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Big Bear Lodge

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 – sit peacefully and you may just 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, and an amenities block a short walk away 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. Get set to roar with pleasure…


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9.2

Overall rating based on 60 reviews

 

93% would recommend this park to a friend.

92% would stay here again.

  86% described as Peaceful ?

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Beautiful surroundings and lovely little pod which me and my …10/04/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomEmma S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Little Bear camping pod (2 adults and 3 children)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautiful surroundings and lovely little pod which me and my family really enjoyed.

    Disliked: 

    The owner came across as quite rude. When I asked if we could use one of the bbq from a different pod as out disposible ones weren’t working she seemed very reluctant. She never introduced herself to us when we arrived and seemed very reluctant to help us with anything. After having no custom for a long period of time you would’ve thought she would go above and beyond to help. There was also a cat that kept coming in our pod that bit both of my children. I’m also very allergic to cats and suffered an allergic reaction whilst there.

From the manager...

Hi Emma

I am so upset that you felt the need to write such an awful review.

I may have appeared rude because you entered a private gate in to private property when my dogs were out. I was shocked in the times were are in someone would do that. Surely you must know the state we are in and why that is not acceptable.

I spends hours emailing every customer and chasing up when they don’t respond (just as I did with you) explaining everything is contactless and that I won’t see you but I am contactable via email, text or phone. I am not going to put myself or my family at risk.
I have had a very busy summer and have had lots of customers so please didn’t think I owe you special treatment because you came to stay here. I have worked tirelessly to keep people safe all summer I have spent a fortune on extras to follow guidelines.

As for the cat, why would you let a strange cat anywhere near you or your children if you were allergic to them??? At no point did you contact me to say you had trouble.

I think you are angry because I had to chase you to make payment for stuff you had taken from my shop without paying, that is a service I offer and I wasn’t going to not chase you to make payment.

In this day and ages with businesses struggling and maybe not making it through I think you should think twice before writing lies and bad reviews when you were in the wrong. And just so everyone who reads this is aware. I told you to take a bbq and of course you could borrow it, my concern was it wouldn’t have been cleaned or sanitised and thats why I was hesitant, but you wanted it anyway and I said help yourself.
I now realise you are obviously not concerned about the rules and regulations but I have to follow them and so no I haven’t spent time talking to customers all summer I have made sure everyone has the information they need for a nice holiday.
I have emailed you as I am concerned you were so nice to my face but have written this. I am sorry if it’s because I chawed you for the money you owed but I couldn’t let that go I am afraid. Every penny counts and taking £17 worth of stuff is not ok without paying.
Cassie

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Had a wonderful time, lovely place to stay , very clean and tidy !09/29/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAndrea B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Mammoth camping pod
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The Surroundings are Beautiful and Peaceful just what we needed in these horrible times. The Pod was well equipped and Cozy. Honesty Shop was a lovely touch. Thankyou!!

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Peaceful site in a lovely area with good walks nearby. …09/27/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLynsay G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered asphalt and grass trailer site
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    Peaceful site in a lovely area with good walks nearby. Any previous issues with the showers were obviously sorted when we stayed as they were immaculate, hot and had good water pressure. The toilets were also very clean and soap, paper towels and hand sanitizer were supplied at all times in the hand washing area Really well stocked shop and we loved the fire pit/marshmallows. Stayed for 3 nights and really couldn’t fault the site. We hope to return.

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    Nothing

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Lovely site, quiet, with all the essentials we wanted09/22/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered asphalt and grass trailer site
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    Quiet, great campsite shop

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great well kept site , clear instruction on arrival good communication09/17/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomjulie h.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    loveley well kept site, good ground ,well spaced plots amenities loveley and clean,
    clever little shop everything thought of for campers, great location

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Peaceful site with excellent clean facilities09/01/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTerri D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The countryside location

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Beautiful place, pod was lovely and Cassie was a great …08/26/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
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    Beautiful place, pod was lovely and Cassie was a great host and easy to contact. The honesty shop was well stocked and really helpful.
    Not packed in with plenty of space.

