If you saw my posts from our weekend in Wales (here and here) you’ll know that we spent a weekend at the Ty Mawr caravan resort, courtesy of Park Resorts.
We were generously offered a free three-night stay in return for an honest review, which is what you shall get.
Ty Mawr is situated in Abergele, Conwy, in Wales. It’s not too far from us in Cheshire, which we liked, as we didn’t want to travel too far, preferring instead to holiday somewhere new, closer to home, with more time for exploring and relaxing, instead of stuck in the car!
We decided to pay the difference (which was only £6.00 as we booked early) to get a Premier caravan, as they looked just that little bit nicer and towels were included, plus, you got an earlier check-in time of 1:00pm, rather than 3:00pm.
The park is really quite sweet.
It’s situated in a nice country area, with lots of rambling hills and fields and we really saw it in all of its glory – as it was a wonderfully sunny weekend for us.
The park is a mixture of owned caravans – in fact, you can buy your caravan if you like it enough – and ones you can book to stay in through Park Resorts. The neighbourhood is lovely though. There’s no “us vs. them” feeling and everyone just gets on and enjoys themselves.
I would definitely recommend a Premier Caravan if you can afford it. I really couldn’t get over how plush they were inside. When I was a little girl, my auntie had a static caravan and things have definitely improved since then.
It was like walking inside a small, but perfectly formed home. Mark and I found ourselves remarking at how clever all the storage was, and how few items you really need to live.
It was decently and brightly furnished and everything was clean and tidy. It did smell a little odd when we first arrived – I can’t work out the smell. It was very faint, but I put it down to the fact that the caravan needed a dose of fresh air and it did fade over time and it really wasn’t unpleasant.
Living Room & Kitchen
The living/dining area had a sofa, two arm chairs, a coffee table, two televisions (one on the wall and presumably another you could pop in a bedroom), a dresser for storage, a dining table, four dining chairs, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, pots, pans, plates, bowls, glass, cooking utensils and cutlery.
I was very impressed with how much there was to be honest. I was wary of having to eat out, but we had breakfast every day, a couple of lunches and an evening meal all cooked in the kitchen, ranging from pasta and dough balls, a cooked breakfast and a Ploughman’s lunch. I didn’t struggle to find anything I needed.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
We had a master bedroom, with an ensuite bathroom (which comprised as of a toilet, sink and shower). Which came with all the bedding – part of the deal when booked with Park Resorts. It had a dressing table, ample wardrobe space, bedside tables and additional storage and we really were quite happy in there.
Bill had a twin room, with two single beds, overhead storage, and a wardrobe and drawers. Just perfect and he felt so special being able to choose his bed and having his own space. Opposite, was an extra bathroom, which we called ‘Bill’s Bathroom’, which he loved. We got told off if we used it in fact! And it was so close, so our little three year-old could easily nip to the toilet when he needed to. It also had a shower, sink and mirror too.
Both bathrooms were super clean, but the water was just not quite warm enough for us. But not enough for us to moan.
If you do have little ones – especially babies – I would take a little baby bath with you. But our toddler likes a shower, and it wasn’t a problem at all.
The Premier Caravan meant towels were included, which meant less to pack, and less to wash when we got home.
What you should take
I would recommend bringing the following:
- Tea towels
- Washing-up liquid
- Kitchen sponge
- Bin bags or bags for rubbish
- Salt, pepper and other seasonings
- Food & Drink – at least for the first breakfast, if you don’t fancy shopping right away
- Toilet roll
- DVDs – or a laptop and some films, with a HDMI cable to watch on the television
- Toys for your little one
- Books for your little ones, and you
- Swimming gear
If you fancy being entertained, or don’t want to cook. There’s an onsite restaurant – which serves traditional pub fayre and drinks. You can sit inside or outside, and it’s really quite pleasant and the staff are lovely.
There’s a shop, which is much like a corner shop. I would suggest finding the nearest Tesco, like we did, as it’s MUCH better value and there’s much more on offer.
There’s also an arcade, which is always good fun. I’d take some change and just have a go – Bill really enjoyed it and so did we.
There’s also entertainment, if you enjoy that sort of thing. We were so busy and having so much fun anyway, that we didn’t take advantage, but that’s not to say it wasn’t good, as lots of people were were always enjoying it.
There’s a swimming pool, which is great if you fancy a splash and a play. And there’s also a huge outdoor park, which we thought was absolutely lovely to just have on your doorstep.
There’s also a beach very nearby, along with a lovely chip shop across the road.
And, if you fancy it, you can go and visit Llandudno, which is so nearby and so lovely!
Overall, we had such an amazing time and we’ve discussed making it a regular yearly trip and going back next year, as it was just such a special break.
Thank you Park Resorts.