Having booked last minute due to our usual site being full I was horrified to read such negative reviews of this site on here before we set off on our week's holiday and wondered what the hell we were in for!
But.. What a lovely campsite this was!
Pitches were mainly flat and a good size, and we liked the fact that the service road around the site meant there was hardly any through traffic. We didn't take our gazebo as the pitch sizes seemed strict on booking, but it would've been fine to take it. EHU pitches were clearly marked and a very good size too, but were fully booked. We had no problem from children on bikes as others seemed to have and we stayed over the bank holiday weekend when it was very busy.
Facilities were great, lovely and clean, although perhaps slightly inadequate for the amount of 'guests'. Any mess was created by lazy people not throwing their rubbish (dental floss, used shampoo bottles etc..) in the bins provided, or mopping the floor (mop provided) after using the shower. The cleaning team worked hard and facilities always seemed freshly cleaned, toilet rolls replenished etc. Disappointing lack of plugs available for hairdryers etc. but I guess a lot pitches are EHU (we weren't). The plugs in the laundry are right in the doorway which made me feel very much in the way when drying my hair, and there is only one double plug socket in the 'old' shower block (none in the new block).
The little shop on site was a bit disappointing - It didn't open until 8.30am which we felt was a bit late and we would've liked some fresh bakery goods to be available in the mornings (croissants etc.) Surprised they didn't sell bags of ice too! ..but ice block exchange was available and we were able to buy other things we needed at usual convenience store prices.
We saw no evidence of the enforcement of the rules and regulations that many have criticised. Yes, we were made aware of them by way of paperwork when we arrived but never saw anyone 'policing' the site or enforcing them. The site seemed to become naturally quiet from about 11pm which we have found to be usual on most campsites. Yes, young children could be heard from 7am onwards but it was the gulls that generally woke us at daybreak so we were ready to be up and enjoy the day ahead.
We didn't use the pool or the clubhouse so can't comment on these. The pool felt warm when we went to investigate and seemed busy. The entertainment wasn't really our thing but sounded fun for those that used it. We had a takeaway one evening and thought it very nice and ok price wise.
We have a little dog and had to pay £3 per night for him, although we are not sure why when other sites charge less than half this and no 'facilities' specifically, such as a dog paddock to let him have a run. I can highly recommend 'The Gallops' for an evening or early morning walk. This is accessed via the neighbouring campsite and is a peaceful walk with lovely views.
The location is great for exploring the Dorset coastline - we had a couple of lovely days out Weymouth side and enjoyed Lyme Regis to the West, including the scenic journey.
We probably wouldn't return to this site as the pool and entertainments are obviously reflected in the price and not essential to our holiday.
- Also Known As:
- West Fleet Holiday Farm Campsite Weymouth, Dorset