Friday, 30 July 2010

Campsite review -- West End Farm

It's the last night of our camping holiday. Tomorrow we will be faced with the task of decamping: taking down a probably very wet tent (yes, it's still raining!) while trying to keep the wet tent and groundsheet separate from the dry inside sections and sleeping bags; packing everything back into the car so we can see the road and the kids can breathe; and achieving all this by 11am!

The end of a camping holiday is always the best time to review a campsite. If I'd written this on Tuesday, for example, I would have criticised the shower block for being inadequate (I only found the second shower [yes, only two!] on Wednesday).

West End Farm ( near Louth in Lincolnshire is a working arable farm. They keep chickens (as we discovered on Monday), but they don't sell eggs (a real shame, they don't even have a shop to sell basics like milk and bread, and local shops are scarce).

The site is secured by a padlocked (key coded) gate and has five "areas", the seasonal touring area, an area for touring caravans, an area for tents wanting electric hookup, and two areas for tents without electric (one of these is outside the padlocked gate so it's not as secure).

We pitched next to the reception area, which is the shed in the photo above. This shed contains a fridge and freezer for campers' use, tourist information leaflets, and books to borrow.

At the beginning of the week the site was fairly busy, there was a youth group camping in part of the touring area (not a problem for us, they abided by the noise curfew of 11pm) but other than that the campers were families with young children or older couples.

There is a small playground for children (4 swings) and a large central grassy area for football, cricket, or other games. This is a great site for children, who meet easily and start playing together. My son within an hour of arriving was riding his bike (without stablisers!) with another little boy who was also riding his bike for the first time.

The facilities are situated in a wooden shed-like building and are as good as I would expect and hope for: clean toilets (two per sex); two superb showers for women (see photo below) and one for men; a fresh supply of drinking water (but only located at this block); dishwashing facilities; a laundry with sink and free washing machine (exceptional!); and chemical toilet disposal point. Hot water is plentiful.

The campsite owner Chris was on hand daily to provide tourist advice or to just have a chat with; he cleaned the facilities himself, which was nice to see (yet embarrassing when he came in the toilets when I was in them).

I don't think we'll come back to this site again though, because of the location (my husband hated how few shops there were nearby, and he wasn't keen on Louth). But if you're looking for a clean and cheap site (£19 per night for 2 adults, 2 kids, & electric hookup) in Lincolnshire, this one is recommended.

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