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Abererch Sands Holiday Centre
Gwynedd   (Browse area)
LL53 6PJ
Tel: 01758 612327
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Pitches: 120
Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 42 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   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming On Site   Indoor Pool On Site   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding 5 miles   No Cycle Hire   Golf 5 miles   Tennis 5 miles 
 Beach On Site   Watersports 1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring 5 miles 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport On Site  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

Reviews:  42 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: June 2019 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Barracudafish 7 reviews from this member

Having watched the weather forecast we decided to stay in North Wales for a week and seeing as we are windsurfers we chose Abererch for its beachside location.

The easiest way to do the review is with pros and cons:

The Pros:

Proximity to a 4 mile long beach

Water taps at pitch

Level pitches

Train station at campsite for trains into Pwllheli and Porthmadog

Can easily walk into Pwllheli

The little coffee shop open at the entrance to the site ( open Fri-Sun)

The pool was warm but very small ( not really any changing rooms though)

The cons:

In mid June the main reception is closed and therefore you have to go some way to a cottage to check in.

The new toilet block was NEVER cleaned in a week of being there. I think a maintenance man may have put in toilet paper but the showers and sinks/floors were never cleaned. I queried this and was told that they have a cleaner twice a day but I could see the same hair on the bin all week (YUK!)and the same water stains on the floor and sink areas.

There is nowhere to keep clothes dry in the shower and no shelf for shower gel etc.

They have rules in place about noise and ball games but these are not enforced. A groups of 3 families arrived at the weekend and the kids were very noisy, playing ball games etc. Late into the night. It was quiet on the site only 3 vans so it wasn't such an issue but if you have rules then enforce them.

There is no official place to dump grey water. There are drains in each field but there is no fresh water to clean the area and I could imagine it being very smelly in summer with grey water just sitting in that drain.

The pool table/games room is not open outside school holidays

All in all, we had a nice time because we love the beach and can use the facilities in our motorhome but it is very expensive to stay out of season if all you get is a pitch with water and a pool, no shop, no useable toilets. The cost does not seem to be that much less that high season for far fewer facilities. Compared to Caravan clubsites at cheaper prices it was found wanting. I thinks as a static site it would be fine but for camping unless I was a large family group I would go elsewhere.

Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Minielsie 1 review from this member

Had a fab time at this site. The location is great for spending time on the lovely sandy beach or visiting other towns: Pwllheli via a beautiful beach walk, Porthmadog in the car or by the train as station is literally a few minutes walk away.

I was initially concerned that the train track right by the back of the caravan would be disturbing us but trains are travelling slowly and you hardly notice them. We took the train to visit Harlech castle too and it’s such beautiful scenery on the way. You get an entry discount if you mention you’ve used the train.

The shower block is newly renovated by the looks of it and the shower is nice and hot. A couple of finishing touches to the shower block would be great: panel by the sinks, extra hooks near the hair dryer sockets and floors get quite mucky so rubber mats by the door and mop and bucket so campers encouraged to clean up after themselves.

Staff were great help with enquiries before our visit and really pleasant during the stay. Thanks for a really enjoyable stay.

We will definitely be back.

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: JLC121110 1 review from this member

We’ve just returned from a two night stay. We were booked for three nights but due to the bad weather of heavy rain forecast for the morning we were due to leave we decided to leave a day early.

Our welcome letter stated that credits would be issued for unused nights if we departed before 12 noon. There were also TWO signs at reception that stated this but when I spoke to a woman at reception she said it was in emergencies only or if the weather was really bad. I explained that due to the weather warning of heavy rain we were leaving early. She replied “well the weathers nice right now” If this is the case they need to reword the letter and the two signs in reception.

The ladies shower blocks and toilets were clean. We were lucky enough to get a pitch perfect for our two tents.

The biggest selling point for this site is the close proximity to the beach.

