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Meelmore Lodge
52 Trassey Road
County Down   (Browse area)
BT33 0QB
Tel: 028 4372 5949
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Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 11 Reviews
                7/10 from 11 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   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 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <5 miles   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <5 miles   Outdoor Pool <5 miles 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   No Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis <5 miles 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports <5 miles   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: August 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Tomoka 1 review from this member

 Nice remote campsite ⛺️

Friendly staff, toilets clean, washrooms also clean, showers only warm but ok.

Would stay again. Ideal location at the foot of Donald and next to Bloody Bridge. 
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Date of Visit: July 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: MarieKinney 1 review from this member

 What a view! Lovely clean facilities and well set up.

Hosts were lovely and my kids really enjoyed their first camping experience.

Would love to return to do some walking😊👍 
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Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Explorer111 1 review from this member

 Had a great weekend at this campsite. Beautiful views of Mournes. Great clean facilities. Fabulous staff. Great paths for walks into the hills/ cycling paradise.

Lovely cafe. Quiet in evenings with no road noise. Think earlier reviews which are less positive were from a time before new facilities were built.

We would certainly stay again. 

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Numberguy 3 reviews from this member

 This place is absolutely stunning the views is to die for as for the camp well err.

6 per adult and 3 per child over 4 is way way to expensive for a uphill walk to queue for a toilet especially with little ones.

The owner is more than friendly and really works hard patrolling the site day and night along with his other work. Infact all the staff on site where more than friendly.

This place could do with a decent toilet and shower block and maybe a small area set aside for children to play and it would be worth the amount they charge.

As is I would not recommend this site for families or long stay overs but if its just 2 people overnight then its worth the stress just for the views. 

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Spudsmadhouse 2 reviews from this member

 This site is advertised as a quiet family only site but it is far from that.

We stayed for three nights on a long weekend and instantly found that the facilities were far too few and well below standard. The male toilet (yes singular) had a broken seat when we got there and was still broken when we left, the two sinks are hopelessly inadequate for the amount of people on site. There are two unisex toilets in a portable cabin but we were not brave enough to venture too close as they had been surrounded by the youth groups that had set up camp beside them.

The women's facilities were no better and seemed to be constantly blocked as the cisterns would not refill to allow them to be flushed.

The two unisex showers were used as toilets on many occasions and were therefore unusable for washing.

The owners told us that they 'cleaned regularly but couldn't be expected to clean all day and night', however when the partying goes on till after midnight and the campfires even later, then I would expect the owners to make sure the facilities were usable for those kept awake, they were still unflushable and uncleaned the following day.

The barking dogs at half past six in the morning is an interesting touch but the humour seemed wasted on the party goers.

The site is on a slope and can make cooking awkward but adventurous, however did not cause major problems.

The view is spectacular and this could be a fantastic base for discovering the Mournes however the lack of amenities and much needed improvements that seem to have been promised since 2007 don't seem to be arriving soon, especially as the owners told us that they 'had plans to add more facilities but these things take time' let the establishment down.

With at least 60 tents on the site on Saturday I think that there must be enough money in the till to splash out on some luxuries like more toilets and sinks, perhaps even someone to clean them or at least an air freshener! 


Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Mimsey 2 reviews from this member

 Beautiful scenery and very friendly staff. We had a wonderful time here with our 2 dogs. What I liked about this site is that you can light a camp fire.

When there was complaints about rowdy campers they were told to pack up and get off site immediately. They had a barbeque, bouncy castle and a disco which all proceeds went to charity.

We have a fantastic time at this site and we will definitely be back. The only downfall is the washing facilities. No hot water to wash your dishes and 2 uni/sex showers. 

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Rickd139 1 review from this member

 The location of the site is superb. You have better access to the Mourne Mountains than you have at the nearby Tullymore Forest Park.

The view of Slieve Meelmore is breath taking.

The amenities as covered are basic, 2x unisex Electric luke warm showers 1.00 Token for 10 minutes. Excellent cafe. 

Date of Visit: July 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Sylvia23 2 reviews from this member

 Beautiful setting, but major shortcomings. Toilet and shower facilities appalling, only one womans toilet working and one unisex shower, at all times dirty, please bring your own toilet roll.

Extremely noisy with people playing loud music until midnight. Not the family site it claims to be. 

Date of Visit: June 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Siobhansquigs 1 review from this member

 We camped at Meelmore Lodge for a weekend in June - two adults and two young children - and will never repeat the experience. The only thing this place has going for it is the view which is incredible. It is amazing to wake up to come out of the tent to wonderful views of the Mournes, but not quite so amazing when you've only had about 4 hours sleep due to the noise on the site.

