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"The Purbeck Hills, award winning beaches and a castle make this a popular family site. "
Our Club site at Corfe Castle lies at the foot of the Purbeck Hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.Please use the downloadable map available on this page, rather than satnav to ensure you access the site via A351.Motorhomes must be booked onto hardstandings.Corfe Castle currently holds an AA 4 Pennant Award & 3 star Visit Britain award
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Corfe Castle Camping and Caravanning Club SiteBucknowleWarehamDorsetBH20 5PQ
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Mark Dando, Lisa Dando
this is the second time we have stayed here and would happily go back again its run by a lovely team who are very helpful and friendly
we did have trouble with the electric but as its a rural site the loading is lower than other sites and we had a few other people on pitches round us with all the gadgets going in the evening so overloading the system more so as it was a cold week in april
thanks again for a nice few days away
DATE STAYED: April 2013
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Easy
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break
Despite staying for one of the coldest weeks of the year as always we received a warm welcome from Lisa and Mark. The site was clean tidy and quiet. Toilet blocks etc also clean and tidy. Looking forward to our second visit of the year in July.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
The location is wonderful with access to excellent walking. Facilities were clean, the welcome friendly and lots of local information is available. There are a lot of of local attractions and public transport is easily accessible. Highly recommended!
Having been disappointed in not going to the lake district due to the snow , We were more than happy we change to Corfe Castle site. A very warm welcome, and made to feel welcome all our stay., Nice and relaxed site with good clean facilities. We will look forward to a return visit some time.
DATE STAYED: March 2013
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Active break,Peaceful break
Just returned and very impressed with this site,the weather wasn't the best but still made it to the village and the castle,i was once told by a wise man "(its not about the weather but the clothes you have on.)"
The site was clean and very well maintained ,the pitch was on hard standing and level which surprised me as some of the previous reviews said chocks were needed for most pitches.the toilets were clean and shower very powerful and warm.
The staff were very friendly and the offer of fresh bread and papers delivered in the morning showed how much they care about their guests. a fabulous place for walks and the castle, one of the places children would remember as they get older, a great place to visit.
We ate at the Greyhound and had a very nice meal at a reasonable price. Looking forward to visiting this site again soon. i would expect it to get busy in high season due to its location and friendliness.
For those of you who watch TV we managed to tune into 75 digital channels(just to see if we could) so as for the other reviews of no TV this was not the case on our pitch.
Try for yourselves you will not be disappointed.
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Moderate
This is a gorgeous site on a hill tucked a way about 20 minutes from the centre of Corfe Castle. It's on a hill, but the pitches are flat & plenty of natural green growth around. The TV signal was non-existent, but that didn't spoil our break. The walks & bike rides around were stunning.Underfoot, it does get "muck & muddy y" when it's wet, but a minor point for such a lovely location.
DATE STAYED: August 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Went here with my family, great for all the family(wide age range). We all had a fab experience and it was only a 15-20 min walk to Corfe Castle, where there is lots of things to do and lots of shops! It was extreamly cold (specially in a tent)when we went but by the reception they kept a room open which was warm and cosy. The toilets and showers were very clean, we go camping quite a lot and it was one of the cleanest( in my top 3). There were plenty of useful things to buy in the shop, e.g. bread, milk, matches, bottles of drinks, kitchen roll, ice cream! I fully recomend this campsite for a quite camp and for older familes and couples(10+). It would be sutiable for younger families as there is a playground however they could find it a bit boring.
DATE STAYED: April 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break
We had a great time at this site and will certainly be going again. It was quiet and a beautiful spot. I would say that all the grass pitches that were on the site were sloped, though if you had a caravan/campervan there were a lot of hardstanding areas for these, though chocks were needed.
The facilities were good and the showers were just what you wanted.
In the site information leaflet it does warn you about not leaving food in your tent or where animals can get to it. We had seen this before in information leaflets and we didn't think much of it. BUT they really do mean it as the squirals are all around the site and they quite happily came in and took stuff. When they couldn't they even tried the lid of the peanut butter jar.
The only thing that I would say that was a little disconcerting was the time they said it would take you to walk to either Corfe or to Church Knowle stating that they were 15 - 20 minute walks. I am not a slow walker but these did take me nearly half an hour and the walk to Church Knowle did require sturdy footware, but they were lovely walks and certainly helped you to build a hunger before the meal and I good walk to let it go down afterward
The wildlife was great and sitting on the site listening to the distant sounds of the steam engines were lovely.
All said and done we will definitely be going back.
DATE STAYED: September 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
What a glorious site. We only stayed two nights but would have been happy to stay longer. Although late in the season the site was still busy and we now know why. It is a hidden gem that we found easily using the book map. We used the disabled facilities and access and found all extremely good. Thanks for a relaxing and pleasant break.
Parts of the site were really nice, but if you are pitched up the top back area, then there is not much open spaces if you like to sit outside, lots of very high trees all round, and very steep road way for towing and walking to shower block. There was no TV signal up there. We had many power cuts, 1 lastest for an hour at breakfast time and that same evening there were more 5 times when the electric went of, most nights at one point the electric went of, we were told it was people using kettles, toasters that should not be used on camp sites, but we asked another camp site down the road if they had any problems with electric going of, they said there was not any problem with the electric, so maybe this site need to get to the route of this problem. Beside this, it did not spoil our stay as there are many lovely places to visit. But we will not be returning to this site
SUITABLE FOR: Groups,Peaceful break
Great site, stayed here for 2 weeks, will definitely visit again. Staff really friendly and the site is really nice as some of the pitches are in amongst the trees, rather than being a standard uniform camping site. Would highly recommend a stay :)
DATE STAYED: July 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families
Some pitches very close together. Some pitches very sloping rather than slightly. Many trees keeping out the sun( good for July,but not September. Only one toilet block. On a more positive note,surrouding countyside great with walks from the site. Local bakery delivered bread very good.
