We visited the campsite over the weekend, its a bank holiday so you must expect sites to be busy. At barn farm it seems they don't say no and keep ramming people in until the field resembles a festival.
If you thought they had 50 pitches think again, there are no designated pitches and its everyone for themselves.
The good points are: the site is pretty, well maintained (nice grass), clean and located nicely in the peak district. The staff are friendly and there is an evening security. There is a basic shop, clean facilities that never got too busy and a trailer that serves fish/chips at night and hot breakfast in the morning.
I guess for me (and I'm sure this won't be the same for everyone) I learnt a bit more about what doesn't work for me.
I like my own space, I don't want to hear every word other campers talk about at night or be woken by their young children at 2.30am. I don't want other peoples kids bouncing footballs off my car or tent at 9.30pm waking my 3yr old up.
I guess I must be getting old and grumpy and my gripes are more to do with other campers than the campsite. On less busy occasions it may be different. But for me, I would rather pay more and have a pitch allocated, with space to run around.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barn Farm is situated on the outskirts of the Peak District. Overlooking the Derwent Valley, the farm is a haven for wildlife including Badgers and rare Black Fallow deer. It boasts over 60 species of birds. Caravan and camping visitors can enjoy the use of our 4 star facilities which include a laundry and drying area, games room with TV, outdoor childrens playground, sauna, convenience/camping store on site. Aswell as the camping and caravan pitches we have 5 self-contained camping barns which accommodate from 2 - 15 people. Located 7 miles south of the historic market town of Bakewell and 3 miles west of Matlock, Barn Farm is ideally situated to access the diverse array of local attractions.The Limestone Way passes close by the farm, which is situated on the junction of no less than 4 major footpaths throughout the area. Bordering the farm is the mystical Stanton Moor with its ancient 'Nine Ladies' stone circle. Robin Hood's Stride and Catcliffe Rocks are just 2 of the local climbing areas. Matlock Bath boasts the children's attraction 'Gullivers Kingdom' and a cable car to the heights of Abraham. ... more less