Graig Wen

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Barmouth

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Staggered showering times
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Succumb to the tranquil hills of Graig Wen. Smart, sustainable and quite simply, lush.

Situated in the south-west corner of the Snowdonia National Park, there’s no doubt that Graig Wen enjoys one of the best campsite locations in the whole of Wales. Set among some 45 acres of its own wild woods and meadows, and with amazing views over the Mawddach Estuary curling down to Cardigan Bay below, this established spot plays host to happy campers and ample wildlife alike. It’s not surprising, then, that it has won the Green Snowdonia Award for ‘Most Sustainable Campsite’, along with a clutch of other gongs, including ‘The Best Camping and Glamping Site’ according to Go North Wales. Yet for all the awards, Graig Wen remains a wonderfully peaceful and unpretentious spot to stay.

At the heart of the campsite’s success is its owners’ paired passion to constantly improve the site while preserving its wild nature. To accompany their small collection of touring pitches, Sarah and John have hand-built two yurts from ash trees found on the land, kitting them out with quirky furniture and textiles, while two more pop-up yurts have been designed to move around the site depending on the season (closer to loos, showers and the comforts of electricity in winter). As recently as 2019 they added a cute new shepherd’s hut and there’s also a small holiday cottage.

For tent campers, however, the real highlight here is found down a short but steep track. Below the year-round touring site, several fields run right up to the edge of the estuary, available to pitch in from May to September. There’s a spacious family field, nearest to the parking, as well as more secluded spots with enticing names like Ash Corner, Mawddach View and Wild Cherry. Campfires are allowed and there’s ample space to go around, with enough choice for every camper to find the right amount of views, shelter, space or isolation, to suit their taste. In keeping with its award-winning status, Graig Wen’s well-maintained facilities are always spick and span, with hot showers and sparkling toilets. Viewing benches overlooking the Mawddach Estuary offer the best seat in the house come sunset o’clock – especially given Snowdonia’s ‘International Dark Sky Reserve’ status – and a simple camp shop stocks local ales and other essentials.

If you want to explore the campsite’s various streams and stretches of woodland, there’s an engaging geocache trail, which also subtly teaches you about the area’s slate-mining heritage along the way. More intrepid explorers, meanwhile, can tackle Cader Idris – the spectacular mountain at the back of Graig Wen. It’s the highest peak in southern Snowdonia but the crowds tend to be much smaller than on the summit of famous Snowdon in the north. According to legend, if you spend the night on the summit, you’ll come down a poet. Or a madman.

From a gate at the bottom of the campsite you can also cycle all the way to the beaches at Fairbourne or Barmouth without ever seeing a road, and virtually the entire route to Dolgellau in the other direction is road-free, too. It’s a fitting way to get around from the campsite; a place where cars belong safely in the car park and nature, in all its glory, takes centre stage.

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Facilities

Test your animal-spotting skills – owls, nightjars, egrets, badgers and kingfishers are all in residence here. There are plenty of trees to climb, dens to build and streams to potter in . In the car-free lower field you must park a few hundred meters away. Drop off service available 2 - 4pm and on morning of check out. Wheelbarrows provided to move your kit. 2 unisex showers on lower tent camping fields plus more on the upper touring van site and some just for glampers. Electric hook-ups (£4 per night). Campfires allowed on lower fields and communal camp fire for touring site (bag of logs £5). Hire bikes at Dolgellau Cycles (0044 1341 423332) call for prices.

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.

Open

The top 'touring' campsite is open all year. Yurts are available all year except briefly in January and February. The lower camping fields open from May–end of September.

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The Owner Says

Our self catering holiday accommodation in Snowdonia National Park, near Barmouth and Dolgellau, North Wales is in an exceptional location. Overlooking the Mawddach Estuary, one of the most beautiful in Wales, the views are breathtaking. Step straight onto the scenic Mawddach cycle Trail from our camping field. The mountains are all around, with sandy beaches, castles, steam trains, zip lines and bike trails close by. Whether you prefer a cottage, cosy wagon or yurt or sleeping under the stars, Graig Wen offers you a range of quality accommodation.

Our small, tranquil campsite has direct access to the beautiful Mawddach Estuary. There’s a sheltered area with electric hook ups for a handful of camper vans close to our washing facilities,  yurts and cottages. If you really want to get away from it all, go wild and pitch your tent down near the estuary to star gaze around a camp fire. Dogs on leads welcome. Pitches in our our car-free tent fields are well spaced out with loads of breathing space for everyone.

For family glamping adventures and romantic retreats you can also hideaway in one of our four pet-friendly yurts or Jones the shepherd's hut. You’ll be blown away by the views, scenery and seclusion…but have a bit of comfort too!

In recent years we are proud to have featured in The Guardian’s 10 Best Glamp sites, The Times' Coolest Places to Camp, The Independent’s 10 Best Luxury Coast Camp sites, as well as Country Living Magazine and many more.

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Social Distancing Measures

We have:

  • reduced numbers so everyone has plenty of space
  •  introduced additional cleaning measures, hand sanitising stations around the site and additional cleaning materials for guest use
  •  created more private washing facilities for some of our glamping accommodation
  • made shared facilities in use on a bubble by bubble, unisex basis - we have not seen people queuing for more than a minute or two
  • created a new Guest welcome App for self check. The App also gives guests up to date information about the best places open this year to eat out, local walks and tips for visiting places that are a little more off the beaten track.
  • achieved the Visit Wales industry standard accreditation  “We’re Good to Go”
  • plenty of space if campers wish to bring their own toilet/shower tent and we have facilities for emptying chemical toilets.
  • contactless payment for extras

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Accommodation

10 hard electric pitches and two grass pitches on the top touring site and 18 grass pitches in the lower camping fields (three with parking). Plus four yurts, a shepherd’s hut, holiday cottages and B&B rooms available.

Jones the Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
A unique, beautifully crafted Shepherd’s Hut to sleep two in style or squeeze in a young family.

Large yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
Hand-crafted from our own trees, this large traditional yurt is perfect for a romantic retreat or family adventure. Set amongst the silver birches of our glamping glade, the yurt is private but has facilities close by.

Empress Wagon

Pod Sleeps 4
Wagon with en suite shower/loo. Double bed and optional bunks for 2 children/sofa.

Small Duchess

Pod Sleeps 3
Comfy and cosy wagon - sleeps 2 to 3 people. Private kitchenette and seating area. Shared washing facilities nearby. Dogs welcome.

Yurt (for two)

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 2
The yurt (sleeping 2) is in an exceptional location - open the door in the morning to stunning Mawddach Estuary views.

Tommy

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
Tommy is ideal for couples and family glamping in a beautiful silver birch glade secluded from the rest of our camp site

Idris Pop-Up Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
A glamping escape in wild Snowdonia for couples and families seeking adventure with creature comforts. Kitted out with a proper double bed with a thick mattress and two single sofa beds.

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Secluded bell tent for wild adventures

Standard Van/Caravan Pitch

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 5
A standard touring van pitch for motorhomes or caravans up to 7m with space for awning. No tents. Hardstanding with enough space for awning on grass and a towing car to park.

Panorama View Pitch (electric optional)

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 5 2 Available
Fabulous Mawddach Estuary views from these pitches! Suitable for motorhomes or caravans up to 7.5m with space for awnings. Hardstanding with enough space for awning on grass. No tents

Small Camper Van pitch

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 4 3 Available
Camper vans up to 6m only – there’s a grassy space for your outside table and chairs or small awning. No tents.

Grass tent Pitch & Park (lower field)

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 3 Available
Park next to your pitch with wonderful views across the valley. One tent and one car only ( no vans). Car must be booked as an extra. Tents no wider than 5.5 metres.

Estuary Field Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 6 Available
Grass pitch suitable for one tent only situated in the wilder, car-free camping field. Space for one car in the car park (no van access) must be booked as an extra

Family Field Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 5 Available
A large, flat grass pitch suitable for one tent only situated in the wilder, car-free camping field. Space for one car in the car park (no van access) must be booked as an extra

Super Secluded tent pitches

Grass pitch Sleeps 4 3 Available
Grass pitch suitable for one tent only hidden away along the valley in the wilder, car-free camping fields. Space for one car in the car park (no van access) must be booked as an extra

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Location

Contact Graig Wen, Graig Wen Campsite, Arthog, Nr Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL39 1YP

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Getting There

Turn off the A470 Dolgellau bypass onto the A493 signposted Tywyn/ Fairbourne. The campsite is exactly 4.5 miles from this point so set your tripometer! As you near it the road narrows and the site is on the brow of a slight hill on the right hand side. If approaching from Fairbourne direction on A493, drive through Arthog, past the quarry and look for a sign saying "Concealed entrance" on the left - that's Graig Wen. Sat nav works with postcode LL39 1YP. 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.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 235 reviews

★★★★★

Fantastic site, amazing location

We stayed in the larger of the two new Wagons, Empress. We were really impressed with the ensuite shower room and the wagon generally which was clean, cosy and plenty big enough for two adults sleeping separately and a dog. It was warm and welcoming with a real glamping feel yet all the essential creature comforts necessary for an October stay. The Wagons are on a small and friendly touring site with the meadows for the tent pitches lower down by the estuary. The scenic walk down to the Mawddach estuary trail was a great start for a long circular walk recommended in the excellent app prepared by Rachel, Graig Wen owner. We enjoyed the fire bowl/BBQ and the star gazing plus panoramic view of the estuary from the communal seating area. This is the place to come for a back to nature retreat. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
★★★★★

Friendly site with fabulous views over estuary

Only stayed 2 nights but will be back. Beautiful unspoilt area and views. Site is small and basic but has all the amenities needed, and very clean. Host was very friendly and welcoming. Didn't use camp shop this time but very useful on site. Is a very steep path to lovely estuary walks, fabulous views. Barmouth accessed by ferry boat, or lovely pub on way to Dolgellau in other direction. If don't want to walk is bus stop directly outside site. We walked to Dolgellau, had good lunch, in sunshine, outside Royal Ship Hotel in centre square,(one of many nice pubs/cafes). Then got bus to Fairborne, boat ferry over to Barmouth (lovely little seaside town) & back then walked back to Graig Wen. 13 miles ish? but worth it! Can't wait to go back and explore more
Oct 14, 2021 by Ann Heywood Verified Review
★★★★★

Never stargazed like it. Lovely place to stay. Great views, helpful staff.

Pitched on one of the two panoramic pitches in my motorhome. Personally i think the best views on the sight. The pitch was flat with electric and a duckboard just in case its mucky. Toilet very close if needed, shower minute away. The stars at night were amazing lying on the bench in the grounds. Great views of the estuary and the mountains. Very happy and would gladly stay here again.
★★★★★

Peaceful stay in N Wales

Amazing little miners hut in N Wales with everything you need. The attention to detail in the hut is second to none and the small kitchenette is perfect for cooking meals. Infra red heater was also brilliant. Will definitely be returning. Lots of local walks and mountain biking trails nearby. Will be returning to stay in the Shepards hut when I can!

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for sharing your experience of staying in Small Duchess quarry wagon. We're so pleas you found it comfortable and warm after your days out on the bike.  We look forward to welcoming you back!
★★★★★

Perfect

Despite living less than a mile away and experiencing one of the heaviest nights of rainfall ever on our first night, Graig Wen was nothing short of a little piece of heaven. It was my youngest daughter's seconds birthday during our stay and she will never forget her birthday and my eldest who is seven has made a lifetime of memories. We stayed in Jones and there was everything possibly needed. Sarah and John were amazing hosts and I highly recommend to everyone. Have had lots of friends in awe at the pictures of our holiday and know of many who have planned to book... An absolute delight of a place, heavenly but not too precious. Just perfect...

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much - that means a lot coming from one of our local community. Thanks for choosing to bring the family to stay in Jones the shepherd's hut for this special occasion.  Best wishes, Sarah and John
★★★★★

A lovely stay at a beautiful campsite. The Empress waggon was very impressive

We are made very welcome and information was provided when required. The facilities were excellent. My wife and I enjoyed the added extra's of coffees and breakfast type snacks on site. It is a fantastic place for dogs with many wonderful walks in the area
Oct 4, 2021 by simon whitney

Response from Graig Wen

It was great to see you both again and thanks for coming to try Empress having stayed in our B & B previously. Best wishes, Sarah and John
★★★★★

Super little find

Have just returned from a 2 night stay in "Tommy". Despite it being a very wet and windy couple of days, we have returned home totally chilled. The location of Craig Wen is beautiful. Facilities were spotless at all times, and the contact less check in and departure worked perfectly. The app provided is very useful, we pre-booked food at the Cross Foxes (a recommended place to eat) and we weren't disappointed. Would definitely recommend as a place to stay.

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for your recommendation of staying in Tommy yurt.  We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your break despite wild weather!
★★★★★

Warm and cosy autumnal break

Just had a fab 4 night stay in the Large Yurt, during a wet, wild and windy week at the end of September. The Yurt is really spacious and has everything you need for a great week of relaxing, reading by the toasty wood burner and cooking up great meals. Loads to do on the doorstep, including lake swimming, mountain biking, walking Cader Idris, and strolling along the estuary to Barmouth. We'll be back another time. Thank you for a great stay.
Oct 3, 2021 by Jenny Wain Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you for sharing your experience of staying in the large yurt wild weather! We're so pleased you were comfortable on return from your adventures!
★★★★★

Beautiful location

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Graig Wen. The views are breath-taking, the facilities and really clean and environmentally friendly which was an added bonus. We will definitely be back again.
Sep 29, 2021 by Rachel Cook Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks - that's great to hear!
★★★★★

A wonderful experience

Thank you for having us Graig Wen! The site was everything it promised to be and gave us the space to properly relax amongst the beautiful mountains and Mawddach estuary. We pitched on the lower camping field and the view was spectacular in rain or shine. You need to be prepared to walk up quite a steep hill to access the facilities and get to your car, but if you're up for that then there is no better place to come and experience the area. We even enjoyed wheelbarrowing our gear around (but were also very pleased to be able to take advantage of the free lift with our tent the morning we left!) All the staff we came across were lovely, knowledgeable about the area and v.helpful. I hope we will be able to get another visit again very soon!
Sep 29, 2021 by Lucy Baines Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much - that's really appreciated by the whole team.
★★★★★

Outstanding hospitality and views

We had a marvellous stay in one of the very comfortable cottages. We enjoyed the log burner in the evenings and the wonderful views across the estuary. Glad to be able to walk from our door on most days, visiting the coastline, estuary, woods and (sadly rather dry) waterfalls and lakes. We wish we had taken more advantage of the delicious coffee and croissant on offer. Cottage was very cosy and attractively decorated. We had everything we needed and wanted. Sarah and John have a wealth of local knowledge and know how to share it in a friendly way. whilst letting us know they are available they are not obtrusive at all. We look forward to returning soon. Felt very safe on site
Sep 29, 2021 by Ruth Higgs
★★★★★

Lovely spot and lovely yurt

The view from the campsite was stunning, yurt very well equipped and only a short (30min) cycle to Dolgellau.
★★★★★

Great place- beautiful setting

We stayed here for 4 nights in our small motor home. Lovely place with fantastic views. We loved staying here as everything was spaced out and not too many people. Wild, wonderful and interesting! We are coming again next year.
Sep 26, 2021 by Pauline
★★★★★

Beautiful site, Fantastic views over the mawddach estuary.

This has to be one of the best sites we have stayed at. The views over the Mawddach esturary are stunning. The facilities are excelent. The site is quirky in a good way, lots of quiet places and hide aways. Entering the site past the cottages is a llitle tight as you can't help but brushing the bushes as you drive past with the caravan on tow. Overall a lovely place to stay and we will deffinitely be returing.

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for your kind recommendation of bringing your caravan to Graig Wen. We look forward to welcoming you back for more fabulous views!
★★★★★

Perfect location and beautiful scenic pitches.

First up all the lower pitches you can’t drive to but there is wheelbarrows and you can request help getting your gear to the site. We were in the family field, the pitches are generous with fire pits and not too far from facilities. We went with a 1 & 2 year old it was pretty full on. Plan on going in a couple of years once both can cycle as the Maddwach path is at the bottom of the site and we will be able to cycle to the beach/pub. Ideal place to switch off (limited signal) and enjoy your family and nature.
Sep 22, 2021 by Alice Yoxen

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks for sharing your experience of bringing your young family to camp on our wilder camping fields.  With infants we would recommend booking either one of the 3 pitches you can park next to or arriving between 2 and 4pm for our luggage lift on service.  Loads of adventures for the kids to have here when they are bit older!
★★★★☆

Comfortable cottage

Friendly staff, very clean cottage . We stayed in T'yr Adar . The bed was very comfortable, and we slept really well . The cottage is very well equipped as well . There is a small private patio/ garden , but we didn't use it . It was easy to visit places in the area . The estuary view is beautiful. If I came again , I would definitely book a cottage with an outside area overlooking the estuary . Nice little shop for essentials ( chocolate, coffee, and wine )
Sep 20, 2021 by Julie Hope

Response from Graig Wen

We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay in Ty'r Adar cottage and found it clean and comfortable. Thanks!
★★★★★

Tranquillity and Peace!!

Lovely camp site, good facilities. We stayed on the estuary fields and it was probably one of the nicest pitches I've ever stayed on. Great views, nice and quiet, very peaceful. The fact that we could have fires too was a bonus. The staff were really helpful aswell. Nice touch being able to buy croissants in the morning and cider at night from the shop onsite. All in all a perfect stay. We will be coming back!

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for choosing to camp here.  We look forward to welcoming you back again.
★★★★★

Fantastic campsite well organised & staff are very helpful will definitely recommend & visit again!

