We stayed in a soul pad for two nights in August. Having never camped as a family before, the pre-erected bell tent seemed like a great way to 'dip our toe in the water'. Having been somewhat apprehensive about what the camping experience might bring we were all (two adults, 14 year old and 6 year old) completely bowled over by our far too brief stay at Riverside Lakes.
The family who run this site are extremely friendly and helpful, and should be very proud of what they have created at this amazing place.
What they have created is a peaceful, relaxing haven as far removed from the nonsense of today's mad, impersonal world as possible. A place where families can spend time simply enjoying being a family together.
The soul pad was very private and there was more than enough room for the four of us. Mattresses , cushions, a small table, tea lights and bottles of water were provided inside and outside there was a fire pit with a tripod stand complete with large round barbecue grill, kettle, paella pan and a casserole pot. There was also a picnic style bench and logs to sit on around the campfire.
The owners came round each night selling logs and kindling for the fire and this was by far and away the best part of our stay. There's nothing quite like preparing and cooking a meal together over an open fire then relaxing afterwards on an upturned log with a glass of wine while the kids settle down in the cosy soul pad. We've even been tempted to do away with our cooker at home and use an open fire in the back garden (not really).
Having now completely and utterly caught the camping bug we are looking at purchasing a family tent for next year. The only problem is that I doubt we will be lucky enough to find a site that lives up to the expectations set by Riverside Lakes and it's a seven hour drive away for us.............
- Also Known As:
- Riverside Lakes Hotel Wimborne
- Riverside Lakes Wimborne, Dorset