Long Hazel Park is an Adult Only Touring and Lodge Park open all year round and in all weathers. We welcome tourists and visitors with their own tents, caravans, motorhomes and RVs. We also have an exclusive, separate lodge development with generous plots for siting luxury fully residential and holiday lodges of all sizes for sale and hire. The lodge development aptly named Arthurian Way after the earliest recorded history in Britain places King Arthur frequenting Cadbury Castle (named as Camalate) a few miles away.

General Description

Long Hazel Park is an Adult Only Park (18+ only) located on the northwest edge of the village of Sparkford and is set back behind and screened from a small row of private houses which front the village High Street. At one hundred yards or so to the left of the Park is the Village Inn incorporating a restaurant with the local bus stop directly outside. The Hazlegrove Services on the A303 are four hundred yards to the right where there is a 24 hour Spar Shop, Esso Garage and a McDonalds with two ATM machines. The main village of Sparkford lies a quarter of a mile to the south from us and at a lower elevation along the River Cam. Long Hazel Park on the other hand is geographically over one hundred and fifty feet above sea level and is accessed directly off the High Street by its own private two lane road. Generally the Park is landscaped to a very high standard with ornamental trees and shrubs set in a gently rising slope in an exceptionally well drained enclave. It is therefore suitable for relaxing in peaceful and safe surroundings. The Park is easily accessible in the severest of all weathers and never floods. There are no small roads or tight bends to manoeuvre so the largest American RVs and articulated vehicles can access the Park and turn round with ease.

All of our motorhome and caravan pitches are on spacious gravel hard standings with neatly cut grass lawns in between. They are all level and have their own 16 amp electric hook-up and some have their own water supply and drain. All of our pitches have parking on the pitch for your convenience. We ask that awnings be pitched on gravel. Tent pitches are sheltered on well drained, neatly cut, large lawn areas partly screened by trees but with parking on gravel close by. Many tent pitches have access to 16 amp electric hook-up.

If you would prefer a pitch close to the toilet block, please let us know when booking and we will endeavour to honour any requests. Generally however all pitches are within easy reach of the toilet block and drinking water standpipes.

All Park roadways are topped with local gravel but are generally well compacted and do not pose any difficulties for wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

We have a separate, heated wet room suite in our toilet block which is accessible by wheelchair and which provides a shower complete with shower seat, wash-hand basin and WC with wheelchair transfer bar. It is opened via a key which we can supply. It has ramped access and the door opens outwards and grab rails are provided throughout. This facility is large enough to allow a companion assistant if necessary.

Assistance dogs are welcome on the Park and there are dog walks outside of the Park.

Self-Catering Accommodation

We have a purpose-built, double glazed, well insulated and fully heated hand-built Lodge adapted for wheelchair users and carers available for hire all year round. This unit sleeps up to four adults and has a large bedroom with large twin divan beds. The lounge seating adjusts to form a further king size double bed. There is wheelchair access to the sink and the cooking facilities. There is a large bathroom with a low access shower with bi-fold doors and removable shower stool, wash-hand basin and WC. The accommodation is accessed via ramps and a spacious decking area and there is parking immediately outside. As a general rule we do not permit dogs in our self-catering accommodation except guide dogs for the visually impaired or specially trained assistance dogs.

The Park

We take the safety of our customers very seriously and therefore there is a 5 mph speed limit throughout the Park. Signage on the Park is large and clear. We lock our main gates at night with a combination padlock but access for pedestrians, cycles, motorcycles and wheelchairs is available at all times. There are very few steps and no hills on the Park itself. We expect our guests and visitors to use the recycling facilities which are clearly marked.

At night the area around Reception and the Toilet Block is well lit and low level general lighting is provided around the rest of the Park. We do not have a food shop on site but there is a Spar Shop close by which is accessible by a footpath along a level well lit road being the Sparkford High Street.

The Park has good coverage on most mobile networks and TV reception including Sky TV is generally good. WiFi broadband is available at Reception for a small charge.

Arrival

There is a drop off point for cars adjacent to the Reception area and the Reception area is accessible via a ramp.

Access to the Local Area

The local taxi companies include Craigs Taxi, Sparkford 07563612473, Mum’s Taxi, South Cadbury 01963441121, DB Cars, Castle Cary 01963351031 and Destination Travel, Wincanton 0196334441. Please advise them of your needs when booking a taxi.

There is a regular bus service from the Village Inn to either Yeovil or Shepton Mallet which connects to the local railway service at Castle Cary and further onward bus services. Details of these services are kept in Reception.

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available at A2B Mobility at Units 1 and 2, Great Western Road, Martock, Somerset TA12 6HB 0800731 7078.

Here to Help

The Park has resident owners who are always available to discuss any personal requirements you may have and provide any help you may need. We aim to provide a first class service. If you require any assistance during your stay with us, please let us know.

Historical Background

Long Hazel Park was once part of the old Sparkford Hall Estate and the expanse of land upon which it stands so named Long Hazel since medieval times was originally divided into strips for the serfs to grow their crops. It was part of the Hundred of Catash. Sparkford was known as Spercheforde when listed in the Doomsday Book. A small part of the central tenting area still bears the features of feudal cultivation. The Park has an ancient mighty Oak standing on the Western Boundary once being part of Hazlegrove forest where one of the Oak trees close by is dated at 1000 years old. Nearby is Cadbury Castle the purported site of Camelot. Arthurian legends abound from way back in time Sparkford being virtually on a direct line between Cadbury Castle and Glastonbury (The Ancient Avalon) supporting the theory that if King Arthur (known as Arture in Leland’s ancient scriptures) had existed he would probably have passed through Long Hazel Park in life and in death as his remains are said to be buried within the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey. More recently being part of the former Long Hazel Dairy and Farm the existing Park evolved out of an original working farm campsite established by the Cock family after World War II where livestock and poultry once shared their home with campers as we have been fondly reminded by many customers who return to Long Hazel Park regularly over the decades.

Alan and Pamela Walton