Stanmore Hall Caravan Park - Bridgnorth.
When Morris Leisure Parks started, this was their first park. It is now one of five, "5 star" touring caravan parks owned by Morris Leisure who also own four holiday home Parks for static caravans.
Stanmore Hall Caravan Park is situated on the outskirts of Bridgnorth, walkable for the energetic. It's ok going in, as it is downhill, but you would probably want to make use of the convenient bus service that runs to/from Stanmore Business Park, approximately 500 metres from the site, for the return. Bridgnorth offers Caravan and Motor homers, everything they need for an enjoyable stay, from individual independent retailers to the mainstream supermarkets of Sainsbury’s, Aldi, as well as Co-op and M&S food stores, along with coffee shops and eateries to suit all tastes. An historic town to while away an hour or two.
Saturday is market day, the Park & Ride Service which operates on Saturdays seems quite popular, with locals and tourists alike.
What about the site?
A small lake, home to the many varieties of waterfowl and a pair of peacocks, sits proudly in the centre of the park, with benches along the pathway that runs alongside providing a tranquil spot to watch the world go by. There are some lake view pitches, as well as a dedicated Adult Only area to compliment the choice of grass, hard standing or Super pitches (full serviced with fresh and grey water connections and tv point).
The site has the CMC influence in respect of the water, elsan, waste disposal areas. All roadways are tarmac, with a one way system in operation, hard standings are surfaced with small grey gravel, (rock pegs required), again a mixture of hard standings are available, some having a grass area to the side.
Toilet washrooms, are within one block, along with a veg prep area (that looks onto the lake) and laundry facility, hot water is plentiful, no metered or push button showers here. The block is centrally heated, perfect for winter caravanning with the site being open all year.
I enjoyed the dog walk onsite (Oscar), which runs along the back of the site, screened neatly by a raised bank, for exercising your dearly beloved human, you may prefer to take them across the main road (A458) outside the site, 600 metres takes you into Stanmore Country Park, several acres of woodland path to wander and explore this old RAF base and great for new smells.
There is plenty to do in and around the area, if trains are your thing, Bridgnorth is not only home to The Severn Valley Railway, but also boasts its own funicular which joins Low and High Town. West Midlands Safari Park is not far away, or if you want to explore the past, along the Valley is Ironbridge with its history telling museums.
Telford, Merry Hill and even Birmingham can be the shopping destinations if you crave retail therapy.
Wighwick Manor and Dudmaston Hall are a couple of the NT properties within a short drive.
Some Practical Bits.
Pitches are allocated on arrival, you can make requests via the online booking service (or if you book by telephone), a discount is offered year round for CMC members, your CMC membership card is your deposit for your barrier/toilet block key and fob.
Morris Leisure tend to do a 3 nights for the price of 2 offer, early and late season visits, you will receive an email if you are a previous customer prior to the offer appearing in the club magazines.
There is also a Loyalty Scheme, a Loyalty Card is stamped for each night stayed, once you have collected *12 stamps you are entitled to a free nights stay, no restrictions on date and includes unit, occupants, electricity, awning, for whichever pitch type you choose, at any of their 5 sites, for that free night stay.
*Stamps are not issued for the nights of the 3 for 2 offer, we stayed 4 nights in total, so qualified for 1 stamp (the 4th night).
Reception/Shop has the usual campsite basics and some, (no need to worry if you’ve forgotten the wine,the bacon or my food), along with a very impressive range of caravanning accessories. If nothing else you can grab an ice cream to eat whilst you admire the wildlife, well we all know that is the rouse, when we are really watching our neighbours awning being erected!
The information room is well equipped to give you all the details of attractions around the area, places to eat with accompanying menus, details of walks in the Shropshire area, as well as Road Runs for the seriously Athletic!
Some grass pitches back onto the main road, obviously road noise will be heard on these pitches. On this, our latest visit, we were on the opposite side of the park, on occasions we heard some faint road noise, but put it down to the tree screening being without leaf, as we hadn’t noticed this previously.
Stanmore Hall, is a site we have spent many an happy hour on to escape the daily grind, this (Feb 2018) is our first visit for a couple of years, would we revisit, most definitely.
Oscar, Martin & Sandra