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Visitor Reviews - Hillend Caravan & Camping Park

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Hillend Caravan & Camping Park
Glamorgan   (Browse area)
SA3 1JD   See Map
Tel: 01792 386204
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Pitches: 300
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 70 Reviews
                8/10 from 70 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   No Bar   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport 

Reviews:  70 in total, now showing 19 to 24                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Neilos 5 reviews from this member

I have been visiting Hillend campsite for at least 10 years. The site has gradually got more and more popular over the years as it is often featured in top ten beach lists etc.
Facilities have gone from a static van selling burgers to Eddy's cafe which does great breakfasts and sell alcohol (with food only). Showers and toilets have improved from the rough state they once were.
Price wise it ebbs towards the more expensive but I think the five minute walk from your tent to the beach makes this worth the money. As for walking across three fields for the toilet block - stay in a hotel or at home if you are not prepared to walk a little.
It does get very busy when the sun is out and especially on bank holiday weekends. Unless you turn up early Friday morning you may get turned away as the site becomes full. I have driven 5 hours to be told that the site was full. When this happens they open a field in the village with a couple of porta loos (but charge far too much). On this occassion I drove to another site as the woman on the spill over site literally said take it or leave it and was quite rude.

On a nice day Llangenith beach and Hillend campsite is hard to beat - but do get there early!

Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Twixthecat 40 reviews from this member

What a little gem! We had been staying on Nichalston farm by Oxwich bay, but as they were full for the weekend we had to fins somewhere else and so decided to try here. At 20 per night it wasn't that cheap, but being so close to the sea, right behind the dunes was great. The exposed location did mean it was very windy when we were pitching up, but eased up later in the stay.

There were about 3 fields, the first seemlingly for young groups and the furtherest for families only. Although we don't have kids we prefer a peaceful stay so chose the family field which was furthest from the toilet block. However, walking through the site in the evenings noise didn't seem to be a problem in any field. When we pitched up on Friday morning when it was pretty quiet. We went out for the day and by the time we got back the site was 3 times as busy! By the evening it was packed, but still enough space for a game of boules.

The toilets were fine. Lots of them with plenty of toilet roll and hot water. Had to queue a few times, but never for too long considering the number of people on site. They weren't spotless, but again obviously cleaned regularly and not bad for the number of people using them. The washing up facilities however weren't adequate. There were always long waits to do washing up.

There was a shop on site selling necessities. The bistro was closed while we were there - there was a surfers wedding going on, complete with an arch of surfboards for the happy couple!

We didn't brave the sea as the number of jellyfish on the beach put me off. Plenty of other braver people did of course! We walked along the beach and the cliff to Worms Head a couple of times. A great walk with a couple of pubs, shops and fish and shops shop, as well as the NT visitor centre. If you want to get out across to Worms Head be sure to check the tide tables. Unfortunately the only place we found what times the causeway was crossable was at the visitor centre so had to walk the couple of miles to find out what time we should come back! Well worth it though, it was a great walk.

Overall a lovely site with almost a festival atmosphere. Suprisingly quiet for the number of people packed in. Not being able to book does mean you need to get there early to find a good spot though. I imagine during peak times people are often turned away.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Callycamper 6 reviews from this member

Reviews as far back as summer 2007 comment that the shower blocks need updating and 2yrs on this is still the case. The cubicles are small and very dated. You have to buy tokens to operate them and we weren't told this on arrival, so I went for a shower 7am next morning to find I had to wait until the shop opened at 9am to get a token. They cost 25p each, so you need to factor this in to the overall costs; we paid 24.00 per night plus tokens so it wasn't cheap. The hot water comes from a combi boiler, so if you're the first to shower I would advise you to run a hot tap at one of the sinks so that the hot water goes through the pipes. I didn't know this and the first time I took an early shower it took ages for the water to get hot, consequently I ran out of hot water half way through rinsing my hair. The water just goes off, so I couldn't even rinse it in cold. Also in the lower block, the showers last for a different amount of time - shower 2 lasts much longer. Again in the lower block there are just 3 sinks and one plug! They're very close together so there's a lack of privacy, in fact it was not possible for 3 people to use the sinks comfortably. Also one set of hooks was hanging off the wall. I did have a look at the shower cubicles in the upper block. There are 3 of them but they looked even more dated that those in the lower block, so I gave them a miss. The views from the camp site over Port Eynon bay are stunning, although this is absolutely not the best beach. Within easy walking distance there's a pub, cafe and fish n chip shop. We only visited the fish n chip shop once, very nice fish but pricey.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lov Lou 1 review from this member

The draw to this campsite was the surfing beach, the sight on the surface seemed to have it all, yes clean toilets, plenty of room around pitches, little noise. The shame was the quantity of people for the little facilities. Example 6 Showers in the ladies and hundreds and hundreds of people, obviously had little water left for shower and no warmth, fine at 7am or 9 at night. There were 4 fields and believe it or not only toilet shower block and play area were back 3 and 4 fields away by the beginning of the kidless zones!

The area was beautiful ie worms head walk was surreal, LLanmadoc fort with amazing views and wild ponies, and the beach beautiful and surf was great. Locals were very friendly and helpful. Fellow campers raved about Swansea market being well worth a visit.

A shame our friends and ourselves felt we have been to no other sites as inconvenient as this for facilities, and strongly advise site to provide more water points, and another similar size toilet shower block 2/3 of the way across site to lessen distances and provide for volume of people.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lukepricey 2 reviews from this member

Having planned my camping trip to an absolute tee I thought I was in for a brilliant week at Hillend Campsite in Llangennith.

Having camped here as a teenager (about 8 years ago!), and visiting many times in the car for daytrips I had good experiences of Hillend. I also know that there is NO advance booking here so I contacted the campsite by phone and email before my holiday to get the best advice as to the best times to get a pitch. They told me exactly what it states on their website 'we don't take advance bookings but we guarantee that we take all new arrivals between sunday and thursday' they told me to turn up early and between these dates. We got there early at about 9am on a rainy wednesday, I asked the lady in the kiosk for a pitch and she took a long outward breath and said 'NO, FULL.' I then asked her if a pitch is likely to become available later in the day or the next and she just said 'NO. Try Kennextone' and walked back into the kiosk. We reversed and drove away.

It really is a lottery to get on this site. Do not pin your holiday plans on a week in Hillend, have a backup campsite

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Davidgh 3 reviews from this member

Wonderful Beach just over the dunes - surfers paradise.

Showers - Best ever (except Denmark!)

Shop - well stocked and reasonable

Fields - can be a bit damp in wet weather!

Superb playground

Well patrolled and quiet at night

Beach - dunes now regularly cleaned

What a beautiful place

Good pub in Llangenith - the Kings Head - good food and beer - pretty busy place though

No Booking is a drawback

Also not very protected from the south west!

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