Big Bear Lodge

UK England West Midlands Shropshire

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Family-friendly camping and glamping with stunning views of the Shropshire Hills

Perfectly poised between the Welsh Border towns of Oswestry and Shrewsbury, Big Bear Lodge offers a secluded camping and glamping retreat in one England's true regional treasures. With the rivers Vyrnwy and Severn close by and the Shropshire Hills alluringly visible on the horizon, guests have no end of scenic walks to enjoy (over 3,500 miles-worth to be precise). Climbing the local slopes from this four acre base in the village of Melverely, affable host Cassie reckons the breathtaking views might just be the best in Shropshire. It's tough to disagree.

Comprising a scattering of grass camping pitches, hardstandings for the campervan contingent, pre-pitched tents for any guyrope greenhorns and a quartet of cute Canadian-style glamping pods, there's something for everyone at Big Bear Lodge, including a bed and breakfast onsite too. The latter, a titular wooden lodge, has a luxury ski chalet feel complete with roaring log fire and sun terrace for soaking up the hillside views. Keep your eyes peeled for red kites and buzzards circling in the thermals overhead.

Facilities-wise, this place boasts all the... ahem... bare necessities you're likely to need. There's fresh water adjacent to the camping pitches, a new amenities block with three showers including one for disabled guests and modern features like heated towel rails and rainfall shower heads. Motorhomes and caravans, meanwhile, are well catered for with hook-ups and chemical disposal provided. But it's the four pods that steal the show. Naturally insulated with local sheep's wool, these cosy cocoons make a great wintertime cabin for couples or an equally lovely summer getaway with the french windows flung open to let the sunshine in.

With its prime location, Big Bear Lodge offers opportunities in abundance for exploring this, arguably, less well known region. Despite being the 'gateway to Wales' and no secret to the rambling world, Shropshire boasts one of the lowest populations per square mile in England, making it a peaceful pocket of bucolic bliss, yet brimming with historical intrigue. There are more than 20 Iron Age hill forts, some 30 castles and numerous abbeys dotted throughout the county, not to mention bohemian towns like Bishops Castle and medieval Shrewsbury to explore. For an ultimate escape within easy reach of cities such as Manchester and Birmingham, South Shropshire is low in traffic and high in spiritually enriching nature. It’s an enviable paradise for locals and an ideal camping climate for the rest of us.

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Facilities include fresh water adjacent to the camping pitches, a new amenities block with 3 showers (including 1 for disabled guests), heated towel rails, rainfall shower heads and washing-up facilities. Cycle hire available, charging, chemical disposal and recycling facilities available. Drainage hook-up points and water hook-ups for tourers. BBQs allowed. Pods are fully insulated, carpeted, double glazed (with blinds), and come with lighting, heating, power, a porch and decking.

Suitable For

Everyone! Campers, glampers, tents, campervans, caravans, motorhomes, families, groups, dogs...


There's no shortage of scenic walks to enjoy. The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a short drive away to the south, while closer to camp the the Breddein Hills and Admiral Rodney's Pilar are within sight. From 1200ft up, the panoramic views over Shropshire and the Welsh Borders are spectacular. A visit to nearby Shrewsbury should also be on your list, not least for its fabulous castle (01743 358516) and the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (01743 258885). If some well deserved r'n'r is on the agenda, Big Bear Lodge have teamed up with nearby Rowton Castle (01743 884 044), a stunning 17th century Grade II listed venue that offers swimming pools, jacuzzis, tennis, squash, spa and beauty treatments. Big Bear Lodge guests can claim discounted day passes by pre-arrangement when you book.

Food & Drink

Big Bear's homemade chilli pots with rice are a firm favourite with campers, particularly for those arriving late. Pre-order for your weekend stay for £6.50 and your tasty hot pot will be waiting upon arrival.Continuing the American theme, SmokeStop (01743 851944) in Shrewsbury serves up stateside comfort food smoked low and slow in their on site smokers for up to 14 hours. Lepone's Ristorante Italiano (01691 659965) comes highly recommended by your hosts. This family-run establishment boasts authentic Italian cuisine served with flair. The Royal Hill (01743 741242) in nearby Edgerley is a local institution with a menu of hearty pub grub favourites and a fantastic location beside the River Severn. Casketeers will be pleased with their impressive array of real ales.

Opening Times

Open all year round. Check in times are 3pm-7pm & checkout is 11am (early and late check ins sometime available subject to availability and a small charge). 

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The Owner Says

Your little bears might not want to leave. Big Bear Lodge is a Shrewsbury site with what the owners reckon just might be among the best views in Shropshire – and it's in a spectacularly secluded countryside location where your young can run around and go spotting badgers, foxes, bats, squirrels and even the resident cuckoo that arrives each May. A flock of feathered visitors also flit around this calmly quiet site, including red kites, woodpeckers, swifts, buzzards and even some tame robins – we spy photo opps.

You will hear the local owls hooting at night, and if it's a cloud-free evening you can settle down under the skies for a spot of peaceful stargazing: no light pollution or traffic noise here.

