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Beacon Hill Touring Park
Ranked #5 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Poole
Reviewed 27 August 2013

Stayed here August bank holiday for 3 nights, Ignore all the bad reviews. Thought is was a really nice campsite. Didn't see any rubbish anywhere like some have mentioned. The shop is pretty basic but its a camp site for god sake, take what you need with you. It sells essentials so if you run out the shop is there if you need it there. Didn't charge anything to freeze ice pack or charge devices. Ok, the entertainment room could do with a bit of a refresh but big deal. Would defo go back here.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Looking at other reviews on here it seems the rating of the site is entirely dependent upon the people who are sharing the facilities at the same time. For us, on the whole it was a good experience. Our pitch was a reasonable size, close to everything we wanted. Others around us were respectful. Some disgusting sites in the toilets, but were cleaned up quickly by the poor cleaners. Was perfect as a base for exploring the local area.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Chris C
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

We booked for 10 nights from 16th Aug to include the Aug bank holiday. This is a site which is largely uncontrolled, meaning you pick your spot and pitch, and others pitch next to you without any consideration of the 6m separation requirement. The first 7 nights were fine, music was played until around 2200 but then acceptable noise until morning. When the bank holiday weekend started (Fri) the campsite got significantly busier and tents/caravans were crammed in everywhere. The most notable sign was the lack of toilet roll in the toilets 3 mornings in a row. Noise levels during the night over the bank holiday weekend were absolutely unacceptable despite the efforts of the site warden telling people to turn it off. We left a day early to return home to get some sleep. Despite being offered a free weekend as compensation, we won't be returning.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank DrBigTone
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

We stayed at this site for 3 nights 20/8 to 23/8. I agree that the site is reasonably basic, lacking in staff visibility and fairly noisy! However, the site is charming with its woodland and nature areas. We found that the toilets were dirty especially the ladies but this was mainly due to the misuse by other campers who really didn't care about how they behaved or the mess they left behind. One child had an accident whilst I was in a cubicle - the mothers response was just to walk away with the child leaving the mess behind for someone else to deal with.
The pitches were not allocated as such, and before we could pitch our tent we did have to litter pick the area, we left the large discarded tarpaulin and shorts though!
The noise was created again by other campers who didn't think twice about having their car stereos blaring, and talking loudly late into the night - even the rain didn't put them off!
Our children loved the pool - heated?? I don't think so, clean - no rather murky but they didn't care and so far they haven't been unwell so I think we got away with it!
The French students - fine whilst they were off site, but the day that they decided to chase each other at full speed round the site, jumping over the swimming pool walls and generally being a nuisance didn't do Anglo-French relations much good.
In all would we return - probably but it would be good to know that the spacing between tents, the rules about campfires and noise were being enforced, and that the toilet block by the reception area had been updated

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

We had a family of 10 (3 adults, 3 teenagers and 4 young girls) and was allocated a large pitch, this was more than enough room for 1 very large tent, 2 smaller ones and 2 cars. It was at the back of the site but less than a minute walk to loos, showers and laundry, washing up room etc. all of which were of good standard and very clean.
Above these was a bar and games room, although we didn't go in much as too busy with other things it was nicely laid out and good for kids.
Very friendly reception and staff throughout the stay.
There are 2 different parks/adventure play grounds, plenty of play space, pool and a games room, bar, reception with small shop and a lovely lake where you can fish ... Kids loved it so we were happy!
Can't really fault it, bar was loud very late one night but think this was dealt with by staff as didn't happen again!
Very close to Poole and beach and tower park - all worth a visit!
Loved it!!! Will go back :)

