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“Excellent Location For The 'Jurassic Coast'”
Review of Newlands Holidays

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Newlands Holidays
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We have a caravan onsite and so the accommodation is always the highest quality.

This holiday park has room for camping tents, with and without electricity - and touring caravans.

There are 'glamping pods', static caravans and wooden lodges for hire.


Indoor pool - warm and clean. Timing your visit is key to ensure you have a relaxing swim. Remember this is a campsite aimed at families and so the pool is always full of children. There is a jacuzzi inside as well.

Outdoor pool - swimming pool with seating around the outside for about 20 adults. There is a short slide in to the pool. On a sunny day, there is no place better to be. Although heated, the temperature of the pool can only be described as 'cold'.

Chip Shop - average food, slow service and not cheap.

Bar - food is available in the bar. The quality is very good. The value of the food depends on the dish you choose. Most dishes are about £11 and although very good, would taste a lot better if they were (pub prices) of £8. There are some dishes in that price range (lasagne). There is also a 'specials board' that offers great value.

I have had one of the best steaks ever in the 'club house'.

Entertainment - if you have children the children's disco (with Damian) is not to be missed. How he keeps all the children entertained between 7pm and 9pm has to be seen to be believed. During the school holidays 'Dino Dan' will make an appearance and this is loved by the children.

Shop - the shop onsite is a rarity amongst campsite shops. Well stocked with everything you could need, at reasonable prices. Fresh croissants and pan au chocolate baked to order every morning.

Location: 5 minute walk to the 'high street' in Charmouth and 10 minutes to the beach (famous for its Jurassic coast and fossil hunting)

In summary - fun family entertainment.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We spent 5 nights at Newlands with our touring caravan (2 adults & 2 children under 10). Site was clean with stunning views - we were situated on a grass pitch in Red field with electric. We were really pleased with the pitch - a real sun trap! Staff were friendly and helpful. We used the outdoor pool once - it was rather cold and the slide wasn't working. We paid to use the indoor pool on two other days. Although on the small side it was very quiet so we were able to have a good time. The toilets/shower block was clean, although I would have liked more powerful showers and hand-dryers!

The children were slightly disappointed that all but 3 of the machines in the small "arcade" were out of order, as was the air hockey & football tables in the soft play area.

There seemed a good atmosphere in the bar/entertainment area.

We visited the fair over the road which was small but fun for the children. Fossil hunting on Charmouth beach was a highlight for the children, and we were warmly welcomed at The George pub in Charmouth.

We travelled into Lyme Regis a few times, enjoying the pitch & putt, beach and Fish & chips!

We really enjoyed our time in this beautiful part of the world and would return to Newlands.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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4  Thank NM10143
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Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

We were two families staying in the pods at the site, min stay is 3 nights but we could only do 2. Was really pleasantly surprised, the pods are great you have electric sockets, lights and a picnic bench outside.
Outdoor pool was great, food at clubhouse was fine for one night and we ate in the George in Charmouth another night.
Only bad thing was the toilet/shower block was really quite horrid and needs regular cleaning in peak season and a bit of a refurb, not a deal breaker but pack some flip flops to wear while you shower!
The area is lovely and the fossil walk through Charmouth heritage site was great and Lyme Regis was adorable.
Fab site for a couple nights away with friends and kiddies in a lovely area :-)

Stayed: August 2014
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

The site itself is well kept, reception staff were helpful but one member proved most obstructive late in the evening in procuring a spare key as mine was stuck in the lock. The caravan was clean but the shower and toilet required deep cleaning. I suspect the management were not overseeing the cleaning. The internet access was down from the Saturday to the Tuesday and when I asked the senior management when did they think it would be fixed, they could not tell me. I was advised that they did understand the necessity of having the internet. This site simply exasperated me and is the reason I will holiday in Europe in future where a higher standard of expectation by both client and suppler is expected. Hoseason must take responsibility as they should inspect these sites more regularly. Any excuse that this is peak season would not be acceptable.

