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Ab Kettlby Lakes site review – Melton Mowbray

                          Eye Kettleby Lakes Melton Mowbray

The park website, www.eyekettlebylakes.com is very informative and covers all the relevant information needed to decide if this is the park for you, the following is more for tips and guidance to make the most of your visit, really:

Booking: You can use online, (same options by telephone), you will see you can book by dates required, which will show you pitch availability for your dates, or by pitch, the downside of campers being able to book a particular pitch means inevitably you may struggle to get a particular pitch for the duration you require.

Check out the Special Offers, to make savings on your pitch fees.

Checking in: access is good, turning off the B road into the park, you follow the driveway, up through the gates and continue on following the reception/shop signs, this will take you into the main car park, the ‘caravans’ signage on the road, was a little faded on our visit, but you pull up along the bottom edge of the car park. The Wooden Chalet Style building, to your right is the reception, clubhouse (bar and restaurant) and shop. You will already know your pitch number and have paid your pitch fees prior to arrival, so all you are really doing is collecting codes for the toilets & showers and access barrier to the caravan park.

Now you need to retrace your steps a little, so around the car park, you can get a 640 around ok, back down the slight hill passing the fishing lakes on your left and right, the caravan park entrance is now on your left, through the red barrier and in.

Standard pitches are accessed by a separate entrance, don't go through the barrier, but keep straight on, as the road splits (grass triangle), to the right is the road you came in on, you keep straight ahead, this time, following the road up and left.

Pitches: Superior, have tarmac hard standing for car and caravan, with gravel area surrounded by grass for your awning, superior pitches have, 16amp electricity, TV point, fresh water and grey waste connections and are laid out in a circular format around a central ‘lake’ water feature. All pitches are segregated by small privacy hedges. The roadway, is tarmac with a one way system. Pitches on the inner side of the area are planned for the rear of your van to be towards the water feature, pitches on the outer side are planned for the van to be reversed up to the outer boundary hedge. There is a communal grass area with picnic benches that surrounds the lake feature, this is not one of the ‘resorts’ 7 fishing lakes.

Standard pitch area

Standard, as mentioned before, accessed by a separate roadway that runs around the outside edge of the central caravan park area, to put you at the top of the park as you will see on the park plan on the website, these pitches are gravel hard-standing for your car and caravan, with an adjoining (lighter coloured) gravel area surrounded by grass for your awning. Again, have 16 amp electricity supply and fresh water connections, no grey waste or TV point, with privacy hedges to separate each pitch, TV reception is good enough for digital tv, probably due to the more open aspect of this area. The standard pitches lead off left and right from on single gravel roadway, pitches on the left, 48 to 53 back up to the central area (superior pitches) of the caravan park, looking out onto open countryside. The pitches on the right 54 to 61, back up to the boundary divide (low hedge). These pitches would have more sun on their awnings, for most of the day, compared to the pitches opposite.

Standard pitch

Toilets/Showers:

Facilities are excellent there are blocks (Wooden Chalet Style construction) at the top and the bottom of the main central caravan pitch area, so the top one is closest to the standard pitches, there is a separate ladies and gents toilet building, adjacent to the shower/bathroom building in each location.

The shower/bathroom buildings, each have 4 individual unisex bathrooms, with a toilet, washbasin, shower (one even has a rainfall shower head), the separate dressing area has hairdryer and vanity mirror.

Toilet/Shower room cleaning seems to be in the morning, as the bathrooms are individual the block isn't closed specifically, but each bathroom is cleaned as it becomes available when the cleaner is at that block, the impact being one bathroom is out of action at a time whilst it is cleaned, only on one morning of our stay did this mean I had to wait for a shower to become available.

Chemical toilet disposal point and dog wash are located next to the ‘top’ toilet/shower block, with chemical toilet disposal point and the laundry (£3 per wash, £1 for 20 minutes dryer, September 2017) located near/within the ‘bottom’ block.

WIFI is included in your pitch fee, suitable for email and social media, not suitable for streaming, however we had to resort to our 4G/3G box on occasions during our stay.

The Clubhouse, has an outside seating area, nice for a morning coffee, as well as the restaurant and lounge seating, as you will see from the site website, there is live music twice weekly, a quiz night, as well as breakfast (ideal for the daily fishing visitors to the lakes, or caravanner's who want a treat) and lunch available daily, no evening meals are served. Sunday lunch seemed very popular with both caravanner's and visitors.

To bear in mind:  Wednesday is Fish and Chip night with a live music, bar opens at 7 pm, the Fish and Chip van arrives at 8pm, something to bear this in mind when planning your meal times.

Friday is Take Away Night! The comprehensive information leaflet available when booking in, gives the details of several, off site, Take Away’s that deliver to the site.  These are the suppliers for the Take Away Night, you order your chosen meal and it will be delivered to the clubhouse, following your meal, the clubhouse staff will do the washing up! Sounds good and is obviously popular, can't see any reason not to collect your take away and go back to your caravan to enjoy a glass of ‘home brew’ with it!

Although the Clubhouse does have quite an extensive range in their Gin Corner, so an aperitif while you wait for your delivery is always an option.

Afternoon Tea, available each day between 3 & 4pm, you need to book 24 hours in advance, two options are available traditional or gentlemen’s, (see website), you cannot have 1 &1, as the gentlemen’s option is a minimum of 2 persons, we were OK as there was 4 of us, so 2 gentlemen’s and 2 traditional were the order of the day, plentiful, excellent quality, and service.

Some ground works were going on, on site, when we visited, advertisements advise there is a new 69 pitch touring park opening Easter 2018, therefore some of the above comments regarding access to standard pitches may change, by all accounts the general vibe from regular visitors is that the site is excellent, popular and the additional pitches will be welcomed to aid availability.

Melton Mowbray two miles away is home of the famous Pork Pie, be sure to drop into Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe. Tuesday is the day for the best Farmers Market to pick up some local food goodies for lunch!

Friday and Saturday are also market days.

Morrison’s, Aldi and Tesco (fuel) supermarkets are located in Melton Mowbray.

Martin Wickson

2 Responses

  1. David Waugh David Waugh

    Two members used this site while travelling to and from the Norfolk Event in November. It was all that was recommended by Oscar and his parents, one smart dog. The pitches are great and the lovely luxery, underfloor heated, toilet facilitis were really appreciated in the cold weather. The bar and restaurant are also very friendly and offer good service. It is a little walk from the pitches however and dark at night but you can take the car easily. There is only food available during the day except one night a week whether fish and chip van attends. You can eat them in the bar or take away to your van. The free wifi is limited to emails and bookings but is helpful.

    A must do if you do stay is go into Melton Mowbray, we indulged in buying sausage, pork pies and of course Stilton, all of which we decided to keep for Christmas but we could not resist eating some of the sausage immediately which I am sure Oscar would appreciate.

    Thanks Wicks ons for a great recommendatio, we will defiantly return.

    Margaret and David Waugh

  2. Martin & Sandra Wickson

    February 2018, the extension to the site seems almost complete according to the adverts in the caravan magazines, with deals being offered for March onwards if anyone wants to give the site a try, from our experience booking early is required for popular periods, hopefully the extended site will allow everyone a chance to give this site a go.