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Alpine Grove Touring Park

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General

  • Award-winning park in a green wildlife haven
  • A mile and a half from Chard and 12 from Charmouth
  • Heated outdoor pool, play area, tennis, and firepits for hire

There’s more than a hint of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five about Alpine Grove Touring Park: pitches among secret groves of rhododendron, dappled with shade from the oak trees towering above, plus den building in the woods, scavenger trails, biking and hiking adventures around the local countryside, picnics and sausage-fuelled singalongs by the fire. Bet they sell lashings of ginger beer in the on-site shop...

Campers can choose between sun or shade, seclusion among the rhododendrons or a more open grassy area for their pitch. In addition to all the good old-fashioned fun outlined above, there’s a heated outdoor pool, tennis, a play area, plus of course the usual amenities for ablution, laundry, refuse and recycling. Firepits are available for hire, and well-behaved dogs are welcome.

A level cycle path runs along the disused railway line between Chard and Ilminster, or for a more challenging ride, the 80-mile loop of the South Somerset Cycle Route goes right past the site. There are also plenty of walks for all abilities, and golf, fishing and horse riding nearby.

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award AA 3 pennants

Please note

The outdoor swimming pool is open between 30/05 and 15/09 (subject to weather conditions).

Facilities/activities including firepits and logs are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.


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9.2

Overall rating based on 114 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

93% would stay here again.

 

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excellent 03/09/2018

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    was a fabulous site clean wash rooms friendly staff. kids loved exploring in the woods. will definitely be bsck next year

    Disliked: 

    nothing

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A lovely campsite and very good for families 29/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Hannah C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Beautiful location, pitches were dotted around so that they were well spaced, nice big space for the kids to play and a lovely play area and woodland trail.

    Disliked: 

    Stony pitch bent all our industrial strength tent pegs!

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This was a lovely site. Will definitely book it again & stay longer 29/08/2018

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  • Electric grass and gravel touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Loved this site. So peaceful. A lovely environment.

    Disliked: 

    No motorhome service point.

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We liked everything about this site facilities cleaned regularly shop ... 25/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Catherine M. Confirmed

  • Electric tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    We liked everything about this site facilities cleaned regularly shop always stocked up we enjoyed our stay there and the staff was very friendly and helpful.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike.

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Welcoming,helpful staff. Lovely , chilled environment. 25/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Helen M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass and gravel touring pitch
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    Welcoming,helpful staff. Lovely , chilled environment.

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Owners were very friendly and facilities were very clean. A ... 24/08/2018

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  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch
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    Owners were very friendly and facilities were very clean. A well run site.

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Lovely woodland site which allows campfires and is great for children. 18/08/2018

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    Woodland setting with private pitches, shop on site, hot and powerful showers. We liked being able to have a campfire. The owners were friendly and helpful. The swimming pool was popular with children and there was a nice little play area too.

    Disliked: 

    There seemed to be more than the average amount of wasps around.

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It was a lovely site amongst the trees so was ... 13/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Maria T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    It was a lovely site amongst the trees so was shaded in lots of areas. Flat pitches. Swimming was heated so great for kids even if weather not good. Toilets could do with a re furb and to be cleaned more often.

    Disliked: 

    Only down side would be the toilets.

From the manager...

Thank you for your feedback.

The toilet block is cleaned regularly through out the day, however when it rains all the dirt from outside gets walked in and within minutes the floor looks like it hasn't been cleaned at all. We have a 2-3 year plan to replace the toilet block completely, subject to the necessary planning approvals etc.

We will be trialling some high density mats at the toilet entrance to see if that helps when it is wet.

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Nice place and location 07/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Helen D. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Nice place and location

    Disliked: 