I’m unsure if we would stay again after the encounter with the woman at reception up until that point we were planning on returning very soon.

Date of Visit: April 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sirjona 2 reviews from this member

I agree with other reviews on here that the facilities are nice and clean if a little dated, the beach is lovely and close. The main reason we were here was due to the location of the beach to be able to let the dogs go before the ban comes into force. When we arrived we were told to park anywhere in section B and located what we thought was a nice quiet place near the railway line.

Unfortunately it wasn't the noise from the trains which bothered us it was the two families parked close to us who were playing with petrol powered cars. Later on the Sunday night their kids decided to play knock knock on the caravan window and then stood there hard faced waiting for us to chase them. One of the parents came along and caught them but nothing in the way of an apology. We were also woke up at 6. 30 on Monday morning by a campervan looking for somewhere to park before eventually turning round right by us. The only other issue we had was that the bins were overflowing everywhere on Monday morning.

Don't think I would like to stay here during busy summer months.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Helliwell 1 review from this member

We stayed from the last Bank holiday in May for 5 nights. The site was busy but we chose to pitch in the overflow field as there was more space and choice of pitches.

The site is in a great location, just a short walk from the beach and is a short journey by car to Pwhelli where there are the well known stores and some smaller independent shops.

We used the Asda for food and also had a nice meal in Weatherspoons on Friday lunch time.

The pitches come with water points close by and electric hook-ups but you do have to pay extra for use of the WI-FI.

We have 3 children (6, 7 and 10) and they used the playground on site but didn't seem that impressed with it but they did enjoy watching the trains pass by close to the site.

In my opinion, the only thing spoiling this site is the toilet, shower and washing up facilities. In the Ladies showers on the overflow field, there is nowhere to put anything to keep it dry whilst you are showering. The only 2 hooks were in the shower itself and footwear left outside the shower also got wet. There is a lack of adequate ventilation as well. This meant that if a few people had used the showers one after the other, it got very steamy and cold condensation dripped from the plastic roof as you were getting dry. The block on the overflow field is small with 2 showers and 2 toilets and water pools on the floor between them. (I checked the showers on the main site to see if they were any better but apart from a few more hooks outside the showers on the wall, they weren't). My Husband said the Mens facilities were the same.

The wash up facilities have push taps which I appreciate can save water but they don't lend themselves to easy washing up and they also sprayed water all over the floor. Again, water pools on the floor and makes it very slippery. In fact my eldest slipped and banged her head on the side of the sink. It's also not nice washing up whilst paddling in muddy water!

If a long-handled squeegee had been provided in the shower blocks and washing up area, then at least the water could have been scraped out.

We were lucky and had glorious sunshine all week but I wouldn't want to have stayed if it had been bad weather.

I would say that if you are Caravanners with your own facilities you would find the site great. Those camping, especially with young children, may want to choose a site with better thought out facilities.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: P1egan 2 reviews from this member

Booked for 4 nights, stayed 10!

The opening line should speak for itself really. Loved the place that much we didn't want to leave.

The place has a certain charm about it that not everyone will love but was almost perfect for us (2 adults, a 5 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. There is no clubhouse, no arcade. There is a shop that serves it's purpose and is available for 12 hours a day. A room I didn't go in to be honest that has a pool table and a table football machine. A lovely little indoor pool, a play area that needs TLC and nothing else.

The toilets are outdated yet I found very clean and served their purpose entirely. Free hot and powerful showers.

We stayed on the main camping field, you pay the same price with EHU as without. Plenty of space here I found, and nice flat grass pitches.

The site is 5 minutes drive away from Pwhelli and 20 mins from Portmadog. These are also the nearest amenities for shopping, nothing within walking distance, however, there's a train stop on site. Didn't use the train, but might on the next trip.

