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Reviews of Shepherds Rest Campsite

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Shepherds Rest Campsite
220 Sixtowns Road
Draperstown
Magherafelt
County Londonderry   (Browse area)
BT45 7BH
Tel: 028 7962 8517  or  028 7962 7304
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Pitches: 18
Open: 01/03/2022 to 30/11/2022
           

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 8 Reviews
                9/10 from 8 Reviews


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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar On Site   No Restaurant  
Activities
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <5 miles   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: August 2021 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Mr Frankie 8 reviews from this member

 Little gem of a site staff very friendly and helpful

Nice pitches

Great pub, good beer shame They donít do food but you canít have everything. landlord let people eat takeaway food in the bar even provided them with plates

Would recommend this site to anyone for a visit. 
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Date of Visit: August 2020 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Mhughes77 1 review from this member

 Fell in love with the place instantly. Received a very warm welcome in the most beautiful setting. Family run all of whom have a sense of humour and great customer service. So hospitable.

They have created an amazing environment given how things are at the moment for which they should be highly commended.

Facilities very clean. With a games room, bar, great views it's a great place for everyone.

Definitely worth a visit. They also make a scrummy b52 😉😉 
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Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: K.murphy 10 reviews from this member

 I thoroughly recommend this site. The attention to detail is first class. A huge modern barn has been converted to a large recreational space for table tennis, pool and tables to eat. There is a well equipped kitchen and excellent showers and toilets which were immaculately clean. It is slightly isolated away from nearby towns but that is part of the beauty of it. Great host Colin and his family looked after me as I arrived with no food on my pushbike. The attached pub has a long history and been in the family for several generations. 


Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Cobra2 18 reviews from this member

 The Sheperds rest is a gem. Its in a lovely spot, and has everything you need. The pub has an area at the rear for campers and caravans, plus the campers cottage, and a modern toilet/shower block. The pub is very cosy at night with its open fire, and it has a lot of character. The owner Colin is a lovely man, who is glad to sit and chat with you at the bar, telling you about anything you want to know about the area. I will definitely be back as the place is so friendly. 


Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Alan273 1 review from this member

 Great wee site, located in the middle of nowhere, with poor phone and TV signal which makes it ideal to get away from everything. Owner is very friend and helpful, even let us store our bikes in his barn/sheds. Lovely wee cottage at the top of the field for relaxing in at nights with the fire blazing. 

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Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Mistydawn 1 review from this member

 Just back from a superb stay at the Shepherd's Rest Caravan and Campsite.

The facilities are excellent, plenty of hook-ups and taps, level hard standings and great showers which are free. What really makes this site is the thoughtfulness of the extra facilities, from the number of seats, tables and picnic tables including a swingseat and rocking chairs to the summer house at the top of the site with beautiful views and the cottage with sink, kettle and peat fire which is lit each evening. We spent every evening in here, a great place to get to know other campers.

The owner was very friendly and helpful, the facilities well maintained.

Its location on the East Sperrin Scenic drive is beautiful and a fairly central location for exploring the Sperrins which are beautiful.

We will definitely be back! The swings etc. are all in good working order.

One of the reviewers mentions the noise, yes, at the weekends the pub is a venue for parties and it can be very busy and depending on the guests, noisy. However, we were aware of this from their website and just accepted that this is part of their business.

At other times, the site was quiet and peaceful. One minor concern, which, as the site was quite quiet didn't affect us, was that there are only two showers/toilets, one for men, one for ladies and as the toilet is in the wetroom shower, there could be queues (Our caravan is old and doesn't have shower facilities and from a tenting point of view. )

However, as said, this didn't actually cause us a problem, but as the site is sure to become more popular, maybe more toilets would be a help. But a wonderful site in a beautiful location. I thoroughly recommend it! 


Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Nicamper49 1 review from this member

 Decided to have short weekend break in Northern Ireland. Found The Shepherd's Rest on the web. Looked nice, picturesque, quiet little site. It is in a field at the back of a pub which worried us but we were reassured by the website which declared it was relaxing place to stay.

Site is well laid out. Plenty of space, individual tent spots, nice scenery. Electric hook-ups for caravans.

There is a little traditional Irish cottage at the back of the site which has an open turf fire, seating, table, sink, kettle, toaster and sewing machine! The fire was kindly lit by the owner each day.

The washing facilities are excellent: washing machine and dryer, iron and board, drying line. Showers are included in the price and superb.

The little pub is traditional and quaint. Owner is friendly and welcoming. Rates are reasonable.

The kiddies play area is not great: a sand pit, broken swings and a wobbly slide. Would worry about letting younger kiddies near it.

The site is in an isolated location so private transport is an absolute must.

There are a couple of negative aspects to this site.

The major drawback is the pub. Our first night (Friday) was fine and quiet. The second night we had young, drunken blokes in the field playing football and cursing loudly for an hour in the dark until midnight. Then, as there was a party going on in the pub, there was extremely loud music blaring until the small hours of the morning and we didn't get to sleep until around 2am.

In total, I think I would recommend you use this site for a weekday stopover when it is probably quieter at night, but if you are going at the weekend, then definitely phone ahead to find out if there are any parties on during your stay. 


Date of Visit: May 2011 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Donard 1 review from this member

 This is a lovely quiet and peaceful site situated in the Sperrin hills (or mountains if you prefer). We were given a warm welcome.

New serviced hard standings well spaced out, and tents area. Facilities very clean though might be a bit stretched if site full.

Nice walks and drives in all directions for shops and eateries - Omagh, Draperstown, Magherafelt etc. Also historic places such as Beaghmore stone circles which I never new existed!

This is one of those places you promise yourself you'll come back to. Nice to have in the ACSI guide too. 



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