Meadow View Farm
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Having visited family in Oxfordshire we decided to see if we could book in for one night on our return home. Dealing over the phone with Lynne was easy and friendly. On arrival, as others have said, (and Lynne did tell us over the phone) access is not difficult but you do need a wide swing in to the drive. We we greeted by Mr Cutler who was warm and welcoming and gave the available options for us to choose from. Pitches are generous and the metered electric works really well as £1.00 goes much further than you would believe. We pitched overlooking the fields and it was lovely to watch the sheep and lambs in the far field and the horses in the near field. Our dog was entertained greatly sat there watching them all. Please note that the following will NOT affect everyone and this is a Gem of a site so if what I now write doesn't affect you then don't hesitate to check out this site because it is lovely. However, on the subject of dogs we were a little disappointed. Our dog is not a problem at all but out of respect for other people we ALWAYS keep her tethered or on a lead when on a site. Past experiences with 'off-lead' dogs have meant that we try to pitch in such a way that she cannot see other dogs so easily as she is quite excitable and becomes distracted; and we don't particularly enjoy other peoples dogs wandering around our pitch with no-one supervising them. This makes for a less relaxing time for us and our dog. Here though the resident dogs (3 that we saw) were allowed to run free and this wasn't limited to the farm but also throughout the caravan site. This meant that whilst sat outside our van the dogs would roam around our pitch and one fouled the site yards from where we were, with no-one around to clear up after it. As I expressed before this might not be an issue to everyone and that is great if it's not- however, I thought I would mention it because it may be that some of you out there are similar minded to us and prefer sites with tighter rules on roaming dogs? So, Overall a lovely site with very friendly owners, nice views, peaceful and very reasonably priced. If we didn't have issues with dogs off-lead, would we return? Possibly, BUT we do have issues so as things stand we wouldn't return. Shame really as it is a lovely site.
November 2013 As you make your way down a rather intimidating drive that threads between suburban houses, you wonder why this CL is called Meadow View Farm. When the severe-looking gates open electronically you find yourself…. well… in a farm. And after you have been directed to a pitch that overlooks a meadow it all becomes clear. If (like me) you had one of those Britain’s farms in 1958… you know, the ones with the lead animals… you’ll feel right at home. OK the farmer didn’t wear a smock and didn’t carry a pitchfork, but I was transported back to my childhood. We were greeted, on arrival, by pigs (safely on the other side of a fence) and we woke the next morning to the sight of all types of sheep. Later on there were tiny little horses (they only came up to my belly button) and the greenhouse was full of turkeys. Given that it was 5 weeks before Christmas the birds did look a bit down in the beak. The very spacious pitches are dead flat – no need for blocks – and even when wet, there is enough grip for manoeuvring with front-wheel-drive. No need for one of those expensive jeepy things. The electricity is provided via a coin meter (so take a couple of quids with you) but even in temperatures of -1 Celsius we heated by electricity and spent less than £2 per day…. So no rip-off here! The caravan site was in an old orchard and we were invited to compete with the horses and pigs for the apples. So we harvested a dozen at no extra charge… and very nice they were too! TV reception was a bit ropey on my 2nd hand telly… and the phone signal (3 and Vodaphone) was good enough for texts and calls but a bit slow on the interweb. Do you need groceries? Turning left out of the farm takes you (3 mins by car) to a Tesco Express which is worth passing… because you then arrive at Costcutter which is better, bigger, cleaner and (I think) cheaper. I was only in Loughborough for a couple of days to attend a family gathering, so I will probably never go back to this site… which is a shame. And that rather intimidating driveway…? if you have a biggish van and you're turning left into the drive, take it slow. Once you get past the drive, it's worth the effort.