    A pretty campsite but very frustrating as it could be sooooo much better!
    I had booked the trip to alpine grove 3 months before our visit and there were plenty of pitches still available. We were a group of 6 in total including 2 children and requested 2 pitches together as we were staying in separate tents.
    First impressions were good, it’s tucked away in a lovely forest location with a large ge green space in the middle. There are very private pitches nestled amongst the trees. On reporting to reception we were told we would have to wait as the owners were out. When they did arrive we were shown over to the green area in the centre and told “These are not really pitches, we use this as our overflow area. Don’t pitch up on the green bits as it becomes boggy when it rains. You will need to sweep before you pitch up,There are brooms in the washroom.” Great, nice welcome.
    I was very unimpressed, the area was littered with small pieces of rubbish (yellow cotton buds, yuck!) was right next to the entrance gate, surrounded by the tracks cars use to get in and out, the ground was uneven and it looked like it was an area where people usually parked cars (there were tyre marks in the ground that had dried).
    My husband and sister in law approached the owners to see if we could move somewhere else. As they were fully booked there was no where else to go. If we had booked last minute or just showed up I would not have been so annoyed but we had paid good money 3 months before the trip so expected a decent pitch.
    As we had no choice or anywhere else to go we had to stay.
    Things did not improve. We soon found out that this area was also where all the kids play frisbee and where dogs were taken to whoopsee. Over the course of the weekend we cleared up around 6 dog turds that did not belong to our dogs and my sons football was covered in poo as he kicked it into another pile.
    The washrooms were constantly soaking wet. Probably because children were going to the bathroom from the pool. One of the toilets always seemed to be blocked and as there were only 3 cubicles in the ladies there was always a long queue in the morning and evening. The showers were ok with plenty of hot water but not particularly clean. There are signs throughout the washrooms saying things are out of order or not any good. The pool heater was not working. And we did not even use the pool as it was far too small for the amount of children who wanted to use it.
    They had a huge wasp problem,not helped by the uncovered rubbish that piled up around the washrooms.
    The shop was stocked with most essentials and was very clean. However it was open at random points thought he day. This caused problems when we had to do some laundry for my daughter as the machine took tokens which could only be bought from the shop which was closed. It does not sell beer (much to the disappointment of my husband). They also advertised pastries on a Sunday morning. When we went to get some they told us we had to preorder. None of the signs mentioned this at all. They also advertised pizza every Saturday night. We decided to do this on the Saturday as we wanted something other than BBQ. Turns out it was every Saturday except the Saturday we were staying. None of the signs mentioned this either.
    We did not rent a fire pit as at £16 a night they seemed a little pricey when a warm BBQ sufficed.
    Overall, we were not terribly impressed and wouldn’t really recommend. When speaking to other campers who had stayed before, we were informed that they were new owners who had only taken over this year. On reflection this may be why things did not run as smoothly as they could have done as they are still learning.
    We had a nice weekend but it could have been so much better. I would suggest if you book this site to go at a quieter time of year and to request a woodland pitch. It would also be worth asking the owners rather than relying on their signage which is certainly lacking.

From the manager...

Thank you for your feedback.
We are sorry that we couldn’t provide the type of pitch that you wanted. If you specify the type of pitch required at the time of booking, then we can try to allocate them accordingly.
Reviews are very important to us and our business so we are sorry that you felt the need to post a bad review and not to talk to us directly at any point during your stay.
We hope your next camping trip is a more positive experience.

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Very pleasant ancient woodland setting, the site owners were very ... 10/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kevin M. Confirmed

  • Electric grass and gravel touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Very pleasant ancient woodland setting, the site owners were very friendly and always helpful, the facilities were clean and sufficient for the site. An ideal family site with grass areas and lots of woodland to play in, secured by coded gate entry.

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Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

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Location

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  • Forton, Chard, Somerset, England, TA20 4HD
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.8587°N 2.9356°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Ilminster: Market Square Coach Stop — 4.8 miles
Bridport: Coach Park West Street — 11.5 miles
Seaton (Devon): Sea Front Bus Stop — 12.2 miles
Train stations
Axminster Rail Station — 6.3 miles
Crewkerne Rail Station — 6.9 miles
Honiton Rail Station — 11.8 miles
Ferry ports
Bridgwater Ferry Terminal — 19.8 miles
Topsham (Turf Lock Ferry) Ferry Landing — 26.3 miles
Topsham Ferry Landing — 26.3 miles
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 22.8 miles

Directions


Recommended entry road: follow the signs for Chard A358 (Junction 25 on the M5) and follow our signs as you approach Chard at the B&Q. The campsite is signposted from the A30 at Cricket St Thomas and the A358 at Tytherleigh, both following the B3167.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

All the attractions of south Somerset, Devon and Dorset are within easy reach, so it’s impossible to list more than a few highlights here.... The popular seaside town of Lyme Regis is renowned for its Cobb beach, fossils and links to Jane Austen, and has a good museum. Forde Abbey, a stately home which used to be a Cistercian monastery, has stunning gardens, and soft fruit lovers will find its ‘pick your own’ farm berry exciting (jostaberries, anyone?).

Europe’s biggest collection of naval aircraft is hosted at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, which regularly hosts special events, from Dalek invasions to drag racing.

Within the lovely orchards of Perry’s Cider Mills, there’s an interesting museum of old cider presses housed in a 16th-century barn (and, of course, abundant opportunities to sample the results in the farm shop and tearooms).

Must see

  • Mapperton House & Gardens (11.0 miles)
  • Montacute House (11.6 miles)
  • Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (13.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Loughwood Meeting House (7.4 miles)
  • Barrington Court (7.7 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart:  12 p.m.

Alpine Grove Touring Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 14 day(s) of arrival.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Alpine Grove Touring Park will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

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Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 14 day(s) of arrival.

Dogs
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Extras
Facilities/activities including firepits and logs are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

General
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Pool
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 30/05 and 15/09 (subject to weather conditions).

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Additional terms

In order to comply with fire regulations all pitches must be 6m (20 feet) apart.

Dogs are to be exercised in the designated area.

To preserve our sensitive woodland site washing lines of any kind are prohibited. Tumble dryer facilities are available on site.

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