We booked because this was marketed as a family site and the website stresses this along with a request for guests to be mindful of others. I don't know how what criteria they use for 'family', as a group of nine lads was camped near us - clearly no one had questioned them when they arrived. They shouted and sang til three in the morning, ruining any chance of getting much sleep. Approaching a group of very drunk young lads in the middle of the night to ask them to be quiet just wasn't an option.

We did complain to the staff in the coffee shop the next day that there had been no sign of anyone patrolling the place at night and they were very apologetic and said we should have rang the owner, regardless of the hour. They assured us it wouldn't happen again - and indeed the next night another group were asked to leave the site in the wee small hours for making ridiculous noise. A fellow camper had rang the owner after he got fed up with the noise and the owner came along and evicted the offending party. Again, however, this group was clearly no family.


Very inadequate for such a large site (which is essentially two large fields, one on a considerable slope). For ladies, two ladies toilets, two unisex portacabins, two showers (only one of which was working). No plugs for hairdriers or any other appliances. For washing dishes, an almost insulting outside sink with a cold water. No other water taps on the site. No laundry facilities. The whole place could also do with a good clean and a job lot of disinfectant. The place also needs a lot more bins - there is rubbish everywhere. There is only one rubbish area near the coffee shop, no others dispersed among the camping area as you find on other sites and the bins here were overflowing so rubbish had been dumped beside the bins so was spilled all over the ground.

Coffee shop:

The coffee shop is the redeeming factor of this place. Its open good hours and serves decent food at very reasonable prices.

The location:

The location of this site cannot be beat. Its right in the Mournes and a lane running along the site of the site takes you straight into the mountains. Really stunning place - if you can put up with the many many downsides of this campsite.

Overall, it is a real pity that this site doesn't have a little cash and a lot of TLC spent on it - it is in an amazing setting but is a noisy party site, markets itself misleadingly on its site, and needs an overhaul of facilities. Shame really. 

Date of Visit: August 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Arthurdent 12 reviews from this member

 The main attraction for this site is the view. Any failings the site has are forgotten when you wake up yards from the beauty of the Mourne Mountains. The site has it's own access to the mountain paths, and Hare's Gap which is in full view opposite is less than an hours walk away. For those attracted by hiking, this place will be paradise.

The site advertises as tents only, and familys only. Neither of these are strictly true:- caravans and motorhomes can stay for an overnight (or 2), and there were numerous groups of teens and lads while we were there, which was admittedly over a Bank Holiday. There are also Duke Of Edinburgh campers on expeditions, which is who the site was created for in the first place.

Pitches - There is a small DoE field beside the toilet block, then behind a wall heading towards the mountains there is a large, sloping field for families. At the far end of this field is another small field which is mostly for overflow, as it is a long, uphill walk to the toilets. There are no laid out pitches, and certainly no 6m rule - pitch where you can is the rule. The fields are just that - fields. Don't expect any landscaping or roads.

Toilets & Showers - Hopelessly inadequate. 3 ladies toilets (or so I'm told), 1 gents, 2 unisex portaloos and 2 showers. There were 100+ tents when we stayed here. More toilet facilities are planned, though it seems this is years away rather than imminent. The toilets were clean enough, though with so many campers it was an impossible job to stay on top of the cleaning. More than once the gents ran out of loo paper !
Campers Facilities - Almost non existent - 2 dirty sinks with cold water.

Cafe - Excellent. Small, but cheap and friendly and serving nice (though basic) hot food. In high season stays open later (9pm or so) to serve coffee and excellent hot chocolate.
EHU - There are no EHU at the moment, although some are planned.

Campfires - The owner comes round in the evening on a quad bike selling blocks of peat to be used as campfires. Most people lit these on old disposable BBQs, though some seemed to be directly on the grass - the owner didn't seem to mind.

Dogs - Dogs are let run free without any interferance by the owner. I had to chase a dog from the back of our tent at regular intervals. The main field however is so large this isn't the huge problem it may be otherwise.

Playground - There is a very small playground and trampoline in the DoE field.

Noise - I can only comment for the weekend we stayed, but this is an extremely noisy site. The owner (who lives maybe 0.5 mile away) does patrol regularly, even in the wee hours. However this seems to be more of a damage limitation exercise rather than an attempt to stamp out unsociable noise. We were victims of lots of late night shouting by various groups, teens on the trampoline at 3am, and torches shining on the tent walls to the small hours by people looking for the gap in the wall to the toilet. Bring earplugs ! 

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