Rutland Caravan and Camping Site
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Just spent three nights here and at first viewing this site really looked good. Large, well spaced out, with a separate area for adults only, leaving the northern part of the site with big grass area open for families with children.
There is a swimming pool, which by all accounts was good and a large dog walk area filled with trees. A short walk will take you to the village of Greetham with two very nice pubs.
Yes, there is building work going on, extending one of the toilet blocks, but this wasn't intrusive and looks to be pretty much complete now anyway. I expect this to open shortly, giving a boost to the facilities, which are pretty good. .
..and then there's the elephant in the room.
The site is adjacent to a very active farm / industrial estate. This means that you will experience all the noise and smells that go with such activity, particularly if you pitch in the "adults" area to the south of the site.
This meant, for us, loud music (presumably for the employees), loud bangs, and at times the sound of a generator or something similar, running at all hours of the day.
And then there is the smell and smoke. As noted by a previous reviewer, there is a "bio generator" or somesuch, near the entrance to the site, but within the (very) adjacent industrial estate.
This "generates" acrid smoke and smells, which, if the wind has any easterly component, spills across the caravan site. Not at all pleasant, and you could not tolerably sit outside.
I guess this wouldn't be a problem if the wind stays westerly, but the wind direction won't do anything for the noise issue.
So, a really good site, but let down by it's location right next to a busy industrial farm / unit, which is a great shame as I dare say this this beyond the owners control.
We've been coming to this site for years and it is a frim favourite but following our latest stay it will be a long time before we visit again
Wardens attitude: Checked in fine and set up on site. I then headed off to buy some groceries. I noticed on the way in that the main road to Oakham was closed and decided to ask the wardens for the best alternate route. I was met by one of the rudest individuals it has been my displeasure to meet...I was advised that they have had a convoy of people asking and I would just have to find my own way!!....I then asked if the road was closed on Greetham to which the response was..I work on the campsite, I live on the campsite how should I know!! At this point I left site office in disgust
Toilet Block: Having been here over the New Year we were advised that the adult toilet block extension would be complete ready for Easter....it is far from ready...more worryingly is the lack of regard for Health and Safety on what is a building site (check my photo's on Trip adviser). Over the Easter weekend there were 5 male and 5 female tolites to service an entire campsite (queues were forming at 07:30!)
Porta Cabin: Again check my photo's on trip advisor. For some reason they have plonked a rusty old metal porta cabin outside the family toilet block. The door is missing and there is more than enough room for children to gain access to broken glass and old electrical appliances strewn across the floor
So disappointing as you will see from an earlier review how much we loved this site
Great location for cycling and walking. Really quiet country roads. Wardens very friendly and a well stocked reception - papers, bread, hot drinks etc. Went to the Wheatsheaf in the village to eat which was exceptionally good and a short walk away. My gripe ... When booking we were not told that building works were being carried out. They are refurbishing the toilet block on the adult side of the site. We were allocated pitch 5 on the adult field which was opposite to the toilet block which was being refurbished. It was anything but a quiet relaxing stay. We arrived on Sunday which was quiet but on the the second day, Monday we had JCB's and tractors moving bricks and breeze blocks and workmen banging for the majority of the day. The third day a massive concrete lorry turned up at 7.30am - no chance of a lie in - delivering goodness knows how much concrete. The next day the same, woken up at 7.30am to the sound of another concrete lorry. This was no more than 50 yards from our pitch. I know these works have to be carried out if the toilet block is to be refurbished but there is no mention of the disruption on the website and when we telephoned to book the wardens did not mention that there was only one toilet block in action and that we were unlikely to have a quiet and relaxing stay due to the building work noise. If we had known we would have booked in at a different site.
A very friendly and well maintained site. Although there was work being carried out for the new season, this did not hinder our enjoyment. There was a good bus service from the local village. We enjoyed a fantastic Valentine's Day meal at the Wheatsheaf pub and were made to feel very welcome by the locals.
We have stayed at this site on several occasions but not since it became an Affiliated Site. A group of 5 motorhomers met for the weekend and were allocated fantastic, hard standing, all serviced pitches, next to each other. We really appreciated this thoughtful gesture by the lady who took our bookings. We were made aware of an evening meal offer at Greetham Valley Golf Club and decided to give it a go. We were collected and dropped off by minibus from the golf club and had, what has to be, one of the most enjoyable meals at just £10 for 2 courses. We were so impressed we returned for a 2nd night to enjoy their Pie, Pud & Party night. Again we were collected and dropped off right outside the site. This made both evenings such an enjoyable experience. The site was so quiet, it was lovely to wake up to the sound of birdsong everywhere. The newly laid all service pitches in the 'Adult only' area were very generous with more than adequate space between each other. The idea of having this area dedicated to Adults is a brilliant idea. The site is very well maintained and although a quieter time of the season, nothing was too much trouble. We all had a happy, relaxing & thoroughly enjoyable weekend - so much so, we have pencilled the same time & the same site this time next year!