Jones the Shepherd's Hut

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Barmouth Graig Wen

  • Sleeps 4 (max 3 adults, 2 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Private Bathroom
  • Pet Friendly
Beautifully crafted Shepherd’s Hut nestling in the south-west corner of the Snowdonia National Park

  • Traditionally designed; crafted with Welsh timber and reclaimed wood from a local chapel
  • Snug double bed with Welsh-made blankets and a sheep's wool Baavet duvet made on a local farm
  • Direct access to the Mawddach Estuary cycle trail, leading to sandy Barmouth beach

The Owner Says

Relax in this unique Shepherd’s Hut in a wildly beautiful corner of Snowdonia National Park.

 Jones the Shepherd’s Hut is in a tranquil and sheltered silver birch glade. The beautiful Mawddach Estuary is a short (but steepish) walk through Graig Wen’s woods and fields.  You can cycle or walk to the beach or pub a few miles away or head for the mountains with Cader Idris on the doorstep.

A talented team of skilled local crafts people have built this cleverly designed hut.  The interior fittings have been crafted from an interesting mix of Welsh hardwoods and timber reclaimed from a local chapel.

There’s a double bed with proper mattress, plus a day bed for chilling out which converts to bunk beds for two children if required. With well-insulated walls and a wood burning stove, you’ll be warm and snug whatever the weather. There is also a dining table with seating for four people and a kitchenette with sink and cold water tap, gas hob, fridge and all the cutlery and plates you need to whip up simple meals. Bedding is provided for the double bed, including a sheep wool “Baavet” duvet made on a Snowdonia farm. And of course, there are warm Welsh blankets and sheepskins to snuggle under on cooler nights.

You can park right next to Jones the Hut. There's a picnic table, chairs and a fire pit perfect for BBQs outside. A private shower and compost loo are practically en suite just a few metres away from the Shepherd's Hut.  There are further flushing loos, wash basins and hot showers shared with the rest of the small camp site just a few metres away.

You can book a minimum of 2 nights in the Shepherd's Hut outside of peak times. During school and bank holidays you can book 3 nights minimum from Friday or 4 nights from Monday only. Week long bookings are also available for Friday or Monday check-ins.

Please check out the web page on Graig Wen's own web site for more photos and details.

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About Graig Wen

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, glampers, dogs, cyclists/mountain bikers, walkers, trail runners – in fact it’s hard to think of anyone who wouldn’t enjoy Graig Wen.

Nearby

Cadair Idris (892 metres) - clambering up the mountain is a great local option and the Pony Path makes is family friendly.  Alternatively walk straight off the camp site along the stunning (and flat) waterside Mawddach Trail to the seaside treats of Barmouth. Go crabbing or visit Knickerbockers ice-cream parlour. As well as the cycle track along the estuary to the Fairbounre beach, there’s mountain-bike routes for all abilities, at nearby Coed-y-Brenin (01341 440747), around 5 miles north of Dolgellau. Head north to Llechwedd Slate Caverns where Zip World (01248 601444) is hugely popular. Over 8km of wires are strung throughout the mountains providing a truly unique areal experience. Slightly more theme park-like, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, on the A487 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth (01654 761584) is an attraction themed around ancient myths and legends. Castell y Bere is an atmospheric ruined castle which is great for exploring. Graig Wen is in one of the darkest parts of the Snowdonia Dark Skies Reserve so the star gazing can be awesome. Walk from the site to Arthog waterfalls and up to the stunning Cregennan Lakes.

Food & Drink

Good pub grub at The George III Hotel (01341 422525) 5 minutes drive or an hour' and half's delightful walk along the estuary cycle trail. Locally produced lamb, beef and fish can be enjoyed outside in view of the estuary. Down at Fairbourne, the unassuming Indiana Cuisine (01341250891) is a pleasant surprise. South Indian specialities are created with colour and flourish from fresh ingredients and traditional home recipes. Plenty of non-spicy and vegan options available.  Mawddach Neapolitan Pizzas are now serving up the best pizzas this side of Naples to enjoy over fabulous views of Cader Idris. Head to the Celtic Cabin on Barmouth Prom for the most amazing street food. Graig Wen's new guest app gives you the inside track on the latest pop-up places to eat and drink as well as locals' favourites.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

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Back to nature

This campsite really helps to get away from it all but also provides useful amenities such as the honesty shop to make your stay comfortable. We had one of the pitches you could park your car next to which was convenient for us. I loved the fire pit on our pitch!! Every campsite should have these and the marshmallows in the shop helped. There are only 2 showers on site right at the top, I'd imagine it's a bit of a trek from the lower pitches but that's part of the charm. We didn't have to queue which was good. We wanted to hire a bike to bike from dollegeleu to barmouth but unfortunately the bike shop in dollegeleu had sold out. I would advise taking your own if possible. Would like to do more walking next time we come!
Jun 9, 2015 by Katie
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Honeymoon destination

We stayed at Graig Wen for the first part of our honeymoon. We were in the caban - a wooden cabin with a wood burning stove and cooking facilities inside. It was lovely, despite the rotten weather we had. Cosy and warm, comfortable futon, lovely light from the glass window in the centre of the ceiling, and good facilities to cook from. The view was limited due to fog but on the first day when we arrived in sunshine, just a walk down the hill gave stunning views (when the fog lifted!) of the wonderful Mawddach Valley. The showers were very good - free, and with lots of those useful little things like plenty of hooks to put clothes and towel on, space to change without everything getting wet, and a mirror and shelf for lenses or make up. Loos were spotless and washing up either outside or inside - could have done with a bit of light on the indoor sinks but not a problem. Lovely small site, very friendly, great shop with local maps and produce and a separate honesty shop. The area is stunning - we cycled the Mawddach Trail to Barmouth, enjoyed Dolgellau and a trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology, white water rafting at Bala. Weather wasn't good enough for Snowdon but another time.
Apr 3, 2014 by Liz RH

Location

Graig Wen is located at Graig Wen Campsite, Arthog, Nr Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL39 1YP

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Getting There

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.

Morfa Mawddach railway station about 2 miles from site, accessible by foot/cycle path or bus. Sarah and John encourage public transport and can arrange pick-up from station for £10. Buses run between Aberystwyth/ Machynlleth and Dolgellau. Ask the driver to drop you off at Graig-Wen between Penmaenpool and Arthog. Buses and trains: Traveline Cymru 0871 200 2233.