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“I didn't expect such great facilities in a camp site” 5 of 5 stars
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Hidden Valley Holiday Park
Rathdrum, Ireland   |  
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Ireland
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18 hotel reviews
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“I didn't expect such great facilities in a camp site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

A virgin to 'organized camping', I dragged my heels getting to Rathdrum for an 'extended family trial camping trip', it was really to give the young kids a safe experience of camping.
We arrived to Hidden Valley and checked in, you then have to drive back out of the facility to enter the campsite. I was surprised to see how secure the place was and especially how clean and organized it was. There is a wee cafe where you can get food and good coffees, ice creams etc. Really, you'd have little need to leave the site which is bad news for Rathdrum village.
Toilets, cooking facilities, showers, playground, firing range etc. all spotless and people seemed to obey the 11pm noise curfew. All in all a good experience.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Wicklow, Ireland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We let our children pick this site for camping, and we weren't disappointed. There was endless activities for them, water sports, football,archery, volleyball, two well planned play grounds,all nestled along the bank of the river,which they could swim,fish or use a rowing boat.
There was a lovely friendly atmosphere and had all the usual facilities you would expect when camping.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Midlands Ireland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Stayed for three nights over the June Bank Holiday weekend and was a bit disappointed. The area for tents is accessed by a back gate which leads you down to a parking area where the cars have to be left. This means that if the campsite is full - which it was - all of your gear has to be carried some distance across a car park to the pitch - have never experienced this before and have camped extensively both in Ireland and overseas. If the car park was properly marked itself, it might be an improvement but cars just parked everywhere and a lot of space was needlessly wasted.

The camp field itself is over a bridge from the main campsite so every time the toilet is needed there is a trek across the bridge - this is a pain in the neck when you have small ones needing to go several times a day. Really a toilet block on the tent side of the bridge is necessary both for this reason and to avoid having to queue for showers and sinks on busy weekends. There was only one tap evident on our side of the bridge - and ourselves and the neighbouring campers didn't find it till day two as it isn't signed. As for the ground itself, lots of small stones and very little grass, thankfully it was dry but it would have been a mud-bath if it had rained.

There are lots of activities which the kids enjoyed but I do think that €4 per child/ride is a lot when you have a few kids to keep entertained.

On the plus side:
The 11pm noise curfew is strictly enforced - great when you have small kids.
The toilets were regularly cleaned.
Staff were friendly and good with the kids.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Spent 5 nights here last week in one of the log cabins. This is my dream holiday park and my 6 year old daughter and 69 year old mother both loved it too.

The log cabins are situated next to the lake away from the camping area and are extremely peaceful. They are of a high standard, tastefully furnished and have satellite TV/DVD if it does rain (which it didn't!). Really enjoyed eating outside - each cabin has it's own picnic table.

Barry, the owner, is extremely nice, funny and helpful and runs a tight ship. Any negative reviews really just reinforce what a great place this is for family holidays - presided over by someone who genuinely cares about providing what most families want - a safe, well run and peaceful holiday park.

The children's playground is every child's delight and my daughter was eager to get back to it at every opportunity. There was a whole host of activities available if wanted but we were too busy exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside this time (our first, but hopefully not last, visit).

Day trips to Brittas Bay (three miles of golden sand, completely undeveloped and unspoilt - very windy!), the stunning botanical gardens at Kilmacurragh, the gorgeous woodlands at Avondale House, cliff walk from Bray to Greystones - all a short distance away in every direction. Hidden Valley has a prime location.

Coming from England I felt overwhelmed by the warmth and sincerity of the local people and the beauty and tasteful understated development of the landscape. The only hard part was leaving.

Room Tip: We had Log Cabin No 7 - lovely location
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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dublin
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013 via mobile

Went to Hidden Velley for day trip with plans to stay for weekend in the near future and i have to say it was fantastic..Staff were lovely,more activities than we would have thought and a real family feel to the place..Wicklow is regarded as the garden of Ireland and Hidden Valley would be the perfect place to use as a base to explore Wicklow..We will definately be staying for a weekend maybe even a week

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

We are just back from a 3 night stay in hidden valley and we loved it. We have 2 girls who enjoyed their camping trip so much they want to know when they are going back! So we have booked to stay in July August and October. Thanks Barry and to Molly who made our stay a memorable one.. Regards Tara Byrne.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

Very clean friendly an plenty of entertainment would definitely be back again! Stayed with friends for 3 day camping trip an the place did not disappoint loved it an without a doubt will recommend to all friends an family

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Rathdrum, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Wicklow > Rathdrum
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Rathdrum
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