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Cartref Camping And Caravan Site
Ford Heath
Shropshire   (Browse area)
SY5 9GD   See Map
Tel: 01743 821688
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Pitches: 46 Pitches choice of Fully Serviced or Standard Pi
Open: 2nd March To 28th October

Rating: Average Review Score: 10/10 from 171 Reviews
                10/10 from 171 Reviews

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 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available    Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <5 miles   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk On Site   Public Transport <1 mile 

Reviews:  171 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: July 2018 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: TarkaCS 1 review from this member

Just returned from a fantastic week at Cartref.

Everything was perfect, there was nothing else we needed. Facilities were immaculate always spotless. Grounds were well cared for. Pitches were a good size with well kept hedges for privacy and the owners and wardens were brilliant, full of useful local information, really friendly and helpful. Our dog and our children were truly welcomed too.

Loved the little bar on site, served a great pint. We hope to return very soon.

Thank you for a fantastic stay

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Nicolasmith1973 4 reviews from this member

Wow. What a beautiful site. Large, flat, well-draining pitches all separated by hedges for privacy. A lovely shop stocking local produce, a laundry, a children's play area, a small cafe and even a cute little bar! The facilities were always absolutely spotless with limitless free hot water, fresh flowers and even a shower stool for less able-bodied guests. There's an adult-only area and a dog walk where dogs can be walked on-lead, or an enclosed field where they can run to their heart's content. The site even provide free flushable poo bags. They really have thought of everything! The wardens and owners all went out of their way to make everyone's stay enjoyable. We definitely will be returning later in the year.

Date of Visit: April 2018 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ronni54 28 reviews from this member

What a lovely site! We arrived and were shown to our pitch by the very friendly Warden and even helped to push our folding camper onto the pitch. We were in the Adults only section, looking out onto the fish pond and fountain. The whole site was beautifully kept and the facilities were always spotless. The ladies showers even had a shower stool for disabled guests - nice touch that. We didn't use the bar or the shop but both looked good.

The Park and Ride made it easy to get into Shrewsbury - we went on the Sabrina Boat trip round the Severn loop which was well worth the fare, especially since it was a beautiful day.

We look forward to returning to this great site later in the season.

Date of Visit: March 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Maddy Old 1 review from this member

Stayed over the Easter weekend, lovely site with plenty of room, all the site including the toilets were spotless. Very friendly & helpful warden. Shame about the weather but that was out of there control & despite all the rain our pitch was well drained & we had no problem with flooding, which was the same on all the other pitches.

Date of Visit: October 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Struth 19 reviews from this member

What a beautiful site this is. We stayed in the adult only field which is fully serviced with spacious pitches, in the middle of the field is a raised pond & fountain & two pergola with climbing roses, a lovely feature. The owners & wardens are very friendly & welcoming. The toilet block is immaculate, with very nice showers & plenty hot water. There is an on-site bar open in the evenings, which sources its ale locally, unfortunately we could not attend due to having bad colds, but did look very inviting. It doubles as a hot drinks cafe mid mornings, which we did try & very nice it was too. Shrewsbury is very easily accessed, only a few minutes drive to a central car park. Also there is a Toby carvery only 3 miles down the road towards town. This site is perfectly located for exploring Shropshire. We felt very much at home on this peaceful site & will definitely be returning in the future.

Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: LR2007 10 reviews from this member

Arrived on site and shown personally to our pitch which was very private with surrounding hedges. It would have been helpful at this point if we were asked if we needed wifi or anything else extra too as they left us to it and asked for payment the next day. The whole of the site is immaculate and a credit to the owners. The shower block is very clean, however, the cubicles are quite small and the shower curtains do tend to attach themselves if you move! A little old fashioned in that respect. The floors do tend to get quite wet too so it would be helpful to have a small stool to put bags on etc?? The lights are on a timer which is understandable, but when I used the shower in the afternoon they went off part way through which would have made me apprehensive to use them at night. Now for the slight negative. Like many responsible dog owners we have black poo bags attached to our dogs lead at all times for the inevitable, however, we were given clear plastic poo bags on arrival with written instructions that these MUST be used. A great concept and all very well if you can remember to take them with you! Didn't use the cafe/bar or shop as only a short stay so can't comment on those.

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Jackie18 9 reviews from this member

We stayed 4 nights here.

After reading the great reviews for this site, I agreed with all but a couple of things so I feel I have to put my take on this site.

When we arrived we were shown to our pitch by the friendly owner who guided us into our pitch.

When we were in position we found our unit to be right up close to the edges. This made getting our water and waste butts in/out quite tricky.

The pitches are small. Once we had caravan/awning/car in position the only place for us to sit out was in front on the gravel.

The toilet/shower block for me is not great. The lights are on aromatic. I decided to get a shower early evening, on not a particularly bright day and the lights went out while I was still showering. The shower cubicles are small with not much room for your clothes etc. Showers are push button and go off every 20/30 seconds (I didn’t count but that won’t be a bad guess). I get the reason for these cost/water saving showers but I would rather pay than have a shower that is constantly going on and off.

The site has a great little shop. We had the homemade bread and some scones with jam and cream very kindly delivered to our pitch.

The little bar is quaint we had a drink in there one night but it was quite so we didn’t stay for more than one drink.

You’ll need to drive to get to nearest pub/shop. Shrewsbury is close by.

We would stay here again but we’d like to try the adult only area not because we had any problems with the children but the pitches looked a little bigger.

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Seagoe1 1 review from this member

What a wonderful site and the people who run the site, very friendly nothing too much trouble. Every where spotless. Only a short run into shrewsbury, no need for the park and ride, franklin car park so easy to get to, park and bus ride £1. 50 each car park the same. Hope to be there next year. Thank you cartref. Terry/mary

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mrs Macd 3 reviews from this member

What a delightful site. The staff could not have been more helpful with assistance to pitch and hook up. They were also very helpful in getting us in touch with a mobile caravan repairer.

Each site has it's own little bay between hedges, making for a nice quiet site. The disabled shower room was great. Loved the salted caramel ice-cream & I thought the home-baked bread was a great idea- even if we never got around to getting some.

This is a great site for exploring the area. Watch out for the entrance to the site as it is a bit tight if you have a big unit.

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Merlin1955 6 reviews from this member

Just returned from an excellent 7 night stay in the adults only section of Cartref. After an easy tow from the M6 we were met at the barrier by friendly staff who showed us to our pitch (41) and assisted us reversing on and telling us to sort the bill when we were settled. We went to reception at tea time to pay and were met by a very friendly and knowledgeable young lady who chatted for a while telling us about all the attractions around the area and the best places to park and see when visiting Shrewsbury, (don't miss the Dingle). Cartref is a very well run and maintained site with ample sized, super clean pitches with facilities to match and with plenty of hot water from the showers. Although only three in men's side, I only had to queue 5 mins once on Sunday morning after the site had filled up for a gloriously sunny weekend. Very quiet at night with just enough lighting bollards around the site so minimal light pollution. Pitches circle around a beautiful oasis containing a pond with fish, fountain and a couple of benches to sit and relax to the tinkling sound of the water (wonderful) which we could also hear from our pitch. Each pitch is separated from its neighbour by window height hedges which give an intimate feel and caravan services are within easy reach. There is a small shop and bar on site but cannot comment on them as we didn't use them. Plenty places to see around the area but the car was needed for the places we visited. So, to summarise, Cartref is one of the best camping and caravaning sites we have visited in 30yrs of caravaning and I am more than happy to give a 10 rating and we will definitely be returning.

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