Now the main reason the place is so good. The beach, WOW. We couldn't work out why this site hadn't been developed to death or loads more popular. The beach is a 20 second walk over the dunes from the campsite. Lovely golden sand and shingle at low tide. Clear water and great views. Perfect for any young family or even walking enthusiasts. Even when it was baking hot there was only a handful of people on the beach.

It's a lovely walk at night, and also being so close when going to sleep it's very soothing listening to the waves.

I was a bit dubious about this place before I arrived as there wasn't a lot of reviews. I still can't get my head round this, unless people are trying to keep it quiet so not to spoil it! A lot of people I talked to were returning visitors and we will be also at the earliest opportunity!

Ps The wifi is terrible but camping shouldn't be about that, I was trying to stream a football match.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Slynock 2 reviews from this member

Stayed here late May Bank Holiday. Love the site, always kept clean. I would recommend that if you have a tent you take 'V' shaped pegs. The ground is nice and soft, but in strong wind this can pull the pegs out of the soft ground. 'V' pegs will stay in better. The shop has basics when it comes to food as Asda is just a mile up the road there is no need for them really to keep too much in. They have quite a few toys in the shop to buy to keep the kids amused. We were also able to buy a spare circlip for our cooker hose so they do have some camping stuff should you need it.

They do have a pool but we never got to use it. It is only open during the day so if you want to explore Wales the pool is shut before you go out and when you get back. Games room with a pool table we did get to use. Local to Pwllheli with a great beach and just a bit further the other way Criccieth with another great beach and a great fishing pool.

We had a couple of issues (listed below) but we would actually recommend the site as the cleanliness of the site was 10/10 and that is very important. However my return would not be during a main busy Bank Holiday or main two weeks in summer. We have been to other sites in busy season and not had these issues.

The site has policy of no groups but there was a group of 5 tents next to us (correctly spaced in pitches) which made for a noisy time for us over the BH weekend, however the site managers did have words with them and the noisy music was reduced in volume. This grouping could have been avoided. We booked a pitch months before but on arrival it is 'pick your own' and pitch where you like. Which is how the group of 5 were able to be altogether. Also the site has a policy of no ball games, but our tent got hit by a football a few times. On mentioning this to the site on leaving they said they can't watch the cameras all the time.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Avonk 2 reviews from this member

The site it situated within 2 minutes’ walk of a very nice long sandy beach and providing the weather is good this then gives the site a positive. However on the down side this site has very poor toilet and shower facilities. And in desperate need for upgrade to keep in expectations from the touring group both caravans motor homes and indeed campers.

The toilets are cold, constantly wet on the floor (flooded) in the shower section both Men and my wife advises women’s areas also. Broken light shades in the men’s toilet block and with only one block was inadequate for the amount of people on the site for bank holiday August weekend.

Site shop was ok for essentials if you run out but expensive.

Overview the touring side needs updating facility wise would we go again to the site –no – unless the toilet block is modernised.

Area - yes - it a wonderful are to visit

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Yoyo + claire 4 reviews from this member

Just back from this site ! nicely set out and plenty of room to pitch up with water and hook up on pitch. But due to hurricane bertha it was windy. Toilets were in a mess not clean at all. The showers were cold, elsan point to far away from pitch, they could do with one in each field. Washing machine and tumble dryers were broken, the shop was basic and I mean basic. No pub or decent shop close to site you need a car to go anywhere, £14. 00 taxi to asda and back in pwllheli, nice beach if it was not so windy. But they are fixing the dunes due to storm damage. Will I go again no!

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sophia2006 1 review from this member

Myself and husband have just got home from a lovely weekend at this site. The reviews I read before we left had me worried about the toilet/washing facilities however yes they are dated but they do what they need to and are warm. The pot washing area was covered and plenty of hot water too. Just a very short walk to the golden beach, my husband thought was great for sea fishing. It's got a well equipped shop, you choose your own pitch and the ground was nice and level. We will be back for longer next time. Don't forget your £20 deposit for toilet/shower room key it's refunded when key returned on leaving.

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