We only planned to stay a couple of days at this Bala site, but we ended up staying all week. We had stayed before for a couple of days a few years ago so we knew it is a good site in a lovely location, near to Bala and good routes into most of North Wales. Husband is ticking Nuttalls (= mountains) & exploring mines so we were travelling around the area.
The campsite facilities are very good. Hot showers, clean toilets with good supply of toilet paper, well-stocked shop, well-cut grass, pretty flowerbeds & no litter. Lots of families were enjoying the site but not too noisy & all very friendly.
Only complaint - despite having the prime pitch near to the shop & wifi pole, the SiteWiFi was not very good or reliable. We bought 3 x day vouchers for the wifi, and ended up ringing the SiteWiFi people to complain as the service was not good. They said it was being repaired. We know it is a rural area so broadband is often less reliable, but we had hoped for better. The campsite staff were helpful on the issue but not at fault as it is the company who runs the system.
I hope to be back to this campsite soon, to visit Bala again, to eat at the Courthouse restaurant, to buy good steak from the local butcher, & relax in the cafes.
What a cracking site! Flat open pitches (make sure you state you are using an awning as some of pitches are tarmac and not suitable for and awnings. Facilities warm, clean as per club standards. Not in the town of Bala but just a short 5 minute drive in. Is central for most of the attractions and no more than an hour from most of them (Ffestiniog railway, Snowdon etc)Very friendly and most helpful staff. There are some very good walks straight from or within a short distance of the site and sailing and fishing is available on the lake. T. V not good. Wish we lived nearer so we could use this site more often.
Our first visit, and I had to make a serious complaint to the assistant warden. On the third day of what turned out to be a run of five days brilliant sunny weather some clouds appeared in the sky! He just laughed so much he nearly fell off his plastic recliner chair. But to give him his due the clouds were gone by the following day. Thanks!
Such perfection in the weather was matched by the quality and nature of the site itself. Very friendly and helpful staff, flat pitches, fine facilities, wonderful birdsong, and good shelter from breeze are everything you need for a good stay. I would say the site is going to appeal more to those (like us) who want a quieter, more secluded stay, although it's very safe and suitable for families with kids.
I can't comment on local facilities too much as we don't eat out or do the tourist things. But Bala has some adequate shops (good Co-Op), and Llangollen is about 18 miles away. Fine walking around here. There's a superb walk up to the summit of Cadair Berwyn and Moel Sych from Llandrillo (about 6 miles east of the site).
Overall, it's not the best site I have ever stayed at, but I'd put it in my top-ten without any second thoughts. We very much enjoyed our stay, and our thanks to the staff.
I went here with a friend to a small meet. The wardens managed to site all 7 units together at the end of the field, which was very accommodating for a small site such as this.
It rained for 3 days and three nights, but the site didn't flood, although the stream became a river at times! When the sun came out, it was lovely, a few midges about though, so take some skin-so-soft with you.
I couldn't fault the facilities, all were very clean and the daily clean time didn't get in the way as they open the disabled toilet to everyone while they do the general loos, so no need to cross your legs for an hour! Because we were at the far end of the site, it was a good walk to the toilet block, but that was ok, seeing as there were rather a lot of us who wanted to be next to each other!
The dog walk was a bit small to be a walk, more just a 'business' facility really, but there were some nice walks out into the surrounding countryside and up and down the little lanes, so not too bad.
It is not a short walk into Bala, it's two miles away and the road has no footpaths and is busy. The best way is to drive there, and there are three main car parks when you arrive - two where the village begins (from the Corwen road) and a large park right by the lake at the other end of the village and leisure centre, which also has a nice cafe.
A Fish and Chip shop and other takeaways in Bala, a couple of nice cafes, several pubs, and a petrol station. Also other nice little shops, a few sell camping gear and hardware as well, and three charity shops, I got a great bargain in one of those!
When the sun came out, we went to Fairbourne for the day (a lovely little unspoilt village, unlike it's neighbour, Barmouth) and walked on the beach in the sunshine, lovely! A great place to take children for the day, small amusements arcade, cafes x 2, small co-op, very friendly locals and of course, that glorious clean beach, which is dog friendly to the left-hand side of the village as you approach the prom.
Overall, and considering that there were a few of us going, the site and managers were very accommodating, the little shop was adequate and the site quite level, drainage not too bad, considering the 3 day downpour. Quiet at night too, not counting the sheep!
Arrived on site with snow on the ground - some trepidation with regard to what the weather might throw at us - we had one day of constant rain and showery for the rest of the week - main issue was that the ground was waterlogged and very muddy.
The site is fairly small but the pitches don't feel cramped at all.
Facilities are fairly limited as you would expect on a small site, but never had to queue for the showers, even over the bank holiday weekend. Toilets were always clean and regularly inspected.
Also have a small shop on site plus launderette.
Very friendly and helpful staff on-site.
Small play area on site.
Great setting, very quiet and fantastic scenery.
Only a few miles from Bala, for shops.
Don't miss the cafe in the Bala Leisure Centre - sounds strange but some of the best lunches we had all week and great value. Also next to the leisure centre is a great tourist information centre.
Great site and great holiday, will be back, hopefully the weather will be kinder next time.
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