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"Relax in the Suffolk countryside"
Our lovely Polstead Club Site in on the edge of a conservation area. There are plenty of opportunities for activity nearby or you may choose to relax and enjoy the beautiful Suffolk countryside.
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I must congratulate the franchisees on another wonderful stay. The facilites are 5* and together with the friendliness of Greg & Karen it is no wonder that their site is so popular. - Richard Mullans
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Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club SiteHolt Road,Bower House Tye,PolsteadSuffolkCO6 5BZ
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Greg Baines, Karen Baines
This is a great site made so by Greg and Karren.
The welcome and help from them makes this the most friendly site I have stayed on.
The site is immaculate with good facilities. This was our second visit after visiting first last November.
We shall be back again very soon.
DATE STAYED: April 2013
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Easy
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Ideally placed to visit lovely Suffolk villages and Karen and Gregg make it a very relaxed site on which to stay. Gregg even smiles when he has to stop his work and help tow a motorhome off a soggy grass pitch.
Lesson - stick to hardstandings, the weather can change quickly !
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Groups
What a beautiful little site, it can't be faulted. Karen & Greg are friendly & very helpful. The site is beautifully kept, the facilities are modern (complete with under floor heating!) & immaculate. The surrounding countryside is perfect for a nice walk or exploring by bike (as we did), there is also a good pub just a stones throw away serving excellent home cooked food. This site is only about a 90min drive from where we live so we will definitely be regulars here!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
A Club site that raises the standard for others to follow.Unusual for the club to have a site with individual pitches with hedges or scrubs either side,typical of french sites.
Site managers very helpful and Greg made an easy job of reversing onto pitch.
Walked to the Cock Inn at Polstead by using 10p walking map from the
site office and had one very large meal there .
Visited Kersey,Lavenham,Boxford all picturesque villages no more than 10 miles from site.
There is backgound traffic noise but only at peak periods.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples
A pleasant site with good facilities and friendly staff.
Perfect if you enjoy walking. The number of bluebell leaves peeping up in the woods bode well for a super display later.
The Brewers Arms pub a short walk up the road provides good food.
Well worth a visit especially with a spaceship parked next door. (watertower)
DATE STAYED: March 2013
SUITABLE FOR: Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
I have rated this camp as 5 all round, but in fact it deserves a 10. I cannot fault it at all. The layout, toilet / shower facilities, flowers / shrubs, shop are excelent and the Wardens / Owners, Greg and Karen just can't do enough or you.
We have stayed many times at this site now and will be back as soon as the weather breaks.
DATE STAYED: September 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break
We have been staying here every year for last 3 years and each year it gets better. Greg and Karen extend the warmest of welcome's and could not be more helpful. Looking forward to our first stay of 2013.
DATE STAYED: July 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Peaceful break
A really nice site. The greeting was friendly and the facilities modern and clean. The hard standing plots are a tad on the small side. We would definately recommend this site and do intend returning.
DATE STAYED: March 2008
We've stayed on sites all over the UK and Europe and have always looked forward to returning to Polstead. We were here the day Greg & Karen took over the site and we have seen a vast improvement over the last few years. Their warm and friendly welcome, helpfulness throughout and their attention to detail has never faded. It is a perfect base from which the Suffolk countryside can be explored. We shall return!!!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break,Younger couples
If you like to be woken early every morning whilst on holiday to the sound of cockerels then this is the site to you, however if you don't like to be woken by banging (there is a garage or small unit beside the field where we were pitched) then you may want to rethink. This site is very clean, but seems to be miles from everything so be prepared to fuel up. Also this site does not cater for families with slighty older children - apparently noise 'spooks' some of their older customers, so unless your teenager likes to be tucked up in bed before 9.30pm on a summers evening you may want to reconsider. Don't bother with the fish and chips - they arrived late, they were only just hot, were very greasy and overpriced. Would suggest this is a site for the more mature camper who wants complete peace and quiet and is happy to stay put. Overall we were disappointed with the site so we left early.
DATE STAYED: August 2012
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Moderate
It is very obvious that Greg and Karen own this lovely site. The attention to detail and to the enjoyment of the visitors with their various modes of transport and camping is first rate.
Fish and chips delivered to your door on a Saturday night! That is being spoilt rotten. I like it.
We hope to return in the New Year.
DATE STAYED: December 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
We stayed here for our first night in our new campervan, and very nice it was too. Due to all the rain we were asked to parked on the gravel road next to the pitch. The pitch was flat and the area was clean and tidy. The showers and toilets were tip top with lots of hot water. We booked the site as they had a play area, but it doesn't have an awful lot for the kiddies to play on. All in all very nice. And thanks to the owners for lending us a longer hook up lead.
DATE STAYED: October 2012
One of the best. Very friendly plenty of help if needed,clean warm toilet block. Would not hesitate to recamend.
DATE STAYED: November 2012
Excellent site; plants provide screening & privacy(attractive too). Greg & Karen most helpful & welcoming. Ideal location for visiting villages & towns around the area.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
We enjoyed our stay at this site and were made very welcome. The site has been kept immaculate and, despite overnight heavy rain on some days, the hard standing pitches never flooded. The nearby road did create some noise at certain times of the day but it didn't disturb too much. Even the local cockerel didn't disturb our sleep!
We will certainly make a return visit next year.
Karen was very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. I don't thnk we met Greg. The site is absolutely amazing. well laid out with lovely pitches giving you a level of privacy. Close to a pub/restaurant which served good and reasonably priced food. Bus stop close by 5 mins walk. Time table on site which was helpful. facilities were exceptional. Wifi a real bonus free with a donation towards flowers which I was more than willing to make. Some road noise only to be expected as a road runs past the site. this did not spoil anything for us and a small sacrifice to make for such a wonderful site and location. I plan to return with the grandchildren as I'm sure they will love the play area and free range chickens. Thank you Karen and Greg for creating such a lovely site. We will return as long as we can get booked in. Five stars for everything.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break
Very nice place, but not very happy about the cockerelâ€™s early morning, they drove us completely bonkers and had to cut sort our stay by two days. Itâ€™s not a place I would recommend thatâ€™s unless you like chickens the ones that crow constantly very early mornings .
lovely warm welcome on our arrival we had the pick of all available pitches . greg then took us to our pitch and directed us on first go. on saturday nights you can order fish and chips which will be delivered to your door excellent service. the site is very clean and tidy .the showers and toilets are kept spotless. the only bad point is noise from a very close busy road.
