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Hawarden Farm Shop Campsite
16 reviews
· Hawarden, Wales
7 acres
26 sites
13 Lodging
3 RV/Tent
10 Tent
Camping next to an award-winning farm shop on the historic Hawarden Estate in North Wales
Having created an other-worldy cabin site in Scotland and, more recently, a festival in their own back yard, Caroline and Charlie have plenty of experience to put towards creating an atmospheric campsite. Powered by their sustainable values and a passion for providing a really warm welcome, The Hawarden Farm Shop Campsite builds on the work they’ve put in to building the Camp Good Life festival. The site offers bell tents and pitches located in two wild meadows with views of Hawarden Old Castle, an original motte-and-bailey that was built in the 14th century. While the pitches are close to the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, it doesn’t feel intrusive. The location is actually very handy for those who ‘don’t do' campsite cooking, as sleepyheads can toddle to the shop for breakfast, where the bakery turns out fresh delights daily, crafted from locally milled flour. Whether you choose to pitch your own or take one of the pre-pitched bell tents, the communal campfire is the place to head to if you fancy making a few friends. There's little division here between regular campers and those in bell tents as what's on offer in the pre-pitched tents still qualifies very much as camping. Don't expect fluffy duvets and a place to plug in a hairdryer, Hawarden Farm bell tents are off grid and furnished only with camp beds for a real camping experience that's accessible to those who don't have all the gear — or don't want the hassle of a lengthy set up. The three bell tents on platforms are a step up, literally and metaphorically, with an off-ground fire bowl and a table and chairs provided too but, inside, are similarly simple. At one end of the camping field, you'll find proper flushing toilets and, at the other, hot showers and a washing-up station. And if the thought of washing up is all too much, just head a few steps further to the farm shop which will cater for a lot of your eating needs, or take a stroll into the village to the local pub. The 200-year-old Glynne Arms, also owned by the Hawarden Estate, serves up delicious seasonal dishes accompanied with the best in craft ales, beers and European wines. The idea, here, is that you stay within Hawarden and enjoy the delights of the estate which also include wild swimming sessions in the lake, exclusive tours of the castle and secret hideouts in the woods. There are occasionally other events organised by the farm shop too so take a peek at the Hawarden Estate website before you travel to see what's on during your stay. If you do feel the need to venture further, you can drive 35 minutes to the beaches around Point of Ayr Lighthouse, 20 minutes to Moel Famau and the Clwydian Range or an hour to Snowdonia, which all make the campsite a great stop for post climb decompression as well as general family fun.
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Hawarden, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by The Good Life Society H.Joined in March 2021
16 ratings · 16 reviews
Paul S.recommends
August 28, 2021
Campervan/Caravan Pitch
Things I liked was the food, although expensive , Quirky areas to eat and drink , Drinks we’re very expensive even take out . Portaloos were disgusting , no one had checked or cleaned for a long time compared with the other toilets near the woods ,they were lovely and clean .As a motorhome owner we were told not to use any cooking ovens , gas or otherwise ?????? Why ?if it had rained we would never have got the van off the field , very long grass on a hill .Disappointed the track for cycles were locked . Had to take children on a busy road .. All in all we enjoyed our stay but pointing out a few things for you to improve .
Jemma ?.recommends
August 28, 2021
Campervan/Caravan Pitch
The campsite was lovely, the campervan bit was brill. Good facilities, the food is amazing in the cafe. Everyone was friendly, setting couldn't be nicer. Some negatives: for £45 a night, a portaloo is pretty dire, and at the very least it should get cleaned regularly. The other loos, at the back of the BYOB bar were amazing, so hopefully this will be sorted pretty sharpish. The showers were decent once you worked them out but on the second day I tried 3 and they were freezing, the next was so hot it nearly took the skin off me, and only the last was useable. The staff in the farm shop/ cafe had no idea about any of the camping needs or facilities. This just needs to be included in basic training so they can answer questions. Once these niggles are dealt with, it'll be one of the best sites in the country, I think!
Laura B.recommends
August 25, 2021
Camping Pitch for Your Own Tent
The team were super helpful prior to our arrival. The site was clean and safe. Staff were really friendly. The quirkiness of the tin shed, toilets (proper toilets 😀), showers and bring your own bar really made the experience so much better! Felt completely happy letting our daughter run around the site knowing she was safe. Can’t wait to visit again!
Bex T.recommends
August 25, 2021
Bell Tent
A great new site with fab farm shop, cafe (best breakfast ever I think!) with small bar and a delicious pizza van on site. Tents well spaced, lots of space for kids to play including a small playground and a couple of great covered areas for rainy days. There were a few teething issues with it being a new site but the staff were all great and thankful for feedback to help them improve. Would definitely return.
