Graig Wen Cottages
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Our self-catering accommodation in Snowdonia National Park is an amazing location for family adventures and those seeking unspoilt scenery and food for the soul. Close to the coast and mountains with castles, steam trains and ancient market towns to explore, your holiday can be action packed or as laid back as you like. You can walk from the four attractive holiday cottages through our wild woods and meadows onto the beautiful Mawddach Estuary Trail. The 9 mile traffic-free trail links seaside Barmouth and the historic market town of Dolgellau. It’s a magical location for cyclists, walkers, photographers and wildlife-watchers. The pet-friendly cottages share the same massive Welsh slate roof of this converted Victorian slate cutting shed. They adjoin our small, quiet camp site and The Slate Shed B & B.
Graig Wen is a favourite place for friends and family to get together. Each house has its own character and features, but all are spacious and comfortable with everything you need for your home from home. Sit back, relax and take in the panoramic views from the houses facing the Mawddach Estuary – one of the most stunning treasures of the Welsh coast.
Our favourite spot
Graig Wen is an amazing holiday location for couples, families or friends to get together in Snowdonia National Park.
Family holidays in Wales at Graig Wen make the kind of memories that become family folklore: the time your brother fell into the mountain lake fully clothed; the time the kids caught 50 crabs in Barmouth harbour; the owl Dad saw on a dawn visit to the compost loo; the friendly mouse/baby rabbit/ toad who came to your tent and the kids named; the place you saw the shooting stars.
Of if there's just a couple of you looking for a comfortable place to chill out in between walks in beautiful scenery or more adventurous challenges, there is so much to do on the doorstep. Whether that's strolling along the Mawddach Trail, beach walks with the dog or scaling Cader Idris mountain range. Coed-y Brenin mountain bike centre is 15 minutes away, with Snowdon and Zipworld activities under an hour’s easy drive away.
Larger families can spread out across a few cottages or book rooms in the B & B for visiting grandparents or camping/glamping options for other group members.
Please be aware we are a tranquil site in a rural location so not suitable for large groups looking to party late and loud!
The local area
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. Every third Sunday of the month Dolgellau holds a Farmer's Market.
Best local places to eat and drink
There’s a great range of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants within 10 minutes drive of Graig Wen. From salt marsh lamb to Cardigan Bay crab and Dolgellau’s delicious specialty honey buns, you’ll find plenty to tingle your tastebuds!
Dolgellau has an excellent butchers, artisan bakery, wholefood store and greengrocers as well as a couple of small supermarkets. You can visit “Sausage Sue” at our local farm to pick up freerange eggs, bacon and sausages. Every Thursday there’s a small market in Dolgellau selling locally made jams and baked goods, and there’s a large street market every Wednesday in Machynlleth (a stunning half hour drive through the mountain pass) which is good for fresh veg too. You can order fresh fish from the seaside town of Aberdyfi. You’ll find a warm welcome in our independent stores where you’ll hear the Welsh language being spoken – try saying Diolch / thanks!
Those who fancy a craft beer or lager from one of our local breweries can buy them here on site. There’s a beach bar in Fairbourne or work up a thirst walking along the Mawddach Trail for a pint in the George III pub. Dylan’s new wine bar and shop in Dolgellau has an excellent range of unusual, good value wines by the glass. Or if you’re looking for a boozer with a great atmosphere to watch the rugby then we’ll point you in the right direction! Iechyd Da! / Cheers!
You can walk, or even better, bike to a couple of local pubs. It’s an hour and 15 minutes walk along the beautiful Mawddach Estuary Trail, or 25 minutes by bike on cycle path all the way to the George III at Penmaenpool. Or you can take the Mawddach Trail over one of the most iconic and scenic bridges in the country to the pubs and cafes of Barmouth. You can borrow a bike from us.
Some of our favourite local restuarants include: Bwyty Mawddach, Indiana Cuisine, The Salt Marsh Kitchen and Bistro Bermo. And it’s always hard to resist having second helpings of Meg’s amazing cakes at TH Roberts cafe in Dolgellau! You’ll find a full list of recommendations at your accommodation when you get here or ask us if you want to book in advance.
Why stay with us?
There is direct access down a 600 metre track through our wild woods and the meadows of our tent camping fields to the Mawddach Trail. Please be aware the track is steep in a couple of places so those with mobility issues may find this a struggle.
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AccommodationFour cosy cottages in a breath-taking location in a beautiful part of Wales.
PriceCottages cost from £50 per night in low season to £115 per night in high season (minimum stays apply).
Opening TimesOpen all year.
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