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Thorpe Farm Centre
Greta Bridge
Barnard Castle
Co Durham   (Browse area)
DL12 9TY   See Map
Tel: 01833 627242
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Pitches: 76
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 106 Reviews
                8/10 from 106 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
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 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <5 miles   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <1 mile   Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

Reviews:  106 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: April 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Dotbri 4 reviews from this member

Welcome poor. Signs poor. Had to go to cafe to ask for detail of where to go. The one person serving in cafe booked us in and took 10. 00 for security key (not informed of at time of booking). Then given site map with detail of pitch. Map does not give detail of where to get fresh water, where dirty water goes or info on elsan points. Glad no kids with us, as rope swing attached to tyre goes over fish pond, no lights on night very unsafe. Long stay campers seem to drive around fast and don't pick up dog mess. Poss as no dog poo bins, you have to use ordinary bin. Consider no dogs allowed past reception yet they were in cafe. No we won't go again and not recommend oh and some hook ups are over 4 pitch length so take long cable

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: DMKay 3 reviews from this member

Could be a great site. Unfortunately too few water points and temporary toilets not great. Seems to have long term resident in caravans who have run of the site. Pleased we only stayed one night. With hindsight we would have booked a cheaper site with no play area as our children were bullied off it.

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: MrsTyerman 1 review from this member

The staff were all very friendly, it was a lovely little family site. Our children could go to the park and the tyre swings on their own and we didn't have to worry. They all made some lovely friends as did we.

The toilets near the tents were not that clean ie the floors but they were in good working order and there was some better ones on the shower block which was to a good standard.

It was a very good price, it also has some sort of little farm but we didn't visit it as I'd read reviews and for the 6 of us it seemed quite costly.

Overall we had a great weekend and will hopefully be back this year.

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Punisher 2 reviews from this member

Just returned from this site after 2 nights stay in our tent. On arrival it was difficult to know where to check in as there is no actual reception you had to go in the cafe to check in. The staff were friendly but didn't request any details from us such as name, address, number of people etc. We paid 10 deposit for a barrier fob key which wasn't mentioned on the website. We were looking forward to our pitch as we asked for by the pond area but after finding our site it was on quite a slope so had to request to change to flatter ground. Luckily they weren't fully booked so we're able to move. There was one toilet and shower block which was difficult to find at first due to poor signage and being in a porta cabin looked like a private office. The fresh water supply was also poorly sign posted and took a bit of finding. The site seemed more geared towards seasonal caravan pitches and seemed to have do what you like rule with some making their own garden fences with what seemed like any scrap wood they found. I got the impression lot of the caravaners seemed to live there most of the year. We tried not to use the toilet facilities after dark as the paths were very poorly lit and some of the more rowdy residents were drinking and partying in the games room in the same block so felt a bit uneasy. The last straw were the fireworks that started going off on Saturday night by one of the resident caravaners. I had to telephone the site as there were no staff that patrolled the site to check up on anything and we saw this as a fire hazard not to mention the noise which terrified our friends 3 year old and also our 18 week old baby. Our friend had to take his little girl home as she was that upset and come back the next day for his tent and belongings. Such a disappointing site as it has the potential to be so lovely in the area it is situated, unfortunately it seems to be a case of pay for your pitch and do what you like. We won't be returning in the near future.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Lindasewerrat 4 reviews from this member

This site could easily be one of the best in the UK but it is let down by over crowding, not enough showers and toilets and no numbers on pitches. The number of people going round the site trying to find the right pitch was crazy. There is 1 shower block for the whole site and they are by the entrance so all the people camped at the far side of the site drove to it. This meant there were cars going up and down the track at all hours, most didn't stick to the 5mph limit and there were loads of kids running around so it made you cringe at the near misses. The pitches are quite close together for our liking so it feels very crowded. If they move the tourers and tents down to the other field it will be cheek by jowl and we certainly won't be returning. It's such a shame because it used to be lovely.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: BRanger5104 12 reviews from this member

Unfortunately I can think of nothing positive to say about this place other than the staff who greeted us and served us in the cafe work very hard.

The site has the potential to be much better but I saw nothing in the way of new development being carried out.

We booked for a weekend stay and were disappointed from the second we got to our pitch. It is advertised as having level hard standing but ours, and others, were so steep that my caravan hitch was in the dirt and the rear stabilisers were wound fully out and on wood blocks to get some kind of level.

We gave up trying to pitch our lightweight awning due to the levelling issues. The EHU was so far from the pitch that my 30 metre lead only just reached the van. The hard standing is a kind of black cinder and the dust and mess this created got everywhere.

By far the worst point was the position of the fresh/waste water and Elsan points. Whilst they were some distance from the pitch I wasn't unduly bothered as it is sometimes nice to stretch your legs a bit but I can't help think that they couldn't possibly comply with any kind of sanitation regulations.

The fresh water and waster water are in close proximity as they are on most sites but the Elsan point was little more than a raised concrete 'sluice' open on all sides and only a couple of metres from the fresh water point with only a shabby little wooden wall separating them. The smell was dreadful not to mention the flies.

The toilet and shower block was little more than two tired looking Portakabins connected together and I must admit I didn't use as the smell inside of faeces/urine and stale body odour was just too much and there was no visible sign of recent cleaning.

The 'Reclaimation Barn' was simply a dusty/dirty old barn with a collection of old furniture most of which looked to be beyond reclaiming in any way. I also thought the animal rescue centre was a bit of a rip off at 5pp with little to see.

I am sorry that I cannot be positive about this site and it is one I would recommend to avoid.

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