Lorna T.
August 20, 2021
Been camping many times but this time felt we were misled by the advertising. Bell tents too small for 4 people ; portaloos in an appalling state; showers inadequate and almost scalded my daughter on one occasion; no facilities for a morning wash or cleaning teeth; farm shop small and lacked the range of foods I expected; standard of food in the restaurant dependent on who was cooking - on two occasions the food was cold and led to upset tummies- service very slow even with only two tables with customers and staff stood at the tills talking for over 25 minutes before taking our orders; no manager available to speak to.Very disappointed with an over rated, over priced ‘glamping’ experience for my family who had been through a very difficult time recently and in need of a holiday 😕
Jessica W.recommends
August 18, 2021
Camping Pitch for Your Own Tent
We really enjoyed our 4 night stay here. The toilets and shower facilities were clean and not overcrowded. Our kids aged 9 and 10 years old loved roaming around the woods. It's all fenced off so completely safe. The wooden playground was good entertainment too. We had breakfast one day at the Farm Shop which was delicious, would recommend ordering adult meals if your kids are big eaters. Watch out fo the ice-cream man who cycles around. Lovely idea, but 8 pounds for 2 ice-creams seemed a bit much. There is a Tescos 5 mins away to buy supplies from. We had a lovely day out at Bewilderwood which was about 30mins drive away. Great for all ages, but especially between 0-12 years old. The pitches are well spread out, so very covid secure. There are trolleys and wheelbarrows provided to help get your camping kit from the car park to the tents, which is not far at all. One night there was live music in the bar which was a good option, but started a bit late for us so we didn't stay long. Overall would highly recommend, but remember to bring most of your supplies so you don't get fleeced by overpriced items at camp's shop. We had a campfire on our last night in one of the fire pits and roasted marshmallows. It was a good place for other campers to congregate and for kids to meet each other and play.
From the host
A wild, luxurious, family-friendly campsite with amazing views set in rolling Welsh countryside on the doorstep of one of Britain’s best farm shops, cafes and bars. The Good Life Society presents a wonderful wild campsite with very few tents and loads of space. Just outside the village of Hawarden and set in rolling countryside and woodland with views of a 14th Century marcher castle, this is a perfect space to wile away the long summer that we’ve all been dreaming of. The six-and-a-half acre campsite has a maximum capacity of 23 tents and three camper vans at any one time; the aim here is to offer guests wildness, beauty, fun and solitude. There are a maximum of 13 pre-erected bell tents and ten spaces for people to bring their own tents. There are craft and adventure activities on site and the Farm Shop café and bar will be open until late evening each day (except Sundays). In the spirit of The Good Life Society, there will be a strong emphasis on great design with two beautiful, stylish covered areas for exclusive use of Campsite guests. There will be great showers, loos and a washing up area. There will be a communal outdoor cooking area with the finest kit available. There’s woodland to play in, grass to roll in, a great bar, superfast WiFi, an adventure playground, a tree house, amazing food. And all of North Wales, from the coast toSnowdonia is within easy reach. Come and join us!
Nearby attractions
Tours of Hawarden Old Castle (usually only available very occasionally) and wild swimming sessions in the lake are available once a week for campers and glampers (ask on site for details). There’s plenty of exploring to be had around Hawarden Park too with a handful of circular walking routes around the village. You can also walk from the campsite to Gladstone Library (01244 532350) to take a look at Britain's only Prime Ministerial Library. Some of North Wales’ most beautiful beaches are a 35-minute drive away like Rhyl, Prestatyn and Point of Ayr. A 20-minute drive from Hawarden will take you to the city of Chester, where you can walk the city walls, visit the magnificent cathedral or nose around the shops in the multi-storied, half-timbered buildings that give the place it's charming character. Just outside of the city there's also Chester Zoo (01244 380280), one of the most visited attractions in the entire UK.
Food and drink
Apart from the lovely local food offered at Hawarden Farm Shop and cafe, in Hawarden village you’ll find the 200-year old Glynne Arms (01244 569988). It’s definitely worth taking a 20-minute drive (or bus) to Chester to check out some of the fantastic city restaurants, squirreled away in the ancient buildings. Artichoke (01244 329229), a bistro overlooking the canal, or gastro heaven the Sticky Walnut (0800 160 1811) are both great bets. For fresh and authentic tapas, test out Porta (01244 401178) and for a fine dining experience book ahead to eat at the award-winning Joseph Benjamin (01244 344 295).
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