I stayed in a quarry wagon (small dutches) that are so much fun to stay in comfy bed & cozy!! & the toilets are very close also a beautiful view out the window!.. this campsite is very well organised clean & tidy with lovely walks straight out the back door I definitely recommend a visit it’s a thumbs up from me! 👍

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much from the whole team for your thumbs up to staying in Small Duchess!
★★★★★

Great stay, wonderful spot

We had a lovely four night stay with our two dogs and loved it. We stayed on Precipice plot under the trees with a great view of the estuary. Loads of space so the dogs relaxed, and a choice of what angle to pitch the tent etc. The new showers are perfect, warm, lots of water and spacious and very handy for the lower field. Service from Sarah and John was perfect - really hospitable and all the COVID precautions in place. Nice to but treats from the shop too. The only tiny complaint is that the smell from the compost loo occasionally wafted down the hill, not sure what could be done about that.

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for your feedback. We're really pleased you enjoyed your camping experience and felt looked after.
★★★★★

Sustainable Camping with a Community feel

It is rare that you find a campsite that gives you everything but the owners at Graig Wen really have nailed it. Everyone seemed really nice too and there was a real community feel to the site. - Beautiful site and views. We stayed at the top in our van on pitch 2 with a great view. The lower level tent feels looked lovely with fire pits set up - Direct access to the Mawddach trail. I did morning runs in both directions - 10 mins drive to the Mountain (Cadair Idris - take £6 in coins if parking) - Green energy used and Waste recycled - Perfect facilities. Probably the cleanest we have been when on a camping trip! - Shop selling local beer and ciders open in the afternoon. The road was a little noisy at times during the night but I think that was only noticeable as the site is so peaceful. We will definitely go back to Graig Wen.

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much for your kind words. It's lovely to hear you felt part of a friendly camping community here on our touring van site. We would love to welcome you back.
★★★★★

If Carlsberg did campsites...

We chose to camp in the Estuary field where no cars are allowed and you've got truly great views across the Mawddach Estuary, spacious pitches each with a campfire spot and dark skies with stars that will leave you gawping. What a place to be! Got to be one of, if not, THE best spot we've pitched at. The campsite itself provided everything we wanted, friendly owners & helpful staff, peace & quiet, logs etc. It's a large, heavily wooded spot with very few pitches. The owners have got this spot-on. We had immediate access to the estuary itself with beautiful Barmouth in one direction and Dolgellau in the other. Nearby Cregannan Lake, the Precipice walk, The Lady Inn & Mermaid chippy in Barmouth are must do's. Am definitely going back and I almost never do that. Almost reluctant to recommend 'cos I need to ensure it doesn't get so popular I can't re-book. But too good not to recommend.
Sep 18, 2021 by zulugirl Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

That's amazing - thank you so much for sharing your experience of tent camping on our estuary field.
★★★★★

Lovely Campsite. Unbelievable experience in Snowdonia!

Nearly wild camping, so if you look for peaceful time immersed into nature then Graig Wen is for you. Very green, clean and well maintained. Unbelievable star gazing and silence during nights. Dolgellau is just 10 min by car. You'll have everything you need in this lovely and vibrant little village. We loved it. We'll definitely go back again for Snowdonia and for the campsite. Thanks Graig Wen! Absolutely recommended!

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much.  It was lovely to meet you and see you falling for Snowdonia!
★★★★★

Perfect campsite

We were lucky to have one of the two panorama pitches (we have a caravan) and wow, the views are just outstanding. The owners have thoughtfully put a bench at the viewpoint, so anyone can enjoy the view. Spotless facilities, although as requested we did mainly use our own. But for campers under canvas...I would say if you want to get away from it all, this is the site for you- 45 acres of wildflowers, trees and birdsong, and the pitches are are a long way from each other. We have two dogs, so the path from the campsite onto the Mawddach trail was ideal, it's just for walkers and cyclists, and amazing views all along the estuary. We treated ourselves a couple of times to fresh croissants and cappuccinos from reception. Perfection. We definitely be back.
Sep 13, 2021 by Anne Parker Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much for your lovely recommendation of your caravan holiday here with the dogs. We work very hard to keep our facilities clean so we're pleased to hear you found them spotless. We look forward to seeing you again!
★★★★★

A lovely relaxing place with stunning views.

We stayed in the small yurt which had cooking facilities, a solar shower and outside and inside fires. The campsite loos weren't too far away and were very clean at all times. The coffee and pastries were very welcome in the mornings and we were able to buy a few supplies from the campsite shop. The location was great but next time we'll definitely take bikes as we spent a lot of time walking along the Mawddac trail and would have been able to go much further on two wheels. Sarah and John were very helpful and able to answer our many questions about the area. Our only real problem was being unable to get the bus back from Fairbourne as we miscalculated and didn't realise the last one coincided with the end of the school day (I think if it had been a week before there would have been a later one but things changed because of schools going back). All in all a lovely week on a beautiful campsite.
Sep 12, 2021 by Claire Rigby Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for your recommendation of staying in our yurt for two. It's definitely a great place to bring bikes with access straight onto the Mawddach Trail. So pleased you enjoyed the coffee and pastries too!
★★★★☆

Peaceful, secluded, yet easy to access eclectic site off the Welsh Coastal Path

Booked last minute in peak season (end July) to walk a section of the coastal path (Barmouth to Harlech) over a weekend. Comprehensive information provided with the booking confirmation via link to site app. Easy to find off the estuary cycle trail so long as you keep your eyes peeled. Straight forward check in. Very eco friendly natural site with a worthy moral compass. We bought a couple of bottles of the local beer to sip whilst we put up our tent, then walked into Barmouth for dinner & returned in the dark. All perfectly doable. Site was busy with a good atmosphere but pitches very well spaced apart.
Sep 11, 2021 by LuluCoops Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you.  We're always happy to welcome walkers doing the Wales Coast Path.
★★★★★

The best campsite I've ever stayed on

A truly unique camping experience. The site was simply stunning, with the camping pitches thoughtfully located within the landscape so that each has its own place and a breathtaking view, while being within sensible reach of the facilities. We booked a pitch with a car space, which was useful but you could manage quite well without. The best bit of all was that each pitch had a flat space for your tent, so you didn't have to contend with sleeping on a slope - I think that's a camping first for us! I also loved washing my dishes in a sink set up on a wooden stand overlooking the forest, with a kettle handily provided for hot water! So many little touches that made everything easier/more pleasant. We will be returning to Graig Wen without a shadow of a doubt.
Sep 11, 2021 by Jayne Sykes Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much for such a big recommendation of staying on our tent camping fields! We look forward to seeing you again.
★★★★★

Graig Wen experience just gets better every year

Just back from a wonderful stay at Graig Wen. This place is just magical, surrounded by oak trees and the best of nature. We had clear skies and spent hours watching shooting stars and owls flying past our heads whilst our campfire glowed away. John and Sarah and the team made us feel very very welcome and I love the subtle improvements since our last stay. We went on local walks and spent a day at the nearby Coed y Brenin mountainbike trail centre. There's no better place to unwind and relax
Sep 11, 2021 by Damien Coll Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much - always lovely to see you both here. The owls have been very active and multiplying I think this year!
★★★★★

Secluded perfection

A beautiful little site in a stunning part of the world. The site is well maintained and there were some cute little touches around the place that made me smile! We got a little map to show us to our pitch and I loved that we had a little wheelbarrow to carry our belongings. The secluded tent pitches are really spread out so you do feel on your own which is what we wanted, but the facilities were close enough that we camped comfortably. I would definetely recommend staying here, there is a lovely pub down the road overlooking the estuary and plenty of things nearby to keep you busy.

Response from Graig Wen

I'm so pleased your stay here brought smiles to you!  Thank you so much, that's wonderful.
★★★★★

A magical place to connect with nature

We camped at Graig Wen on the family field for 5 nights at the end of the summer holidays with our two daughters (6 and 9). We all loved it here. The views are out of this world, the site has everything you need, from pastries and logs to order and a small shop for essentials (including marshmallows, which we forgot to buy in Dolgellau!) to cold beer/cider and even ice creams. We were fascinated and impressed by the compost loos and trailer showers, and didn't end up trying the wash block at the top of the hill, but here these are great too. Our pitch was fantastic - felt like wild camping but a little easier (running water, drinking water and loos within a short walk) and we loved stargazing and listening to barn owls, tawny owls and woodpeckers in the trees right next to our tent. The location is also perfect - easy to get to, fantastic spot for walking and cycling without needing to get back in your car. The girls had a ball at Fairbourne, Barmouth and Harlech beaches, we loved Harlech Castle, Fairbourne Railway and the Barmouth ferry! Highly recommed a trip to the nearby Centre for Alternative Technology, too. A wonderful, inspiring place with plenty to interest and educate children and adults alike, and delicious food from the café. All in all, just a wonderful family week. We'll be back!

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much for sharing your experience of a memory filled family holiday. The area has so much to offer families. Star-gazing and listening to the owls here at night is just magical.  We look forward to welcoming you back for more adventures!
★★★★★

Beautiful spacious wild site

We had a lovely holiday at graig wen for 11 nights this summer. It’s the kind of place you want to keep to yourself but that wouldn’t be fair…We (family of 4) stayed on a park ‘n’ pitch spot somewhere down the hill from the reception area and had no near neighbours other than the sheep on the other side of the wall. The location is perfect: walks from the site along the Mawddach estuary, into Dolgellau and up into woods and waterfalls. We climbed cadair idris, paddle boarded at Barmouth, swam in the sea and relaxed by the tent with books and board games. John & Sarah have a fantastic detailed website and app updated with all the local info so check that out and book yourselves in!
Sep 6, 2021 by Mrs Lewis

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you very much for your recommendations which are really appreciated. Sounds like you had an action packed family holiday!
★★★★★

We’ll kept and peaceful place

Had a lovely 2 night stay here, and will be going again. Very tidy and very peaceful place not designed to be a overcrowded camping site! More of a wild camping experience with open fires. Just fantastic

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much.
★★★★★

Perfect!!

First time camping with my partner and it was perfect! Beautiful views, friendly staff and amazing outdoor experience. Will definitely be returning

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you for choosing to stay at Graig Wen for your first camping holiday together - we're so pleased you enjoyed it!
★★★★★

The most beautiful campsite in the world IMO!

The setting for Graig Wen campsite is simply stunning. The views, and woods, the thoughtful extra touches like hammocks and the bracken maze, communal camping fire spots, were lovely to discover. The campsite is brilliantly run too - extremely useful and informative custom App, freezer packs to borrow, and the morning pastries all added to the ease and enjoyment of our trip. We stayed in the Empress wagon, which us and our two kids (and dog!) absolutely loved - so well designed and cosy. Highly recommended all round!
Sep 1, 2021 by Rhonwen Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Wow, thanks so much for your kind recommendation! We're really pleased you enjoyed staying in our new Empress wagon. We can't take any credit for the bracken maze though which was created by one of our young campers. He promises to return and make a bigger one next year!
★★★★★

A wonderful, creative and unique setting

You really feel you're in the mountains here at Craig Wen. Beautiful views across the mountain tops and down the estuary. Thoughtful conservation from solar panels to compost loos and showers. Enjoyed the morning pastries, and the evening fairy lights and fire pits. Will return!

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you for sharing your holiday experience on our touring van site. It's great to see people enjoying the communal campfire area again this year.
★★★★★

Starry starry nights

Wild and wonderful camping...perfectly situated in the midst of valley and sea, looked upon by majestic mountains.
Aug 31, 2021 by Lee

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you. The night skies are often astounding here in Snowdonia Dark Skies Reserve. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay here.
★★★★★

Amazing as always

4th time staying here, second time on panorama pitch1. Site is amazing. Quiet, rural, friendly, relaxing atmosphere, owners are always around and on hand if you need anything. Site has everything you need. Fresh pastries in the morning were a win from us too. We will be back next year 💜
Aug 31, 2021 by Steph Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much for your continuing support! We look forward to welcoming you back again nest year. Sarah and John
★★★★★

Friendly welcome in a spectacular setting

My 12 year old son and I stayed for 8 nights in August. The setting is spectacularly beautiful with views from most pitches over mountains, estuary or both. With only 20-odd pitches there is a really personal service from the helpful and friendly owners and staff which made us feel really welcome. The showers and compost loos in the woods were really cleverly designed and effective and the facilities on the upper site were spotlessly clean and really attractive (although careful planning is needed to avoid too many trips up the very steep access road!) We had brought bikes with us, and found that we hardly needed to use the car; the ride along the estuary from the bottom of the site towards Dolgellau or Barmouth is outstandingly beautiful and you can access beaches, walks, towns, railway stations or a pub in 20-30 minutes of gentle cycling. We locked our bikes to the bike racks at the bottom of the site but other groups preferred to push their bikes up to the camping field which is really hard work! The fire pits on each pitch are great fun to sit around at the end of the day with a cold beer from the shop at reception. There are great walks in the area, not only the obvious (Cader Idris) but lots of shorter but still spectacular ones (its well worth buying the walks guide that they sell at reception). Many of these start from the Mawdach cycle trail or from Barmouth town

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much for choosing to come tent camping with us and share your holiday experience.  Your family sound like they really made the most of this wonderful area where they is so much to explore on the doorstep. Cheers!
★★★★★

Our stop over at Graig Wen

We loved this site, the directions were easy to follow and the site is well sign posted The facilities were spotlessly clean, and we loved the location , sitting perched above the Barmouth Estuary We would recommend this site A ******
Aug 26, 2021 by Paul Watson Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much for your wonderful recommendation of staying on our touring van site! That's so nice to hear.
★★★★★

A wonderful little site

Welcoming, helpful and friendly staff. Stunning views and climate friendly facilities. No feeling of being overcrowded. The thing that made us sad was that we only booked for two nights. Next time, a week, at least!
Aug 25, 2021 by John Spooner Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks for sharing your experience of camping on our wilder tent camping fields. We look forward to seeing you for longer another time! 
★★★★★

Fantastic weekend glamping.

Our family had a brilliant weekend staying in the large yurt at Craig Gwen. The location is beautiful, the site is designed perfectly to allow for privacy and to enjoy the spectacular views. The facilities are very good and the staff very helpful. We will definitely try and return, however it’s pretty challenging getting a booking at peak times. I can see why now having had such a great experience.
Aug 25, 2021 by Tara Denn Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay in our large yurt so much! Thank you.
★★★★★

Fantastic

We absolutely loved our short stay in a quarry wagon at Graig Wen. The site is situated in a beautiful location with gorgeous views. Our accommodation had everything we needed and more, it was comfortable and fitted out well. Use of a fridge/freezer was a big help too. Toilets and shower block were very clean and the 'bubble system' worked well. Coffee was excellent (we didn't try pastries and sadly weren't there for pizza night). All in all we loved every minute of our stay, we would recommend and will definitely return.

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for your recommendation of staying in Small Duchess. We're really pleased you enjoyed the little extras like our new barista coffee service. We hope to welcome you back sometime.
★★★★★

Great site in a stunning location

We were delighted with our three night stay in the Little Duchess wagon. Sarah was the perfect host and the facilities were clean, Covid safe and the layout of the site nestling in the wooded hillside allows privacy. It’s a great location for walkers and cyclists close to Cadir Idris and the Mawddach trail. I thoroughly recommend a stay at Graig Wen and we will definitely return.
Aug 23, 2021 by Mike Whear Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

That's great to hear! Many thanks for your kind words.  We're so pleased you found Small Duchess wagon comfortable and look forward to welcoming you back.
★★★★★

Lovely dry and warm

We love this camp site and have been coming for years. It’s nice to see how it has grown but remains peaceful. We’ve stayed in the yurts, house, tents and now the Empress wagon. It was lovely to have a dry place to come back to after a wet and windy walk. X
Aug 22, 2021 by Sarah Jones

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for your support and choosing to return to try something different here. So pleased you enjoyed the comforts of Empress wagon!
★★★★★

Our second visit.

We booked up for this year on our way home from last year. That’s how impressed we were. The yurts are awesome. The setting is perfect and the campfire area is the cherry on top. The setting is breathtaking, with mountains lakes and the sea what’s not to admire. Love north Wales and we can’t wait to book again for next year. We’ll done to all the team as ever. 🙂

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks very much to you and your families for choosing to return to our yurts again. Your review is really appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you back for a third visit!  Best wishes Sarah and John
★★★★★

Lovely stay at Graig Wen

We had a fabulous 3 night stay in our campervan at Graig Wen. The view is fantastic and the facilities were very clean. There are plenty of things to do nearby and we had some great meals in Dolgellau.

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks for your recommendation of our camper van pitches.  There are some excellent places to eat out locally with a bit of planning so thanks for supporting our local cafes and restaurants in Dolgellau.
★★★★★

Chilled

Gorgeous spot. Beautiful views and variety of camping/glamping options. Good coffee and croissants in the morning. Clean loos. Kids loved exploring the forest and having a place to build a fire. Would recommend.
Aug 12, 2021 by Jan Taylor Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

We're glad you enjoyed the fresh morning coffee and croissant as well as the clean facilities and scenery. Thanks very much for your recommendation. 
★★★★★

A wonderful escape in North Wales

We had a wonderful long weekend in the bell tent at Graig Wen. The tent was comfortable and felt remote and the perfect escape for a few days. The site is beholds wonderful views and is situated between mountains, forests, beaches and interesting towns with lots to do. The sourdough bread and raspberry croissants are essential and set us up for the day ahead. Everything is very eco friendly and we loved the loos with a view! Although the weather was mixed we felt warm and cosy in our tent at night. We found the comprehensive online guide of particular use and had a lovely relaxing few days. Mawwdach pizza nearby highly recommend and friendly. Hopefully we can visit again very soon!
Aug 11, 2021 by Alison Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much Alison for sharing your experience of staying in our bell tent.  So pleased you enjoyed the little extras like collecting freshly baked croissants and coffee for breakfast. We'd love to welcome you back. Sarah and John
★★★★★

Fantastic Place

The owners are fabulous, warm and friendly. We stayed in the small yurt and it was secluded and private witg lovely views and space. The facilities are clean and without spiders 😀 and the showers hot. We can't wait to book for next summer.

