Oak Grove Retreats

Doldowlod Old Station Caravan Park, Llanwrthwyl, Rhayader, Powys LD1 6NN
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Quirky campsite in an old railway station park, just a stone's throw from the River Wye. Glamping, camping and comfy caravans, surrounded by hills and countryside.

Wales' camping credentials need little introduction – the lush Brecon Beacons; the epic expanse of Snowdonia; the seemingly boundless Pembrokeshire coastline. While perhaps lesser known, the Cambrian Mountains easily equal the aforementioned for wow factor. This vast expanse of the Elenydd (to give it it's proper Welsh name) is often referred to as the 'Green Desert of Wales', such is its remoteness and paucity of roads – in short, the very essence of 'getting away from it all'. Set amidst this stunningly sparse landscape lies another of Cymru's little hidden gems – Oak Grove Retreats.

In one of the region's more accessible pockets (just off the A470 at Doldowlod Caravan Park to be precise), Oak Grove Retreats has long been a popular spot for tents campers and caravanners looking for a chilled-out break where peace and quiet reigns (party animals should look elsewhere). It's not hard to see why. 

Hugged by the verdant Cambrians, Oak Grove sits just 200 yards across a meadow from the River Wye. Take the gentle riverside walk (with lots of picnic spots and rest benches along the way) to make the most of this glorious waterside scene – be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the odd mischievous otter. Tent campers and campervanners are given their very own semi-wild spot, complete with firepit. Only one party is permitted at any given time, so you'll feel like the site is yours and yours alone. And with a roaring fire on the go, a dutch oven bubbling away nicely over it, this hideaway in the old Victorian railway cutting makes for the perfect romantic retreat.  

For those looking for a completely hassle-free stay, look no further than the pair of beautifully converted 2 berth Cambrian Railway Box Carriages. Both feature wood or coal burning stoves, easy chairs, king size or double beds, kitchenettes and plenty of other features, including flat-screen TV. There are also a trio cosy static caravans, complete with all mod cons. All have stunning views towards the River Wye and the Cambrian Mountains.  

A retreat in the truest sense of the word, one of Oak Grove's many draws is the Ayurvedic therapy treatments. Allow trained practitioner and yoga teacher Heather to restore your health and vitality with some hands-on-healing – all tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle. For a really special evening, you can book a camp fire with music and songs (from Oak on Frame drum & Heather on guitar) they will even make you bread and cocoa on the fire. If you love walking the hills or valleys but don't like to go it alone then Heather will rustle up a picnic and Oak will take you on a route to suit.

With batteries suitably re-charged, you'll be raring to make the most of the area's best outdoor pursuits. Mountain biking is serious business in this part of the world and you can test your skills on one of the UK's top 10 mountain biking routes the "Rhyader Round" – less than a mile from the site. The Wye Valley also boasts a wealth of cracking angling spots, all easily accessible from Doldowlod. 

Your wonderful hosts are the very definition of charming hospitality. The titular Oak will regale you with tales from his rock n' roll past (Stones at Hyde Park in '69, amongst many others since you asked), while gastronomic-goddess Heather rustles up homemade goodies for your day out (freshly-baked scones, anyone?). All in all, this tranquil Mid-Wales haven is the ideal setting for that all important r'n'r.   

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Rhayader and the Elan Valley are spectacular for 52 weeks of the year. Our park lies just 200 yards across a meadow from the beautiful River Wye, surrounded by the wild Cambrian Mountains.

This is a very friendly park, well managed and with lots of quirky extras.  We live onsite during the season so we are around to make sure that your stay is everything that you expect it to be. We have two beautiful 2 berth Vintage Railway Carriages for Glamping; three cosy 4 or 6 berth Static Caravans for holiday hire, plus two "Nearly Wild" Camping Pitches for good old-fashioned camping as it used to be!

