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Happy Jakes Touring Park

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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 we’ll tell you 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.

Fifteen 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 (famous) 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 loo 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).

Pitches are for tents, trailer tents, motorhomes and tourers: tents in the level centre of the park on seriously spacious open pitches; motorhomes, caravans and trailer tents along the park’s edge on roomy grass pitches with optional electric hook-up.

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 where hungry sorts will find over a few dozen pubs and restaurants.

Please note

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

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


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9.2

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95% would recommend this site to a friend.

90% would stay here again.

 

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Excellent site friendly staff good clean facilities 25/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Carol M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Ifruendly warm welcome clean faculties good location on site near facilities for kids. Very helpful when one of children had an accident

    Disliked: 

    Difficult to find !

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Lovely and clean washrooms/loos , pot washing facility clean with ... 17/09/2017

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

  • Electric optional grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Lovely and clean washrooms/loos , pot washing facility clean with plenty of hot water. Dog friendly. We'll bring ours next time! Kids enjoyed the freedom to run around in the play area . Owner very welcoming .

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Great couple of days. Would deffinently recommend. 10/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom George m. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    As seeing this lovely looking campsite on pitchup we decided to head for that campsite. When we turned up we went disappointed by the campsite. What a stunning location. The field is complelty flat and well set out.
    The shower blocks, toilets and washing facilities are all one building witch makes everything easier. The facility block is very clean and pleasent.

    Disliked: 

    Didn't like that we were greeted 15 mins after arriving and finding out witch number to call upon arrival.

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The site was very tidy and well-kept, with clean and ... 04/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Leigh W. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass touring pitch
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    The site was very tidy and well-kept, with clean and modern facilities. We had arranged to arrive late in the evening and found clearly labelled information waiting for us on the noticeboard as provided by the owners. We used Happy Jakes as an overnight stop so can't comment in more detail about the site but our impressions were very good.

    Disliked: 

    We hadn't realised the airport is so close, so planes regularly passing close overhead and landing up to 10pm wasn't great. If you're ok with a bit of noise it won't be a problem. No wifi provided.

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Well managed, family friendly site. 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Patricia W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely site, flat and spacious pitches, good facilities, clean and well maintained shower block, safe kids play area, well managed.

    Disliked: 

    Occasional noise from nearby airport.

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Excellent site, clean and spacious toilets showers and family rooms. 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jayne K. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Space of pitches , cleanliness of showers and toilets , friendly campsite, park for kids , picnic benches .. just everything really !

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to complain about ... will definately return .

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and large pitches 27/08/2017

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    Fantastic site. Pitches are large well looked after and maintained. Shower/toilet bloke very well maintained and always clean. Daughter loved playing on the park. Owners were very friendly and made us feel welcome. Would definitely return to Happy Jakes.

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A well kept spotless campsite with a very helpful owner 26/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom James N. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass touring pitch
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    A well kept spotless campsite with a very helpful owner

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The friendly staff and constant cleaning 25/08/2017

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

  • Electric optional grass tent pitch
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    The friendly staff and constant cleaning

    Disliked: 

    Shop not open as a standard shop

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Thank you very much for leaving your thoughts. We are glad you found the site welcoming and clean.

The small shop on site carries very basic items including a few sweets and ice-creams. The usage for the shop is very low but everyone is welcome to ring the bell on the door for assistance when needed.

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Everything 19/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kamil U. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Everything

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    Nothing

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Thank you. Glad everything was to your liking. :-)

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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

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)

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent pitches

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 twelfth 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.

Doctor fans might also be interested to know – we certainly are – 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.

Policies

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.

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

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.

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Terms and conditions

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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