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“Could be lovely with some TLC”

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Beacon Hill Touring Park
Ranked #6 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Poole
Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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“Could be lovely with some TLC”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Camped here the last week of August - the site has potential to be fantastic if only there was a bit more care, maintenance and discrete but firm management by the site managers. The facilities were rather 'overworked' - one shower not working and very basic. Toilets could do with more frequent cleaning. Quite a bit of litter, one pile of dog mess near our tent took 2 days to be cleared. Shop very basic and seemed to have little in it but perhaps thats because its towards the end of the main camping season. Swimming pool cold but can live with that if the weather is good, though it did look like it could benefit from a deep clean and freshen up. We also had a few problems with young people running around late in the evening making a lot of noise - we had young children and were concerned about them waking. Also could smell dope being smoked - not great when you have young children. The site regulations said dogs should be on leads but this was not upheld and was I rather annoyed to see a dog wandering around the pool. Play area tired and starting to break.

With more active site management and some real investment could be a great site but at present wouldn't recommend it.

Suspiciously and I joke you not I did see an old UN truck leave on our last day - by then we had began to think that just possibly the UN had been sent to give aid to the campers!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

we read through most of these reviews before booking and were considering giving it a miss, it seems that most people either love it or hate it. WE LOVED IT! okay there was a bit of noise and a bit of mess but this is expected when the site was full to capacity (we stayed August bank holiday weekend). The toilets and showers were cleaned daily, litter pickers could be seen clearing rubbish around site and the young man in the reception couldn't have been more polite or helpful. The site itself was beautiful, loads of families with children who our little ones soon made friends with. They thoroughly enjoyed the playparks and the ice creams in the shop! if you're expecting a finely manicured campsite with strict rules and no soul then this isn't the place for you. If you're up for a proper camping holiday with plenty of fun, laughter and a site with character then this is the place for you. We had a fantastic time and will definitely be visiting next summer!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 August 2013 via mobile

We love this place it's proper camping with a small shop basic bar and games room the place is clean it does get busy so there are times when u might see a bit of rubbish but there's bind every where so just chuck it away!! We only live 10 mins away and have been here 4 times this year and will be back again

  • Stayed August 2013
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Warrington, Cheshire
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Reviewed 27 August 2013 via mobile

Just left this filthy place!!
We were directly opposite the reception door but unfortunately directly behind us were the foulest mouthed family I have ever had the displeasure in encountering. The mother by far was the worst especially in an evening when she had a drink inside of her. The way she spoke to her daughter and grandchild was bordering on abusive, it was f this and f that all day and into the evening. We were travelling with a 7 year old who doesn't hear this language at home so I do not expect him to hear it on holiday. I complained numerous times to reception but as that was manned by kids had little effect.
Once reception closed gangs of teenagers descended onto the benches and shouted at each other until the early hours.
The bins are overflowing, litter on pitches generally in need of a good scrub!
The pool is cloudy its that dirty, the pool area looks like its not be cleaned since it was built.
We won't be returning!

  • Stayed August 2013
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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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Woodville, United Kingdom
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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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Hampshire, England
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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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Property: Beacon Hill Touring Park
Address: Blandford Road North, Poole BH16 6AB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Poole
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Poole
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
** UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT ** Family run 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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Beacon Hill Touring Park Poole, Dorset

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