Had a great family break kids loved the play area,We had a large electric hook up pitch which was great. Very tidy clean site toilets and shower facilities. Staff friendly and helpful We didn't use the cafe so can't commentMore
Had a great family break kids loved the play area,We had a large electric hook up pitch which was great. Very tidy clean site toilets and shower facilities. Staff friendly and helpful We didn't use the cafe so can't commentMoreShow less
Thank you for your review and kind words.
As a regular to Rivendale, may I suggest that people read the descriptions of the site. It is very clear that there are no entertainment facilities as such, no swimming pool, no people to entertain you, this is the beauty of it. The play area is big enough for parents and children to play cricket, football etc. The no dogs in this area is because not all dog owners are responsible and pick up dog mess, If people stepped in it, they would complain about that as well!
Thank you for your observations - which are bang on target.
I would just add that with Go Ape, Alton Towers, Splash landings, Chatsworth house, farm & play area, the attractions at Matlock etc all within about 25 minutes drive or less of Rivendale, it is completely pointless investing large sums of money trying (and failing) to replicate fantastic facilities that have already been built a few miles down the road. We would rather concentrate on providing new facilities that do not already exist - such as our fly fishing lake, the hot tubs and so forth.
Thank you very much for your support - it's great when our customers get what we are trying to offer.
We hired a camping pod in the Shires which was a great alternative to a tent and couldn't fault it. The facilities were good with many toilets and showers and the on site bar and cafe were very good. It was a great base for walking to Dovedale which is beautiful and the Tissington Trail.
Thank you for your review & glad you liked your stay, hope to see you again.
We stayed for 3 nights for the spring bank weekend just gone, in the meadow camping field (see the previous reviewer's comments!). We had pretty bad weather which is never great for camping but just a note to warn families - avoid the meadow! It's very muddy and crossed by muddy vehicle tracks. There are also large piles of bulldozered earth which is pretty unsightly. The worst problem in the meadow however is the proximity to the main A515 which is really busy at all hours and guaranteed to give you a terrible night's sleep.
On a more positive note the staff are friendly and helpful and the on site facilities are pretty good, including the pub. The café is very nice but blighted by terrible service - slow, forgotten orders, etc.
Thank you for your review, in the context of the thunderstorms experienced, the Camping Meadow was not too bad; my wife camped at a festival at the same weekend - and it was 4" deep in mud after the first day on that site - our meadow has not remotely been anything like as bad as that since we stopped vehicular access. The earth bank sub-divides the 10 acre field, reduces road noise and has been planted out - but has yet to mature; the advantages will become clear over the next few years.
Recently spent a couple of nights camping here in the meadow field. This is basically a field which has nothing done to it... The grass obviously hadn't been cut for a long time and there are no paths marks out with gravel (or even shorter grass). As it was wet weather when we stayed this meant that even in wellies we got wet and muddy walking to the toilet block.
By the end of our 2 night stay the field was very muddy with big puddles forming.
This field is also right next to the main road, although this didn't keep me awake.
The portacabin toilet block for this meadow field is unisex, with CCTV inside - suggesting issues in the past. Only 4 toilets and showers - could be improved with separate male & female facilities.
We tried the cafe for breakfast one morning - never again. The ordering process was slow, the order was wrong and we waited ages for the toast which comes with the 'full monty' breakfast (over £10) and never received this - apparently it was burnt the first time and then they must have just given up! We just got the bill slapped down on the table, without even asking for it!
A bit more effort with the meadow camping field and better service in the cafe and this could be a nice place to stay. We won't be returning until then though.
Thank you for your review. With reference to the grass, you are quite correct - the Camping Meadow has not seen a lawn mower for years over most of the area - because it is a protected wild flower meadow and this would be illegal because it would prevent them from re-generating. A small part of the field (about 1 acre) can be mown - and was last week - the remainder will be eaten off by sheep about the end of July - or cut for hay about then. However, our web site, reception and so on are clear that this is traditional Camping with fire pits in a meadow - if regularly mown grass, power, and toilets segregated for the sexes are required - please book in the main pitching area.
I can only apologise for the breakfast shambles; it has been very busy and we have been short of staff - which problem has now been sorted out.
We visited the site for 2 nights in May and hired 3 camping pods. Myself, my husband and my 4 year old daughter had a standard size pod, the size was just right. Two other families of 4 joined us and had the family size camping pods which were also adequate for their needs. The site itself was clean and nice as were the showers and toilets. The site was quite busy with tents around us but there was hardly any noise. We were very lucky with the weather, it was a stunning weekend which added to the fun.
My only slight complaint, if you can call it that, was that only one of the pods had an outside light. I think it would be much better for all the pods to have outside lights as the site is quite dark at night. The site tells you to bring a Torch and warns of the limited lighting on the paths etc but where the pods are positioned is dark and the lighting would have made manoeuvring around much easier.
All in all we had an amazing time and would visit the site again and have recommended it to friends already.
Thank you for your email & the constructive suggestion; we will look at adding lights when it is possible. Best wishes.