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“A nice friendly little campsite, well kept and good for kids”

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Quantock Orchard Caravan Park
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“A nice friendly little campsite, well kept and good for kids”
Reviewed 5 September 2012

Our first visit to this campsite in a tent and with our 5 year old daughter. The site itself is nicely kept and the facilities are good and 3 nights for 2 made it very cheap. Very warm and powerful showers, clean and decent loos, etc. We went in early September in the last days of the school holiday and it was very quiet and but I can see that this site could get crowded in the height of the season. Pitches are a bit smaller/closer together than in other places we've camped and you do occasionally notice the nearby road noise but this wasn't a problem for us. Swimming pool on site was great but was quite chilly!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

I used to come this this site EVERY weekend from the age of 12-16 under different owners and I had such a fantastic time. As a forty year old mum of two now, I wanted to create the same wonderful childhood memories for my kids ....as did my sister's family...and so we booked two caravans some six months ago. The day before our trip, the owner called to advise they had double booked us and so we all had to cram into one 8 berth caravan. As we had no choice but to accept this, we accepted his gracious offer of having to pay no more than the deposit that we had already paid.

However, the caravan was shabby and dirty to the extent that they needed a more substantial door mate and maybe a shoe box to encourage people to take their shoes off.Fixtures were broken or missing, in that the toilet door had no handle inside to pull it shut and we only had enough cutlery for five people (which they obliging supplied upon request). The condensation from the window had dripped onto the beds making the mattress cover soaked.

The site itself holds so many fond memories for me, and my kids had a fantastic time playing in the park as I used to twenty five years ago. However, some parts of the site are just looking plain shabby, especially the toilet block which could do with a revamp. However, the pool is great and my kids loved it as much as I used to.

It is with great sadness that we won't be coming back next year and so my kids won't get to experience what I did and have fantastic childhood memories.

I could have probably forgiven a lot of this were it not for the fact that we were double booked and told so late the day before.

Finally, I would still recommend this site to people but as someone that knows how much it has changed over the years, I won't be returning myself. Such a shame.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Bristol, UK
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

Having read some reviews on TA wasn't too sure what to expect. We stayed August bank holiday weekend so full site with kids on holidays! However I have to say the site had a really good atmosphere when full, didn't feel crammed in at all. The site is really well landscaped and well maintained so everything felt really good. The site had a great outdoor swimming pool even with the British weather the pool was a brilliant bonus. Everything you would need was on the site - the shop had all the basics, the pitch we were on had water and waste. Kids play area was certainly keeping them entertained! Nice walk down to the steam railway nearby. Not too sure where some of the negative comments came from as we enjoyed the site, had a relaxing weekend and would return. I think that pretty much sums it up. Also the greeting on arrival was fantastic - really friendly and relaxed. Would recommend!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Hertford, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

Not really a person who comes back off a holiday and feel the need to write a review of the experience but have just returned from a bank holiday stay here and wanted to let others know what a great place this is. Was very surprised to read the bad reviews on here as this is a great site for everyone. I was worried with it being the bank holiday and the site fully booked that we may be cramped and have little privacy, I couldn't be more wrong. The site was full but we had plenty of room for our tent and car and had hedges between us and the other campers so didnt feel uncomfortable at all. Facilities were great, nice hot showers which were kept clean and never had to wait to use one.
The grounds are lovely and very well kept, there was a heated outdoor pool to use free of charge which my partner used and said it was very pleasant to swim in. There was wi fi near reception that could be used for free and a games room with a tv in if you happen to miss a few home comforts.
There was also a great park for the kids to use, we went as a couple but will definitely be coming again with the nephews as is a great family friendly campsite where the kids can run around in a safe environment.
This is a family run business and a lovely family they are, very helpful and laid back. Pool shut at 6pm but they allowed us to swim after this after coming back from a day out, bikes hired have no strict return times and if you have any problems when out on them they're happy to come and get you. We hired bikes and rode a little way out on them and then decided it was too much hard work cycling :-) cae back and our money was happily returned to us, no problem at all.
As with regards to what to do, we would recommend a trip on the steam railway, this is only a short walk away (come out the site and then turn left and walk down the road) views are great and the stations well kept, staff at them all are ever so friendly it's like a step back into time and thoroughly enjoyable whatever the weather. We stopped off at minehead and watchet, watchet has a lovely mariner that people were fishing and crabbing at, very pretty little village. Would also recommend a drive to cheddar, also very beautiful.
Thank you for a great stay.
Heather and Matt (Hertford)

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Port Talbot, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 August 2012

Just arrived home to Wales after a visit to this little site with my wife and two kids 7 and 5 with a tent and had to write about this site.Pretty,compact,great playground for the kids,good close faciities but most of all the pool,what a great place to cool down if you have been out all day.Can't thank the staff enough very friendly and helpful,plus bbq area if you wanted and a mobile chippy visited twice while we were there.Definitely recommend this site and hope to return again.Steve

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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wales
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 18 August 2012

Just returned from a 4 night break at this lovely campsite. Dont listen to all the negative comments on here. Dogs barking etc etc. Some people just like moaning and complaining about everyrthing, get a life! Lovely pitches, and we were given a choice on arrival. Plenty big enough for our campervan, tent and trailer. Very helpful young lad in reception. Yes the showers are a little dated, but are kept clean and tidy with 2 showers, and plenty of hot water.Great park for the kids, and a small shop that sells all basics. We even had Wi-fi where we were pitched. We used the pool (little chilly) and husband used the Gym. These facilities were great. So if you thinking of staying here, do not listen to stupid negative comments, people need to get out more and just get on with it! Highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2012

Surprised to find a 5 star site so tightly packed and it was very noisy with barking dogs left in a caravan. Whilst grounds were tidy and well kept there was simply no space between caravans, shrubs and tents. Our neighbour complained to a gentleman he was talking too loudly when his children were stil lasleep at 9.30 am!!! Disappointed not to be able to see the views described from campsite, all we could see were tents and caravans surrounding us. Facilities were somewhat dated. Experienced caravanners of 20 years so we have seen the best and worst!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Quantock Orchard Caravan Park
Address: Browside Flaxpool | Crowcombe, Taunton TA4 4AW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Taunton
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Ranked #9 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Taunton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Quantock Orchard Caravan Park 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Award winning family run touring park offers the idyllic setting for your camping holiday in the beautiful Somerset countryside. Our park is immaculate and we are proud to have won many accolades including "The Best Caravan and Camping Site in West of England." Surrounded by stunning panoramic views of the Quantock Hills and ideally situated next to the West Somerset Railway. We aim to provide you with unforgettable holiday memories and the chance to relax and unwind. ... more   less 
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