Stayed at Snowdonia Park over the Bank Holiday - 4 nights.
Unfortunately we had the worst rain we have ever experienced while camping (and we've had some bad weather!).
The park itself is split in to 2 sections. We stayed in the 'bottom' or 'over flow field'. Thankfully we were the first to pitch up on this field and were advised where the dry part was - next to the static caravans. As more people came into the field they had no choice but to pitch up on the sodden ground (as above -awful rain).
There was a problem with midges - don't know if this is all the time or just because it was so wet.
Our party was made up of 2 large tents, 4 adults, 1child and 3 Labs. And surprisingly despite the weather we had a fab time!
The facilities are basic - but the water was the hottest on any site we have stayed on, and no charge for the showers. There is a washing machine and dryer - and radiators in the laundry. There is an electric plug (operated with tokens from the pub). The kind lady in the pub even offered us the use of her hair dryer.
Other reviews have said about dogs and cockerels - couldn't hear them, probably due to the rain. The railway was great - first train 10. 35 am and stopped about 6pm I think - didn't disturb us - quite fun to see really.
We sampled the ales and food at the pub, both very nice. Dogs allowed in the bar area.
We thought good value - no extra cost for bigger tents, dogs or children. There were other sites nearby we would be paying at least £10 extra a night!
We have just come back from a weekend at this site. It was a glorious weekend and the views from the site were idyllic. There were 2 tents and we had been allocated pitches 12 & 13 in the top field next to the toilet block. We pitched with some trepidation as we were very close to this block, but we were never disturbed. One point though, the ground was very stony beneath the grass and managed to bend several of my 'robust' pegs. So if you hit an obstruction, move the peg as it's a rock under there. However, the rest of the site was great. The shower and toilet block were reasonable. OK, I've seen better, but then again, I've paid more. The walk across the footbridge in the morning was pleasant, especially if it coincided with a WHR train arriving. As to the pub itself, well, the beer was great (it was the Rail Ale Festival weekend and the reason for our visit) and the food we had was very nice indeed. The staff at the pub were very nice, and when we booked in were very helpful.
Other reviewers have mentioned the dogs and cockerels, they didn't wake us up.
All taken into account, it was a great place and we thoroughly enjoyed our weekend and will return. The only downside being the 'adequate' facilities, but as said, you get what you pay for.
Nice location on the Highland Railway with nice views of Snowdonia in the grounds of a pub with brewery. The pub was great and the beer brewed on site excellent, we did not try the food. However on the campsite facilities failed to match the fee charged at 22 pounds per night for two adults in a motorhome with hook up on semi hard standing. Toilets in the field nearest the pub were very basic dim and dingy with lighting not working properly. Showers and toilet block in the other field across the railway line were dirty, again lights not working, extractor fans not working, rusty fittings dead flies etc. Mens toilet block had a combination lock which was not working (I notice an earlier reviewer mentioned this months ago). Showers were hot and flow adequate however. I can imagine the facilities would struggle with a full site in summer. The on site lighting had only one fitting working and I could go on. Never saw any staff on site during our stay at all, you pay in the pub. There was some noise from Cockerels and dogs next door and also the road but this didn't really bother us. The site really needs a refurbishment and more proactive style of management to justify the fee. The pub, location and railway are great attractions and the site lets it down.
Just got home from a fantastic week here weather was great. The campsite is good we had pitch 14 we were near what they called the top toilets that was a god send with kids in the middle of the night. The showers and main toilets were over the railway line into the next field. Those of you that have kids know it's an adventure to go for a shower in the morning passed the railway line and river we were lucky to meet the train most mornings. The ladies shower were better than the mens due to modern shower's not the push type and my husband said the flies are bad as they are near the trees. The pub on site is great they welcome kids and dogs and has a kids park on site. The food was great and loads of it beer was great as it's brewed on site bar staff are friendly and the waiters and waitresses are lovely very helpful. The only thing that would improve this campsite is more entertainment at night for the campers all in all a great week and only £22 per night so for a family of 4 its great value for money and if you have 2 son's like us the james and henry train that pass each day it's a must
On the whole, this site was definitely a winner. My family and I camped for five nights in the last week of July, and by the end of that time my love for the beautiful Welsh mountains had been well and truly refreshed. This site's best asset is its lovely mountain views, and good proximity to all sorts of other things to do, both inland and at the seaside.
That said, there are certainly some points that I would advise any visitors to be aware of. The campsite space is great, although the ground itself is rocky (or at least is was where we were, which was in the field closest to the road). Some pitches had a sort of shale surface to them which fellow campers said was tricky to work with. My advice would be to ask for a plot that is fully grassed. Next, you are out in the country, and with that, naturally, you get the lovely sounds of the country. However, there are a lively bunch of roosters living right next to the site and they really were quite loud. It was as if they were all trying to out-do each other. Waking us around 4ish in the morning. Barking dogs join into the symphony also. We were worried about this after our first night, but to be very fair, you are in the country and we did notice this noise less as our time there went by. Just take some ear-plugs.
The pub is spot on. The ale was really excellent. The food not so good, but I did get the impression that they were having a slight wobble one night due to short staff, so feels unfair to tar my whole judgement on what appeared to be an 'off' night. Expect no frills decent pub grub and you won't be disappointed. The staff are great and didn't intrude at all. Trusting and respectful of their guests = perfect.
I would describe the facilities as adequate. The showers in the ladies were pretty good (but the pressure reduces lots if two showers are on at the same time). The guys said that their showers weren't great, but did the job. Again, no frills, but alright. There is an indoor space to wash up, and a freezer that guests are welcome to use. I think the tariff is expensive given the quality of the campsite grounds and facilities, but as I said at the start, you are in a cracking spot; this place is all about the location. There are mountain views, a gently flowing river and what's more, the steam train comes right to the site, bonus! So one last tip to finish with, and it's the most important one I think - take LOTS of insect repellent, you will need it. Hope you find this review helpful.
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