When we arrived at the site, our host’s partner was alarmed to see us at her door, but recovered graciously and directed us to the campable area. When we made a trip back up to the car, the host himself introduced himself & apologized, saying that he had not been expecting us, as he had not seen the notification (from earlier that day) and had “not logged into HipCamp for about a year”. He said a photographer had been out at that time & that was the last communication that had occurred. He said, shrugging, that as long as we were okay with the camp, so was he. Due to disuse, the property was overgrown & we had to clear a small space on which to set up camp. We provided our own firewood, and did not see a place to dispose of waste.
**This was after another booking, for the same weekend, which we were allowed to make (and funds withdrawn), only to then be told by the host that they were actually unable to host that weekend. (My partner’s account, not mine.) There seems to be a breakdown in communication between HipCamp and hosts that is disadvantageous to the camper. We could have arrived and been turned away (or greeted less graciously), finding ourselves out of town without a place to stay, not to mention the financial setback of the first booking.