A very happy experience camping at Barcdy. Great fun for boys simply exploring and playing on rope swings. Facilities are good and the site has a lovely atmosphere. Very friendly staff and the no dogs policy is a bonus for these kids and adults with previous bad experiences and an acute repulsion to fouling! Ideal location for a family Snowdonia holiday. Portmeirion, Harlech Castle and Barmouth beach are a stones throw away and 30 minutes drive will take you into heart of Snowdonia with great villages such as Baddgelert and Bets-y-coed and to one of the 6 routes to Snowdon itself.
Just returned from three nights at Barcdy. Site is great and nothing much to add from previous reviews of site.
Couple of pieces of advice for anyone visiting this Summer:
The toll road seems to be undergoing major construction work. It occasionally closes, but was open 3 out of 4 times that we wanted to use it. No queues, and it appears that while this construction is ongoing there is no toll fee.
If the toll road is closed and you have to take the long route into Porthmadog, be very careful on the road away from the campsite. It is a fairly narrow road, which now is used by large lorries working at the construction site. They make no attempt to slow down as they pass you - so be prepared!
If you plan to visit Portmeirion, Castell Deudraeth do fantastic lunch, and if you have two courses (make sure you have pudding!) they give you free entry to the village. Look them up on the Portmeirion website. We booked for lunch at 12, and still had plenty of time to look round the village.
Beach at Harlech is great - lovely sand dunes, but take a packed lunch, or be prepared to drive up to Harlech town for food as there are no facilities at all on the beach.
What an amazing part of the world! If your looking for a peacful tranquil site then this is the one! The owners were very friendly and helpful, the site, toilets and showers were all immaculatley kept!Lots of information about local attractions available on site. Gorgeous woodland to explore, kids had a ball. This site is perfectly located for visiting several attractions with Beddgelert and Portmeirion 10 and 15 minutes away! Snowdonia and Beaumaris are a definite must! Tesco and Aldi only few miles away in Porthmadog. Would highly recommend.
Just got back from 5 nights at Barcdy, and we almost made it without rain too.
We were surprised how quiet the site was, given that we were there the first week of school holidays - it got busier at the weekend, but at one point, there were only 6 tents in the camping field. The children would have preferred some company, perhaps, but no complaints.
Well laid out, well maintained, showers and toilets faultless (though the blocks would be cold in other seasons, and perhaps most of the 2012 summer). And the location is very convenient for that corner of North Wales.
A word about the lack of shop; with warning from reviews here, we weren't troubled by it, but it is a little odd that the owners don't have a fridge and freezer and some non-perishables on hand.
Management response: We still have all of our freezers and fridges from the days of our shop (shop now closed). People bring in tons of ice packs to freeze, and have done so for many years. This service is in our reception area but we had possibly not made it clear enough to the people who have written this review.
My husband and I had an excellent night's stay at Barcdy - it's easy to find from the signposting on the road. Using the postcode on our SatNav didn't quite take us far enough, so we did have to keep going a little further up the road to find them, but it wasn't a problem.
We'd wanted to visit Portmeirion and the Village after watching the whole of The Prisoner series, and found this a perfect base from which to do so.
Lovely scenery, a picturesque and quiet site although near quite a fast, sometimes noisy road, but this didn't really affect our stay at all - it makes links better and quicker to where we wanted to go.
Facilities were extremely good - excellent shower and toilet block, very welcoming and instructional as to using bricks for BBQs to protect the grass which was in immaculate condition. There is a fridge and freezer you can use to store your cold bits and locked at night, but if you want an early breakfast beware you might have to wait until 'opening time'!
Overall a lovely stay, very clean, excellent value for money, friendly fellow campers. Can't wait to go back!
This was our first time at this site and can only agree with the other good reviews,
Very well run, this has to be one of the cleanest sites Iíve ever been on, I didnít see a single piece of litter, the grass was neat, wash-block spotless, the owner seemed to be constantly going around keeping every thing neat and tidy.
Other reviews have noted noise from the road, we were on a serviced pitched at the top of the site so could barely hear it; itís a fairly minor local road.
The lack of a shop didnít bother us as we tend to take our supplies with us and top up with items when out and about.
The views are lovely; we were blessed with good weather, so each evening watched a huge sun sink behind the mountains. Glorious.
Thereís lots to do in this area, obviously thereís the mountains but the beaches in north Wales can be equally stunning, though we couldnít recommend Black Rock Sands, this is a peculiar set-up were you park right on the beach, consequently itís mayhem.
A lovely walk is the Mawddach Trail, around ten miles but flat with terrific views.
Thereís also lots of history to explore, they do like a castle in Wales!
I would highly recommend Barcdy, a super site in one of my favourite parts of Britain.
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