There are some major bonuses to this campsite which is why we have been before. It is basically set in a beautiful nature reserve and you can wander round and see the pond, the farm animals and take a lovely walk through the woods and see the stream and the rope swings and some wildlife if you are lucky too. You can also have a fire. Don't pick any wood from the wood for your fire as they don't like that even for kindling. We bought half a wheel barrow full from them last time and only used half of it so we bought the rest back this time and had a good second fire with it so that was good. It never feels crowded you can just spy other people through the elderflower bushes occasionally so you feel undisturbed on your area.
However I do have some criticisms after our last trip. We have a campervan so we have to camp on the top field the elderflower orchard. The toilets there are portaloos and they really didn't smell nice compared to the composting toilets on the lower fields. It is quite a walk down to the lower fields from there to do the washing up and have a shower. The price is almost the same for where ever you camp on the site (although slightly cheaper on elderflower orchard). To me it feels like each area should really have the same facilities and standard of facilities too and the price should only be a bit less on that field due to lack of shade and it being not so beautiful as the other fields.
Also my camper can't go in any other field so why should I therefore have less facilities I felt? It is fair to say I knew this in advance but its a shame for the camper van people or campers on that field. Lack of shade is an issue on the Elderflower orchard too unless you can pitch up right against the hedge boundary.
My friend briefly came to visit us and see we were ok and we went for a bit of a walk around but I did have to pay £4 for his visit as people can come and visit Thistledown without camping and have to pay to get in. It felt a bit odd though as at other campsites you don't pay for people to visit you just the campers pay for their stay. Just bear that in mind I say.
I queued up for the showers in the morning for about 20 minutes and then found that they were icy cold. The solar hot water must have run out and the campsite wasn't even full which was very frustrating as we were going on to visitors from the campsite having had no shower which was not a nice feeling especially for the price paid. Last week I paid £11 to camp with the same van near Cardiff and we had wonderful facilities also a bit eco-friendly and in a beautiful location but here I paid £24 for one night with long walks to the facilities and then no hot water. I felt a bit miffed with the price then. Overall a beautiful place to camp but a bit pricey.
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