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Reviews of Cottington Lakes

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Cottington Lakes
Sandwich Road
Kent   (Browse area)
CT14 0AR
Tel: 01304 371898
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Pitches: 25
Open: 01/03/2024 to 30/11/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 18 Reviews
                8/10 from 18 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   No Washing Up Area   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   No Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   No Tennis 
 Beach <5 miles   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 

Reviews:  18 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: August 2023  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Jessyh 1 review from this member

 Lovely big pitches with electric hook up. Friendly couple who run the site and they do excellent breakfast at only £6. 50.

Very reasonably price

Great for fishing

Close to Sandwich, Deal, Ramsgate

Looking forward to going again 
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Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Davidbuck 3 reviews from this member

 Huge site, very spacious pitch separation, good Covid awareness, plenty of facilities.

Walking, fishing or relaxing; woodland, fields and lakes make a very pleasant setting that feels miles away from nearby village of Sholden and even the coastal town of Deal is walkable (just!) - all good! 
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Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Slippe 1 review from this member

 Excellent, well looked after and friendly staff,

The tackle shop is well stocked

Would recommend to anybody who wants to fish or just relax,

The town of deal is in easy walking distance so it has everything you need for a short or long stay.

Will be re-booking soon 
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Date of Visit: July 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Lizzie 1 review from this member

 The campsite is geared towards fishing enthusiasts, which we were not. But this did not detract from our visit.

The location was perfect for our requirements (visiting family in Deal and Finglesham) as well as being a quiet and peaceful spot.

Facilities were fine, didn't use the cafe but the food smelt good in the mornings.

On site staff were unobtrusive but helpful when needed. Grateful to the site that I could visit local family for the first time in 2020 as I live 200 miles away. 
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Date of Visit: September 2019  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: Kaleig 1 review from this member

 Great place to camp, helpful staff, facilities just what we needed. Cafe decent value for money.

Great for fishing as well.

Only downside was that it didn’t have proper washing up facilities 
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Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Zedhead36 30 reviews from this member

 I fished Cottington Lakes in 2016 and while there looked around the campsite and Cl, so this year I returned with the wobblebox and stayed on the Cl for 6 nights.

The approach is quite easy and the Cl is a beautiful, large meadow close to the specimen lakes. You will need extra hookup cables if you don't want to be on top of your neighbours as the hookups are all from one point in a corner of the field.

All the grounds are beautifully tended and wildlife is abundant. From rabbits and squirrels to buzzards, kingfishers and muntjac deer

The fishing is better then good, and in the specimen lakes there are true monsters, with carp to over 50lb, pike 20lb+, perch 5lb+ and rudd over 2lb. For the pleasure fisherman there are several other lakes of varying difficulties, all beautifully tended.

The services are all by the reception block and are clean and adequate. There is also a cafe, bar (limited opening hours) and tackle shop. The staff are all friendly and knowledgable about the site, lakes and local surroundings

Nearby Sandwich is a lovely extremely old town, worth a few hours just strolling around the narrow streets and sucking up the history all around you. There are also some very fine old pubs and eateries, antiques and knick-nacks.

Deal is a much larger seaside town with good shopping and a very steep pebble beach.

The Coach and Horses (turn right towards sandwich) serves lovely food and the staff are absolutely lovely

The only slight downside for me is that there is a bit of road noise and the local military do occasionally low fly over the site, but this was for me a very minor gripe

Whether you fish or not this is a lovely place to stay, I recommend it 

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Gingawarrior 82 reviews from this member

 Picked this site whilst on a tour of Kent and were pleasantly surprised and it turned out to be our favourite site, possibly helped by the best of the weather.

The greeting was efficient, if not particularly friendly and we were given a few different options as to where to pitch, we chose the furthest pitch in the quietest area and made the right choice, it was nice and quiet with plenty of space.

Facilities are as previously described, clean, a bit dated and there are only one for each sex.

Deal is a really nice town and we enjoyed Dover Castle and the walk along the White Cliffs from Dover to Deal.

If I was in the area I would stay here again, but feel I've got most out of the area for a few years at least. 

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Dubdogs 147 reviews from this member

 We stayed here for a few nights whilst visiting the local area. The greeting on arrival was a little strange in the café, but we were then allowed to choose our spot and report back later.

The facilities were shared with the fisherman and always seemed clean. The on site café was also handy for a bacon roll in the morning. The site was very nice and peaceful.

The local area has a few historic things to see and do, and if you like castles, you're in luck! Nice walk back along the coast from Dover to Deal.

We initially arrived thinking we'd stay a night or two, but stayed three, so I think that showed we liked the place. If in the area again, I'd head here. 

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: RoyVaux 45 reviews from this member

 We received a friendly welcome and check-in for the Caravan Club CL. We were given a site rules sheet and told we must not go near the fishing lakes without buying a permit. Fair enough we supposed, but the rules were a bit overdone. We were lucky enough to get one of the 4 CL EHUs (these cannot be booked if staying only 1 night) but they are all on one post in the corner of a large field. Fortunately we had an extension cable to allow us to pitch away from the other site users. We paid £16 and feel this was ok as it included use of a shower and toilet - there is only one though for each sex covering both the CL and adjoining commercial site. Dog walking had to be contained within the large (for a CL) site and the approach driveway. Recommended. 

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Motobiman 7 reviews from this member

 CL site used - Basic facilities and only one loo and shower in both male and female toilets for both the CL and adjacent large public site.

Handy for Sandwich and Deal both lovely towns.

Not fishing so can't comment on that.

EHU in corner of CL field means a bit squashed up if 5 on site at once so positioning of unit important if you want your privacy.

Very close is the Fowlmead park with long Tarmac cycle track and several off road sections, very good with bikes for hire if you don't take your own.

SWMBO loved the lack of traffic there.

Good bike ride from Deal to Sandwich too. 

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