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Full description

A wild and wondrous glamping site, with eclectic, dog-friendly accommodation beautifully set within 45 private acres of Snowdonia National Park.

Ideal for romantic couple's escapes and adventure-packed family getaways alike, Graig Wen (‘white rock' in English) occupies a vast, scenic, and blissfully private setting in Snowdonia National Park.

Surrounded by windswept woodland-and-mountain walks, dog-friendly beaches, and charming pubs and cafés, there's plenty to see and do in every direction.

Friendly owners John and Sarah live on their beloved site, and much of the glamping accommodation they offer has been lovingly handcrafted, for a stay that's full of comfort. You can even order freshly baked croissants for breakfast, or indulge in local craft beer by evening campfire, for a relaxing way to end an energetic day of exploring!

There's a range of fun-filled glamping experiences to choose from at Graig Wen, depending both on your preferences, and the time of year.  

Glamping in the Glade, available from March to October, consists of three cosily furnished yurts (2-5 guests) and a handcrafted shepherd's hut (up to 4 guests), all beautifully secluded in a ‘secret' silver birch glade away from the main site, some with private washing facilities.

Two of the yurts were handcrafted from the site's own woodland, while the third yurt, Tommy, is a laid-back, dapper space named after Tommy Nutter, the locally born tailor who dressed icons including David Bowie and The Beatles.

Ideal for summertime, the Wild Glamping accommodation is open from May-September, and is peacefully secluded in the ancient woodland and meadows. Consisting of Idris the yurt, named after the nearby iconic mountain Cader Idris (up to 4 guests) and a relaxing bell tent (2-4 guests), these are perfect nature-retreats for couples or families with adventurous spirits.

A little less secluded are Empress and Small Duchess, two charming quarry wagons available from March to January. Locally and sustainably crafted from Douglas fir, you'll find both on the shared touring area of the camping site, a former Victorian slate quarry yard.  

Both Empress and Small Duchess are traditional names for slate-sizes used by the quarrymen... and since Empress slates are the largest, so is Empress the wagon!  She sleeps up to 4 guests, with extra luxury from an en-suite shower room and flushing loo. Small Duchess sleeps 3, with soothing views towards the estuary and mountains.

There's a small camp shop on site for you to stock up on essentials and treats, including honey from the next-door neighbours, and local ice-cream. John and Sarah will also provide you with a list of great places to eat out in the local area along with details of walks from the door and off the beaten track places not to miss.

Things to note


Arrive on Friday for a 3-night minimum stay, or Monday for a 4-night minimum stay (2- night stays can be arranged in selected accommodation outside of peak season.) Please note that Wild Camping accommodation is not particularly suited to small children, more teenagers with a sense of adventure!


Tried and tested

"Thankyou for our three day break in the Tommy yurt it was fantastic and everything we wanted. The way everything was run was impeccable and we will hopefully see you again someday soon."

"The summer location of Idris yurt is idyllic, surrounded by woods and trees, there are no other campers in sight or hearing."


"My family and I are no strangers to North Wales. However Graig Wen is a hidden jewel. Yes the yurts are spotlessly clean (we had the large yurt). Yes the area is perfectly laid out so there is no carrying lots of equipment far from your car. The campfire is a lovely touch with bench seats around it. However the most perfect thing is you get to see and be a part of this stunning part of the world. Sarah and her team make sure you are looked after without being intrusive. We booked to go again the day we got home. Activities wise we walked one day. Had a lazy day by the beach and also explored mines and Bala lake. There is something for everyone."

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The basics

The basics


Region: Arthog, Gwynedd
Cost (from): £60 per night (yurt)
Sleeps: 1-5 guests
Bedrooms: Varies (8 units)
Bathrooms: Communal (Wagons private)
Minimum stay: 2-4 nights
Property ref: 1810

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Facilities

Facilities

Eclectic couples and family glamping retreats, sleeps 2-5 guests.

