasonably priced (one of the best in the area) and price includes everything, including electricity - genuinely no hidden charges!

I must say I was slightly surprised by some of the criticism of the facilities as they are much better than many sites I have stayed at. It must be remembered that the site is based on a working farm, which adds the charm I mention above. On each of my stays the facilities have been cleaned to a high standard, on a daily basis (and whilst the heaters are not on all the time guests can control them with a switch).

I have already booked to return in the Autumn.

Date of Visit: October 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Bonnyrigg 32 reviews from this member

Have to say we weren't very struck on the site. It made us think of the 'old days' farmers field idea. The toilet and shower facilities were only top cleaned. The glass shelves over the wash basins were not cleaned every day nor were the mirrors. Bins weren't emptied for the whole of our stay. The ceiling has black mould everywhere, its a shame because they are nice facilities overall. There are no hooks near the sink area which makes it awkward. The water was hot in both the sinks and the showers, there are two of each. The area was a build on to the front of the barn and very cold although there was a heater in the room it was always switched off when the owners visited the room, my husband says the gents were the same. The washing up and laundry area are in a part of a large barn, the barn floor is disgustingly dirty, also there were some holes in the floor near the washing area which are dangerous I caught my toe in one and twisted my foot. While we were there it didn't even see a brush and there was off furniture and caravans parked in the barn which didn't look or feel right. There are electric points around the field but they are not well organised, they are spasmodic.

We stayed on this site for several nights in October, unfortunately we had very wet weather and the ground on the site churned up and became like a quaqmire. Obviously the site can't be held responsible for the weather but some hard standing pitches would be very advantageous to the site. What would also help would be to put stone/hardcore on the road way around the field. It was quite expensive for what it was.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: GOATY693 7 reviews from this member

Very good site well maintained facilities good always clean. Kids loved it as there was plenty room for them to roam or play on their bikes. Easy access and not far from Seahouses Bamburgh, Alnwick A good place for a base to visit the Nothumbrian coast. Very popular whilst there but unbooked arrivals were accommodated with a smile. Attentive owners came around each morning making a point of stopping and talking with guests

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Smc100471 2 reviews from this member

I used this site with two boys aged 6 and 10. It was busy with motor homes and we were the only tent but we had lots of room. The field is flat and well kept, the toilets and showers clean and the site overall was quiet and friendly. It is an excellent location for Viking local areas such as holy island, bamburgh and sea houses.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Arniesdad 14 reviews from this member

This site is a couple of miles inland from the spectacular Banburgh castle and bay, down some little winding back roads. There are no hard standings but a plentiful supply of hook-ups and excellent clean and free facilities. The nearest village of Seahouses has a supermarket and several pubs, some overlooking the working harbour, but it is a rather long ~ 5ml round trip to walk there. The owner is very pleasant and helpful and the site fees are very reasonable. Before the school holidays the site was peaceful and quiet and this site is to be recommended as a good base for looking round what is a surprisingly beautiful and undiscovered part of England

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