Just returned from a wonderful 2 weeks at corfe, our third visit this year. We were overwhelmed by the friendly welcome back, what a wonderful start to a much needed break! The facilities and pitches were up to the usual excellent standards we have come to associate with corfe. Lisa, Mark, Richard, Bev and Brian all work so hard to ensure the comfort of everyone fortunate enough to be on site and we can't thank them enough for their contribution to our lovely holiday.We wish them all a well earned break over the winter months and look forward to seeing them again next year.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
We stayed here in our tent for two weeks ths August. I don't think you could find a better located site from which to explore everything Dorset has to offer. We took the steam train from just up the road into Swanage, explored the castle and village at Corfe (walking distance) and did a whole hst of other things within easy travelling distance of the site. The site itself was lovely, and whilst I can imagine that to visitors without kids it was irritating to have to hear them playing until dusk, especially if pitched near the play area, for parents like me it iwas a safe, carefree environment which mine thoroughly enjoyed, especially the wildlife. The facilities were as clean as can be expected given that it was peak time and they were in constant use, especially the family shower room which came in very handy. My only gripe was that, whilst the campsite itself was beautifully kept the kids play area was covered in litter ( lots of sweet and crisp wrappers) and was never cleared up in the two weeks we were there. Apart from this one thing it was great and we will definitely be returning.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Active break,Younger couples
The only disappointing part of our stay at CCCâ€™s Corfe Castle site was that we were not staying longer. Having booked a sneaky one-nighter the site offered secluded pitches on superb hard standing bases. With rubber matting and railway sleepers the hard standing pitches are some of the best I have seen on CCC sites. The site provided a quiet nights camping and is definitely one our list to revisit again in the future.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Peaceful break
staff very friendly & helpful. Toilets & showers were clean but not as clean as other sites we have visited. Never saw anyone in there cleaning. Play area not up to much. Not saying that we would never go back as in a fantastic part of the country & surroundings are fantastic.
SUITABLE FOR: Peaceful break
Enjoyed my weeks stay here, lovely part of the country, but Main accesss road (A351) very busy with holiday traffic!!
Site 'facilities' kept spotlessly clean so no complaints there except that they were very busy - could do with a few more.
My only other concern was the grey water and drinking water area was in the centre of the site at the bottom of quite a steep hill that's if you were sited at the top end of the field - (a note for members who might not be as fit as they once were). I would definitely book again though.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Younger couples
Stayed here for 5 nights and were very comfortable. Friendly staff, spotless showers and toilets and an excellent wet-room for disabled visitors. It is up a narrow lane but we only once met a car coming in the opposite direction so this wasn't a problem. Twenty minute gentle stroll over the hillside into Corfe to visit the castle & within easy reach of fabulous beaches at Studland. Also very close to Monkey World, Brownsea Island and the Tank Museum. The pitches are fairly close together and did slope a little but we were fine. The children's play area is a bit lame but other than that, we thought it was a lovely site. Will definitely stay there again.
loved this site..as it says tricky to find as there was no sign by the lane end..A narrow lane so it would be a good idea for a passenger to walk ahead to stop oncoming cars if you are towing..its only about 75 yds.
Walked into Corfe Castle town in the afternoon along the track around the fields.Wouldnt be any good at night after a beer. Lots to do in the area. Lulworth cove, Charmouth jurassic beach for fossil hunting, Studland beach (National trust) free parking if member. This beach has a naturist section..Well done National Trust!!
Some pitches were on a slope which made for an iffy nights sleep. But Hey ho thats camping..Will go again , deffinatley
DATE STAYED: August 2008
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break
This was our first visit to a CCC site and were very impressed.
Yes, the entrance road is narrow and with pot-holes, we towed a trailer and it didn't affect us - maybe the site doesn't own the road and so it's beyond their control?
We found all the staff friendly and helpful (providing a elec hook up extension when our friends didn't reach) and the shower/toilet block spotless. A helpful leaflet was given to us on arrival with site details and local information.
Personally, I found the drop down seat in the showers useful for putting bits and pieces on. Our friends (1st time campers) found the family room invaluable given that they had a toddler). I found the floor being moped at 10.30 one night - very impressive.
The only downside I'd say is the shop as it only has a very small supply and short hours but once there and you find this out, you work with it.
We had no problem with the electricity supply and didn't take a telly so can't comment on the signal (but who wants' to take a telly on holiday? The stunning night sky is enough to look at!)
The walk to Corfe is beautiful - 3 lovely pubs and a fab childrens playground (the one at the site was very basic the opinion of the 5 children within our group).
One of the nice things was the pitches were not all uniformed - they were dotted around in different groupings. Some of the caravans were on quite a slop granted but the tent pitches were either even or on just a slight slope.
Overall, a lovely campsite that we will be returning to next year.
We just keep coming back year after year. Mark & Lisa and the team are so friendly and work hard at keeping this site in tip top form, it just gets better and better. Had horrendous weather for the first time ever, but even that didn't spoil the enjoyment. Fabulous site - can't wait for next year.
Have just returned from our 4th stay at this fantastic site. Having visited the 1st year it opened we can really appreciate all the hard work that Mark and Lisa have put into improving the site. They and their assistants, Richard and Bev are always friendly, never too busy to pass the time of day and keep the site and facilities 1st class. The rain was awful, but other sites fared worse than Corfe and no-one can do anything about the rain anyway! We get to the Site and feel so relaxed we are able to pitch, with assistance if needed, and get into Holiday Mode immediately. We will be going back as will our family who visited with us last year and were also impressed by the site. Well done and Thank You!!!
