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Smugglers Cove Boatyard

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Firepit overlooking the estuary and the village of Borth

General

  • 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.

Please note

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.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

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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9.4

Overall rating based on 30 reviews

 

97% would recommend this park to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

  100% described as Spectacular scenery ?

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Brilliant location, very quirky. The peacefulness was just what we …10/05/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKym T.Confirmed

  • The Boy John 1 bedroom marina berth, slip, mooring (2 adults and 2 children)
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    Brilliant location, very quirky. The peacefulness was just what we needed until the storm came but even then hot soup sitting in the upper cabin with wood burner on was absolutely fab....
    Definitely unique:) Hope you liked our little pirates thank you notes and gold coins (chocolate flavour!)
    We will definitely be back but better equipped:)

    Disliked: 

    Could be cleaner, no soup/cereal bowls, plastic cutlery and maybe an investment in a better mattress would be a great idea, a little TLC would make this amazing retreat outstanding. If you are reading this don't be put off, it is a magical place:)

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Stunning scenery, felt like we had the whole estuary to ourselves. Go.09/04/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHelen h.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Angell primitive grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Everything, most stunning place we have ever camped. Will definitely be back one day.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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This is definitely one of my favourite camping spots ever!08/25/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Dulas primitive grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    The view from the tent was fantastic and the walk through the boatyard was very quirky! I was lucky enough to see the estuary when it was a raging torrent and then again when it was like a millpond! The fire pit was another great feature, using the £10 barrow of wood.

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Absolutely amazing view from our tent and lots to explore.08/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Angell primitive grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Amazing views and great location

    Disliked: 

    Could do with a second shower and some hot water for washing up, but these are minor niggles.

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Excellent site and facilities at the smugglers cove boatyard.08/08/2020

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

  • The Boy John 1 bedroom marina berth, slip, mooring (2 adults and 2 children)
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    Everything as all a unique experience

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    N/a

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Amazing, peaceful, magical place. It was fun using the wheel …03/23/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomcoral a.Confirmed

  • Dyfi primitive grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Amazing, peaceful, magical place.
    It was fun using the wheel barrow to cart our camping equipment to the pitch and thank you for providing them.
    It was also a bonus having the toilet and washing facilities, should they have been needed.
    We will definitely becoming back.

    thank you

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Amazing site with amazing views. Well worth the visit and great value!11/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCharlotte T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Dyfi primitive grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    The pitch was a good size, although it was just me and my husband we have a large tent as we like to have the extra space and it was no issue fitting it on. The fire pit was a lovely addition and meant we could keep warm while cooking as it was very cold but that’s what you get when you camp at the end of October!

    The toilets and shower were fine. They are a short walk away but that wasn’t an issue and they were clean.

    Best of all was the views and the peace and quiet . We were the only people on site and it was blissful. I was worried prior to going as i had seen some reviews mention the trains and the road but there is hardly any noise from them.

    Disliked: 

    The only negative thing I can think of is the amount of stones/rocks in the ground made it difficult when putting our tent pegs in but we managed in the end.

From the manager...

Hi Charlotte,

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

Ben

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Really relaxing and a real treat of a place.11/07/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • The Boy John 1 bedroom marina berth, slip, mooring (2 adults and 2 children)
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  • Liked: 

    Boat Boy John: Location was fantastic, estuary tide high tide just a few meters away. Unobstructed views of estuary, birds and trains. Really fun.
    Well looked after by site owner. Well thought out and cared for toilets and shower (on campsite).
    Boat well maintained.
    We were able to swim and SUP from boatyard, but this needs knowledge of tides, safety equipment and proper planning. Aware of strong currents (we had spring tides)

    Disliked: 

    Just two of us so we were fine, a larger group may struggle for cutlery, but I'm sure this would be provided if asked for.

From the manager...

Hi guys,

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.

Ben

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Had a great time the only negative was a difficulty in communicating09/12/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomphil l.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • The Boy John 1 bedroom marina berth, slip, mooring (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautiful location and quirky interiors

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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

Ben

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Anonymous user

Lovely place to visit!09/05/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Dyfi primitive grass tent site
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    Lovely place to visit!

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From the manager...

Hi Anonymous,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and so glad you liked it!

Hopefully see you again soon.

All the best

Ben

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Features

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

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

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

Public transportation 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

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Fron Goch, Aberdovey, Gwynedd, Wales, LL35 0RG
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 52.5567°N 3.9731°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Aberystwyth: University Coach Stop — 10.4 miles
Capel Bangor (Ceredigion): Coach Stop — 10.5 miles
Aberystwyth Bus Station — 10.8 miles
Train stations
Dovey Junction Rail Station — 2.1 miles
Penhelig Rail Station — 2.7 miles
Aberdovey Rail Station — 3.6 miles
Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing — 11.4 miles
Barmouth Ferry Landing — 11.7 miles
Airports
Anglesey Airport — 53.7 miles

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

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.

Must see

  • Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway (5.2 miles)
  • MOMA Wales - Y Tabernacl (5.5 miles)
  • Vale of Rheidol Railway (Aberystwyth) (11.0 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

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

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.

Payment

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.

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

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Terms and conditions

Park 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
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Smugglers Cove Boatyard? From $78.21 (for 1 night, 4 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

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

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

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

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

Dogs
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).

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.
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.
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.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 5 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Reception
Reception is unmanned after 5 p.m.. Please inform the park while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

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

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

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