“ Address: Cakeham Rd / West Wittering / Chichester / West Sussex / PO20 8ED / Tel: +44 0 1243 671720 „
Review of Scotts Farm Camp Site
**The Camp Site**
We stayed for two nights at this site, arriving April 12th 2010. The site is situated in a very convenient location, a few minutes walk from the village of West Wittering. It is a 'peace and quiet' type site, meaning that there is no bar, club house, restaurant or snack bar on site. The management also stress that the site is for families and couples only, no large groups are accepted. This also includes large family groups, by this they do not mean people with four children cannot stay, but more the sort of family gathering where the family group totals 30 or so members!
There is no need to book at Scotts Farm, simply report to reception and book in. The reception is open from 9am until 10pm and also has a small shop attached which sells Calor gas, camping sundries, sweets, drinks and so on. Security is by means of a barrier which is closed from 11pm until 8am.
Scotts Farm has over 250 electric supplied pitches, 350+ non-electric pitches and also 'super-pitches' which have their own dedicated electric, water and waste supply. The site caters for tents, touring caravans and camper vans, it sounds a large site but it has a welcoming and laid back atmosphere.
We chose a non-electric pitch as we have solar panels fitted to our motor-home for electricity, we were very pleased with the area. Our pitch was on grass which as we had our dog with us, suited us very well. Dogs are welcome at Scotts Farm incidentally, but must be kept on a lead on site and of course, owners must clear up after their animal.
Our pitch was at the back of the camping field and faced farm land which was very pleasant.
Our pitch was close to a drinking water tap, these are dotted around the site and no pitch is more than a few steps away from one. Fire points were also provided and the site staff were in the process of upgrading these during our stay, for which the management apologised, although the work men made no noise, mess or inconvenience at all.
I noted that some of the touring caravan and motor-home pitches were on hard-standing, this can be important for levelling your 'van, but our little motor-home was perfectly level as our pitch was nice and flat.
Facilities on site are excellent and very well maintained. The average camper or caravanner is probably most interested in the shower and toilet facilities, so in the name of research, I did a bit of a count up! The ladies block comprises of 12 toilet cubicles, 2 of which are designated for disabled customers, 7 shower cubicles with one being fitted for disabled use and 11 wash basins.
The showers are free to use, unlike some sites where you have to go armed with tokens or coins. The individual showers are roomy with two hooks on the bolt-able door for your towels, clothes etc. and the water was just the right temperature for me, however it was not adjustable so people preferring a cooler or hotter shower would do well to be warned!
The toilet/shower facilities had three drawbacks in my opinion, firstly there was nowhere to place your soap, shampoo or shower gel in the shower cubicle, so I ended up putting them on the floor and having to grope around for my bottle of shampoo, secondly, there is nowhere to sit when drying off or dressing, soggy socks were the order of the day! The third drawback is the lack of hand drying facilities, one air hand dryer between 11 wash basins is simply not enough in my view and whilst I am sure many people have a towel with them, if you've just popped in to 'spend a penny' you are unlikely to take one with you!
There was also a dispensing machine in the ladies selling the usual sanitary sundries and condoms and the block also had electrical sockets for hair-dryers and other small appliances.
I did ask 'Mr Brittle' to do a similar info gathering in the gents but he didn't seem too keen and just said that there was a stand up loo for men, otherwise it was probably much the same! Sorry chaps!
Your laundry needs are catered for at Scotts Farm, there is a well equipped laundry room with 2 top-loading washing machines and 2 tumble dryers. The washing machines take a token costing £2.50 (available from reception) and as the machines are industrial sized, they can take a fair amount of laundry. The dryers operate on 50p coins, I am not sure exactly how long 50p gets you, but I believe it is around 30 minutes. The laundry room also has long work-surfaces down each side of the room into which are set the biggest, deepest, stainless steel sinks that I have ever seen. I used these to do some hand washing and found that the water was piping hot and best of all, free! An ironing board was also available and an iron could be hired from reception.
