Took three of my kids camping here for five nights as our first holiday since my divorce. In their words: "the best holiday they've ever had and the best campsite ever."
We drove for six hours - risky as you can't book, signs on the way into the village said the site was full, but when we arrived I was told there was still space in the family fields and that the staff had overestimated when they put the signs out - a big relief! It was worth the risk and the worry - Hillend is a really friendly, relaxed site, the location behind the beach is ideal and the atmosphere laid back. The new shower block was spotless (I'm fussy) and large enough to cope with a full site. But in addition to all that, it's the people both running the site and camping that make Hillend a really relaxing place to stay. You could dispense with a cooker and eat in the on-site cafe without breaking the bank and the views, walks, surfing and beach are splendid.
We're going again next summer for an even longer stay.
As promised by owner this year loads of loo paper and modern toilets / shower blocks, It is a shame some campers can't keep them that way. Get up early if you want a shower that is hot and clean!
This camp site is set in a most beautiful setting being a few minutes walk from Rhossili Beach. This is surfers paradise but please note there are no life guards and the water can be treacherous. Sand dunes acted as buffers against the wind. Fantastic views and walks. We recommend this area for those who want to get away to a country side setting by the sea. I sat watching the moon starting appear from behind the hills as sheep and horses graized and buzzards swooped.
Huge plots and loads of space for kids to play. This is a laid back site; be warned, our next door campers kept us awake until 4am and that was in the family field. We also noticed noisy groups of teenagers in playing field until late into the evening.
Staff friendly and shop well stocked. £15 a night during week we thought very reasonable. Cafe, with amazing views, serves breakfast for under £5 and a meal for under £7. The cafe is licensed and closes at 7 pm.
Pony trekking at Parc-le-Breos cost £30 for the day and is a great way to explore hidden bays and moorland. The Gower Heritage Center is useful for a dull day if you have small children. Swansea is a 30 minute drive. There are boat trips from Port Eynon and sailing at Oxwich bay.
Just returned from an excellent weekend at Hillend. We used the reviews from this site when making our decision to visit and I have to say, they were bang on!
It was packed out this weekend and by Friday afternoon it was full. The camp do not take advance reservations so advice is to get there early, do not rely on turning up late on Friday for a pitch.
We camped with our 2 year old and friends, all of whom have children ranging from 8years to 6 weeks old! The children had a ball, the campsite was safe and enclosed so that they couldn't escape! We camped in the 'families only' field and that made a huge difference to late night noise levels.
The beach was a short, but hilly walk away, not so good for accessibility, but if there are more than one of you with a buggy you can cope.
The facilities were very good, lots of loos and showers, but only 3 dishwashing sinks, we washed up at the tent most of the time so it wasn't a hassle.
Any tips? There is no soap in the loos so take your own/ or handwash. The shop was well stocked but had strict opening hours as did the cafe so be sure to check out the closing times.
Important aspects of camping: company, location and weather. It is what you make it.
It would be unfair to review the weather as campsites have no influence on that! Having said that, if you are interested. It was fantastic on Friday and Sunday and let's not talk about the day in the middle:) However, even bad weather makes way for other activities that you wouldn't normally do if the sun was shining on a gorgeous beach. Ie - the pub up the road. Hellish uphill walk there and not much memory of the walk back!
2 Surfies in our group loved the windy Saturday as it meant better surf and what does it matter if it's raining when you are in the sea?
A group camping trip to celebrate a joint birthday. As a large group we had plenty of space and manage to grab a large patch of grass by cleverly placing camping chairs and tents and oops - accidentally leaving a large area in the centre! £18 per night per tent. We had a 4 person tent with 3 people and a 2 person tent with 1 person. The cost is still the same. Most are in a 2 man tent. Good value if you can cram lots of people in. Although, on a starry romantic night, sleeping 'al fresco' is an option! The grass is very flat and perfect for tents. Excellent atmosphere and all campers friendly and generous. Our stuff was safe and our tents untouched when we were awol.
Took far too much food and ended up throwing it away. There is a fantastic cafe on site and the food is excellent value. Lots of choice and tastes home-cooked as opposed to cafe-cooked. I was not disappointed with the cheesecake that I was told about! If no reason to go there for food, go for an 'out of this world' view. On a hot sunny day, the sand dunes look fantastic with a backdrop of blue sea. Look behind you for a change of scenery of green hillside.
If you want to show Wales off to your friends. There aren't many better locations than this. My Cornwall Camping surf friends are Gower Converts. Some of the group travelled 4 hours to get to the Gower and were glad that they did.
To confirm some points of the other reviews:
The campsite will not take bookings and is full by Friday afternoon. After being advised that it was ok for friends to check you in if they had the £££ and the tents. This was not the case. It took a very irate birthday girl to force the unhelpful Jobsworth at the site to do as they promised! You have been warned. Be prepared and smile it off.
No music late at night. Fair point but no need to be so smug about it!
It appears the facilities have changed since most of the reviews were done. I found the shower and toilet block to be very good, with plenty of cubicles and never a queue. Very clean AND toilet roll but no soap. Only downside was that they should have another shower/toilet block at the other end of the site too. Who needs a shower when you have the sea??!
I hear there was a shop, shame I didn't see it, as I needed to buy some sleep.
We turned up on spec for a one night here and were happy throughout our stay. The staff were all friendly and helpful from the charming lady on the gate to the staff in the cafe, and including the cheerful individual who had the thankless task of clearing litter around the campsite and on the beach. The new toilet and shower block was adequate for the job but I imagine the strain of popularity at peak times might prove too much. We camped in the furthest family field and it proved quite quiet, it meant we had only a short walk to the beach. Good points: Clean, new shower/toilet block; spacious area (although maybe crowded at weekends); no dogs; good cafe with nice staff; no dogs; good play area for kids; no dogs. Bad points: few litter bins; pricey shop (£2.55 for a kids bucket!); litter strewn dunes. Despite these minor quibbles, we'll go again, the good outweighed the bad.
Had an excellent time at Hillend, the facilities were excellent, could do with a few more washing up stations but that was no big deal. The camp was quite noisy but it was packed out but come 9 o'clock it all calmed down so my baby who is 16 months was not disturbed. Our 2 older girls 4&10 loved the park we hardly saw them the whole weekend! The shop was great you could buy just about anything you wanted, and it was pretty reasonable priced. The whole weekend was great, a complete success. We will definitely go back to Hillend again hopefully very soon.
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