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Reviews of Nore Valley Park

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Nore Valley Park
Bennetsbridge
Kilkenny
S Ireland   (Browse area)

Tel: 00 353 0567 727229
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Pitches: 60
Open: 01/03/2021 to 31/10/2021
           

Rating: Average Review Score: 5/10 from 5 Reviews
                5/10 from 5 Reviews

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

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Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Reviewer: Ositstomc 2 reviews from this member

 Visited this site on May Bank Holiday weekend to try out the new trailer tent. Staff were very friendly and was shown to a lovely sheltered site. Found the facilities toilets and showers to be clean and well laid out with all services that were required. Reception and coffee shop seemed to be always open, friendly and full of fresh scones.

Children (8 yrs) were constantly on the go, feeding the animals, visiting the wooden fort, jumping into the straw barn, the indoor maze and of course the playground.

Site was well laid out with lots of amenities, for the kids and the adults, the family enjoyed the lovely circular riverside walk, this was the only occasion we left the site over the 3 days.

This was not the busiest weekend for the site (70% occupancy) and the owner agreed it can get quite busy during the summer bank holiday weekends.

Will definitely return, kids made firm pen pals and the car was awash with tears on the way home. 


Date of Visit: April 2011 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Ozzietraveller 3 reviews from this member

 We camped here around Easter. On arrival we were curtly pointed towards the bottom of the site by the owner's wife. We drove down the pitch and were appalled by the stench of the septic tanks just below us. We decided to go elsewhere and drove back to reception to receive a refund. The owner apologised and told us we could camp anywhere we liked and that they were in the process of training new staff who were unaware that tents could be pitched outside of the 'tent area '. We pitched in a lovely spot below some trees.

The showers were free and were of average power. I was rather surprised, however, to receive an electric shock from them. I informed the owner who said that children often played with the fences around the animal pens and sometimes they connected with the plumbing, effectively making the shower heads ' live '. Very glad I don't have heart problems. Depending on where you were pitched there was also a decent hike to the toilet block.

One of the most annoying rules about this site regarded clothes washing. If you wanted to wash your clothes you first had to find a member of staff who could go to the washing block to turn the machines on for you. This was extremely irritating as often there was no-one around to turn them on. They explained their policy by saying that people often broke the machines and did I want them to have to pay a couple of hundred euro to have them repaired ? well no, I don't, but wouldn't it be easier to fit machines that are fool proof ? every other campsite I've been to seems to manage.

My biggest complaint, however, regarding bennettsbridge would be about the animals. We were there for around a week and a half and were amazed by the lack of supervision of children around the animals. Children were constantly allowed to roam around the pens without any consideration for them or the animals. The animals also were extremely poorly cared for

I think in all this camp site is poorly staffed by people who seem both disinterested in the comfort of their campers and who could use a few lessons in animal welfare. Disappointing as they are given 4 stars by the caravan and camping booklet. 


Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Roni j 11 reviews from this member

 I found the owner's wife pleasant enough. The toilet block was adequate. Beautiful views but the noise was too much. We knew the weekend would be busy with children. That's ok, children make a noise! We were on the top part of the site and we could hear radios from all areas all afternoon. Children are allowed on the playground until 10.30 at night, screeching and yelling (very small children as well).
The rules state that the site doesn't have to be quiet until 11.30pm so if you want somewhere quiet don't go! 


