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Beacon Hill Touring Park
Ranked #5 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Poole
Reviewed 18 August 2013

We arrived to find a group already on our pitch. They had 4 tents on "our" pitch and the adjoining one and their car partly parked on the pitch next door which we were left to take. The pitch had several dips making it difficult to pitch the tent. We had requested a large pitch as we were bringing a boat, which cost extra. Due to the weather forecast we left the boat at home which was just as well as I doubt we would have had room for it.

We came back at 10.30 shattered and looking forward to a good nights sleep. We ended up getting about 4 hours. There was music coming from all directions, people talking loudly until 1.30 am, next doors visitor going home at midnight and shining his headlights straight into our tent, a lady being sick and not bothering to go to the toilet block and a group of lads shouting loudly and jumping into the pool around midnight. The warden came at 1 a.m. To get them out of the pool but didn't ask anyone to turn their music down. I have never stayed on a site with so many inconsiderate people. It's just as well we were only booked for 1 night as there is no way I would ever go back.

Room Tip: Don't go it you value a good nights sleep.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Joanne H
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

We had a lovely stay here, only 2 other tents in our field, lots of friendly kids playing with mine in the park and football and cricket games started up and played amicably. Loved the adventure play grounds and ponds, very peaceful, hardly a whisper for our stay (first week of summer hols). Kids loved the shop and a kind lady working there lent my son 10p for the sweet he had chosen. When I enquired about directions for a day trip, the lady working in the shop put in a route planner request and printed it off for me to take, what a star! The facilities aren't state of the art, but it's camping. I never felt they were dirty and I loved the fact that the shower cubicles had a wet and a dry area so you could undress, shower, dry and dress in privacy in the same cubicle. Plenty of water points. Didn't realise how much I liked that until I stayed some where without it and had to do a one legged hop to get dressed in 2 inches of dirty water and walk for ages every time I wanted the loo or some water. I'm amazed people have complained about animal visitors, it is outside, animals live outside! We saw lots of deer, squirrels, a rat, a shrew, several different types of dragonfly and a frog. We also heard a fox and several different owls. I also had the awful task of moving a couple of clods of earth from under our tent space, took 20 seconds and only remembered it as I read someone complaining as though their life was over. We saw no flooding, in fact the ground was so solid we only got 5 pegs in it. Oh the pool, absolute heaven, I floated blissfully around as the kids splashed and played. Yes it had leaves in it, yes a beetle was trying to drown itself in it (i hooked him out). No it is not filthy, no litter, no slime, it is outside and by trees and *shudder* unsterilised nature!!

Room Tip: We stayed in the field between the kids park and the shop, was a very nice little spot.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Kate M
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Stayed at the start of August for just over a week with our two boys (11 &13).

This could be one of the best sites in the country with some serious investment. It's location and proximity to Poole are fantastic. But (and it's a big BUT) as it is, the place is extremely poor in its current state. The toilet/shower block is extremely old and tired and the ladies worse than the mens, with faeces and blood on cubicle walls that was not cleaned off for the whole time we were there. Water pressure is variable, but generally poor though that might be because the shower heads are so clogged up with limescale, though they are hot. The toilets wobble when you sit on them and the whole place has a worn out feel to it. One evening a dog had left a deposit in the middle of the mens shower block - nice.
The pool is an accident waiting to happen, dirty, unsupervised, no seating for you to sit and supervise your own kids (luckily ours didn't want to use it because of the filth). Heard people complaining to the 'manager' that the heating still wasn't working! Lots of children using it unsupervised.
The shop. Poorly stocked, no prices on most items and generally not up to scratch. Opening times are supposed to be 9-5, but could vary considerably.
Half the roads are stone tracks with some pretty bad pot holes that never seem to empty of water.
Two of the main reasons we booked here was for the wifi and tennis court. The WiFi is only really available within about 10m of the shop (and probably the club house). The tennis court is very tired with the playing surface breaking up into lots of small gravelly stones, the way tarmac does after a time, and a net that has seen better days.
The take away wasn't open most of the time, apparently they were having a problem with one of the cookers. Couldn't see a menu or price list so have no idea what they actually sell.
The games room has a selection of very old video games (20+ years old) and a couple of small pool tables and a table football. But half don't work and most don't have a price on them. Can't comment on the bar as we didn't use it, but saw the Madness tribute band from the door (2 guys with a keyboard and a guitar).