Just returned from our first three night stay at the site and will definitely stay here again.
The shower/toilet block was immaculately clean and warm and the whole site was extremely well maintained. The wardens were very helpful and friendly. The bus stop is in easy walking distance of the site entrance as is a very pleasant pub so a car is not essential but may be useful for visiting more distant attractions.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break,Younger couples
we only stayed one night enroute for home, was made very welcome by the owner. It was very well kept, the shower blocks was very clean and very warm compare to some sites we stayed at. Will definately stay there again when we visit the area again.
We have just come back from this lovely site, the managers and assisants were really welcoming the facilities were really great having a disabled daughter we found the family shower room perfect, the site was lovely and clean and the pitches were good, we will definetly be staying there again.
This is a bijou site in every sense of the term. Compact and carefully designed its every facet displays sparkling qualities and it sits in a wonderful setting. The cleanliness and attention to detail are only matched by the friendliness of the managers and their assistants. We have no hesitation in recommending this site, and indeed have already done so to friends.
This was our third visit to this great site,this time taking friends with us.we caught buses in to Ipswich,Hadleigh and Sudbury also walked to the pretty Kersey village,Polstead and Stoke by Nayland.We had a carvery in the nearby Brewers Arms which was very good value.What more can I say except that it is one of our favourite sites and I cannot fault anything,Thankyou Greg and Karen also helpers
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Younger couples
Lovely campsite, lovely people who run it. Despite it being a very wet week, we had a lovely time and will definately be back at some point. There is lots of attractions and places to visit nearby. Two very nice pubs to eat and socialise in and the locals make you feel very welcome.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
First class service from the time we got there till we left. sitewas first class for tidy and clean on ever thing, would go back eny time,thanks for a great stay.
Beautifully kept site with modern and clean facilities. Very friendly and welcoming site staff.
I found the staff very friendly and accommodating, nothing was too much trouble Karen & Gregg who run the site. I will visit the site agin and would highly recomend the site to friends and family.
Overall this was a very good site, clean and well maintained. Our problem came with booking. We couldn't book in advance as only one night's camping was available and it wasn't possible to pre-book this. We were asked to ring on the morning but when we did we found the answer phone was on. Unfortunately it was left on all day. We left a message asking to be called back. No-one rang. We trusted to luck and turned up about 5pm. The answer phone was still on and it was obvious by what was said that no messages had been picked up all day. We appreciate that August is a busy month but if your only option is to ring on the day at least messages should be picked up. We rang C&CC but they couldn't help. The person who answered the phone at Polstead on the day I made the initial enquiry was very pleasant and helpful. Just a pity that the system didn't work.
SUITABLE FOR: Families
An excellent clean site, friendly and helpful staff and friendly campers. Site maintained to an outstanding level of cleanliness, great walks and cycle rides from near the site. We really enjoyed our 4 day stay and would definitely return. Highly recommended
really nice site. Very clean and modern. Helpful staff. Dog friendly. Felt my six year old was safe. Peaceful and private pitches. Would recommend to all.
Lovely site, tucked away and quite rural. Warm welcome and we were shown to our ptich and directed onto it. Very helpful and made pitching very easy. We had great weather. We walked to the Brewers Arms pub (5 mins) great little pub. Simple, good value pub grub. The only complaint, and this ruined our short trip, was the noise made by cockerels every morning. We had hoped for a lazy break and hadnt planned to get up early on any day. Every morning from 5 am the cockerels (there were at least two of them) started crowing. And they kept on. It was impossible to sleep through and realy did ruin our break. I did ask at reception if there was a local shot gun rental company as I would have dealt with the problem. It was when I was asking about the shotgun that I found out that one of these creatures lived on the site! Thought I might get a chance to run it over but didnt. I know a break in the country does have things us townies dont have. Tractors, cows, sheep that sort of thing but these noisey creatures were awful. The other moan was that the person who used the small holding behind our part of the site, decided, on the sunniest day of the week, to embark on some construction work that included banging some large piece of metal for hours and then using a chain saw.(Thought he might have been making a sound proof cockerel house, but he wasnt). We had hoped to loaf about in the country sunshine on the site, but couldnt stand the noise and had to go out. Such a pity for such a tidy, well kept site. Had we known about the cockerels we would not have stayed here, our leaisure time is limited and precious and to come back exhausted because of interupted sleep leaves a bad impression.
This really is a lovely peaceful site that is maintained to the highest standard. We've already booked to go back next month!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break
we have just returned from a 2 night break at Polstead. It was fantastic. The site is very well maintaind, the owners were very welcoming and the facilities were very, very clean. We are fortunate that we only live 20 minutes from the site and will be returning very soon.
Just enjoyed a lovely stay at Polstead. A beautiful, tranquil site with good, clean and modern facilities. We had a choice of pitches upon arrival, the staff were very friendly and welcoming too!
My children loved the play area, and particularly enjoyed playing with Karen and Greg's son who was polite and very good company!
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, had a very relaxing break and hope to book again soon.
Highly recommend this campsite, it's the best we have been to so far!!
we have just returned from polstead,what an excellent site,spotless.site, showers,and everthing,lovely warm welcome on arrival,it is like staying in a lovely garden with all the flowers and bushes,we will be back,it is such a beautiful part of england
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
We had been staying at a site without electric hook up immediately prior to going to Polstead, & as both our phones were out of power we could not call the site prior to arrival.
