Rated 4 of 5

Rated 3 of 5

Peace and tranquility

Rated 5 of 5

Access to local places of interest

Rated 3 of 5

Beauty of surroundings and scenery

Rated 3 of 5

Ease of arrival/welcome

Not the 5* site I was hoping for.

This site rejoined the network a couple of years ago, hence the small number of reviews, having been one for many years and then used to paddock horses. The price guide in the S.D. book shows £14 pn. The website shows £16, so that is what I expected to pay. Due to an unfortunate timing, my wife answered a phone call from the owners son (who was looking after the CL in the absence of his parents) and paid for the stay by Credit Card, thinking a price had already been agreed. I was rather shocked some time later to see that it was costing £18 p.n. Due to Covid19 the gardens, toilet and tea rooms are closed. Now I know CLs and sites have lost income but the site simply doesn't justify this price tag. It's a round spacious paddock where units can breathe away from any neighbours. It is all grass though and had just been cut with all of the cuttings left to be trampled in to caravan and car. It undulates, not excessively so but sufficient to need levelling or a bit of luck. The Elsan is basic but I've seen worse. Water tap is away from Elsan so that is good and there are 2 black bins for rubbish. A sign says owner recycles so I assume they sort it out. The owners have left a Swift Corniche on the CL and it is becoming rather unsightly. It would be easy to move it to behind the wooden hay barn. The CL is surrounded by mature trees so no view but plenty of shelter. The Son did mention to my wife that they have had quite a few problems with heavy Motorhomes getting stuck as the ground in certain parts can get quite boggy and they are considering STOPPING ACCEPTING them. Noise? The train line from Manchester to Chester passes alongside the CL but to be honest this isn't a problem. Trains run about 1 every hour both ways. Light sleepers might be woken by a freight engine going through during the middle of the night. More troublesome are the barking dogs. Not on site but not far away. Again any light sleeper might find themselves silently cursing them at 2 in the morning. The road outside isn't a problem for noise, neither is the nearby quarry (no blasting as it's sand that is being quarried). The entrance might worry a few. Approaching from the A556 the entrance drive is immediately after the railway bridge and the turn in is sharp.Traffic is often light so you should be able to swing around easily enough. We arrived on a Sunday and in view of present C19 trading the garden centre is closed on that day (and only accepting clip and collect on weekdays) so you have to open a metal barrier rather quickly as the outfit will protrude into the road. Once through the drive then the CL is through a wooden gate after the car park. You can walk to Delamere along the Oakmere Way just up the road from the CL and to the Whitegate Way the other way. Arley Hall is nearby as is Dunham Massey NT. There are more reasonable CLs in the area so we would probably use somewhere else next time.
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