Response from Graig Wen

Very important to have facilities without spiders! Although we do like admiring the moths that fly into the loos at night! Thanks so much - we look forward to welcoming you back next year.  Sarah and John
★★★★★

Best camp site we have been to

Stunning yurt in a beautiful, tranquil and secluded glade. All the utensils you could possibly need to cook yourself a meal on the camp stove, a lovely fire pit and comfortable chairs outside. Fantastic fire burning stove that gets the yurt toasty warm and a comfortable sofa bed. Toilets and showers fairly close to the yurt. Location of this place is amazing - right on the mawddach estuary and well placed for our visits to cadair idris, Harlech, Barmouth, port meirion and zip world. By far the best location and ‘feel’ to any camp site we’ve been to (and we have been to a lot). Thank you to all for a lovely stay. Would not hesitate to recommend.
Aug 9, 2021 by Frances Ward

Response from Graig Wen

We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay in our Small Yurt. Thanks so much for your recommendation, that's really appreciated.  Best wishes, Sarah and John
★★★★★

Wild , beautiful and welcoming

We had a great few days at Graig Wen. The scenery was outstanding and facilities very good. It is a quiet campsite , perfect for a retreat away from it all. Our kids enjoyed enjoyed the bike trail at the bottom of the site and the waterfall walk was very pretty too. It was great to be able to order bread and croissants from the shop

Response from Graig Wen

"Wild, beautiful and welcoming" - fantastic to hear these words describing your impression of your stay here at Graig Wen. Many thanks, Sarah and John.
★★★★★

Go wild!!

Get totally away from life here. Absolutely beautiful area and the site makes the most of it. Secluded pitches that maximise the natural experience. The staff go above and beyond.
Aug 7, 2021 by Becky

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you Becky - that's really appreciated by our hard working team during this busy season. 
★★★★★

Really really lovely

We came for my sisters birthday. My sister is not a big fan of camping so staying here was perfect. Our car was parked next to our tent so not much walking with kit required and the showered were hot an wonderful. We stayed on Valley view so we were not alone but felt quite private. We loved the fire pit and the staff were super friendly and welcoming. Real shame we couldn’t spend longer. Will definitely be back with a bigger crew. Thanks again

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you Rachel - we're glad you were all happy campers and look forward to welcoming you back! Sarah and John
★★★★★

Fabulous Site

A beautiful setting on the Mawddach, great for cycling and walking. Very steep so beware, but that makes it different. Nice facilities, good showers at the top end of the site.
Aug 2, 2021 by Simon Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you - we're so lucky to have the Mawddach Trail on our doorstep, even if there's a bit of a hill to reach it!
★★★★★

Perfectly brilliant

As ever this site has given us with 4 nights of tranquility and joy. Sarah and John are doing a brilliant job of providing guests with somewhere really special to visit and the little touches like coffee and croissants for breakfast are genius. We miss it already

Response from Graig Wen

The fresh morning coffee and croissants seem to be going down really well with campers! Fab to see you both again Debbie. We hope to be welcome you back for a latte soon!
★★★★★

Lovely, restful long weekend in beautiful North Wales

We stayed in the Idris Yurt for a long weekend as a start to the kids' summer holiday. Weather was amazing and it was a very pleasant stay indeed, surroundings so beautiful and the children were particularly delighted to hear a tawny owl at dusk. Staff were really friendly and helpful. It was very handy having our own shower and loo. Great kitchen space outside. The only (small) thing was that I constantly tripped over by the kitchen, the decking in place is too spaced out and my foot kept getting stuck. Think it would be helpful (and safer) to replace it. Really comfortable bed. Bring your own camping chairs if you want to relax by the fire. Thank you so much, after a very difficult year it was a welcome "switch off", relaxing weekend, made easier by the facilities provided.
Jul 28, 2021 by Laura Barnes Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks for your useful feedback - the pesky bit of decking has been sorted out! So pleased you were able to completely switch off in Idris yurt. The tawny owls and their young are particularly vocal around there! Thanks for choosing to stay at Graig Wen.
★★★★★

Fantastic site, great facilities

We stayed in the Tommy yurt for 4 nights. We had eveything we needed including some much needed shade. The site is very well organised and covid safe. Excellent app also. We will be returning very soon.

Response from Graig Wen

We're so pleased you enjoyed your glamping break in Tommy. Thanks for the feedback about the Guest App too - we work hard at keeping it packed with up to date holiday tips for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back!
★★★★★

Peaceful and restorative

We loved the sense of space , the distance between tent pitches and the views. Sarah and John were really helpful organising a buggy to help move our kit from the car park space on arrival and departure. They look after the space well and we’re always warm and friendly.
Jul 26, 2021 by Carol Dalton Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful getaway

Our time here as 3 friends was beautiful, to get away from the city and to pause in the peaks of Snowdonia. The owners are lovely and welcoming and suggested many places to go and all in all, was such a lovely and tranquil space with lovely showers! If you want to go camping to place that is a little more secluded but with activities available like hiking, mountain biking, this place is the one for you! Thanks so much for making our time great!
Jul 26, 2021 by Kavitha Verified Review
★★★★★

Peaceful, a brilliant tonic

The tranquility, the views, the owners are just brilliant
★★★★★

Beautiful campsite

The people that work here are so lovely and helpful! They helped take out things down to our pitch in the heat so we didn’t have to keep walking back and to! When we arrived to our pitch we were amazed by how private and spacious it was! Additionally, how quiet and peaceful it was even with others around! The facilities were kept clean at all! One of the bests things was the loyalty shop, where you could get your own ice cream and ice lollies and the trust just made it feel homely. I would definitely return to this campsite, as the prices are amazing for what you get.
★★★★★

Beautiful, tranquil, basic

Absolutely stunning surroundings! And unbelievably quiet at times. We were on the bottom field, a real back to nature experience! We had 10 days, most other people seemed to stay 3 or 4. Lovely walks. We enjoyed Fairbourne and the local scene more than expensive Barmouth! We got glorious weather, and friendly staff. The site was clean and Lots of wildlife! The voles did not care about the dog or moving out the way! A pair of red kites came over most days, and the birds and mice were a plenty. Love the ethics of the place. So nice for the tree bog toilet to be twinned with another. A very welcome break after covid restrictions. Many thanks
Jul 24, 2021 by Julie Burton Verified Review
★★★★★

AMAZING campsite!!

This campsite is phenomenal!! We stayed in Saltings View pitch which has unbroken views of the beautiful estuary. Its the furthest pitch from the car park, but the views and seclusion are 100% the extra bit of trek with your kit - we felt like we were the only ones there even though the rest of the pitches were occupied, Saltings View is so tucked away you don’t notice. And only a minutes walk down through the gate to the Mawddach Trail, a great spot to eat the freshly baked pastries you can order from reception for breakfast. It is a bit of a mission getting your stuff down from the carpark (especially as we did it in the middle of a heatwave!) but totally worth it!
Jul 24, 2021 by Sam Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much.
★★★★★

Couldn't have asked for more

Absolutely amazing site. Perfect location for walks in the mountains and some lake swimming or a dip in the sea at Barmouth or Fairbourne. Great pitches in family camping, great facilities and as the title says, we couldn't have really asked for more (maybe to have stayed a few more days). We will definitely be booking Graig Wen again.
★★★★★

A great find

Graig Wen was a really friendly, well-organised and clean campsite. The view from the top of the site and the little extra viewpoint were outstanding, what a spot to have a campsite! We had a hardstanding pitch which was spacious and close to the facilities. The toilet block and showers were kept clean (and good covid protocols in place). The welcome was warm and all the staff we came in to contact with were helpful and friendly. Absolutely loved the shop and the option to order breakfast pastries too. The app was such a helpful tool, even used it for advice when we had left but were still in the area. We will definitely be heading back to Graig Wen.
Jul 23, 2021 by Jen Ramage Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for sharing your experience of staying on the touring van part of our camp site. We look forward to seeing you again.
★★★★★

Beautifully kept and well loved campsite

It’s clear from the attention to detail here that this place is loved by its owners. I stayed in the family field which was very spacious, with pitches hidden amongst ferns and long grass. This site has everything you need, including luxuries like ice cream and morning pastries, yet it still maintains a natural, wild feel. Highly recommend.
★★★★★

Beautiful, secluded site

We have loved our trip to Graig Wen staying in a pitch and park tent pitch. We felt totally out in the wild with a large private pitch but with added luxuries like yummy pastries on order for breakfast and cold local beers for the evening. The pitches are large and really private. The setting of the site on the edge of the Mawddach Trail is ideal for an evening walk or a cycle to the George III pub and Barmouth for fish and Chips. Some fab beaches nearby and Bala is not far for a day out on the lake. We will definitely be back.
★★★★★

Very special place

This is the best campsite I’ve stayed on in my life. I will be back! Great facilities, incredible location and views
★★★★★

Loved every minute

Such a lovely, scenic quiet site. Although it was hard work wheelbarrowing our kit to the tent site in a heatwave (you can request a drop off) it was worth it not having cars on site, made it feel more natural! Loved the space given to each tent which added to our privacy. Listened to the owls each night and because there was no light pollution, the night sky was amazing. It was lovely to be able to access the estuary trail directly from the site, but we didn’t get to do as much walking as we would have liked due to it being so hot!! Would definitely book again.
Jul 20, 2021 by Jules
★★★★★

Wish we’d stayed!

So beautiful. The whole experience was wonderful. The perfect balance of wilderness and comforts. We booked several locations for our holiday but would all have liked to stay longer here.
Jul 20, 2021 by Amanda Budd Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks Amanda. Once people discover South Snowdonia they often keep coming back!
★★★★★

Fantastic place to stay!

We have had a belter of stay here. Was so peaceful in our pitch. There are lots of nice touches around the site which just adds to the charm. The facilities were clean and suitable for the site, the loo even has a great view!
Jul 19, 2021 by Marc Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

"a belter of a stay!"  - love this! The compost loos on our tent fields are not everyone's favourite thing but they are kept very clean and the Tree Bog has a great view!  Thanks so much.
★★★★★

Lovely site

We were really impressed with Craig Wen. Jars of wild flowers were available everywhere, the toilets and other facilities were good and clean. The honesty box for ice creams and the use of a freezer for ice blocks were nice touches. The Covid measures in place were well thought out and made us feel safe rather than restricted.
Jul 19, 2021 by Jamie Lowe Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for your feedback - that's great to hear.
★★★★★

A chilled out delightful experience at an amazing campsite

Love the space and facilities onsite with the added extra option of ordering pastries for breakfast and buying Welsh cider of an evening! Lovely cycle along trail to Barmouth which is a gorgeous seaside town and didn’t even mind the ‘climb’ back up the hill to get back to tourer area 🥰🥰 Would highly recommend this site!
Jul 18, 2021 by Clare Booth Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much - we're so pleased you enjoyed the little extras we offer. Fresh barista coffee available in the mornings now too!
★★★★★

Warm & Friendly site in Superb Location

We occupied one of the two newly-built quarry wagons, which was basic but comfortable. Other options ranged from stone cottages through caravan pitches & yurts to an extremely spacious camping area. All the necessary facilities were onsite & the owners were readily available without being in any way intrusive. I can certainly recommend.

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks very much. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in our new en suite wagon, Empress. Many thanks for your recommendation! Sarah and John
★★★★★

Perfect couple of days away

I struck lucky with getting a couple of days away here as I'm usually let down when booking away! But I have to admit it was the perfect escape for me, swapping neighbours and traffic for unrivalled wildlife and views hit the spot, it's a shame you can't record the night and take it with you and if you're an early riser I recommend a brew on the "bridge view point" near the shower hut to catch the sun rise. Make sure to bring camp fire goodies too👌 Everyone I saw and spoke to was clearly in a happy place which is a small slice of heaven given the current climate and the site was perfectly managed to allow for this👍 Barmouth (West on the trail) was a 20 minute bike ride away so I'd guess at just over an hour to walk but you will stop along away especially over the bridge. It was comfortably busy and litter free and given it was the hottest day of the year there was plenty of space for everyone. The George III pub (East on the trail) was similar in distance, I didn't go any further because I needed a pint. Cadir Idris is a 10 minute drive away and was quiet on arrival at the car park (09.00) but was quite busy on leaving (12.30) but plenty of spaces in the over flow. Head right out of the car park to hit the pony path about 50 metres away. Car park is £6.00 all day. I'll be back.
Jul 18, 2021 by Andrew Bate Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for taking the time to share these great tips Andrew! The night skies and sounds of the owls and oystercatchers are so magical here aren't they? So much more to explore and we'd love to welcome you back.  Sarah and John
★★★★★

Great location and great hosts

Great location - tent pitches well spaced out (we were park and pitch) with amazing views. Hot clean showers and toilet blocks kept pristine. Bit of a trek to the facilities but price worth paying for the great pitches. Cold beer and firewood available from reception. We had heavy rain at night but pitches well drained and no mud anywhere. Recommended.
Jul 13, 2021 by SimonG Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for your kind words Simon.
★★★★★

Excellent campsite on the wild side

We stayed on the lower site which had a fantastic view of the estuary. On a slight slope so needed to position the tent carefully. Excellent pitch though with fire pit close by. Toilet up a steep hill and basic, does the job though and kept clean. Showers also up the hill for us and was lovely. Nice and clean with temperature control. Owners couldn’t be more friendly and helpful. Only downside was the midges of an evening. Would recommend and will be going back at some point.
Jul 11, 2021 by Jes Turner Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks Jes.  So pleased you were happy with your experience here. Pesky midges - they do come out now and then after a damp spell. We hope we can welcome you another time. Sarah and John
★★★★★

A lovely escape!

Solo camper, stayed for one night. I had a wonderful stay at Griag Wen camping in the secluded section. The reception was closed when I arrived, but the information provided was so clear and helpful, I had no issues checking in. The app is great, you can tell a lot of thought has been put into ensuring visitors are well informed, including recommendations of nearby places to eat and activities - it was invaluable to my trip. The site is beautiful, and kept very clean. When staying in the secluded area it is a short walk from the parking area, but wheelbarrows are provided. Upon checking out, a member of staff came over to assist with his quad bike, and returned my kit to the car. It was a hot morning, so it was massively appreciated, thank you so much! Highly recommend, I will definitely return!

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much - we hope you will stay for longer next time! A lot of late nights were spent producing the app to help our guests make the most of their stay so it's great to hear you found it useful!  All the best, Sarah
★☆☆☆☆

Badly insulated, facilities far away, big gaps in yurt that mice come through.

The toilets and showers are a long distance from the yurt - which is mentioned in the advert, but it's up quite a steep hill that can be quite slippy and is especially unpleasant at night. Covid caused further issues with availability, leading to frequently needing to wait for the toilets or shower to be available (as it's shared by a number of people and only one family bubble at a time), but post-covid I imagine this situation will improve. The yurt itself is very aesthetic and in a nice setting, but there are lare gaps in several sections of the walls, which not only let all of the heat out (we ended up sleeping with coats on - the owners said they would have offered blankets if we'd asked, but that still doesn't fix the yurt?). As soon as the log burner generated a slight bit of heat it was immediately lost, so other than being nice to look at it's not worth bothering. If you don't like mice I'd certainly avoid this booking also, the gaps in the yurt were so big that there were multiple visits from field mice - luckily the bed is raised quite high so I don't think they managed to visit us in our sleep... Out in the kitchen area there are a lot of mice too, which didn't bother me as you're in the outdoors at that point but worth noting as a lot of people don't like mice. The mawddach trail isn't as close as the advertisement would make it seem either, it was a good 15 minute walk from our yurt down a very steep hill. Overall you couldn't pay me to stay at this site again, and definitely not at the price charged.
★★★★★

Beautiful campsite in a stunning area. Loved the wild camping feel of the family field

We stayed on the family field where the pitches are very spaced out. Felt like we had our own little camp. It had a very wild feel, while still being very civilised and well run. The location couldn’t be any better with breathtaking views of the mountains and the Mawddach trail on the doorstep.
Jul 8, 2021 by Bex F-R Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you.
★★★★★

Lovely site, terrible midges!

We were parked at the top touring area and initially I was disappointed: the top touring area is really conventional, it felt a lot darker than the photos on the site suggested (I think the hedges have grown a lot since they were taken?), we were right next to the road and I felt very overlooked by family playing in the new 'Empress' wagon garden. However the road was only noisy when we got there as it had just been raining, once we'd been there for a bit, we didn't hear it at all. We could not put up a windbreak to block off being overlooked because of the stony ground, but after a few heavy showers I was really glad of the stones they had put down because the water drained away exceptionally well. There were lots of lovely extra touches provided: duckboards to keep out of the mud, pretty flowers, a freezer for ice blocks, "honesty" ice-creams and the toilet block was beautifully clean. This and the shower block are nice and close if you are on a touring pitch. One evening we went down the very steep track to the camping field for about 20 mins. My husband got 48 bites on his head and face, no one else got bit though! Because the reception was closed and you check yourself in we did not speak to anyone or see any info about midges until just before we left. I didn't see it anywhere in the app or the leaflet provided in your welcome envelope, but I may have missed this? If I didn't, I do think it should be *prominently* added. To be fair, I booked the site in a hurry and did not read many reviews as I was just desperately trying to get booked in somewhere as I left it quite late. The longer I spent at the site, the more I fell in love with it as it has so much charming space and peace. Walking around the site and cycling along the trail is gorgeous; the views are incredible. We'll def. be back sometime.

