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Durdle Door Holiday Park
Reviewed 25 August 2011

Stayed there on 20th August for 5 nights. Stayed on a premium pitch which was really spacious. It had electric hook up, fresh water and waste. Pitch was sloping but manageable in the tent.
Same gripes as most people: toilet/shower block was only cleaned once daily and as it is used by all the walkers that pass through Durdle Door was muddy in no time. Despite this the showers were hot and of good pressure and spacious. The pitches are not well maintained and the grass was long upon arrival (even after seeing the grass cut on other pitches, there didnt seem to be much difference). The crows were noisy but not an issue (slept through till 8 or 9 most mornings). The staff were fantastic in the shop, the bar and the reception and couldnt be more happy to help. The prices were good value (we'd just gone there from Hendra in Cornwall where it was more expensive) and the food was excellent, especially the chicken and leek pie and curries. The take away was also good value for money (£1.50 for 4 halves of garlic and cheese chiabatta).

The scenary around the park is stunning and attracts many walkers who make use of the facilities at the park. The walk down to the beach is almost treacherous! it is steep and mostly on loose gravel, not good if you suffer from vertigo. It took me and my 6 year old about 20-25 minutes to walk down there although we did go quite slowly. The beach at Man of War is mostly stones but being a cove, is well sheltered and the water very calm. We didnt go on the Durdle Door beach.

I would have given this park a very good rating if it had not been for the dirty showers/toilets. They could maybe take a leaf out of Hendra's book and have someone on duty all the time (or at least during the busy times) ensuring that each shower cubicle is clean and free from mud.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

Dirty bathrooms let this place down.
Bathrooms are cleaned once daily with no mops to allow users to cleanup after themselves. Gross!!!
Otherwise this campsite would be quite good. Location is great. Pitches are by and large flat & spacious.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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2  Thank Beecheno
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Reviewed 24 July 2011

We stayed here for the weekend:
Good points:
Location
Shop has resonable stock and prices
Bad points:
Taps at water points don't allow hose attachments
Land is maintained poorly
Very Expensive particulary as it doesn't offer super pitches i.e. water and drainage.
Security barrier not working
Brown water drainage next to fresh drinking water taps
One toilet block for the entire touring campsite so quite a trek for some

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank thelooney
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

brillant location being right near stunning durdle door (a steep slope and then 181 steps) and lulworth cove- 1 mile coastal walk away. We pitched in the wooded area as seemed less windy, but was bothered a little about the crows- woke me up both nights around 5am. It was like living in a crows nest, unavoidable i suppose, but next time will pitch in the open field, even though this will mean further from toilets/showers etc. Also wooded camp area is a narrow sloping strip, which feels quite cramped with losts of caravans nearby, which makes it feel like a a site designed for caravans rather than tents. Tip- take rock pegs, hard to peg up. Toilets/showers were very clean and site very well maintained. Handy shop on site, which we found quite expensive- one loaf of bread was £1.70. Bar on site, but we never used this. Lovely park area for the kids. Reception staff lovely. Nearby weymouth and swangage were great to visit.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 June 2011

We stayed in two tents I the wooded area for three nights in June. Although the crows were a bit noisy we could not fault the facilities available including hot showers, many toilet facilities, bins and fresh water to name but a few. There is a good size bar, shop and office with a nice view of durdledoor. Good times had by all and a nice stay :)

  • Stayed: June 2011
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3  Thank Muffintallulah
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Reviewed 21 June 2011

This is a campsite i return to again and again , site staff friendly toilets/shower block lovely clean and good quality .
Even used onsite bar/pub on this occasion cheap drinks and very good value food of good quality most mains cost around £ 7
shop on site well stocked
pitched in the woodland field which i prefer instead of the open field (?epse) as closer to everything but feels you have privacy even if site is busy .
as everyone says rooks can be noisy but never worries me and try not pitch directly under roosts :)) for obvious reasons
and the area round campsite is stunning and not sure you could ever get bored there and i will definately stay here again and my family and friends all had the same opinion .
overall i think this place is a safe bet :))))))))))
(never stayed in there static caravans but they look clean and serviable form outside and hook up points for you caravanners look tidy and well spaced)

Room Tip: i like woodland site for camping
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank benstrutt124
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Reviewed 17 June 2011

Good location, beautiful wooded camping area to bad for the less friendly staff. We were there for two nights and the first night we were threatened to be kicked out by the night security guard for being to noisy (there was no music at all, just 5 people having a few laughs). To be fair it was 12 o'clock at night, but a simple "keep it down" would have done the job. There was no need for the sarcasm and the threats... A good piece of advice would be to tell you to bring earplugs (not because of us :) but because from 4 am onwards you will notice all the hungry crow chicks above your tent and then later the lawn mowers and rubbish truck). Also do not place your tent or car under the crow nests in the trees because you will be sorry later... I would recommend this place because maybe for us it was just an unfortunate misunderstanding and working in tourism myself I get to see both sides of the problem.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Lulworth Cove | Wareham, East Lulworth BH20 5PU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > East Lulworth
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in East Lulworth
Hotel Class:4 star — Durdle Door Holiday Park 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the dramatic world Heritage Jurassic Coast and surrounded by glorious rolling countryside, Durdle Door Holiday Park is in a unique location. Here you will find modern day amenities in an uncommercialised environment. Our camping and touring pitches are spacious, our holiday homes luxurious and our wooden camping pods - cosy. For walkers the South West Coast Path is here on the doorstep, for those who love the outdoors you're right there.Durdle Door has a total of 108 camping and touring pitches, some with uninterrupted sea views, 60 holiday homes for hire, a well stocked shop, laundrette, fully serviced pitches, modern toilet block, bar and restaurant. We look forward to seeing you at Durdle Door. ... more   less 
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