Chickenrun portugal

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  1. flatpackchicken

    flatpackchicken Funster Life Member

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    This i have poste on our sister site RVOCas well,
    Hi Alan, I am very sorry that you had a problem at Chickenrun, cannot say why Leslie or Andrew did not reply to your message, and can understand that you was p*****d of after driving all that way, but as you say the fields were flooded therefore the only room for anyone would have been at the entrance and drive to the site which is graveled and hard standing when i was there, so maybe the vans that were already on the site would have retreated to the hard standing making site completely full up also 1 big super type pitch that Andrew especially made for me before i arrived with my 38' Monaco Diplomat may have been unusable as well if water flooded the site, having said all of this, maybe (i am only guessing here) Andrew or Leslie did not respond to your email (although they should have) because they had room for you, but then the flood water came and bingo any new arrival would have been refused entry for obvious reasons, as literally no room in the inn so to speak as drive would only take about 7/8 motorhomes at a push.
    I drove my RV to the site twice on the small road which is only about 1km at the very most and not 10km, from the main road from the village and was not a problem for me at all, yes it is a small road but far from un negotiable, and i don't think that you will get anything much bigger than my RV, so the road for me was quite ok, a little narrow in places but no more than some other sites have, at least no bushes to scrape the side of the RV. To sum this site up, i don't think you will get a better 2 hosts than Leslie and Andrew who bend over backwards to pamper to most RVs/motorhomers needs as i needed serious help when i arrived on xmas eve last year and broke down in the actual village 1km from the site, and Andrew came straight out to me and offered what assistance he could give me, also leslie bought a sack load of oranges and other fruit for us as well, he helped negotiate with the local farmer who's entrance i was completly blocking and was on hand at all times whilst we were waiting for the recovery gge to attend to us, Then after i got going, personaly escorted me right to the site, after arriving at the site he arranged for a local gge man to come and look at the RV and kept the pressure up on the ggs to get the RV fixed, on arrival of the spare parts, he was on the the gge man straight away within 5mns of them arriving, geeing up the gge man to come and fix it, and within 2 hours the gge man was there and 1 hour later all done and engine running fine with air compressor working perfectly, and this cost me €130 in total for the gge mans time and to strip down the compressor and put back together is no mean fete, and all organized by Andrew looking after me his customer i suppose, also 2 months later i went out of site and had another problem on the road, and again upon arrival back at the site, Andrew was straight on the phone to the gge man and he was there within 3 hours again and diagnosed the problem (speed limiter broken) so i ordered the part and again within 5 mns of part arriving 4 days later, Andrew was on the phone yet again the the gge man who arrived next morning and fitted the part again for €45. All these problems that i had Andrew dealt with them very well for me, and i was charged NOTHING for all his time and effort that he gave to me as his customer, not even charged for all the phone calls he made for me?????,, so therefore i actually stayed at the site for about 5 months in all and enjoyed it immensely, especially as it was my first time away abroad in my RV. So Alan to sum up your description of the site, was i think rather hurtful (although i can understand you were P****d of) at Chickenrun, when they probably had there hands full trying to look after the other vans that were already there, and i i can say it that i had a great time there, and Andrew and Leslie were the best hosts that i have come across of any site, Do you think that any other site owner would have done all that he done for me when i was in trouble, i don't think so, and if you had been able to get on the site, they would have looked after you just the same as me and every other motor homer. Anyone reading your post would may of been put off by what you said, although true, could have been put another way i think, although you were mad and angry at the time and i understand this, this sort of review does not help anybody wanting to go there and enjoy a really relaxing holiday (if they can get on the site lol).
    Regards Garry Flatpackchicken
     
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    This is the response from Alan on the RVOC site where post originated from, so thought nice to post on here after my post above.

    Originally Posted by amoffatt [​IMG]
    Looks like I stirred up a hornets nest! The guy there, Andrew was nice enough, he didn't know we were arriving, we did the correspondence through his wife, a breakdown in communications!!, the GPS coordinates would not go into our garmin, so we relied on directions given, the site is not signposted, and of course we missed it, Andrew explained that they were just starting off with the campgroung, I wish them the best of luck and that they make a go of it, some locals sent us the wrong direction, but a friendly lady offered to lead us there, stopping at the end of the lane, and pointing, after driving all day, most of it in the rain, can you guess I was a little disappointed, I am only human, perhaps I have been spoilt by rv ing in the States, Humbly, Alan

    Good for Alan,, Regards Garry Flatpackchicken
     
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    Bump !!

