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Gosforth, Cumbria, CA20 1JDView on map
Why stay here ...
- Quiet, flat mown grass site on a 2 acre paddock surrounded by wild flower meadows.
- WC on site.
- Within easy reach of the beach and western fells. Wastwater and Scafell are just up the road.
- Golf course 3 miles. Muncaster Castle and the Laal Ratty Miniature Railway 5 miles away.
- Great base for cycling, walking, or just relaxing.
- Well behaved dogs welcome.
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There's not much to say that hasn't already been said in previous reviews but don't let one bad review put you off. We booked for 5 nights ended up staying 11 think that says it all. The owners were extremely friendly & full of local knowledge of the area. Karen was always about to offer help & advice but not in your space (if anything probably me keeping her talking). Dave was more than happy to show us his pet Stag & Deers which he kept behind a walled enclosure. Even their household pets & the horse were friendly too. There are lots of wild birds in the are if you are like me & feed them I suggest taking a lot of bird food. The site is well maintained although it was mid Oct when we stayed there was plenty of colour from the plants n shrubs around the site, can only imagine what it looks like in Spring/Summer. Single track road leading to the site but no different to most CL's. We were lucky enough to stay on the sites second field 2 narrow posts to get through but wider than you think just take it steady. Toilet adjacent to outbuildings didn't use so can't comment. Lots of cycling & walks directly from the site so no need to use your car, For the more adventurous just to name a few Scafell Pike, Haystacks & Old Man of Coniston aren't that far away along with Wastwater, Ennerdale, Buttermere, Crummack & Bassenthwaite. If you like scenery I would suggest a drive over Hardknott and Wrynose Pass not for the fainthearted. also worth a visit is Muncaster Castle, Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass its a pretty village, the start of Coast to Coast @ St Bees just a little up the coast road, you can see the IOM too, slow roads but you are in the Country . In the Village of Gosforth which is walking distance you'll find a small Coop, ATM, couple of pubs & a baker's OMG their meat n mushroom pies are delicious. Pub in Santon Bridge again you could walk to it, Service Station n store in Holmrook, Tesco in Millom to name a few. We are both on 3 network & didn't have a problem with signal whatsoever even took Now TV stick & tethered to catch up on TV. Will definitely return Thank You once again Tracey & Andy
We visited Bolton Hall in September 2019. Very pleased with our choice and our stay. Access drive quite narrow but adequate, even for our large 4X4 and twin axle caravan. Despite some rain, grass areas seemed well drained, no mud or ruts. Nice outlook over adjacent field, with caravans in a line overlooking it (plus 2 hardstandings off drive). There is a road along the bottom edge of the site, but shielded by a line of trees, and seemed little used, we were not disturbed by any noise from the occasional vehicle. Pleasant dog walks on footpaths, bridleways & tracks directly from the site. WCs are a short walk up the drive and adjacent to the house, basic facilities in outbuildings but clean and acceptable. The owners were very welcoming and were happy to offer as much or as little advice as needed regarding the site and the area, or just a friendly chat when passing. Very handy local shops with 5-10 mins drive at Gosforth (a local shop with wide range of goods), Holmrock (shop in petrol station), Seascale (local Co-op store with cash machine, and hardware store opposite sold caravan toilet chemicals). Supermarkets 25 mins or so drive at Whitehaven. Plenty of places to visit for dog walking, our favourites Wast Water, Ravenglass Villiage & shoreline, Seascale beach. The site provided everything we hope to find in a CL, and resulted in a peaceful, relaxing stay, we hope to return.
We chose this site based on the reviews, the photo of the site in this page and the fact that the CC book said that it was 2ac. The whole field may well be 2 ac, but there is a double fence separating the 'wild flower meadow' from the smaller, mown area where the caravans are parked. I would imagine that manoeuvring would be difficult if the site were full. There were 2 bins, and 2 containers for recycling, both of which were full, with one overflowing. The water pipe is within a couple of feet of the rather foul chemical disposal. The caravan field is adjacent to the lane; not heavily used, but the traffic does go fast. Scenery was just the field, which was edged by trees. Toilet was across the field, along the lane that led to the site, across the garden, over the farmyard and there were 2 toilets on the left-hand side, in a field where 5 or 6 other caravans were parked. Loos themselves were clean, but the building was full of 8-legged monsters as would be expected for an out-house! We met the owner on the first evening. We had booked for the week, but explained that we would be leaving the next morning as we felt that the site did not meet our expectations. She tried to suggest that the 2ac listed in the book meant all the woodland (!), and the following morning stated that it was the wildflower meadow. I explained that we wanted space so that the boys could play without hitting caravans with a football, and she stated that we could have done if the sheep had not been in the meadow!!! We left early, and would not stay here again.
I loved this site. The owners were extremely friendly, taking the time to give me a full tour of the farm upon my arrival, showing me the deer, the horses and the sheep. I mentioned that I had 3 acres of land and that I had considered trying to set up my own CL. The gentleman was kind enough to spend around 30 minutes talking me through what was involved and all the pitfalls. It felt like nothing was too much trouble for them. There was a tiny amount of road noise from the country lane the other side of the hedge as cars went past every 5-10 minutes but it wasn’t too intrusive (and to be fair I couldn’t even hear it from inside the caravan). Don’t let 1 bad review from someone who was disgruntled because they couldn’t get a mobile phone or tv signal put you off. You’re on holiday to get away from all of that anyway!!! I didn’t try tv as I don’t own one. As one of the other reviews said Three’s mobile signal was very hit and miss. More miss than hit if I’m brutally honest (but that isn’t unusual for Three once you get in the countryside). O2 was useable. Unlike the earlier reviewer, I don’t think that you can really blame the campsite if your mobile phone operator can’t provide you with a phone signal!!! The site was obviously well looked after, and things were extremely relaxed. None of this “keep your dog on a lead” business like at the main club sites. It was pretty much keep an eye on the dog, don’t let it bother the farm animals or other people and clean up if it messes. Full marks for a well run and nicely kept CL.
We spent two weeks at this location earlier this year. Our welcome from the owners was warm and friendly and they always had time for a chat or to answer questions. From the site you can access both walking and cycling routes so you don't even need to bother with your car a lot of the time. However, it's also well suited to touring the Western Lakes, being within easy reach of the breathtaking Wastwater, and Ennerdale, and you could also access Buttermere, Crummack and Bassenthwaite if wanted, but there's so much to do within a very short distance, we spent our time locally. The site is within easy reach of the pretty village of Ravenglass where you'll find the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, which opens up stunning scenery and as many walks as you could possibly want, using the train to facilitate many of them. For the not-so-energetic, the railway provides those lovely views plus cafes and, within a short walk, pubs, at each end of the line. For sea lovers, it's not far to the coast at St Bee's or the small coastal town of Seascale, where at low tide there's a large expanse of hard sand ideal for dog-walking, as well as the estuary at Ravenglass. Plenty of pubs in the area, at Gosforth and Santon Bridge, as well as further afield. Gosforth also has a well-stocked general store and a lovely bakery. There's another general store at the garage in Holmrook, where you can also buy petrol and gas, and a craft and souvenir shop very close to Santon Bridge. I had no problems with a phone signal (my provider piggy-backs onto O2) We don't have a radio or television, so I can't personally comment on the TV reception but I note other reviewers have said not a problem and the owners were confident the signal was good. Finally, for those who prefer hard standings, there are two very generously sized ones, in addition to the grassed area, ideal for larger camper vans maybe. All in all, great, and thank you again for our lovely stay.