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Campsite Review: Nicholaston Farm Caravan & Camping Park - The Gower Peninsula, South Wales

Posted on August 21st, 2011

Back at the end of June we had a well deserved week off so decided to head to somewhere we had never been before, The Gower Peninsula in South Wales.

As is always the case with us, we were not very organized ahead of time (and we had to make a quick visit to see Lu’s new God Son Charlie who had been born the day before!) so we had no idea where we were going to stay. So, on Sunday morning we spent a bit of time googling campsites on the Gower Peninsula and after ringing a few which were full we came across Nicholaston Farm.

Now, I have to say, the website is not great and doesn’t really show much of the campsite itself so we were a bit unsure as to how good it would be. However, as our other choices were booked we had to bite the bullet and go for it.

We pulled up in the park at 6pm after a 3 and a half hour drive from Devon and were greeted by a nice courtyard area which featured a organic farm shop / coffee shop at which everyone seemed to be enjoying home made ice cream. We checked in and went to choose our pitch. We chose a quiet spot which had an awesome view of nearby Oxwich Bay.

One of the main reasons we chose Nicholaston Farm was due to the close proximity to the beach so we were keen to explore the surroundings and take Murray (our puppy who was only 8 months old at the time) for a swim as it was very hot.

From the Caravan field you can join a path which takes you through a short woodland walk. You then emerge in the sands dunes which lead to Nicholsaton and Tor beaches. I have to say, this is one of the best beaches we have been on, very long and unspoiled and great for dogs. As soon as we got to the sea, we just had to have a swim!

From here you can walk west along the whole beach to Oxwich Bay where you can have a coffee or something to eat at the superbly located Oxwich Bay Hotel.

The only thing to be aware of is the walk back up through the sand dunes to the park. It is quite a hard slog up a steep path of sand which can be very hard to walk on. However, for us, the beach is well worth the trek back up the hill!

Back at the park, we explored some of the facilities and were extremely surprised at how modern and clean the toilet / shower block was. As I said, we were not impressed by the website but further exploration revealed a brand new washing up area, large communal freezers and even a wetsuit wash area with wetsuit drying cabinets. The facilities of the park really were the best we have seen in a long time and the website does not do justice to how good the park is.

Nicholaston Farm also offers you the chance to pick your own Strawberries, Raspberries, Gooseberries and Redcurrants which is a great activity for the kids.

Rossili Beach

Rossili Beach

The Path Down the Broughton Beach

The Path Down to Broughton Beach

We spent the next 5 days visiting nearby beaches such as Rossili and Broughton which are both beautiful spots. We also took a drive down to Port Eynon and The Mumbles. Nicholaston Farm is very centrally located for seeing the best of the Gower Peninsula with everything within half an hours drive.

Murray Guarding the awning!

So, I guess the moral of the story is ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, or at least by its website. It’s always best to check out the reviews on ukcampsite.co.uk to get a better feel for what the campsite will be like.

Have you been to the Gower Peninsula? Where do you stay? What did you do?

Posted by Steve

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Posted on Sunday, August 21st, 2011 at 7:12 pm
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2 Responses to “Campsite Review: Nicholaston Farm Caravan & Camping Park - The Gower Peninsula, South Wales”

  • Nina Blanchard on August 24th, 2011 said:

    Hi,this site last year. love the gower coast anyhow.
    An excellent park loved the cafe and we picked some amazing strwberrys from the farm.
    No play park for the kids but plenty of room for ball games.
    The walk to the beach was lovely we had a pup then nearly killed my partner though.
    Beach path is not any good if disabled but the bay is beautiful. Love your pictures by the way.

  • Steve on September 3rd, 2011 said:

    Hi Nina,

    Thanks for the comment - yes, as you can tell from the article we loved it too!!

    Steve

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