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The best campsite you have been to?

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TheABC Tue 28-Jan-14 11:21:47

New Year, new camping adventures to plan (with a baby!). Please feed my keenness with tales of the nicest or most luxurious campsites you have been to.

zebrapig Fri 31-Jan-14 00:39:26

Another vote for Gwithian Farm here! We had an idyllic week there about 4 years ago.

WallyBantersJunkBox Fri 31-Jan-14 00:28:16

I don't think that's their marketing campaign btw. blush

WallyBantersJunkBox Fri 31-Jan-14 00:27:49

Look at DFDS seaways. Rusty boats but cheap sailings! grin

I've seen some lovely sites on Lake Titisee (snigger) in Germany. We will visit this year.

Also good fun to camp at Europapark if you like theme parks. (DS's favorite place)

Last year we hired a camper and did Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg in 10 days. There are some lovely camp sights around the Ardennes.

But you could start with France and see?

TheABC Fri 31-Jan-14 00:18:54

Wally, you've got me looking at ferry crossings now! Britain may not be enough...

WallyBantersJunkBox Thu 30-Jan-14 19:07:29

I live 2 hours away! Still doable for a long camping holiday. There were Brit cars there and, of course, the ubiquitous Dutch campers!

It's breathtaking.

hz Thu 30-Jan-14 13:58:57

Cloud Farm is very beautiful and I love Exmoor and especially the Doone Valley but beware busy bank holidays. I have seen it utterly heaving and they just keep on letting people in. Less busy times a real treat though.

My top recommendation is Thistledown Farm near Stroud, lots of space and tranquility, great for family groups or individual families, there is so much space you never feel on top of anyone unless you want to be. Woodland a plenty, streams, ropeswings, campfires, a shop selling local produce, even a hide for badger watching! And it all backs onto an NT woodland with lakes and a cool house (Woodchester Park). Very good.

hillbilly Wed 29-Jan-14 21:48:02

Forge wood is fab and we have been there more than any other site, on one trip last year we found ourselves completely hemmed in by big groups. Having said that I have a huge affinity to the site, john and his team and also their whole camping ethos.

cakewitch Wed 29-Jan-14 21:47:33

This is making me want to go camping this weekend. DH has put his foot down with a VERY firm hand though.. too cold and wet, apparently.

TheABC Wed 29-Jan-14 21:37:34

Thanks, everyone; I am making a list (and wondering if we can squeeze a few more weekend's in!). Forrest fields, Hook farm, Castlerigg Hall and Ruberslaw are all on the list. I am trying to persuade my (distracted) DH to look at the rest. There may have to be an extended road trip....

Mummypig, the priory sounds like a slice of heaven but I have to agree it's not practical with a baby. Forgewood, it shall be!

WallyBanters-how did you find that one?!

serin Tue 28-Jan-14 22:47:42

Nant col waterfalls, heaven.

Inthebeginning Tue 28-Jan-14 22:13:55

another vote for hook Farm. walking distance into Lyme Regis. friendly, laid bk. large pitches and play area for children too.
Also Cheddar bridge but that's adults only.

Pimpf Tue 28-Jan-14 22:08:35

Another vote for cloud farm, though beware in the bad weather, that lovely gentle stream.....

Also love noongallas in Cornwall.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 28-Jan-14 22:05:09

Pencelli Castle is lovely and would be a good place to camp with a baby.

Bodeccia Tue 28-Jan-14 22:04:09

We had a lovely time at the secret campsite in sussex last year. Fires allowed, a local farm shop, really peaceful and natural.

Happy days smile

WallyBantersJunkBox Tue 28-Jan-14 21:57:35

This one

I think the picture says it all really. wink

Thefuture - you don't mean Camping Memling, do you? We usually meet my DB there once a year....

YellowDinosaur Tue 28-Jan-14 21:53:37

Brockwell woods in Tyne and Wear. Back to basics - only facilities are a tap for water and lots of wood for fires. But it's camping as it (Imho) should be and the kids love it. Only I love it more!

TunipTheUnconquerable Tue 28-Jan-14 20:59:01

Aysgarth Falls Hotel in Wensleydale. The perfect juxtaposition of hotel terrace:play area:campsite is what does it, especially as the hotel includes a swanky-but-informal restaurant and the toilets are in individual little wooden shed things that feel like beach huts rather than the usual damp concrete you get in campsites.

purpleaura Tue 28-Jan-14 20:57:53

Forgot to say- they have loads of campfire sights and also sell wood. Perfect for a quiet evening, listening to the stream bubbling by. Ahhhh. Can't wait for camping season!

ladypanbanisha Tue 28-Jan-14 20:57:10

Fforest fields

The best site ever. Views, free kayaking, fantastic facilities.

purpleaura Tue 28-Jan-14 20:56:02

Lovely family campsite in north Devon/exmoor called Cloud Farm. Great facilities, stream running through the site is a gorgeous feature, great walks without needing the car and a fab tea shop with yummy homemade cakes on site. What more could you want?! smile

EauRouge Tue 28-Jan-14 20:51:47

Hook Farm in Dorset. Just enough facilities to be comfortable, but still quiet and low-key enough for us. We loved it so much that we're going back again this year.

muddylettuce Tue 28-Jan-14 18:25:42

Acton field in Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset. Not particularly luxurious (everything you need) but views to die for. Arghh. Can't wait to go back!

TheFutureSupremeRulersMum Tue 28-Jan-14 18:22:09

There used to be a lovely one in Bruges but now it's a cinema sad

I've been to some lovely ones in Dorset but I'm afraid I don't know the names.

Britchcombe Farm in Oxfordshire was nice but very basic in terms of facilities. We chose it because we wanted somewhere we could have a real campfire.

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 28-Jan-14 18:20:38

Abergavenny, not Aberystwyth - sorry

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 28-Jan-14 18:19:23

The nicest (but least luxurious) site I have ever been to is at Llanthony Priory near Aberystwyth. The site has absolutely no facilities at all - a stand pipe for water and public loos in the car park next door, so probably not suitable for a young baby sadly OP. However, there is a hotel or B&B there with a tiny bar/restaurant in the basement and you can have a drink as the sun goes down sitting in the ruins of the Priory with the Black Mountains around you. Really lovely - but maybe one for a few years time. grin

Otherwise, I would recommend Forgewood in Kent or the nearby Chafford Park, both of which permit fires and have a lovely wild-ish feel about them.

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