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gold bellamy award

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Touring and Caravan Park - 5 star Wales Tourist Board

Our History

Erwlon Caravan & Camping Park was established by Cyril & Margaret Rees (mum & dad!) in the late 1950s. They were farming at Erwlon with just a few cows and in order to supplement their income Dad was working part time for the then Milk Marketing Board and later they established a milk round delivering bottled unpasteurised milk into Llandovery. Obviously there weren't many touring caravanners around in the 1950s but the A40 was the main road from London to Fishguard and one way or another some passing tourists asked if they could camp on their field on their field.

(We recently found a note from a visitor who had obviously camped at Erwlon in about 1958. He was obviously leaving when there was nobody around to take his payment so he left it in an envelope with a message: " ......please find enclosed 10 shillings, I believe your tariff is 2/6 (2 shillings, 6 old pence) night. I stayed three nights so have a drink on me" )

Within a year or so Mum had three large caravans (the equivalent to today's mobile homes but hardly comparable in terms of size or facilities!) and she was renting them out. They were early members of the National Federation of Site Operators (now known as the British Holiday and Home Parks Association) and they had invested in facilities that amounted to an outside water tap!.

The farm was always the main business (as it still is today) but over the years the caravan site grew more popular and they built some basic toilets and later some showers with hot water! In 2004 we decided that the park needed to really move into the new century and we invested well over a £100k in new facilities and hence the awards and accolades. 

The park is now operated by the next two generations of Rees' Peter, Huw & Elizabeth with great support from Huw & Elizabeth's children– Carwyn, Alun and Carys. Over the last few years we have had the further assistance of some great seasonal wardens (Mike & Pam summer 2006&7, Doug & Jean winter 2007 and John & Mary summer 2008) but it is still very much a family affair and we are very proud of what has been achieved over the years. We have made some great friends from all over the world and we continue to take great pleasure in welcoming old friends back every year.