Words by Val Chapman
Our visit this spring was occasioned by my fact-finding on the intricacies of how holiday homes are sited (for the article elsewhere in this issue); I’d been to the park before but, until this visit, I hadn’t spent enough time here to fully appreciate its beauty and its magnificent scenery.
This time, Coastdale Parks, which owns Garreg Goch, made sure that I did. Along with Garreg Goch’s 59 owned holiday homes, the park has 13 available for hire, one of which was my ‘home’ for enough time to get to know the park as well as research the subject of siting.
Garreg Goch is near Portmadog, with the Lleyn Peninsula and Anglesey not far away, the magical Italianate village of Portmeirion a few minutes’ drive away and the Snowdonia National Park less than half an hour away. It’s in a wonderful location where the mountains meet the sea.
Coastal path walking is an obvious attraction here, as is the wide expanse of beach that’s a short walk from the park. There’s a golf club within walking distance and Portmadog has all of the supermarket and eaterie assets you need.
Dogs are allowed on the beach at all times of the year. It’s easy to see why holiday homes sell quickly at Garreg Goch, just because of its location. The park itself, though, is captivating for its gorgeous mountain views and because it’s very much a family park, with a large adventure play area and a shop that sells (in addition to food) lots of toys and sweets for pocket-money budgets.
A new initiative brings a French flavour to the shop: freshly baked croissants, pains au chocolat and bread are baked to order and, take it from us, they’re all delicious!