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Big Bear Lodge: Ramp leading to facilities

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


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8.9

Overall rating based on 30 reviews

 

90% would recommend this park to a friend.

87% would stay here again.

  91% described as Peaceful ?

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Lovely clean site. Everything you need07/31/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBaillie M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Such a great little find. Cassie has thought of everything you could need and is always a message away with answers. The little honesty shop onsite is loaded with cold drinks and there’s plenty of logs and marshmallows!
    The pod was super cosy and the bedding was lovely and soft!
    There isn’t any wifi but actually it was rather nice to be away from phones and devices which do still have plenty of 4g.
    We will for sure be returning!
    Thank you for a lovely stay

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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The outdoors, the cabin itself was lovely and so was …07/10/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Eagles Nest camping pod
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The outdoors, the cabin itself was lovely and so was the grounds and what we saw of the outside of the big building. Lighting a fire and enjoying a few drinks around it. The grounds were well kept and we found we had a good stay.

    Disliked: 

    Although we enjoyed our stay we found quite a few small things that made us feel that we wouldnt return. The non human approach, receiving emails with what to do on arrival and departure, we didn't have to check in, the key was just hanging in the door for us when we got there and told to leave it like as we left. We didn't see the owners. There seemed to be quite a lot of rules. The showers were very hot and neither of us could get them to go any cooler. The complimentary tea, coffee and sugar was no use to us as there was no milk to add to them. We also felt that the 10am departure expectation was a little early. The rules stated that you had to clean the firepit and bbq before departure, and we felt that with a one night stay we had to be up early to do this as well as try to get showered and pack our things to be away by 10.

From the manager...

I am shocked to read this review.

Firstly a check out time of 10am and the expectation to clean up after yourselves would be very normal in the Glamping, camping or hotel industry.

I had numerous emails and texts with you before you arrived, including where you go to eat and drink, what you could do whilst staying, hoe much wood was in the log pack, the late checkout so how you can say 2/10 for customer service I really don’t know, our initial messages were at 10pm at night and I always got straight back to you.

You had booked a late check out but you decided to swap it for a log pack which I agreed to even though you didn’t book through me on the first place. If you had of messaged me and explained you were short on time and could you leave a bit later I would have course said yes.

The contactless check in came about because of covid times and I have continued it because it works well, you have an in-depth email on the procedure and where to park etc and I have found most people are keen to get on with their holiday not stand around chatting to me or in fact having to wait for me to come out so you can check in.

The showers never suit everyone, however people can mess with them and make them too hot and there are notices on the showers explaining in case the person before you had messed with it. As soon as you alerted me to that issue I came out and turned them down.

I did stop putting packet milk in the pods as no one ever used it, so I sell fresh milk in the fridge as an alternative. No one has ever brought it up as most people would bring milk with them however I have taken your suggestion on board and I will get some for the next check ins.

If at any time you wanted me or wanted to talk to me I. Person it is quite clear send me a message, ring me, ring the bell and I will be there as soon as I can. However what makes this review even stranger is that I did in fact see you and ask you in person, Where you ok? had you found everything ok? You said yes everything was fine.

I am sorry you wouldn’t visit again but I just felt if anyone was reading this unfair review I explained my side.

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Beautiful site06/07/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHelena O.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Whistler bell tent
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely accommodation, well kept grounds and facilities. Lovely owners

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The tent was clean, area too, facilities were05/31/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSolomia K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Whistler bell tent
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The tent was clean, area too, facilities were

    Disliked: 

    It was advertised that there is heating provided (which made me to choose this particular one) but when we arrived and asked the owner for heating, she replied it's not possible due to fire hazard. That made us bit worried as the night should be at 6 degrees and we had two small children with us. As well from the pictures provided it was not clear but the tent is right next to the big house, so the camping was basically their back garden.

From the manager...

Thank you for the review.

I wish you had of told me your issues, you actually messaged me and said it was so lovely.

The tent isn’t advertised with heating as it is nearly impossible to keep a tent warm with a heater but I will check all third party sites to double check as if that is the case I can understand why you would be annoyed. All of the pods are heated so I would have suggested moving you to a pod if you had of been worried about the cold or I could have provided you with extra blankets. For safety I would never put heating in a tent whether that was for me camping or a customer. So the option is there to book a pod instead of a tent.

The garden is not very often used and does have a 6ft fence between the two areas.

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Fantastic05/28/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMaria L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Whistler bell tent
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Absolutely everything! This place is beautiful from the bell tent to the views and surrounding areas. Everything needed was provided, very comfy and lovely inside the bell tent, we as a family loved it and can’t wait to return, thank you!

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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 2 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 (2 adults and 3 children)
  • 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 cement/asphalt and grass travel trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    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.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered cement/asphalt and grass travel trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Quiet, great campsite shop

    Disliked: 

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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

    Disliked: 

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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/site/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

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

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

Bell tents

Camping pods

Themes

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk 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

Location

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  • Melverley, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, SY10 8PH
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.7504°N 3.0000°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Breidden Hotel — 3.4 miles
Breidden Hotel — 3.4 miles
The Crescent — 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, 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 (9.6 miles)
  • Much Wenlock Priory (21.3 miles)
  • Darby Houses (Ironbridge) (22.5 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.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

On-park accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

Big Bear Lodge cancelation policy

No refunds within 12 weeks of arrival date.

Modifications are subject to a £25.00 ($31.16) 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.

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  • Does Big Bear Lodge have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Big Bear Lodge dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Big Bear Lodge? 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 … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Big Bear Lodge?
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Big Bear Lodge? From $102.76 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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