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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 22-07-2016, 10:19 Thread Starter
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Do not trust site reviews

Having returned from multi-location trip in UK, using on this occasion new to me sites, which had fair to good reviews on a popular club site, I am left wondering what sort of squalid alternative dimension some of the reviewers live in for the rest of the year when the describe a location as perfect, scenic and will definately be back?........are they all deaf and therefore unable to hear the motorway traffic, nose blind and unable to smell the toilet block from 200 metres and so tolerant that rampaging and drunken youth groups regularly misbehaving at 2am in the morning is acceptable.

Other half reckons I am just getting grumpy with advancing years, but as site fees appear to be increasing with no corresponding improvement in facilities I feel more inclined to go the wild camping route rather accept the current offerings.

So please, if you do provide regular feedback on sites, be honest, the wardens will not do anything if all they hear are meek 'yes it was fine' comments.

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I completely agree with the OP. I find it incredible when you read a review which consists of inane comments such as, 'the wardens are very nice.' They are people in the main doing a job they enjoy. I only post reviews of anything if there are things worth noting. A good example of this at the moment is the CC&C site at Moffat. The toilet block was completely gutted last year and from a blank canvas whoever designed the new one made a right horlocks of it. They decided to put 'wet rooms' in the shower area but did not put a slope in. This resulted in dirty water flowing into the central corridor and making a mess. Lots of people complained and put this into reviews. The result is that they have now made a bigger mess of things by moving the shower head to the side wall of the cubicles and the water now flows into the adjacent cubicles.

Reviews are great things for information, but only if people are honest and put objective critiques of the place they are reviewing.

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At this time of year approx what does a pitch with electricity cost in the UK?

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I completely agree with the OP. I find it incredible when you read a review which consists of inane comments such as, 'the wardens are very nice.' They are people in the main doing a job they enjoy. I only post reviews of anything if there are things worth noting. A good example of this at the moment is the CC&C site at Moffat. The toilet block was completely gutted last year and from a blank canvas whoever designed the new one made a right horlocks of it. They decided to put 'wet rooms' in the shower area but did not put a slope in. This resulted in dirty water flowing into the central corridor and making a mess. Lots of people complained and put this into reviews. The result is that they have now made a bigger mess of things by moving the shower head to the side wall of the cubicles and the water now flows into the adjacent cubicles.

Reviews are great things for information, but only if people are honest and put objective critiques of the place they are reviewing.

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I'm a frequent user of Moffat when travelling North or South but do not use the C&CC campsite when there is the Green Frog, Hammerlands across the field from the site.
During Easter this year, a VW van with awning was to be charged 27 due to it being high season
He drove round to the Green Frog where the cost was 9.50 with hook-up or 5.50 without.

The Green Frog has a restaurant at reasonable prices - bacon buttie and coffee 3.50 for instance.

It also has fishing lakes and a garden centre. Usual facilities for water, dumping etc.

We used to use this as a C&CC rally but the C&CC now stipulate rallies can not be held within a 6 mile radius of a campsite

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Yep, caravan club upwards of 25 per night for two IF you are members in high season, but I guess the sky's the limit depending on facilities, swimming pool etc at any campsite

Add a supplement if you are not

We tend to use CLs in this country, prefer the smaller more rural location, around 10-12 a night with elec

We usually travel off season with ASCI when in Europe, but prices are equally as high there in high season

Municipal sites offer better value, where available

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I'm a frequent user of Moffat when travelling North or South but do not use the C&CC campsite when there is the Green Frog, Hammerlands across the field from the site.
During Easter this year, a VW van with awning was to be charged 27 due to it being high season
He drove round to the Green Frog where the cost was 9.50 with hook-up or 5.50 without.

The Green Frog has a restaurant at reasonable prices - bacon buttie and coffee 3.50 for instance.

It also has fishing lakes and a garden centre. Usual facilities for water, dumping etc.

We used to use this as a C&CC rally but the C&CC now stipulate rallies can not be held within a 6 mile radius of a campsite

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Alan, aware of the green frog but too far to walk into the town for my wife. Sad about the rally rule though.
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To be fair

We are all so different in what pleases us

Maybe for us a place where we can let the hound swim or run would count more than the shower block

If the hound is happy we are happy, an 8 stone + unhappy bad tempered hound is no joy

Facilities don't really matter to us

Sites with miserable dog walks suitable for toy breeds do

We are not as agile as we once were

Let's face it we are not agile at all

When we go on sites there are three of us

And we need walking off or on site close and convenient and suitable

How many times have we seen dog walking and been forced on muddy s***t loaded paths for early morning or late night walks

Others need and value different things

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To be fair

We are all so different in what pleases us

Maybe for us a place where we can let the hound swim or run would count more than the shower block

If the hound is happy we are happy, an 8 stone + unhappy bad tempered hound is no joy

Facilities don't really matter to us

Sites with miserable dog walks suitable for toy breeds do

We are not as agile as we once were

Let's face it we are not agile at all

When we go on sites there are three of us

And we need walking off or on site close and convenient and suitable

How many times have we seen dog walking and been forced on muddy s***t loaded paths for early morning or late night walks

Others need and value different things

Sandra
So a good review, and remember that is what this post is about, would for you be, 'excellent dog walking areas nearby etc.' and ignore anything else.
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I think there are two items that have to be taken into account when reading site reviews:

1) Different people have vastly different standards. What is ideal for one can be appalling to another and younger or family campers will look for very different features in a campsite than older couples, just the same as tenters and tuggers will want different features from motorhomers. You always need to take your reviews from a site that specialises in your mode of camping.
2) Many campsite review sites will "edit" or refuse to publish negative reviews for a site for different reasons. Fear of losing advertising revenue, fear of being taken to court for libel etc.

There are very few campsite review sites that are completely honest and unbiased, MHF is one of them.

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