Saturday 31 January 2009

Tour 2008 - Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire -Swiss Farm International

Why Swiss Farm International we wondered? The answer is because the site attracts many overseas tourists - mainly from Holland and Germany.

What an absolutely delightful place Henley-on-Thames is, and how convenient is Swiss Farm? - just an easy pleasant 10 minute level stroll into the town. No Regatta whilst we were there, but we did go on a boat up the river and heard all about it from our delightful compere.

Swiss Farm International caters for a wide range of campers and caravanners including an area for Park Homes (in a separate part of the Park), static caravans, many seasonal pitches, and plenty of touring pitches which, in our opinion, are the nicest. They even have pitches to cater for the largest RV.

Whilst this is a large site with loads of facilities, it is also a designated quiet site, so you never feel overwhelmed. Radios are not allowed (hurray!) and no noise is allowed after 10 pm. Great stuff. The gorgeous outdoor swimming pool, complete with lots of sunbeds (not bagsied by the Germans!) looked inviting, however,as the summer weather was cold and wet whilst we were there, sadly we just had to look longingly from a distance. There is a huge field dedicated for tents, with its own shower/loo block, but tents can also use the grass pitches with hook-up if desired.

The best pitches? Numbers 1 - 15 on the very back row, overlooking fields with panoramic views of cows.

This an extremely well run and managed site, run by Joseph Borlase, and we wished we could stay longer, both to explore Henley-on-Thames and a little further afield, using either the buses which run from the town, or on the boats - trips or self-hire, so we will be back in the future. It was time for us to move on to our next destination...........

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