Camac Valley Caravan Park Review

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Review Date: August 2008

Introduction

Camac Valley is a medium to large sized 4-star caravan park just off the N7 south of Dublin. It remains open throughout the year.

My wife reserved the site and she thought the man was very friendly and helpful. This was to be our fifth trip of the season and was to be a one-night stopover on the way to County Kerry. We paid the full amount of €29 (€24 for the caravan and €5 for electric hookup) via credit card in advance prior to arrival.

Camac Vally Caravan Park’s address is: Camac Valley Caravan Park, Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, Ireland.

Telephone: +353 1 464 0644

The interactive map below shows Camac Vally Caravan Park’s location. Zoom out on the map to see the caravan park’s location in proximity to the nearby town of Clondalkin.


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We checked in on Saturday at approximately 5:00pm. The road leading into the site was an N-road and access to the park was excellent. The park boasted extra long parking spaces beside reception. These were long enough for both car and caravan. Reception opens from 8am until 6pm however it is possible to check in with security staff up until 1am. The park is closed from 1am until 6am.

I went into the office and spoke to the guy behind the desk. Although polite enough, he didn’t go out of his way to be helpful. I asked him if there was an ATM close by and he told me to have a look through some park information sheets, which he then handed to me. The sheets, although very useful and something that most parks don’t provide, didn’t indicate where the location of ATMs so we went hunting for one later in the nearby town.

The guy then told me to drive our caravan up to the barrier and he would open it and let us in. When we drove up to the barrier we sat and waited but it did not open. It took a couple of honks on the horn before a figure appeared at the window and opened the barriers. We later learned that this seemed to be the protocol both to enter and exit the park.

The park itself was lovely. Each touring site had hedges around 3 sides, which made for a private experience. In addition, the size of each site was generous allowing ample room for several cars if necessary.

The Park provided for touring caravans, motor homes and trailer tents.

Camac Valley had 113 touring pitches and a large area for tents. The tent area was separate from the touring area.

There was no real “view” as such… no ocean, lake or beach. However, the park itself was so nicely laid out with hedges and greenery we didn’t really miss not having a view.

The greenery also provided shelter from the wind. There were wild rabbits hopping around.

The touring area was grassy with tarmac roads. Each touring pitch had a hardstand, an electric hookup, fresh water and drainage. The water tap and drainage were inconvenient to our caravan’s inlet and outlet pipes so we still ended up using the ‘wastemaster’ to transport our waste-water a small distance.

 

 

There was a main toilet block in the center of the park as well as a smaller toilet block that was connected with the reception building.

There were 2 toilet blocks in the park.

Inside the male side of the main toilet block there were an ample number of toilets, urinals and wash hand basins. The toilet blocked smelled a little and there was quite a bit of tissue lying on the floor.

Showers were unisex separate rooms at the rear of the toilet block. There were not very many showers for the size of the park and when I went for one the next morning, there were people waiting outside for one to become free. I spotted an empty one and went in and tried to lock the door. It was then that I realized that the lock was broken and that this shower was lying empty for a reason.

 

 

I decided to try the toilet block that connected with the reception building. There were two showers but one was out of order.

Luckily the other one was free. I undressed and hung all my clothes on the one hook that was provided. There was no bench to sit on or set clothes on.

The showers took tokens that cost €1.50 each and provided approximately 8 minutes of showering. When I inserted my token, the shower jumped into action straight away and was a very pleasant temperature. However after a few minutes the shower got unbearably hot. As there was no temperature control, I had to dance out from under the water every couple of seconds in order to avoid melting.

In the park there was a laundry room providing washing, drying and ironing facilities.

 

 

A separate dishwashing room with several basins was also available beside the toilet block. This large room also contained some tables and chairs where people could sit and eat.

A Chemical Disposal Point was available close to the touring area for emptying the cassette toilet.

A Phone Box was located outside reception.

There was a dedicated children’s play area in the park.

Conclusion

Camac Valley was a very pleasant site in nicely laid out grounds. We thought the park could have been a little cleaner and the staff more friendly. Prices were expensive however each touring site did have water tap, electricity and drainage. We found it fulfilled our needs very well as a one night stopover. The ground was level, each site had a hard-stand and the park was easy to get in and out of.

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