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9.2

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General

  • Peaceful and secluded site with spectacular views
  • In a wildlife haven: listen for owls at night
  • New amenities block including a shower for disabled guests

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'll 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. We reckon we we'd roar with pleasure...

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9.2

Overall rating based on 73 reviews

 

93% would recommend this site to a friend.

88% would stay here again.

 

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Good if you like back to nature 03/11/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Susan B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Peace and quiet. Natural setting.

    Disliked: 

    Disappointed that disabled family bathroom wasn't heated so too cold to use. Not as clean as could be lots of cobwebs.

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Thoroughly enjoyed our trip, would definitely return. 01/11/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sonia W. Confirmed

  • Mammoth camping pod (basic)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Thoroughly enjoyed our trip, would definitely return.

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The camping area is very nice, the Pod area was noisy. 08/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom jonathan_e221697 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The peace and quiet of the tent site. We stayed in a Pod on our second night and the noise from the other Pods was very loud. No peace or privacy.

    Disliked: 

From the manager...

Thank you for taking the time to review. I am sorry though that you only felt it was worth giving us a 6/10 because of the noise from the other pods. It was unfortunate that the night you stayed the other pods (and we had thought you aswell) got together around the fire pit and made some noise. Gary did go and speak to them and asked them to quieten down. We didn’t worry too much as we believed you were all out there together but as it got late he spoke to them, it is hard as people are here to have fun and we didn’t want to ruin that. The pods did not know each other and it wasn’t a group booking they just met here that night.
Week days are much quieter here and in fact the Friday night you camped, there wasn’t anyone in the pods so if you had of done it the other way round.
I wish you had of said something when having your coffee on the decking, Gary would have explained.
We have obviously had some very inconsiderate people here this weekend and I apologise for that. I was really upset to find that the expensive soap and hand cream we provide in the toilets has been taken (we do even sell it in the lodge so it just shows you the type of people we have to deal with) there was also meat packets thrown in the toilets bins which was very inconsiderate to other guests when they should have been placed in the recycling area. (Less than 100 yards away) So one night has brought a overall score down because of your poor review and I feel very disheartened with people stealing things. Let’s hope for a better weekend next week. I can only apologise for other people inconsiderate nature but there is little we can do about that.

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Amazing site, very friendly staff and beautiful spot. 18/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    It is a really clean and tidy site with lovely large pitches. This was the second time we have stayed on this site. The quietness of the site and the surrounding roads made this the perfect site for my three year old to explore. Great facilities that are well maintained and the family shower room was very handy.

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Nice level pitches. Welcome notice board with pitch number on. 03/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ann D. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The shower block and list of extra services on offer

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Lovely Site 02/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom rhiannon_r223482 Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location was quiet and picturesque, facilities were spotlessly clean, greeted just after arrival and information as to where and what facilities were available

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Brilliant laid back site - would highly recommend 30/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Tracey L. Confirmed

  • Little Bear camping pod (4 adults 1 child)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything - great place to stay

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I would highly recommend this site.. 21/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Gillian F. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Little Bear camping pod (4 adults 1 child)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Cleanliness of facilities and pods
    Friendliness of Cassie and Mark
    Generous breakfast in amazing lodge.
    Location -peaceful.
    Brilliant showers.
    Extras that you could rent- fridge, gazebo, fire pit and barbecues.

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    Visited three years ago and pod now looks a bit weather beaten, not a dislike more of a first impression disappointment.

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level pitches 17/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David C. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The shower as described by my 21 year old daughter as "the best ever" on a caravan site. Very friendly family run business. Toilets always clean and even got hand cream.

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Lovely location, great hosts, cost pod, the dog loved it, ... 07/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Josie L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Wolf's Paw camping pod (2 adults and 1 child)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely location, great hosts, cost pod, the dog loved it, the showers were amazing.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing really

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Hard standings

Motorhome service point

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Camping 2.0

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Location

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  • Hendre Villa, Melverley Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, SY10 8PH
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 52.7504°N 2.9993°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Middletown (Powys): Breidden Hotel Coach Stop — 3.4 miles
Nesscliffe (Shrops): Coach Stop — 3.7 miles
Halfway House (Shrops): Coach Stop — 3.7 miles
Train stations
Welshpool Rail Station — 8.7 miles
Gobowen Rail Station — 10.0 miles
Shrewsbury Rail Station — 10.8 miles
Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing — 44.1 miles
Airports
Liverpool John Lennon Airport — 41.0 miles

Directions


Please note that your satnav will take you to Little Hendre not Hendre Villa. From Little Hendre look further down the lane for a large timber-clad building.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

This part of England running into Powys and Wales has been popular for yonks with outdoor and active sorts, who come to canoe or fish its waters, canter around the countryside by horseback or foot, climb or mountain bike its peaks, or tackle less trodden options like clay shooting or paragliding. Golf is available locally too.

If you're more into sightseeing than activity, Powys Castle, Erddig Hall, Chirk Castle and the Hawkstone Follies are all good local options, or you could have a day out in Shrewsbury to stroll through its shuts and over its nine bridges.

And as for those miles and miles of Shropshire – and Powys – walks? Try a wander around Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall just over the Welsh border, among the wildlife and birds of Lake Vyrnwy, up and down the three peaks of the Breidden Hills, and through Nesscliffe Hill Country Park between Oswestry and Shrewsbury – with a pitstop at fifteenth century pub the Old Three Pigeons Inn.

Must see

  • Powis Castle & Garden (9.6 miles)
  • Much Wenlock Priory (21.3 miles)
  • Darby Houses (Ironbridge) (22.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Chirk Castle (13.3 miles)
  • Attingham Park Estate: Cronkhill (14.2 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible by using the contact details provided in the booking confirmation email

Big Bear Lodge cancellation policy

No refunds within 3 days of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

The balance is due 1 week after booking, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week after booking the balance should be paid as soon as possible.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m..
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.
Open fires are prohibited.

Additional terms

By making a booking you warrant that you have the authority of all persons in your party to book on their behalf and agree that you will indemnify Big Bear Lodge against all loss and damage arising directly or indirectly from any act or default by yourself or any person or animal accompanying you.

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