The Big Bear facilities include fresh water adjacent to pitches, a new amenities block with three showers including one for disabled guests, heated towel rails, rainfall shower heads and washing-up facilities with hot and cold water. Dogs are welcome on site but must be kept on leads.

Big Bear Lodge is also near where the Vyrnwy and Severn rivers meet so has a wealth of walks very close by – and Shropshire has over 3500 miles' worth of hikes if you want to take things a bit further.

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5 non-electric grass pitches, 3 hard-standing electric pitches, 4 glamping pods, 2 standard (bring all your own equipment) and 2 luxury (with beds, TV and kettle).
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Contact Big Bear Lodge, Hendre Villa, Melverley, Nr Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 8PH

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Getting There

The postcode for your Sat Nav is SY10 8PH. If you're using a smartphone, enter the name Big Bear Lodge. When you reach the village of Melverley, the site is signposted at the end of the road. Some Sat Navs have been known to direct you off the lane, so be sure to stay on the lane until you reach the lodge. The campsite is first on the right – you'll see the welcome board. The B&B lodge is next on the left and the glamping pods are immediately on the left after the lodge. Do not turn off the lane to Big Bear Lodge until you reach the site.

The nearest mainline railway station is Welshpool (0845 748 4950) which is 8.7 miles away. There is a coach stop at Middletown, Powys at the Breidden Hotel (3.4 miles) or Nesscliffe, Shropshire (3.7 miles).


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Rated ★★★★★ over 9 reviews



All I can say ....... I had the best time. Went on my own & felt really safe, I highly recommend people going away on their own was so relaxing. Ordered the breakfast sandwich, was lovely fresh bread and very filling. Will definitely go back next year.
Aug 26, 2019 by Anne shiner

Amazing experience

We honestly had THE best time staying here. We were fortunate enough to be the only people staying in the pods on our visit which made our time there even more special. We had all the grounds to play balls games and it just felt like we were in our own little bubble. The weather held out so watching the stars in the evening with a roaring camping fire was just magical. The toilets ans facilities were impeccably clean and tidy. We would 100000% be rebooking to come again!
Aug 17, 2019 by Shelly Buxton

Fabulous location and hospitality

We hired two pods for a special weekend trip and they didn’t disappoint. Eagle’s Nest and Wolf’s paw are perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors but after a long drive don’t want to faff with putting up a tent. Peaceful site, clean toilets, showers. Great delivery service to pods, if required. BBQ and fire pit for each pod. We had a fab time. Local walks, visit to Shrewsbury. Definitely recommend.
Aug 11, 2019 by Laura

Very peaceful and very good facilities

was very pleased with the pod and the facilities available like shower toilets... me and my girlfriend very much enjoyed the experience and was very happy with the pod :)
Apr 30, 2019 by Jason Mogg

Great camping pod

Arrived following excellent email instructions, met the owner in passing who recommended a great pub called the black horse with a huge fire and outstanding burgers. facilities where clean and tidy, pod was warm and well lit at night. beautiful, peaceful surroundings.
Apr 15, 2019 by J M Stewart

Great little site but with a ‘but’

We had the camping field to ourselves when we stayed (I think we may have been the only ones at the lodge being mid week in early October) and the hosts could not have been more welcoming, nothing appeared too much trouble. As mentioned by others the personal delivery service was great, hot chocolate and marshmallows at night and breakfast in the morning with much more on offer. The facilities are spotlessly clean with hookup and water right next to the van although I didn’t notice a washing machine/dryer nor a freezer for ice packs. For us personally one of the major requirements is a view/setting and Big Bear doesn’t have this. It is a field bounded on three sides by a hedge and the house with the fourth side looking out over more fields with the Welsh hills in the (far) distance. Don’t get me wrong as this would still leave the majority of campsites standing but just didn’t ‘float our camper’ and therefore, regrettably, this is a 4 rather than a 5 star site.
Oct 10, 2018 by GreenCamper

Great friendly site

A small well run site with plenty of open space. The added extras and personal touches from the owners are well thought out and obviously by people who enjoy the camp fire style life themselves. Even though they were full and the rainfall that weekend was exceptionally heavy the facilities were spotless. Would stay again if we were in the area. My kind of campsite
May 29, 2018 by Karen hubbard

Outstanding stay

We visited Big Bear Lodge during January and stayed in one of there luxury glamping pods. WOW this pod was amazing,very warm and comfortable. We also had to try there breakfast and it didn't disappoint! Cassie and Gary were very accommodating and nothing was to much trouble. I would recommend hiring a fire pit as it was great roasting marshmallows of an evening. We are already planning our next visit.
Feb 1, 2018 by Trevor Ball

Another Great Stay at The Big Bear Lodge

What can I say another wonderful stay at the Big Bear Lodge!! It’s our 5th stay now. Great pods clear tidy and warm and Gary and Cas just make us feel at home :) we will be back again soon too!
Jan 31, 2018 by Mark S

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