Rarely do you get to see a new site that achieves such high standards from the start, but this is one, says Mark and Janette Songhurst. All the experience from the sister-site at Golden Square has paid dividends here. And its situation is lovely, too, located in the wonderful countryside that surrounds York, on the edge of Sheriff Hutton village...
The new site reception has an attractive stone finish & Large and spacious pitches
Rarely do you get to see a new site that achieves such high standards from the start, but this is one, says Mark and Janette Songhurst. All the experience from the sister-site at Golden Square has paid dividends here. And its situation is lovely, too, located in the wonderful countryside that surrounds York, on the edge of Sheriff Hutton village.
Even though this is a new site it is manager, Bob, who lifts it that extra bit to make it special. What can you say? He is a real gentleman. He keeps the site clean, tends the flower beds and ensures the grass is mown. His helpfulness even extends to cutting the grass verge so you can walk safely down the 200m of road edge until you are safely on the path.
This new site has separate areas for tents and for caravans. All pitches are large and spacious with each having an electric hook-up. A new play park has been created and on our last visit the had laid a draughts board and table tennis table – although unsupervised children were using the draughts as rolling stones and targets for scooters. The nearby playground has a sandpit for smaller children and an aerial runway and large swings.
The site is situated away from the road and there is around a mile-and-a-half walk to the centre of Sheriff Hutton. We managed it with a two-year-old and a six-year-old using the playground at the community centre as a good bribe.
There is so much to do around Sheriff Hutton. Not only is it perfect to explore the wonderful Yorkshire countryside, including the coast, but it is on the outskirts of York. A short drive and you can pick up the Park and Ride Bus into the historic centre with all its attractions and opportunities for retail therapy.
If you want something a little different then a gentle stroll round Yorkshire Lavender (yorkshirelavender.com) at Terrington is a pleasant experience, the nurseries have some beautiful flowers and plants for sale, there are a few animals for children to see and a snakes and ladders game made of lavender. If that isn’t enough, just think of Lavender Beer or how about a cream tea in the café.
If the weather turns there are lots of things to do with the kids. Try Play Dale Farm
Museums, abbies and castles abound. Here are some of our favourites:
• York Minister
• York Dungeon
• Jorvik Centre
• York Railway Museum
• Castle Museum
The Highwayman village pub serves good classic pub food and the staff were more than happy to serve us two meals and provide plates so we could share with out nephew and niece.
For something a little more up market, Tykes Restaurant at Sandburn Hall is beautiful and has a good selection of meat and fish. Despite its fine dining experience they are very family friendly.
York Meadows Caravan and Camping Park
Tel: 01347 878508
• Toilet and Showers
• Family Bathroom
• Washing up and Laundry Area
• Disabled Facilities
• A small Shop
• Play area
• Electric Hook-up
• Information Room
• Dogs Allowed
• Information Room
York has a number of Farmers’ Markets. One is held in Parliament Street on the last Friday of every month and the York Auction Centre holds one on the third Saturday to coincide with its morning auction. Check out yorkshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk for more.
Did you know?
Nearby Hovingham Hall was the Childhood home of Katherine, Duchess of Kent.
Gentleman Bob looks after the site
A bath is welcome for the kids