DATE STAYED: June 2012
The first experience of the site is the narrow, bumpy, potholed approach lane which is well overdue for resurfacing.
The second experience will be the friendly welcome from the site staff.
The toilet block is quite small for the number of pitches and not particularly well lit. There is no control over the temperature of the water in the showers although it was generally hot enough. A button must be constantly pressed to maintain a flow of water - these might be considered to be a good thing if it prevents children from scalding themselves or wasting water.
We had two days of rain by the end of which some of the tent pitches were looking very muddy.
The site is on the side of a hill and quite steeply sloped. Older campers may find the water fetching and waste disposal quite a pull.
The site is located a short walk from Corfe Castle and its village.
We have mixed feelings about the site and will probably not return.
Although in a hard standing pitch we were at the top of the slope near the dog, Corfe Castle walk, under trees which prevented any sun or privacy. We felt isolated from the camp and the trek for facilities was tedious. Although we felt lucky to have a flat pitch as some seemed quite rediculously sloped.
We left early and would not go back.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break,Younger couples
We have been to many of the caravan and camping sites and enjoyed every minute ,but this site we would not return, due to most of the pitches are under large trees making it very dark and dismal on the sunnest of days, no tv as not one of the campers had any tv signal even those with sky did not pick any stations (only i camper picked up a signal and that only bbc.)poor road conditions up to site a long narrow lane with lots of pot holes. wardens not as friendly as other sites we have been to. showers and toliet were very clean and always lots of hot water.
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Difficult
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples
Our stay at this lovely site started well with a warm welcome and assistance pitching from the very friendly staff.The toilet block is modern with excellent showers and Corfe Castle and village is a short stroll away through the countryside.It is a perfect site for exploring the Purbeck Hills and i would reccomend this site to anyone.
Our first time on a Club site and what a beautiful site it is! It is nice and quiet, perfect for relaxing and it is in such a beautiful area, ideal for walking or bird spotting. The facilities are excellent and are kept very clean by the friendly and helpful staff. There is a handy little shop and only a 10 min walk to Corfe Village for pubs and the castle or you can travel further a field to lovely towns like Wareham. This is definately a site we will be going back to!
DATE STAYED: May 2012
My fourth year,it just gets better. NO light pollution and even when full the site doesn't seem crowded. Nice spacious pitches.Mark and Lisa are improving the site all the Time and for the last 3 years have been ably supported with Richard and Beverley. They are a great team.. Thanks for another great stay.
The initial impression of this site I think is bad because the entrance lane is disgraceful, stinging nettles on either side up to thigh height, our motorhome would not fit down the lane without mowing through the vegitation on the road sides. Once on site it improves considerably the road ways could do with smaller graded gravel though! Hard standings are good but grass pitches are very uneven.I do wish the club would look at the Caravan Clubs approach to toilet blocks and adopt a similar idea, the showers are cramped with the large flap down seats and the shower screens are awkward and stiff to use. The CCEP is another poor feature too, I wish they would decide on a design and stick to it.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Active break
Our second visit and again excellent. Staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Set in a lovely area and excellent walks for our dogs. We don't normally go back to the same place more than once but can't wait for our 3rd visit.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break
We are about to go to Corfe for our sixth visit. It's wonderful: quiet, unlit, good for walking from site and easy access to buses to Wareham and Swanage. The access is a bit bumpy but it's a small price to pay for a wonderful site. If you want bright lights at night don't go there but we feel that that's all part of the charm and natural location of the site. Try Clavells at Kimmeridge for dinner - very good. Mark and Lisa do a superb job. We've been to many sites but it's the best by far.
DATE STAYED: October 2011
This was our second time to this campsite. We love the are, so much to explore. We have three dogs and there is walking available direct from the campsite without having to go on the road. The area is riddled with footpaths so it is possible to walk long or short distances without walking on roads.
The staff are friendly and helpful, and facilities are always kept immaculate.
Had a fabulous week at this site (our 2nd visit) from Easter Monday with 2 young children. Even the weather was great!! Very much a Family Site - Felt very comfortable that the children could go to the Play area safely on their own, make friends with other Children, and they loved the freedom.
Mark and Lisa (the Franchisees) were very welcoming, friendly and helpful; and they/the staff keep the Site spotless. Plenty to do in the area, with Corfe Castle being a highlight with fun/educational entertainment for the Children, Swanage Railway, Swanage Beach is fabulous and good fun Crabbing from the Harbour wall. Overall a great stay - We'll definitely return.
Our 2nd visit. Excellent location for walking straight from site. Bus service from Corfe to Swanage also Wareham & Poole in other direction. Mark & Lisa very helpful. Approach lane could be better. Love the area.
DATE STAYED: March 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Fantastic weeks stay at this quiet site. Facilities are very good and the area is lovely. Not one pub or attraction turned us away with a young puppy.
Fabulous pub food within walking distance.
Will be returning!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
Had a one night stay here and this was our very first time camping in a motorhome so did'nt know what to expect.
The approach to the site was difficult and the road leading upto it was very unkept and rough, however we were greeted by very freindly staff and walked us to our pitch point.
Its a small site but nice a quite and peaceful (we had a dog to), the site had a shop and would say small toliets / shower facilities nothing flash but clean. We were pitched right at the bottom and could not get a TV signal (but hey we were on holiday), overall nice a quite and would go back.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
We had a great time here. Excellent pitch with hardstanding and hook up at the top of the site. You have to be careful up the access road as it is narrow but didn't find it as bad as previous reviews had made out. Very good showers in the shower block. Beautiful surroundings and a lovely walk over the fields to Corfe Castle and the village. Have booked to come back again in the summer.
