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Visitor Reviews - Blacksmiths Arms

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Blacksmiths Arms
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Gloucestershire   (Browse area)
GL15 6AU   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01594 529657

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Pitches: 18
Open: All Year Weather Permiting

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 19 Reviews
              8/10 from 19 Reviews

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Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: RL Bedford 1 review from this member

This is the third time we have visited here and have really enjoyed our short 2 day stay. The hard standing is fine if you don’t want to risk parking your MH on the grassed area which has a very gentle slope. It is however surrounded by plum trees with, if you time it properly, lovely fruit. The toilet block is adequate and spotlessly clean. Like other reviewers our only reservation was the proximity of the water point to the chemical disposal point. The pub is friendly and the food good value. The site is only 3½ miles from the National Diving and Activity Centre and a good base for a weekend’s adventure. It is good value and we’ll be back soon.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Heatherharwood 1 review from this member

This delightful site offers a unique position to explore the wonderful Forest of Dean as well as the surrounding area.

The Inn serves good food at affordable prices and a warm welcome is provided.

There is a small shower block with male and female sections. This is unusual for such a small site. It's clean and the showers very good. The site is grass with electric hook ups available too. Very quiet and behind the pub itself.

An added bonus is that the Inn offers a 10% discount on food for campers! The owners and staff welcoming and most helpful. It's a lovely venue.

The whole area is full of history and there is something to suit all tastes.

We can't wait to return for a second visit.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Jet2 3 reviews from this member

Visited for four days, cheap stay, toilets/shower were basic as described but was diasappointed they were not cleaned daily. As for the food in pub we asked to eat outside and were told no, following day people were eating outside. Staff didn't seem to be consistent. As for the food itself it was not worth the money at all, couldn't chew meat and it was very dry, it seemed it was just reheated in microvave. There was no atmosphere in pub. Site is fine for one night though.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Emvid 17 reviews from this member

We stayed here over a very hot and sunny weekend.

The site is generally quite flat and well sheltered and pitches a good size. It is situated behind the pub away from the main road.

The website said there was a new shower block but I couldn't locate it. The only shower and toilet facilities I came across were in a little green hut. The ladies had 2 toilets and 1 shower and the mens (i am told) had 1 loo and 1 shower. The shower in the ladies was good hot and powerful but unfortunately took a long time to drain away which meant standing ankle deep in water. Crocs recommended!

The mens shower was out of order during our visit, so men had no option but to use the ladies shower. There was very little space in the shower to dry and get changed, so I would suggest taking a big towel or bath robe to walk back to your unit in to get dry and changed - or even better use the shower in your van if you have that option.

We could only find one water point and unfortunately it was located in the very same spot as the tap with a hose attached to it which is meant to be used to wash out chemical toilets. The chemical disposal point was also located here right next to the tap. We witnessed several people sending kids to fill aqua rolls etc and the kids using the hosed tap to fill them. We also witnessed a caravanner use the water tap to rinse out his cassette toilet here at the water point too. I know the site cannot be blamed for what other people do but I do think locating the chemical point and only water tap on the same point is nothing short of unhygenic.

I popped to Tesco in Chepstow and used bottled water all weekend after witnessing the above.

There was no washing up point, not a problem for those in caravans but if you are in a tent, make sure you take a bowl to wash up in your tent.

All in all we had a fabulous weekend here thanks to the fantastic weather and friendly bar maid and waitresses in the pub but the site facilities did feel a little unloved. The landlord of the pub/site owner hardly raised a smile to us all weekend and offered no apology for the out of order mens shower.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Maxt46 36 reviews from this member

Stayed here for two nights, the site is quite flat and the two toilets and showers (portacabin) were always clean and never had to wait, but there were only two or three other units on site.

One thing of concern was the water point and the chemical disposal point are VERY close and use the same water supply.

On the plus side the pub was very good and the food reasonably priced, plentiful and tasty, oh and it's very dog friendly.

We took a drive into Lydney and the little harbour is worth a visit for a pleasant wander.

There is a small playground attached to the pub.

Will we visit again maybe.

Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Virgincaravanner 1 review from this member

We chose this site because it was our first time away in our first ever caravan and we didn't want to travel too far. Lovely little site, basic but very clean toilet/ shower block, kids play area and plenty of walks for the dog. It's a small site which I imagine in the summer is very busy but its really well kept and although on a road we didn't hear any traffic. Landlord is a very pleasant man and very easy going. We had an evening meal in the pub which was superb, proper homemade steak and kidney pie! Lady who served us was lovely and kept the kids entertained with ghost stories. Also at £13 a night flat rate with elec hook up we thought it was a bargain! Will be using again.

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