Hidden Valley Caravan Park

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Review Date: July 2008

Introduction

Hidden Valley is a medium sized 2-star caravan park located just outside Rathdrum in County Wicklow. It can be accessed from the R752 road and it opens from early April to late September.

Hidden Valley Caravan Park’s address is: Rathdrum , County Wicklow, Ireland  

Telephone: +353 404 46080

The interactive map below shows Hidden Valley’s location. Zoom out on the map to see the caravan park’s location in proximity to the nearby town of Rathdrum.


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I attempted to book the site a couple of months in advance. We wanted to check in for 8 nights (in on the Saturday and out the following Sunday). On this trip we were going to be joined by some friends who would rent a log cabin within the park.

I spoke with the owner who was very friendly and a minimum number of nights stay was not mentioned. A deposit was required to reserve the log cabin but not for the touring caravan site.

We arrived at approximately 5:00pm on the Saturday.

The road approaching the site was a B-road. Although a sign clearly indicated where to turn right off this main road we thought it wasn’t correct as it was pointing into what looked like a building site. We therefore assumed it was telling us to turn right towards Rathdrum town a few hundred yards away. Soon we reached another sign for the park telling us it was back in the direction we had just come from and it was then we realized that maybe the first sign was correct after all. We turned around with caravan on tow and headed back. We looked again at where the sign was pointing and started to drive down an incredibly rough and potholed dirt track. This was without doubt the worst access road we had been on to date.

We stopped half way along the track and asked a man in a car coming in the opposite direction if there was indeed a caravan park at the end of it. He grinned from ear to ear and confirmed there was. Later, I realized that several years ago I had stayed in this park with a tent. I also recalled that the access road was terrible then.

For a touring caravan and two adults we paid the full amount of 184 euro on arrival. The touring pitch rate per night was 10 euros per adult, 5 per child and 3 for electric hookup. Hidden Valley had 10 log cabins for hire, 60 touring pitches and an area for tents. A man-made lake was the centrepiece and touring caravans were positioned around the circumference.

Kayaks were available for hire.

 

A large fast-flowing river runs through the park separating an extra area solely for tents, which can be accessed via a footbridge. It was possible to fish in the river at extra cost.

 

Upon arriving in the park, we had a quick look round to see if we could spot a site that appealed. We picked one out at the far side of the lake that had a hardstand, a water tap and electricity but no drainage.

We went back towards the office and met the owner who was very friendly. We indicated the site we wanted and he was happy to oblige. Although we were a few minutes walk away from the toilets and showers, it was a peaceful site and our caravan backed right up to the edge of the lake. As the park is in a valley and has a lot of tall trees around it, our site felt very sheltered.

The touring area was grassy with stony on-site roads. All touring pitches had hardstands, electric hookup and water taps. Some had drainage.

16 amps of electricity was supplied.

There was one toilet block / shower block on the park.

Inside the male side of the toilet block there were 6 toilets, 3 urinals and 5 wash hand basins, which seemed adequate to serve the park.

Showers were individual unisex rooms.

 

Unfortunately it seemed that these were not cleaned on a regular basis. I spotted an elastoplast with some long hair on the floor in the same shower room 5 mornings in a row.

The showers took tokens that cost 1 euro each.

The showers had a temperature control but were regularly cold / lukewarm throughout our stay.

Disabled Toilets were available.

On site, there was a laundry room providing washing and drying Facilities however prices seemed expensive.

A separate dishwashing room with a couple of basins was also available beside the toilet block.

A Chemical Disposal Point was available for emptying the cassette toilet. It was also possible to empty the kitchen liquid waste there.

There was no dedicated children’s play area in the park.

Dogs were welcome.

There wasn’t a shop in the caravan park however nearby Rathdrum has a couple of supermarkets and some other shops.

Conclusion

Hidden Valley is situated in a great location with access to a river and a man made lake. Kids love the opportunity to kayak and experience a ride in the motor boat. Staff were extremely helpful, easy going and friendly. The major downside to Hidden Valley was the access road and the stony on-site roads. In addition the shower block was not kept clean and the showers were not warm enough.

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