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General

  • Countryside park a few miles from the Glamorgan Heritage Coast
  • Three miles from Cowbridge and 15 from Cardiff
  • Immaculate shower block with disabled access

Smile, you’re at Happy Jakes Touring Park. And there are a few reasons for why. This lush little Welsh countryside park is peacefully placed in the countryside deep in the Vale of Glamorgan – but is only a few miles from the Blue Flag beaches, cliffs and coves of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, including seaside resort Barry of Gavin and Stacey fame: fans of Uncle Bryn, Nessa et al can book a Gavin and Stacey tour in the town to see the main tellyvisual sights.

Around 15 miles to the east lies Cardiff, capital for days and nights out, or you could contentedly base the family at Happy Jakes to coast around the local castles, bike routes, gardens and activities on/in land and water. That’s tidy, that is.

Family owners Mandy, Mark and (famed) Jake have been honing and adding to Happy Jakes Touring Park since opening in 2011, with disabled access high on the agenda: the wetrooms in the spick and span heated shower and toilet block are big enough to take a wheelchair user and carer, or up to four family members. There’s also a launderette, washing up area with hot water, tourist information room, and a dedicated dog walking/play area for dedicated dogs (who stay for free; happy woof).

Looking for nosh and tipples to put an additional smile on your face? Pick up all sorts of fresh Welsh produce at the local farmers’ markets, farm shops and fruit farms. But if cooking on holiday is a thing to be avoided at all costs, Happy Jakes is three miles from ancient market town Cowbridge and its dozen or so pubs and restaurants for hungry sorts.

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Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).


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9.5

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95% would recommend this site to a friend.

95% would stay here again.

 

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Great site good facilities not far to shops, coast and cardiff 17/10/2018

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

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

    Nice and quiet
    Spacious
    Good showers and facilities
    Nice toilets

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Loved how quite and clean it was. 09/10/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Liam O. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The massive pitch, clean the site was, lovely shower block and very quiet.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Nice site but hard to find. 03/10/2018

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

  • Electric optional grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Washing facilities

    Disliked: 

    Signage

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I liked everything about this camping site very clean well ... 01/10/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lorraine H. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass tent pitch
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    I liked everything about this camping site very clean well organised and had everything you need for camping.

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Kind & thoughtful host - shame we couldn't stay due to weather & roads 24/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sarah N. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Sadly, our trip was cancelled due to poor weather & road closures, but the host called me in advance to let us know the situation, and offered to refund our trip. We're really looking forward to staying here in future, after a kind & thoughtful experience.

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Large pitches, spotless facilities 23/09/2018

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  • Electric optional grass touring pitch
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    Large pitches, spotless facilities

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Clean peaceful but will not go again 17/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom kevin w. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Peaceful and quiet

    Disliked: 

    Nothing on site nearest shop or pub 2 miles on staff site

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Fairly quiet site, very clean ,nice 2acres for dog excercis 04/09/2018

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

  • Electric optional grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Cleanliness of site,

    Disliked: 

    Finding a dirty mop& bucket still with water in it, in the family shower room

From the manager...

Thank you for your comments. We are glad you found the site clean and tidy.

All our shower rooms contain a mop and bucket with antibacterial wash in order that the floor may be mopped after use leaving the showers clean and tidy for the next quest. The antibac used does turn the water green when in the bucket and may make the water look darker than you would expect and of course the mope head does discolour with use. The mope heads are changed regularly along with the antic water.

We are sorry if you found this negative however, this is the first time we have had anyone comment negatively on the use of the mop and bucket system. in fact many of our guests are pleased to see that there is some form of cleaning available in the shower facilities. We will consider if there is another option.

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Overall a lovely site with great friendly staff & well maintained site 02/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Robert Y. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Large plots , very friendly service, nice field to give dogs a run , toilets & shower block clean & large , other caravaners friendly , clean site well looked after .

    Disliked: 

    Lack of toilet paper at times , down small narrow country lane ( single track ) so a tight squeeze but only for a short distance if you use Happy Jakes directions .

From the manager...

Thank you for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and found the facilities clean and tidy.

Toilet paper can be a bit of an issue. The toilet holders retain 2 rolls, one at the bottom and one above. Once the bottom one has been used you need to put your hand inside the unit and pull the retaining bar forward to release the 2nd roll. On most occasions the roll is still sitting at the top of the holder. In addition when there are a lot of children on site the usage can rise quite dramatically, even so the holders are checked regularly through the day and last thing at night, but not during the night and then first thing in the morning. Should you make use of the facilities when heavy overnight use has occurred it is possible that the rolls have been used.

We will look at this and assess if there is a need for larger holder.

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Excellent holiday, easy to book, great price. 01/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kerry S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Friendly atmosphere. Site size, not too big, not too small. Dog walking area was excellent. Able to have a fire in fire pit/bbq. Clean facilities. Park was focal point for kids which was lovely as the site was small enough to always have them in sight.