    To paraphrase......alternative opinions may be available.
     
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    Not surprised they never emailed the poor guy. I emailed them twice last year about aranging a long winter stay. They never bothered replying. No way to run a business. I won't be trying again.

    Anyway I heard that the authorities will be closing them down as they built the site without a stitch of planning:RollEyes:
     
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    I doubt a campsite/aire/off-site spot exists anywhere on the planet that would suit every Funster with its location/price/facilities.

    Just because it isn't one person's cup of tea doesn't mean it's rubbish.

    A couple of remarks...

    The GPS details loaded into my Tomtom with no problems and took me directly there.

    The road was perfectly ok for my van...

    And if I believed everything I heard on the motorhomers' grapevine I would be put off the lifestyle permanently... experience has shown me 90% of it is nonsense.



    JJ :Cool:
     
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    I recall there was a problem last year with the wrong email on the website, so may not have received your emails.

    Any truth in the second bit? Anyone know?
     
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    There have certainly been issues in the past, static caravans have been removed, allegedly on the orders of the authorities, after retrospective permission for wheeled vehicles was announced on this forum by the owners.

    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/continental-touring/48628-camping-algarve.html

    On more than one occasion we have witnessed the site being observed through binoculars and photographs being taken by the GNR.

    The owners are members of this forum perhaps they could clarify the situation.
     
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    The static caravans had to go, but I've heard recently the council want the wheeled vans off too. Could've been just gossip, but the guy sounded like he was in the know. No mater, I won't be going.
     
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    Do we really need to speculate on this matter?

    Seems to me these campsite owners are getting a kicking for not responding to a few e-mails.

    Get real for heavens sake.
     
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    Just what I was thinking.
     
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    The site sounds good to me

    Well we hope to get there sometime - sounds just my type of place:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    Me too :thumb:
     
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    Me too! The rates are so reasonable you could book in for a month and bugger off for a few days exploring without budgetary regret. :thumb:
     
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    As others have said the only way to judge a site is by staying on it for a while, some sites grow on you after initial disappointment.

    Speculation as to wether the site is to be shut down helps no one, if you are in a motorhome and travelling it would not affect you anyway, just one less site.However if you are leaving a valuable vehicle on site unoccupied you need to feel that it everything is in order.
     
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    Some posters make me laugh, Its a rural site that is just being created, things are not perfect overnight, we know it has its permissions now because the owners posted as much and no doubt the site is still in the work in progress state at the moment as it takes time and money to make it as they possibly want it and there are bound to be hiccups along the way with one thing or another.
    Of email if slow to respond there is always a phone call that could be made the number is on the website. (remember some years ago someone knocking a site cos he hadnt had a reply so posted everywhere about it - turned out that it was due to a terminal illness of one of the owners with the other spending much time at the hospital as possible)
    But we know that those that have stayed there have enjoyed their time there and that the owners have bent over backwards to help with problems which they needent of done.
    There is no need for comments from those that havent been there 'knocking it'. No doubt constructive comments would be welcome because sometimes it is simple to put right
     
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    Considering what you are trying to do and the small amount you charge ( sounds too little to me ) you'd expect folk to cut you some slack.

    Hang in there and live your dream as long as you are enjoying it, that's what matters.
     
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    There is an of awful lot of talk and opinions about Chicken Run on this forum by people who have not been.The web site makes things sound idyllic but everything that glisters is not gold.

    There are many people who have been and enjoyed the experience, I know of others that have not, as I have said before the only way to find out is to go.

    We have stayed on the site for extended periods, we are not there now and will not be returning, there are two sides to every story,and I am aware that includes ours.

    Hildweller do you know the current charges, they are no longer available on the web site, most of the dissatisfaction that I am aware of relates to a lack of transparency in charging rates.

    For a site with only basic facilities ( no showers, toilets, drinking water) & only 8amp electricity the rates even for short stays on aires or small sites can be bettered in the area. For extended periods the rates can be equalled or cheaper on most sites with full facilities all along the Algarve.

    The site has been open now for at least two years and the excuse of being in development is wearing a little thin especially as the owners seem reluctant to discuss matters or listen to advice from experienced travellers.
     
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    New Balls!

    Craig
     
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    No I don't, in my head I've got €8 a day inc electricity.

    Jim, who is no-one's mug, gave it the thumbs up here:
    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/continental-touring/46154-chickenrun-camping-portugal.html

    >> We have stayed on the site for extended periods, we are not there
    >> now and will not be returning, there are two sides to every story

    It would be great if you aired your grievances instead of endless innuendos.
     
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