As a novice camper, choosing the right camp site for me was a hard task. With so many to choose from in the UK, we decided to narrow our search down by choosing The Peak District.
An hour and a half journey from Manchester (quicker on a good day!) with stunning scenery that we take for granted. With three children split over two families, we needed to choose somewhere family friendly and was flat-ish in order to pitch the tents.
Middlehills Farm in Grangemill, Matlock, ticked all our boxes and when we arrived, we found it ticked even more than we could have imagined!
Greeted by the farm owner Liz, together with her husband they made the perfect team and were super lovely. If you needed to know where to go, which takeaway to order from or required your phone to be charged, they were on hand to help!
So how did the site tick our boxes…
Keeping the kids entertained…
A fabulous wooden play park which was quiet on the Thursday but rammed on the weekend! All the kids had fun, with a wood chip flooring, there were no accidents. All the kids were safe, meaning parents could relax, kick back and enjoy being out in the great outdoors.
How did the land lie?
With three separate fields (1 x electric hook up, 2 x no electric) to choose from, arriving on a Thursday afternoon meant that we had dibs on where to pitch as the site was relatively quiet. As to be expected, the fields were not entirely flat, however this did not pose a problem at all. We chose a corner section and struggled to decide which way to point the tents as we were surrounded by stunning countryside from all corners! The camp site did fill out at the weekend and we were able to people watch to our hearts content!
What about keeping clean?
With purpose built toilet blocks which were regularly cleaned, it was easy to keep clean yourself. Showers are £1 for 5 minutes and I still do believe that I spent the best £3 of my life on the Friday when I enjoyed a hot, powerful 15 minute shower – the Simba mane returned and all was well again with the world! There are washing up areas for cleaning your pots out and lots of drinking water outlets.
What about keeping food and more importantly drink cool?
Easy! There are several fridge and freezers based around the campsite – even one in Reception, which we decided to use to freeze our cocktails. It was the weekend of the first England World Cup match so the fridges were filled with beer. We found a local fish and chip shop so did not cook as much as expected, though clearly did use the bacon for breakfasts! If you found yourself running low on gas, there was a nearby site that you could refill at. If you found yourself low on butter (as we did!) the well stocked shop on site offers a wide range of products, including bacon!
How much was staying at the site going to dent my pocket?
Not as much as you would expect, considering the location and all the facilities available! Heather and I had calculated the cost of staying at most sites in the area and found Middlehills Farm to be very reasonable. Clearly after our stay we found the price to be a bargain for the amazing time we had!
Adult: £7 per person per night
Children (4-16) £4 per child per night
Under 4′s are free
EHU: £4 per night.
Dogs: Dogs are allowed on site free of charge, as long as they are kept on a lead.
Gazeebo: £2 per night
For more information or to book a stay visit the Middlehills Farm Campsite, website www.campingandcaravanningmatlock.com
So… would we go back? It is a resounding YES!! Middlehills Farm offered everything we wanted and more and it is the perfect campsite for any novice camper like myself!