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for sharing your experience - we are so sorry the pesky midges were out when you were here! Like many wild places near water, midges can come out here after some warm damp weather, but we can honestly go all summer long hardly seeing any, so I'm sorry you were unlucky - especially your husband - during your visit. It's always a great idea to pack insect repellant when camping, just in case.

I'm really pleased you appreciated all the extra touches we provide to help campers have a great stay and the cleanliness of our facilities. We look forward to welcoming you back another time.  Sarah and John

★★★★★

Idyllic setting and the definition of luxury camping. We will be back soon.

Views, comfort, cleanliness and access to the gorgeous estuary path. Our dog loved it too!

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you!
★★★★★

Stunning location

Great views from almost everywhere on site. Good clean facilities with plenty of Covid precautions. Some nice touches with local ice cream and beer etc for sale on site. Handy for the great Mawddach Trail to Barmouth and Dolgellau. The site does warn you about the steep slope to get to it but it is worth it, even if you have bikes and are on the top field!!! The weather was great which was a huge bonus, just remember the midge spray!

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you!
★★★★★

What a week!

Fabulous campsite! Great location, facilities, and the surroundings and wildlife are to die for. Not far from local towns and can get to Cader Idris in a short drive. Lots of recommendations at the site for things to do - we pitched at ‘Wall corner’ - a space for 1 tent and very secluded! Cant wait to visit again!

Response from Graig Wen

So pleased you enjoyed your week's holiday on our nearly wild camping fields. We look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you, Sarah and John
★★★★★

A very special site

We stayed in a super secluded pitch for six nights and absolutely loved it. When we arrived, Spence took our bags to the pitch (and back upon departure) which was really helpful as it was a bit of a walk down a fairly steep track. The pitch was very generous in size, surrounded by woodland and came complete with a fire pit which was super cosy and helpful with midges. It was really peaceful and quiet with only the sounds of birdsong and owls. There was a tap and composting toilet really close by, and although the showers were quite far, it didn’t really bother us. The site is well located, has beautiful views of and easy access to the estuary, and there are plenty of places to explore within an easy drive. Barmouth and Fairbourne are walkable in a few hours. George III is a relaxing place for a drink by the water, but if you want a table, book in advance. Further afield, there’s a lovely micro brewery and bar in Bala. Looking forward to returning to Graig Wen next year - it’s one of the friendliest we’ve ever stayed at.

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much for sharing some great recommendations! We are lucky to have some lovely campers and we love the friendly vibe too. See you next year, hopefully! Sarah and John
★★★☆☆

Cute place

We stayed in the small yurt for a long weekend and had a lovely time. The area with its firepit, chairs and bay view are beautiful. The yurt was pleasant too, just the right size, very well stocked with cooking necessities. Our only issue became apparent towards the end of the weekend, as my partner who suffers from asthma developed a heavy chest and trouble breathing, which she attributed to the damp mold in the roof of the yurt. Her breathing has since improved thankfully since getting home so it might be good to clean the roof section of the yurt more regularly. Overall, we had a good time Thank you, Jack.

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks for your feedback Jack. We're so sorry your partner didn't feel well and are pleased she is better now. We're glad you enjoyed your stay overall.  Sarah and John
★★★★★

Nice site, facilities weren’t great though.

Really pretty site! Stayed for 2 nights in the Tommy yurt, which was really lovely! Just a slight shame the toilets near to us we weren’t given a key to so had to walk down into the main site (not a huge walk but a bit of an issue when you’ve got young kids) washing up and drinking water up in close to us didn’t work either. Wasn’t given much info when we arrived just “have you got our app? You’ll find it on there.” Would have preferred to talk to a person then an app to be honest. Other then that nice site. Good location and pretty quiet. Beautiful views.
Jul 2, 2021 by krissy jeffs

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks for your feedback. We’re really sorry that the nearest drinking water and washing up area to your yurt had off and on supply issues - we have since hopefully resolved the problem - one of the joys of having an off grid water supply are occasional low pressure problems when demand is high! Guests in Tommy yurt are not given a key for the nearest compost loo / off grid shower as this is a private facility for guests in Jones the shepherd’s hut. To be honest, we have found that most families with young children prefer to use the more spacious conventional loos and warmer showers which are a short 100 metre walk from the yurt.  Our team is a friendly bunch so we have reminded them that not everyone is comfortable with using the guest welcome app to self check in. We’re really delighted you enjoyed the yurt, tranquillity and views from the site generally- perhaps you might like to return and try the convenience of our en suite wagon Empress.  Best wishes, Sarah and John


★★★★★

Beautiful spot

We had a lovely stay. Our tranquil spot in the estuary field had a beautiful view and we appreciated the relatively small number of well-spaced pitches. A very steep drive down and then walk to the pitch but not a problem for us! Easy access to the trail means you can walk down and enjoy the view late into the evening in midsummer. Toilet and showers were clean and adequate. The information app was extremely useful as well. We really enjoyed the campsite and would recommend it!

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for choosing to stay at Graig Wen and for your five star recommendation!
★★★★★

Idyllic

Such a beautiful experience- nothing to fault at all . Very impressed with the App which linked into google maps etc so suggestions were easily found. But as someone who grew up in N Wales this spot is so amazing- the views from the campsite are second to none. The campsite itself is v well managed and great wild showers. The owners have thought of everything to make your experience perfect - and that’s what is was. We will definitely be back and recommend

Response from Graig Wen

Diolch yn fawr - Thanks so much for choosing to stay with us and for sharing your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back!
★★★★★

Magnificent stay

This was our 2nd visit back to Graig Wen and very diverse to our first trip. Rather than wild camping which we highly recommend we decided to stay at the top in a quarry wagon. Once again we can highly recommend this trip. The wagon has been thoughtful made with everything you need. The staff as always are amazingly friendly and helpful. Our dogs loved it too. Well done Team Graig. Keep up the good work and see you again soon.

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for choosing to return.  It was lovely to see you both again and we're glad you and the two collies were all comfortable in Empress wagon. See you again on your travels! Sarah and John
★★★★★

Lovely forest location with beautiful views

A quiet and lovely location in woodland. As a campervan we stayed at the top of the site but others can camp on the slopes down towards the estuary. Easy access to the disused railway line for walks. Great location, friendly staff and would certainly recommend it.
Jun 27, 2021 by Christopher Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for your recommendation - we're so pleased you enjoyed your stay in the camper van and will pass on your kind comments to the team.
★★★★★

Superb Site

Everything has been thought through at this gorgeously situated site. Forget plush luxury, this is all about the beauty and a high standard of superb basics. Super clean facilities, great little shop, brilliant location. What else can I say- can’t wait to go back!
Jun 26, 2021 by Andrea

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks - we love that you totally got that we're not really about "posh luxury" but all about a beautiful place with high standard of simple but super clean facilities. We look forward to welcoming you again sometime.
★★★★★

A wild and peaceful retreat in a beautiful area of Wales

What a beautiful,peaceful place to spend some quality time in the wilds of Southern Snowdonia close to Barmouth. We stayed in a 2 man yurt on the highest part of the site surrounded by woodland and tranquil nature. Graig Wen is situated on the hillside with gorgeous views looking over the estuary towards verdant hills on the other side. Cadair Idris mountain is accessable from the site and is a great days hike with spectacular views in every direction. Numerous walks including the Mawddach trail along the estuary can be made from here in idyllic and beautiful scenery abundant with wildlife. Close by the seaside town of Barmouth offers a great beach together with tasteful pubs and restaurants. A great all round package for nature lovers.
Jun 26, 2021 by Andrew Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks for sharing your experience of our fantastic part of the world - it is indeed a paradise for nature lovers!
★★★★☆

A lovely quiet campsite

A lovely quiet campsite, quiet on a night a great space not overcrowded and use of campsite fires which were nice to have on an evening. We stayed in the Shepherds hut, very cute and custom made, 2 gas hobs to cook on. An outdoor covered area would have made it better so we could sit out and eat on a night when the weather wasn't so great (some of the yurts had this but not the hut) we were also missing a washing line to dry out our towels. Having our own compost toilet and shower was definitely a luxury but we were impressed with the facilities here, hot water, showers and proper toilets available. The log burners would be great for the winter time we only used ours once because we were lucky with the weather but it kicked some heat out! There are some lovely walking and bike routes behind the campsite on the Mawddach Trail. You need a car to get to the shops though as there wasn't really a shop on site. Our friends stayed on the main campsite in a tent which had a beautiful view of the valley. Would definitely return and try out a yurt next time.
★★★★★

Just Perfect!

We spent 11 nights with our tent on Diffwys View, which was a large pitch with a stunning view of the first mountain in the Rhinog range, with our dog Dexter. The site is absolutely amazing, large camping pitches, stunning views, camp fires, very helpful and friendly staff - wild but with great, clean facilities. Most evenings, at dusk, we were treated to the spectacle of watching baby owls being taught how to hunt, flying from one tree to another! The location is perfect for exploring, and is a walker's paradise. We walked to Barmouth, Fairbourne beach and Dolgellau along the Estuary path, which is accessed from the campsite. Although we didn't have our bikes with us, the estuary path is also perfect for bikes as it's flat, with beautiful scenery and lots of picnic benches en-route. We were very lucky with the weather, only having one rainy day so walked nearly 200 miles during our stay, most of which was directly from the campsite and never having to walk on a road. I would highly recommend climbing Cadair Idris, which is my new favourite mountain. The views from the top were absolutely breathtaking. Snowdon is less than 90 minutes drive away and definitely worth a hike up, for more breathtaking views. I have been camping since I was a few weeks old and this is definitely the best campsite so far! We will definitely be back. Nicola, Tony & Dexter
Jun 25, 2021 by Nicola Woods Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely site

Very spacious,felt like no one for miles. The loos are, however, quite a stern trek up hill, quite daunting at times. I also think that we should have been warned about all the midges, I would have brought citronella and deer if I’d known.
★★★★★

Fantastically organised lovely site

Friendly staff lovely location, stayed in the yurt very cosy with our puppy, who loved his first trip away and we loved the local beaches and mountains
Jun 25, 2021 by Ami Aubrey Verified Review
★★★★☆

Wild and wonderful

Beautiful few days in snowdonia and really enjoyed our stay at Graig Wen!.. The site is wild but wonderful with lovely walks close by to the beach and near by towns and a short drive from local amenities. I loved the sites wild and woodland feel especially at night, felt as though you were wild camping. If you are the type of people that like to play larger ball games ect on the site it might not be for you. The pitches were surrounded by beautiful overgrown Heather which didn't feel right to disturb. I would say if you are staying lower down in the fields try get the shuttle when you arrive.. At the very least when you leave!! Although it was kinda unique and fun using the wheelbarrow service the route down is longer then you think!... All the staff were lovely, friendly and helpful and the site felt clean and safe!.. The fire pits on each pitch were a delight. If you are arriving later then 6pm though just try pre order your wood if you want a fire. Our only negative was that our pitch was facing slightly downhill so although we tried to move things around slightly to accommodate we still struggled, we slid down in our bed at night and found eating at our table a challenge. Regardless of this I would definitely love to return. Very enjoyable stay and one of the best things was that the showers really were hot!!!.. One of the best showers I've ever had camping. Thanks so much!
★★★★★

Absolutely brilliant site!

We stayed in the small yurt, which was so beautiful. Very serene and so many nice personal touches made the stay that extra bit special. The campsite itself is great - good beers at the shop and immaculate facilities. Lots to see and do nearby, and our four-legged friend had the time of his life. We will most definitely be staying again!
★★★★★

Pretty, peaceful and very special

We stayed in the Small Duchess miners wagon for a 4 day weekend and had a wonderful time. Spotless facilities and an unhurried atmosphere. Evenings by the fire pit after a long days walking along the Mawdach trail with the dog was the perfect way to end each day. Highly recommended for anyone, especially couples who want something a little bit different but very special.
Jun 23, 2021 by John & Becky
★★★★★

A very relaxing, enjoyable, experience!

This campsite was absolutely amazing. Beautiful location, tucked away into the edge of the valley. Views out over the estuary. All pitches were well spaced apart with lots of green surrounding them. Great facilities onsite, shower blocks abs toilets, all exceptionally clean. Staff were super helpful and friendly. A very enjoyable stay.
★★★★★

Beautiful setting

Lovely site with amazing views. We only stayed one night but we had a great pitch for our camper van. Toilets and showers were spotlessly clean and a great system was in place to adhere with government guidelines re Covid. Check in was also contactless. Would definitely recommend.
★★★★★

Perfect Secluded Pitches

An amazing site. We were in the bottom field and had the most amazing secluded pitch. A bit of a walk down but the Lift off service was amazing. Definitely going back.
★★★★★

As always, a wonderful place to holiday

Love the view, the vibe, the people, the cottages. The location is also superb for walking, beach days and visiting the various attractions dotted around South Snowdonia. Will be returning again if we have the chance.
Jun 21, 2021 by Lyn
★★★★★

Great quiet spot, perfect access to north Wales

We loved our stay at Graig Wen. We stayed in one of the secluded tent pitches and it was the perfect way to spend a couple of quiet days in the country side. The pitch was quite a bit of a walk from the car park but we didn’t mind it as we usually pack light - we had a couple of back packs and a few small bits that we carried in one of the wheelbarrows. There are the usual facilities in reception area and all kept clean. The tent area had some facilities and compost toilets and showers within a shorter walking distance. We will definitely be back as the experience can’t be beaten.
Jun 21, 2021 by Mahsa
★★★★★

Absolutely wonderful

We stayed for 7 nights at one of the secluded campsites. Arrived to find a warm welcome & assistance taking our kit to the site, a couple of minutes away down into the valley. A really peaceful & spacious site All facilities are immaculately kept. Showers are a short walk away & nice and warm Great app provided to give advice for places to visit and the numerous walks in the area along with any other info required. The views from the estuary field & the camper sites are stunning. The campsite leads down to the Mawddach trail which is stunning and great for walkers and cyclists. The site has a special feel, with loads of space and wildlife. Thanks to all at Graig Wen. We had a perfect break. Paul & Susie.
Jun 21, 2021 by Paul d Verified Review
★★★★★

Fabulous place for a break from the current stresses

The site is stunning, magnificent views and access to the bike trail into Barmouth. The toilets and showers were immaculate and very well organised from a covid perspective. Will definitely be back x
★★★★★

This is quite simply one of the nicest campsites I have been to.

We loved the peace and quiet, stunning location and laid back vibe. As a low impact, low density campsite, it ticked all the eco boxes for us, but most of all it was the friendliness of the other campers and staff that made our holiday so special. Great location with opportunities for walking, cycling and kayaking on your doorstep. The lower field near the estuary can be a bit of a midge magnet, but you soon learn to light a fire early! All in all, an outstanding campsite, run by people of vision.
Jun 21, 2021 by Guy Garrett Verified Review
★★★★★

Great glamping

What an experience!! Stayed in large yurt week beginning 14/06/21 wish we were still their .lovely place brilliant views staff great miss it already.
★★★★★

Beautiful place

Such a relaxing experience with great walks and hikes not far from the camp site.
Jun 19, 2021 by Chris little Verified Review
★★★★★

Wonderful Stay

Breathtaking campsite with that gives you a real feeling of being out in the wilderness. I highly recommend staying in 'monk's corner' - it felt as though I was the only one around for miles! The amenities are clean and work well. Staff were kind and helpful. The app was very useful for most of the questions I had. Will definitely be coming back.
★★★★★

Idyllic spot on the banks of the estuary

Beautiful spot - stunning views in every direction and walks all around and great quiet beach at Fairbourne. Stayed at the small yurt, which was comfy and cosy. App with covid safe guidance was really clear and super helpful with ideas about walks, places to go and where things were. Great beers at the shop, hot showers. We walked along the Mawddach Trail to the George III for fish and chip tea - was beautiful as sun dipped and the tide turned. Meg's cakes and comfy sofas at TH Roberts were mighty fine way to relax after walking Cader Idris. Thanks for a great stay.
★★★★★

A beautiful location for campinh

We only stayed for one night and arrived about 7 pm to find a note with our details on. Drove straight to the small car park and had set up in half an hour . We were in the lower valley pitch and we could only see about 4 tents in the distance . We took a walk down to the shower and beyond and it opened up into a magical view . It’s a beautiful campsite in the most magical location . Would highly recommend it to all
Jun 17, 2021 by Ben Brooks Verified Review
★★★★★

A slice of heaven

A very covid compliant haven in these crazy times. We had a camper van pitched that was perfect for us with our 9 month old son. We were close to the amenities and on a pitch that felt like we weren’t annoying anyone with our early morning wake up calls. The breakfast baked goods and cold local beers were a godsend.
Jun 17, 2021 by Alex Urry Verified Review
★★★★★

Excellent

A fantastic, clean place with incredibly helpful Hosts and friendly people all around.
★★★★★

Excellent position, lovely site

We spent two nights on the site in a VW Camper we had hired for the weekend. The pitch was a good size and had easy access to the electric hook up. Some really clever and innovative ways of working have been introduced to make the stay COVID safe and these work very well in practice. The site is located above the Mawddach Estuary, a short but steep walk and we walked into Barmouth from the site. There are some absolutely stunning views from the site and thoughtfully placed picnic tables and benches. Toilets and showers were very clean and there was lots of hot water. The weather was perfect too. What more could you ask for.
Jun 16, 2021 by Philip Hare Verified Review
★★★★★

ABSOLUTLEY FANTASTIC

Would thoroughly recommend Graig Wen to anyone, the location, amenities, everything had been thought out and designed around the camper to ensure a perfect stay. We were in one of the newly renovated Quarry Wagons (The Empress) which had everything you could need, kitchenette, small toilet and shower and every inch of the space maximised with nifty storage solutions. Personal touches like treats for my dog and a personalised card really showed Sarah and John went the extra mile. The app is excellent for recommendations and answered any possible questions you could have, in Covid times it was also noted that the appropriate guidelines were being followed. The site never felt crowded at any point either. Walks along the estuary to Barmouth and Fairbourne are all easily accessed at the bottom of the hill on the site. Will be returning.
★★★★★

Fabulous, just fabulous!

