The Willows, Abersoch campsite review
Browsing the internet, we came across The Willows campsite near Abersoch. It sounded perfect. The campsite was described as small, peaceful and uncrowded, ideal for small families, with a refined ambience and luxurious ‘state of the art’ facilities. The really friendly, positive response when we telephoned clinched the decision.We weren’t disappointed. There are many things that make The Willows really special. Firstly, the location of this site was ideal for us, only about a 10-minute drive from Abersoch and with all of the great beaches on the peninsula within a half-hour drive. If you like a walk there is also a public footpath that takes you from the site to the harbour in Abersoch in around 30 minutes. The nearest beach, at Llanbedrog, is under two miles by road; slightly less on foot. Just about a mile down the road is The Ship Inn, which serves excellent food. There is also a bus stop about 500 yards from the site.
It’s a beautiful spot, with breathtaking views from the camping fields across to the coastline and the mountains of Snowdonia. Having absorbed that, the second thing you notice is the relaxed and friendly welcome from Miles and Anna, the couple who have owned the site for the last seven years.
The campsite has two main areas. The touring caravan/campervan field is mainly grassed with some hardstanding spaces for 21 pitches, all with electric hook-up. There are two further camping fields with space for 23 tents (which don’t have electric). There is also a dog exercise field and a children’s play field. Two ‘Hobbit Huts’ are a recent addition, each accommodating up to two adults and two children under 12.
The site is beautifully kept with an abundance of flower-beds, well-maintained pathways and excellent facilities. The toilet and shower block is immaculate and quite possibly one of the best we have visited in the UK. The baby changing/bathing room was so spotless that we were happy to let our baby crawl around and explore. There are also fridge/freezer facilities, a campers’ kitchen, a fully equipped laundry room, an area for battery, laptop and mobile phone charging and a boat park and boat washing area. Bicycle hire is a new addition.
The local area is beautiful and we found the chalet hut offering tourist information, timetables, maps, etc, to be very useful. Prices are slightly higher than average but include WiFi, showers, dogs, use of fridges, awnings and electric (where applicable). With the exceptionally high standard of the site and its wonderful location, we feel these prices are perfectly justified.
Recommended by Anne Crocker
ADDRESS: Mynytho, Abersoch, Gwynedd LL53 7RW
Open: 15 March – 12 October
Charges: £22 – £34 (two adults, pitch, electric).
Nearest public transport: Bus stop 500m, railway in Pwllheli (5 miles).
Nearest pub/restaurant: In Mynytho, 500m.
Directions: Look for white signboard to ‘Yr Helyg, The Willows’ on B4413 just east of Mynytho village, five miles west of Pwllheli on the Llyn Peninsula.