Bladon Chains Caravan Club Site

Bladon Road, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PT

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Ideal for ...

  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Motorhomes

Why stay here ...

After lengthy negotiations with Blenheim Palace Estate regarding the Club's leased site, Bladon Chains, the Club has been given notice by the Estate that the current lease will be terminated in September 2021.

The Club is disappointed about the prospect of leaving Bladon Chains, but it welcomes the acknowledgement of the considerable benefits it has brought to both Blenheim Palace and the local community. The Club is actively looking to find an alternative campsite in the area.

Bladon Chains will remain open for our members to enjoy through to 6 September 2021.

Bladon Chains Club Site is situated on the Blenheim Estate, so you will have the pleasure of seeing magnificent trees all around you, on this gently sloping site situated just outside the wall of the Palace Garden. You can walk to famous Bladon Church from the corner of the caravan park where you can see Churchill's modest but memorable grave. Then you will want to visit the Palace, where Churchill was born; it has also been home to the historic Dukes of Marlborough since the eighteenth century. Members staying on site will receive a 30% discount with a valid receipt from site on admission tickets for the Palace, Park and Gardens - click here for all details you need.

At a mere 7 miles away from the Bladon Chains Club Site, nearby Oxford is a must. One of the easiest and most pleasant ways to see this historic university town is by open topped bus. For those interested in art and archaeology, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is a must visit, with intriguing exhibitions spanning 5 floors.

The caravan site is also within easy reach of the lovely Cotswolds and you can tour Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach for a picture postcard experience of beautiful Cotswold villages. If there is still time left after such an exhilarating schedule, then travel north to Banbury or to the Bicester Designer Shopping Village.

Things to do on site ...

  • Playground

Facilities on site ...

  • BBQs allowed: charcoal, gas, electric
  • Disabled facilities: facilities for wheelchair disabled
  • Disabled shower room
  • Dishwashing area
  • Dog walk from site
  • Dog walk on site
  • Electric hook-up
  • Gas
  • Laundry facilities
  • Motorhome service point
  • Toilet block
  • TV reception: good
  • Wi-Fi

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Walking notes:

Walk from the site to delightful Woodstock, or enjoy a country walk from Orchard Field Lane to Bladon Church, Churchill’s burial place. There is a charge to walk in the grounds of Blenheim Palace.

Check out our ViewRanger walk.

Supermarket notes:

The closest are the Co-Op in Woodstock 1.5 miles, and Tesco and Sainsbury's in Kidlington.

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Directions

Turn left off the A44 (Oxford - Stratford) at the roundabout onto the A4095 towards Bladon. In 350 yards turn right into a minor road. The site is on the left in 200 yards.

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
OX20 1PT
GPS:
Lat 51.83818 / Lon -1.34168
Plan a route to this site
OS field ref:
SP453157
OS map ref:
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Handbook map ref:
H5

Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Oxford, Witney, Chipping Norton and Charlbury
  • Car hire on site
  • Daily public Transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest park and ride: Oxford
  • Nearest train station: Hanborough
  • Shop within 1 mile
  • Train station within 5 miles

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Exceptional Staff very clean and tidy

I Have to say some of the comments regarding this site are a little unfair and unjust given my wife's and my experiences. We arrived on the Monday before Christmas and on arrival we were told the site would be closing on boxing day so our booking was amended, The staff were polite and apologised explaining this was a club decision many other people cancelled altogether. The site and facilities were very clean and tidy and we chose our pitch. The wardens even gave us a present each and the other camper as well for Christmas morning a very nice gesture they were helpful and polite and friendly at all times very pleasant people. We had to leave Christmas day a day early as our home and Bladon entered tier 4 at midnight Christmas day as our home/relative had to leave Christmas day due to tier 4 coming into effect (we hope we get a credit or a refund due to Covid changes) but given the circumstances we have no complaints or issues with this site we had 4g and over 100 channels on our satellite as well we intend to revisit before this site closes in September. Paul
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Awful

Luckily we only staid on this site for one night We arrived on site and expected the normal experience of will you be using the toilets and showers and where the wrist bands are etc None of that at all Its a good job we have visited offer sites our we wouldn't of had a clue NOT GREAT IN THESE COVID TIMES REALLY NEEDS LOOKING AT !!!!! VERY POOR AND A SAFTEY ISSUE !!!!!!! We stayed on this site as a stopover and required use of internet wifi as this site advertises it has Wifi The wifi and indeed mobile phone reception is non excitant so we couldn't even use 4G Please if you advertise something please supply it The site is tired shabby and the staff in my opinion are also We have only ever stayed on Club sites and have mostly found them to be of a good standard However we would not recommend this site to anyone Caravan and Motorhome Club Do yourselves a favour and take a look at what this site is like
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Phone coverage...

