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At Smugglers Cove Boatyard

Frongoch, Aberdyfi, Gwynedd, LL35 0RG

  • Sleeps 5 (max 5 adults, 4 children)

The Owner Says

One of three south-facing pitches on a raised slate plateau beside the Dyfi estuary, separated from each other by shrubs and each with a fire place, .

They are accessed through a traditional working boatyard and a short 100m coastal path (wheelbarrow provided!). Toilets, showers and washing up facilities are located within the boatyard. Firewood can be purchased either from the main office or by the carpenter's boat.

Your tent looks out onto a constantly changing vista: at low tide, sand and the river channel, marching geese and  waders. We are 2 miles from nesting ospreys who fish in our water. At high tide, there's an expanse of water suitable for sailing, canoeing and swimming. We have a slipway and boat storage facilities.
Please note: We have recently laid fresh turf and we are currently restricting the number of tents per pitch to one per booking. We request that you pitch on an area not used by the previous campers to allow regrowth.

About Smugglers Cove Boatyard

Camping and rustic glamping in a working boatyard with an exceptional waterside location on the Dyfi estuary

The Owner Says

Camping and glamping in a working boatyard with an exceptional location on the Dyfi estuary.

This small, friendly boatyard on the Dyfi estuary, is located at an old slate works and quay in the Snowdonia National Park.

The boatyard is run by John Wassell and Geoff Hill, the day to day management of the yard is done by boat builder Giles Thaxton.

We have established a small, slightly eccentric, sustainable resource to be used by those interested in the outdoors.

We have a slipway and boat hoist, moorings & hard standing for smaller boats, toilets, showers, camping and holiday cottages.

Located 3 miles upriver from Aberdyfi bar and on the A493

The Boy John - a boat on the land.
A love nest for two or tiny venue for camping groups: a former Scottish fishing boat pulled up onto the shore and converted into a quirky space.
If you are looking for a romantic weekend away with a difference, the Boy John experience will be memorable!
The Boy John is 40’ long and 13’ wide, with good standing headroom. The main space has a kitchen/bar area with 2 ring gas hob; a piano and a wood burning stove, with seating along the sides for 12 people. The space is lit with fairy lights and spot lights, using solar generated electricity. Beyond, the stern cabin has a double bed, and is lined with boards that follow the lines of the hull, which gives it a real nautical feel. Upstairs the wheelhouse is glazed and you can sit outside on deck enjoying amazing views of the estuary.
If you have booked our cottages or camping pitches, the Boy John can provide a warm dry space for your group on the foreshore. She has been used for music gigs, films, storytelling and party space.

Site Facilities

There are toilets and showers in an ablutions building near the car parking area. Firewood is available for sale (by the bag or wheelbarrow load) and small campfires are permitted in the three fireplaces. Pitches have outstanding sea views (partly because they are practically in the sea!) and, when the tide is out, there is a beach. There is no vehicle access to the camping pitches, however the site provides a wheelbarrow for carrying your kit and it's only a 100m walk. The Boy John, a converted fishing vessel, is available for groups to use as a communal space or as glamping accommodation. It features a sleeping cabin, piano, log-burning stove, furniture and storage, and access to the top deck to enjoy the views.

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