On arrival at Polstead we were told that the site was fully booked with the Exception of one pitch which was closed due to its liklyhood to flood. We understood that & I told Greg that if we could pitch there we'd risk it. during the torrential downpours that ensued for the remainder of our stay, GREG,Chis & Karen were wonderful at baling & pumping out the flooded awning space. All the facilities were clean & operative & my wife & I cannot thank all the staff at Polstead enough for turning a potential disaster into a happy occasion. WE HAD FUN! VERY WELL DONE!!!!!
Friendly site, well maintained, excellent base for a holiday. We stayed two weeks and walked directly from site most days. A land ranger map let us plan our waks through places of interst and some great local pubs. When we did venture further afield there was lots to see. Overall a great fortnight.
DATE STAYED: June 2012
We are staying at Polstead at present - it is a lovely spotlessly clean site, very neat and tidy, with a newly refurbished facility block, stewards very friendly and obliging, would certainly recommend this site in a most beautiful part of the country - thatched cottages, golden corn fields, country pubs, pick your own strawberries! - who can ask for more? We'll be back!
We would like to thank Karen and Greg for fitting us in for 3 nights at very short notice. We were very impressed with the cleanliness of the site and the efficient way the site is run. We had a very warm welcome after a tiring drive to Polstead. Even though we were late arriviving, we were given all the info required. The site is very well laid out and extremely pretty with well kept shrubberies creating private areas. The area is beautiful with nice walks from the site. The only small annoyance was the noise from the busy road which ran close by the particular area that we were in. This may not be a problem in other parts of the site. We would certainly go to this site again and would recommend it to others.
Thanks again, Jean and Graham, oh and our 2 dogs.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Younger couples
Just returned from a 3 night break with beautiful weather. What a lovely site, was welcomed by Karen as soon as we got out of our car and she showed us right to our pitch, allowing us to choose. The showers are just fantastic, something like you would have in a hotel, more your own wetroom than a shower! Everything was spotless at all times. We had read reviews about noise from the main road, we were in a tent and the noise did not bother us, handy tip is to take ear defenders. Will definitely be back!
A great site with an very good toilet block. The local area is great foe walking and the local town Hadleigh has the best hardware shop in the UK.
Karen & Gregg were very friendly, the site was spotless, and very well laid out. Great for a quite break with wonderful places to visit close by. Flatford Mill & Lavenham should certainly be on your visiting list.
We have just returned from this wonderful campsite. The owners of the site were friendly and polite and very helpful. We were in the smaller of the areas surrounded by trees. It was all neat and tidy and well looked after.
The heated toilet/shower block was excellent and a big welcome with the cold, wet and windy conditions we were having for June!! They were very clean, modern and excellent. One day there was a little problem with one of the ladies showers, it was reported and they came out straight away to mend it. The disabled/family shower and toilet facility was again excellent. We used this as a family with my young daughter.
There is a small shop in the reception block. It sells all the essentials. The rubbish was located near the owners house with all the bins clearly marked for recycling, bottles, etc.
There are many things to do and see in the surrounding area. We visited a couple of National Trust properties Ickworth House, Sutton Hoo and Melford Hall. All were very interesting and were about 30-45 minute drive away. Also visited Colchester Zoo (again about a 40 minute drive). Very well laid out and plenty of play areas and seating areas for picnics inside and outside.
There is a Coop in Hadleigh but Sudbury has Asda, Waitrose and Tesco.
We also went to The Brewers Arms pub at the top of the road for dinner on a Wednesday night which was steak night. They do different value meals during the week at Â£5.95. It was good value and quality, pleasant surroundings and friendly staff. There is an outside eating area (if you get decent weather for a change!!) and also a childrens play area.
Back again for 2nd visit. 1st visit was in april. just me and the wife for a sat to mon break as it was our anniversary.
we love coming to the site as each pitch is surrounded by a hedge and it makes you feel secluded. not all parked next to each other like a car park.
the toilet and shower facilities are so modern and clean. we met some people from last time which was nice and like a reunion.we are trying to book our main holiday in the lake district but cannot find anything that matches the polstead site. my wife towed the caravan for the 2nd time and she was worried she would feel awkward but greg made her feel at ease and helped her reverse in the pitch like he does everyone. will be back again. if anyone can find a site that matches this polstead site in the lake district then please feel free for site names. we lost count how many caravans and motor homes arrived while we was staying,so proves what a popular site it is. as arniesays ill be back. thanks again greg and karen for a relaxing break
One of the best sites we have visited so far. The welcome was friendly and the site was well managed. We would definatley return here again.
The Cock Inn in Polstead is worth a visit, the food is very good and the price was reasonable, the landlords are very welcoming,and you can even take you dog in side and eat in the bar area.
Worth a visit......
A wonderful site, run by an incredibly friendly and attentive couple. The service we received here was second to none. The facilities are excellent - clean and very modern. The site has a lovely play area for children and the pitches are in small clusters, so the site is very peaceful.
This has been one of our favourite sites so far. The staff are very welcoming and helpful and even provided Jubilee activities for families despite the wet weather. The facilities are spotless and are located centrally so wherever you are pitched you're not far away. The site itself is a pleasure on the eye too with its many flower beds and planters. Wildlife surrounds you with the sites free range chickens having a wander, rabbits and deer in neighbouring fields and of course the nesting birds by the shower block! The surrounding towns & villages are packed with character with their Tudor houses, castles and museums. We will certainly be visiting again soon!
Another lovely stay at Polstead (our third in the last couple of years). We stayed over the Jubilee weekend with 2 young children and were made to feel very welcome by Karen and Greg. We arrived at a very busy time on the Saturday lunchtime and they were most helpful, showing us us to our pitch in the camping field and checking we were okay later on. The field we pitched on is a small secluded grass field adjacent to the central part of the site). The facilities (showers etc) are excellent - very modern and clean. There is a trim trail which our children enjoyed. There is a pub a very short walk away which we enjoyed visiting on the one wet evening! We are really looking forward to our next visit.
We have camped for many years and this is one of the best sites which we have ever visited.Karen and Greg are welcoming and friendly and very helpful. The site is immaculate, with lovely hedges of shrubs which allow some privacy.The facilities are always spotless. We will certainly become 'regulars' at Polstead.