Another fantastic weekend at this site. Yet again made most welcome by Mark and Lisa. The views of Corfe Castle and across the the harbour towards Poole from the hill behind the site are well worth the climb. Looking forward to returning in May when the bluebells on the site should be out.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
A very nice campsite with a lovely couple running it. Enjoyed our stay and would go back again.
DATE STAYED: November 2011
A lovely site - favourite club site so far - yes the pitches are in amongst a wood but that meant we had a squirrel just outside the window, woodpeckers in the trees and owls calling at night. A very friendly and helpful welcome and the site is very well placed for exploring an interesting area. Corfe Castle is such an easy walk away (via a path not the road). I guess the access road is a little tight but it didn't cause us any issues and it is a site we would return to.
DATE STAYED: September 2011
I would just like to let you know what a wonderful year we have had camping with the Club. I have taken a year off this year so had lots of camping breaks. We started our adventures in April at Winchcombe and travelled to Corfe Castle from there. We had glorious weather; the scenery was fantastic we visited Swanage and Studland Bay. In May we went to Sandringham, sadly the Queen wasnâ€™t in, the site was set in beautiful grounds, and we visited Brancaster and Huntingham. Later that month we went to Hereford and here we visited The Weir and Symonds Yat. In June we went to Cheddar, Mendip Heights again outstanding views, we visited Glastonbury Tor and Wells. In July we went to Chipping Norton and we went to Cornbury Festival, we have been for the last 5 years, great music and wonderful atmosphere. At the end of the month we went to Veryan, again fantastic weather and views, we visited St Mawes, Falmouth, St Austall, Truro and local villages. We also camped at Bath on our way back to visit our daughter. August we went to Chard, not a club sites, not impressive. In September we went to Delamere Forest, had a lovely time at Chester and exploring the forest. In October we went to Preston, again not a club site, but we wanted to take our daughter to the illuminations .In between all these breaks we have had short stays at our second home Woverley. We would like to say every club site gave us a warm friendly welcome and we will not be going to non club sites next year. We store our caravan at Wolverley and sadly have just put it away for the winter, We would like to give a huge thank you to Carol and Mike Aspery, and their assistants for looking after us and our caravan for the 5th year, always friendly, helpful and welcoming. Looking forward to next season Merry Christmas to those now starting their winter break.
Very satisfied customers
Kevin and Susan Jobbins
Club member 597718
DATE STAYED: April 2011
We have visited three times this year and love the location especially for the dogs as we can leave by the back gate onto country paths leading to beautiful views. A very warm welcome especially as we sometimes arrive a little later than 8pm on a Friday after a hard days work and quickly feel relaxed in the surroundings of this beautiful village. Some vehicles including ours struggle a little on the hills but its very worth the small amount of effort. We will be back in 2012.
I think it is fair to say that I was not over enamoured with this site.The pitch I was allocated was at the top end of the site by the back gate, which was ok in itself. The bollard I was to connect to for the ehu wasn't working. I waited for reception to open to report the problem and alternative arrangements were eventually made. I was told that the electician would be fixing it in a few days but nobody showed during the six days I was there. Toilets and showers were of a very good standard but alas, they were at the far end of the site near reception and down a steep slope. The nearest drinking water and grey water disposal were also down the steep slope although not too far away. This site really could do with another facilities block at the top end of the site. I won't be back.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Well done the four of you, as I said often especially to Richard it's all your fault so well done especially the one unsavoury incident regarding a particular piece of awful driving and the abuse that was thrown you handled the situation very well. like I said well done and it's your fault
Great site and welcome. As for earlier reviews about the potholes in access road. They are very minor indeed. If you want to see potholes you should drive round Yorkshire!!!!
The only quibble we had and it was fairly important was that we were put in one of the further glades which was good but the roadway didn't extend down there so that when it rained (and boy did it rain) it was very difficult to get the car off the grass because of the incline and also the other people using it turned it into just a mudtrack that only a 4x4 could get up.
In other words the owners really need to extend the tracks so that they get to all the glades.
Well done Mark & Lisa, we had a truly lovely time at Corfe. From the moment we booked in with the friendly welcome to when we left...it was superb.
The lane is small and has a few bumps but hey you are in deepest darkest Dorset in the Purbecks.
We arrived on the Friday of the b/h weekend and the site was full the whole time. Personally we experienced no problems accessing the toilets or showers. It is well advertised the shop is open only restricted times, which was not a problem. Papers, bread etc. could be ordered for collection the next morning.
We had a great holiday in corfe castle C&CC and are going back again.
I would recommend this site for anyone, however read the information supplied.. the site is on a hill and indeed the whole of the Purbecks is very hilly.
Go and enjoy and step out of the rat race for a while, if you are looking for entertainment don't go!
DATE STAYED: August 2011
We had an outstanding stay at this venue. Although there are some issues with the access road, it is signposted and the managers are dealing with the access issue, which is due to external agencies. We stayed in the top field, which was superb, although our motor mover was invaluable. I recommend the use of sat tv to avoid signal issues. The facilities were always very clean even though the site was operating at capacity and we rarely had to queue. Extremely friendly and helpful site staff, who have clearly invested money and effort into improving the site. Despite some extensive rainfall the site drained quickly. We will be returning as the site ensured our stay in Dorset was exceptional. Thank you.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Younger couples
Site is in a lovely location with clean facilities but why does the club put so many pitches on such a small area, is it greed? The facilities couldn't cope with the number of people, the grass pitches were mud, our neighbours on a hard-standing stepped out of their caravan awning into a bush and wooden fence the pitch was so small and we stepped out of our tent door straight onto the road! If you can camp at any time of the year this would be a great site, if like thousands of us you are restricted to school holidays, unless they reduce the number of pitches we won't be back.
