“ Address: Dyffryn Ardudwy, Talybont / Tel: 01341 247220 / Country: Wales / Accommodation Type: Camp Site „
Last summer, sometime in July, I stayed on this camping site with a few friends. I took notes while I was there and have been planning to review it for a while, but just haven't got round to it. Well I found the notes recently, so here is the review . . .
The site took a while to find, as it wasn't well sign posted, and it wasn't recognised on our sat nav either. We had heard about the site from one of our friends who has a tourer caravan there, and we had to ring her up before we got there to ask if she could walk down the lane and wave to us, so that we could find it.
Once we were there, we booked in very easily. There were loads of fields empty for us, despite it being a weekend, and the summer holidays. The staff working there were quite snotty, I went with my dad to book us in and they didn't smile at us or try to welcome us or anything. They just took the money and then told us which field to put our tent up on. The site has 800 acres of land in total, and plenty of overflow fields, so there is no need to worry about not getting in.
I must say about the quality of the fields, that they were not very good. The ground was muddy in some places, even though the weather was boiling hot (unusual for North Wales), and there were ants and bugs everywhere in the ground. It was rocky in some places, too, so quite hard to peg the tent up.
On the site there was a laundrette, a chip shop, a cafe, a shop and a pub/restaurant.
I remember that the man working in the shop was a bit more friendly than the staff in the reception when we booked in. But I still felt that with this being a holiday destination that he still could have put in a bit more effort to make us feel welcome. The shop seemed to sell really stupid, overpriced things as well. I remember that it didn't sell toothpaste from any well known brands, only one brand I'd never heard of and it cost about £3 for a tiny tube! And the disposable barbecues were also ridiculously expensive.
The chipshop was horrible. The food was really greasy, and overpriced. They sold things like cups of tea and toast for breakfast as well, and when I asked for toast I asked for brown instead of white, but they brought me white bread. They seemed very lazy and unorganised. There were also loads of kids running around being disruptive, and it was early in the morning when we went there, for breakfast, and the whole place had a really nosiy, irritating atmosphere, perhaps though this wasn't helped by the fact we all had hangovers.
This brings me to talk about the only real highlight of the whole stay. . . the pub down the road.
The pub is in walking distance (or should I say crawling distance!) of the site. It is also an inn, so I would say if you did want to stay in the area, to enjoy the holiday a bit more I would recommend staying here instead of roughing it at the campsite. The drinks weren't cheap but they weren't ridiculously overpriced. The toilets also weren't the cleanest toilets I have ever been to, but they weren't that bad. The pub and the beach is where we spent most of the holiday as they were the two best places around.
The beach by the site is gorgeous, though. It is lovely and sandy, the only problem is that it can get quite busy at times, and can be hard to find a spot on it. Also there are kids everywhere so it can be quite noisy and there is always the risk of some kids digging up sand next to your spot, or for families this is great. There is also a nudist beach linked on the end of the beach a bit further down, I will leave it for you to decide whether you think this is a good thing or not! It was full of old people until some of my friends got there, well I won't say anymore on this I've tried to wash that memory out!
The toilets on the site were exceptionally clean, and so were the showers. And they were also really warm. You did have to pay for showercards though, so using the shower block facility is not included in the initial cost to stay on the site. But it was only about £1 for 16 minutes shower time, so its not bad.
The site has an excellent swimming pool, with a steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. There is also an indoor cafe at the pool, with free magazines on all the tables there, and it is all really lovely and was the highlight of the site for me. The swimming pool is really gorgeous and I had a great time here. I can't wait to go back to it later in this year actually and have even bought some bikinis for it already. Once this girl I met there last year had forgotten to pack her bikini, so instead went there in just a thong and a bra! And there is no lifeguard so you can do what you want basically! So if I was a parent I'm not sure I'd bring my family here, but obviously for teenagers you have a fantastic time!
Overall I going to be staying at this campsite again mainly because of how much I enjoyed the swimming pool and how good a time I had at the pub. I would recommend the campsite to teenagers especially. I don't think families would enjoy it much because there was me and all my friends staying here, so just a big crowd of young girls, but families would enjoy it here too there are about ten fields to stay on we weren't that loud anyway! There were a couple of families there when we went but it was just us young girls mainly. I am going back with the same crowd of girls again next year and we can't wait for the holiday and we're planning on going on the pull this year (they've told me to put this bit) so look out lads in Barmouth this July!!