Rated 4 of 5

Rated 4 of 5

Peace and quiet

Rated 2 of 5

Facilities and cleanliness

Rated 5 of 5

Location

Rated 3 of 5

Good for families

Lovely site but with problems

We have just returned from Old Hartley after an 11 night stay. The views are absolutely stunning and the site is really nice and quiet. Probably best for adults such as ourselves due to the lack of a play area for children. This was ideal for us as our two have now flown the nest and it was nice to stay on a peaceful site. As others have mentioned there are a few downsides to this site. There is quite a slope on the site but not insurmountable for most people. Our main concerns were the toilet blocks and the pitches themselves. The toilet block was kept nice and clean by the wardens but it is crying out for an upgrade. The shower cubicles themselves are very small and only a contortionist could dry themselves off comfortably. My wife who has hip problems had a really hard time trying to get dry. We were also surprised that the disabled facilities were not unlocked during the time the main block was being cleaned. Now I do take on board the comments from others who say if you don't like the facilities you could use those in your van However at just under £30 for 2 adults per night I would expect better. If we wanted to use the van's facilities all the time we would have chosen a site at half the price that didn't provide a toilet/shower block. Now the pitches, which only have hardstanding where the caravan is situated and are surrounded by grass. We drove straight onto the pitch so that we could have a great view of the bay/lighthouse (as many others do) and had no problem However the same cannot be said when we tried to get off. The gravel is so deep that when I tried to reverse off onto the road the rear wheels of my 4x4 sank almost hub deep into the gravel. Luckily there was a space In front of us where a van had just left and I could get enough traction with the front wheels of the car on the grass to tow off this way. If there hadn't been that space it would have been a trip to the wardens to request their tractor to get us off. So Be Warned. In all fairness when I mentioned this to the warden she did say that the site is due for an upgrade in the future. The sooner the better I say. Please don't let my comments put you off staying at Old Hartley because the peace/quiet, view and easy bus travel makes up for the shortcomings (Number 308 every 15 mins from just round the corner gets you to Newcastle and back for just a £3.80 adult all day saver).
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