This review is based on our visit in July 2018 when we stayed for five nights. Some pictures however are from a previous visit in February 2013. The site is open all year around and accepts non-members but sadly not tents. Work is taking place to add glamping pods. Click HERE for site details.
Firstly as always, arrival. The site is located on the edge of Moreton and is easily accessible although those arriving from any other direction than west on the A44 will encounter at least one mini roundabout and Moreton’s busy thoroughfare. Be prepared to queue for a bit and watch out for both pedestrians and vehicles appearing from all directions. Our Site Arrival video below shows the approach on the A44 heading west.
The two arrival lanes will give you some clue as to the size of the site. There are 183 pitches, 171 of which are hardstanding. Reception is to the left with a small shop selling the essentials. On the left there is also a Late Night Arrival area and small car park for visitors.
Along a pathway to the left of the entrance barrier can be found a large and well stocked information hut, adjacent to which is a herb garden where you can help yourself.
The site is pleasantly laid out – there are lots of little cul-de-sacs that give the site a smaller feel than it really is but also some areas that feel a little crammed when itís busy.
Pitches on the northern side of the site are furthest away from the road and should be the quietest. There is a good mix of open and shaded pitches – the latter were in high demand during our stay!
You are never far from one of the clubís service points: water, waste water, rubbish and recycling. Unlike some sites however chemical disposal points seem to be confined to the facilities blocks of which there are two offering the usual toilets, showers, wash basins. An additional smaller building opposite the block on the eastern side of the site houses washing up sinks, laundrette and a wheelchair accessible ensuite unit whilst these are incorporated in the larger block on the western side of the site.
Pitches in general seem a little narrower here and the convention of car/caravan/awning on the hardstanding cannot be followed. Instead you are required to park your vehicle parallel to the road in front of your unit. Some end up parking partially on the road and this makes the site a little harder to navigate particularly with larger caravans. Check out our Site Tour video below for a closer look around.
The play area and dog walking area are to the north of the site alongside near the planned glamping pods. There is a Boules pitch and crazy golf with all the equipment available at reception and plenty of room for ball games. Itís separated from the site by trees and a tall hedgerow.
Moreton-in-Marsh is easily walkable from the site and you’ll find shops here selling most of the things you’re likely to need during your stay. Convenience stores from Tesco, the Co-Op and Budgens, bakers and butchers for those doing their own cooking but a wide range of pubs, takeaways and restaurants for that night off. The Swan – nearest the site on the corner of Bourton Road offers a discount for those staying at the site. A recently opened Aldi just out of town on the Stow Road is handy if you need to take the car or motorhome. You’ll find an Esso filling station on the way too.
Being in the heart of the Cotswolds there’s loads to do and see a short drive away but thanks to a bus stop almost right by the site entrance you can leave your vehicle on site and let someone else do the driving. Johnsons have services up to Stratford-upon-Avon stopping at the quintessentially Cotswold village of Broadway on the way through. Both well worth a visit.
Pulhams go to the Venice of the Cotswolds Bourton-on-the Water – another must do if you’re in the area in my opinion. You could while away an hour or two just wandering around but the Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection is a popular attraction and well worth a look too.
From Moreton’s main thoroughfare you can catch a bus that runs through to Cheltenham calling in at Bourton-on-the-Water too as well as Stow-on-the-Wold – another rightly popular destination.
A little bit further afield but still worth the effort are Burford, with the excellent Cotswold Wildlife Park another couple of miles south – and Bibury – described by William Morris as the most beautiful village in England.
If you fancy a train ride, the station is just over half a mile from the site. Trains run via Oxford, Reading & Slough to London in one direction and to Hereford via Worcester in the other.