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Ivy Hall Farm Campsite
Barnard Castle
Co Durham   (Browse area)
DL12 9LL
Tel: 07776491253
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Pitches: 15
Open: 29/04/2022 to 02/10/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 33 Reviews
                9/10 from 33 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   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   Wild Swimming On Site   Indoor Pool <5 miles   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

Reviews:  33 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: April 2022  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: KeithD 2 reviews from this member

 Good flat field, friendly and helpful reception when I arrived.

Honesty shop set up in an old caravan which is essential given the lack of shops in Bowes. 
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Date of Visit: September 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Ruthgo 1 review from this member

 Beautiful location, close to a main road but you feel it’s miles from anywhere. Barnard castle is a short drive for any shopping or petrol etc

The site is maintained to the highest standard and is very clean, grass mown regularly, EHU points safe.

The washing up facilities were nicely away from the loo block, bins and chemical emptying point

There are thoughtful touches such as an honest shop for anything you’ve forgotten

The picnic bench sited to make the most of the very best view

The young lady doing the cleaning and mowing is to be commended on her hard work

The site owners met me each time I’ve stayed and were polite and friendly

The play park looked great too 
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Date of Visit: September 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Sueboy 1 review from this member

 A beautiful friendly site with stunning views.

Facilities are basic but spotless, pitches are generous and the caravan honesty shop a quirky delight.

I would definitely recommend this site look forward to going again.

Thank you Shena 
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Date of Visit: September 2021 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Suze 2 reviews from this member

 This is our second visit and we love this place. Great for us as we like to tour and this is a fabulous pitch up and do site. With plenty of walks on the doorstep, if you don't want to drive once pitched you don't have to.

The camping field is immaculate, as are the facilities. Whilst the field is large the owners don't take too many at any given time so you get so much to yourself.

For those who like a little more, the serviced pitches with your own tap and electric hookup are a treat.

The honesty box caravan shop is awesome stocking everything you need that you may have forgotten and plenty to keep the kids entertained. 
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Date of Visit: September 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Howlet 1 review from this member

 Nice spot, friendly owner, loved the caravan with nibbles to buy.

Perfect for walkers doing the pennine way.

I imagine if its busy there might be a queue for the one shower 
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Date of Visit: August 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Donna14 3 reviews from this member

 IVY HALL FARM - Bowes, DL12 9LL. Dog Friendly. £20pn for EHU. £15pn for non-EHU.

Beautiful surroundings. It really feels like you're in the middle of nowhere, even though you're only a short distance from the A66, in the village of Bowes - just a few miles away from Barnard castle. Free Range chickens casually strolling around the site, which was lovely to see. There are also resident pigs and sheep.

The village centre of Bowes is a 5-10 minute walk from the site. Every other Wednesday there is a fish and chip van outside the village hall which serves delicious food! We didn't visit any local pubs etc, although there is a coffee shop and pub within 5 minutes if the site. Barnard castle is a 10-15 minute drive from Bowes, on a direct route, if you wish to visit there for the day.

Before arriving on site I asked about pitch sizes. They are 10m wide * 12m long, although the owner did say if you needed to come out further into the field that would be OK. The EHU pitches (there's 4 or 5) are clearly marked as there are little hedges between each. The non EHU pitches span the outer perimeter of the camping field.

The owners were very friendly and helpful in correspondence prior to booking, however they were away during our stay (another camper said they were involved with the Scouts and were away with them). The owner's parents were the there to greet us and answer any questions we had.

The camping field is a nice size, with a small children's play area to the left, and the EHU pitches to the right. The non EHU pitches are at the far end of the field and go around the perimeter anti-clockwise.

There are drinking water taps spread out along the back of the EHU pitches along with a drinking water tap at the facilities point.

The owners encourage recycling and there are separate bins for different types of recycling, along with a general waste bin, and metal bin for any fire ash and coals. There is a dish cleaning area, a chemical toilet disposal point, a grey water disposal point, and the aforementioned drinking water tap.

There is a lovely walk immediately adjacent to the bottom of the field, in one direction it takes you to Bowes castle, and the other takes you to Mill Force waterfall and the River Greta.

There is a lovely "Honesty" Caravan on site which sells a number of different items - sweets, crisps, snacks, games, DVDs, books, mosquito repellant etc and it's a lovely touch. Firewood is also available to buy, and firepits are available to fire. Above ground Barbecues and firepits are allowed and there is a paving stone in front of each pitch to allow you to site your choice safely.

This site for me is a *nearly* perfect site. The only reason I don't rate it perfect is due to the toilet and shower facilities. They are kept very clean and the shower in particular is immaculately clean. However, for 15 pitches, there are only 2 toilets and 1 shower in the same block. And due to Covid restrictions, it's only one pitch at a time. That meant if someone was in the loo you would have to wait your turn. Luckily for us, during our stay there was only 6 pitches in use so it was less of an issue (a few of us had our own toilets) however I'd imagine at peak season, when all pitches are taken, I could see it become a bit of an issue.

The A66 is only a short distance away from the site, and you can hear traffic noise, however it isn't in anyway intrusive and after a short while you don't notice it at all.

Both hubby and I agree it's a beautiful site, and we'd consider staying again. 
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Date of Visit: August 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Group
Reviewer: Sgyhu4 1 review from this member

 Would highly recommend Ivy hall Farm.

Staff were very welcoming, facilities were great and the campsite is in a great location.

Thank you Hurworth School! 

Date of Visit: July 2021 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Chris Broadley 12 reviews from this member

 This is our third attempt to visit ivy hall and finally 3 years on managed to get here.

Wow, what a view! Rolling countryside as far as the eye can see, Bowes castle in the back ground and maybe 10 mins walk from the site. Very clean facilities with free shower.

Elsan, grey waste and of course plenty of fresh water points scattered around the site. Very reasonable price too.

Overall it’s a lovely quiet friendly pace and good to use as a base to visit the area around.

We loved out time here and will definitely be booking again to come back, and soon. 

Date of Visit: July 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: LenM 1 review from this member

 A lovely rural campsite a short walk from Bowes village centre and right on the Pennine Way. Well kept, very clean and tidy.

Good value for money including hot water in shower and toilet block.

Owner was pleasant and welcoming. Grass Pitches are immaculate.

Rural setting enhanced by free ranging chickens and wild rabbits.

Main A66 is very close by and rumble of trucks is noticeable however it's not intrusive, visually it's nonexistent.

I look forward to returning to this treasure of a site. 
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Date of Visit: July 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Jonah4 7 reviews from this member

 Excellent grassed area well drained, & maintained small slide and swings for children. Grassed area backs onto public footpath through turn gate over a field that leads you to a castle ruins worth a look.

Also a short cut to the unicorn public house / hotel… good meal there fair price too, but only downside is £4. 50 a pint.

There’s one large shower and two toilets quite adequate… Also an old caravan as a honesty shop. Fresh eggs off the farm chickens, they don’t bother you as long as you do NOT feed them….

Our motorhome tows a small car, so plenty of places to visit, Rayby castle worth a visit a lived in castle not old ruins… also High Force / Low force waterfalls worth a view…

Towns close by Durham, Richmond and Bishop Auckland…. Just a nice area to be… 

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