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It’s been a little while since we last visited this lovely certificated location nestled behind JCB Headquarters near Rocester. I think the last time was 3 years ago and for the life of me, I can’t think why we haven’t been back before. I think the main thing for us is the narrow lanes around the site which means that we can’t easily walk the dogs without taking the car out, however, the drive is plenty long enough for a stroll and there are many areas a short drive away if a longer walk is needed.
Each pitch is a large hard standing which are separated by a raised grassed bank. Poor Sydney looks swamped here! Our car was parked the other side leaving plenty of room to put up the table and chairs outside if needed. The owners Anna and Michael are wonderful, even when you’ve forgotten to pick up the cash to pay for your stay from home! Needless to say we rectified that the next morning. Rectifying the error wasn’t as easy as it should be as my bank cards little black strips don’t work. If a cash machine is reading the chip there’s not a problem, however most read the strip and mine continually fail to work. After visiting 3 cash machines I gave up, went to Asda, bought shopping I didn’t really need and got cashback. Where there’s a will there’s a way. I did get a bargain pair of trousers in the sale though.
At the top left of the site there’s an innocuous little green shed that should be renamed TARDIS. Inside you will find maps, books, the odd DVD and a wealth of other goodies to enhance your stay. Behind the shed is the CDP. From here a WiFi signal is also transmitted, if you need a stronger signal I would recommend the pitches at the top of the site unless you have a WiFi booster (take a look at the Solwise booster reviewed by LegsDown here https://goo.gl/ybbxIV) the password is provided when you check in.
At the top right of the site is the old dairy. Just in front are the bins, water point and a small herb garden which you are free to make use of! Inside you’ll find an emergency shelf all that’s asked is that you replace the items if you need them. There’s also a washing machine (an honesty box for its use), iron, ironing board, table and chairs and you will also find free range eggs for sale and a freezer full of local ice cream, honesty boxes are provided for both. There’s also a recently added toilet and sink.
From here you’re on the doorstep of the A50 within easy reach of the Peak District, Alton Towers, Burton upon Trent, Stoke on Trent, and of course JCB Headquarters which I’ll share in a later blog.
I can’t recommend this little peaceful site enough really, a stunning view out of the window and peace and quiet. Relaxation at its best. There’s also an added bonus of a loyalty card, if you stay you get your card stamped and it adds up to a free night. You can’t ask for more. Check out their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/FieldheadFarmCL/