We visited this site over October half term, taking our grandson with us for the 4 days we were there. We have used this site before in summer, as access to the south and it is well located if you are travelling from the north. A lovely stop in summer. Unfortunately the weather was mostly persistent rain and the site does not have enough hard standing places for vehicles. We also had to tackle cleaning the mud up every time we left and arrived back. We eventually were able to move to a hardstanding which made a big difference - I would agree that this site needs updating with more hard standing places and needs to close the grass areas out of summer months. The field was really boggy - this should not have been on offer or available. The pop-up did not bother us but I wondered why it was there... (pointless?). The site is in a lovely location for visiting Churchill's grave (history lesson for grandson...) and Blenheim Palace - but we had not booked and could not (thankfully) pay the £40 family ticket to go in - so we walked around Woodstock (beautiful little place) and found a local area museum with stories about local people / skeletons found in the area from Romans, etc / WW information / 007 memorabilia and details about SOE, etc - great for children and adults alike - we all enjoyed sending morse-code messages and sitting in the 'aircraft' listening to stories from soldiers (all Covid-19 standards met with alcohol wipes / gel, etc) - we all loved that and it was free! then lunch at the Blenheim Buttery - I would highly recommend this when we are all 'unlocked'. The site is relatively easy for buses to Oxford also - bit of a walk to and from the stops but if you are fit enough, it is a pleasure of a ride. The main complaint we all had (especially grandson) is the lack of phone coverage - we had 3 different phone networks and could not use the data to access internet - we usually like to link to our laptop. Not a chance - grandson will not return to Bladon Chains with us - we are under orders to find sites with good coverage if he is to join us! (out the mouth of babes...). We would return, however, because we love Woodstock.

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Dreadful

We booked for 4 nights over half term, but like the previous reviewer left after 2. We arrived bang on 1 pm, but were met with a choice of dismal, boggy, sloping pitches next to the main road. Awful. The next day we asked to move, onto a std pitch with awning- exactly as we had booked, but apparently these were reserved...really disappointed, as it appears that the rules are not the same for all. Motorhome have priority here! Had a miserable stay, fighting to keep the mud put the van and not looking forward to having to extract the van from the bog on departure. The grass pitches are not fit for use in October. Facilities were clean, but no shower curtain or bench to put clothes on in the shower cubicle, combined with all the mud made showering unpleasant too. There was also no hand sanitiser near the water points as we have witnessed at other sites. Only positive was the easy walk to Woodstock, Blenheim which was lovely, and the fish and chip van on Wednesday evening, which was good value, had a wide selection and served lovely food. The pop up site didn’t bother us, and actually looked no worse than the permanent club site. Please improve the pitches ! We ended up paying £109 to spend 2 nights in a bog, I would far rather not have bothered, a trip in the caravan is supposed to be a break, I imagine if you are lucky enough to pitch away from the road on a hard standing pitch it might be ok, but a avoid in school holidays or at weekends as you might end up in an expensive bog.

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What a disappointment!

Arrived for a 4 night break over half term with excitement and having experienced the fantastic charms of Chatsworth site, we were expecting more of the same. Unfortunately, it is nothing like Chatsworth and we left after 2 nights to find another independent site a few miles away that was fantastic. We arrived at 3pm and were directed to 2 available pitches that were hard standing and suitable for our 7.4 mtr motorhome. In fact, there was only one available so we pulled onto the pitch to find that there was no television signal for our satellite dish and that WiFi of any kind was non existent. I asked if there was another pitch available but only grass pitches were available but we could use the tv point near the power supply to plug into the back of our TV if we had a 20 mtr cable and we could feed it through the window in the MH ! We have no windows near the TV on that side of the van and it it is cold and wet, so that was a non starter plus we had no cable! So, we stayed put for the night watching a dvd. The following day we had decided to move pitches to a grass pitch if there was one suitable to get a TV signal to which the wardens agreed. We moved to the other end of the site where there were some flat grass pitches but a warden came to tell us we could not use it as they were closing down this part of the site for pitch maintenance! This was approx a 1/3 of the site, so we ended up on a sloping, muddy grass pitch but we could watch TV! We were also under the misapprehension that we could walk in the grounds of Blenheim with our dog without charge (not the gardens or house) but the tickets were actually £15 per person to get in to the grounds! The site is set alongside a busy and noisy road at one end and is obviously in need of substantial investment. The toilet/shower block is tired and not fit for purpose and only a couple of showers and one sink are in operation in the mens. Also, they were not clean, perhaps a reflection of the mud but not pleasant to use. The roads around the site are crumbling and 60-70% of the hard standing pitches are for under 5.5 mtr caravans or Motorhomes. The grass pitches are virtually unusable when wet and the mud gets everywhere. Why would you want to park an expensive caravan or motorhome on muddy grass and cover your pride and joy in mud inside and out?The wardens were not rude but did not reflect the courtesy and helpfulness of other CAMC sites that we have previously experienced. The site is not secure with no barriers and anyone can drive into the site. We gave up after 2 nights having paid for 4. We have moved to an independent site in Standlake for our last 2 nights which is outstanding and has fantastic facilities for less money. CAMC needs to up its game at Bladon and being next door to Blenheim is not sufficient reason to go there as it stands. We won’t be going back!
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01993 812390

Site information

This campsite is now open. Based on the latest Government guidance issued 8 April, we are please to be able to open toilets and shared washing and cleaning facilities (excluding showers) operated in line with Government guidelines.

Remember, you only pay 5% VAT until 30 September 2021, then 12.5% VAT from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 on Club campsite prices! All you need to do is book your holiday as normal, and the discount will be applied to the appropriate rate when you pay on site.