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No. 3 place to visit post-lockdown

Bridge Villa riverside campsite Wallingford, Oxfordshire

No. 3 place to visit Bridge Villa campsite

No. 3 place to visit is Bridge Villa campsite at Wallingford, Oxfordshire. The site is shaped a bit like a horse-shoe, with lots of lovely leafy pitches up at the top end away from the entrance, but still lots of trees to park-up under at the entrance end (nearer to the facilities).

Even in the height of summer, when the site is full with the buzz of families and I hear the early-evening hum of chatter and outdoor cooking, the site doesn’t feel over-crowded.

No. 3 place to visit – riverside walks, riverside pubs, and great restaurants are only 5 mins walk away

Bridge Villa campsite is located in a picturesque spot beside the River Thames and close to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Close by there are unspoilt river-meadows, a part-medieval bridge into Wallingford town, and glorious riverside Thames Path walking ways.

Who knows when these wonderful eateries will be open again, but when they do, here are the ones to try.

Just over the river is The Boat House pub with a riverside terrace. I’ve enjoyed many an early evening drink here gazing up at the tall riverside trees and watching the boats glide by.  So many other pubs in Wallingford to choose from – The Coachmakers Arms (also near the river), the Old Post Office, and The Coach and Horses.

No. 3 place to visit
View from The Boat House pub at Wallingford riverside

So many brill places to eat in Wallingford too.  I haven’t tried them all (yet).  My favourites are The Wallingford Tandoori (just over the bridge),  Delhi Brasserie, and Pizza Express (Pizza Express were running a prize promotion for a few months last year and I won quite a few delicious dishes).

Always a friendly welcome

The team at Bridge Villa are always accommodating and helpful.  I can ring last minute and there always seems to be a small space for me and Dolly.  I was late arriving one evening and they telephoned to check that I would be arriving ok and to assure me of my space.

Bridge Villa facilities are top class

I’ve left this one til last as it’s the most important for me.  Clean, warm, well-maintained, and well cared for toilet and shower blocks at campsites mean the world to me.  And Bridge Villa goes right to the top of the class for this.  And guess what?  There’s underfloor heating throughout!

Even in the height of summer when the campsite was full, the Ladies shower and toilet block was clean and fresh.  And the showers…well…what can I say.  Powerful hot water that gushes out for as long as is needed.  And handy mops to wipe shower floors after use that everyone seems to use.

And two clean and tidy wash cubicles with their own lights.


Bridge villa campsite – one of the best

So there you have it.  A quick review of one of my favourite UK campsites.  Just a few other need to knows about the site:

  • Internet – yes
  • Shop – yes
  • Disabled facilities – yes
  • Washing-up room – yes
  • Washing machines – yes
  • Drinking water points and refuse collection points throughout the site – yes

Looking forward to visiting again once the virus lockdown has eased.

Thank you Bridge Villa!

Love Sarah and Dolly


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