Stayed in Jones the Shepherds Hut for a 3 night long weekend. What a perfect little set-up! Everything you could want! Beautifully built as well as being spotlessly clean. Lovely balance between feeling remote but still easy walking distance from Barmouth. Views from open areas of the site are just gorgeous! Cadair Idris range is walkable from the site entirely on footpaths and quiet little roads. Great facilities at the site too! Will definitely come back, probably bringing the campervan to one of the panoramic pitches! Come here and you won’t be disappointed!
Jun 15, 2021 by Andy G Verified Review
★★★★★

Stunning Site what a find!

Spent a truly amazing week hidden away in the wood pitched on one of the secluded pitches, Spence very kindly transported are stuff down in the 4x4 showed us around this breathtaking location. The views across to the mountains in all weathers and we had them, the walks, the local pub. We walked to Barmouth in the glorious sunshine then climbed a mountain in the mist. Just the most beautiful, safe and considered site. Thank you Ant & Nick
Jun 14, 2021 by Anthony hick Verified Review
★★★★★

Peacefull

Idyllic place so tranquil
★★★★★

Fantastic campsite

We stayed in the large yurt for 2 nights. The campsite is well spaced out and has magnificent views over the valley/river. The site is very clean and fits well within the landscape. The large yurt has a comfy bed and is well kitted out with cool retro furniture. The stove was very welcome on the cold mornings. The campfire and benches was great to sit around in the evening to keep warm and to keep the midges at bay. Take insect repellent with you. There is a separate shower but it seemed quite a lot of hassle for a cold shower. We used the main showers. The cycle path next to the river was great for a run but there is quite a trek back up to the yurt. Worth it though. The staff were polite and helpful and the app was superb. The walk to the lakes and the waterfalls was well worth doing. Lots to do on your doorstep and the beaches are beautiful. I would definitely recommend the yurt and the camping areas for tents and campervans. Definitely cool glamping…
Jun 12, 2021 by Carl Moore Verified Review
★★★★★

Great peaceful site

We stayed 5 nights camping on the Estuary field. It’s a lovely quiet and peaceful site with great views and easy access to the walkway into Barmouth. Eco compost toilet and showers were always kept clean and tidy with an outdoor sink for washing up. The pitches are nicely laid out with plenty of room each. Would definitely recommend the site!
Jun 12, 2021 by Helen Verified Review
★★★★★

A proper escape

Stayed in the super secluded pitch with our dog. We were immediately helped down to our pitch (500m+) by a guy in a 4x4 which was GREAT. The site is simply gorgeous, very off grid with minimal service and WiFi. The site is steep so be prepared when packing your belongings. The views are amazing. It sits up the hillside from the Mawddach Trail. Definitely recommend walking that, or heading into Fairbourne for the beach and Barmouth for a cute seaside town vibe.

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks! We're so pleased you and your dog enjoyed your wild escape!
★★★★★

Amazing location and perfect for kids

We had a campervan pitch for 2 nights here and weren’t disappointed! The views are amazing and you can walk from the campsite to the beach at Fairbourne (took us about an hour with 2 small children). Facilities were all clean and well looked after would recommend any families to stay here!
Jun 7, 2021 by Christy Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

That's great to hear your lovely recommendation of Graig Wen as a site for campervanning families.  We're pretty impressed you walked to Fairbourne in an hour with 2 small children! It's a nice safe place for family cycling off road too.
★★★★★

The lower estuary is as close to wonderful wild camping as you will get, with hot showers

I visited for four days camping in the estuary field, my pitch was Saltings View, which is the further pitch on the site. It was a large pitch, with an amazing view of the estuary and surrounding mountains. There was a large fire pit, that was used with logs purchased from the shop site and delivered to the pitch. The shop sells essentials at a very fair price and are happy to give advice on local resources, but are also happy to leave you alone if that's what you want. The showers for the lower fields are a feat of engineering, the first day I stepped in expecting to brace for glacial water...I actually had to turn the temperature of the shower down as it was too warm for me (I have never had that before in a remote shower unit!). I ordered croissants for each day, these were freshly made and really nice. The lower estuary field attracted couples whilst I was there as it was quite remote from the main site, and it was lovely and quiet, even the family fields are so spread out that you are not bothered by anyone. The pick up and drop off service is really good and I suggest you book this (there is no charge), especially the pick as the return to the car park is hard work with a wheel barrow. I like remote camping, amazing views, space between pitches, a pop up shop to get essentials a proper camp fire and a hot shower - Graig Wen ticked all these boxes, it is very well thought out for tent campers.

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you Matthew for your lovely round up of our tent camping fields which gives people a great idea of what to expect.  Our secret weapon to get those hot showers in the middle of nowhere  is Phil the builder! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

★★★★★

Fabulous retreat

We have just got back from a fabulous break at Craig Wen. We stayed in Jones the shepherds hut and for us it was the perfect balance of comfort whilst living simply in beautiful surroundings. Having the convenience of our own compost loo and shower was bliss. We only had 1 slight issue with the shower and this was sorted within the day, fantastic and very much appreciated! We regularly visit the area so will definitely be visiting Craig Wen again very soon. Thanks xx
Jun 6, 2021 by Rebecca Worsell

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you! We're so pleased you enjoyed your break in our beautiful shepherd's hut. It's open until January so we hope to welcome you again soon!
★★★★★

Beauty, peace and quiet

This was exactly what we needed after the last year - a trip to a fantastic campsite in Wales. We had booked one park and pitch sites which had amazing views across the valley. The site is so big you that all the pitches are spread out and given the low density it's very quiet (unlike some sites we have stayed at - also no groups currently!). Yes, the site is on a hill but actually we needed the exercise after being at home so much, and over our stay we got much better at walking up and down to the facilities! It also felt very covid-safe and the set up worked well. There are so many activities and adventures within 10 to 20 mins of the campsite - we walked up Cadair Idris, cycled the Mawddach trails to Dolgellau, walked across the bridge into Barmouth and went to the beach at Fairbourne. A real highlight was a visit to Cregeggan lakes which is an impossibly beautiful place. The owners and staff were helpful and friendly, and my daughters were very pleased to be presented with am exclusive Graig Wen adventurers badge for their ascent of Cadair Idris. Looking forward to a second visit in the future!
Jun 5, 2021 by markhylton Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for taking the time to leave this feedback Mark which is much appreciated.  The girls did great with their mountaineering!

★★★★★

Tranquil getaway

We had a wonderful getaway in the Empress Wagon. The facilities inside the wagon were spotless and had everything we needed. The team on-site were friendly hospitable and so knowledgable about the local area. We can definitely recommend the croissants for breakfast! Walks up the Arthog waterfalls and Cadar Idris topped our week off... all completed with fantastic instructions from the Graig Wen app! Thank you Graig Wen for a much needed break away!

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for your feedback - we built Empress during the winter lockdown so are so delighted to see people enjoying this new en suite wagon as well as our wonderful local walks.  
★★★★★

Perfect tranquil secluded spot

My first stay but had heard so much about Graig Wen from my parents who are regulars. Me and my dog camped down in Monk’s Corner, the most perfect private secluded area. I recommend dog walking on Fairbourne beach and going along the Mawddach Trail for fish and chips at Barmouth. It was great getting a lift with my stuff down there and back on the quad!
Jun 2, 2021 by Rob Kerr

Response from Graig Wen

Lovely to meet you Rob after welcoming your folks here many times.  Thanks - we're pleased you and the dog enjoyed your holiday!

★★★★★

Beautiful and peaceful

Gorgeous surroundings, friendly staff, quirky yurt, plenty to do and see

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks! We're glad you found us a friendly bunch despite our social distancing measures to keep everyone safe!
★★★★★

Beautiful views

Camped over the May bank holiday. The views were incredible over the estuary! Only a handful of pitches allowed so it was really peaceful. Short walk from the car park to the pitches but Spence was very helpful and friendly giving us a lift to help with our stuff! We will definitely be going back!
Jun 2, 2021 by Sam Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you -  we're so pleased you found peace and quiet here over the bank holiday.  We will pass on your thanks to Spence.  
★★★★★

Lovely site

We had the panoramic view grass pitch for our 3 night stay (May 2021) in our camper van and what a view stunning. Lovely and clean, facilities good (shower took a bit to get going but fine). Great walks and cycle rides along the estuary, walk to the waterfalls. Quite a steep slope to estuary path we took the road with bikes easy downhill. The camp fire in the woods was a great bonus. Quiet and peaceful will definitely return to explore more .
May 31, 2021 by Sue Foster Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay in the camper van and found our facilities clean.  Lots to explore without straying far so we hope to welcome you back sometime.
★★★★★

Superb site, really well run and in a brilliant location

Far away from the consumptive lifestyle that we are all drowning in, Graig Wen offers peace, beauty, nature and a site set up and run very thoughtfully. Sarah, John and the staff run this very well. The location is fantastic and mostly untouched. Of course you need the weather on your side to really appreciate this place, but it has real character, even in the rain. Enjoy.
May 30, 2021 by Richard Luff Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you Richard for your kind words and thoughtful feedback which is much appreciated.  We hope to welcome you all back sometime! Sarah and John
★★★★★

Lovely campsite with great views and very friendly managers and staff.

The views, rural experience, Mawddach Estuary, George 111 meal & ambiance, walking.
May 28, 2021 by Peter Warren Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Diolch yn fawr / Thanks very much - the team really appreciates your feedback!
★★★★★

idyllic

Despite the incessant rain we had a blissful weekend at Graig Wen. The site is just beautiful, and sparsely filled even at full occupancy. Staff are really friendly, facilities well tended. It might be too spartan for some, you will likely camp a couple of hundred yards from your beloved vehicle. No electricity on pitch. We will rebook
May 26, 2021 by clive woods Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks - we hope to welcome you back in better weather next time....If you liked it in the rain, wait til you see it in the sunshine!
★★★★★

We loved everything about this place!

Such a beautiful location and a lovely low-key campsite.
May 25, 2021 by Julian Mckim Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

That's great to hear!  Thanks so much. We hope to see you here again sometime.
★★★★★

Picturesque Pitchs

Very beautiful views and great access to the Mawddach trail

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much.  It's wonderful to have direct access to the Mawddach Trail as long as you are prepared for the hill back up!
★★★★★

Fantastic location, friendly staff.

The view from the panoramic pitches is amazing. Great access to the Mawddach trail.

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks from the team for your recommendation.  We hope to welcome you back sometime!  Sarah and John
★★★★★

Loved it

Stayed in the secluded camping area with 3 dogs from 10-16th of may 21. It was lovely! We brought way too much stuff and everyone was so helpful. To be honest this site was beautiful and we went just to stay rather than see the surrounding area - it was so peaceful. Pros- far away from everyone and everything in the secluded area of the camp site. The site itself is close enough to shops etc if needed. Fire pit for roasting marshmallows Quiet and calm Dogs allowed Very welcoming Cons - that steep hill... Is steep! At 34 and not fit I thought no I'll be fine getting up and down but it was slow going for me ha! If you have any fitness then you should be fine. Just ensure that you get that lift to your camping site or get the pitch with cars next to them. Overall- I'll definitely be going again. Probably twice a year if possible. I loved having the dogs with me and not too many places allow 3 dogs even though they are small. Thank you for a great stay!
May 16, 2021 by Jay Hilton Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

We're so pleased we were able to welcome you for your much longed for camping holiday!  Many thanks for sharing your experiences of our wilder camping pitches and we hope to welcome you back again.  Best wishes, Sarah

★★★★★

Fantastic! - Highly Recommend, Great Outdoors Feeling

Absolutely loved our stay here in the large yurt, fantastic scenery and nice places locally for trips out adventuring :). Staff very welcoming and helpful which is a big must.. so thank you for that. Can’t wait to come again hopefully very soon. Thank you so much.
★★★★★

Many thanks for another wonderful break in the glory of nature and the wilds

This was our fourth stay at Graig Wen but our first in Jones the Shepherd's Hut, leaving us with the dilemma as to whether we will stay again in that or the usual small yurt next time. We arrived in the middle of a bank holiday hail storm and gale but the hut was really warm and cosy and we felt very safe despite the battering of the elements! The whole set up is so well designed with the bed easily folding down over the table at night, a no hum fridge, highly efficient wood burning stove and special little touches. It was lovely looking straight out at trees with the estuary just showing through and being surrounded by bird song. The location is beautiful with a touch of wild and has access straight down to the river path and very convenient for accessing the coast and mountain wilds, there are some beautiful walks locally with Arthog Falls and the Cregennan Lakes.
May 12, 2021 by Catherine
★★★★★

Beautiful campsite

We took our campervan to Greig Wen over a rainy weekend but that didn't spoil our trip! The campsite is beautifully located high above the Mawddach estuary, with woodland and fields (that usually host tent campers) below. The grounds are stunning and I'd actually love to go there in a tent and find a spot with a view. Two of the campervan pitches have views over the estuary so it's worth asking for one of those when you book. We walked down the the estuary and through fields, which turned out to be private land, so I'd suggest getting a map or looking up some walks before you go! It was rainy, grey and misty but the estuary and surrounded hills looked mystical like this so it really is a site for any weather. It was frustrating that the facilities weren't open, considering you can use loo's in busy pubs, and public toilets, but that's not the campsites fault, just the stupid nonsense rules of covid! The owner recommended The Precipice Walk which was absolutely stunning and a fantastic way to while away a few hours. We also had a roast at The Cross Foxes that's highly recommended.
May 11, 2021 by Helen Poole Verified Review
★★★★★

Wales at its best!

Fantastic 3 nights on a panoramic pitch with our small motorhome. What a stunning location! Perfect for some great walking and peaceful evenings. Will definitely go back.
★★★★★

Lovely site with a real outdoors feel

Clean, well laid out site with fantastic views and easy access to the cycle path and estuary. Really helpful and friendly staff who always had time to give advice and ideas about things to do. The location means easy quick and easy access to a wide range of places that would fulfil the needs of walkers, families, cyclists and those who just want to relax.
★★★★★

Will definitely be coming back

We arrived on Monday and put our tent up in strong winds and heavy rain. Spence came out to help us and lent us his strong tent pegs. Despite this, our tent collapsed, but the lovely staff and owners allowed us to stay in one of their huts (small duchess). Wonderful accommodation, with everything we needed. Had a great time, despite the weather. The views are wonderful and it's so peaceful. Well definitely be coming back, in the summer hopefully :) Thanks again. Highly recommend.
★★★★★

A wonderful short break

Just back from a lovely short break in this wonderful place. Amazing views, lovely walks in the mountains and by the sea. Peaceful, comfortable accommodation, what more could you want. Certainly hope to visit again soon for much longer.
May 5, 2021 by Sonia Smith

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much - we're really pleased you enjoyed your short break in Ty'r Adar cottage.  We hope to welcome you again soon - there's so much to explore.  Best wishes Sarah and John
★★★★★

Great stay at Graig Wen

Had a great stay at Graig Wen, great location and the campsite was lovely and quiet with a great layout. The staff were friendly and helpful. Looking forward to staying again!

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for your recommendation.  We're so pleased you enjoyed the peace and quiet on our touring camp site. We hope to welcome you back soon. Sarah and John
★★★★★

Destination with a view

Lovely quiet location with some amazing views across the estuary and a great venue to go exploring the estuary footpath from. Lovely hosts who think of everything. Well worth a visit and we will definitely be returning.
May 1, 2021 by Nick B
★★★★★

Perfect site in a truly beautiful spot.

Our 2 stay here. ( previously tent camped) I chose a panoramic pitch for our camper as I knew the scenery was fantastic. It wouldn’t stop me choosing the pitch again but there is an occasional drainage smell. Very friendly staff and well organised arrival. We made good use of the lovely Mawdach Trail, cycling to Dolgellau and Barmouth and we also walked to Fairbourne for a quieter day on the beach. We will be back again.
★★★★★

Very good

First ,thank you very much ,all was perfect ,and we are looking forwad to come back one day ,your app ,excelent

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks - that's great to hear! We're glad you found our app useful for planning walks, places to visit, eat out etc.  We look forward to welcoming you back another time. Sarah and John
★★★★★

Amazing Site, Thank you

We had a really lovely time staying at graig wen campsite in Arthog, Wales! They were very accommodating and very easy to get a hold of on the phone with any quieres we had! The facilities were closed due to covid, however they very kindly let us stay in our converted camper/car with our own facilities! The views on the campsite are incredible! They have some really beautiful wild camping spots with wonderful viewing spots! The viewing spots have ready made camp fires to watch the sunset/sunrise! Which the campsite very kindly let us use as they had no campers there until covid rules ease! When we did have a chat with the lady who runs the site she was very lovely, greeting us as we arrived and a lovely chat before we left! We have already been planning our next trip there! Lots of amazing walks and things to do in the area as well we couldn’t fit them all in, but will def be returning again soon! Thanks so much for having us! 🌅 🏕 🥰💕
Apr 19, 2021 by Kane Brennan Verified Review
★★★★★

Excellent place and host Sarah & John

Need a break last year like us all and had to carry it forward to this year which was no issues for Sarah. The place is lovely with great views over the Mawddach estuary . We stayed in one of the cottages Ty'r Adâr (House of Birds) which was lovely with wood burning had stove own private garden across the path where we BBQ. The site also had a lovely area again we toke the BBQ around to the bench and took in the view. We completed the Mawddach trail Via Cregennen lakes on our bikes the views are outstanding. Very pleased we booked this place will aim to go back. Thank you Sarah and John
★★★★★

Brilliant Shepherd's hut

The Shepherd's hut was amazing, very cosy and set in a lovely glade with stunning views of the estuary. I would thoroughly recommend it.

