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Carlton Meres Country Park

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General

  • Woodland setting with two well-stocked fishing lakes
  • Heated outdoor pool, sauna, steam room, fitness suite and bar on site
  • Seven miles from the Suffolk Heritage Coast at Aldeburgh

This isn't Merely a Suffolk holiday park – it's a Suffolk holiday park with a whole heap to do… If the two fishing lakes at Carlton Meres Country Park in Suffolk don't have you wriggling in anticipation, all manner of other options are on site to lure you in.

Free activities and entertainment are held in high season (weekends from March to October), or there's splashing in the heated outdoor pool and steaming gently in the sauna for relaxed types, and a fitness suite and tennis court for the energetic. Or might you prefer wandering peaceably around the park's splendid woodland setting and woodland walk?

The kids are sorted too – always an amicable option on holiday – with an adventure playground to keep them swinging about for hours, and the arts and crafts, karaoke, disco and outdoor activities of the kids' club which runs on weekends and during school holidays (small charge applies).

The roomy pitches at Carlton Meres are grouped in camping and touring areas, all with their own shower and loo block, waste disposal points and fresh water points. The touring shower blocks, swimming pool shower blocks and entertainment complex have all been fully refurbished in 2015.

This site is a member of Lifestyle Living Group group.

Please note

Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

The outdoor swimming pool is open between 30/06 and 31/10 (subject to weather conditions).

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

There is currently (September 2017) pitch development work on the park: minimal disruption and all fenced off.


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7.9

Overall rating based on 157 reviews

 

82% would recommend this site to a friend.

78% would stay here again.

 

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Park was well kept and outside pool very warm. Staff ... 10/10/2017

grahamevans

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  • Liked: 

    Park was well kept and outside pool very warm.
    Staff very friendly but so few people on camping they had little to do

    Disliked: 

    Works to the park had left access roads blocked or in a bad state so you could ground your Motorhome.

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Very good couple of nights away. Cannot fault it 12/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Bridgette W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Very good couple of nights away. Cannot fault it

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Relaxed atmosphere 01/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom GaryBudd Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring caravan pitch
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    Relaxed atmosphere

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Good site but could be a lot better regards touring facilities 29/08/2017

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

  • Electric hardstanding touring caravan pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Site is situated in a great location with 2 fishing lakes making it great for walking the dog outdoor pool was ok but no shallow end for little ones. Toilet blocks was ok and clean.

    Disliked: 

    This could be a great touring site and understand its under new managment but basic touring facilities need sorting out drinking water needs to be more available and clearly signed the same as grey water waste. Had to wait for over an hour for food in resturant.

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Lovely site, but facilities not man enough for size of park 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sarah W. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    On arrival the park looks lovely, the setting is lovely.

    Disliked: 

    The tents were pitched far too close to each other, it was noisy in the evening, people were still making noise and playing music at gone midnight!
    The showers didnt work when there was a few being used at the same time, and they trickled out!
    The swimming pool was too busy. It was full everytime we went to use it. When we did go to use it first thing in the morning, it was out of use as the water hadnt been treated. Our kids were really disappointed.

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Very quiet location 28/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lucy A. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring caravan pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Very quiet location

    Disliked: 

    It was massively Over booked , too many people not enough pitches for the tents and tourers . Also didn't feel the toilet blocks were cleaned enough water and grass all over the floors

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The main area of the campsite with static caravans was ... 28/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alison E. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The main area of the campsite with static caravans was nice, and the restaurant/bar/sports facilities looked well maintained.

    Disliked: 

    Reception not open early or late enough.
    No water for showers
    Toilets dirty and not cleaned regularly enough.
    Not enough water taps for non-electric pitches.
    No marked out pitches for non-electric tents - it was really difficult to find somewhere to pitch our tent as cars were parked en masse on much of the camping space.

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Clean facilities and good site would recommend 😀 25/08/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The camp was lovely and tidy. The swimming pool was great, the kids loved it. Wife loved the camp and would return again.