To make your holiday special we offer several activities with experienced facilitators and qualified practitioners. Book a "music by the camp fire" session with Oak on frame drum, Heather on guitar and chants/songs of beauty from around the world. We offer guided "picnic walks" chosen to suit the age and fitness level of your party. You could also start your day with  a one to one or group yoga session.  Finally, if you are staying in one of our spacious caravans you can also book a pampering or therapeutic massage treatment.

This whole area is within a designated Dark Sky Park, one of only six in the world,so come and see the stars spread across the sky in their thousands. It is proper country darkness once the sun goes down so do pack your torch!

Oak Grove Retreats at the Old Station Caravan Park, Doldowlod, is a perfect base for Railway Enthusiasts, bird watchers, walkers, mountain bikers, motor bikers, anglers and star gazers. If you like the lake district, you'll love it here, it's like the Cumbrian fells without the crowds! 

Reviews of Oak Grove Retreats

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★★★★★

Speechless

Too good for words. Except for maybe truly awesome.

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Time Out in the Tipi

We wanted a romantic few days and a break from our stressful city lives and our 3 night stay in the Tipi was everything we wished for. When we arrived we were given a guided tour of the park by Oak who explained everything and made us feel really welcome. We loved that there were surprise tea and cakes to help us settle in and the Tipi is so cosy and colourful. 

My partner loved snuggling up on the Morroccan rugs, sheepskins and big squashy cushions. I loved the private woodland grove and the outside fireplace. Oak showed me how to make our first fire and after that I became a pretty proficient fire-starter myself!  Every night they lit up the glade and the woodland path to the shower-block for us with little candle lanterns, we also saw fire flies: magical!

The toilets and shower room are a funky converted shipping container, brill idea that really works, also very clean and warm.

Heather is an amazing cook. We had a choice of menus from around the world and we chose the indian, it was fabulous. We also took one of her lush picnic baskets out on a day trip to the Elan Valley (which is wild and wicked – we had a great time).

The whole experience was memorable and we can't wait to visit again next year.

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Emily Griffin

We are recently back from our delightful stay in the railway box carriage. 

We would strongly recommend oak grove retreats.

The owners are very welcoming and love what they do.

The grounds are kept to a very high standard. The communal toilets and showers are VERY clean (no cob webs)! 

The railway box carriage was perfect! Very comfortable king-size bed. Every thing you need is there. We had BBQS every evening, surrounded by beautiful views in every direction.

There is plenty to see and do around the area.

Our dog also had a very nice stay and enjoyed the walks. 

We will definitely be going back:-)

Oak and Heather have really thought of everything to make you feel welcome. From the ice block exchange to the freshly cut firewood the little touches take this campsite from excellent to outstanding. 

The village Rhayader is full of welcoming locals, we got a free history lesson from a local man in a pub and my bike repaired perfectly by Clive in the bike rental shop. 

Would recommend taking a bike ride through the Elan Valley. The scenery there is breath taking. It competes with the likes of New Zealand easily. 

So, if you want a friendly atmosphere with gorgeous surroundings look no further .... 

Just returned from a night in the beautiful Barbara! What a gorgeous little caravan this was! Everything immaculate, bed super comfy, bed linen smelt fresh and beautiful and comfortable all so perfect!! As for Oak and Heather, well what can I say...the best management couple I've ever had the pleasure of meeting! Informative, welcoming, and wonderful! When our motorbike failed to start, oak very quickly got his jump leads (after attempting to push it for us) and got us going! Above and beyond the call of duty!! Simply super! Thanks oak and Heather - we will be seeing you again! Next time, we'll try the railway carriage! :-) 

★★★★★

Magical

Have just returned from two nights on the Nearly Wild park up in my Berlingo Campervan. The entire site is beautiful. Well maintained, very peaceful, facilities immaculately clean. A very friendly, welcoming site. Wardens Oak and Heather made the visit extra special just by being themselves. The scenery is stunning. The River Wye is just across the meadow, and has a lovely riverside walk with some conveniently placed benches on which to sit and gaze. There are great walks to be had from the site without needing to take the car first. The camp fire in the firepit rounded off a wonderful day rambling in the lanes and hills. Hope to return again soon. Oak and Heather, thanks again - right people, right place, right time.

