We went with tent and the usual car full of equipment to go from camping to Glamping! We picked Ninham before checking Tripadvisor (which is not like us at all) we need not have worried.
The campsite is split in to 2 areas divided by a small lake. One dog the other non dog. We stayed in the Orchard (non dog) side where the new shower block is located. What a fantastic area. We stayed on a pitch which was part of a terraced section on a slightly sloped area. The ground was easy to pitch a tent and peg in to. Very large pitch for both our tent car and space in between. We had a BBQ (off ground as required by management) and had a great time. The shower block is pristine, clean and modern with plenty of showers, wc and wash hand basins. This is closed for 2 hours 1400-1600 for a deep clean and it is truly that.
I cannot recommend Ninham enough. I have 2 suggestions though and one area of concern (which could have ruined our holiday but we didnt let it).
1. In our part of Orchard there were 5 couples staying amongst smll & large families (1 family was 6 adults and 7 children behind us on 3 pitch's). As this is such an expanse of land would it not be a good idea to dedicate part of it to "adults only"? I know through us couples talking together we would have much appreciated that opportunity. Being hit by a football twice when sitting outside having dinner is a bit off putting :)
2. 24 hour security patrols? The site asks for a pre 9am and post 9pm noise reduction for all campers, this was not adhered to on any night. On the last morning, after being kept awake until 11pm and woken at 0715 by kids running wild and parents shouting at each other every day, the last morning I had to approach the family of 13 behind us at 0715 to request that they kindly shutup. Which they did much to the appreciative thumbs up from 2 other couples who were sitting outside their tents miserbale at being woken yet again at dawn by such a big group! Surely camp security should be fulfilling this role?
Concern: Please can you manage the restriction on groups - this group was so large they had a whole pitch for a communal canteen for breki,lunch and dinner for all 13 of them. The nosie was horrific. They also had a fire pit, which is not permitted under the camp rules, and it was seen by the camp wardens twice and nothing done about it. Sparks going everywhere at night??? Surely not safe?
That being said. We had a ball, dont let our (im guessing) unusual experience with groups, put you off. The staff are lovely, Frank is a gem of a guy and so friendly. We wil be back next year (probably more than once). Hopefully to an adult only section????
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