Oak Grove Retreats

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Rhayader

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  • Hand sanitising stations
  • 24hr+ ventilation between accommodation guests
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven

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 its 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 glampers 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.

For those looking for a completely hassle-free stay, look no further than the pair of beautifully converted two-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.

With batteries suitably re-charged, you'll be raring to make the most of the area's best outdoor pursuits. 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. The Wye Valley boasts a wealth of cracking angling spots, all easily accessible from Doldowlod. Mountain biking is also very 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.

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.



Glampers have their own key to the heated WC and shower facilities located 15 yards from the glamping carriages. The caravans have their own on board bathrooms/WC. There is always hot water and there is always handwash and towels at the basins. Designated dog walking area. There is a launderette three miles away in Rhayader and a cafe, shop, and petrol station less than half a mile away.

Suitable For

Walkers, Cyclists, lovers of the countryside, anglers, star-gazers, motorcyclists, over 60's, Couples, families, dogs (on leads at all times) – yes. Tent & motor-home campers – no. Groups at owner's discretion.


The Elan Valley Visitor Centre (01597 810880) is a lovely 4.5 mile ramble over the hills (or down the country lanes if you prefer). For all you adrenaline junkies, the 'Rhyader Round' mountain biking trail begins less than a mile away. Just 2 miles away the Red Kite Feeding & Rehabilitation Centre (01597 810243) is a great place to interact with these legendary Welsh birds. The pretty market town of Rhayader is 3 miles north and boasts excellent leisure facilities including a gym and heated indoor pool, riverside walks, tea shops, antique shops and pubs. If you're visiting in July, be sure to drop by the annual Royal Welsh Show (01982 553683) in nearby Builth Wells (just 9 miles away).

Food & Drink

The Halt Cafe, just 300 yards from the site has a Greggs cafe and general store. There are plenty of offsite dining options at our local market town of Rhayader from fish to gastro pubs and tea shops. The town, along with Newbridge on Wye (3 miles south), boasts some great gastro pubs including the Elan Valley Hotel (01597 810448) which does a cracking Sunday roast (veggie & vegan options available). The Penbont Victorian tearooms offer homemade baked treats, kettles on ranges, wood-burning stoves and open fires, plus local crafts for sale (dogs & walkers welcome). The Herb Garden (01597 823082) in Llandrindod Wells (7 miles) specialises in locally-produced organic food, breakfasts, lunches, teas, snacks, meat, veggie and vegan choices. Bread, pickles, jams and cakes are also made on the premises. The soup is always veggie and you can have as many re-fills of your big steaming bowlful as you can eat.


Easter–October half term.

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The Owner Says

We are located 200 yards across a meadow from the beautiful River Wye, surrounded by the wild Cambrian Mountains, near Rhayader & the spectacular Elan Valley. We have 3 cosy caravans and 2 Glamping Railway Carriages for hire.

Social Distancing Measures

 All of our caravan accommodations are self contained & the vintage railway box carriage has a private shower & WC facility for your use only (15 yards from the accommodation). There are no shared facilities on site and the waste transfer station has a one way system and a hand sanitising point. We observe open air social distancing at check in and check out & we will wear PPE for your protection. All accommodations are deep cleaned between guests. Laundry is washed on a hot setting, additional Dettol laundry sanitiser is added to every wash and laundry is hot tumble dried. We leave 24 hours minimum time between guests.  We wear PPE when cleaning.  We ventilate every accommodation between guests. We use anti-viral fogging and all touch points are sanitised. We provide each accommodation with cleaning products. The reception cabin is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions but we are always around (onsite and by phone) to answer any questions. 


Three cosy static caravans and two Vintage Railway Carriages.

Celtica 4 berth static caravan

Static Caravan Sleeps 4
The Celtica Holiday Home is a bright open plan static with a small grassed area and on pitch parking

Rimini 4 berth Static Caravan

Static Caravan Sleeps 4
A cosy 4 berth double glazed, central heated static caravan with everything that you need for self catering.

Westmorland 6 berth static

Static Caravan Sleeps 6
A 3-bedroom six berth, self catering static holiday home

Railway Box Carriage (adults only)

Quirky Sleeps 2
A beautifully converted 2 berth Cambrian Railway Box Carriage with King size bed, TV, Wood burner & everything required for self catering.

