We stayed here three nights in early September 2012. The site is very small and the pitches are squeezed into an area at the side of the rowing club car park although you are not that close to your neighbours.
However, this site has one of my “pet gripes” in that, whilst the site advertises hardstanding pitches, you have to track across grass to get to them! Not an immediate problem in the summer/autumn, but it maybe in the depth of winter as the site is open all year!
The clubhouse toilet & shower facilities [& bar] are available to site users but only when the club is in use. The showers are clean, spacious and with lots of hot water. If you needed a quick getaway in the morning, you would need to be able to use your own facilities or find someone with the entry code to get you into the clubhouse. Having said that, this is all explained on the club website & site notice board. We did find that the “day to day” maintenance of the clubhouse left a bit to be desired, esp. the lack of toilet paper in the loos. Also, if the club has a function on, the car parking close to the perimeter of the site can obstruct the entry/exit and this would have been a concern if you needed to get away in an emergency.
The site is, however, superbly located for access into the centre of Durham, being only a 15 minute walk along the river bank to be in the main shopping & touristy area. Riverbank walks to the south towards Shincliffe are also possible with a few stopping off points like pubs and a garden centre with a tea room.
We never did find the facilities manager who had taken our booking despite a couple of attempts to find him! Having paid “up front” there was no real need but it would have been nice to have been able to meet the person that we had had e-mail contact with.
Overall a very convenient site for Durham centre but just a little more effort from the club itself would make a visit a bit more enjoyable