We're only local but were looking for a family friendly campsite to enjoy a few nights under the stars with our boys (3 & 7ys). Riversidelakes is a fantastic site for families; their policy of 'be nice or leave' meant all visitors respect each others privacy, were all friendly and adhered to the quiet after 11pm, no noise before 9am policy. Perfect! The pitches are a really generous size (even for the big family tents) and really well thought out, we had nobody next to us (we stayed in Isolation, pitch #53), it was so nice and quiet in the evenings.
The owners are so friendly, their son brings wood around in the evenings (£5 a bag) and you can use the fire pits available. The facilities are excellent, lovely clean toilets and showers, a family bathroom (with a bath) and great washing up facilities (including freezer & microwave).
The campsite is on a farm so naturally you can hear the sound the pigs, cockerels, geese etc. The owner was kind enough to let the kids watch the piglets run out to the field in the morning and watch them run to their pen go to bed in the evening (very cute and a highlight of our boys trip!) The owner also comes around in his golf cart in the evening and gives all the kids glowsticks - such a nice treat and another highlight for the kids!
We did hear the road first thing in the morning when all was quiet but it didn't bother us and the scenery, facilities and people sure enough make up for that.
I can't recommend this place enough, we had a really good stay and would love to return with some friends. Just hope there's always a spot for us (it's a fairly small campsite compared to others, which is why I think it's so popular with nice quiet families) :-)
- Also Known As:
- Riverside Lakes Hotel Wimborne
- Riverside Lakes Wimborne, Dorset