DATE STAYED: May 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples
A very clean site with remarkably clean and tidy facilities. We would recommend this site to anyone but would warn that if you are looking for a quiet peaceful break you should be aware that there is quite a bit of noise from the road running alongside the site during the day, however this seemed to calm down during the late evening and night-time.
Lovely site with a warm welcome from the owners who have worked very hard in refurbishing the site into a clean and attractive place. The surrounding countryside and villages are beautiful,real Constable country full of wonderful old buildings and interesting and bustling villages.
Easy access to the site and well signposted. Worth a visit!
Our second stay here and we had forgotten how good this site is. We had a nice welcome from Karen - we had booked 1 night at late notice but were offered an upgrade to hard standing with electric which was just what we wanted. Greg helped by providing helpful tips for reversing - thanks! Toilet and shower block were spotless and the pitch allowed privacy with low bushes either side. My only tiny niggle would be that the toilets are shut for cleaning a bit too early (@ 10.15 for gents and 11.15 for ladies) - would be better if they were cleaned after 12 when people have left to go home. Great site though and we hope to visit again soon.
This is our perfect hideaway,enjoy all the walks that are around the area with our dogs. staff always friendly and imformative. Toilets & showers are cleant to a very good standard..cant wait for next break there.
DATE STAYED: March 2012
a nice site have stayed several time now and will return. our last visit was a little wet but no one can control the weather.
perfection,this site offers all that you could want lovely toilets heated floors spotless site.The strongest impressionthat we are left with,were the smiles from Greg&Karen,helpfull kind
considerate,they both work so hard to make everyone happy nothing is too much
trouble.fantastic time and we will be
back,despite wind and rain.Greg we were
able to repair our awning all is well
I have camped all my lifeand I'm74 my old boy is 80 wefeel with campsites such as this we will carry on forever Keep Smiling campers
DATE STAYED: April 2012
perfection,this site offers all that you could want lovely toilets heated floors spotless site.The strongest impressionthat we are left with,was smiles from Greg&Karen
We went to polstead for a monday to friday break and found that the site was fantastic, friendly staff, spotless grass and flowers and shrubs, VERY CLEAN and modern toilet and showers facilities, near the main road but no problem it only brought you back to realilty that you was not in a another dimension lol. hadleigh is a lovely town with a shop called partridges that was like a alladins cave full of non food items from kitchen ware to garden accessories, kersey was a lovely little village with a ford running through the main village and very quaint, sudbury was a nice little town to visit.will going back for lots of visits as close to home but far away to feel like on holiday. top marks to the site owners for the hard work they have put into site and we will be going back to meet up with some other caravanners that we met while we was their.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break
Beautiful site! Everyone Very Welcoming including the robin who came right in to say Hello.
Was the perfect base to visit friends (20 minutes drive away) and see a part of the country that we haddnt visited before but WILL BE BACK.
The way the hard standing pitches clearly marked out and the shape full marks.
Thank You for a most relaxing stay hope to see you again before too long.
What a gem of a site. After a warm welcome we were asked where we would like to put our campervan. We chose to be near the toilet block and reception area as it was more convenient for us. The site is imaculate and the toilets are better than some of the hotels we have stayed in. Under floor heating, how warm was that, plenty of hot water for washing and showering and so beautifully kept. Also plenty of hot water to wash up and a small laundry with dryer and washing machine. There is a small shop at reception where you can order your paper each morning from and a van comes on Sundays around 9:30am. The pub on the main road is clean and the food good and very reasonable. If you fancy a nice walk to Polstead go through the woods, covered with bluebells this time of year and have a meal, snack and drink at the pub. Very good food. As we were at the site over Easter we had a hunt the eggs and on each egg (cardboard) was a written question. There was a box of chocolates for the winner (we won with another guest). Very enjoyable and it goes to show that an effort was made to make everyone part of the site. The bus runs from the main road Sudbury one way and Ipswich the other way. Ipswich is around a 50 min journey as the bus goes into Hadleigh first but with a free bus pass it was worth it. We enjoyed our stay and will return soon.
An excellent site. Friendly hosts, relaxed atmosphere, would visit again, lovely clean and tidy site.
this is a lovely site and would recommend it to any one
karen and greg are very friendly and helpful and keep the site very nice up to date washroom/showers again very clean and tidy
We had a lovely stay at Polstead. The site was immaculate and the shower/toilet facilities were AMAZING! It is located near a couple of very nice pubs- one a nice short walk through the woods which serve lovely food. I would definately go to the Polstead site again,thanks guys.
What a brilliant site, we only wish it was nearer to home. Run by a super very hard working couple who were always pleasant, helpful and cheerful. Everything was perfect and we just loved the free range chickens!
Thoughtfully laid out and well maintained site. Very good clean facilities. We were
made very welcome by Karen and Greg and other friendly and helpful staff. Beautiful countryside and lots to do in the surrounding area. We will
will definitely go again.
A lovely site with the best shower and toilet facilities we have yet seen. The site was quiet in a picturesque part of Suffolk.
Challenging reversing onto our pitch, though helped wonderfully by the site manager.
Nice pubs nearby in Hadleigh, it's worth the walk or short drive.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
Living in Polstead myself I don't usually pick a site on the doorstep but here I was. The site is Great, its interesting and not your usual boring wide open spaces. Its a fantastic site to choose for Constable Country and the wealth of history around here, not to mention the superb walks to be had (some of which are offered by the site in the form of leaflets). If you love woodland, don't miss out on Dollops Wood (1/2 mile away)in Spring, for then you'll be blessed with Blue-Bell time. The wood is carpeted in blue and is a site for sore eyes. Anyway back to the site. Great site, but my only negative is that for me its a bit overcroaded meaning it feels a bit like the site is packing vans in to its max. I'm more use to CS's were there's more space to spread your wings. My other complaint is that when my wife turned up to meet me, she couldn't find me, despite it being a small site. The reason being was that the bottom field I was in (with the playground) was not sign posted at all. The reception was closed so she couldn't ask anyone where I was. So that point needs to be addressed. But overall, 4* rating. Hope it goes well for the owners.