This must be the only site we have stopped at in the last 10 or more years that didn't have a reception at the entrance with a security barrier restricting access.

A real disappointment considering the potential. The owners and manager (their son) need to take a trip to somewhere like Holgates in Silverdale or Wild Rose in Appleby , or even Camping les Etangs Fleuris in France to see how it can, and should, be done.
Wish we'd spent the extra £120 and gone to Wareham Forest.

Room Tip: Really don't bother going here.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank GordonTheGardenGnome
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

We went on the first weekend of the summer holidays and the takeaway (reason I booked it) was shut the whole 3nights, when asked what the reason was,..."well there is one about 10mins away". We had to move pitch because we couldn't stand the smell of dog poo any more, on site pub is a little room and a long walk to the wash rooms (from keyhole field), next to no fish in the so called fishing lake, never seen anyone come around to tidy or clean up, the shop is a joke, no bread, milk, papers, we had more in the van than they had in the shop. And in the night was a power cut and freezer stuff melted. Pool was small and in need of a clean. Toliet blokes were clean and often seen a cleaner in there (the only plus)

Room Tip: Don't get put in keyhole...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank paul b
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Me and my partner arrived on the thursday 8th of august and stayed till the Saturday and when we got there we were welcomed by some really lovely staff at reception, We got told where we were allowed to camp and we picked this little pitch with not many tents so it was peaceful. the swimming pool could have been heated properly as the water was freezing, the shower blocks were lovely except from in the girls toilets up by the bar the hairdryers didnt work! the shop had the basics but was very low stocked. the bar was lovely and there was some great entertainment the games room was good and had some really good games in it and the bar staff were really helpful to. I would definatley go back there again its great.

Room Tip: well its a campsite so you eithewr take a tent, motorhome or caravan but apart from that the place i...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Lily S
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Arrived at noon on a thursday to find teens being thrown off the site for bad behaviour and destruction of property so the alarm bell started ringing straight away! We were alocated a pitch by the polite young man in reception to find it had already been taken by a large tent, so I went back to the reception to be alocated to another pitch which was okay. The pitches are very uneven with very little grass but plenty of sand and pitch space is limited. The whole campsite needs money spent on it to bring it up to standard. The owners allow more than four cars for one pitch which is unnacceptable. We decided to go out for the day- when we came back in the evening, there was five tents plus one caravan for one family with six cars parked all over. One of the cars was parked on our pitch approx 12 inches away from my caravan, we couldn't walk alongside it they were that close. So disrespectful. However, if you were a former guest of The Jeremy Kyle Show, you would feel well at home. If you have saved up alot of money to come to this site in August, you have to question why they have vacancies at the peek time. I suggest you save up money and go somewhere else in the area. I would not recommend this campsite to young families.

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Thank Brooksw50
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

We had a friendly and enjoyable weekend here BUT!!! The pool needs to be cleaned and swept regularly I enjoyed the pool as it was so hot but didn't dare swallow the water .... I think this could be one of the greatest sites in Britain but it needs to have the facilities repaired and the main toilet block needs to have the floors more regularly cleaned and the showers fitted with a regulator. The children's swings are loose at the top and the children's games room needs some decent games .and the pool area needs some seating ... the tennis court is very dangerous loose sharp stones needs clearing out the wildlife is great though from tiny lizards rabbits and what ever ate the remainder of our bbq left out overnight the staff seem helpful and friendly but really need to pull their fingers out about sorting this lovely spot out . 1. sweep the pool and clean all the leaves and bugs out EVERYDAY 2. clean the toilets and showers out in the reception block with some hard elbow grease and re-grout the tiles . im hoping when we go back this has all been done as the laid back atmosphere was wonderful ...

Room Tip: camp away from the lakes as the mossies got us good and proper ...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Beacon Hill Touring Park

Address: Blandford Road North, Poole BH16 6AB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Poole
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #5 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Poole
Price Range: £19 - £25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
***UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT*** Beacon Hill Touring Park enjoys the beauty of 30 acres of partly wooded heathland, together with a wide selection of wildlife. We are a Conservation Award winning park in the stunning Dorset countryside, three miles west of Poole Town Centre, and just five miles from the best beaches Britain has to offer. ... more   less 
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