Booked this site due to it's location (30 seconds walk to the beach) and for the swimming pool for the kids. Unfortunately when booking we were informed the pool was out of action (pity), although we were told we coudl use Harlech baths free of charge. The staff were very welcoming and friendly and the take away chippy was amazing!! Without doubt the best fish and chips I have ever had anywhere!
The onsite shop was very reasonable price wise, and again staff very friendly.
As others have mentioned the bridge entering the site is an experience to say the least (my wife closed her eyes!) but the kids thought it was very exciting! (cheaper than the rides in the fair in Barmouth). The facilities, club house and site in general were immaculate. The showers were hot (a bit too hot to be honest) and again very clean.The beach is superb and very clean with gorgeous white sand.
Now the negatives. I've been camping for 15 years so this isn't from a 'green' camper.
The complete lack of any member of staff periodically wandering around the site to check up on what people were upto is a real negative. The amount of feral kids roaming around this site at all hours using VERY graphic language has to be seen to be believed. Ball games are also banned on site according to the website, but in reality if you are regular you can pretty much do what you like without consequence. I had to have a polite word with large groups of kids on several occasions for bouncing a leather football off both the caravan and car. Eventually someone else must have complained as a young member of staff wandered over who addressed the kids by name (obviously regulars) and apologetically asked them to move to the beach as people making compaints 'were doing his head in!'
I'd heard people refer to this site as being overun by the Brummy Mafia. I dont care where people come from and don't like that tag, but the behaviour of some of the adults was worse than the kids. Men in their mid forties having belching competitions outside the bar (3pm in the afternoon) and swearing very loudly was not ideal.
So in conclusion, the site is superb, the complete lack of staff ensuring that a small few didn't ruin everyone elses break was dire.
Would I go back ? Maybe.
- Also Known As:
- Sunnysands Caravan Park Hotel Talybont