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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 21 Reviews
              8/10 from 21 Reviews

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Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Sorman 1 review from this member

Just come back from a great weekend here, the weather really helped, very warm welcome, great food and beer with a discount for staying there!. Facilities basic but functional, its a pub campsite. Owner really chilled and approachable. Great location a complete sun trap! Will be re-visiting soon. Some really nice walks from the site with great views of the seven bridges, drove back this morning thinking it would be busy only took 40mins in rush hour. Brilliant.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Adamcraigscott 37 reviews from this member

Arrived on site mid week only one other unit. The pub was shut due to staff shortages. The site itself is basic has about 6 hook ups fairly flat surrounded by plum trees some of which were over hanging so not good when you pitch up. The owner seems friendly and said pub would open in the evening. The facilities are very basic in porta cabin 2 toilets and an electric shower in the ladies and 1 toilet and shower in mens. They are kept fairly clean few cobwebs. A bit tight getting out of the shower but 1 hook and a stool for your clothes nice hot shower though. Only cold water in basin. We ate in the pub most evenings and the food was very good and plentiful also we were given 10% discount because we were on site. No washing up facilities for campers. We were there over August Bank holiday the site soon filled up so toilet block was busy.

Around the area is another pub few yards up the road which is open all day quite modern inside and also does food had nice sandwiches in the garden with our 2 dogs but dogs are allowed in the bar area. A petrol station with shop close by too. Nearest town is Lydney with an array of shops pubs and supermarkets. Noticed an outdoor pool too. Very close to the Forest of Dean with some lovely sites also Tintern Abbey and Ross on wye quite close.

We enjoyed our stay here very relaxing and at £15 a night was about right for what was on offer

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.

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