Old Hartley Caravan Club Site

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Enjoyable stay

This was our first visit to Old Hartley Caravan site. We had a warm welcome and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We did not have a pitch marker and the lady at reception kindly put a cone on our pitch for us whilst we went to visit our daughter. Our daughter was not allowed on site due to covid but the staff recommended the car park just down the lane which overlooks the sea and is free, we parked our camper and had a cuppa together. There is a very nice walk from the car park to St Mary's Lighthouse, take some binoculars so you can see the seals. The site is lovely and clean and quiet, we had an excellent nights sleep. We have managed to book another weekend in July. 😀
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Location, location, location

Every pitch has a sea view - just what we needed. It was our first visit here, but it certainly won’t be our last. Having had a four hour journey to get to the site, it’s not always possible to time arrival perfectly, and we thought we would arrive a lot later. As it was, we were half an hour early and were politely asked to wait in the nearby public car park for the 30 minutes. The site is VERY sloped, so be warned - you will need levellers. The caretakers are friendly and helpful, but a very small number of site users had us ‘tut-tutting’ at some aspects of human behaviour. Please respect other people’s property - it not acceptable, even in your state of drunkenness to DRAG your heavy chairs, nor step on, the electrical wires belonging to your neighbours as you visit your friends. And why should follow-on visitors and the caretakers be assaulted by the sight of your faecal remains in the toilet? If you know you’re having a bit of trouble at least line the bowl beforehand, ensure EVERYTHiNG is flushed away, and if anything remains, use the toilet brush! Certain aspects of the behaviour of others aside, this is a great site with wonderful views. The facilities are a little dated, but kept well. The location is great with a lovely walk in one direction to St Mary’s lighthouse, and the beaches and harbour of Seaton Sluice in the other.

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Small hardstanding pitches, great sea views Good access for local shops Chip shop at Seaton Sluice excellent Easy walk/cycle route to St Mary's island and lighthouse......saw Seals on rocks and Dolphins swimming past Very friendly wardens
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We are regular visitors to this site. Pitches are sloping so recommend ramps or blocks. The pitches are hard standing but surrounded by grass so you need to drive on and off carefully. Nearly all pitches share the marvellous sea views with St Marys Lighthouse the main feature. Cycle/footpath runs along the edge of the site and the footpath cuts off a good chunk of the walk to Whitley Bay. On major bus route to Whitley Bay and Newcastle but as two separate companies share the route you need to watch if you buy a day ticket. Local Co-op is about 10 mins walk. The pub just outside entrance has been refurbished and serves meals till 7 pm. There are more pubs and a great Fish and Chip shop in Seaton Sluice 15 min walk. Toilet block quite small but perfectly adequate. If you are a large unit be careful of overhang when driving on and off pitches. Grass area is normally quite firm but can get soft if there has been a lot of rain. As exposed to North Sea can get quite windy and notably cooler than the surrounding area. Access road recently re-gravelled.
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Great location for a quiet stay with great views

Saw some of the previous reviews about difficulty when pitching and problems on arrival, I can honestly say we experienced none of this. Arrive after 1pm as usual for club sites and you are warmly welcomed to then go and choose your pitch. the site is on a slope so all pitches have great views of the sea and surrounding area. Pitches are not perfectly level but easily rectified with standard set of ramps. Lovely clean facilities, beautiful views and great walks from site with several pubs within 20 minutes walk. great site and one we will definitely be visiting again soon.

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Location Location Location !

Visited 23 - 28th May 2021. Oh my days the views. .... and you don't need to be on the front row as the site is on a slope, levellers needed on most pitches. The site is very close to the cliff edge with just the coastal path between. There is walking/ cycling in either direction along the path either south into Whitley Bay or beyond, or north to Blyth. The beach is accessible down steps ...or walk along the coastal path which becomes the promenade in Whitley Bay. The village of Seaton Sluice with a Convenience store, a chemist and a famous chippy is a stones throw. St Marys Island with lighthouse (and seals) can be accessed easily at low tide. We were lucky with the tide times and it was our evening wander every day of our stay. But to go to sleep, with the noise of the waves crashing on the rocks and being rocked ( gently hopefully) by the sea breeze is the medicine we needed. Fabulous friendly wardens, exceptionally well maintained, spotlessly clean site.

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Perfect Site

We arrived on the 16th May and were made welcome by the two lovely Wardens. The pitch we selected was on quite a steep slope and the Warden (Billy) helped direct us onto it. The views are magnificent on this site probably the best we have been on. Both the Wardens could not do enough to help us, and are really kind hearted people. The facilities were spotless and a good system in operation for covid safety at the toilets. 3 wristbands in solution outside the ladies toilets and you simply hang one up on a peg outside so you don't have to take into the toilet block. When leaving the block you pop it back into the solution. The grass was immaculately cut. Just outside the site we went to the Delavel Arms which is now in new ownership, and the food is fantastic as is the service. You can sit indoors or outside under cover, or in the sun if you get some. Staff were on the ball and dogs made welcome in some areas of the pub. Highly recommend visiting the wildlife reserve at the lighthouse, lots of seals and birds to see. Well done Wardens you made our holiday.

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Fantastic Views

After a warm and friendly welcome we sited our caravan. The site is very well kept and the gentleman cutting the grass is so helpful. The views are fantastic and because it is sloping it does not matter where you are pitched. You have plenty of room around you. We did not use the washroom facilities so can't comment on these. You can walk straight onto the coastal path , which is flat and accessible. We walked to the lighthouse at low tide and watched the seals. We are looking forward to returning, but as it is a small and popular site not sure when this will be.

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Very unpleasant welcome on the day of arrival

Arrived Sunday 25 April, walked onto the site and asked by male member of staff 'what were we doing?', we explained we were looking to see which pitch we would use, to be told we weren't allowed on this site before 1pm and booking in, then told off for being at the site too early (we arrived at 12.45pm- when you can book in from 1pm), were then told off for leaving our caravan parked on a piece of grass outside the site and that 'the council 'will close us down if people keep doing this' . There was another van parked on the grass in front of our van, but these people were not spoken to by the member of staff. The member of staff then continued to berate us in a raised voice. In the end I had to ask this member of staff to calm down. No apology. A very unpleasant experience. Terrible customer service. My wife and I did not like to be spoken to as though were were children.

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Excellent Welcome & Immaculate Site

First visit to Old Hartley and we are delighted. A very warm welcome from Billy and Denise in the office, effortless check in and directed to a free pitch. Facilities available in these difficult Covid times were spotless, a credit to the team. Some pitches do require levelling blocks, but the website does forewarn you so we came prepared, but our pitch didn't need them. We are booked in later in the year and look forward to our return. Don & Ang.

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