Tuesday, 21 July 2009

AvailablePitch Rally Continued

We'd got the one acre Certificated Site at New House Farm, Hurley, near Atherstone, Warwickshire, all to ourselves for our special birthday weekend, and I have to say that hiring out a whole campsite for your own exclusive use is extremely decadent and highly recommended for any sort of social get-together!

New House Farm is a relatively new Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site enthusiastically run by David Pearson and family, who live in the farm house next to the site. The camping field is tucked away at the back of the farm, with far-reaching views over the beautiful rolling Warwickshire countryside and because the site is a long way from a main road, it is extremely peaceful.

For our rally, units started rolling in from lunchtime on Friday, and David had advised we could stay as late as we wanted on the Sunday - the site was ours for two and a half days. The location of the hook-ups dictated where we pitched - which was all together in one corner, forming a large sociable circle - no orderly Club rows here! We closed the gates and let the dogs chase around to their hearts content.

The great British weather delivered us quite strong winds over the early May weekend, and just a smidgeon of rain, however, despite a variety of awnings and annexes, we conducted all our festivities outside. Because of the location, had we made any unsociable noise, (which we didn't!), we wouldn't have disturbed the neighbours.

David has recently installed a brand new HEATED shower and toilet, located in the farm yard a very short walk back from the site, and there are 5 new hook-ups. The ground is pretty firm and well draining, and the site is open all year round. What a great place to spend Christmas - now there's a thought!

There are lots of walks direct from the site, and a few of us staggered out to explore the immediate area on Saturday afternoon. On the morning of departure, of course, the sun shone hot, the wind dropped and no-one wanted to leave. Everyone agreed what a thoroughly enjoyable weekend we'd had, and voted to do it again next year.

Now - must remember to get it booked well in advance with David!

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