Enford Bottom Caravan Park

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Campervan Visit September 2019

As previous review stated the size of the CL is much less than the picture suggests. However the grass pitches appeared well drained and cared for although we did need levellers. A beautiful location and peaceful site and we experienced little road noise in spite of its close proximity. We did not use the "toilet". The farm shop had limited opening when we visited. Walking from the site involves a steep climb to get out of Enford Bottom and the usual permissive route through the neighbouring field was not used as they had put a bull in the field along with the cows and calves! Once you get out of the valley there is some excellent walking although some of the public bridleways were impassable. Walking along the main road is potentially dangerous as it is narrow and there is no escape onto a verge. For this reason we did not even attempt to access the very good nearby tramway cycle path.

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Owners appear to have lost interest in the upkeep of parts of this CL

Visited in September. Shoddy toilet in a broken dirty portaloo, no hand washing facilities within toilet, should not be allowed to list this as a toilet in the description! Small strip of field, that looking at previous photos is now less than half the size it was. No rules on where to pitch. 6 EHU points, 3 shared water taps.  Bins available in a broken fenced off area, but no recycling available. Nicely cut grass and peaceful site. but it is a sloping site, so it is not easy to pitch in traditional way. Also as the site is narrow, can be hard to manoeuvre. Would not stay again

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Wonderful!

This was our 2nd stay at this peaceful CL. Everything about it is perfect for us. We’ve been CL caravanners for many years and have become a little disappointed with the way many CL’s have become too manicured. Enford Bottom has all the qualities of good old fashioned CL’s. A large well cut field with beautiful views, no road noise and sheep and cows in the surrounding fields. But with up to date mod cons. Electric hook ups and your own tap. We visited the well stocked farm shop and bought a very reasonably priced haunch of wild venison. It’s was the best venison we’ve ever tasted. Highly recommended! Thank you, Sylvia and Tony

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Lovely site.

We stayed at this site over the August bank holiday after we found out Dorset Steam Fair pay on arrival camping was fully booked. I called the site and we traveled down the same day. Trevor and Sue saved our holiday. Thank you so much for letting us stay on your farm. We will be planning many more trips for next year and hope to come and stay again. Well recommended, lovely, welcoming couple and the farm shop is great. Thanks again. Julia and Luke.
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Came down for the steam fair, very welcoming people, lovely peaceful setting, couldn't recommend it more, will definatly be back again,
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Just what the doctor ordered.

We arrived at Enford Bottom in the early afternoon and introduced ourselves to Trevor and Sue in their well stocked farm shop. Trevor then checked the field and decided that it was too wet to get on with a non 4x4. We disconnected our van and Trevor hooked up his Discovery and put us on the pitch of our choice. The CL had had a great deal of rain in the past weeks and had it not been for Trevor and his 4x4 we would never have got on to our pitch. Blandford Forum was only a short distance from the site and had all the amenities required (Tesco, Lidl etc.). Other destinations were easily within distance, Weymouth, Dorchester, Bridport to name but a few. The weather improved so we stayed for an extra two days with no problem. The site was just what we needed and Trevor and Sue could not have been more accomodating. We will definitely visit again as the CL is only about 50 miles from us. Thanks T and S.

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Felt like we were miles from anywhere, Blissful

