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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.

1Madhouse Tue 28-Jan-14 11:24:54

Castlerigg hall Keswick is great especially for kids and the views. Great facilities and shop etc. weather sometimes wet !! But as someone who lives in the lakes am a bit biased

Also Gwithian farm in Cornwall. Great for small kids excellent faculties and walkable to nearest beach.

Tailtwister Tue 28-Jan-14 18:08:24

We visited a lovely one in the Scottish Borders last summer. It has great facilities and is quite unique.

We also went to a really nice one last year in the Lake District. It also has yurts on site if you're after something a bit more luxurious.

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.

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

Abergavenny, not Aberystwyth - sorry

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.

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!

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.

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

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

Fforest fields

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

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

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!

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.

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!

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....

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Nant col waterfalls, heaven.

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?!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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