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for your five star recommendation! We're so pleased you enjoyed your holiday after so long in lockdown. Best wishes, Sarah and John
★★★★★

Lovely spot - gorgeous views

We stayed at Graigwen over Easter weekend. Had a great time cycling on the Mawddwch trail and exploring the woods on site. The views from site are stunning. All shared facilities were closed due to Covid restrictions, hand sanitiser available where needed. A lovely touch of an Easter 🐣 gift left on our step! We're looking forward to returning soon.
Apr 8, 2021 by RhiMacp Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for sharing your experience of staying with us as we start to welcome guests back after lockdown.  We hope to be able to re-open shared facilities for campers from late May 2021. There's plenty more to explore here!
★★★★★

Short break

Fantastic short break in graig wen shepherds hut. Beautiful cosy accommodation with everything you need and spectacular views. Can't wait to go back.

Response from Graig Wen

Diolch yn fawr Iwan. We are so pleased you enjoyed your short break when lockdown restrictions eased.  We hope to welcome your family back again.
★★★★★

Well organised, clean,beautifully situated site

There was plenty of information provided in advance re the site, local area, and Covid related issues.This was presented in a friendly and welcoming way and was very comprehensive. There was a welcome letter on arrival, together with our pitch details. The toilets and showers were very clean, with plenty of" anti Covid" cleaning materials available for our use, good quality loo roll in dispensers which worked (!), plentiful paper towels and hot air dryers . Showers clean, again with additional cleaning materials and plenty of hot water, and plenty of useful hooks and a seat in each cubicle. Our only minor issue was that due to Covid the indoor washing up area was closed.It was a bit challenging washing up in strong winds and rain whilst holding a torch...maybe a( Led battery?)lantern could be provided . Site has good access on foot to the Mawddach trail . uphill walk back could ve avoided by using a local bus . We hope to return and naybe enjoy the glorious views in warm dry weather !

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for your useful feedback.  As a result we have reviewed use of the indoor washing up area for winter. Now we only have a few pitches open in winter, we have decided it can safely re-opened as there should not be any issues with social distancing.  We look forward to welcoming you back in better weather!
★★★★★

Relaxing Autumn Break

A lovely panoramic pitch for our little vintage caravan with amazing views of the Mawddarch Estuary. We loved walking down through the site with the dogs down to the Mawddarch Trail where we walked to Barmouth (well almost - the bridge was closed for repairs). There is a delightful little ferry from Fairbourne and fab toll bridge by the George III which looks nice. Recommend a circular 9 mile walk from the Graig Wen - head down to the Estuary and turn right towards Dolgellau to Abergwynant Woodland - which is a must, especially in the Autumn. Crispy leaves from ancient oaks and silver birch, holly and acorns - just stunning. For the more energetic I would absolutely recommend carrying on uphill to the Cregennan Lakes where the landscape changes dramatically with superb views of Cadair Idris. This is an epic circular walk with all around views of mountains and the Estuary, made particularly spectacular returning to Graig Wen (from the Barmouth side) in the bright twilight and fine shower mist which created a magnificent rainbow. Golden sunset moments and you don't even have to get into the car. Also loved having the bakery offerings including fresh croissants and pain au chocolate for breakfast, a real treat (sour dough and vegan croissants too). Felt very covid safe, with good distancing procedures and sanitising in place. There is a road very near to the van pitches. Although it is pretty quiet at night, if you were a light sleeper and spoilt (like me) and used to silence you may notice it.... but if you camp in the valley you would be far enough away. Absolutely loved our little break before lockdown and will return to continue our coastal walk challenge when the bridge is open and we can feel safe enough to use the trains and busses once more. If you love Snowdonia (and oak trees), you will love it here.

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much for highlighting some of the many amazing walks from the site.  We loved seeing you vintage caravan here and would love to welcome you back!  Barmouth Bridge is now open again until September 2021 when it will close for a month or two's structural repair work.
★★★★★

a return trip to Graig Wen

This was our fourth stay to a favourite site where we always receive a warm welcome. Each time we discover new places to explore; no shortage of spectacular scenery. Barmouth itself is an easy walk away along the estuary path. We found it to be a very dog friendly town...as is the campsite! The adjusted facility arrangements for Covid worked well...it all felt very safe and clean (as always). A gem of a place.
Oct 20, 2020 by Jill Kerr Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Always lovely to see you both arrive in the little caravan! Thank you so much.
★★★★★

Happy place

Really easy check in experience, the hut had everything we needed. Gorgeous scenery and walks right from the campsite, with amazing sunsets. We can't wait to come back!
Oct 19, 2020 by Emma Edgar Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

We're so pleased we could welcome you to the shepherd's hut.  Thank you and we hope to see you again before too long.
★★★★★

Wonderful

Beautiful campsite stunning views walks and bike rides easily access to other areas and the owners were lovely even with this pandemic going on everything was so clean and thought out so all could use the showers loos and reception area. Definitely going again and have since told many friends about it.
Oct 18, 2020 by Nicola Hancock

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for recommending us to your friends Nicola - it really helps us and we look forward to welcoming you back!
★★★★★

Great place to stay

Welcoming and friendly owners . The camping field is very well spread out - loads of space between tents - wide, open and great views - we had two tents and had a small field to ourselves . There was lots of running / scrambling around for our older kids - age 9-17 - toilet a bit of a trek/ lots of walking but all a part of camping . You can access the Mawdach trail from the campsite - we walked into Barmouth - fish and chips and ice cream - Barmouth great. Downside is the very steep and uneven track that leads from the motor home area to the parking for the camping field- fine if you have a 4 x4 - clutch burning for 2 out of 3 of our cars - we emptied all car occupants to walk up the hill - hold the gate and stop other cars coming down so we could have a clear run - one car only ! That being said that was end of the holiday - would highly recommend all the rest - is a real gem.
Oct 15, 2020 by Rachel Owens

Response from Graig Wen

We're delighted your family enjoyed all the space here and exploring the site and area. The track to our tent camping fields is steep which is why we can't accept vans down there. Sorry you had a problem at the end of your holiday with a full load -  but if regular cars take it slow and steady they are usually fine.  Many thanks for your recommendation!
★★★★★

A perfect escape, as close to wild camping but with safety of hygiene!

We had a great stay at Craig Wen. Sarah welcomed us warmly (socially distanced) to show us our pitch. We had already been sent a welcome email and great information for our stay, most impressive. It was as close to wild camping as we want at our age! Loved the clean facilities, the recycle area, the washboards, the high standard of cleanliness for COVID19 safety. We'll be back! Loved it. Thank you.

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for sharing your experience of camping here in your VW. We look forward to welcoming you back!
★★★★★

Amazing short break at Graig Wen

Amazing short break at Graig Wen - fantastic glamping in the large yurt, every attention to detail possible and COVID Secure. Mixed weather but you cannot beat the Welsh fresh air and the stunning Mawddach Estuary with our four legged friend Dylis. Superb Sunday lunch at the George III Hotel in Penmaenpool, Dolgellau. Highly recommend Graig Wen - thank you Sarah for ensuring we have a great break!
★★★★★

Wonderful...even when wet!!!!

Had a relaxing weekend in our caravan. Was wet but we knew the forecast. Hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. Love the extra touches such as wooden boardwalks at each pitch. Beautiful setting with wonderful views. Plenty of walks from the site and others just a short drive. Will definitely return.
★★★★★

Amazing week in beautiful surroundings

What an amazing week at Graig Wen! From really helpful and friendly staff, to beautiful views and scenery, to lovely facilities including amazing hot showers - we couldn't have asked for more. Would highly recommend and can't wait to come back. Thank you.
★★★★★

Wow ... what a place!

A last minute booking to try out our new van - wow, we timed our arrival to perfection, we were rewarded with the most amazing sunset down the Mawddach estuary. A very comfortable night was spent, rain fell on our roof during the night, but we slept very well. As we were leaving the following morning, we had a lovely chat with Sarah and promised to return very soon. We’re returning for two nights this coming week! Sarah and John have COVID covered, especially all aspects around the shared facilities, making you feel super safe. Thank you both . See you very soon!
Oct 11, 2020 by JoJo
★★★★★

happy weekend

We stayed in a Large Yurt in Graig Wen and absolutely loved it. It was very cosy, very clean and the location was to die for! There were hand sanitizers everywhere and your dishes were sanitized after the previous guests. We got a private outside toilet and a shower however the weather wasn't great so we just used the communal ones which again were very well looked after and clean. For anyone who worries about their car, there is one parking spot next to your yurt so no need to worry. Our friends stayed in the Tommy Yurt which I must say had a bit more luxurious feel to it. Tommy Yurt also had an outside kitchen ( ours had one inside ) which is were we spend most of the time! the yurts are next to each other so perfect if you want to plan holidays with friends but also they were far enough for a bit of privacy. the location is amazing. You are in the middle of a forest but still overlooking the lake. What I found amazing were the little touches, the owners have made. Inside the yurt, on the table there were freshly cut flowers. We also got some welsh cakes and gingerbread biscuit with the picture of a tent made in icing. The logs were inside the fireplace, ready to be lit. It truly was a glamping experience.
Oct 6, 2020 by Ilonu Sokolowska

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks Ilonu, that's a really lovely recommendation.  Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience of our yurts and your appreciation of the extra touches we give to try and make it special.  We hope we can welcome your families back in better weather next time!
★★★★★

Complete Connection with the Wild in Wales

You just have to sit by the fire, watch the setting sun colour the hills, fade into dusk and into a darkness so unpolluted, that you can see more stars than you knew existed, to rate this place 5 star. This stunning site is situated in an area where you can get to many of the wildest, most beautiful and mystical places in West Wales. The Mawdach Estuary, with its flat trail just at the bottom of the hill, is an excellent starting point to explore around and all the ideas for discovery are on the excellent app which you can download before you even get there. Cadair Idris is a proper mountain, wild and majestic, with its own lakes and cascading waterfalls. Dolgellau to is a friendly town, a little known gem of a place, ideal for hiking, campers and photography. If you're into photography the whole area is stunning and there's all the rest of Snowdonia in the North, mid Wales and Aberystwyth to the South, Bala and it's beautiful lake to the East and the immense sandscapes on the seashore to the West. I had some of the most exciting drives of my life here and stayed for nearly two weeks, barely touching the surface of opportunities for experiences bringing me back to nature. That's why I can't wait to return.
Oct 5, 2020 by Jeremy Streets

Response from Graig Wen

That's wonderful to read - thanks so much Jeremy.  It was a real pleasure having you stay for a couple of weeks and we look forward to welcoming you back for more adventures.
★★★★★

Beautiful, welcoming and charming

We had a short stay tent camping at Graig Wen. Everything was very well organised with a helpful app and lovely facilities. Had an excellent time walking to the top of Arthog Waterfall. Highly recommend! Would love to come back again.

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much! We would love to welcome you back too!
★★★★★

Stunning site with views to die for...

Fantastic views over the Mawddach Estuary. Great site, super clean and set up well for COVID 19 protocols. We had one of the hard standings looking out over the estuary. Easy walk down through the campsite, so a wonderful location to walk the Mawddach trail into Barmouth.
★★★★☆

Quiet getaway

Loved this place. Pitches are well spaced and the campfires are great. Plenty of hand sanitiser everywhere for Covid and the reception gave us everything we needed. Our pitch on the bottom of the estuary fields had a brilliant view and great access to the Madawwch trail, stars were brilliant at night. We knew we'd have to carry our equipment down the hill and back so found it fine, but definitely something to consider. Showers were hot and clean. We'd stay again and would love to try out the luxury of staying in one of the yurts!
Sep 29, 2020 by Laura Grubb Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for your recommendation - we're glad you got to enjoy the awesome night skies we can get here as well as the spectacular views. We look forward to welcoming you back to try a little more luxury another time!
★★★★★

Wonderful experience for our family

Excellent facilities with a really comfortable, big space in the Tommy Yurt for our family of 4. Lovely outdoor kitchen with everything you need. We also did a beautiful walk to Barmouth from the site (11.5km round trip).

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you! We're delighted you enjoyed your family adventure in Tommy and some of the amazing walks from the site.
★★★★★

Fantastic Campsite

This is a great site, beautiful setting with fantastic views and great facilities, really well set up for Covid rules. Such a great place, their app really introduces you to the site and the area with information on everything you'll need. You can get fresh sausage rolls and Croissant in the mornings and the site office sells, wine, local cider & beer, bread and treats. If you don't fancy camping there is a campervan area, cottages and yurts. Something for everyone! We will definitely visit again.
Sep 29, 2020 by Dinah Case Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

We're so happy to see your five star recommendation! Thank you very much. We're glad you found our new app useful and we look forward to welcoming you back.
★★★★★

Amazing

Beautiful place! The pitches are large and spaced out so you feel as though you are the only ones there. Everyone was so helpful and accommodating. I love the eco-friendly vibe. Definitely would return.
Sep 28, 2020 by Alison

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you! You can certainly feel like the only camper here, immersed in nature, on some of the pitches on our wilder tent camping fields. We would love to welcome you back sometime.
★★★★☆

Lovely - read info before arrival !

Gorgeous place ! Such a lovely setting. But make sure you read all the info. We booked a wild camping spot and just expected to turn up but make sure you arrange the day before to have your things taken to your pitch. We have a 4x4 and usually just pitch up next to the car and didn’t realise you can’t take your car, didn’t realise you had to take your stuff to your pitch in wheelbarrows, and after a 6 hour mountain hike it wasn’t ideal. This was totally our fault but if you’re like us and don’t tend to read stuff, make sure you do ! We stayed in the monks pitch really nice if you want to be secluded but next time will ask for the wild camping pitches as they have the most stunning views which is what we wanted. Will definitely return and be a little bit more prepared next time. The little hidden facilities everywhere are fantastic and the grounds are gorgeous
Sep 28, 2020 by Charlotte

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks for sharing some great advice! We really do encourage tent campers to read the information about pitching in our car-free fields before they book or in welcome guide we email with booking confirmation. To make arriving part of the fun rather than hard work with a wheelbarrow, we do our best to offer a lift service with our off road vehicle to the wilder camping pitches between 2 and 4pm. The welcome guide/app has loads of tips about walks, the local area, wifi etc so it's well worth a quick look before you set off.

We look forward to welcoming you back to try other pitches and are happy to put you on a particular pitch if you ask when you book and we have availability.
★★★★★

Relaxing Quiet Site

A wonderful quiet site that caters for campers, tourers & B&B. I was on the "Family" camping field as I left it too late to book a pitch near the estuary. Pitches well spaced out with plenty of space between each pitch even during non-CV19 times. Shower trailer excellent. I was a bit dubious of the compost loo, but no issues. Flush WC also available near tourers. Views from the site are amazing with plenty of local walks only a few minutes away, with others a short drive away. The app was very useful with suggestions on what to do & where to go. If you're a walker, Cadair Idris is a must, hard going but well worth the effort. After five nights I didn't want to leave & will definitely be back. A friendly well organised site.

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you for sharing your experience of camping solo with us.  We're really pleased you found the new app useful to help you explore.  We look forward to welcoming you back another time!
★★★★★

The best time ever !

What an amazing 10 days. Just the piece and quiet we needed. Breath taking views, stunning scenery. The sun shone for us everyday. Our hoists were so kind and caring and had everything covered. Nothing was ever too much. So dog friendly. Love this place simply the best. We will be back for sure.
Sep 25, 2020 by Mike and Imogen

Response from Graig Wen

Ah, thanks Mike and Imogen. It was lovely to meet you and the dogs and see you enjoying the place so much! We look forward to seeing you again although we can't promise 10 days of sunshine in September every time!
★★★★★

Never fails to ........

