Review Date: August 2010
Juniper Hill is a large 3-star caravan park on the north coast of Northern Ireland and lies approximately half way between Portrush and Portstewart on the A2 Ballyreagh coast road with views out to sea. It opens from Easter through to the 31st October.
Juniper Hill’s address is: 70 Ballyreagh Road, PortStewart, Londonderry, BT55 7PT.
Telephone: +442870832023. Fax: +442870353489
The interactive map below shows Juniper Hill’s location. Zoom out on the map to see the caravan park’s location in proximity to the nearby towns of Portrush and Portstewart.
This was to be our last trip of the 2010 season. We wanted to book a site beside the road overlooking the sea as in our opinion these sites offer the best view in the caravan park. I called into the office and spoke to Eric (the same person I had booked with in 2008). He informed me that all bookings had to be made online now and that it was not possible to book through the office anymore. He provided me with a map of the caravan park.
Later that evening I browsed to the Juniper Hill Online booking website. There was one space left along the road for mid-August and I attempted to reserve that online. I was unsure if the booking process had completed successfully so I called the office. They confirmed that the full amount of 20 pounds per night including electricity had been taken from my card and that the site was reserved for us.
On the day of arrival I called the office to confirm that our site was still reserved for us. They informed us it was and we knew from our previous trip that the ‘Wastemaster’ would be required and 13 amps of electricity would be supplied.
We arrived at approximately 5:00pm on the Sunday evening. The road leading into the site was an A-road and access was very good.
The latest check in was 8:00pm. I went into the office and met Eric again who was friendly and joked that there was no room for us because they were full up. Our access card which opened the front barrier required a £10 pounds deposit which I paid in cash. I left the office and we drove into the park. Note that you have to drive through the barriers on the wrong side of the road (drive on the right). The access card is only required to enter the park and not to exit it. A sensor automatically detects the car approaching when exiting. The park itself operates a one-way system.
The Park provided for touring caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents and static caravans. It was previously possible to rent a static caravan however this facility is no longer possible.
Juniper Hill is quite large park with 426 fully serviced static sites, 80 touring pitches and 5 sheltered sites for tents with most sites having some sort of view of the ocean. Some of the touring sites are near to the entrance of the park scattered in with the statics. We were booked into a site here fairly close to the toilets and showers and also with a pretty good view of the coast. There is also a more dedicated area for touring caravans towards the rear of the park. Some of these line the road and have fantastic views out to sea. The park has not much shelter from the wind.
The touring area was grassy with tarmac roads. Each touring pitch had an electric hookup but no drainage. A few touring sites had hard stands. Drinking water had to be collected from a shared tap and waste water taken to the ‘slop house’ beside the toilets and showers.
I counted three toilet blocks around the park with some being more modern than others.
Inside the male side of the toilet block just inside the entrance to the park there were 4 toilets, 1 long urinal and 8 wash hand basins, which seemed adequate to serve our area of the park. The male side also contained 3 showers. The toilet and showers seemed quite clean.
The female side of the toilet block was a different layout to the male. It contained 3 showers, 4 toilets and 4 enclosed washing cubicles with 2 extra wash hand basins.
The showers took 20 pence pieces. When I inserted my 20 pence, the shower did not start, but after thumping the box with my hand it started up.
The showers at the entrance to the park did not have a temperature control but pumped out a good temperature of hot water. The 20 pence provided exactly 4 minutes 55 seconds showering. Other showers in the park did have a temperature control. Water pressure was quite low.
On site, there are a couple of laundry rooms providing washing, drying and ironing facilities.
A separate dishwashing room with a couple of basins was also available beside the toilet block.
A Chemical Disposal Point was available close to the touring area for emptying the cassette toilet. It was also possible to empty the kitchen liquid waste here.
A Phone Box was located outside reception.
There was a dedicated children’s play area in the park.
Dogs were welcome and there were signs in the park that they should be kept on a lead.
There is a shop in the caravan park, but it sparsely stocked. The nearest takeaway is the ‘Atlantic Takeaway’ in neighbouring ‘Carrick Dhu Caravan Park’.
The touring area of Juniper Hill Holiday Park is situated in a great location between Portrush and Portstewart with a great sea view. Prices were very reasonable, facilities quite modern and clean and the staff friendly. The major disadvantage was not having drainage and a fresh water tap at each touring site.