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Thorpe Farm Centre

7.4

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General

  • Peaceful farm with pond and walking paths
  • Farm shop, gift shop, café and furniture for sale
  • Toilet and shower blocks with disabled access

Keep the kids busy at Thorpe Farm Centre near Co. Durham's Barnards Castle... if dipping and nature spotting at the peaceful pond doesn't sway them, seeing the animals in their paddocks or the many walking paths straight from the site surely will.

The farm also has its 18th-century Peel House, home to a gift shop, a café serving breakfast and Sunday lunch, a farm shop selling fresh local produce including bread, milk, bacon, sausages and eggs, and – rather unusual but very fab – a reclamation barn selling furniture, antiques and collectables.

Facilities include toilet and shower blocks with disabled access; fresh water and a chemical disposal unit. Dogs are very welcome but must be kept on leads while on site.


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7.4

Overall rating based on 72 reviews

 

65% would recommend this site to a friend.

61% would stay here again.

  42% described as Peaceful ?

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We won’t be returning any time soon.07/29/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomChris B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    John, the ‘enforcer’
    The shop and the staff.

    Disliked: 

    Pitch location, service facilities, Constant road noise from A66, Loud music from noisy inconsiderate campers drinking from breakfast to bedtime all weekend.

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really good park, not very clean07/27/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJessica C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The idea of it is great but needs a good revamp and better cleaning. The litter is horrendous, the showers and toilets are unclean and the toilets in the farm shop aren’t much better unfortunately they absolutely stink!

    The park next to the farm shop is fab for kids.

    Water right next to electric hook up which was great.

    Lots of other families and children.

    5 minutes by car into town.

    Disliked: 

    Litter

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Nothing09/18/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomglenn h.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nothing

    Disliked: 

    Stagnant half filled pond

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Toilet facilities were dirty not cleaned properly09/01/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomwendy c.Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Restaurant, animals, walks and campsite were excellent

    Disliked: 

    No Shower facilities. Toilets were absolutely disgusting, they weren't cleaned properly and the sewerage was awful.

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Disappointing08/25/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Space for children to play and walks and bike rides from the farm. The farm shop on site was very good.

    Disliked: 

    The noise of the A66 from 5.30am into the evening. No apparent management of groups and the noise levels after 10pm as it was the same all week. Opportunity to contract covid-19 due to limited measures in place. I felt disappointed where the site is on the farm and a poor relative to the seasonal caravans and holiday homes. Needless to say we left earlier than planned.

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Canny for short 2 night break08/24/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Overall a nice place to stay. Location is good and things to do on site were ok. Kids play park required on the tent pitch. Kids gravitated round a tree which had a tyre for a swing and waterunfortunate for us we were near the tree and nearest water tap.

    Disliked: 

    Pitches close together and toilet blocks need improving to suit the number of pitches on site.

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Anonymous user

All the falicities (animal rescue, cafe, play grounds and walks) …08/18/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    All the falicities (animal rescue, cafe, play grounds and walks) there is so much to do! Really enjoyed the whole area.

    Disliked: 

    Toilets- need updating and was suppose to be on hard standing pitch.

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Could be a lovely site with a bit of caring.08/16/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Open space in the centre of the camp site for children to play. Tree swing was a great touch.
    Camp site is great as a base to travel to other areas.

    Disliked: 

    Very close to a noisy motorway.
    Was a mix up on our booking which meant we had to move pitches to near the toilet block.
    Showers were closed.
    Fishing pond was very poorly looked after.
    A dried up pond in the middle of the site

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Ok but we won’t be back08/13/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The surrounding countryside is beautiful

    Disliked: 

    Noisy site very close to busy A66 road
    Toilet block ok not overly clean

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Wish the showers was on07/30/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKevin T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Not to far to drive clean toilets

    Disliked: 

    A66 too noisy

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Hikers’ paradise

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 sites)

Pop-up campsite

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal sites

Tourer storage facilities

Location

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  • Greta Bridge, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, England, DL12 9TY
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.5101°N 1.8568°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Dolphin Centre — 19.7 kilometres
High Green — 20.8 kilometres
The Angel — 20.9 kilometres
Train stations
Shildon Rail Station — 19.2 kilometres
North Road Rail Station — 19.8 kilometres
Bishop Auckland Rail Station — 20.0 kilometres
Ferry ports
Transporter Bridge South Side — 41.4 kilometres
Transporter Bridge North Side — 41.6 kilometres
Airports
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 27.4 kilometres

Directions


The site is nine miles west of Scotch Corner on the side of the A66 near Greta Bridge, ideally located for people travelling to or from Scotland or the Lake District.

From Barnard Castle

Leave the A67 / Market Place towards Kings Court. At the roundabout, take the first exit on to Newgate and proceed for one mile. Turn right towards the A66/The Street and continue for three miles. Look out for our campsite on the left.

From Scotch Corner

Leave Middleton Tyas Lane towards Scotch Corner. At roundabout, take the third exit on to A66 and continue for nine miles. Look out for our campsite on the right. If you reach Green Lane, you have gone too far.

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

Thorpe Farm Centre's location in Co. Durham bordering North Yorkshire on the A66 puts it in nifty position for days out of all kinds by foot, pedal or car. If you want to investigate the surrounding area by foot, a shortcut to the A66 gives access to many more walking paths as well as cycling trails; a map is available at the site shop with details.

The seventeenth century country house of Rokeby Park is just around the corner from the farm, and it's about ten minutes' drive to Barnards Castle, an old market town with pubs, shops, restaurants, the Bowes Museum and its castle high on a rock above the River Tees.

The farm is nine miles west of Scotch Corner in the countryside of Teesdale and 15 miles from Richmond in the Yorkshire Dales. Raby Castle, Eggleston Hall, High Force Waterfall (England’s highest, foam fans) and Middleton in Teesdale are also within driving distance.

Must see

  • The Bowes Museum (5.2 kilometres)
  • Barnard Castle (6.6 kilometres)
  • Easby Abbey (EH) (13.9 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Moulton Hall (16.8 kilometres)
  • Braithwaite Hall (27.2 kilometres)

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:  noon –  6 p.m.
Depart by:  noon

Thorpe Farm Centre cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Thorpe Farm Centre will debit the balance from your card 2 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 2 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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  • What attractions are near Thorpe Farm Centre? Thorpe Farm Centre's location in Co. Durham bordering North Yorkshire on the A66 puts it in nifty position for days out of all kinds by foot, pedal or car. If you want … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Thorpe Farm Centre?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  noon –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
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Terms and conditions

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

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

General
Electric heaters in awnings, Paddling and bathing in the pond are not permitted.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

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.

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked at the site. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m..
The bar and/or restaurant is open between 01/03 et 31/10.
The grocery shop is open between 01/03 et 31/10.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Additional terms

Please be aware that Thorpe Farm is a working farm - entrance to areas of the farmstead is strictly prohibited for safety reasons.

All caravans must be fitted with a fire extinguisher.

The site is open between 7.30am and 10.30pm.

Generators are only allowed on certain areas of the site and only allowed if agreed by the management.

Fishing in the pond is possible (you need your own fishing rod and rod licence). We can guarantee plenty of weeds but not many fish.

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