Our umpteenth stay at Graig Wen arriving stressed and tired, coming away chillaxed and totally rejuvenated.
Sep 22, 2020 by Dean De Ste Croix-Stewart

Response from Graig Wen

Our work is done! Thanks so much. It was lovely to see you again and we look forward to welcoming you back for more rejuvenation another time.
★★★★★

Wonderful space for a chilled stay

A great site for camping or campervans - we spent a wonderful week in the campervan area. Really good and safe management of the toilets and Spencer was a great welcoming host on arrival. The walk down through the campsite to the estuary below is idyllic - and amazing tent pitches if you want some time away from the numbers. Happy to give 5 stars as a beautiful clean and welcoming site.
Sep 21, 2020 by Mike Dando Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

That's really appreciated by us all - thanks so much. We're so pleased you enjoyed your week on the camper van site and felt welcome and comfortable during these uncertain times. 
★★★★★

Absolutely fantastic

We have just used our tent for the first time here on the most beautiful pitch in the bottom fields and WOW. We had the most incredible view, the pitch was huge, every pitch has a little campfire and it’s dog friendly! The staff (especially Spencer) were fantastic and so helpful and informative. We enjoyed a beautiful walk to the nearby beach in Barmouth along a lovely trail literally minutes from the campsite. The site itself is beautiful and spacious, the showers were lovely and warm and the toilet was clean. I can’t rate this place highly enough and look forward to coming back next year.
Sep 21, 2020 by May Thurling Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

That's great to hear and thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience of camping here. We look forward to welcoming you back again.
★★★★★

A little slice of heaven

I think this is probably the best campsite we've ever stayed at. We were down on the Estuary Fields, and from the moment we arrived it was total bliss. The Mawddach Trail is 2 minutes away, Barmouth is a few miles down the path, Dolgellau a few miles up it, and there are soooo many beautiful walks within reaching distance. We had the best week after the weirdest summer. And we were so lucky with the weather - but even in the rain, this place would be a little slice of heaven. Watching the tide roll in and out is the perfect breathing space to figure out how to make the rest of your life like this. Thank you Graig Wen <3 We'll be back very soon...
Sep 21, 2020 by vicky Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much Vicky - you will be really welcome back! Total bliss and breathing space is hard to find so we're glad you found some here!
★★★★★

Amazing - definitely book!

Probably the best campsite you can find. Closest you can get to wild camping (lots of space & privacy) whilst having access to great eco facilities. Everything was clean, staff friendly, useful camp shop. All amazing!
Sep 17, 2020 by Shaunna

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much - that's a wonderful recommendation which we all really appreciate.
★★★★★

Perfect stay in a wonderful location

Friendly & welcoming hosts, roomy comfortable cottage (reassuringly clean!!), great views, fab location to explore the local area. Just perfect 👌 ps recommend ordering the pain au chocolate for breakfast!
Sep 16, 2020 by Rachel Sharp

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks Rachel - it was great to meet you both and glad you enjoyed the morning pastries!  We hope to welcome you back sometime.
★★★★★

Stunning scenery

Beautiful spot in the heart of Snowdonia. A small, peaceful site with very helpful staff and good facilities. If you want to be close to shops, pubs, clubs then keep on looking, but if you dream of stunning views and tranquility this is the place for you. We've been twice now and if Covid permits we will be taking a 3rd trip next year. Thank you Graig Wen.
Sep 15, 2020 by Catherine Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you Catherine from the whole team! Thank you for putting your trust in us to visit again this summer. We really hope we will be welcoming you back for more peaceful beauty next year.
★★★★★

Magical place

We stayed in the large yurt for 3 nights celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday with our 2 children. It was wonderful! The location is idyllic and the yurt was so comfortable. The children loved the adventure of building a fire, toasting marshmallows and star gazing! Everything you may need is there and we were made to feel really welcome despite the current global situation. The app that is sent through is great and really helpful to make the most of short breaks. We would definitely return 😊😊
Sep 15, 2020 by Anna

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you Anna - we're so pleased you were able to enjoy your celebration delayed from lockdown. That's great news that you liked our new app to help make the most of your short break.  See you again for more family adventures!
★★★★★

A wonderful week in Wales

We had a lovely week in Graig wen staying in Ty Adar cottage. The cottage was clean and comfortable with everything we needed. There is a wide range of activities to enjoy in the area. Our family favourites were zip world, walking up Cader Idris and relaxing on Fairbourne beach. We are already looking forward to our holiday there next year!
Sep 15, 2020 by Lily Lee

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for sharing your experience of staying in our cottage and exploring some of the many activities our local area has to offer.  We loved hearing about your family adventures and look forward to welcoming you all back for more next year.  Thanks again!
★★★★★

Isolate and stunning

We had the best time camping at Graig Wen. The staff are nothing but helpful and the site is gorgeous. The toilet and shower facilities are exceptionally clean. The views are lovely, surrounded by mountains and just a short walk from the estuary, we did a waterfall walk recommended to us by a staff member. Really really enjoyed our time and would recommend to anyone.

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for your lovely recommendation - our small team really appreciate it! We're delighted you loved our location and found our facilities very clean during a busy period here.
★★★★★

Fantastic secluded site with all the facilities required for a good camp

This site is ideal to get away from it all and experience proper camping. The facilities are all you require to make your camp sustainable, good showers and an earth toilet with the best view in the country. Leaving the car away from the tent adds to the impression of seclusion and prevents disturbance to other campers. Go to sleep listening to the owls and wake to the Jays, what could be more perfect.
Sep 13, 2020 by Timothy Cox Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Lovely! Thanks so much for sharing your experience of "proper camping" with the owls and the jays! Thanks for the shout out for the view from the compost loo!
★★★★☆

Wonderful small break

As campsites go this one is pretty great. It is so peaceful and the views are phenomenal, no one overlooked our pitch and it felt like we were in the wilderness. It is spotless and very covid secure, there is antibac gel at every possible place where touching is unavoidable (bins, showers, toilets etc). The only thing I would highlight to others looking at this campsite, is that if you're on the Estuary field there is a looong and steep-ish track you have to walk down from where you park your car to your pitch. Even if you only have a slight walking disability, I would not recommend this. They do have a truck available to transport all your belongings, however when we arrived this was not available so we had to make around 3 trips up and down the track which if I had been on my own, would have been a real struggle!! I would highly recommend getting in touch before your arrival to make sure the lift is available to you when you arrive (especially if you have a lot of heavy stuff!)

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for your recommendation and taking the time to highlight our extra hygiene measures this year.  For those camping in our car-free fields with a lot of heavy kit, it's definitely a good idea to let us know in advance and arrive between 2 and 4pm when we do our best to offer our lift to pitch service and save you some wheelbarrow journeys. We're glad you enjoyed those phenomenal views, space and privacy!
★★★★★

Beautiful, spacious, perfect

I've stayed at Graig Wen in a tent and in Jones the Shepherd's hut, and it's like nowhere else I've stayed before. Pitches are spread out carefully over several areas in a huge and varied site, which feels beautifully wooded and wild in all weathers. The estuary is really dramatic and peaceful, especially if you have a pitch in the lower tent fields or the panoramic standing pitches. Facilities are top notch with lovely showers, a freezer for ice packs and a great farm shop with local food and drink. It's a great base for Barmouth, Dollgellau and Fairbourne and easy to drive north to Harlech, Porthmaddog and beyond. I will probably be back in a year or two and I always recommend it to my friends as the best please I've ever camped.
Sep 11, 2020 by John Roscoe Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Wow, thanks so much John, we really appreciate your wonderful recommendation!
★★★★★

Birthday Break

We booked Graig Wen a bit last minute (end of July) for my birthday weekend, however, we were not disappointed in the facilities or the pitch we had. We own a camper van and the pitches were all marked out well with hard standing surface and a grass area either side. The views are amazing (you can book panorama pitches there is only 2 of them though), you look out over the estuary and the landscape in front. The staff were all welcoming and helpful. Me and my partner both felt extremely safe with the current Covid 19 situation as the facilities for the touring caravans/motorhomes were changed to accommodate your bubble at any one time with a chain you placed across the entrance to show they were being used. There were also cleaning supplies provided in each of the toilets for you to clean after you had used the facilities. We used the trail at the bottom of the site to walk part way to Fairbourne (you can then walk over the bridge to Barmouth) and then walked up to the waterfalls. We will definitely be booking here again in the future.

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience of staying with us in your camper van. Hearing that you felt comfortable with the way we have arranged our shared facilities due to the COVID pandemic is really appreciated.  We have been very grateful for the care our guests have taken with hygiene and helping us keep things extra clean this year. We look forward to welcoming you back again!

★★★★★

Fantastic Family Fun

We took a mixed aged group of 5 grandchildren to the Jones Shepherds hut and large Yurt. They were comfortable, warm and great fun. All facilities were good and very peaceful.
Sep 8, 2020 by Carol Powell

Response from Graig Wen

We're so pleased we were able to welcome you all at last for a fun family weekend!  Many thanks for postponing your booking from lockdown - it was really appreciated!
★★★★★

Picturesque and quiet camping

The area is beautiful and the camp site gave us a great opportunity to set up camp for exploring. Remote, quiet and beautiful it allowed us to have a perfect mini break. Furthermore all the staff were lovely and helpful with all the facilities well maintained

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much! That's really appreciated by the whole team. We're so pleased you enjoyed our beautiful part of the world.
★★★★★

Rough camping without the rough

What a wonderful beautiful part of the country. We love camping but hate the rigidity of most campsites, where you are crammed into uniformed spaces on top of your neighbours. This is not at all like that. If you love beautiful scenery and personal space , enjoying the night sky with the warmth from an open fire , this is the place to be.

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you! We think you perfectly describe the special qualities of "almost wild" camping on our tent fields!
★★★★★

Stunning campsite - highly recommended.

We had the best X2 night stay here and would definitely recommend Graig Wen. On arrival, information was clear and staff very helpful. We stayed in the Monk's Corner secluded pitch, surrounded by trees with a stream running nearby - so lovely and relaxing. There were stunning views of the mountains just around the corner from our pitch (other pitches look onto these views). Facilities were impeccably clean and eco-conscious. The campsite is in a great location, a short distance from both Barmouth Beach and Cadair Idris (recommend visiting both) and just over an hours drive away from Snowdon. The owners have a service available to help transport gear down to your pitch if you're staying in the lower fields as the carpark is up above - useful for most (though we packed light so our gear was easy enough to carry). There are wheelbarrows available too, should you need them. Would return here in a heartbeat. We had the perfect weekend getaway. Thank you!

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much for your recommendation. We're delighted you made the most of our fantastic location in the couple of days you were here.  We hope we can welcome you back again for more exploring sometime!
★★★★★

An adventure

Glamping in Idris yurt was a wonderful adventure. Driving down the steep track to the camping parking was a bit scary but we were then met by Spencer in the cross country golf buggy and our bulky camping luggage was delivered to our yurt three fields away. The summer location of Idris yurt is idyllic, surrounded by woods and trees, there are no other campers in sight or hearing. The little stove kept us warm and cosy on a stormy night. There is plenty of space in the yurt and the camp kitchen is well equipped.

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you very much - we're so pleased you enjoyed the adventure and being secluded in nature!
★★★★★

Another great stay!

Weve stayed at graig wen several times in one of the cottages, a yurt and using the campsite....there is a reason we keep coming back! Incredible views, v peaceful, fab clean and bright facilities and a perfect base for exploring snowdonia. Sarah and John share so great information with u before you stay in the handy app you get emailed, that u can either really plan your stay in advance or play it by ear but know you've got somewhere to find any information u might need. We will certainly be back!
Sep 5, 2020 by Lucy Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for your recommendation Lucy - it's always lovely to see you both! We're glad you found the new guest app useful.
★★★★★

Incredible views, peace, privacy and comfort

We stayed in a yurt for a week and had a wonderful time. We had a forest clearing completely to ourselves and it's a short walk to the beautiful estuary and its footpaths. The site was all set up with everything you need and the team really helpful without being in your face which was perfect. We'll definitely be back
Sep 2, 2020 by Juliet

Response from Graig Wen

That's great to hear you enjoyed yurt life here and would like to return - thanks so much! We look forward to welcoming you back sometime.
★☆☆☆☆

Not great for Covid Times. Bad loos. Definitely not family hygiene friendly right now.

Whilst the site cannot be held responsible for the weather (Storm Francis!) it can be held responsible for its sanitary arrangements. I have no issues with longdrop loos (I grew up in Africa,) but whilst there were two such loos within 5 mins walk of our pitch, both were awful. As a result most campers just went in the bracken. (Not us!) Having been to many festivals I think compost loos work best when sawdust or some other matter is added rather than a massive pile of other people's doings left to fester! The smell was awful, my eight year old took to sniffing hand gel whilst in there to distract himself! In usual times we may have laughed it off but when cleanliness is key, not so much. The only flush loos (of which there were only 2 anyway) were a good fifteen minute walk from our pitch up a massive hill. All normal campsite routines of toothbrushing/showers etc were not on mains water for the camping fields (and a sign said water wasn't drinkable.) I am sure if I'd read the small print when I booked it intimated as much, I will be more careful next time I book a new site. Aside from all that, the spot is lovely. The access is not. It is a long way from the small car park to most of the pitches. In the mud (created by the owner's Polaris traipsing up and down) with a full car load in wheelbarrows, it is hideous. The offered help is a great idea (it says arrive between 2-4pm and ring.) There is no mobile signal on site so there is a flaw there! So, not a site for us. If you were walkers with no children and open to wild camping in these times then I'm sure it would be great. It isn't however geared for families when hot water and hand washing are somewhat key when visiting new areas now. My final gripe is the lack of visibility of the owners. On our last day the female owner drove past us in pouring rain as we struggled up the muddy hill with our kit. Admittedly we'd booked transport for ten minutes later but customer service it was not. Spence however was great.
Aug 31, 2020 by

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks for your anonymous feedback which gives us a chance to highlight a few things. We understand that everyone will have different comfort levels on holiday during the COVID pandemic. We want to reassure you that we rigorously assess our facilities and processes and put in place measures to meet best practice Government guidance. We have achieved the Industry standard “We’re Good to Go”. All facilities from compost loos to 4 (not 2) flushing toilets, hot water hand washing, shower facilities etc. are cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day plus daily deep cleans. There are numerous hand sanitising stations as well as hot water facilities and antibacterial soap around site.

Our water comes from an underground mountain spring, is filtered and tested every season by the local authority. This feeds drinking water points, wash basins etc spread around site apart from one labelled tap. Thanks for sharing your opinion of using compost loos. Wood shavings are often added by staff and anti-viral spray used. Having managed composts loos for 12 years, we have tried various methods and found this way most effective when loos are shared by multiple people. As can be seen from many other reviews, our “Tree Bog” is pretty popular with families and has been described as “the loo with the best view in Wales”. Many other eco camp sites are also operating regularly cleaned compost loos this year with similar anti-viral measures in place.

We sympathise you were camping in tough conditions during Storm Francis. Our nearly wild camping pitches are not for everyone, especially in heavy weather. We provide details about out facilities and access on our website, Cool Camping and the Guest App emailed to campers in advance. We also provide printed information on check in including a map showing our 4 flushing toilets, drinking water points etc. With huge demand for pitches this summer, we know 1 or 2 people booked in haste without reading about the features of our site which what makes us wild and special - hardly “small print”. Our wilder style of tent camping is out of some people's comfort zone - some embrace the adventure but we’re sorry it was not for you.

Apologies if Sarah drove past you unaware that you had decided to pack up early and did not have the patience to wait 10 minutes for your agreed pick up time . She was probably helping campers with the previous slot. Sorry you had a gripe with owners, Sarah and John not being “visible” - not many people do see John at 6.30am doing the dawn clean or Sarah doing the 11pm shift. In between chores we genuinely love grabbing a chat with families. You don’t give us your name so I’m not sure if we met or not. We’re delighted that you had great customer service from Spence, one of our wonderful members of staff we employ to reach parts of the camp site we can’t always get to ourselves. As you say, our tent camping fields are indeed a lovely spot for those geared for a wilder camping experience.

★★★★★

Fabulous!

We stayed for two nights and wished we could stay longer! The area is absolutely beautiful, with lots to do nearby. Being active people ourselves we enjoyed the hiking options in particular. The facilities were clean and in perfect working order. Campsites were spread out enough that social distancing was not an issue. Even though we were surrounded by families with young children, the space between sites made noise a complete non-issue. Check in and check out was simple and stress free. My partner and I both agree that this is the best campsite we have stayed on this summer and hope to come back again soon! :)
Aug 31, 2020 by Rhian

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for taking the time to leave your five star review Rhian. Your comments about the cleanliness of our facilities and tranquility of the site during a busy August period are especially appreciated! For keen walkers like you there are so many options here so we do hope we can welcome you back to explore more.  Thanks again.
★★★★★

Beautiful peaceful location

Beautiful location above the Mawdach estuary. Lots of interesting camping spots down a steep hillside to a well maintained cycle path that takes you straight into Barmouth. Some lovely looking yurts too. We’ll be coming back.
Aug 31, 2020 by Stephen D

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for your recommendation - we look forward to welcoming you back again.
★★★★★

Perfect break away from it all....

