What do you expect from a campsite

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  1. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    Having read the thread about the Chicken Run and last year’s Carrefour Car Park venue, it got me wondering what Funsters expect from a campsite.
    I know its horses for courses (ooops sorry Tesco) but there must be a list of.
    a) Must have.
    b) Would like to have
    c) The Dogs Bllx


    My list would be as follows.

    Must have
    Level
    Secure
    Dump the poo poo
    Shower
    EHU
    Easy Access

    Like to Have
    Free Wifi
    On site shop
    Scenic views

    Dogs Bllx
    20Meg Broadband
    On site Restaurant / Shop
    Free Transport
    Hard Standing
    Meeting room/Bar


    Thoughts?
     
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  2. Hayleylulu

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    Getting ripped off haveing to pay for the dog to sleep in my own van
     
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  3. normanandsue

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    These are my
    [HI]musts:[/HI] level, Dump poo; drinking water.

    [HI]Like:[/HI] Free wifi, scenic views

    As there is no such thing as a secure site it does not fit in any category.

    As my requirements are so few and I can obtain all of them in places other than a camp site I see little point in using them which is why I prefer aires in France and wild spots in UK.

    Norman
     
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    On a dry summer day :Rofl1:

    we just need a hedged grass area,
    pub down the road,
    usual loos/showers/washing areas.--for a simple life :thumb:


    In reality ,on a wet/cold/dark winter day :Eeek:

    We like a hard standing with EHU , a larger commercial site where we can stay inside in the day, a large complex with play areas (kids),
    open bar/resturant,indoor pool.--to keep warm :thumb:
     
  5. ShiftZZ

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    Norman, the one I used in Lyon was 'secure' there was a large fence all around, gates and password to get in 24hr staff. Yes I know its in a city, but it was sort of secure, I suppose I mean 'secure' as in there are people/owners who are about, nit just a field and a gate.
     
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    ShiftZZ............................perfick list!

    Yosser........................... it also makes my blood boil to have to pay £15 per dog for them to travel in car on Eurotunnel. :Angry:
     
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    Transparent pricing ..

    too many sites make it difficult to get a 'price per night' .. we've been cuaght out several times by 'hidden' charges..

    Simple BASIC sites ...simple BASIC pricing..

    If it's a 'basic' site ... eg .. CL .. price per pitch. not a whole load of extra charges for no other reason than to hike the price up ..

    I understand charging extra for kids when they provide facilities such as free showers, toilet and wash facilities and or play facilities.. not just because they sleep in the MY van..

    ditto Dogs.. ditto .. extra car or trailer.. ditto awning,

    Also, more sites with metered electricity... I don't want to pay for those who use 16amps 24/7
     
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  8. Chris

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    I like some of the French municipal sites.

    A bit run down but clean and friendly with bars/restuarants nearby or an onsite bar serving simple food.

    We found a great private site near Cahors last summer that was run by a couple of hippy types.

    Completely disorganised but clean and the owners were great fun. The male owner introduced me to several local beers and drank them with me while his wife was scurrying around clearing dishes etc.:BigGrin:
     
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  9. JJ

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    My dream campsite would include the following things...

    The freedom to come and go whenever you want at anytime of day or night.

    Enough space to enjoy privacy without others being able to look into your home from two yards away and enough space to be able to have your music/Skype chatting as loud as you want without anyone else being disturbed.

    Access to water.

    Somewhere to go swimming.

    Great views and peaceful ambiance.

    Not too far from a well stocked supermarket.

    Reasonably priced.

    No rules.

    Access to almost unlimited sunshine.

    I enjoy visiting sites that offer these things. I have found quite a few of them...

    JJ :Cool:

     
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    a) Must have.
    b) Would like to have
    c) The Dogs Bllx


    My list would be as follows.

    Must have
    [HI]Level
    Secure[/HI]
    Dump the poo poo [HI](No Dogs)[/HI]
    [HI]Shower
    EHU
    Easy Access[/HI]

    Like to Have
    Free Wifi
    On site shop
    Scenic views
    Access to nearby small town 20 min walk
    Dogs Bllx
    20Meg Broadband
    On site Restaurant / Shop
    Free Transport
    Hard Standing
    Meeting room/Bar

    So more or less in agreement Dave:Cool:
     
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  11. Bailey58

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    Similar. :Smile:

    Must Have: Level, EHU, Hard Standing in poor weather, Loo Dump, Dog Walk nearby, Rubbish Dump.


    Like To Have: Shower block, Washing up facilities, Bus Stop nearby, sheltered, privacy hedging, wooded/beach walk for dog.