Enjoyed our visit,good walks nearby,fish and chips delivered to our motor-home,A lot of effort has gone into this site.Will be back,some road noise but that can not be helped because we all have to drive there.we give the reception and general feeling of welcoming 100%
DATE STAYED: March 2010
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Younger couples
warm and friendly welcome,showed to where we were to go,and told where everything was.showers and toilets were heated,very welcome in march,a very well kept site,would recommend.
What a gem. On arrival at the site, Karen came out to greet me unprompted. The welcome was very warm; I was shown a selection of different pitches and invited to chose one which best suited me. The location of all the facilities was clearly explained to me and I was offered a morning newspaper.
On site, I was near to the facilities block so the loo, shower, CDP and waste water were only a few yards away. The standard of the showers and toilets was outstanding, more in line with what you would experience in a hotel rather than a campsite.
Noise was at a minimum - it's not the sort of site that attracts "revellers", some road noise was present from the nearby A1071 although this was not obtrusive. A cockrel crowing woke me up on the Sunday morning and reminded me I was in the countryside!
The surrounding area has some stunning views and plenty of places to walk and cycle.
All in all, this is a superb site in a picturesque part of the country. The C&CC should be doubly proud of the site and its hosts; it will be my pleasure to return at a future date.
DATE STAYED: November 2011
absolutely smashing ! Had a grate holiday been looking for a site like this for a long time ! Greg & Karen made us most welcome! Karen gave us a choice where to go some places dont give you that! Had fish & chips at the pub near by the fish was (Enormas) good food , made us feel very welcome! We will be going back there thats for sure . Jilly x
DATE STAYED: October 2011
We intended to stay for a few days but the combination of good weather and an excellent peaceful site led us to stay longer. It is always great to receive a warm and friendly welcome, and this, coupled with excellent facilities in a really pleasant area with plenty to see and do, mean we definitely want to come back. As motorhomers, we appreciated the good design of the Service Point, and we made good use of the local bus service. The walk through the woods to Polstead is also a pleasant diversion.
We had a warm welcome from Greg & Karen on our arrival and what a fabulous site, the site was very well kept, the toilet/shower block was immaculate [the best to date]. The site is well situated for visiting villages,the coast and Flatford Mill [Constable Country]. We had great food in the pub just a couple of minutes walk from the site, we will be going back to Polstead and would recommened it.
From our own perspective, this site was ideal. We were able to leave our motorhome on the site and visit the local area by bus using our bus passes. The bus stop is 100 yards from the site entrance. Buses run to Sudbury in one direction and Ipswich in the other direction. From these points link buses run to Lavenham, Colchester and many other places. There are lovely walks from the site with maps available in the site shop. We booked for 5 days and stsyed for 10. We had no complaints at all and will certainly return.
DATE STAYED: September 2011
lovely peaceful site, very clean, warm welcome from karen and greg nothing too much trouble. spacious pitches. lovely touch delivering fish and chips to the caravan on the saturday night. good sunday lunch at the pub at the end of the road on the main road. plenty to see and do in the area. will definitely book again in the future.
A beautiful small site with a great couple running it. Plenty of lovely countryside to explore and quite a few country houses to visit. Nearby is Lavenham (Tudor village) and a must to visit. The only down-side was the close proximity of the main road. But we did not notice the road noise when inside the caravan.
Best Camping & Caravanning Club site we have visited, mostly due to the spacious, individual pitches. Appreciated the extra touches such as papers and fish and chips. Lovely friendly, peaceful atmosphere on site really quiet and relaxing. We stayed a weekend and felt we had a mini holiday.
Our third holiday at this site. Yet again it was fantastic. Karen and Greg are the perfect hosts. The shop has everything that one needs, the toilets and showers are like a 5* hotel, always lots of hot water, very warm and exceptionally clean. There is never any litter anywhere, the dog walk area is perfect (we have two dogs!)Lots of places to visit that are not too far away. Thank you Greg and Karen, we shall be visiting you again in the very near future!
DATE STAYED: August 2011
This was our first visit to Polstead, but are planning another this month (Sept). What a gem of a site, Greg and Karen are very welcoming and helpful. The site is clean and tidy and very pretty, lots of flower baskets etc. The toilet and shower block are the best we have ever seen, and the fish and chips on a saturday delivered to your van, what more could you ask. If you are retired like us the bonus is a bus stop at the end of the road, going to Sudbury one way and Ipswich the other, and you can use your bus pass, what a bargain. Cant wait to get back
This is a site where the owners have taken the best practice for design and customer service and put it all together in one place. The welcome and help is excellent. The site and local information sheet is comprehensive. Positioning the van with Greg's support is completely stress free. The toilets and showers are among the very best we have used on campsites at home and abroad, free wi fi (for a donation to the flower fund) is most welcome. On top of all of this, the location is great, there are lots of places to visit and things to do in the area. We will certainly be returning to this site for short breaks.
Brilliant site. Very clean and well laid out. The site owners couldn't have been more helpful and friendly and all the services and amenities you could need are provided even down to individual sachets of washing liquid to put in the machine rather than buying a whole box for one wash.
Really nice showers and toilets and apparently there's free wifi but we couldn't pick it up from the far end of the campsite where we pitched. If you really need wifi, ask for a pitch close to the office and it should be fine.
There's a decent pub 5 mins walk away but other than that and the site shop for basics, nowhere to buy provisions in walking distance. Having said that though, on Saturdays you can have fish and chips delivered directly to your tent!
We loved it and will definitely come back.
We stayed for 3 nights at Polstead, as we live within 35 mins of the site were looking for somewhere to go locally for the weekend after picking our caravan up from its service. Why have we not been here before? It is a million miles from Colchester where we live but 35 mins towing. My other half has done the c&cc towing course but not confident at all until we met Greg who was amazing with his directions and now I cannot stop him reversing everywhere. The facilities were spotless-fresh-and not closed for too long for cleaning. The pitch amazing, hard standing with a low fence and shrubs met lots of interesting people. Local places of interest are great but we went to none as we live down the road. We will be back soon to finish the woodland walk.
