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- Small peaceful site on the Dyfi estuary, seven miles from Machynlleth
- A 10-minute drive from the beach at Aberdyfi
- Riverside firepits, with wood available to buy on site
Evenings spent by the water’s edge, cosied up round the firepit and watching the sun set over the river? Simply blissful, and a regular happening for those who make their way to Smugglers Cove Boatyard, a properly peaceful place down on the Dyfi estuary three miles from Aberdyfi and seven from Machynlleth.
The views by day from here are pretty special too, looking out over the river towards Ynys-Hir RSPB reserve and Borth Bog National Nature Reserve. When the tide’s out a little beach appears for paddling; when the water’s higher it’s possible to swim or launch canoes or boats from the slipway (bring them along to use the boatyard’s storage facilities if you wish).
Adding to the chilled vibe is the lack of cars down by the river’s edge – it’s around a 100-metre walk from the parking area to your digs, a small price to pay to be rewarded with such stunning views (and easily negotiated with the help of a wheelbarrow to transport your kit).
If you can tear yourself away from gazing out over the water, there’s plenty of wholesome activity to be had nearby, including boating, beaches and birdwatching.
Group bookings of 5 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
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Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).
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The Boy John 1 bedroom marina berth, slip, mooring (2 adults and 2 children)
Max. persons: 4 x
Dimensions: 3.0m width x 10.0m length (9.8ft width x 32.8ft length) Calculated area: 30.0m² (322.9ft²)
|Max. persons||4 x
3.0m width x 10.0m length
(9.8ft width x 32.8ft length)
Calculated area: 30.0m² (322.9ft²)
(1 x bring your own bed)
Bedroom (1 x double bed)
Loft (1 x day bed)
|No toilets in the unit: shared facilities available.|
|No showers in the unit: shared facilities available.|
|Please bring your own towels.|
|Duvets and pillows|
|Gas and electricity included|
|Kitchen corner or kitchenette|
|You will be able to choose extras on the booking page.|
|Dog (2 max)||£15/€16.60/A$27.39/US$19.55/$25.79/CHF17.77/SEK170.83/DKK123.52/NOK179.75/ISK2,741/ARS1,531.07/CLP15,113/PEN70.69/NZ$29.17/ZAR316.68/PLN76.15/R$111.56/CZK453.62/RSD1,953/HUF6,065.44/RUB1,514.88/CN¥131.17 per stay|
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Brilliant location, very quirky. The peacefulness was just what we …
Stunning scenery, felt like we had the whole estuary to ourselves. Go.
Excellent site and facilities at the smugglers cove boatyard.
Amazing, peaceful, magical place. It was fun using the wheel …
Amazing site with amazing views. Well worth the visit and great value!
From the manager...
You were the last campers of the year and it's great to hear that you had such a lovely time.
Thanks for sharing your photos, you certainly a couple of lovely clear days!
Sorry to hear hat you struggled with the rocks, we are continuously adding turf but it is very much a slate bed and winter storms mean that it is a continuous battle. Many people tie their guy ropes to large slabs, which can be very effective but it sounds like perseverance won in the end!
We look forward to welcoming you back next year.
All the best
From the manager...
Many thanks for staying with us, writing a review and posting photos. October can provide some of the best sunsets, with dramatic cloudscapes adding to the drama!
Thank you for re-iterating the necessity to be careful in/on the water. Aberdyfi is notorious for it's currents and the boatyard is no different - but with careful planning and respect of mother nature it can be the most rewarding and fulfilling thing you ever do.
Throughout the season we do inevitably lose cutlery, glasses and crockery to the elements and occasional accident but replenish every year, as you say, we would have provided more if asked.
We hope you come back and stay with us again soon.
Thanks again for the review.
Had a great time the only negative was a difficulty in communicating
From the manager...
Hi Phil I,
Thanks for posting the pictures and taking the time to review....you certainly saw one of our lovely sunsets!
We hope to see you return again soon.
All the best
From the manager...
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and so glad you liked it!
Hopefully see you again soon.
All the best
Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Propane/gas cylinders available
Public transportation nearby
Tiny (1-10 sites)
Horseback riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Surf school nearby
- Coach stations
Aberystwyth: University Coach Stop
— 16.7 kilometers
16.7 kilometers Capel Bangor (Ceredigion): Coach Stop — 17.0 kilometers
17.0 kilometers Aberystwyth Bus Station — 17.5 kilometers
- Train stations
Dovey Junction Rail Station
— 3.4 kilometers
3.4 kilometers Penhelig Rail Station — 4.4 kilometers
4.4 kilometers Aberdovey Rail Station — 5.9 kilometers
- Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing
— 18.3 kilometers
18.3 kilometers Barmouth Ferry Landing — 18.8 kilometers
— 86.3 kilometers
Bring your binoculars if you’re into birdwatching, for there’s much twitching activity nearby – geese and wading birds fish just by the site, and there are nesting ospreys along the river at the Dyfi Osprey Project. More spotting, along with super views towards Snowdonia, can be had from Ynys-Hir RSPB reserve (home to the BBC's Springwatch programme for several seasons), which is around a 20-minute drive away.
If it’s beaches you seek, your nearest is the wide sandy stretch in Aberdyfi, 10 minutes away – also a good spot for a round of golf, a bit of fishing or watersports including sailing, canoeing and kitesurfing.
For a bit of town time, head into Machynlleth, 10 minutes’ drive away, for independent shops, a leisure centre and concerts or exhibitions at the MOMA Machynlleth performing arts centre. Cultured types might also like to pay a visit to the renovated 1920s Magic Lantern Cinema 15 minutes away in Tywyn.
- Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway (8.4 kilometers)
- MOMA Wales - Y Tabernacl (8.9 kilometers)
- Vale of Rheidol Railway (Aberystwyth) (17.8 kilometers)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|RV, trailer and tent sites|
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||Anytime|
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||11 p.m.|
Smugglers Cove Boatyard cancelation policy
No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.
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.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Smugglers Cove Boatyard 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.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted at the parkCash
Terms and conditionsPark booking terms and conditions
- Does Smugglers Cove Boatyard have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Smugglers Cove Boatyard dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Smugglers Cove Boatyard? Bring your binoculars if you’re into birdwatching, for there’s much twitching activity nearby – geese and wading birds fish just by the site, and there are nesting ospreys along the river at … Read more
When can I check in and check out of Smugglers Cove Boatyard?
RV, trailer and tent sites Arrive: 3 p.m. – Anytime Depart by: noon On-park accommodation Arrive: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. Depart by: noon
- How much does it cost to stay at Smugglers Cove Boatyard? From $103.17 (for 1 night, 4 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability