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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.
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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Rated ★★★★★ over 16 reviews
Beautiful weekend away
Good Mayday camp
FEEL LIKE OLIVER -- I WANT MORE!
Superb friendly site
Very relaxed but well organised site with super facilities and idyllic riverside position within easy walking distance of LLanidloes town centre. Very friendly and helpful proprietors. I had the benefit of the whole river bank to myself for two nights in late October - just perfect and keen to get back there next spring!
Labor Day Retreat
Steam Genie Swansea
My wife and I spent a week here at the end of June, what a fantastic site. I am trying to say good things about Dol Llys that other people haven't already said but I am finding it very difficult. I have camped in my Motor Home all over Western Europe and many sites in the UK but this site beats them all, I intended to stay for 2 days only which is my norm but it`s such a relaxing place and after meeting Jan and Andrew mine hosts we just wanted to stay put. They were so kind and helpful which made our stay so much more enjoyable
Ivan & Val Webb (Steam Genie Swansea)
PS Andrew we will definitely be back soon, even bought a fishing rod yesterday.
This is our second year here, fantastic site, fantastic facilities, we will be going back next year,
Great Family Weekend!!
We spent August bank holiday here (tent, 2 adults and 3 children). The site was busy which is understandable over bank holiday, however this wasn't an issue. It still felt spacious and the facilities were kept clean the entire time.
The river was a major plus point, which kept the children entertained, as did the animals around the farm, including horses, sheep, calfs and a puppy. The owners were really helpfully and friendly and brought us logs for our fire in the evenings.
Over all a well run and tidy camping site with a lovely family atmosphere, will be returning next year!!
Mid Wales Heaven
Such a beautiful campsite in the middle of the Mid Wales countryside. Very well maintained and brilliant owners, really helpful! We camped by the river in a little secluded area surrounded by bushes + had a fire pit for the evenings.
Lovely warm weather and great facilities, (the wet rooms were the best I've seen on a campsite), and a lovely place for children, the river was nice and low when we were there a few weeks ago.
Will most definitely be returning in the near future.
Relaxed and friendly
Beautiful secluded site in a scenic location, with plenty of space for camping and field games, we given a fire pit to use which was a bonus. The children loved the river and visiting the farm and all the animals, and we will definitely be booking a spot this year!
Great holiday on a lovely site!
We stayed In the last week of August(2 adults, 3 children), and were so pleased with the site. Great location and the site was very well maintained. The facilities on site were some of the best I've seen with new heated wet rooms and washing up area. The useful campers kitchen also proved useful!
The river was a big hit with the children who spent most of there time swimming or kayaking and the evenings we spent around a campfire on its banks made our holiday.
The owners were really welcoming and helpful throughout the week, with a good knowledge of the local town and surrounding area. There are several good pubs and restaurants in Llanidloes and a butcher who sells meat from Dol-Llys itself, as we'll as other local farms.
Thank you for such and enjoyable stay, can't wait to return next year!
Didnt want to go home!!
Hiya, We stayed at this campsite for the first time in August.. Fantastic. We had a great pitch in the caravan field right in the corner, was so peaceful and quiet... :).
The owners were all very helpful and very friendly. Got very friendly with the sheep in the next field they came to the fence same time twice a day aawwww.
Had great weather and days out to the forest and to a street market and the evenings were spent sitting outside enjoying the peace and quiet.
Just cant wait to go back.
Thank you to all the staff you,re doing a fantastic job :)
Caz ( August 2013 ) xx
One of the best campsites I've been to
I had never thought of camping in mid-Wales before but liked the idea of the rural setting, proximity to the river, ability to take dogs and build camp fires. I wasn't disappointed, in fact it exceeded all expectations. The people who run this site are incredibly friendly and helpful and the setting is absolutely idyllic. The facilities on site are the best I've seen and never have I woken up to the sound of a river running past my tent. Perfect! Can't wait to go back, can't recommend it highly enough.
Great mid-Wales Site
We stayed here for two separate one nights on our way to/from Pembrokeshire and it was the perfect place to stay to break up the journey. It was very quiet, good hot showers and excellent value. We parked our campervan right next to the river and lit an open fire on our last night - all totally chilled. Highly recommended.
a wonderfully chilled site!
We were lucky enough to cop a squat on the bank of the river, which meant we could also build a fire pit. What could be nicer? Bring a hammer though if you are pitching near the bank, and possibly rock pegs-you will bend a few otherwise! Very quiet, very relaxed, good clean facilities, thoroughly recommended. Good for watching the stars too-there are no lights on the site after dark at all, so bring a torch. Lots to see close by-the outdoors shop in town is very good and even the local Spar has all you need to sort you out.
Idyllic setting in a beautiful area
For a back to basics weekend in a tent after many years, we couldn't have chosen a better campsite and setting. From booking to leaving the site, the owners have got this spot on and nothing is too much trouble to them. The facilities were great, excellent kitchen with fridge etc if you need it. Clean family shower rooms and pitches right next to the river or tucked away in your own private little haven if you want peace and quiet, this site has it all. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the children loved dipping in and out of the river to cool off and their highlight has to be a quick ride out on the quad with Andrew to feed the sheep. I haven't seen my eldest daughter smile so much in a long time.
I'd recommend bringing beach type tie up shoes for the kids if they're paddling. The rocks are quite slippy and they need something to wear to grip a little. My two had flip flops on and we watched both pairs take off down stream at highspeed. Quite funny to us but they weren't impressed at getting back to the edge in barefeet hehe. We loved sitting out til late with the campfire lit, searching for stars and satellites. Such a relaxing place. We will be back hopefully sooner rather than later. Maybe with a small delivery of yellow buckets to replace those red ones ;-)