Northgate Hall Farm
We stayed for a few hours, then left.
We arrived on site, with a four berth touring caravan, early afternoon on Sat 18th September. We had been told that the CL was fully booked, but alternative pitches, with hook-up, were available. We had been informed, by message, that our pitch was on an area called ‘Stable View’.
After negotiating the very uneven and potholed track to the farm, we found that the pitch we thought we were getting was already taken by a motorhome. We were taken aback to find our allocated pitch was next to it, just outside the gateway to the farmhouse, on a small piece of scrubby, uneven land, in a tight corner bordered by the stables wall and the farmhouse garden fence.
On examining the pitch, we struggled to find a way of siting the caravan so that it would be level. There was barely any room to manoeuvre the van, and our drawbar impeded the gateway, but there was no other way to site the van. Using some bricks we were able to achieve a satisfactory level, at the expense of the clutch!
Hook-up was via an extension lead, partially covered in a box, and shared with the neighbouring camper van. Access to water was via a hose pipe lying, unprotected, on the grass, and a tap concealed in the hedgerow.
There were no bins for waste disposal in this area.
No one came out to greet us, or to check if we were ok.
We went out to visit Wells.
On our return, late afternoon we took a stroll around the site. We discovered the official CL. We also realised that there were 5 alternative, unofficial sites, each hosting 2-4 caravans.
Our stroll was accompanied by very noisy farm machinery/tractors; to be expected on a working farm, but also four constantly barking farm dogs. No peace and tranquility here.
We returned to our caravan and discovered that the garden gate had been left open. Within moments of our return, the farm dogs were out in the garden and in front of our caravan, again constantly barking. The smallest dog stayed there barking for over half an hour, non-stop, until the farmer returned home at about 9pm, and shouted at it to go inside. During the constant dog barking, no one came from the house to quieten them, and in this time, we made the decision to pack up, even though it was now dark, and leave. Our situation had become intolerable. Any semblance of a peaceful time away was in tatters and for all we knew, the dog could have stayed there barking all night.
We messaged the site host to tell her we were leaving, and why, but received no reply.
Our conclusion is that this host wants to make as much money as possible from hiring out any surplus piece of land, regardless of it’s suitability, with the minimum of effort/input.
Worse, they are using the reputation of the Caravan and Motorhome Club, to attract people to the site, and then offering sub-standard accommodation/facilities.
North Norfolk has many quality, welcoming CL’s. Our advice is to go elsewhere.