This was the first site we have been to and the owner was very helpful, showing us to our pitch. The toilets and showers were exceptional and the little on-site shop was very useful. It is a large site, well laid out, with hedges to divide it up.
We would probably prefer a smaller site, but this one did very well for a large one.
DATE STAYED: April 2011
We stayed at Polstead for one week wished we could have stayed longer, site and facilities excellent, Karen and Greg friendly and helpful, especially when manoeuvering onto pitch. Real treat having fish and chips bought to the caravan.Will be definitely be returning for a longer stay, so many lovely places to visit.
DATE STAYED: July 2011
VERY NICE SITE NO PROBLEMS GOOD PEOPLE GOOD PITCHES A VERY PLESENT STAY
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Peaceful break
This is the first site we have visited when the owners were more interested in what we wanted from our visit than merely taking the fees. Greg and Karen were always friendly and welcoming and made us feel completely at home.
Their provision of a FREE Wi-Fi service is unique and should be made available at all other club sites rather than being fee based. If they can do it why not the others.
The only risk on this site is that you have to be careful of the free range chickens. We would most certainly return to this site just for the warm welcome never mind the wonderful Suffolk contryside.
Spent two weeks on this site in July, Greg and Karen are excellent hosts and nothing is too much trouble. We were guided on pitch by Greg who is excellent with the left and right hand down making pitching a breeze. The facilities are superb and spotless. Pub at the top of the road is good grub but for something a bit more special at a reasonable price the Cock Inn is superb. Suffolk is a very pretty county with plenty of countryside around the site and Lavenham is a must visit village (excellent guided tours). All in all a well run well kept site there is some road noise but this is not obtrusive and certainly didnt bother us. We will return.
We have just returned from a lovely break at Polstead site. The owners made us very welcome and the site was delightful. There is so much to do in the area, we visited flatford mill then went kayacking on Alton Water. Watched a beautiful sunset over the paddock last night. Wonderful area and lovely site. The dog walking facilities were great too, our dogs had a ball! Would definitely go back again.
Lovely friendly welcome, excellent clean modern washrooms - great showers! Never been to Suffolk before and we enjoyed the lovely villages and Constable country. Site well laid out but some road noise on the camping field. Bikes no longer available for hire but we were offered two bikes to borrow in return for a contribution to the flower fund - very thoughtful. Lovely walk to the pub in Polstead (much better than the one on the main road).
DATE STAYED: June 2011
This was our first visit to this site and we received an extremely friendly greeting from Greg & Karen. We were offered a choice of pitches and even guided into the pitch we finally chose. Our pitch, in the top field where reception and the shower block is, had trees and bushes on 3 sides and, like the whole site, was maintained to a very high standard. The facilities block has been totally refurbished in the past 12 months and was absolutely spotless and extremely well appointed. The shop stocked a surprisingly large amount of `bits and pieces`, including locally baked fresh bread. A wealth of leaflets and brochures about the local area and its numerous attractions could also be found in the shop. Printed walks were also available, one of which we took to the local village, through the woods - fantastic. The pub, The Cock Inn, in Polstead offered great food and a discount for those on site. Free WIFI is available with a small donation to the sites "flower maintenance fund" asked for in return - money well spent. Fish and chips were organised by Greg & Karen on Saturday evening - delivered to your caravan/motorhome/tent as well - what more could you want? For our Beardies, Greg showed us where we could walk them through local land owners fields, which allowed us a few very enjoyable summer evening walks. All in all a fabulous site but one slight criticism.....its 200 miles from home!! Go and visit now.
Karen and Greg were friendly and welcoming, there is free Wi-Fi to the site and it is an environmentally friendly site. Good dog walk from the site, they have negotiated with a local farm but must keep dogs on leads. I have walked for over an hour from the site, seen fox. And on three separate occasions I have seen deer and on one day a mother and fawn. Wow! This site is very good and we will be coming back.
After years of camping we have now decided to get a caravan and the first site we stopped on was Polstead. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome. What a lovely couple Karen and Greg are. They showed us to our pitch and then Greg said you are going to reverse the caravan in. I went to get out of the car but he said no you can do it. With his help, right hand down a bit, left hand down etc I reversed the caravan with no problem. Can I take Greg with me on all my holidays!!!! The showers and toilets were immaculate. The site was very well looked after. If you had any questions they would do there best to answer them. I would have no worries about recommending this site and look forward to going again. Thank you Karen and Greg.
What can we say we have had a really good time here, both Karen and Greg were extremely helpful and friendly. The site is one of the best we have stayed in the facilities are wonderful (really warm) when it was cold would have liked to have moved into the washing rooms. All kept beautifully clean. A real break away from it all. A very attractive site. Convenient for visiting places of interest. Will certainly come again. Many thanks for a good time. Would highly recommend it.
Simply one of the best sites that we have stayed at. Greg and Karen are a great couple, their management of their business ensures that customers have everything they need for a great, relaxed and high standard holiday. The area of Dedham Vale and the Suffolk / Essex border is so full of beauty and interest that we were easily occupied for a fortnight. There is some great walking from the site.
A quick feedback on our first booking as a club member: this is a well laid out site, kept very clean with helpful information by owners. HOWEVER, we would not return as we found the road noise disturbing at night,sometimes feeling the traffic was passing right through the field.It was probably more noticeable as we were in a tent. We didn't feel it would be any different if in another field which was a shame as a good location.
DATE STAYED: May 2011
What a welcome! Karen & Greg are such a lovely couple, always ready with a wave and a smile. They work so hard, never idle. I was pleased to see they do have some hired help, who are also hard working. Great facilities, always clean and well stocked. Extensive recycling helped us feel green, especially since we felt deep in the countryside. Great walks nearby for dogs and people alike. Caught sight of a fox on the lanes, and lucky enough to see 3 balls of fluff on a nearby pond- baby coots!