Not well signposted, narrow entrance, rough road. Facilities clean but not enough of them for number of campers.We were at the top of the site near play area, OK if you have children but we and our friends, and others caravanners in our area were all of retirement age and did not want to be woken at 7am by noisy, unsupervised children. The noise went on until well after dusk. Pitch was steep & sloping, almost burnt out clutch. 3 large blocks needed to level caravan. Wont be back, shame because area is beautiful
This site is situated in a beautiful location with very good facilities and friendly wardens. However, although we have camped for years in all weather including snow, this site is not suitable for tents in wet weather. We were pitched under trees on mud (no grass)on a slope, cars were skidding and some people had to leave cars in the car park, which was quite a way from the tent. So I am afraid that this, along with the noise levels from the playground in the evening means we will not be paying a return visit.
We arrived late and found the sign on the lane less rthan helpful However the warm welcome from staff more than compensated for this The site is well set out with good facilities We enjoyed it so much we are alreadyb thinking of booking again next year The stoll to Corfe Castle is a wonderful way to arrive at this picture postcard spot The wardens also provide a wealth of information for the visitor One of the best club sites we have stayed on
Even following the directions given in the club literature the site was very difficult to find. The signage at the end of the lane is dreadful! Our pitch was still occupied by the unit which was supposed to have vacated that morning. Having said that the staff were very friendly and obliging. That night, after finding out where the facilities were and just how clean and new they were, I was surprised to discover that there is no on site lighting apart from the movement activated lights at reception, the light in the telephone kiosk and the lights at the toilet block. Needless to say, we will not be back!
Been to this site two years on the trot now and it is a truly magical spot. All of the managers are very friendly and helpful and the facilites are clean and well maintained. The only problem with the facilities is the apparent inability of other users of the site to clean up after themselves!! The wildlife on site is amazing and the site has wild flowers which I hadn't seen for years. The entry road is a tad bumpy but worth the jolt when you get to the top! Highly recommend this site and we will definately go back.
Very disappointed on arrival,as previously mentioned the site approach has much to be desired ,upon entering the site pitches were undulating, in so much ,that my caravan jack could not level my van.To his credit, the manager was extremely friendly and positioned my van on five blocks of wood with his Land Rover,despite the hitch end laying at ground level.The awning area was dirt and mud from wear leaving no grass at all ,though this did not matter because I could not pitch the awning anyway because ot the difference in levels.Sorry won't be back
Only stayed for 3 nights its a very friendly site, clean and very near to Corfe castle, yes the road leading to the site does need attention it could be SO Much Better!!! & yes its just a brown sign with a caravan on by the roadside.
Our 6 year old enjoyed the field we were in & the Play area. Could just do with the shop being open a few more hours.
would stay again!
DATE STAYED: July 2011
This has to be one of our favourite Club sites so far.
The Site Managers were friendly and helpful and always found time for a chat when they were passing.
Some of the reviews have said the approach is difficult, well we were towing and couldn't see what the problem was.
A few more dish washing sinks would be nice as would a few more toilets, but I am not going to mark it down for that because what is there is immaculately clean.
Yes, some of the pitches are sloping and some are under trees but it warns of that in the sites book and hey you are in the countryside aren't you?
The site is surrounded by some excellent walks, and if you have a mountain bike you will be spoilt for choice, as the saying goes "just get out and ride!"
Keep up the good work the site is superb and as soon as we can, we will be back!
We were disappointed on arrival as we had booked as a group booking with friends and found out that we weren't actually in adjacent pitches as promised when we booked. This was a little frustrating especially as we were told that we would be accommodated together. We had read previous reviews and were quite prepared for sloping pitches but nothing quite prepared us for how sloping our pitch was. Our pitch definitely wasn't suitable for caravan (almost on a small hill) and there wasn't much room between pitches making the experience feel quite claustrophobic...too many tents thrown in between and not enough space around the pitch for our liking. The road leading to the site was awful for towing caravans, very narrow and lots of potholes. Also as mentioned in the handbook there is no sign post at the base of the drive (we used the directions from the website which failed to mention this!) Facilities were clean though and regularly kept clean even though it was peak season. I would return but only if I could guarantee being pitched in different area...Thought that for the price we paid it was a disappointing pitch!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Younger couples
Having booked this site after friends had been and loved it, I read the reviews.... Some people do seem to moan about quite stupid things, I mean we are camping aren't we??
The staff were very friendly and really busy, the site was approached by a tarmac road that had a couple of speed bumps in it and a couple of pot-holes but not as bad as some seem to think.
We were pitched under a tree and had no radio signal but not really a problem for us. The pitch was slightly sloped but the staff on site offered a block for under the jockey wheel and if you needed it they were happy to assist.
The play area was good for the children and there were lots of children there but it is the summer holidays but in the evenings the site was quiet and peaceful. Someone without children wouldn't want to be pitched near the play area. There is a beautiful walk into Corfe and lots of pubs and tea rooms in Corfe.
We will be going back soon!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Younger couples
quiet and relaxing site, close to many popular attractions in the area, such as lovely beaches at nearby swanage and studland.visits to poole, weymouth, bournemouth and christchurch are all re ommended and within easy reach. A trip to nearby corfe castle an absolute must.
slight draw back is access road to site
was narrow and bumpy, and roadway through site only hardcore not tarmac.
poor tv reception, but didnt concern us
only added to the peaceful atmosphere.
Excellent friendly welcome. Well managed.Site exit road a disgrace and poorly signposted. Water points a bit inaccessible and electricity erratic. Nevertheless a great location for two weeks, especially if you are a walker, national trust member, steam enthusiast and have a bus pass!
