The ultimate camping, glamping and B&B base for exploring Snowdonia.
Arthog Nr Dolgellau Gwynedd LL39 1YP 01341 250 482
Graig Wen is one of the smartest operations in the book; not only a campsite (which won a Green Tourism award a few years back), but also a great place for glamping and with a super-luxurious and beautifully located B&B and four self-catering cottages too.
On the glamping side, they start with two cosy yurts – a small one sleeping two, and a larger one with room for five – and a bell tent sleeping four, while a couple of other 'pop-up yurts' move around the site according to the season. Even more romantic is the ‘Caban’ – an innovative, hexagonal timber structure which has 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside, a Scandinavian feel and comfortably accommodates two. Like the yurts it has a wood-burning stove (a basket of logs is provided), crockery and cutlery, and futons covered with warm blankets. Isolated and sheltered among dense woodland, both the yurts and the caban offer total privacy from the main campsite.
There's also Graig Wen's boutique B&B in the Slate Shed, which has five (dog-friendly) rooms, decorated in a bright, contemporary style and equipped with flatscreen TVs, free wifi, posh toiletries, lovely Welsh wool blankets and bath robes. They also welcome you with chocolates and a drink, and boast fabulous views over the Mawddach estuary. Breakfasts are yummy, too.
Finally there are the holiday cottages – Ty'r Adar (sleeping 4–6), which means 'House of Birds' in Welsh, due in part to the fact that you can drop off to sleep at night listening to the hooting of owls in the trees outside; and three others (Pine Cottage, Little Haven and Small Barn), sleeping between 2 and 6. They're all beautifully furnished and very up-to-date, with flatscreen TVs, DVDS, dishwashers and more. Yet they're cosy too: Ty'r Adar has a wood-burning stove and there are plenty more sumptuous Welsh blankets.
The other great thing about Graig Wen is that there's so much to do nearby, with or without your car. Intrepid walkers could tackle Cader Idris, the spectacular mountain right at the back of Graig Wen. Bikes are available to hire and using the estuary cycle path you can cycle all the way to Barmouth without even seeing a road – and virtually the entire route to Dolgellau in the other direction is road-free, too. There's also a stack of more challenging mountain-bike trails at nearby Coed-y-Brenin, around 5 miles north of Dolgellau. And you should know that Graig Wen is an ambassador for the Snowdonia Dark Skies Reserve and has various special events pertaining to this in the latter part of the year.
Is there anywhere that has such a wide choice of high-quality holiday accommodation as Graig Wen, and is also such a great base for exploring Snowdonia? We doubt it.
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Large yurt £499–£615 a week, weekends or midweek breaks £260–£295; small yurt £360–£550 a week, weekends or midweek breaks £220–£285. Caban £240–£285 for a weekend or midweek break. Bell tent £65–£75 a night. B&B rooms £90–£125 a night. See website for camping and cottage prices.
- Dogs Welcome
- Five-Star Luxury
- Getting Away from it All
- Sensational Views
- Something Different
On the road between Dolgellau and Fairbourne. Turn off the A470 Dolgellau bypass and take the A493, signposted Tywyn/Fairbourne. A mile and half before Arthog village you’ll spot a post box on your right, and the site is 200 metres on from that, on the right.