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Curraghchase Caravan and Camping Park

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Curraghchase Forest Park, Limerick Ireland
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Fearghal D wrote a review Aug 2021
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
It was our first time camping as a family (kids 4 & 5) and we were impressed by Curraghchase. The location is beautiful. The woods are marvelous to wonder around and there are enough short walks with plenty to see. The campsite itself is nicely laid out. Tent pitches are of varying sizes so choose wisely. The campsite wasn't full when we stayed so we choose to pitch over by the tress as it was less crowded and although our pitch was on a slight slope it wasn't so bad as to cause any issues. The play bus and playground at the coffee shop was a real hit with our two, all the kids loved it and our two would never have left it if they'd had a choice. There was also another playground located down by the old house by the lake. The coffee, ice cream & cakes from the shop are all excellent. A little on the pricey side but the quality really was worth it in my opinion. They don't sell much there but what they do they do well. Staff were also all really nice. The facilities themselves are a little dated but the staff cleaned them regularly so hygiene certainly not an issue. Campers kitchen with kettle, microwave,fridges/freezers and toaster as well as washing up facilities meant we really didn't need either an electrical hook up or half of what we packed. Showers were closed due to covid which I know some took issue with however I understand it is so as to reduce the traffic and risk to all so I have no complaints here. Some of our neighbours stayed up causing a wee bit of noise after the 11pm curfew however the vast majority had wound down long before then and the noise was nothing a pair of earplugs didn't sort. All in all we had a lovely stay and will be returning next year.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Felix W wrote a review Aug 2021
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Tent camping for 3 nights in early August 2021, family of 6 (2 adults, 4 kids ranging 5mnths to 10). Left after 2 nights. I don't really like leaving bad reviews; as a small biz owner myself I often read reviews on here and think it's someone with an axe to grind over what was probably a small issue/mis-understanding so I hope this comes across somewhat informative & constructive to anyone reading (and hopefully the owner if he reads these). Firstly, I'll echo what other reviewers have said; with a little elbow grease and investment this place could be absolutely magic and we would be racing back down the M7 to return. The facilities are quite old but functional, however are entirely inadequate for a site this size. 3 stalls in the men's plus a small urinal and I'm told 4 stalls in the women's. Constantly busy and it took 3 attempts to answer a call of nature; you wouldn't want to have any bowel issues needing quick access to a toilet. Plus they are quite far from (most) of the tent pitches so your night or morning walk of shame is particularly long. These facilities are also shared with day visitors who come up to the cafe from the forest park and not exactly kept clean at all times Showers are closed apparently due to COVID-19, we knew this when booking and prepared accordingly but were interested to see why considering all other sites we've stayed at had them open. I can only guess after visiting that opening the showers would overload the rooms capacity. The space is there to add another modern block near the tent pitches with more toilets & showers. We stayed on a site this year with 13 pitches in total that had more toilets & showers than Curraghchase. The laundry on site is 1 small machine which costs €7 in €1 coins only. It's obviously in high demand. Do yourself a favour there's a Revolution 24/7 laundrette at a TOP petrol station about 10 mins drive away. Google it. An 8kg wash & 30 mins dry costs €8, it's available any time and takes cards. The campers kitchen again is small for the size of the site with 1 small freezer & 2 small fridges. Again seemed oversubscribed and we ended up only using it to wash dishes The tent pitches are all on a field; the forest pitches shown on the website are the preserve of campers & caravans. Not a big issue, the pitches are clearly laid out but not all a uniform size. However the tent field is mostly on a slope meaning unless you're really lucky to get one of the flat ones when you arrive; you're spending your stay at an angle. Pitches are not allocated you're free to choose on arrival. Pitching on a slight slope shouldn't be a big deal however it plays into the next issue. The weather was fairly changeable during our stay with spells of torrential downpours (not managements fault obviously), causing the majority of the pitches to become severely waterlogged as the drainage was not sufficient. As water seemed to be draining down the slope it kept the ground under our awning constantly wet regardless of the sunny spells. Some unoccupied pitches became virtual swimming pools. Admittedly we have not camped for nigh on 10 years before this year, but we're not fair weather blow ins just going camping because we couldn't get away this year. The weather is a part of camping in Ireland and we are geared for it but it's hard to keep key areas dry when the ground itself is saturated from seepage. Our awning let in no rain, but the ground underneath it (dry on other trips with rain) was constantly soggy. The other facilities on site such as play area & cafe are good. The cafe is a little on the pricey side but good value (99's are delish and you get loads of ice-cream). However the chemical disposal is located near the last few benches so if you're unlucky enough to be seated here when someone comes along to empty their effluent the smell will drive you off quick enough. This needs to be relocated away from where people are sitting & eating. The location is perfect, plenty of forest & park walks straight out of the site, which is such a pity that the site itself is a let down. All in all if you're in a camper or caravan with seemingly good, sheltered flat pitches and not much use for the facilities as you probably have your own it's more than likely a great site. However it really seems that tent campers were an afterthought here and the minimum amount of facilities (and thought) are provided in order to maximize profit. If better effort was made in providing adequate facilities for tent campers it would be up there with the best sites
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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bogbear wrote a review Aug 2021
Galway, Ireland25 contributions25 helpful votes