★★★★★

Great Stay in the Tipi !!

We (Myself, My wife and 6 year old daughter) have just returned from a brilliant stay at Oak Grove Retreat where we stayed in the brilliant Tipi.

From the start the short break was great, Our host Oak (campsite manager) amet us at reception and went through the in's and out's of the Tipi and different activities within the area that we could do including some really nice walks in the local area, aswell as some that were a bit further a field.

 The Tipi itself was absolutely fantastic and very comfortable with pretty much everything you could need catered for, whether it's cooking on the gas hobs provided inside the Tipi or cooking on the open fire outside, all you really need is your food and some firewood that Oak will  get for you.

Night times were the highlight for me on this trip, being able to have a fire outside in the private grove whilst cooking on it was fantastic and very unforgettable.

All 3 of us were completely comfortable spending 3 nights in the Tp with a variety of weather including rain, so don't let that put you off staying in one, 

I'd say if your wanting to do camping with a cool difference it's something you should definitely do.

Lastly id like to say thanks to Oak (the campsite manager) for being a great host and we will definitely return some time.

Thanks again

★★★★★

We loved it

We stayed in the tipi and it was perfect for us. Camp fires in the evening meant we spoke to our children without Facebook

I loved the quiet and our hosts were fantastic. This is a world away from other campsites we have stayed at where you feel like you are just a number. Magical

★★★★★

You have to stay here!

We booked this beautiful site at the last minute as fancied a weekend away and we were completely blown away by it! Me, my partner and the pooch stayed on the 'nearly wild' pitch down an abandoned rail track with its own fire pit for camp fires, amazing views of the countryside and just a short walk from the river Wye. Oak and Heather the site managers were the most interesting, welcoming couple and nothing was too much for them - we can't thank them enough for their hospitality. The toilets and showers were basic but immaculately clean every day and with the Élan Valley just ten minutes away and beautiful walks all around the site we can't wait to go back.

If peace, tranquility, the sound of owls hooting at night and evenings around a camp fire are what you're after then we can't recommend Doldowlod enough. 

★★★★★

Brilliant place to stay!

I had a wonderful time in a lovely location - and a great welcome! And will return!

My partner and I came to stay at Doldowlod, little did we realise what a magical step out of our hectic lives we were about to experience. We were warmly welcomed by the characterful Oak and gentle Heather who were very kind and hospitable. Arriving in our old van we were given a choice of places to park up. We chose a place out of the way in an area which has been purposefully designated for wild camping along a disused railway. Through a passage of silver birches drifts of fern, foxgloves, ladies mantle amongst many other species of plant we set up our home. The sounds of the birds filled our morning and we were surrounded by mountains and a small walkaway from the river Wye, home to grey wagtail and otter.
 From the park are various walks, leading to the Elan Village and Rhayader amongst others. At night we lit fires after sitting awhile by the river, and watched the star filled sky.

Hot showers, extremely clean toilets and the quirky addition of converted railway carriages made this a comfy and interesting picturesque site.

What food for the soul, we really didn't want to leave and most definitely will be going back for much much longer next time. Thank you Oak and Heather for helping to make our stay so special. 

★★★★★

Barbara

My fiancé and myself booked into this fab two berth caravan because our camping weekend fade due to the weather. Barbara is absolutely fab, spotless campsite and owners are a delight to meet, we will definitely be going back,  I cannot recommend it highly enough, thank u, Tracey and Neil.

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A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A hundred yards from the River Wye and surrounded by the Cambrian Mountains

Oak Grove Retreats: A hundred yards from the River Wye and surrounded by the Cambrian Mountains

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

Oak Grove Retreats: A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven.

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