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Contact Oak Grove Retreats, Doldowlod Caravan Park, Old Station Site, Llanwrthwl, Rhayader, Powys LD16NN

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Getting There

The site three miles south of Rhayader just off the A470.

The nearest train station is Llandrindod Wells. National Express coaches go to Shrewsbury (70 miles north) and Cardiff (70 miles south). The train runs from Shrewsbury to Llandrindod Wells.  Bus services run from Cardiff to Brecon and from Brecon to Rhayader.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 24 reviews


Peaceful, serene and perfect

Fabulous place. So quiet and peaceful. Amazing place to walk around with the river wye right on site. Site is clean and the nearby petrol station (with Greggs) was a plus. Oak and Heather were extremely personable and were a great source of information about the area. They ensured that everything was comfortable and did a remarkable job of outfitting the caravan with everything you could possibly need. We loved our stay and cannot say enough great things about this place.
Aug 4, 2021 by Kay Mayer Verified Review

Response from Oak Grove Retreats

Thank You for staying with us and for taking the time to review us.  It was a pleasure to host you and Logan.

Peaceful holiday, lovely place.

Really enjoyed our family break . Oak and Heather were really helpful and friendly. Beautiful surroundings and views. Caravan clean and comfy . Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

Response from Oak Grove Retreats

We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay.  Thank you for taking the time to leave a review & thank you for recommending us to your friends and family.

Most amazing experience ever!!

This was the most beautiful place, converted carriage with a picturesque view. The carriage is furnished with the most beautiful items making it feel super special and cosy! Oak and Heather are lovely with so much knowledge of the local area to share, we enjoyed exploring the local attractions and nature! Make sure you take time to look at the stars while your their, they are spectacular ❤️❤️
Jul 17, 2021 by Tanya Parker Verified Review

Response from Oak Grove Retreats

We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us.  it was a pleasure to host you and we hope that you will consider booking again in the future.  Thanks very much for taking the time to leave a review.

Excellent & Fabulous Weekend Retreat

I arrived late on Friday night around midnight. The manager met me outside the main entrance and guided me through and was most welcoming. The static which I stayed in was brilliant, really clean and tidy although I brought my own utensils with me the caravan had everything I needed and much more. The caravans heat up really quickly and you can hear the wildlife around the surroundings and be amazing. There is a nice walk up to the river and a local spar and petrol station within 5 mins so easy to grab a few things to eat. My mobile had no signal but that was fine as I wanted to disconnect from people anyway. I certainly will recommend this place to anyone who is looking at getting away for a nice quiet peaceful weekend away. I most certainly will book again and will try the lodge next time or maybe the locomotive train when it's up and running as it looks really fun.
Jul 5, 2021 by Abs Verified Review

Response from Oak Grove Retreats

Hi Abs & Thank You for taking the time to leave a review.  We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay.  Sorry that you had trouble with a poor mobile signal: EE has fantastic signal and most networks get a fair signal but we are surrounded by the wild Cambrian Mountains so there are network issues from time to time. Our accommodations are all set up to have everything that you need for self-catering so there is no need to bring utensils, we try to make them like a home away from home. A warm welcome is assured if you decide to book again.  It was a pleasure to host you.

Fantastic location in a comfortable caravan with amenable staff ready to assist.

We enjoyed the location and having a warm space inside as the weather got colder at night. There seems to be a problem which I'm not sure is down to the provider or due to my own connection as neither my ipad nor phone could connect. This was a shame as I needed to do a little online work unexpectedly. Although the staff were very helpful they didn't manage to get the problem solved through the company offering WIFI. It would therefore be helpful to know in advance what networks serve the area. Some more kitchen utensils and crockery such as egg cups and a grater would have been useful. Overall However we had a very enjoyable stay.
Sep 30, 2020 by Patsy Bolton Verified Review

Response from Oak Grove Retreats

Hi Patsy, Thank You for your 5 star review and we are very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay.The only networks that don't get coverage in this part of Mid Wales are Talk Talk and Vodaphone. The park Wifi is on full strength and had no operating issues during your stay: I didn't know that the written instructions I gave you on how to enable the WIFI on  our ipad had not solved the issue for you and I would have endeavored  to give further assistance had I known. We can provide additional kitchen items on request but our enhanced Covid-19 deep-clean training recommended removing as many items as possible from the accommodations. I always ask guests whether they have everything that they need.  I do appreciate your helpful feedback and it was nice to meet you.