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank Kelly H
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Ok so we decided to visit Beacon Hill again this year as we like Poole and Bournemouth as a location. Having visited last year and enjoyed ourselves, we then read this years Tripadvisor Comments and couldnt believe things were that bad.
Well I went with my daughter and her mate and we had a FANTASTIC time...again.
One thing you need to bear in mind. This is a "Rustic" site. It dosent have fancy facilities that you may find in Haven or similar. It is amongst trees. Trees spread debris, mainly leaves. These sometimes fall into the outdoor pool, but that dosent make it dirty.
So rather than write a story I have listed GOOD and BAD points (quick fix things that the owners could do) ..... go visit and make up your own mind.
GOOD:-
- Location. Very close to Poole, Tower Park, Beaches etc
- Rustic - In amongst trees with loads of wildlife. It was lovely to have a visit from one of the prettiest and biggest Dragon Flys i have ever seen
- Staff - I found them friendly and obliging
- Pitches - overall in good order although some could do with a few months to recover....BUT I have seen WORSE at HAVEN IN PERRAN SANDS and that was double the money!
- Cost - Excellent value for money for Peak Season

COULD DO WITH LOOKING AT:-
- Another or Bigger amenity block. Its a big site and the top field should have its own.
- Bar / Takeaway / Games Room - Either make it more of a feature or do away with it altogether. Its nice to sit at your tent and have a BBQ and a few beers. But people do insist on these facilities so if you are going to feature them, make them better.
- Staff Presence. This is the only thing I think lacked big time. There was always staff in the shop but I never saw anyone patrolling the site, litter collections, night wardens etc. Go to a site in say somewhere like Brean Sands and there are always people around keeping an eye on things. Maybe the French Students staying there may have not been so noisy!

To me, Camping is all about getting back to nature. If you want fancy facilities book into a static on a Haven site etc. Beacon Hill tipped all the boxes and im sure we will be back next year.

Make sure if you are there in the Summer, you go see the weekly Fireworks Displays in Poole and Bournemouth!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank moonjuice
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Myself, 24yr old daughter, 15 yr old son & little dog, booked here to stay for 7 nights from the 12th of August, but stayed only one night.. What a filthy badly run sight. We were roughly told where our pitch was.We struggled to find a clean litter free piece of grass, eventually we set up our tent, and I went to use the toilet, children were running in and out looking under the toilets unsupervised, the toilets were dirty most not flushed. The showers were dirty and clogged with lime scale. there was only one hand dryer, and that was being used by some teenagers drying their clothes after being pushed n the pool. The hair dryers were broke and hanging off the wall.We chose this sight because it said dogs were not allowed off the lead, which was a joke, as dogs wondering around off the lead, and coming over to out tent sniffing around, driving my little dog mad, who by the way was tethered up at all times. It also stated that no noise allowed that would disturb other campers, but there was a party of youths that were up very late shouting and playing games. The also were sat around the toilet area smoking and running in and out of both toilets, my son went to use the toilet and there were both teenage boys and girls sat tin the boys toilets.It also states that no barbeques allowed to be light on the grass, another rule that is over looked. There was a group of young adults who light a fire outside out tent, with in about 2 foot away. This was after midnight, we couldnt sleep as we were afraid that the fire would spread to our tent. In the morning there was soot and cinders all over the side of out tent, and large bits of burned wood under our car. there was Mc Donalds empty cups and packaging left every where. The Pool was filthy and full of rubbish,the play area was once again full of unsupervised children and dogs doing as they pleased. The toilet and shower block was open without needing a key or code to get into, I went to use the toilet after 10pm and there were still small children playing in there,. This was the last straw, when I went to complain the next morning no one was there, nothing open. so we packed up and went. I phoned and eventually got through to a girl, who listened to my complaints, and said there was nothing she could do but as she had my booking number an mobile she would get the manager to ring me back as soon as he got in. Needless tho say that call never happened. We had traveled all the way fro West Yorkshire, and felt so let down as on paper this seemed to be a well run camp sight, but it was not. Now reading most of the reviews I would never have come here.Luckily we found a beautiful place Ullwell sight in Swanage, about half an hours drive away, and managed to book in there until Friday, It is a beautiful sight, run superbly, it is immaculate and was pure Heaven to go from a disgrace of a sight to one that was every thing it claimed to be.So my advice to anyone tempted to go to Beacon Hill, STOP..and look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank yvei
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Address: Blandford Road North, Poole BH16 6AB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Poole
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Poole
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***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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