As a family we love going camping! This year was the first time we tried Glamping but in reality nothing beats pitching up your own tent! When we booked our trips earlier in the year we had originally planned to head to Charmouth. However after our trip to Holmsley Camping and Caravan Site earlier in the summer the distance was something the boys didn’t want to repeat. So a quick swap over and we decided to head to Hertford Camping and Caravan site instead! During our trip it was Jack’s birthday and we had planned a visit to Paradise Wildlife Park.
Hertford Camping and Caravan Club Site
Excitement doesn’t cover our feelings as we arrived to the site! It is so far the prettiest looking site we have stayed in! There were flowers everywhere and everyone, staff and campers, were so cheery! When we arrived we pulled into the little car park by the entrance and I went in to the reception to book in. There was a couple of people in front of me and both of them were extending their stay. I think that kind of speaks for itself. The site is looked after by a couple of couples, both of which were super lovely and really welcoming! We were handed our paperwork and we went through the barrier to wait to be shown to our pitch.
Like with previous sites, you are shown to your pitch by a member of staff on a bicycle. We were asked if we had a preference to where we wanted to pitc, I mentioned we had the boys so would love to be near the play park and the toilets!
It didn’t take long for us to set our pitch up! Thanks to the quickness of our air beam tent. It has so far been with us on each of our trips and for a cheap tent it is holding up really well! The boys went off to the park to play and left us to set up and get everything ready! Thankfully as the site is only an hour and half away we were able to eat before we left which meant the boys were not moaning for food. The park is surrounded by bushes and is rather private. There is a large grass pitch which is great for football and other ball games. There wasn’t any tents or caravans pitched up near the park, I am not sure if that was deliberate or because maybe the site was quiet.
The pitches are a really lovely size and they are not restrictive! We took up quite a bit of space. Because where we were pitched we were close to a water tap, it meant no one could pitch to the left of us. I parked the car to the right and we had plenty of space. We put our windbreak up, large camping table and benches plus a little blue shelter for the boys to sit in. After we pitched up we went off to explore the rest of the site. When I booked in I noticed a small lake or pond on the map so we were keen to see what was there.
Hertford Camping and Caravan Club Site was opened in 1953 as a memorial to Lord Baden Powell. For those who don’t know, he was the founder of the UK Scouting Movement. He was also the Club president from 1919 to 1941. As a tribute in the middle of the field near the facility block there is a large oak tree. Inside each of the facilities block there are posters which display more information on the sites interesting history! It is worth a read!
The Site is a large 240+ pitch site. The pitches are not all clubbed together and there is a lot of space! Even if you were using an electric hook up (we wasn’t) you had a pick of great pitches. A predominantly flat site which surrounds a lake.
We walked over to have a look but because of the dry weather there wasn’t much water in there to look at. Which was a shame but obviously couldn’t be helped.
There are 2 facility blocks which are pretty much identical to each other. Each houses Women’s, Men’s, Family room, disabled facilities. As well as chemical waste points, drinking taps and laundry and dish washing rooms.
Now, it is worth noting that the family room although spacious does not have a shower inside. We hadn’t come across a club site where that was the case and it seemed rather odd to us. The showers are also rather small, so you would struggle to wash multiple children in the cubicles with you.
Also, there isn’t that many showers either. About 3 in each of the women and men’s area. There are plenty of toilets available and also plenty of individual wash basins. Only one of which has a soap dispenser. I think ideally an update is probably needed to make small improvements. However don’t change the fact that the showers are twist operated and not a push button! It was lovely to have a continuous hot shower rather than having to keep pushing the button.
It was probably day 2 of our stay we realised we must be under a couple of flight paths as aeroplanes were frequent! It didn’t disturb us at all though and it was lovely to just lay back and watch everyone go off on their holidays! Being in the centre of Luton Airport, Stansted and I think London City Airport too there were a few planes.
It is probably worth noting that for an August stay the site was really quiet. There were plenty of other families around and a lot of caravans and motorhomes, but we didn’t feel on top of each other. Even when we came back from Paradise Wildlife Park on Jack’s birthday to find a couple more caravans near us, it was still spacious.
It was pretty much an unanimous decision when we spoke about our favourite sites this year. Although Holmsley had the gorgeous New Forest ponies, Hertford was just everything we wanted in a camping stay. We are really excited to go back hopefully next year!
*We were given a complimentary stay in exchange for an honest and open review.