Can't wait to visit again :)
Great site, excellent friendly wardens, very helpful with pitching and advice on local attractions, such as Flatsted Mill. The toilets are as good as you would find in a modern office block. Don't all rush to book we want to go back again.
Brilliant site spent a great week here plenty to see and do especially if you like history. Facilities spotless. Lovely villages great pubs. Good walks for both people and dogs. Will certainly visit again
Just returned from this lovely site. Wardens extremely friendly and helpful - they even personally deliver your fish and chips to your van on a Saturday night!
Site very clean and well laid out with grass and hardstanding large pitching areas. Everywhere well maintained and clean. Wash block was a very high standard, always clean and immaculate. We stayed on the paddock which is relatively new and quiet. There is another area where a small play area is for the children but mainly this is a good site for peace and quiet and relaxation. The only noise you will hear is the sound of the cockerel waking everyone up (for us it was 4 in the morning and again at 7!)and a little noise from the road but this isn't very busy so you don't notice it.
There is a good pub just up the road from the site which serves an excellent carvery (you can walk to this although if returning late at night be aware that there are no street lamps back to the site.) There is another pub about a mile away reached by a lovely walk through the woods directly from the site.
This site is definitely worth visiting and we will be booking again very soon.
Just had 5 nights at Polstead, and can recommended it for anyone. The facilities and the site are very clean, they have a play area for children which is probably best for 5 - 12 year olds.
I will be returning to this site over the next few years.
Karen & Gregg are so welcoming and friendly, they were always smiling whenever you saw them. The toilets & showers are great, as is the complete site.Highly recommended.
Lots to do in the area, within easy reach of places, yet still quiet and in the country. Good pub with food on the main road. Will visit again.
Fantastic site - immaculately presented, and Greg and Karen made us welcome from the moment we arrived, with some really helpful tourist information leaflets. Great kids play area, huge family washroom, WiFi with decent coverage and a well stocked site shop made camping there a pleasure. Highly recommended.
Just returned from 5 nights at this site. Super welcome from Karen and Greg, the wardens. Greg was very helpful and helped us reverse onto our quiet corner pitch on grass. Shower block very clean and water hot! Reception has a small shop with all essentials and local visitor information. Good days out in the local area include Lavenham village, Sutton Hoo (Anglo Saxon site) and Melford Hall. We recommend the site and hope to visit again in the future.
A beautifully maintained site run by wonderfully friendly and helpful owners. The site is quite small but well laid out and, despite some reviews, exceedingly quiet at night despite the road nearby. Mind you, the cockerel on site was very vocal on a summer's early morning! A very minor criticism is the strange access to the central facilities - the pebble paths do not go where you logically go to the chemical disposal point, and the motorhome services has no direct access to the CDP either. Nit picky I know, but the morning cassette can be heavy as wheels don't work on the pebble paths and roadways! The quickest route seemed to be always across another person's pitch!
Had a great weekend, Greg and Karen very friendly. Site and facilities very clean and tidy. We will be visiting again!
This is our second visit to Polstead this year. Greg & Karen are very friendly and no doubt we will return. The site is well kept and all amenities are very clean. There are lovely local walks which lead to a dog friendly pub. The highlight for Molly was seeing the baby blue tits nesting in the wall mounted ash tray - thank you to Greg for opening this up and giving us the opportunity to see 8 baby birds.
Excellent site, very enjoyable! Great credit to Greg @ Karen.
This a gem of a site. You a made to feel welcome the moment you visit reception and Greg and Karen are the most cheerful and helpful hosts that you could possibly meet. The facilities are exceptional as are the pitches. We would recommend this site to our friends and to any member wishing to stay in Suffolk.
We come a long way down from Scotland and have used this site at least 5 times and have been on different positions each time. In all cases the plot was good. We have never noticed any road noise, certainly it has not intruded on us. The site owners/wardens have made a real effort to be welcoming and helpful and keep the site in an immaculate condition. Our satnav always want to take us here by other routes but we check with a map and the site instructions to ensure we come by good roads. Strangely close to the site entrance the satnav always wants to send us in the opposite direction!! The free wifi on site is a boon. The area abounds with places to visit - history all around. We could camp nearer to our family when we come down but it says something for this site that we choose it despite being half an hour further away.
A very friendly site and even in bad weather, a pleasure to be on.
Probably the best small site that the wife and I have visited, excellent facilities overseen by both Karen and Greg. Both very welcoming and helpful. Will certainly visit the site again.Could not have wished for a better weekend left very relaxed,
A gem of a site. Look forward to returning. Well done to the owners and family for achieving such a high standard.Easy access to surrounding attractions.
Very friendly and beautifully maintained site. Road noise a bit of an issue if you are in a tent, but we soon ignored it and heard only the birds. Very beautiful area with lots to see.
This was our 1st time out in our caravan, it was ideal.
It was so peaceful, and went on a lovely walk through the woods with our dog that was recommended by Karen & Greg, Which lead you to a pub which was dog friendly, Thank to Greg & karen hopefully we can get back soon
We have just returned home from a short break at Polstead (made shorter than we had planned owing to problems with our water heater).We found Karen and Greg both charming and most helpful. They have a beautiful site, kept in immaculate condition. There is no doubt we will be returning here later in the year.
Had a great four days at this site,walked to Polstead,a lovely walk,through the woods and also walked to Hadleigh and back following the leaflet from the site.Caught the bus in to Ipswich, tourist information told us of places not to miss,the Ancient house worth a look also charter wall hangings in church down by the Quay.bus also to Sudbury where we went in Gainsboroughs house.Will definitely visit this site again
We visited this site for the first time in May 2011 and it most certainly will not be the last. It is up there with the best in the country, the welcome was warm and very friendly, the pitches were spacious with shrubs between most pitches making it nice and private. The new shower block was excellent, very clean and no problem with hot water. The showers have an area to change in and were first class. The area is great for walking or cycling and there are lots of National Trust and English Heritage places to visit in the area.
