Family-friendly camping and glamping with stunning views of the Shropshire Hills
Perfectly poised between the Welsh Border towns of Oswestry and Shrewsbury, Big Bear Lodge offers a secluded camping and glamping retreat in one England's true regional treasures. With the rivers Vyrnwy and Severn close by and the Shropshire Hills alluringly visible on the horizon, guests have no end of scenic walks to enjoy (over 3,500 miles-worth to be precise). Climbing the local slopes from this four acre base in the village of Melverely, affable host Cassie reckons the breathtaking views might just be the best in Shropshire. It's tough to disagree.
Comprising of hardstandings for the campervan contingent, and a quartet of cute Canadian-style glamping pods, there's something for everyone at Big Bear Lodge, including a bed and breakfast onsite too. The latter, a titular wooden lodge, has a luxury ski chalet feel complete with roaring log fire and sun terrace for soaking up the hillside views. Keep your eyes peeled for red kites and buzzards circling in the thermals overhead.
Facilities-wise, this place boasts all the... ahem... bare necessities you're likely to need. There's fresh water, a new amenities block with three showers including one for disabled guests and modern features like heated towel rails and rainfall shower heads. Motorhomes and caravans, meanwhile, are well catered for with hook-ups and chemical disposal provided. But it's the four pods that steal the show. Naturally insulated with local sheep's wool, these cosy cocoons make a great wintertime cabin for couples or an equally lovely summer getaway with the french windows flung open to let the sunshine in.
With its prime location, Big Bear Lodge offers opportunities in abundance for exploring this, arguably, less well known region. Despite being the 'gateway to Wales' and no secret to the rambling world, Shropshire boasts one of the lowest populations per square mile in England, making it a peaceful pocket of bucolic bliss, yet brimming with historical intrigue. There are more than 20 Iron Age hill forts, some 30 castles and numerous abbeys dotted throughout the county, not to mention bohemian towns like Bishops Castle and medieval Shrewsbury to explore. For an ultimate escape within easy reach of cities such as Manchester and Birmingham, South Shropshire is low in traffic and high in spiritually enriching nature. It’s an enviable paradise for locals and an ideal camping climate for the rest of us.
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Hosted by Cassie W.Joined in September 2017
13 Ratings · 24 reviews
August 31, 2021
Mammoth Gamping Pod
We loved our Bank Holiday weekend stay at Big Bear Lodge with our two dogs. The site is set in peaceful countryside. We had Mammoth pod that was very comfortable, spotless and warm. It had everything you needed to barbecue. I would highly recommend purchasing some logs and lighting the firepit. The showers and toilets were very clean with plenty of hand sanitiser available.
We had the full English breakfast which was epic! Beautifully cooked and hot on delivery.
Overall we had a very relaxing weekend and would definitely book again. Thank you Cassie.
August 31, 2021
Eagles Nest Glamping Pod
We stayed at Big Bear Lodge for my birthday weekend and we could not fault it. From booking and all the upfront information provided by Cassie, to the extra touches made on the site such as breakfast, bbq and fire provisions and even a freezer with ice for our Gin 😊
Beautifully kept accomodation, beautiful location, could not fault!
We will definitely be booking a return visit.
November 4, 2020
Mammoth Gamping Pod
We managed to get a half term family trip in at this site and we were impressed. The Glamping pod was warm, large enough for our needs and had good facilities for using a log burner out front in the evenings. The toilet and washing facilities were also clean and well-equipped. There were a few niggles associated with the COVID restrictions, but these can hardly be held against the site. Most of our daytime activities involved driving somewhere, although there is a decent sized field for kids to run around in. Would go again.
October 27, 2020
Cassi the owner was very accommodating, we had a great pitch. the toilets and showers were really clean, all in all a lovely campsite can not wait to return!!
September 21, 2020
Wolfs Paw Glamping pod
We stayed at Wolf’s Paw glamping pod and the weekend was so great from start to finish. Easy check in/check out with clean facilities and the location is within easy reach of lots to do/pubs & restaurants by car. The pod itself was spacious and had everything we needed. It was a lovely, little break!
September 2, 2020
Mammoth Gamping Pod
We stayed for two nights in the Mammoth Pod. It was spot on for our two young children (6 & 3), my wife and I. The fridge was bigger than expected and there was plenty of cutlery etc. The triple bunk bed was comfortable and it was so nice to wake up on a morning and open the front doors to nice green garden area which leads onto fields of sheep and hills in the distance.
The shower and toilet facilities are nice and close to the pods, so not too far to walk for that night time trip. The only reason I've not given 5 stars is that the shower was great for the first minute but then the power dropped loads so I was left trying to wash soap off with a dribble of water. But other than that the facilities are great. The small onsite honesty shop was really well stocked with all sorts of things, including beer, which is a big bonus.
I would certainly recommend it to any friends or family looking for a glamping trip.
From the host
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 You will 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.
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.
There's no shortage of scenic walks to enjoy. The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a short drive away to the south, while closer to camp the the Breddein Hills and Admiral Rodney's Pilar are within sight. From 1200ft up, the panoramic views over Shropshire and the Welsh Borders are spectacular. A visit to nearby Shrewsbury should also be on your list, not least for its fabulous castle (01743 358516) and the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (01743 258885). If some well deserved r'n'r is on the agenda, Big Bear Lodge have teamed up with nearby Rowton Castle (01743 884 044), a stunning 17th century Grade II listed venue that offers swimming pools, jacuzzis, tennis, squash, spa and beauty treatments. Big Bear Lodge guests can claim discounted day passes by pre-arrangement when you book.
Food and drink
There are so many lovely places to eat and drink in the area and in Shrewsbury. They are all listed on the website. Many visitors to Big Bear Lodge visit or order takeaway from the SmokeStop (01743 851944) in Shrewsbury serves up stateside comfort food smoked low and slow in their on site smokers for up to 14 hours. Lepone's Ristorante Italiano (01691 659965) comes highly recommended. This family-run establishment boasts authentic Italian cuisine served with flair. The Royal Hill (01743 741242) in nearby Edgerley is a local institution with a menu of hearty pub grub favourites and a fantastic location beside the River Severn. Casketeers will be pleased with their impressive array of real ales.