For children, Scotts Farm has a large play area with climbing frames, swings, slides and other play equipment. The area is set on deep sand and the playground is designed for children up to the age of 13. There is also a large field where children can play football and other more rowdy games, ride their bikes and generally let off steam. Both the field and the playground are visible from the camping area, so older children can be allowed a little freedom from Mum and Dad!
There are adequate rubbish disposal, chemical toilet disposal and waste water emptying points on site.
We paid £21 per night for our pitch. An electric camping pitch is a little more expensive at £25 per night. If you use an awning, an extra £3 per night is charged and an extra car or a boat costs £2 per night. We visited in low season which Scotts class as March 1st- 30th June and September 1st-October31st. During July and August prices rise by a mere £1 per night!
All prices are per pitch, not per person.
**Location and Local Attractions**
Scotts Farm Camping site is located in West Wittering, near Chichester, West Sussex. The site is a superb base to explore the surrounding area from, being in easy driving distance from Bracklesham Bay, The New Forest, Chichester, Selsey Bill and attractions such as Fishbourne Roman Palace, The Mary Rose and The Victory ships at Portsmouth and Goodwood racing.
There are lovely country walks and cycle routes surrounding the camp site from which you can reach beaches, areas of outstanding natural beauty, National Trust land and many other areas. It is a bird watchers paradise with many different species to observe.
The actual beach at West Wittering is within walking distance, it is pebbly, but a few minutes drive away is East Wittering, where sand dunes lead down to a beautiful sandy beach. We spent a very pleasant afternoon on West Wittering beach and were very lucky to enjoy good weather too!
The area is excellent for water sports, windsurfing, surfing, diving and sailing are just some of the sports available. Professional tuition and a large selection of equipment are easily available locally for hire or to buy, and you can also hire bikes and fishing equipment from West Wittering seafront.
There is also public launch area for motor and sailing boats and there are several Golf courses in the area too.
The village of West Wittering is a few minutes walk from Scotts Farm and is well served having a Tesco, Boots, a newsagents, off licence, gift shops, bars, 2 banks (HSBC and Lloyds), fish and chip shop, Chinese and Indian takeaways, ice cream kiosks and tea rooms. Should the unexpected occur during your visit, there is also a Doctor, Dentist and vet in the village!
Directions to get to Scotts Farm Camp site:-
From Chichester (A27) take the A286 to the Witterings. After 4 miles take a left turn to East Wittering and Bracklesham Bay. Drive through East Wittering village, the camp site is situated just past the village on the right.
A large notice board points you in the right direction, the driveway seems rather long and at first we thought we had gone wrong as all we could see were static caravans on our left and a brick wall on the right! The caravans do belong to the same company group, but are not actually part of the camp site!
The nearest railway station is Chichester. There is a bus service to West Wittering (Nos. 52 and 53) from Chichester Bus Station.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
All in all, Scotts Farm is a very good camp site, we certainly enjoyed our stay, albeit a short one. The site is well maintained with friendly and helpful staff. The security on site is very good as anyone entering the site has to pass the reception area. I think the biggest bonus of Scotts Farm is the very generous pitch vacating time of 5pm. Most sites I have ever been on have a 10 or 10:30 a.m. departure time. Scotts reason that if people pack up their 'camp' in the morning, they can leave their caravan on site and still enjoy a last day on the beach before heading home at 5pm.
I found all the facilities I used to be in good order, the showers and toilets were spotless, beautifully decorated with blue ceramic tiles and non slip floor surfaces. As mentioned earlier in the review, there were a few minor inconveniences regarding the shower area and for these reasons I am awarding the site a 4* rating. That said, I would certainly recommend Scotts Farm to others, particularly if you want a camp site with a peaceful atmosphere.
Should anyone want further information about the area or Scotts Farm camp site, the company have a very good website:-
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 June 2010
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