Glamping in the Glade (March - October):


Large Yurt (5 guests): wooden yurt on raised deck, kingsize bed, 2 single pull-out beds, camp bed, wood burning stove with logs, two-ring gas stove, cooking utensils, rugs, sheepskins, Welsh blankets, outdoor picnic bench. Private compost loo and outdoor solar shower

Tommy (4 guests): pop-up yurt, double bed with mattress, two single sofa beds, wood-burning stove, bespoke furniture, floor rugs, sheepskins, Welsh blankets, separate kitchen tent with 2-ring gas stove, grill, fairy lights, lanterns.

Small Yurt (2 guests): off-grid wooden yurt, pull-out double sofa bed, solar lighting, rugs, sheepskins, Welsh blankets, wood-burning stove, 2-ring camping gas cooker, coolbox, firepit.

Access to shared nearby compost toilet and hot showers approximately 400 metres (a couple of fields) away.

Shepherd's Hut (2-4 guests): double bed with mattress, day bed/bunk beds, wood burning stove, dining table with 4 chairs, kitchenette with sink and cold water tap, gas hob, fridge. USB charger. Private compost loo and hot shower

Wild Glamping (May - September):

Idris Yurt (4 guests): off-grid pop-up yurt on bespoke wooden platform, double bed with mattress, 2 pull-out chair beds, solar lighting, kitchen tent with cooking facilities, firebowl, private outdoor shower and compost loo.

Bell Tent (2-4 guests): double pallet bed with mattress, 2 camp beds, floor matting, rugs, gazebo tent with camping gas cooker, cool box, picnic table, camping chairs, lantern.

Access to hot showers and communal bathroom facilities, 500 metres away.

2 x Quarry Wagons (March - January, 3-4 guests):
electric heater, lighting, kitchenette, dining table with bench seats, double bed, optional sofa/bunk bed, outdoor seating with firebowl, USB chargers.  Empress Wagon (4 guests) features an en-suite shower room with flushing WC.  Small Duchess (3 guests) includes access to communal facilities.

Local Activities

Beaches, mountain walks, cycling, restaurants, pubs, historic sites, nature watching

At a glance

At a glance

  • Seasonal, dog-friendly couples and family glamping accommodation set amongst 45 private acres of Snowdonia National Park, near Barmouth and Dolgellau.
  • Choose your accommodation from:
    • Glamping in the Glade (March - October): 3 yurts (2-5 guests) and a handcrafted shepherd's hut (up to 4 guests) secluded in a silver birch glade.
    • Wild Glamping (May - September): pop-up yurt (4 guests) and a bell tent (2-4 guests) privately nestled in the ancient woodland and meadows.
    • Two cosy and stylish Quarry Wagons (March - January, 3-4 guests): in a less secluded spot on the shared touring area of the campsite.
  • Bring your own bedding, pillows, and towels!
  • All units have access to generous kitchen, washing and bathroom facilities. There is also a small camp shop on site, selling camping essentials and locally sourced foodie treats.
  • There are dog-friendly beaches, sightseeing spots, shops, pubs, and restaurants close by... or why not challenge yourself to climb the iconic mountain Cader Idris?
Tried and tested

"Thankyou for our three day break in the Tommy yurt it was fantastic and everything we wanted. The way everything was run was impeccable and we will hopefully see you again someday soon."

"The summer location of Idris yurt is idyllic, surrounded by woods and trees, there are no other campers in sight or hearing."


"My family and I are no strangers to North Wales. However Graig Wen is a hidden jewel. Yes the yurts are spotlessly clean (we had the large yurt). Yes the area is perfectly laid out so there is no carrying lots of equipment far from your car. The campfire is a lovely touch with bench seats around it. However the most perfect thing is you get to see and be a part of this stunning part of the world. Sarah and her team make sure you are looked after without being intrusive. We booked to go again the day we got home. Activities wise we walked one day. Had a lazy day by the beach and also explored mines and Bala lake. There is something for everyone."

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