After having booked 2 nights away for camping, my 2 friends and I were really looking forward to it. As an experienced camper, I had done my research on the pitch and ensured that there were toilet/shower facilities, electric hookups, and decent sized pitches. Whilst these things were available, the camping experience was definitely not the best.
Upon arrival at the site we struggled to find the Farm House to book in, having already driven up and down the hill twice, we rung and were told someone would come to meet us. A man under the age of 25, who appeared to be the owners son, arrived in a truck and told us to follow him to the pitch. After wheel spinning twice and stalling, attempting to get up the hill to the pitch, our camping trip was already going downhill - even more so seeing the owners son laughing at our struggle up the hill. The owners son had showed us where the hookup up was, told us the pitch, informed us that the nearest town was Fairbourne, however gave no direct of how to get there, and asked for the rest of the money. He had no idea of how much this was, and when we informed him did not believe us until I had showed him proof of the email. He then left, with no offer of help to pitch our tent, asking if we needed anything, or showing us around. We still had no idea where reception was.
There was a lot of confusion about the parking area, as it was not clearly marked, and the car was resting on quite a slope. The ground to pitch the tent was solid, and appeared quite slaty underneath, with even even toughest tent pegs struggling to go in, bending as they went, and the tent not being fully secure until pegged at least three times. We were camped on the furthest pitch away, with every other pitch empty except one. Beside the camping pitches was a digging site, which we had not been warned about, with the work men making a lot of noise.
After eventually managing to pitch the tent in the rain, we settled down and enjoyed the view - the best part of the trip. The walk to the toilets is great there as you are going down hill, but coming back the hill is a trek, and you definitely end up out of breath by the top. The female toilet facilities contain 2 toilets, and 1 shower. This is for all the camping pitches, and the caravan pitches. There were overflow shower cubicles further down the hill we had come up to arrive, but not well signposted. Whilst the shower itself was a good, temperature control power shower, the cubicle was rather dirty, and the shower curtain provided little to no cover, and ended up being a nuisance.
After the first night, and having to hammer in a few of the pegs that had come up in have night, we set off for Barmouth and enjoyed the day out.
Upon arrival back to the tent, we found the wind had pushed the bedroom too far, and a pole had snapped. The tent unable to take the force of the wind, collapsed, and we packed the car and set off to leave a day early. Still no idea where the reception was, we parked and rang the farm house, explaining that we had a problem and needed to see someone. They sent their son once again to come and speak to us, where we explained what had happened, and our concerns with the pitch.
Their son asked us whether we had pitched the tent correctly, explained that nobody else had had any problems with the pitch before, and did not understand how our tent had broken in the wind, when there hadn't been any wind. After explaining to him that I am an experienced camper and that the ground was not suitable for tents, he asked again if we had pitched the tent correctly. He told us that 'thousands of people having pitched here and no one has ever had a problem before'. We informed him that we had left the tent on the pitch as it was broken beyond repair, and that we were leaving.
He did give us a refund of £20 for the night, however before we left told us that we should maybe next time we should 'try a camp site made for younger people'.
We left tentless, insulted, still no idea where reception was, and having not met the owners.
We will not be returning.
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