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Bryn Y Gwin Farm Camping & Caravan Site

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd

Bryn Y Gwin Farm, Cader Road, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL401TF

A small camping and caravanning site with stunning views over Dolgellau, North Wales, and a large, well stocked, fishing lake
The works of Ian Davie are spectacular. His detailed paintings pick out wildlife scenes and thickets of local flora from the fabled Welsh countryside around him. Cast across a canvas they’d be impressive enough, but the fact Ian works his magic on the elegant white flight feathers of swans… well, that really takes some beating! It seems fitting then, for an artist who so thoroughly absorbs himself in every aspect of the local environment, that Ian, along with his wife Tracey, has now crafted a masterpiece in the great outdoors – opening up a scenic 40-acre campsite for anybody with an eye for beauty to enjoy.

Bryn y Gwin Farm is a genuinely enthralling place and whether you’re Claude Monet or a cack-handed camping enthusiast you can’t help but feel a little inspired here. Based across natural tiers in the Mawddach valley, Bryn y Gwin has all the charm of a campsite as it should be – without the commercial claptrap of pristine, symmetrical pitches and, instead, populated by an array of indigenous trees and the sound of running water. Indeed the babbling brook that lucky campers can pitch their tents beside was once worker of the old water mill in the centre of the site. Its quaint wooden wheel is now dormant beside the building but careful refurbishment has turned it into Tracey’s therapy clinic, where campers letting off steam have the added bonus of her herbalist, reflexoligist and professional masseuse skills.

Beneath the broadleaves the campsite becomes a patchwork of changing light. In the early morning, yellow streaks break into the clearings, brightening up as the day goes on, and throughout the seasons Bryn y Gwin enjoys the full fruits of the forest – carpets of spring bluebells, fistfuls of summer blackberries, early autumn conkers (perfect for the playground) and the rusty shades of fallen leaves. The farmhouse, of course, is always following suit and campers at the right time of year can buy produce from Ian and Tracey’s garden along with free-range eggs from the chickens.

However, to really immerse yourself in the locale, there are two distinguished options. The first is to join in one of the campsite's bush craft days. Ex-army expert Nick will sort you out. He learnt his trade during winters in deepest Norway, and his campfire lighting tips will set you up for the night. Alternatively, perch yourself down by the campsite’s private lake with fishing tackle in tow. The serenity of the spot is to die for and, at the right times of day, you can be the only one fishing here, a solo line shimmering across the water.

Like the fine detail that goes into each shade of Ian’s latest painting, everything here is watched with the careful eye of an artist. Ian and Tracey may have crafted a picturesque little campsite, but we haven’t even mentioned the frame in which it sits. In the heart of Snowdonia National Park, beneath the mighty crags of Cadair Idris, Bryn y Gwin Farm is a campsite on the doorstep of adventure and framed by the best that the Welsh countryside can give. You can’t hang it on your wall though, I’m afraid, so you’ll just have to go and see for yourself.

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★★★★★

Nice lay out

Nice lay out maintained with the environment very much in mind I think it would be a wonderful place to bring the kids
Jul 10, 2018 by Adrian bird
★★★★★

Exquisite scenery on a very friendly site

We've just returned from a week at Bryn Y Gwin and have left a bit of our hearts there. We camped on a superb flat pitch, with hookup and a view to die for (we've got a large tunnel tent: no problem). There is one shower, for 20p (2 mins) or £1 (10 mins), which beeps when you've got a minute left so you won't get left all lathered-up! The only slight problem is that the coin slot is outside the shower, which is awkward if you've got no clothes on! It's all part of the adventure... There are two loos, with hot and cold hand basins and hand soap, and these (and the shower) were kept immaculately clean - and there was always plenty of loo roll. There are no pot-washing facilities, so take your own and you'll be fine. Dolgellau is a small working town with lots of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. It's vibrant and about a 10 minute walk from the site (15 minutes back - uphill!). We can recommend The Steakhouse (near the car park) and Y Sospan (which used to be the town gaol) for food, and we enjoyed some good local beer (Purple Moose - mmm) in the Torrent Walk Hotel. Thank you, Ian, for recommending a trip to Cregennan Lakes and for suggesting we didn't descend Cadair Idris via the Foxes Path. We took his advice on the Lakes - absolutely stunning - but we didn't on Foxes. We should have. It was a horrible route down and I'm glad we'll never have to do it again! But we survived. There are many beautiful walks leading straight from the campsite and we only explored a handful of them. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Bryn Y Gwin for its tranquillity, location, views and lovely owners. Oh, and you can take a barbecue/fire pit as long as it's off the ground so doesn't scorch the grass, and you can forage for your own wood which is great fun. Oh, I want to be back there...!
Jun 20, 2018 by Sooby
★★★★★

Amazing

We had a wonderful couple of nights at the campsite. It's a beautiful location, so nice falling asleep next to a stream. Our family really loved the fire pits. The BBQ on a pulley was the highlight and so much fun. The owner was incredibly welcoming and helpful. We will definitely return and recommend to family and friends. Thank you!
Apr 17, 2017 by Laura
★★★★★

Two thumbs up.

Awesome little campsite, close to Dol and close to the hills, we got there quite late just in time to see a very moody, snow dusted Cadair poking through the clouds before the expected weather moved in. Facilities nice are clean, pitches level and the welcome was nice and warm. Lastly the nice lady came out in the pouring and saved my bacon when the battery died to give me a jump start.