    Disliked: 

    Not really a dislike but worth mentioning that you are not far away from Cardiff airport. We loved hearing and watching the planes as there were not too many but some people may rather be aware of this.

From the manager...

Thank you for your comments. We are pleased that you found the site friendly and were able to enjoy your stay with us.

As you say we do have some overhead airport traffic which may or may not be acceptable to some visitors. The flights are not excessive and are rarely heard at night.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

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Fishing

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Indoor swimming pool

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Outdoor swimming pool

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Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

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Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

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

Fully serviced pitches

Hard standings

Seasonal pitches

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Themes

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

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Location

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  • 1 New Barn Holdings, Flemingston, Barry, Glamorgan, Wales, CF62 4QL
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.4231°N 3.4438°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Cardiff International Airport: Bus Stop — 4.8 miles
Bridgend Sarn Coach Stop — 9.4 miles
Cardiff Bus Station — 12.0 miles
Train stations
Llantwit Major Rail Station — 1.9 miles
Rhoose Rail Station — 4.8 miles
Barry Rail Station — 7.1 miles
Ferry ports
Barry Waterfront Ferry Terminal — 7.5 miles
Channel View Waterbus Stop — 11.7 miles
Taffs Mead Waterbus Stop — 11.8 miles
Airports
Cardiff International Airport — 4.8 miles
Swansea Airport — 29.7 miles

Directions


Please note satnavs or maps may take you down a narrow route exiting at Junction 34. Please follow the instructions below.

From the east (Cardiff)
Leave the M4 at Junction 33 and follow the signs towards Cardiff International Airport. Then join the B4265 towards Llantwit Major.

Pass the petrol station on your left. Continue up a slight hill until you come to the junction for St Athan Village. Turn right at the monument and continue through St Athan passing the military base on your left (approximately 2.5 miles). You will see a brown tourism sign for Happy Jakes. Follow this sign and a further two before arriving at the site.

From the west
Leave the M4 at Junction 37 and follow the A48 towards Bridgend. At the traffic lights in Bridgend turn right signposted for Llantwit Major. Follow the road for almost seven miles, going through the villages of Ewenny, St Brides and Wick. Continue to the roundabout at Llantwit Major and go straight on. Go straight on at the next mini roundabout.

Go through the first set of traffic lights. Turn left at the next set of traffic lights and under the railway bridge. Continue for approximately two miles. At the junction, turn left onto St Athan Road where you will see a brown tourist information sign for Happy Jakes. Follow the next two brown signs turning left. (Do not take a left into the narrow lane at New Barn as it's not suitable for caravans).

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

What a fortuitous setting has Happy Jakes: close to castles and coast, parks and gardens, villages and vineyards, and active opps like surfing, horse-riding, golf and fishing… all alongside finding out what’s occurring in Barry.

Surf, canter, paintball, go-kart or have a coastal path amble along the nearby Glamorgan Heritage Coast running for 14 miles from Porthcawl to Aberthaw (paintballing and go-karting along clifftop paths not recommended).

There’s so much to see on this part of coast that even long-legged/fit people should take more than a day to do it: after the ruins and stepping stones of 12th-century Ogmore Castle, follow the pathway to the village of Merthyr Mawr backed by a maze of spectacular sand dunes, over 300 species of flower and the Big Dipper, the biggest sand dune in Europe – bring a sledge (really).

Two country parks are on the eastern part of the coastal path – Porthkerry Country Park near Barry and Cosmeston Lakes Country Park at posh Penarth seven miles from Cardiff.

Fancy fossil hunting? The nearby town of Llantwit Major is one of four in the Vale of Glamorgan (Barry, Cowbridge and Penarth are the others) and so ancient you can pick up Jurassic fossils on its Collugh beach (which has an Iron Age hill fort too). If you’re a surfer, the Collugh waves are a popular place; also get on board with things by veering west outside the Vale of Glamorgan to Porthcawl in Bridgend.

Have another couple of days in Cardiff to see sights such as Cardiff Castle and Llandaff Cathedral, the very fab open air National History Museum at St Fagans, the National Museum and Gallery of Wales, other city castles and all things Doctor at BBC Cardiff’s The Doctor Who Experience.

Fans of the Doctor might also be interested to know that Bad Wolf Bay is reachable from Happy Jakes too: it’s at Southerndown’s Dunraven Bay on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

Must see

  • St Fagans: National History Museum (8.5 miles)
  • Castell Coch (11.5 miles)
  • Millennium Stadium (12.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Holnicote Estate (15.9 miles)
  • Dunster Castle (16.7 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.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Early arrival and late departure could be arranged subject to availability, charges may apply. Please contact the campsite with the number provided with the booking confirmation.

Happy Jakes Touring Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week 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

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Happy Jakes Touring Park will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

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

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Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
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.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

General
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 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
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.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/campervan please select the extra.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Should you select a wrong pitch for your unit, we cannot guarantee availability.

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