We camped here over the Aughust Bank holiday as a family. We really enjoyed the beautiful peaceful location. Our kids are a bit old for the play bus etc but they had a great time exploring the park on their bikes. We loved the forest walks. The site is dog friendly and most are well supervised and well behaved. Except for one grinning twit I met walkong around with an off lead Rhodeisian Ridgeback... The cafe is nice and it was very busy during the day. But it is on the pricey side. The facilities are generally good and kept clean and I saw staff cleaning bathroom and kitchen a few times. But during the day when cafe going full tilt, the toilets tended to back up and get a bit grubby. The showers were closed due to covid concerns, which to us seemed to make very little sense. We had a lovely tent pitch but Some of the pitches at the back were on a slope and some in the centre looked a bit cramped. There were plenty of free pitches even though the park was fully booked, so i guess they were running at a reduced occupancy due to Covid. I think if all the tent pitches were full, it would have been a bit hectic. They need a bigger freezer. The small freezer space was so packed that even ice blocks in at the back were not frozen after 12 hours. I was really ticked to come in and find that someone had removed my ice packs to put theirs in. But I heard the girl in the cafe tell another camper that many of the items in the freezer were probably left behind by campers before so no wonder people felt entitled to chuck out other peoples stuff. Noise was not a problem most nights, but the one night that our neighbours went off the rails, there was no one sround to shush them. I would recommend this site for families and i would return.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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chaobella wrote a review Aug 2021
Portlaoise, Ireland48 contributions24 helpful votes
What we liked about the campsite :We stayed the August bank holiday weekend for 4 nights, busy but not over crowed. It is in a lovely, quiet setting within the forest. Tip more favourable area: the hard stands for caravans nearer the playground are on the flat and more level. As opposed to the other side where the hard stands are on the hill , and nearer the entrance road. The staff were very friendly, helpful and pleasant. Nice little coffee shop on site. Nice playground for young kids with a cute fairy trail. Curragh chase forest park is nice for walks and cycles. It is an isolated location but if you need supplies Kildimo village has a Mace shop less than 10min drive away. Water taps work well, reasonable pressure but some are turned off and they are dispersed at some distance from the stands so bring a trolley or handle as you may have some distance to transport your heavy barrel of water back to your camper or caravan. What we didn't like about the Campsite: Covid procedures and policy....The play bus at the play ground should be CLOSED due to lack of social distancing and no cleaning. As parents we had a quick look inside and decided it was not suitable for anyone let alone children. It is dirty (windows and surfaces are filthy) , there is limited ventilation and it smells very heavy and musty. Being a big bus with a slide from the top - it is a popular attraction for the children and it is often heavily overcrowded during peak times. While observing our own children for about an hour in the adjoining outdoor playground and noting the lack of Covid procedures in the area - we asked a staff member, if and when the bus was sanitized? We raised our concerns from what we had observed and she openly admitted that sanitizing of the bus simply was not done. There are notices posted asking patrons to be mindful of electric usage on the site. We have a modern caravan which is very efficient and also uses solar but found the fridge with its sensitive electronics would trigger the alarm and switch over to gas signifying major voltage fluctuation and low power - usually in the late afternoon / evening when there was a greater demand on the system. We noted our neighbours were using a large electric bar heater to heat their awning (which you are told not to use) but for some reason their individual trip switches were not tripping as they should do hence the rest of the campsite is suffering power dips. We can deduct from the posted notices that to be fair, the site owner is aware of this as an issue - but ideally the culprits individual trip switches should be cutting in and limiting the individual stand power usage thus preventing this? It isn't right that our neigbour can run a 3 bar electric heater flat out while at the detriment of our fridge! Perhaps a review of the electrics is in order. The amount of toilets are inadequate for the size of the site at busy times so be prepared to wait . There was no cleaning chart displayed on the toilet wall or at least none we could see, so not sure when or how often it was serviced. Given the volume of people vs the amount of toilets they were not as clean as they should be and some cubicles had no toilet paper left or any extra paper available so bring your own! The chemical waste disposable area for caravan toilet waste needs to have its door relocated to the other side away from the cafe seating area. When emptying the waste visitors who were eating had a clear view as the contents are being emptied. Not ideal to be smelling or looking at while sipping a coffee of eating an ice cream. Remove the seated bench or relocate he door please. We rated it 3 star but this campsite could be 5 star - With better implemented Covid policy /procedures and staff training in this area . With more investment in the facilities on the site i.e electrics and sanitary facilities.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Nuala W wrote a review Jul 2021
Ireland2 contributions4 helpful votes
Nice location in a forest park with a lovely playground and coffee shop. This site is suitable for young kids. My 6 year old really enjoyed the bus converted into a slide and playarea. The site is very large and spacious with enough room for our 5 man tent. Unfortunately the shower facilities are not available this year due to covid which seems an odd decision as surely clean humans would be more hygienic and the water got cut off two out of the 3 days that we were there which resulted in the toilets also been out of action. As this was during the current heatwave this made things very uncomfortable. We were glad to be heading home on day three for a good wash and a cool down. Otherwise the site is clean and well looked after.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Curraghchase Caravan and Camping Park
Which popular attractions are close to Curraghchase Caravan and Camping Park?
Nearby attractions include Holy Trinity Abbey Church (6.7 km), Adare Heritage Centre (6.7 km), and Askeaton Friary (6.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Curraghchase Caravan and Camping Park?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, kids activities, and self serve laundry.
Is parking available at Curraghchase Caravan and Camping Park?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Curraghchase Caravan and Camping Park?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sean Collins & Sons Bar, The Oak Room, and The Arches.
Are pets allowed at Curraghchase Caravan and Camping Park?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Curraghchase Caravan and Camping Park?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Askeaton Friary (6.7 km), Desmond Castle (6.9 km), and Adare Castle (6.9 km).