Co-ordinates: 188.8.131.524N: -184.108.40.206W
Address: Wellhouse Farm, Newton, Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7UY
Good for visiting: Corbridge, Hexham, Hadrian’s Wall sites including Chesters & Housesteads, Prudhoe (for the castle). We also went as far as Newcastle, the Angel of the North and Beamish
Phone & e-mail: +44 (0)1661 842193 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date Visited: September 2017
Questions:- (This review is from the point of view of motorhomers driving a Swift Kontiki 669 tag axle – 8.56m)
What are the pitches like?
A mixture of grass and hard-standings. Plenty big enough for us and the car. However, as there are so many ‘resident’ vans on site there are not that many hard-standings for tourers to choose from.
Is there water on each pitch?
No – but there are 2 or 3 taps to use. Very low water pressure – it took ages to fill our tank. However, this was apparently due to the farmer having pierced the pipe, and was due to be fixed.
What is the electric like?
16A– it only tripped a couple of times during our stay
A drain by the tap by the toilets. Use a bucket!
What’s the site access like?
The farm lane is accessed off a main, but minor, road. Access to the site is easy from the lane.
What are the Sanitary facilities like?
Toilets: Separate ladies and gents – 2 cubicles in each, plus a disabled loo (which also incorporates a shower). The facilities are adequate, however they can best be described as grubby. It would be appear that the only reason they’re not filthy is that some of the regulars clean them occasionally themselves.
There are 2 individual bathrooms provided but, whilst they are clearly newer, I wouldn’t even step foot in there as they were so dirty.
Toilet paper provided? Yes – plentiful (this is topped up regularly!)
Showers: 2 separate showers in the individual bathrooms; + 2 showers and a disabled shower in the main facilities (for both ladies and gents). Although we can’t comment directly as we didn’t use these (due to the state of them) we were told that the water pressure is very low, which results in the shower being just a dribble
What other facilities are there?
Bins and CWD
Dish washing area.
Laundry (only takes old £ coins…
Is there any internet; if so how much and how good?
There is no separate internet available. Good signal if you have your own.
What’s the welcome like?
There isn’t 1! You just turn up and pitch yourself. We saw the old lady and old man a couple of times (but they wouldn’t take any money from us! We had to ring 1 of the son’s mobile phones the day we were leaving to do that….
How much is it?
We paid £16 per night including electric.
What’s the area like?
The site itself is quite isolated with very few facilities close by (eg. shops etc.) The nearest pub was a couple of miles away. It is along the line of Hadrian’s Wall and the main path for this is close by.
It’s about 10 minutes in the car to Corbridge and maybe 15 to Hexham. It’s also only about 20 minutes to Chesters and maybe 30 minutes to Housesteads Roman Fort.
Only about 20-25 minutes to Newcastle and a little bit longer to the Angel of the North. We also visited Beamish Museum which was probably about 40-45 minutes away by car.
It’s quite a good central area to stop to visit many diverse attractions.
We didn’t like so much:-
The lack of a welcome
The fact that the website is clearly out of date – the facilities building definitely isn’t new and there is no reception. We saw many new arrivals at a loss as to what to do on arrival – just like us…
The number of ‘resident’ vans on-site
We moved towards the Northumberland coast to Ashington near Morpeth
(the following photos are actually from our previous site in Great Ayton – check out my review for Fletcher’s Farm!)