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We have just returned from Newlands having spent 10 nights with my grandsons aged 10 and 5years. The site is very well kept and clean. The toilets were always clean and hot water and showers whenever I went in.
The staff are really nice especially Kev who helps you park the caravan and also lends a hand with it when you leave. He is always on site and keen to help and chat. The staff in all the venues were helpful and friendly. It has a nice outdoor pool not huge but with a slide and my grandsons enjoyed it, also an indoor pool but we did not use it as the weather was good.
We ate in the restaurant a couple of times and found the food good especially the curries. They have entertainment every evening but we only managed once to see Catherine the magic lady who was great with the kids. I would certainly recommend this site and would definitely go again.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
1  Thank lizofsurrey
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Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

Stayed here beginning of August 9 of us in 2 tents. Most of the pitches on this site are on sloping ground and all the electric hook ups were on flat ground. The showers were hit and miss with the hot water but very hot when you found one as never very busy around 10am.
Toilets were a little worse as they only seemed to be cleaned once a day but I mostly blame the people using them and can't imagine what their own toilets are like back home from the state they leave them in.
The water points were good just by our pitches and your allowed bbqs.
The clubhouse only went in once to eat which we found expensive for what you got and they stop serving food at 9pm. So if your in the queue at 8.55pm and you don't get to the till after 9 even 1 min after they refuse to serve.
Overall the site was clean and most staff friendly would recommend this site for the price even though charmouth has nothing there only a couple of pubs and a pizza place so Lime regies is a better option and only 2 miles down the road.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

On the whole we've just had a lovely holiday here in one of their Seaton caravans. We received a warm welcome and the reception staff were always pleasant and keen to know if we were having a nice holiday. There are a few areas for improvement....
CARAVAN - lovely and clean, plenty big enough for me, husband and baby. Although it's a 6 birth, we were only given bed linen for the one double bed - any more was charged at extra. Duvet cover was torn on side. We couldn't get the gas fire to work and there are no instruction manuals for anything supplied. Shower was good and bathroom was a useable size. Kitchen has a microwave, kettle, full sized fridge (with freezer shelf) and oven. No toaster but gas grill in oven. Kitchen implements however were disappointing - bread knife and small (blunt!) vegetable knife but no chopping board, broken veg peeler, no scissors, no baking tray, no tongs, it very much felt like you're not wanted to actually self cater....which brings me on to the dreaded chip shop!!!
FACILITIES - CHIP SHOP - chips were ok but anything that goes with it is shockingly poor quality even by chip shop standards!!! Chicken burger was paper thin, ground up processed 'chicken' in a crappy stale bun....they can't even stretch to a limp iceberg leaf or a smear of mayo for you. Pie was also dreadful quality. Service was very slow and the staff are shouting at each other and smoking outside the chip shop door. GROSS!!!
The bar food looked nice (we didn't eat there) but seemed a bit pricey.
The INDOOR POOL was in good condition and we didn't mind paying £10 for 10 swims because it seems to be well maintained. The jacuzzi though seemed to be stopped more than it was actually running which was a real disappointment - was really looking forward to that little treat but I swam every day and it was never working (supposedly runs for 10mins and stops for 5mins - not the case!!). There is a free outside pool which seemed popular but I didn't brave the temperature. The play area seems nice and grounds are well maintained. The SHOP was fine - a whole isle dedicated to cheap tat for kids to waste their pocket money on, but seemed to stock the basics and the staff in the shop were all so lovely and friendly.

So on the whole, we had a lovely week here and we would return, but there's always room for improvements Newlands!! :)

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Address: A35 | nr Stonebarrow Lane, between Bridport and Axminster, Charmouth, Bridport DT6 6RB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bridport > Charmouth
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Charmouth
Price Range: £72 - £93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newlands is a family run park located in the picturesque World Heritage village of Charmouth, just a stones throw from the fossil rich Jurassic Coast near the Dorset/Devon border. Set in 23 acres of landscaped grounds, the park offers a range of luxury accommodation and modern facilities for tents and tourers. With a host of local attractions for families and couples, you'll find our five star holiday park the perfect place to spend some quality time whatever the season. ... more   less 
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