Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park

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Less of a ‘wow’ on our return visits in 2019

We have returned to the Chew affiliated site twice in 2019. We chose the site due to close proximity to Bath, as we were in the process of packing up, removals, cleaning and completing on our house sale. We had a fully serviced pitch in May and a standard pitch in June. The fully serviced pitches are ‘easy’ and you don’t need to worry about running out of water or overflowing the wastewater. The overall the site is well maintained, some of the pitches are ‘tight’ our awning has a ‘shaped’ front and we do need to request our caravan is parked ‘hard-over’ to the edging board to ensure our awning fits on the gravel pitch. This year we have a new addition of a puppy, firstly we got in trouble for parking ‘on the pitch’ when cars are only allowed to be parked on the roadway across the front of pitches for loading/unloading. This appears to be a bit of a silly rule, as you are then blocking the roadway for other arrivals and returning motorhomes. Secondly, the dog walking area is fully fenced, but the rules mean dogs must be kept on leads at all times. The dog walking area is also adjacent to a woodland walk (which dogs are not allowed in) but I have never seen anyone use the woodland walk. The individual shower rooms are starting to look ‘worn’ and need a thorough deep clean and some TLC in places. During our May stay the radiators in the shower rooms were still switched on from 7am-10pm, which made for sauna like conditions. Thankfully the radiators had been ditched off when we returned in June. During May there were more motorhomes than caravans, but a large proportion of the motorhomes had accompanying small cars. The car park does not have marked ‘bays’ and the car park shape is not square, so some of the spaces have a reducing length. There is no indication provided by reception, nor polite request, that if you have a small ‘accompanying’ car to please be considerate and park at the far end and hence leave the ‘longer’ spaces closer to reception available for larger tow cars. This resulted in us returning on at least three occasions to a ‘full’ car park at 10pm, due in a large way to inconsiderately parked smaller cars. Early one morning we did need to use the ‘out of hours’ contact as the electronic gate had failed in the ‘closed’ position. We believe due to heavy rain the power supply to the gate had been interrupted. The staff member arrived promptly after 10minutes and manually opened the gate so we could be on our way. Will we return, possibly, if we are visiting Bristol and Bath, but then maybe we will just stay with friends next time.
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Peacefull retreat

Had a 4 night break on this site in an area we did not know well. It is located in beautiful countryside and only a short walk to the village pub and Indian restaurant. Both provided a friendly welcome and good food. The site is a great base for walking in the Mendips and for exploring Bath and Bristol. Will certainly return.
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Lovely and Peaceful

We have stayed at the Chew Valley site for the last week including the glorious Easter weekend. The site is amazing it is so quiet and peaceful. The gardens are kept lovely and the lawns are discreetly kept neat. Loved the pitch we had. The bonus of individual bathrooms was a real treat. The staff where nice, helpful and very informative about the local area. Loved the caravan valet parking/pitching service (could get used to that). The pet exercise area is adequate for morning and evening toilet stops. It’s not a walk but serves the purpose it was designed for. A lot of people have said in previous reviews that they were not keen on the fact that you cannot park your car near the pitches. To be honest this was a bonus I think as you don’t have cars coming in and out all the time disturbing the peace. Also the car park is only a few yards from even the furthest pitch. I believe there is pitches where you can park near your unit for disabled guests and I am sure if you do have problems walking you could ask for the pitches nearest the car park which would resolve the distance problems. The local shop is very well stocked and the Red Lion pub (both just 5 minute walk from the site) was very unassuming but the food was lovely. Better than your average pub grub. We ate there 3 times including Sunday lunch which was lovely. Top tip the portion sizes are generous so think before ordering starters. We also stumbled on the Pony and Trap (about 1.5 miles from site) whilst walking and treated our selves to a very posh ploughman’s lunch which was the best I’d ever had mind you it is a Michelin star restaurant. Definitely recommended for a treat. We went back for an evening meal and was not disappointed. The area is fab for sightseeing so much to see and a walkers paradise. Most shops, restaurants and tea rooms are doggie friendly (including the two pubs mentioned) We have been to Wells, Glastonbury, Cheddar Gorge, all the local lakes and even managed a trip across to wales (to visit family) for the day. We definitely recommend this site for couples and families without children (Adult only site) and will be coming back.

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on arrival you have to drop your van at the gate and let some guy on a tractor put it on a pitch for you, wasn't amused by this as I was under the impression it optional not compulsory, after the van was placed on the pitch I was informed I could take my car to unload but then park in the carpark provided wasn't amused by this either. if you don't put an awning up you have room for your car, but no under no certain terms was I told you must park in carpark, back to the pitch itself if you put up an awning you no space surrounding your van is non existent and are forced to walk on the mud to get to your tap and electric on a serviced pitch. £32 a night in February what a rip off with only part the facilities open and people waiting to se them after they paid top money is not what I would expect from anything associated with the caravan club that I've been a member for many years, wouldn't return here very poor value for money, this park is more like a dictatorship on the what you can and cant do.

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First visit of many.

