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Review overview

Location 9.5
Pitches/ Layout 8.5
Facilities on site 8
Things to do 9.5
Dog Friendly 9
Cleanliness/ Upkeep 8.5

Summary

8.8 Review Score This site won't disappoint if your looking for a clean, spacious site in easy walking distance of one of the most charming Villages in the Cotswolds. It's in a good location, is maintained well and the staff were super friendly. If you like to drive around the site before choosing a pitch you may regret the decision when having to go through 2 barriers to get back onto the site from the upper level. The site is good for dogs and kids and it's easy to get to. The location itself is fairly open in spaces which means on a windy day, you notice the wind a lot but the weather is obviously not down to the site itself. I would advise to use the lower toilet block as a toilet block, and the upper one as a museum to get the best shower experience. Positives: Great location, small dog walk and play area, original Wanderer Caravan on display Needs Work: Cleanliness of upper toilet block, Size of dog walk, Access between upper and lower areas.

Site name: Broadway Caravan Club Site

Location: Station Road, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12,7DH

Date Visited: 9th December 2016

 

Location:

Broadway Caravan Club Site is situated about a 15 minute walk away from the Worcestershire Cotswold  town of Broadway. The site itself is located just off  a B road which connects to the the main A44 road which will take you to Evesham. This means that the site is in a great location for visiting local areas in the Cotswolds and it’s in close proximity to Evesham, Chipping Campden and slightly further out but all within a 30 minute drive you can visit Moreton in Marsh, Stow on the Wold or Bourton on the water.  Inside an hour you can be at Cheltenham, Leamington Spa or Banbury.  Broadway itself is about a 15 minute walk away and is more than worth the walk. It’s one the most picturesque Cotswold Villages we have been to. It could literally form a postcard from every picture you take and it’s filled with quaint little pubs, fancy restaurants and local shops. The Journey in is fairly straightforward and there are plenty of main roads to get you where you need to be. You do however need to plan your route as there are also lots of roads which won’t get you where you need to be when towing a caravan! First hand experience talking. One downside of the location is the road adjacent to the site. It’s a fairly busy road and the lower pitches are very close. We could hear road noise on the furthest pitch from it, although it wasn’t enough to cause us any concern.

Pitches:

Like most Caravan Club sites, Broadway has decent pitches, in fact I much preferred the size and standard of pitches here to the Moreton in the Marsh site down the road. They just felt neater round the edges.  The pitches are even, spacious and not too close to your next door neighbour. The site is split on 2 levels with a row of pitches on the upper level and a larger pitching area on the lower. This gives great choice in where you pitch, however to get from the top level to the bottom level you need to go back out at the site entrance, through the exit barrier and back in through the entrance barrier but taking a left instead of a right. Fine if you find the pitch for you straight away, a pain if you are the type to do a drive by of all available pitches prior to choosing one.  If you have dogs then some of the upper pitches have larger grass areas adjacent to them so ones to look out for. Half of the lower pitches were closed off whilst being refurbished and the new pitches look very neat whilst maintaining the size of the older ones.

Facilities:

The site has 2 toilet blocks, a small shop in reception, multiple service points as well as a small kids play area and small dog walk facilities. See the overview of each below:

Toilet blocks: There are 2 toilet blocks on site at Broadway and they couldn’t be more different. One is the conventional Caravan Club block; purpose built, clean, tidy and tiled. The other was in an old converted railway storage building and came complete with a central mini museum paying homage to the original Wanderer Caravan. The Caravan itself is situated in a glass case in the atrium. This was a feature you will be very unlikely to find at any other site and was an unexpected perk of the site. Unfortunately for the Wanderer, I’m not sure it quite made up for the toilets themselves. Whilst effort has been made to ensure the standards of the Caravan Club toilets are met, the showers are not great. They are smaller than usual, you feel like your encased in a small box whilst in them, they lack power and heat and all of your clothes get wet as they lack the usual clothes shelf. Another small point but the hooks provided were so small, everything kept falling off onto the floor. Another pain point about this block was the cleanliness. If you looked up above you, unless your a spider enthusiast and want to look at several different types of spider and nest, you won’t enjoy the view. I think the site can be let off the flaws of this block given that it’s mainly down to the cons of refurbishing an old building and the other main block met the usual standards of other comparable sites but it could be improved.

Shop: Again, not much to say about the shop.  It does what it says on the tin and provides your basics whilst on site. 

Kids Park:  Whilst nothing to write home about, the onsite play park might just be what you need to keep the kids entertained for an hour or 2, but it is a very small play area.  Always more value in having one than not so it’s an added bonus.

Dog Walk The site does have a dog walk, albeit a very small dog walk. An area at the back of the goods shed toilet block has been sectioned off and it will give your dog a small run, just a very quick small run. There are gates and dog bins at either end of the walk and you can let the dogs off to go to toilet.

Extras: The site has chargeable wifi which has a fairly good, consistent signal. It’s £2.50 for 24 hours or £10 for 7 days so won’t cost you a fortune. You also get average cell reception if you don’t want to pay. There are lots of service areas around the site, 2 for motorhomes and brilliant TV signal site wide.

Things to do

The things to do section for this site is very similar to that for the local Moreton in the Marsh site. (You can see my 10 things to do within 10 miles of Moreton in Marsh here) but there are some extra things to do right on your doorstep.  The Village of Broadway  is the closest and then slightly further out you have villages of Chipping Campden, Evesham, Moreton in Marsh, Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water. Local attractions include Broadway Tower and Country Park, Snowshill Manor and Gardens, Stanway House and Fountain,  Batsford Arboretum and Sudeley Castle. If you want animal activities then you have the Cotswold Farm Park not too far away.

Dog Friendly :

The site is dog friendly and allows dogs on all pitches. There is a small dog walk area where you can let them off the lead to go to toilet. There are 2 entrances to it with waste bins at each end, there are also other waste bins located around the site. It’s a nice site to walk around and there are more grass areas than on some sites.

Verdict

This site won’t disappoint if your looking for a clean, spacious site in easy walking distance of one of the most charming Villages in the Cotswolds. It’s in a good location, is maintained well and the staff were super friendly. If you like to drive around the site before choosing a pitch you may regret the decision when having to go through 2 barriers to get back onto the site from the upper level. The site is good for dogs and kids and it’s easy to get to. The location itself is fairly open in spaces which means on a windy day, you notice the wind a lot but the weather is obviously not down to the site itself. I would advise to use the lower toilet block as a toilet block, and the upper one as a museum to get the best shower experience.

Positives: Great location, small dog walk and play area,  original Wanderer Caravan on display.

Needs Work: Cleanliness of upper toilet block, Size of dog walk, Access between upper and lower areas.

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