Have just returned from a three day break in May 2011 at beautiful Polstead. This has to be the best laid out Club Site I've visited. Beautiful area around the site. Met up with some friends from Ipswich who were formerly Caravan Club members & who I introduced to our Club, they also thought it was beautiful and the welcome so friendly. We were so taken with it I've just cancelled my 7day break at Lynton and rebooked 7days at Polstead!
Arrived on 30.4.2011 for two nights with our tent and were met by Karen who showed us to pitch 7.we were very impressed by how well the site was layed out and how clean and tidy everything was.The toilet/shower block was spotless and very modern as were all the facilities.We enjoyed our stay at Polstead very much and plan to return.in the near future.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Peaceful break
We had a wonderful 4 night stay. We could not stay longer as the site was booked over the bank holiday period and we were very lucky to get in. We would definately go back there again and again. The pitches afford privacy, well maintained and the welcome was second to none. They were very helpful and kind. We loved it there and it is the best site we have ever stayed on. If you want a nice relaxing time in very pleasant surroundings then go to this site. The layout is so clever that you have total privacy and peace and the local pubs are good too. There are some good walks and the shower facilities are excellent. The little chickens are an extra joy as they are let out each morning and visit everyone on site. We did hear an occasional car on the main road but you are so relaxed it is of no consequence. Thank you Greg and Karen we loved it and we WILL be back.
This was the first time I had stayed on any campsite in my newly acquired motorhome. As has been said the welcome is very friendly and I found the site managers very helpful. The facilities block is excellent â€“ modern and clean. The main road does run close to the site and there is traffic noise but personally I didn't really notice it that much. Away from the road the area itself is very quiet with local villages just a short walk or cycle ride away. There are also bus services available to Sudbury, Hadleigh, Ipswich etc. if you want to travel further afield.
Just returned after a 3 night break .What a lovely site clean & well maintained friendly staff.Little shop on site fish & chips on a Saturday night delivered to your pitch where do your get that service Will be visiting again . GREAT SITE
We have just returned from a lovely relaxing 5 night stay at Polstead, which was a beautifully kept site, everyone was very friendly and helpful. We look forward to booking again.
I loved it there , i really did , it was amazing
DATE STAYED: August 2009
Our first visit to this site, the welcome was extremely friendly and we were shown to our pitch and assisted in siting of van. Toilets and showers are excelent and kept spotless. Pitch was large and sunny. Good dog walks from the site and in surrounding area. An excellent site and we will definitely be returning many times.
hi just email to say what a great weekend my wife and i have had a your park this weekend. we have been caravanning for over 7 years and have never see such a immaculate washblock as yours.we have now found our new favourite place near to home. congratulation to both of you. thanks once again mark, shirley . see you again really soon
DATE STAYED: February 2011
Although I requested a jumbo sized pitch for our tent well in advance of our stay, and was told we would be accommodated in the new field, and then checked all was still OK a week before our stay, I wasn't impressed that we appeared to have been overlooked when we actually arrived, and were squeezed onto a rather narrow strip of land. This despite there appearing to be space in the new field. I felt we were a bit of a nuisance having a large tent, especially when I was asked if we could not erect it fully!!
DATE STAYED: July 2010
New Year at Polstead just gets better and better! For the second year running we enjoyed the fun and talent of the very welcoming hosts, Greg and Karen and their family. We were impressed by the improved party accommodation and the addition of a live band and there is something particularly lovely about the BYO food which lets everyone feel like the party is all about joining in, which young and old alike enjoyed into the early hours. We'll be back. Thanks again.
DATE STAYED: December 2010
We were very impressed by the friendly greeting on arrival and the neat and tidy appearance of the site. After being shown to our pitch and helped into position by the warden we ventured to the wash block and were truely amazed by the standard and cleanliness. We found plenty to do in the area and enjoyed a nice stroll to the local pub and had a very pleasent meal.
DATE STAYED: November 2010
loved this site and the area including Lavenham. Didn't notice any road noise. This is the best site we have stayed on.
DATE STAYED: June 2010
Simply the best site we've used in the Uk ! Very Pleasant greeting at reception & help parking 'van. Great pitch layout, all marked pitches with clear boundary . Modern and spotless Shower/toilet block. Very good general location in a beautiful area very close to 'Counstable Country'.
Other reviews note traffic noise while there is some noise we did not find it a problem and hardly noticed.
Plenty of Pubs close by. Great Fish & Chips in Hadleigh (about 8 mis drive). Would recommend this site to anyone.
DATE STAYED: October 2010
We received a warm welcome both from staff and chickens alike. There are plenty of quiet lanes to cycle on but the main road should be avoided both for walking and cycling. There is a nearby pub but take your torch.
A very pleasant site to which we look forward to returning to.
DATE STAYED: September 2010
This was the best club site that I have been to. Went there in May this year and came back again in September. Will be staying there again next year as well and being only up the A12 makes it all the more appealing for the unplaned break. The toilet block was the cleanest and warmest I've been to with fresh flowers to make it welcoming. The welcome that you get from Greg and Karen matches the love and care that is shown in the upkeep of the site. A wonderful holiday.
The A1071 is rather noisy until late in the evening.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Younger couples
We were most impressed by this site; very welcoming and helpful (especially when we had a problem with our gas. Excellent washing and shower facilities and plenty of good walks close to the site.
DATE STAYED: August 2010
This was our first experience of a camping holiday as a family - and our first experience of camping with the camping and caravanning club. We had a fantastic holiday, the site was perfect: lovely people, excellent facilities and a beautiful place to stay.
Would definitely recommend to others.
very good site but if camping in tent dont pitch on field where childrens play area is noise from main road is unberable till about 02.30 am then starts again 04.00am would of put secluded put this has made me put town
We have stayed at Polstead on a number of occassions and each time it is wonderful.
Greg and Karen run the whole show on their own and they are so friendly.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Groups,Younger couples
Dont follow a Sat Nav to get to the site as it will take you down narrow country lanes.
Ideal for visiting the country houses in constable country yet close to Colchester Town Centre. It is close to a main road that can wake you in the early hours of the morning.
DATE STAYED: June 2009
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
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Nearest train station: Sudbury 7 miles, Ipswich 10 miles.
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