Enjoyed our first visit to this site. Booked by phone at short notice, we followed the clear directions to arrive to a warm and friendly welcome. Site is level, nicely laid out, quiet and peaceful. There is far distant aircraft noise from Bristol Airport which we noticed but were curious rather than bothered to hear. We had a serviced pitch, for the first time as we are new to Motorhoming., which was great. Reception has lots of information about the area, walks, bus times etc. The village only has one bus a week to Bath, but lots to Bristol. The village shop is open long hours and the current owner was friendly and informative. Other reviewers have mentioned the showers, which are currently laid out as a row of little en suite style rooms. Very warm, nicely decorated, private and roomy although I have to agree that I noticed the fluctuating water temperature in the shower and would have liked to been able to adjust the direction. There is a hairdryer in most. Friendly farewell from the staff. Short stay this time, but plenty to see and do so we will be back.

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Be careful !

A beautiful site with a luxurious toilet/shower block.However , on closer inspection there are advisory notices everywhere indicating how you (especially your dog ) should behave whilst on site. Fair enough as site wardens do like to have control but sadly it went too far on our third day there. Our motorhome wheel accidentally clipped the gravel board between the hand standing and grass verge resulting in minor damage. The board was pushed upright with a split but the adjacent grass/gravel was still intact . We were apologetic but the duty warden was not happy and told us in no uncertain terms that when we are ready to leave the next day (our departure), we must inform him at reception so that we can be supervised manoeuvring off the pitch. How humiliating!. Needles to say , we slipped away early unnoticed - my wife decided it was her turn to drive off the pitch and had no intention of allowing anybody supervising her. She is , after all a qualified driving instructor!
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Three stays in three months

As caravan ‘newbies’ we chose Chew Valley as our first caravan site stay upon collection of our new van, we returned the following month due to appointments in Bath, and a month later again, due to appointments in Bath. We particularly like the private bathroom facilities, lack of children and the landscaping/spaces between pitches which give the overall site a very nice feeling of space and tranquility. We have enjoyed walking from the site to Chew Valley Lake, Chew Magna, Knowle Hill and Burledge Hill. A short drive away we have enjoyed visiting Glastonbury, Wells, Ebbor Gorge, Bath, Bristol and National Trust properties at Stourhead and Tyntesfield. The site is located with local eateries a short walk or drive away including: Salt & Malt at Chew Valley Lake where the fish is cooked in gluten free batter (which is great for our dietary requirements), Manor farm shop and cafe (at the far end of Bishop Sutton village) for lunch and purchasing fresh ingredients from the farm shop, the Red Lion for a drink and dinner, and Sutton Spice for a very nice curry. We will return to Chew Valley again in 2019.
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Fabulous Site

Booked this site for 2 nights, it was so fabulous we booked an extra night, wish we could have stayed longer with our friends and our dog. Very much looking forward to returning for longer in the spring
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Our frist visit

We were greeted with a warm welcome and Sarah showed us to our pitch. The site is very clean, the bathrooms are well maintained, and the grounds are kept pristine. The site pitches are an adequate size as cars are kept in the car park, a good idea. The bus can be reached by a 10 minute walk into the village and is located by the only store which has everything at a price! The bus to Bristol is frequent however the bus to Bath only runs on a Wednesday. We hired the site's car which was not overpriced and very useful for motor home users. There are plenty of good restaurants within a 10 minute drive, the best for us was the Blue Bowl, great food and lovely staff. We hope to return to Bath Chew Valley again and can recommend the site especially for those able to explore the countryside.

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OK but showers rubbish

Stayed here to explore bath and the surrounding area. Travelled 220 mi to get there and rung ahead to say we were going to be late -- arriving after the 7pm cut-off. We arrive at 9:15pm and were almost refused entry due to them not putting people on pitch after dark. Thankfully the did let us on and tugged our outfit onto pitch for us. After a 7 hour journey I don't think I could have taken a night in the lay-by. The pitch spacing is a little narrow but generally OK. Lending library is nice idea and good set of leaflets for local walks. Staff were friendly enough and accommodating. Lane leading to the site is very narrow and walkers, cyclists and on-coming vehicles force you into the bushes so beware of scratching your van. Hopefully you are lucky and get through without obstructions. The lanes round there should all be one-way in my opinion. Site is really nicely maintained, grass and paths are clean and tidy. Shower block is supposed to be "luxury" but that is disingenuous, it offers basics functionality, decorated reasonably well. The showers are utter rubbish. Spray is too fine, head is not adjustable, water temperature is all over the place (hard over to cold when someone turns a tap on) and pressure is poor. I abandoned my first shower halfway through and used the one in my van after that. Considering the £32/night for members it is disgraceful that these aren't better. Make sure you bring different hozelock ends for the service tap on the pitch. My original adaptor didn't bite tight enough to seal as the tap body interfered with the fitting and it couldn't screw on properly. A trip to the B&Q 10 mi away allowed me to buy the same fitting by 2 different manufacturers and one of them was OK as it had a shallower threaded region. Also bring a decent length of grey hose as the drain is quite a distance away from the van and there is no pipework to help you. Nice walks in the area and the Chew Valley Lake. Red Lion pub offers limited selection of nice food that is a tad pricey but convenient. Wouldn't return in a hurry given the distance and the price but there are not many options in the area if you want a club site.

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