DATE STAYED: June 2011
Beware! No C&CC sign at turning. We missed the brown sign, fortunately able to reverse our caravan a couple of miles ahead in Church Knowle. No brown sign from that direction at all, so keep your eyes pealed! Lovely,woodland site. Some pitches were in complete shade. Wardens efficient and friendly. It was great to be able to walk 3/4 mile down into Corfe Castle village. A great site for visiting local attractions. Would definitely return.
We can't understand why people have given less than 5 stars for friendliness as the staff could not have been more welcoming, polite, friendly and helpful. The site is set amongst trees which gave a lot of welcome shade from the extremely hot sun. It is also very well positioned for touring round and close to the coast. Corfe Castle, both the village and castle itself, are a must visit. Our elderly dogs also enjoyed the nearby walks and peaceful surrounds to sleep their excursions off.
We can't wait for the opportunity to return.
We had trouble finding the site as we were looking for a 'Caravan & Camping Club' sign and there isn't one, just a brown camp site sign. Staff were friendly and showed us to our pitch. TV reception is poor but we had no problems with mobile phone reception nor mobile internet connection. We did notice many dogs 'off lead' whilst on site, one dog wandering around for half an hour before the owner came looking for it. Site was full and busy but the toilet block spotless as were the other facilities. The Scott Arms nearby is a fantastic meal with all locally sourced ingredients and a very good chef, not cheap but highly recommended with great views from the beer garden.
***Asda in Poole, make sure you pay and display otherwise its a Â£60 fine !!!***
Lots of wildlife around, we heard an owl, was visited by a squirrel, lots of birds came to our feeder, something in the awning had leftover pizza from our bin by chewing into the binbag.
Would recommend this site
Lovey site, very busy but not overcrowded. Everyone friendly,easy reach of Corfe and the coast, great for walking kids and dog, we all enjoyed our brief stay.
On approach to the site there is no visible sign to the access lane and then you find the lane itself banked on both sides by used animal bedding and fresh maure.Not a pleasant introduction and nor are the wooden pallets that have been put into the sides to make access even more tricky.The duty wardens failed to tell us of the various facilities eg water points, resulting in us all queuing up at the tap near the entrance and then later finding more water points on the site.The pitches are mainly in the trees and require levellers and instead of 250V electricity we were only getting 180V meaning that the microwave did not work. Not only is there no TV reception, it should be noted that there is no mobile phone reception which could be a problem if, like us, you need to be in contact with home.On the positive side, the site is within walking distance of Corfe, Swanage and Wareham and therefore is perfect for walking holidays.
nice site, very busy..we were allocated a sloping pitch in the glade..unfortunately after two days a family arrived with 2 young children ie..two year old twins..we were disturbed during the night and also early in the morning before 6.30 by children talking loudly and playing and the parents talking loudly as well. I feel that there should be an area for families and that as a mature couple we shouldnt have had a young family put in such close proximity to us at it spoilt our holiday and we left a day early.
However the site is in a beautiful location with a lovely walk into Corfe Castle.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples
this was our first camp at this site ,liked the reviews, we have been to this area before on a b&b holiday so we knew the the places to visit, arrived ok we were given a pitch in the glade! sloping no sun cold and damp feeling all the time but having the castle so near made up for that its beautiful! but on day three a couple with young kids moved next to our tent from then on no chance of a lie in as they were up and about at 6am! so it was goodbye corfe castle campsite a day early we have brought up four kids of our own and now enjoy breaks on our own so c& camping being as we are members and subscribe every year please have areas for quiet campers.
We found the site difficult to find as the sign is hidden amongst the trees, the lanes are narrow so we had to travel a mile before we could turn around and come back, this was following the map on the web site. Once in and registered we had no problems at all we ordered and paid for a daily paper but had to get up by 10 am as the shop closes then until 16.00. That was the only drawback Mark & Lisa and all the staff were most helpful the elctric cuts were not too bad a problem that someone else referred to. Would recommend the site to anyone as it is friendly, small and compact - nothing for kids to do though, but not a problem for us - Thank you for a lovely holiday exploring the Jurassic Coast. Will definitely be returning to you at some point.
Just returned from a 10 day stay at Corfe Castle. The site was perfect - a lovely location set in beautiful countryside. It was clean, tidy and well maintained. However, we experienced one major problem in that the area of the site we were on (approximately a third of the site) suffered many cuts to the electricity supply - on one evening there were more than 15 cuts. This continued for approximately a week and we often had to resort to our own gas supply for heating. This was very disappointing. When the site was not as busy, during the last three days of our stay, there were no problems with the supply. We feel the problem could happen again when the site is fully booked.
Just wanted to say that we can't commend Corfe Castle site highly enough! Franchises Mark and Lisa, and assistant wardens Richard and Bev are truly wonderful ambassadors for the CCC! They work tirelessly to ensure that the site and facilities are immaculate and are always polite, friendly and helpful. Our particular thanks go to Richard for his patience in helping us to pitch in May. We find ourselves in this awful dilemma. We want to tell everyone how wonderful this site is, yet at the same time have the selfish desire to keep it secret!! If you want to park your car and get out and explore the beautiful Isle of Purbeck on foot, then this is the site for you. (Just don't take the last pitch before we have rebooked!)
Sandra and David Heard
DATE STAYED: May 2011
Well, what a campsite, right at the base of the Castle, beautiful little village where the entrance to the castle is. We took our 2 kids and 3 dogs with us away for the weekend and have had such a good time walking around on the hills and at the gorgeous sandy beach (Shell Bay beach)... We have really really enjoyed our time at this little gem of a campsite and cannot wait to return for a longer break next year, we would have returned back this year but they are y booked already! The one and only negative is that our pitch was on a slight slope but apart from that... fab...