    Disliked: 

    The pitches have been decreased in size and moved around so they will be very cramped in the future.

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No WiFi at pitches.too far from seaside attractions. 24/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Brian H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Meals in restaurant okay but not enough choice.

    Disliked: 

    Showers and toilet cubicles too dark.pitches not
    Marked out.people pitching tents anywhere.noise
    of diggers distracting.

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Fishing lake was excellent and the heated Swimming Pool was ... 22/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Craig H. Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Fishing lake was excellent and the heated Swimming Pool was really good.

    Disliked: 

    Washing facilities - they were to small, badly lit and not cleaned regularly enough. Have found better designed and cleaner facilities at other sites for better rates

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

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

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

Seasonal pitches

Tourer storage facilities

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Location

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  • Rendham Road, Carlton Saxmundham, Suffolk, England, IP17 2QP
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 52.2359°N 1.4623°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Harleston (Norfolk): Broad St Coach Stop — 13.5 miles
Bungay: Earsham Street Coach Stop — 15.3 miles
Beccles: Old Market Coach Stop — 16.0 miles
Train stations
Saxmundham Rail Station — 1.9 miles
Darsham Rail Station — 3.7 miles
Wickham Market Rail Station — 6.5 miles
Ferry ports
Walberswick Ferry Landing — 10.3 miles
Southwold Ferry Landing — 10.4 miles
Bawdsey Ferry Landing — 17.2 miles
Airports
Norwich International Airport — 31.0 miles

Directions


On the A12: the campsite is signposted (Carlton Meres Country Park) in both directions. Do not follow your satnav for the last part of your journey as it will lead you to Lonely Farm campsite behind the park. Make sure you follow the signs for the park and turn right at the entrance for Carlton Meres Country Park.

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

After they've whirled around on site for a while, take the kids to the coast at Aldeburgh (seven miles) or Southwold (14 miles) for days on the beach, buying freshly caught fish on the sands and enviously eyeing up the beach huts.

Walberswick's also well worth a look, to birdwatch among its heath and marshlands, catch crabs on its beach or to take the ferry across the Blyth to Southwold; you might spy some celebrity residents in this popular town too...

Both Felixstowe and Lowestoft are within 19 miles for additional Suffolk seaside trips; some time should be spent at Lowestoft for the Pleasurewood Theme Park too – and from there one can move onto the seaside at Great Yarmouth and the rest of the Norfolk coast or the Suffolk and Norfolk Broads.

Closer to home, take a trip to fab Framlington Castle five miles away – where Mary Tudor was proclaimed queen, fact fans – and to Orford Castle ten miles from camp, both managed by English Heritage and both rather spectacular.

See also, for wildlife-loving sprogs, the 2,000+ residents at Norfolk's Banham Zoo, and walking among the parrots, mammals and reptiles of African safari park Africa Alive! at Kessingland, a colourful day out sure to have them squawking.

Must see

  • Framlingham Castle (5.0 miles)
  • Orford Castle (10.2 miles)
  • Orford Ness National Nature Reserve (10.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Orford Ness National Nature Reserve (10.4 miles)
  • Sutton Hoo (11.2 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart:  10:30 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart:  Anytime

Reception is unmanned after 5pm. Please call the park using the contact details provided in the booking confirmation email if you are arriving after this time.

Carlton Meres Country Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.

Modifications are subject to a £20.00 fee.

Bookings cannot be amended within 30 day(s) of arrival.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

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. Carlton Meres Country Park will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 30 day(s) of arrival.
Modifications are subject to a £20.00 fee.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

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.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Pool
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 30/06 and 31/10 (subject to weather conditions).

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

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
No vehicle movement between 11:30 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/campervan please select the extra.
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

If you wish to fish, please obtain your permit from reception. They will only be issued upon proof of a current Environment Agency rod licence. You will need your own fishing equipment.

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