Date of Visit: August 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: MalcolmR 35 reviews from this member

 We used this site as a base for touring the area around Kilkenny, and it was not that well placed for our needs seems much further than 3k from nearest village of Bennetsbridge. This is an open and working farm, so it also caters for the day visitors who also use the same facilities as the campers.
For the number of people on site the showers were rather limited in only having the 3 unisex showers in the main block with an additional single shower for men and women at another area. On several occasions we had to wait quite some time for a shower, or go at really odd times during the day. The showers were free (no tokens needed) spacious with plenty of hooks for the towel and clothes etc, also kept quite clean.
The wash up area and laundry room was just adequate and kept clean, a fridge and freezer was available free to use for foodstuffs and ice packs. The wash rooms and toilets facilities were not unisex as the showers, but just enough sinks and very few WCs. So when visitors come to the site the wait for a WC can be a while. We had found several sites in Ireland had a free to use camp kitchen, and this site also had one, but very basic just a cooker and a kettle was provided. Several activities on site for the kids to play, but you had to pay to use a good number of them. Being a working farm there are tractors and farm machinery going about the place one has to be alert especially the kids.
Most pitches were in a nice sunny position, laid out in a terrace style having a lovely rural view with electric hook up available for most. The pitches were flat well drained, grassy and easy for pegging, sheltered, but most pitches seemed quite close to one another. Found that most of the campers on site were very friendly and helpful indeed; the staff needed the lessons in this area especially the owner's wife. The town and the area around of Kilkenny do have plenty to see and do a nice busy town to visit with many attractions.
As for the site we had rung up in advance and booked for a nice bright family size pitch, and ended up with a pitch with no sun until after 2:00pm due to the tall trees over shadowing us. Then the double whammy we also ended up between some very noisy family till gone 1:00am, they were camped either side of us, the same family. It seems from what the receptionist said is that they do not actually reserve pitches, its a first come first serve, thus the family either side of us, and all the other pitches were taken earlier as we arrived 5:00 that evening. We were not told this on the phone and would have planned to arrive earlier or gone to another site.
I personally found the site rather busy, noisy, and cramming the units and tents in to the pitches, not enough facilities for the numbers on site. Upon arriving the welcome given by Isabel the owner's wife was not a warm welcome as one would have expected then rules of the site and document presented to you. Many other campers had also made the same comment about the lack of welcome and friendliness given, and the views owners as being rather greedy. The grass cutting of the pitches around the tents and guy lines when occupied could have been done when the pitch was vacant and would be far easier and quicker to do.
We shall not return to this site, I am sure there are more suitable sites for our needs in the area, and can not really understand how the site won any awards or recommendations. 


Date of Visit: August 2005 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Arthurdent 12 reviews from this member

 This is a great site for a relaxing break for anyone, but especially for families with younger children.

Kilkenny itself is a nice Irish inland town, with all the facilities you would require - but has the advantage of not being massively touristy. There can be a few busloads of tourists around Kilkenny castle, but that's about it. Within 15 miles there is Kilkenny castle, the superb Jerpoint abbey, Duiske abbey, the ruins of Kells Priory, Woodstock gardens, Kilfane Glen gardens and waterfall, Dunmore caves plus numerous horse-riding, golfing, fitness suites, etc. The putting course at Mount Juliet is a treat - complete with bunkers ! If you visit in August try to catch the annual Kilkenny Arts festival.

Bennettsbride, the village (5 miles from Kilkenny itself) where Nore Valley site is situated has lots of craft shops (including the excellent Nicholas Mosse pottery), a small supermarket and a bistro. The Rock of Cashel (West), Tramore beach and Waterford city (South) and Mondello Park racing circuit and the Curragh horse racecourse (North) are also all less than an hours drive from here.

The site itself isn't ultra modern. It IS clean and comfortable though, and the pitches are decent size without being huge. The toilet block is adequate - showers are free. There is an upper level for touring vans, and a lower level for tents and caravans. Either is fine really - the upper is nearer the toilet block though, but is a bit busier. There are a few mobile homes for rent, set slightly away from the pitches.

There are some good onsite attractions here for younger children, such as crazy golf, tractor rides and the animal 'fort' which can be explored at will (the site also takes day visitors to the farm and facilities). The playground is OK, but certainly isn't up to date. There are go-karts and a poolroom for older children. There is a nice river walk across the field below the site - where there is also fishing.

You'll have to try the excellent Irish cooked breakfast when you're here, and the homemade wheaten bread, quiches and pizza.
 



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