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break
hi we stayed at corf castle this weekend.The site it self is lovely quite and clean.i would stay there again as the castle is great to explore as is the many other places to vist in the area.
now the down side there is only three sinks to wash up in and as it was busy we had to wait a while to ues them,the shower ,toilet blocks are verey clean and warm but yet again there are only four showers and three toilets in the mens block.they is only one block for the whole site this were the site lets it self down .Threr should be more toilet and whasing up facilites to make this site brilliant.
We had a minor emergency whilst at the site, this required an additional 4 nights stay that was sorted very efficiently and quickly. Many thanks to both of you.
Colin & Susie
This was a 2nd visit to this lovely little site. The site is secluded enough to enjoy the dawn chorus from the birds but with a wonderful walk to Corfe along the bridleway. There is an abundance of wildlife to be seen on the way to and from The Greyhound pub in the evening. The highlight was seeing a young doe grazing in the field very near to the path back to the site 2 nights running.
Our 2 Westies enjoy this site as the walk along the bridleway and they can run after the rabbits without ever catching them.
We have just returned from a very relaxing break over the weekend and know we will be back next year.
Thank you to the team for a wonderful site.
This is our second site since joining the Club and this site didn't disappoint at all, yes this is a slopping site but surprisingly level pitches considering we were in a tent!! We had Mr Badger come and visit and taste our Roxy's dog biscuits one night (I'd forgotten to pick them up out the tent awing) around 5 am but hey, that's camping and being on a badger run! A very quiet site (for us) and loads of places to visit in a very short distance from the site. Site facilities are great, had to wait for the showers one morning out of three. Our doggy loved this site as ample of walks just off the site and was allowed on the Beaches! If you get the chance - visit this site.
This site is a gem. Lisa and Mark are the perfect hosts, very friendly and helpful. The walking in the area is fantastic, the site leads directly onto the Purbeck Hills, well worth the climb - the view from the top was magnificent. Corfe Castle itself is a lovely village and a trip on the steam railway to Swanage is a must. The site was well looked after and the showers/toilet facilities were immaculate. You can even order your bread and newspapers and buy some small grocery items if you run out. The site is sloping but you can borrow levelling blocks if needed. If you have difficulty moving on and off the site then they do have a Landrover and they are happy to tow you on and off. The only downside during our stay was some very noisy children, very early in the morning, with inconsiderate parents.
Really like the site, nice atmosphere
nice to have combination of open spaces and trees. Will definately return. Only downside I thought was that there was only 3 washing up spaces for all the camp.
What an amazing site. We are new members to the club and this was our first visit to a club site so did'nt know what to expect, we need'nt have worried though as it was superb. The wardens are very welcoming and friendly and go above and beyond what we have been used to. As to the facilities, they are spotless, pitches are mostly sloping but we were offered levelling blocks if we needed them, but we managed without. Asolutely first class site.
The road to the site was very narrow but luckily we were not towing and did not have to pass another vehicle.
The staff were not over the top, it was explained where to toilet block was that was all. We were shown to our plot and had to ask where the hook-up was. There was no plot number; on fetching water my friend was asked three times what plot was he on and who was he with. He came back and queried if he looked a vagrant!!
The plot was on a slop which made it difficult to stop everything sliding, including myself during the night!
There turned out to be some lovely walks from the site, non of which had been explained to us.
On leaving the site my friend made a mistake and used the toilet after 11am and was spoken to by a staff member as if he had committed a mortal sin.
This site is perfect,it is quiet, the facilities are well looked after, the location is excellent. The pitches are kept in good condition. You can walk in any direction from the site with stunning views and beautiful countryside all around you.
The staff were very helpful, the pitch we were offered was under the trees, (thunder was forecast, I am a little nervous of storms) they imediately offered us another one which was more open. This was our second visit, we will be going back.
What an absoloute gem of a location,stunning beaches nearby, stunning countryside, very quiet and peaceful site with the most friendliest and welocoming staff we have ever encountered. To top it all off we had 6 days of glourious sunshine. We would definately recommend the Corfe Castle Site.
We stayed over the easter weekend and although the site was almost full you didn't feel crowded, the welcome was very friendly, and you where taken to your pitch and offered a little advice on on how to get onto it as some where alittle awkward to get onto,the showers and toilets where kept very clean, didn't hear much from the play area and we where very close to it which was good for our youngest,plenty of good walks for the dog also,
Great site for camping 10/10. Spotless facilities , fantastic helpful friendly staff. Perfect location to explore the entire area. I certainly wouldn't want to tow a large caravan up the lane to the site though ! We stayed over the Easter bank holiday weekend & I feel sorry for anyone who was camped next to the family with the kids that screamed from 7am -11pm !! luckily we were well away from them, but I know others found it a bit "hard going" (& we have kids).
Loads of walks, loads of wildlife, loads to see, loads to do. We will certainly stay here again. Parents, even people with kids don't want to listen to YOURS, have a thought for others.
Access 'lane' (tarmaced footpath) is very narrow and 'blind' without passing places, not impossible but not easy either.
Hardstanding pitches are SMALL, caravan + car + awning doesn't go, and using rock pegs means the subsurface will grab them, we left 6 behind driven into the infill to bury them!
The purbeck stone dressed site 'roads' are difficult, wheel spin in an old diesel 4x4 doesn't help when trying to site your van. We saw several others with modern cars and 4x4's slipping too.
And wardens need to ask, near play area or not? Our 14 year old doesn't use them, so why assume we needed to be near it? We had to put up with the screaming and screeching, starting at 7:15 in the morning until well after dark!
Too many pitches in too small a space IMHO.