Excellent Caravan Park

An excellent and very quiet place to relax with gorgeous natural views. Well-groomed and clean caravans. Heather and Oak are very kind and helpful people. I definitely recommend it to everyone. Thank you very much.
Aug 9, 2020 by Sanita

Lovely break in beautiful Wales

A lovely site and comfortable caravan. Well maintained and cared for site. Oak and Heather were lovely to chat to and very helpful. A lovely stay, wish we could have stayed longer!
Aug 5, 2020 by Laura

Wonderful! Highly recommended.

We booked the Box Van at Oak Grove for a few days walking and cycling in the area. The accommodation is very comfortable for 2 with a king sized bed and plenty of storage space, private toilet and shared shower room just a few paces away. Parking is similarly just a few steps away. Oak and Heather were both charming and there was absolutely nothing to dislike about the site. We'll definitely be back. The location close to the Wye is ideal - you can walk to the river in a minute or two with an early morning coffee (or an evening glass of wine!) and relax in perfect peace. There are lots of walking and cycling opportunities in the area, and in our experience, very few other people once you get away from the Elan Valley area.
Jul 1, 2019 by Nick Pope Verified Review

Lovely peaceful long weekend....

Absolutely fantastic long weekend @ Oak Grove Retreats. Welcomed on arrival by Oak who could not have been more helpful about places we might like to visit. The Gaurds Van had everything we needed for the weekend & was lovely and warm. Thanks Oak, we'll definitely see you again!
May 1, 2019 by Jed Sykes Verified Review


If your looking for quiet time in beautiful surroundings this is the place to be. Warm welcome from Oak , spotless site and caravan which even covered little things like tea bags , coffee and biscuits for arrival. Perfect base to explore the beautiful river, town and reservoirs within mountain settings, great for wildlife . We will definitely be returning A*****

Response from Oak Grove Retreats

Thanks for staying with us Lou and Lance, you have already been back three times since your review and we would love to see you again next year.

Perfect and Peaceful

Spent the night in the converted railway carriage - absolutely fab- completely spotless and equipped with everything we needed. Had our own individual toilet almost next door , spotlessly clean. Site is so quiet and pretty with fabulous walks on the riverside. Oak was so welcoming and friendly and knowledgable about the area. We will definitely be back again.
Aug 6, 2018 by Claire Jones

Response from Oak Grove Retreats

Thanks for your lovely review Claire, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and we would love to welcome you back in the future.

Already looking to go back!

We have just returned from our honeymoon break staying in the guards van. It was absolutely perfect for us! Its pretty impossible not to enjoy your stay there. Oak & Heather were so welcoming and even left us a little wedding gift. Which really was a lovely touch. The accommodation is wonderful, with all the original features it’s a real pleasure to stay in. The site is so well kept, beautiful views, walks and very clean facilities. It was the perfect get away for us and we will be returning as soon as we get the chance. Thank you for making our honeymoon break so wonderful!
Aug 3, 2018 by Eloise Emmerson

Response from Oak Grove Retreats

Thank You SO MUCH for choosing to have your honeymoon with us.  We would love to welcome you back in the future.


Too good for words. Except for maybe truly awesome.
Nov 18, 2016 by Mark

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:-)

Jul 14, 2016 by Emily

Beautiful place full of beautiful people...

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 .... 

Jul 9, 2016 by Emily and Mark

5* customer service 5* Barbara

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! :-) 

Jul 4, 2016 by Heather


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.

Jun 19, 2016 by Julia42

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

Aug 21, 2015 by Mark Traynor

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

Aug 16, 2015 by Alex

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. 

Jul 26, 2015 by KittyKate

Brilliant place to stay!

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

Jul 12, 2015 by Dave L

Magical disused railway park up.

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. 

Jun 11, 2015 by nicki mclean


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.

Aug 3, 2014 by Tracey

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.

Oct 31, 2013 by Tee-Jay

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