Highly recommended!

Apr 2, 2016 by Ricrhys
★★★★★

A beautiful site 🌳

My husband and I visited this site last week, when we arrived we where greeted. by Tracie who showed us round and let us know what we needed. 

We set up on a field up by the fishing lake, which is so well thought out with disabled access and has beautiful views! The fields are levelled for tents and have electric hook ups, water and bins. The views are amazing ( especially on a sunny day) 

The toilets are spotless with a shower if needed which is lovely and £1 is nothing when you've paid so little for the pitch . 

There are lots of peaceful walks and the village is 10 mins away with shops, cafes and pubs. 

We used one of the fire pits, there's a table for you to prepare food and seating all around to keep warm. Our steaks cooked well  and again the views were amazing. 

Ian and Tracie  ( and children) thank you for sharing your little piece of paradise with us the hard work you put in truly shows! 

Leanne and john 

Jul 29, 2015 by Leanneq
★★★★★

Refreshing and friendly

Love this place! We only had 4 days for a stress free time out, but we went home after  our camping here feeling totally relaxed. We both slept well for the first time in a LONG time - it was so peaceful.  What we loved most about it was that it's not fussy.  It's informal, rustic and  Ian and Tracy were so welcoming. We WILL be back!

Jul 23, 2015 by Travelling Wilbury
★★☆☆☆

Not quite as aimed at campers as we had hoped

Well located near Dolgellau town (a walk uphill for 15 minutes), and a couple of miles from the start of the Cader pony path, this site is well located for shops, walking and tranquility. However, when we arrived there were only a handful of caravans and two other tents. We hadn't realised that the 'campground' was a 10-minute walk from the shower and drinking water and this unfortunately was a sore-point. There were a number of caravan fields, and one specifically for those in the caravan club - these were over by the toilets and shower whilst the campers had access to an unlit toilet and basin in their field. It seems like it should be the other way around? There are fire pits in the campsite for use with any wood you can find, and so that along with the quiet does give an air of camping in the wilderness. The toilet/basin wasn't running as there was stuff stuck in the pipes that direct water from the stream - fortunately Ian was around our camp when we were so I could inform him, otherwise it would've meant trekking the 10 minutes just to see if someone was in the house - it did get fixed easily, but it means that you pay £4.50pppn for a bit of land and the possibility of some comfort. It's not a large amount on money, but I've stayed in campsites for 50p more that are more equipped and more aimed at campers. The shower of course was run by meter, though we weren't told this on our arrival. Luckily I had my purse in my jacket otherwise it would've been a 10 minute walk back to get it. The shower however changed from hot to cold, so the 2 minutes my only 20p gave me was utterly wasted. Then I had to put £1 in, most of which was wasted because I didn't need 10 minutes. I got a meagre apology for something that was not at all my fault. It seems that with just a bit of tweaking, a bit more consideration and a more frequent checking, the campsite could in fact stay non-commercial but actually be comfortable (e.g. the camper's toilet had toilet roll, but the main toilet didn't…) Ian explained to us that he wanted the fire pits to give the campsite resemblance the camping he had as a child, but to be frank, I have had more comfort when I camping wild. It just needs a bit more attention - perhaps in high season it does. It's a shame it wasn't quite what we expected from the photos and the description. 

Jul 5, 2015 by Steph Steele

Response from Bryn Y Gwin Farm Camping & Caravan Site

I am happy to see positive aspects of this review. As mentioned the campsite is idealy situated for the Mawddach trail, Cader Idris and the market town of Dolgellau. The campsite has a quaint toilet block with a single toilet, wash basin and outside tap, all centrally located within 60m of any point of the field. Many campers have given positive comments about this toilet block since it was tastefully tiled/refurbished early this season. The review states toilet roll was present at the campsite for the duration of their stay, in fact so popular is the quality quilted, 3 ply toilet roll we supply sometimes it disappears cardboard centre and all. Due to the campsites location it would cost many thousands to bring electric here, not to mention the difficulties obtaining planning consent within the Snowdonia National Park for a shower facility. However I am constantly making improvements and I’m presently fitting solar lighting in the campsite toilet block. The campsite benefits from 3 fire pits and I inform campers where there is free fire wood available, if collecting this is too much trouble Wynnstays sell it by the bag.  Whilst doing my daily checks it was brought to my attention that the water had stopped running, being capable and proactive this was dealt with immediately and was rectified within 30 mins after I found an air block. The caravan site shower and filtered drinking water is a short 250m walk or 30 seconds in a car. The shower is a Mira 8.5KW producing genuinely hot water which is regulated by standard temperature controls. Showers have to be charged as camp fees of 4.50p.p p.n, if uncharged whilst having 2 showers a day I’d be trading at a loss. As with all our electrical appliances if issues do occur these are dealt with immediately. If you are looking for a tranquil campsite with a streamside location OR a caravan pitch with spectacular views look no further. If you want a site with hundreds of pitches, night club/ bar and entertainment laid on, then please look elsewhere.

★★★★★

Peace & Tranquility!

What a great little find this was!! If it's peace and tranquillity you're after look no further! Just two miles from Cadair Idris Pony Path and ten minutes walk from Dolgellau Town. A stunning location with breathtaking views and a beautiful lake for fishing....Will most definatley be back....Thanks Ian and Tracey

Jun 8, 2015 by paulyboy

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