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Spielplatz

7.1

Average rating of 9 reviews.

Address information

Spielplatz
Lye Lane
AL2 3TD St Albans
+44(0)1923 672 126
Website
Lat: 51.716972
Long: -0.356283

Information

Distances

  • London 22 Miles / 00:53

General

  • Area for tents
  • Area for caravans
  • Area (ha): 5
  • Rental accommodations

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar

Miscellaneous

  • English spoken
  • Singles welcome
  • Suitable for children

Opinions and experiences of visitors with Spielplatz.

Hi all, really enjoyed my first visit, staff and site more than expected, well kept naturist haven very friendly, will be back next week end for sure, very good Sunday roast in the club house, thank you to all the staff for making it a really nice visit.
all including visitors were great, nice people to talk with,
A special thanks to the male receptionist who took the time to explain all to me,
Look forward to my return.
Mel
Melvin Crooks | 01-08-2016
My wife & I visited this dreadful site which is full of miserable old people who wouldn't give you the time of day, it is run down, overgrown & will defiantly not be going to this overpriced shithole again,
Roy joyce | 18-05-2016
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My wife & I visited this dreadful site which is full of miserable old people who wouldn't give you the time of day, it is run down, overgrown & will defiantly not be going to this overpriced shithole again,
Roy joyce | 16-05-2016
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Dreadful experience !! The members/residents made me feel quite uncomfortable-an older man had a group of residents around him, looking over at me and whispering. I was accused of not showering before I used the pool...horrible people...
Emily | 29-08-2015
I spent a wonderful relaxing day even though the weather let the day down. the members I meet where very friendly all in all I loved my naturist day.
Charles Herring | 17-06-2013
A beautiful and very well run residential naturist venue, very open and friendly and definitely worth a visit! The well tended sunbathing lawns, swimming pool and clubhouse are all lovely!
Mr Mark J. Parker | 17-05-2012
I have been to a number of open weekends and also camped there several times over the past 9 - 10 years. It is always a very friendly and welcoming place. Given good weather there is a high attendance and open weekends are well attended even if the weather is poor, which it has been on several recent ones. the last open weekend with really great weather was in 2005 and the whole place was lively all weekend long. We must surely be due another weekend like that this year.
David Fisher | 07-03-2012
Having been a practising guest of Spielplatz circa 1951-1957 the park and its ambience have a positive place amongst my most pleasant recollections. Thanks to the Macaskie family and all that have followed. Tony Smith (Australia)...
tonysmith939@gmail.com | 02-08-2010
A gem of a place. An oasis of tranquillity within only 1 Km of the M25 motorway (and accessible by public transport too!).

The facilities here are superb and the residents (for about 60 people live here permanently) and members are great people. Our only regret is that we don’t live closer, otherwise we’d join.

Out of the dozen or so clubs we’ve visited in eastern and south-eastern England this one stands head and shoulders above the others as the best we’ve found.

The pool is superb, the grounds and buildings always look well tended and there is an obvious sense of pride taken in the place. The catering is also out of this world!

This really is a club worth visiting, steeped in history as one of the country’s oldest but still forward looking. Certainly not the cheapest, but in our opinion definitely among the best.
Jayne Hampson | 21-05-2009
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Spielplatz is one of the oldest naturist clubs in Britain (established since 1930) and also its only residential naturist community. It is impossible not to be impressed by Spiel (as the residents and members affectionately call it).

4.5 hectares in extent and with facilities including an 18.5 metre x 5 metre outdoor heated swimming pool, two miniten courts, a badminton court and also one for petanque as well as a large sauna and club house including a licensed bar stocking a full range of beverages including locally brewed real ales, a pool table and mini football as well as a restaurant serving excellent meals at very reasonable prices and a comfortable sun lounge

There are also a children’s adventure play area, recently refurbished shower/toilet block and changing room, ample car parking, “Pool View” (a rental chalet available for visitors) and camping pitches for tents and caravans including some with electric hook ups

Spiel enjoys easy access by public transport (frequent daily bus services from Watford and St Albans stop within 500 metres of the gates, How Wood and Bricket Wood Railway stations both within about 3 kilometres).

"No Shadows Fall" by Iseult Richardson (eldest daughter of the founders) is the definitive history of Spielplatz and now back in print again exclusively available from Spiel itself (see its website for details of how to order a copy). When it was first published almost 15 years ago "No Shadows" prompted one reviewer to write “This is as much Iseult’s story as that of the remarkable people who comprise the community we know today as Spielplatz”. There can probably be no more eloquent statement of the attraction of this unique place, for its residents and annual members are indeed remarkable people, and visitors come from all over the world simply to say they have been there and enjoyed its hospitality.

This is undoubtedly the flagship of naturism in Great Britain.
Rob Candlish | 20-04-2009
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