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Review overview

Location 10
Pitches/ Layout 8
Facilities on site 9
Things to do 9.5
Dog Friendly 10
Cleanliness/ Upkeep 9

Summary

9.3 Review Score I always expect a bit more from a Caravan Club site based on experience, but Moreton in Marsh gives even more than most other CC sites. Location is spot on for families, sightseeing, activities, shopping, whatever you enjoy, you can do it from here. Onsite facilities are more than you would get on most sites and you have an abundance of bars, restaurants and cafe's just down the road. It's great for dogs, great for kids and the site is clean, staff are super friendly and it's hard to find much to fault. Definitely worth a visit. Positives:Great for Dogs, great location, great for kids, lots to do Needs Work: Pitches could be slightly sharper. TV signal is bad for those who don't have an external antenna point to plug in but the fact that you can plug in kind of counters the issue for most.

Site name: Moreton in Marsh Caravan Club Site

Location: Bourton Rd, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0BT

Date Visited: 18th November 2016

 

Location:

Moreton in Marsh Caravan Club Site is situated about a 5 minute walk away from the Northern Cotswold market town of Moreton in Marsh. The site itself is located just off the main A44 road which will take you to Evesham. The site is superbly located to allow you to explore the adjacent villages of Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water and Chipping Norton and is also located within a 30 minute drive of Evesham, Stratford Upon Avon and Banbury.  Further afield but inside an hour you can be at Swindon, Oxford or Cheltenham. The walk to the local Village of Moreton in Marsh is literally down the road and takes about 5-10 minutes. Here you have access to over 20 bars, restaurants and cafe’s. The Journey in is fairly straight forward given that there are plenty of A roads to take, albeit a little bumpy at times. The A44 which runs past the sight can produce some slight road noise at times if your close enough to it on the site but it’s nothing to be concerned about.

Pitches:

The Pitches at Moreton in Marsh Caravan Club Site are fairly average and meet the high standards set by the Caravan Club. All pitches are hard standing and made up of gravel patches cut out of the surrounding grass areas. They are not overly big pitches and on some of them you would struggle to get your full awning on the pitch, but they are by no means small and you’re not crammed in too close to your neighbours, although with a caravan, awning and car, it could get a little cosy on some pitches. The gravel areas are not as neatly defined as I’ve seen as some other sites, but I think that’s just being extra picky against the overall high standards of comparable Caravan Club sites. Some areas are surrounded by bushes which the pitches back onto and others are dotted between trees. There are 2 toilet blocks on the site which has a huge 184 pitches, but the setup means that none of the pitches feel too far away from the toilets or service points.

Facilities:

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

Toilet blocksAs far as toilet blocks go, I’ve always found the standard to be high on Caravan Club Sites and Moreton in the Marsh was no different. In fact, the toilet block on our side of the site would already get a pretty good rating from me compared to others I’ve seen, and it was closing on the day we were leaving to be refurbished to an even higher standard.  The toilet and shower facilities on the site were more than adequate for the number of people using them. The block was clean, there was no damage apart from the odd dated looking radiator and there were plenty of showers. Much to my content, the showers were not push buttons and they were hot and powerful. I have one gripe with the showers I have come across of this type at Caravan Clubs to date and that is, when you spin the on off switch, it goes off at about 80% and then comes back on between 90 and 100%, so you need to leave it at the 80% mark to turn it off. Just a bit odd that’s all! Other than that little niggle, the facilities were already great here and I’m sure they will be even better after the refurb.

Shop: There isn’t really too much to say about the shop.  as per other reception shops, It does what it says on the tin and provides your basics whilst on site.

Kids Park: It’s a bonus just to have a kids park on site, but it’s even more of a bonus to have a pretty entertaining kids park, complete with a football field and mini-golf. Nothing to complain about here, it’s a great addition to the site and makes this site a must visit for families. The park is secure and fenced off and it’s next to the dog walk so if your a family with a dog, you can walk the mutt while the kids play and keep an eye on them. I can see this as a site you could spend longer than a weekend at easily over the summer.

Dog WalkAnother bonus for this site is the dog walk. It’s essentially a field next the kids play park but it’s fenced off, is big enough to use a ball thrower in and has dog waste bins. Mylo gave it 10 out of 10.

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 good cell reception if you don’t want to pay. There are aerial points on each pitch, which you will likely need as we struggled to pick up many TV channels. The site has an abundance of service points and water taps and the chemical waste facilities were spotless.

Things to do

Yet another benefit of this site is how much there is to do in the local areas. Right on your doorstep you have villages of Moreton in Marsh, Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water. As I said above, further afield there are lots more locations to visit, all within a max 60 minute drive. If you want animal activities then you have the Cotswold Farm Park or the Birdland Park and Gardens in local areas as well as the Falconry centre at the same location as the local Batsford Arboretum . For sightseeing and nature you can go to Chasleton House and Gardens or Bourton House Gardens. Other fun things to do include the Cotswold Motoring Museum down the road at Bourton as well as the Dragonfly Maze, Model Village or Model Railway exhibition. All of those things are all within an easy 10 mile drive and there is lots more to do further out too.

Dog Friendly :

This has to be one of the most dog friendly sites we have been on. There are waste bins around the site, a first for sites this year if you’ve been watching the blog. There is a large dog walk which is fenced off and also has it’s own dog waste bins and the surrounding fields look to be primed with walking trails. The park itself is big enough to take the dog for a decent walk around and the routes into town all have decent pavements to walk on.

Verdict

I always expect a bit more from a Caravan Club site based on experience, but Moreton in Marsh gives even more than most other CC sites. Location is spot on for families, sightseeing, activities, shopping, whatever you enjoy, you can do it from here. Onsite facilities are more than you would get on most sites and you have an abundance of bars, restaurants and cafe’s just down the road. It’s great for dogs, great for kids and the site is clean, staff are super friendly and it’s hard to find much to fault. Definitely worth a visit.

Positives:Great for Dogs, great location, great for kids, lots to do

Needs Work: Pitches could be slightly sharper. TV signal is bad for those who don’t have an external antenna point to plug in but the fact that you can plug in kind of counters the issue for most.

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