We spent three nights here at the beginning of April with our three dogs. The facilities were kept immaculate. The wardens were very nice too. The site is lovely and set amongst trees. There is walking available direct from the doorstep with gorgeous views towards Swanage and Poole. Three nights was not enough and will definitely be booking again. Thank you
TRIED TO BOOK LAST SEPTEMBER.SITE FULL.WE CAN SEE WHY.LISA AND MARK MADE US MOST WELCOMBE ON ARRIVAL. LAYOUT VERY NICE,LOTS OF LARGE HARDSTANDING PITCHES IN SEPERATE AREAS OF SITE. IF YOU HAVE DOGS OR LIKE WALKING,THIS IS THE PLACE TO STAY.CLIMBED THE HILLS AND LOOKED DOWN ON CORFE CASTLE.NIGHT TIME WAS BRILLIANT.NEVER SEEN SO MANY STARS,AND NO ROAD NOISE.HAVE BOOKED RETURN TRIP FOR MAY.LOVELY SITE AND WARDENS
DATE STAYED: March 2011
Fantastic peaceful site ideal for base for walks and cycling. Adjacent to country paths short walk from the lovely Corfe village. we only had to drive short distance as live in Dorset anyways, proof you dont need to always go long distance to get a great break. Watched the plentyful wildlife that share the site, so impressed will be back before the season kicks off.
This is one of the best sites I've been to in a long while. I stayed for three weeks in March 2011 in my motorhome and had a really relaxing time.
Mark and Lisa are helpful, friendly people who are working hard to make their site even better. The setting is lovely and the local walking superb. It's ideal for dog owners.
There's wildlife everywhere on the site, including a nesting pair of sparrowhawks and badgers that visit at night. (Don't leave out any food you'll want in the morning!)
Unlike many C&CC sites, the hardstandings are genuinely that, not just reinforced grass plots. As a result there's little mud, which is usually the bane of this club's sites in wet weather.
Telephone and Internet 3G reception were good. I don't have a TV, so can't comment on that.
Corfe Castle village is a short walk away, either by road or, more picturesquely, by the footpath just above the site. I took the steam train to Swanage on two weekends, which was Â£9 well spent each time.
There's lots more I could say about the site and the area but I'll stop now. You get the picture.
We found this sight to be every thing other reviews have said! Truly excellent, we will certainly be back again!
Peaceful site in a great location and greeted by lovely smiles from the wardens. Smashing walking straight from the site - will be back again for sure.
You could quite easily run out of superlatives describing this peach of a site. Its one of those occasions where you really don't want to talk it up too much for fear of too many people finding out your guilty secret!!
From the moment you arrive nothing is too much hassle from the great wardens who so carefuly and diligently look after this site. Their local knowledge is superb if you want to sample the 'local's Dorset' rather than the tourist traps of Bournemouth/Weymouth/Lulworth etc (we did do these and they are pleasant enough days out, within reasonable distance from the site).
The site is a lovely woodland site, with lots of hidey place, most tent pitches are nicely secluded and you don't feel like you are camping in a goldfish bowl. We love the fact that the pitches are not in straight lines.
The wildlife is awesome, so much to see, and nice touch on the notice board which encourages people to add what they have seen and when.
DATE STAYED: July 2010
A very pleasant site, set in the beatiful Dorest countryside. Good walk into Corfe Castle for cafes and shops, with excellent days spent at nearby Kimmeridge Bay and Swanage. Sat watching deer early one morning only yards from the pitch. We will return soon.
As newbie CCC & motorhome members Lisa and Mark were very welcoming and always available for information. The site is being rejuvenated with level hard-standings, site buildings and gravel roads. Within walking distance to local sites, bus routes and a good central point for walks. Thank you Lisa & Mark.
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What a great site! Perfect directions from the C&CC. Approach road/track leading to the site is a bit scary (no passing places) and bumpy but fine if everyone sticks to the rules of not turning up before 12noon!
Lovely, friendly wardens who obviously work very hard keeping the site clean and tidy.
Pitches are in lots of separate areas so it feels like a small site. The fairly new hard standing pitches are large. Some of the grass pitches looked quite sloping.
The shower/toilet block was kept very clean by the wardens and had 5 or 6 very powerful showers in each (ladies & gents).
The shop/reception had a few food essentials and fresh bread (from the local bakery in Corfe) could be ordered along with daily newspapers the day before. TV signal not good.
The walk into Corfe via the public footpath takes 20 mins if strolling. Corfe village itself is lovely. Doggie friendly pubs, we ate at Bankses Hotel, sat in the garden with a view of the castle and steam train!
We took the steam train from Corfe into Swanage for the day. Â£9 each adult (return) and free for the dog! Well worth the money. Swanage is a very traditional seaside town. Buses also run from Corfe into Wareham.
DATE STAYED: September 2010
Excellent site, not ablaze with night lighting, peaceful, you can walk out of site gate onto the Purbeck Hills, superb for walkers and dog owners.
The area around is so beautiful, we will return in the spring.
We camped for one night; it was a lovely spot. Very welcoming, lovely trees, spotless facilities. We will certainly go there again.
Lovely site, we had 3 children with us from 9 - 13years.
Great playground area for them. The actual site is very pretty, woodland setting , although there were quite a few caravans and tents there it did not seem crowded. Great base for exploring Bournemouth, Swanage, Weymouth and other places.
Only drawbacks were limited shop items and the fact that a TV room is advertised on the website, but there isn't one at the site.
DATE STAYED: August 2010
We had a fantastic 5 nights at this site.
Very friendly wardens - nothing was too much trouble. They worked very hard to make your stay a very pleasant one. The pitches are not in lines and are mainly under the trees. Lots of wildlife around. Lovely walks expecially to Corfe Castle. Studland Beach a must. Monkey World great for the children.
A ride on the steam train from Corfe to Swanage a very relaxing experience. Lulworth Cove with an amazing fish and chips restaurant. The Greyhound Inn also serves lovely food in Corfe and are happy to cater for you and your children's dietary needs.
All in all a very very pleasant stay - we will be back!!
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