    Disliked: 

    There were a couple of issues with the showers whilst we were there, but that was just unfortunately one of those things that happened and there was a plumber on the way out to sort.

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Nice and quiet site. Showers and toilets very clean and …08/25/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaul R.Confirmed

  • Powered asphalt and grass trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Nice and quiet site. Showers and toilets very clean and well kept. This was our first site with our motorhome and everything worked and all connections to mains etc were fine. Nice touch was a news sheet with breakfast offerings as the main lodge was closed. Also little shop onsite for essentials and local maps was really helpful. This was apparently a new addition and it was welcome

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A lovely site and a great stay but some maintenance TLC is needed08/23/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLaura S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Beautiful location and a lovely intimate site - we stayed for 5 nights and had a lovely stay. Facilities were great and kept really clean. Definitely felt covid safe and cleaned regularly.
    The site is amazing for stargazing with the clearest skies and the pods looked beautiful.
    Pitches were a great size and nicely spaced from one another. The evenings were peaceful and other campers were all respectful and quiet.
    The little onsite shop was great and really handy.

    Disliked: 

    The showers were abysmal and were often a small trickle - it turns out that this was because of a valve issue and a part the owner was waiting for (and i can see she was aware of this from early august). It's a shame that this wasn't communicated upon arrival or with notices on the shower doors - i can't tell you how frustrating it is when we're a party with 4 long haired females and it's taking on average 30 minutes to shower ☹. Although being informed wouldn't have fixed it, it would have allowed us to understand the issue.
    We were also travelling with another group who were on a motorhome pitch. The water tap for their pitch was taped onto the pole and on the second night it came off the post. We contacted the owner and she sent her son across to help. Unfortunately, he didn't seem to have any knowledge on how to fix the issue and nor did he know where the stopcock was to stop the water whilst we resolved the issue. Luckily we had some tools and tape with us and we were able to fix the tap back onto the pole and the owners son secured it with a ratchet - this was clearly a temporary fix, however there was nothing else done or said during our stay and no acknowledgement from the owner or her son about a permanent fix or the fact that we'd lost over an hour of our evening and ended up soaking wet between the tap breaking and us managing to secure it on.

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Very glad there was a shop, and level pitches08/19/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
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    The facilities were very clean and everyone on the campsite was very chilled and was an amazing experience.

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Meal delivery to unit/pitch/outdoor seated area

We're Good To Go (VisitBritain accreditation)

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Themes

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Gray water hook-up for RVs/trailers

Water hook-up points for tourers

Location

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  • Hendre Villa, Melverley, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, SY10 8PH
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 52.7504°N 3.0000°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Middletown (Powys): Breidden Hotel Coach Stop — 5.5 kilometers
Nesscliffe (Shrops): Coach Stop — 5.9 kilometers
Halfway House (Shrops): Coach Stop — 6.0 kilometers
Train stations
Welshpool Rail Station — 14.0 kilometers
Gobowen Rail Station — 16.1 kilometers
Shrewsbury Rail Station — 17.4 kilometers
Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing — 70.9 kilometers
Airports
Liverpool John Lennon Airport — 66.1 kilometers

Directions


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, Powis 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 (ancient alleyways) 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 (15.4 kilometers)
  • Much Wenlock Priory (34.3 kilometers)
  • Darby Houses (Ironbridge) (36.1 kilometers)

National Trust

  • Chirk Castle (21.4 kilometers)
  • Attingham Park Estate: Cronkhill (22.9 kilometers)

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

RV, trailer and tent sites
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-park accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Big Bear Lodge cancelation policy

No refunds within 12 weeks of arrival date.

Modifications are subject to a £25.00 ($43.63) fee.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

Bookings cannot be amended within 21 day(s) of arrival.

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 cancelations and for your property/injury whilst away.

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

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Big Bear Lodge will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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

Payment methods accepted at the park

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    RV, trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

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

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 21 day(s) of arrival.
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

Dogs
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

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.

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.

Changes to your holiday
Modifications are subject to a £25.00 ($43.63) fee.

Extras
Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

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

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

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

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

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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