    Dog’s B**x: Shop on site, free wifi, easy walk to village/town.
     
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  12. matamoros

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    We more or less full time and having spent some time this winter pitched in a field a hard standing is a must. We had forgotten how unpleasant it can be pitched in mud and long grass.

    Bar/restaurants, shops on site are not important to us, we have other transport, but good electricity (min 10 amp) hot showers, washing up area etc, decent size pitches and not too full, good internet all make for a good site for us.

    I also expect website information provided by the owners to be accurate, I realise that some licence must be allowed as a website is advertising but the basics should be correct.
     
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  13. Gromett

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    Essentials:
    peaceful secluded
    EHU point
    Waste dump point
    Fresh water.
    £10 a night fixed fee (or less).
    Adults only.

    Nice:
    Within 15 minutes walk to a shop that sells bread
    within 15 minutes walk to a quiet local pub
    Hard standing
    No Dogs.

    Dogs Bits:
    Free Fast Wifi
    Super pitch (on pitch waste and water) never experienced it yet but I would love it.

    I don't use campsite shower/toilet blocks so I never even look at these.

    My favourite site is basically a pitch at the top of a hill. It has absolutely no facilities whatsoever and is miles from anywhere.
    You share the field with horses, sheep, a variety of fowl and a young bull. They provide firepits. It is £5 a night. But the view is stunning the peace is unbeatable. Sitting round a campfire with your friends and a few beers watching the sun go down over a great view is unbeatable.:thumb: Sometimes the lack of facilities is more than made up for by the location.
     
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  14. Snowbird

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    Not bothered about level...I have ramps for that.
    Not bothered about secure...I have Yale locks.
    Not bothered about poo poo dump...I have a black tank that only needs emptying every fortnight.
    Not bothered about showers...I have one fitted.
    Not bothered about EHU...I have large battery bank,solar panels and wind charger.
    Not bothered about easy excess...Am an X truck driver.
    Not bothered about wifi...I have a dongle.
    Not bothered about on site shop...I have a fridge freezer.
    Scenic views...A MUST.
    Not bothered about restaurant...I can cook possibly better than there chef.
    Not bothered about free transport...No such thing as free,and I have a buggy.
    Not bothered about hard standing...I have rear wheel drive with diff lock.
    Not bothered about bar...I have plenty of beer of my own choice.
    Below is one of the few campsites that I use, for the reasons above I cannot see the point of owning a motorhome and being tied to campsites. Just my thoughts.
     

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    Snowbird, is the names on thise pics right:? Looks like Wales to me, unless Laneside has been there, very green.(grass not Laneside, but that could be open for debate)
     
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    Shell Island Dave, I put things in the wrong folder sometimes :Rofl1:

    £35 per week with there own harbour. They do have a shop,restaurant,bar,shower block, but I dont use them as having paid the £35 for the weeks camping there is no money left :Wink:
     
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    Best add "open all year" to your list then as Shell Island opens when? March, April?
     
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    Essentials for us are:

    Somewhere to put grey water

    Elsan point with water supply to clean the cassette

    WiFi ( this really is important to me and is the main reason I am where I am right now instead of another site further round the coast )


    What would be nice is:

    Hook up

    Local shop for supplies

    Somewhere off main roads to ride bikes
     
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    The right attitude from both ourselves and the site owners/managers is a must. If a site is basic EHU and water, fine say that, then if I book it I know what I'm getting.
    Nothing worse than all the hidden extra charges. I don't mind paying for what I'm getting. If I stay in a hotel or B&B if it's £20 a night I'm not expecting a turn down service but if I'm paying £120 a night I would expect a few things , wifi, tea/coffee tray etc. It's all relative.
    If I choose to wildcamp it's up to me to safely and responsibly dispose of waste/rubbish as I'm not paying to have a convenient skip handy.
    :thumb::Smile:
    Shift ZZ. Great list.

    My ( pardon the pun ) pet hate is sites that charge for dogs and don't have a dog walk onsite. If you have to exercise the dog offsite, feed it etc why should you pay extra. The dog is not getting any services. I have been to many sites that there is a rough bit of ground and they cut a few trails through it, stick a dog waste bin up and call it the dog walking area. Fine. At least you see that you are getting something for the money.
    Basically I can put up with being on a site with whatever standards they have as long as they are up front and charge accordingly. It's nice to have absolutely nothing but the stars outside but sometimes it's nice to go to a site with a few luxury's.
     
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    Not necessary as I don't normally return to the UK until the footpaths have warmed up.
     
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