Dol-Llys Caravan and Camping
Dol-Llys is camping as it used to be (and some would argue, still should be). This refreshingly understated site on the Evans family's working farm has been pulling in the punters for over 25 years. There's no bells and whistles here; no guyrope gimmickry or fancy organised entertainment (except if you count the kiddies' play area). The beauty of Dol-Llys lies in its simplicity. And in this swathe of such staggering Welsh beauty, simplicity is all you really need.
This family-friendly site was crafted with families firmly in mind. We say 'crafted', but in reality there is a pleasingly laid-back approach to whole affair. There's no formal pitches as such, just seven acres of soft, level, well-kempt grass with ample room for a scattering of 30-40 tents or so.
Admittedly, some of Dol-Llys is given over to caravans (hence the tarmac paths), but we're pleased to report that these are in a separate area to the canvas contingent. Campers can pitch up by the facilities block for easy nocturnal access to the more than adequate facilities, but the best spots are down by the idyllic river.
With wading camping-anglers casting off for the plentiful trout and grayling (free-fishing available onsite), it's hard to believe that the gently babbling brook snaking its way through the Dol-Llys farm is in fact one of the earliest stretches of the mighty River Severn. The source is a mere eight miles away at the foot of the Plynlimon mountain. Lively Powys market town, Llanidloes is itself the first town on the river's course. More importantly, it has nine pubs – we're reliably informed that's more per square mile than Glasgow! A 'watering hole' in every sense then...
FacilitiesSpacious, open (no set pitches) grass camping spaces for 30-40 tents. 20 caravan/motor home pitches (18 of which are hard standing). 5 unisex private shower/toilet rooms; 3 additional mens toilets and 1 shower; 3 ladies toilets and 1 ladies showers. Washing up facilities with hot water. Campers Kitchen with fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle and toaster. Campfires permitted by the river.
Tents, groups, caravans, motor homes, well-behaved dogs (on leads) – yes. Events and rallies can also be accommodated.
The Centre For Alternative Technology (01654 705950) in Machynlleth offers an educational and fun day-out, demonstrating the cutting edge of sustainable technology. Check out the organic gardens and water-balanced cliff railway. Snowdonia National Park is a must visit – if you're feeling particularly intrepid, the Arran Ridge is one of Wales least known ridge walks. Back on the old terra firma, Llanidloes has plenty of quirky boutiques to while away the hours and perhaps pick up a bargain or two.
Food & Drink
Llanidloes and the surrounding villages boast plenty of decent pubs. The Red Lion (01686 430934) at Trefeglwys offers pub grub favourites and shows the football and, of course, the all-important rugby. The Unicorn Hotel (01686 411171) is a sleek bistro by day and a 50-cover restaurant by night offering refined regional favourites such as Welsh lamb on a bed of minted mash. For a sophisticated French-inspired banquet, Lloyds Hotel (01686 412284) is the place to go. It's doors have been open for 130 years and this veritable mid-Wales institution serves up a special five-course tasting menu.
Early April – End of October.
The Owner Says
The perfect site for a relaxing retreat in the heart of the Mid Wales country site. We take a laid back approach to camping, allowing guests to pitch where they please and take as much room as they require, whether its along the beautiful banks for the River Severn, on one of the well kept paddocks with access to electric points or hidden away amongst trees, shrubs and wind grasses.
This paired with the option of a camp fire or fire pit and new high standard facilities will make anyone's stay unforgettable.
Our campsite makes the ideal base to explore the beautiful Mid Wales scenery. There is plenty to do with scenic walks, bird watching, golf, pony trekking, clay pigeon shooting and bicycle hire all nearby. We offer free fishing on site along the river - this extends through the fields, which proves very popular with guests and the historic market town of Llanidloes is located half a mile away, where you can find a range of restaurants and pubs, as well as a weekly market and small independent shops.
Dol Llys is also a working beef and sheep farm and campers are welcome to feed the animals and watch the farm activities throughout the season, which includes activities such as lambing, shearing and harvest. If you are luck you can also witness calf's being born.
Facilities on site include toilets and showers. We have recently completed a new shower block with 3 private and heated rooms, which include a shower, sink and toilet. There is also a large washing up area and space for hairdryer use etc.
The Campers Kitchen, situated in a converted barn, houses seating and eating space, a fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster and kettle all free of charge. There is also a small tourist information area located here.
For more information please visit out website or log on and like our Facebook page (Dol Llys Caravan Park).
From Llanindloes: Take the roundabout of the A470 into Llanindloes (if coming from the south, don't take the 1st turning off the by-pass): Follow the road down, passing the Texaco garage on your right: Take the 3rd exit off the roundabout over the bridge (Longbridge): Follow the road passing the hospital on your left and then the cemetery on your right: Take the next right signposted Oakley Park (you'll see a brown campsite sign here): Follow the road for about 1/2 a mile until you see the farm entrance on your right.
Bus links in Llanidloes (half a mile away) to Aberystwyth, Newtown and Welshpool. Buses from Caersws (6 miles away) to Shrewsbury Train station where trains run to Manchester and Birmingham.
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