We visited here a couple of months ago...A very Autumnal time of year, We checked the weather before we left so we knew it would be sunny & dry even if a little cold. The walks with the changing leaf colours were amazing & plentiful. On this occasion we didn’t want to actually go out in the motor home once it was set up so it suited us as the walks were accessible direct from the farm. A map (OS) would be quite useful. We are not avid walkers & some walks were easier than others but all were thoroughly enjoyable...perhaps we’ll take up walking full time now! We were the only ones at the site which meant it was so very peaceful, which is what we wanted & very much needed. There is some road noise as it is off a busy road but not loud enough to bother us. The site is basic but this is what we prefer as we are not fans of manicured sites. Sue welcomed us & although it was muddy we managed to get settled quickly although we did slip & slide a couple of times. I'm sure we would have been pulled out by Trevor's tractor if it was an issue. We are not afraid to get our motor home a little dirty so we were fine but if you want to keep yours pristine then go here when the weather is drier. We did have to use anti slip mats (not sure of the proper name for them!) when we left the site. The farm shop is absolutely amazing. We tried so many different foods such as Lambs bacon & pheasant. Pity we went shopping before we arrived as they have everything you need. We will wait & buy there next time. The meat prices are of course more expensive but so fresh & tasty it's worth it & they have different things to try which you would not usually buy. Yummy! There is a toilet, very basic but serviceable. It looks like a portaloo from the outside but does have a proper toilet within, although no sink but again as motor homes have toilets etc we only used it when we’d been out walking (Muddy boots!) Although the farm mainly farms sheep, there are some cows, a donkey, a horse & llama! We enjoyed watching Trevor on his quad bike rounding up his cows & on several occasions laughed so much at the antics (Trevor & the cows!) Sue & Trevor know the surrounding area so would be able to tell you where the nearest shops/pubs etc are, they leave you to relax & do not bother you unless needed. Read the other reviews too, which is what we did. Thank you for a lovely stay. We will definitely return & make it one of our regular sites.

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Spacious, Peaceful, & Woodland walks from site

Very large field, as per the pictures, with caravans well spaced apart, alongside a hedgerow, water and good electric to each outfit. Plenty of space. Access to Norton Woods direct from the site, through another large field – plenty of local walks. Nice to be able to connect up to one’s own tap for permanent water supply. Nice to have a HUGE field the children can wander around freely without bothering others. They busied themselves for hours feeding grass to the horse, and watching the sheep, and playing roly poly down the sloping part of the field (NB pitches all perfectly level along the hedgerow). Well drained and very dry. No road noise at all, as site is far enough from the road, accessed through the farmyard and along a track. One drawback is the internet – important to us. I’ve never been defeated yet (and spend 120 days a year touring in my caravan) so I was not going to be defeated here. We are on Three / EE, so other networks may fare better. Signal fine on road approaching site but disappears on site. This is due to site being low down in a valley. We identified the pitch nearest the bins had a slightly better signal, but not enough to make everything work. So I stuck our iphone on top of two spare awning poles strapped together, up a tree. The height gave us adequate internet and WIFI. So though we had no terrestrial/ Sky tv, the iphone 15 feet up on a long pole gave us full internet on all our devices and our NOW TV box worked streamed TV fine. Full Internet here would be a simple fix, all it needs is a receiver/ WIFI booster up a pole – until then, bring your own pole. We visited Sherborne, Cerne Abbas, Pamphill, Shaftesbury, Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacy, Jurassic coast etc, so plenty to do in the area. Also a useful farm shop with good value meat. Above all nice to have so much space all around you so no one disturbs each other.

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Lovely surroundings

Once through the farmyard pitches have glorious views from valley floor. We went to use the bike trailway. Directions are posted by the toilet facilities. Although it is very steep in places to access the trail we thought it worthwhile for some great off road cycling. Took us about 30 minutes. Coming back we used the main road. Part of it you can walk on the verge and the rest is downhill. Plus there are quite long breaks in the traffic probably due to the traffic lights at the start of the road.

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Well worth a visit

This site has a peaceful ambience and is in its own large open and secluded valley beyond a well kept farm and is surrounded by pasture and more distant woodland.  The generous pitches are along the edge of a spacious oblong field running up the valley away from the farm, with a hedge and track running behind the pitches.  There are walks from the site up tracks and across fields and into the woods and beyond.  The farm animals which include sheep (lambs at Easter), cattle, horses, a donkey, lama and alpaca are part of the attraction.  We had wet weather but the grass was well drained.  If you are looking for fault, it is the volume of traffic on the A357 which is 3-500 yards away and is just visible beyond the farm buildings which are 2-400 yards away.  On the other side of the A357 and set back from it is a disused railway track that is used as a walking and cycle way between Blandford Forum and Sturminster Newton.  Access to it from the site is a little convoluted, as it is not safe to walk along the Road, and this adds distance to the route in either direction.  The countryside and small villages around the Stour Valley are attractive and there are plenty of places further afield to walk from and visit by car.  The farmer and his wife were very helpful and friendly.  We only spent 4 nights at the site but we hope to visit again and would definitely recommend it to others.

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