We managed to get a last minute cancellation at Graig Wen staying in the large yurt. Communication and booking process was very easy. We were given access to a special "app" in advance outlining all the important info about our stay (checking in, checking out, facilities on site etc, covid 19 instructions) plus fantastic tips on activities to do in the region, recommendations for eating out and local amenities. The site itself is in a beautiful location and the yurt was charming and comfortable. The shared facilities were always spotlessly clean with plenty of hot water and we also had access to our own compost loo and outdoor shower. The freshly prepared croissants in the morning were delicious and it was great that there were "vegan" options available. The only downside to our trip was the weather but we still had a great time and feel very lucky that we found such a wonderful place at the last minute. Would not hesitate to visit again in the future.
Aug 30, 2020 by Sarah Mc Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much - we were so pleased to be able to help your family finally get a holiday this summer.  Your feedback about our new guest App, clean facilities and croissants are much appreciated by the whole team! Thank you for your recommendation.
★★★★★

Friendly helpful clean

This is our 2nd year staying at Craig wen in the tommy yurt lovely pitch very well set up great for kids as they like glamping lots to do around the area coffee shops in Dolgellau biking and walking in Coed-y-Brenin Snowdon is an hour away going to book again 👍😃
Aug 30, 2020 by Melanie Blue

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks Melanie.  You were here in some wild weather this time so we are pleased you still managed to get out and have family adventures. We look forward to welcoming you back again.
★★★★★

Great stay amongst magnificent views

We spent 6 days on Wall Corner with our 8 year old. You can expect jaw dropping views, peace and quiet and a safe site for children to run wild and free. Weather was mixed but we still had a great time. Loads to do locally. Being on the trail was perfect for cycling and running/walking. Loved the simplicity of this site.
Aug 30, 2020 by Jo Shields

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for your five star recommendation of family camping in our wilder tent camping area. We are really happy your family felt relaxed and safe in a peaceful environment during one of our busiest times of year. Wall Corner pitch does have lovely views!
★★★★★

Horrific weather but still had a great stay

We picked the worst three days possible for camping in Wales - and brought a tent not really up to the job - but the staff at the site were so helpful. They re-pegged (saved) our tent while we were out for the day and gave us a hand getting our stuff to and from the pitch in their vehicle. The site is really near Barnmouth beach and we had a fab day out there on the first day - and actually and a dry evening. Each pitch had a fire pit which was lovely (my boys were made up). Then the weather came and well - let's just say if we had to stay on a campsite where our tend almost blew away and flooded I would have chosen this one.
Aug 28, 2020 by Maria Howard Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much for your praise for how our team helped you out during Storm Francis this August....it's really appreciated.
★★★★☆

Spacious accommodation for 4

Small Barn had plenty of living space for 2 adults and 2 teenage children. Due to the Covid situation, we didn't have face-to-face contact with the owners but were able to email/or phone reception with any queries. The flowers and brownies were a lovely "welcome" gesture. The information app was very useful to refer to with lots of good ideas for activities as well as giving information regarding the site and our particular property etc. Some parts of the decor were a bit tired and could do with an update (e.g. blinds coming undone in places) but the property was clean and welcoming otherwise.
Aug 24, 2020 by Helen Williams

Response from Graig Wen

We're pleased you enjoyed your welcome to Small Barn cottage and found the cottage clean and new guest app useful. Thanks so much for the recommendation and we'll take a look at that blind! 
★★★★★

Peaceful, sustainable and cosy getaway

We stayed in the small yurt which is in a beautifully secluded area of its own. It's well equipped with gas stove, wood burner, and comfy fold out bed so we were very cosy even during the storms. The owners had thought of everything when it came to dealing with Covid and we were very impressed with all the extra little touches and the focus on sustainability. The walk down to the estuary is just beautiful and there's plenty of great walks nearby. It was just what we needed and I would definitely book again.

Response from Graig Wen

A huge thank you for taking the time to share your experience of staying in the yurt and your five star recommendation. We appreciate you noticing the extra steps we take to make you feel welcome and safe. Thanks!
★★★★★

Another wonderful stay in the Idris Yurt

We're just returning home after a 4 night stay in the Idris Yurt. Despite the mix of weather which was extreme in parts we enjoyed a comfortable, warm and dry stay in the yurt. The yurt is really well equipped and so secluded. We loved having a fire in the evenings and walking down to the estuary with our crabbing buckets! Beautiful scenary and a lovely friendly welcome as always. We can't wait to come back.
Aug 21, 2020 by Kerry Dales

Response from Graig Wen

Lovely to see you all again and we are pleased you stayed cosy in the yurt despite wild weather!  Thanks so much for sharing your experience and we look forward to welcoming you back again!
★★★★★

Covid 19 Camping

Sarah, John and all the team at Graig Wen had made a great effort to protect all their campers to social distance. It hardly impacted our brilliant holiday
Aug 19, 2020 by Ross Gibson Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks Ross.  Good to see you as always and we're glad you felt comfortable with our adapted COVID measures this year.
★★★★★

Craig when is at the top of the pecking order, it was a hoot.

We heard woodpeckers and owls. This awesomely eco-friendly campsite is pretty wild. There's a huge amount of space between tents and it's pretty quiet although very family friendly for a fairly wild camp. The showers at the top of site were good and the slightly wilder block had hot running water. The toilets were spotlessly clean and the site proprietors were scrupulous about COVID precautions. This site would be suitable for all ages with good mobility and gives a nearly wild camping experience with the convenience of showers and toilets as well as freshly baked croissants. The staff were extremely helpful when the weather turned nasty.
Aug 17, 2020 by Karl Perkins

Response from Graig Wen

" A hoot"! Love it! Thanks so much Karl, we're glad you enjoyed your fortnight camping with us. See you again sometime!
★★★★★

Best holiday EVER

Stayed at Graig wen for 4 nights in the Tommy yurt with my family . It was set up in such a beautiful location. We had everything we needed for outside cooking and bbqs. The inside of the yurt was amazing from a double bed 2 fold out singles and log burner. The solar lights made it so pretty at night to . The countryside is absolutely idyllic . He seems to say we came home and within half an hour we rebooked for next year .
Aug 16, 2020 by Claire

Response from Graig Wen

Wow, thanks so much Claire! Everyone has so needed a wild escape this summer and we are so pleased you enjoyed it so much you are coming back next year!  See you then.
★★★★★

A wonderful retreat

My family and I are no strangers to North Wales. However Graig Wen is a hidden jewel. Yes the yurts are spotlessly clean ( we had the large yurt). Yes the area is perfectly laid out so there is no carrying lots of equipment far from your car. The campfire is a lovely touch with bench seats around it. However the most perfect thing is you get to see and be apart of this stunning part of the world. Sarah and her team make sure you are looked after without being intrusive. We booked to go again the day we got home. Activities wise we walked one day. Had a lazy day by the beach and also explored mines and Bala lake. There is something for everyone.
Aug 16, 2020 by christopher hubbard

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much.  We are very lucky to live in this special part of the world with so much to see and do on the doorstep.  I think you set the record for re-booking as soon as you got home! We look forward to welcoming your family back again next year.
★★★★★

Beautiful Mawddach Estuary

Beautiful location on the Mawddach Estuary, great for cycling and walking although a steep walk down to the cycle track. Really friendly and helpful staff and owners. Hopefully we will visit again.
Aug 15, 2020 by Simon

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks from the whole team.  See you again!
★★★★★

Magical Experience

This was our fifth time staying at Graig Wen, in particular at the Little Haven cottage. As always, we cannot fault our week's holiday. It is worth it for the view alone! The cottage was super neat and tidy, and in these pandemic times, we always felt safe there. A special mention for the new Graig Wen app: it was very informative with a wealth of information to help us. The surrounding area is fantastic for walks, mountains and waterfalls and there are two local lovely beaches at Fairbourne and Barmouth. Overall, I cannot rate this place, and Sarah and John who run Graig Wen, highly enough. We will certainly be back!
Aug 10, 2020 by Christopher Bartlett
★★★★★

Quirky, cute and comfortable in a stunning location

Having just come back from an amazing holiday staying at the Jones Shepherds Hut at Graig Wen, I would highly recommend it. Sarah and John went out of their way to welcome and accommodate us having moved our holiday due to COVID lockdown in May 2020. They had put in so many measures to ensure everyone’s safety and with ample social distancing between visitors, and even provided separate shower and toilet block for us. The Hut was equipped with everything we needed, designed to a high quality and comfortable. I would recommend this site for its location as well with easy access to to Mawddach Trail, cycling routes, walking routes on Snowdonia National park and with easy access to Barmouth Beach. Great location for camping, glamping and B&B.
Aug 7, 2020 by Claire Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you Claire.  We're so pleased we were at last able to welcome you to the shepherd's hut - thanks so much for keeping your booking with us - it was really appreciated and we're delighted it was worth the wait for you!
★★★★★

Glam wild camping

We booked at the last minute after trying a few other camp sites, we got lucky and got the only available pitch. We was very, very lucky because the camp was absolutely amazing, beautiful scenery, in the middle of a forest, like wild camping with the exception of croissants in the morning (if you wished) a lovely shower and compost toilets and a real campfire , if you wanted to make one .You really felt at one with nature, so peaceful and only a five,ten minutes to walk down to the beautiful estuary and again some amazing walks (my dogs loved them) . Sarah and John are very nice people, and try and help you as much as possible. Just what the Doctor ordered . Thank you for letting us share your amazing experience. 👍

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks Michael, we are all very touched by your reaction to our camp site.  We hope to welcome you back now you have found us!
★★★★★

More memories in the making

This is our third visit to Graig Wen. We have stayed at Little Haven twice and Pine Cottage this time. We were booked to visit during lockdown and were very grateful to get a week. Our family just live it here. The perfect place to just spend quality time with family. Sarah and Jon were as always very attentive and helpful despite having to comply with social distancing guidance. The property was extremely clean and we felt very safe both in the cottage and on the site. Well done Sarah and Jon hope to see you again soon.
Jul 27, 2020 by Sandra Brown

Response from Graig Wen

Hearing that you felt safe and comfortable as one of our first guests back after lockdown was really appreciated by us.  Thank you Sandra.
★★★★★

A truly magical place.

We stay every year and it’s always wonderful, whatever the weather. Although there are some changes in view of current circumstances, we still felt relaxed and appreciative of the beautiful surroundings. With Cadair Idris on the doorstep, there are plentiful walking, running and cycling options from the accommodation. Views across the estuary are stunning. The accommodation is lovely; clean and with lots of nice touches. Everyone is really friendly and helpful and there is a tranquil laid back atmosphere. We can’t wait until our next visit!
Jul 22, 2020 by Deborah Binns

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks for sticking with us during all the changes to your booking due to lockdown this summer...hearing you felt relaxed as one of our first guests back is really great.  Until next time!
★★★★★

Superbly located campsite, variety of pitches and accommodation for everyone.

We booked a campervan pitch with hookup (there are 9: 2 of them are "Panoramic View" pitches, which cost a little more and get booked up fast) The staff are very busy running a lot of different types of accommodation and pitches, but we received wonderful help from the owner when our electrics failed after the first meal. The problem was ours ( an inaccessible fuse was loose) but Sarah kindly loaned us a huge 6 gang socket hookup for the length of our stay - 3 nights - and problem solved. The 2 Panorama pitches are magnificant, and the stunning views of the estuary are supposed to be accessible to all other users of the pitches, with the provision of benches and a table overlooking the view. For part of our stay there was a large party taking over both the panorama pitches, and spreading themselves across the communal access with large awnings and cars - a bit selfishly. Maybe this could be made clearer by the owners to anyone booking these special pitches, and even large awnings be prohibited? Other than this large party, everyone on site, users and staff alike, all extremely friendly and even the effort of getting our bikes up and down the steep track to the Mawddach trail was more than worth it. What a fabulous spot, and congratulations to the visionary owners who have provided so many different levels (literally!) of accommocation. We will certainly return.
★★★★★

Lovely Location excellent Staff

To set to scene, 5 people, 2 tents (two pitches provided, price per person only) 3 nights. A great place to stay with very friendly and accommodating staff coupled with excellent views over the estuary between Barmouth and Farmouth. We all had a very fun, chilled out stay at Graig Wen. Facilities were very clean and the 24hr honesty shop was a great addition. The site is located on a very steep hill. To accommodate campers with a lot of equipment (large tents and tonnes of food) can be helped out by a staff member and a great little buggy/truck. I wouldn’t even want to imagine how many trips we would have had to endure without these. Only item to meantion is the distance from the lower pitch to the showers, which are located at the entrance of the site itself. HOWEVER it looks like Graig Wen are currently building showers for the lower field, saving the 5 minute walk up the hill (which isn’t actually too bad). To end on a high note, communication with the staff prior to arriving was great! Would definitely recommend!!!
Jul 21, 2018 by Jake Roberts

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks very much for taking the time to share your experience. We are delighted you enjoyed the tranquil atmosphere here and friendly welcome.  We are excited to say the new shower trailer is now open, saving campers on the lower fields the long walk up the hill!

★★★☆☆

Stunning Views - Basic facilites

My partner and i stayed here Friday-Sunday with our German Shepherd. The place is absolutely stunning, very picturesque and extremely relaxing. Unfortunately the stay was tarnished by a rather abrupt answerphone message from the owners whilst we were climbing snowdon. I emailed ahead requesting the details of the pitch we had been allocated as there was no facility to book a spesific pitch on cool camping. I requested a quiet pitch as these are the only type of places we stay at. We arrived a little later than planned due to traffic but i called ahead to let the owners know who were fine and told us they would leave instructions to get to the pitch outside reception. Upon arrival we searched around but no instructions had been left, eventually a gentleman came and drew us a brief and quick map directing us to the estury fields and away we went. The fields were quite a walk from the car park but we dont mind that and will happily put the work in for a more remote pitch. We arrived at the estury fields and pitched up in one of the two remaining empty pitches with stunning views over the estuary. It was perfect, even though the pitches on this field were quite close together this one was slightly further down so perfect for us to relax without worrying about the dog trying to explore other tents, we had one of the most relaxing night’s sleep camping yet! The next day we braved Snowdon so were out early and back late, when we arrived back the other pitch had been filled with a very friendly couple. We later found that we had been allocated the pitch we were on via a very abrupt message from an employee of Graig Wen. We unfortunately didn’t receive the message until we were back late that night but i can only assume that we would have been expected to move pitches had we have been around which I find extremely ridiculous and rude. The couple meant for our pitch were happily set up and the booking still fulfilled, had I have been asked to move along one for the sake of a name on a computer screen I wouldn’t have been a happy customer. The facilities are also very minimal with the shower block with working toilets and running water was approx. a 20 minute uphill walk from the estuary fields. There was a ‘tree bog’ composting toilet halfway between the estuary and family fields but I don’t believe that that is sufficient for the number of pitches and the facility for washing dishes was time consuming as you have to heat the water with a kettle (bring your own lighter or pay the price of trekking back). For this reason I can’t say we will go back which is a shame as the site is beautiful, maybe the facility to view and book individual pitches would improve customer satisfaction. I’ve known other sites with unique pitches to do this and it enables customers to see what they are buying rather than pay for a pitch that wouldn’t be right for them. I’d also recommend better facilities for the lower fields as it felt a bit like we were in the ‘cheap seats’ and unimportant.
Jun 27, 2018 by Yasmin Walch

Response from Graig Wen

We're sorry if there were some crossed wires with communication but pleased that it did not stop you and your dog relaxing and enjoying the exceptional scenery and peace and quiet.  We are thrilled that from August this year we now have a beautiful new shower trailer on our lower tent camping fields as well as the two compost loos.  Campers can indeed book specific pitches as they are all quite different - we welcome your enquiries.
★★★★★

Stunningly beautiful, remote, wild and classy

We had an outstanding long weekend here with our boys aged 11 and 6. Graig Wen is in one of the most beautiful unspoilt locations and the views over the estuary to the mountains beyond are quite stunning. Access to the cycle path along the estuary is an added bonus for bike mad boys and to have that scenery and solitude on your doorstep is a rare luxury. Even better - it leads to a great pub with local food and local craft beer!! What's not to like? To have so much space, tranquility and beauty was a real privilege. Overall a unique and exceptional camping experience, we can't wait to come back!
May 9, 2018 by Paul
★★★★★

Great stay

We stayed in Graig Wen for a couple of nights last week. Absolutely beautiful location! We were down in the tent camping fields with great views of the estuary. You do need a wheelbarrow to cart all your equipment down from the car park but it all adds to the experience. All the staff were really friendly and they helped ferry our equipment back to the car when we were packing up in the pouring rain. The shop is very well stocked - I particularly appreciated stocking Purple Moose Brewery beer! It's really easy to walk out from the campsite along the Estuary and then up a few major hills. All in all - great stay and would definitely go back.
Jun 26, 2017 by JamesRL12
★★★★☆

Great views for Campervans.

We booked the panoramic view for our first campervan weekend away which didn't disappoint. Very little light pollution made for some fantastic star gazing. The proximity to other pitches was a little closer than expected but locality to facilities were very handy. We visited in October and the site seemed very popular.  The site allows direct access to the estuary through the lower fields which is a great walk for the dogs and is very tranquil.

Oct 31, 2015 by Humbleginger
★★★★★

Amazing Camping Trip

Arrived on Saturday afternoon to a lovely warm welcome. The man behind the reception was brilliant, providing advice and tips for our camping trip and even printing out a weather report for us. He explained where our pitch would be and advised us of the opening times for reception, the sites facilities, the local area and about the Honesty Shop next door. Our pitch was on the lower field which meant we were able to park our car to unload our tent and things right next to our plot although there were wheelbarrows provided for those further away. The campsite was lovely, with our pitch being a short walk into a small wooded area and the shore line...the views were amazing! We pitched our tent quickly and went for a drive into the local village Dollegalu for a look around and a few drinks.

As we had booked at pitch in the Lower field it meant we could have our own campfire next to our tent. We made use of this both nights we stayed and collected fire wood from the woods around camp (you could purchase firewood also from reception and they even offer to deliver this to your plot.) The lower field was nicely spread out with just a few tents meaning you didn't feel overlooked. We were a short walk away to a 'tree bog' which was quicker than walking back to the main reception area, it was also very clean and well kept. The shower facilities were good, warm and clean. They were located next to the small honesty shop which sold lots of different items you may need. On our final day we were recommended a short walk from a local train station to the Seasode village of Barmouth - again this was from the fantastic staff!!

Couldn't fault this campsite, beautiful location and excellent customer service. Would definitely come and visit again, especially after the many recommendations the gentleman from reception made with regards to walks and local spots! We loved your site and had such fun weekend - THANKYOU!!

May 6, 2015 by DanielleJadeRedfern
★★★★★

Longer please....

If I could live here I would! We hired a motorhome for the first time and this was our 4th stop. As novices to both motorhoming and Wales we were hoping for the best in picking what we thought looked like nice places to stay. To say we 'lucked out' here is an understatement. This is a truly beautiful place and would come top of my list for views and the warmest of welcomes. I could not recommend it more highly. The bike ride along the Estuary from the site to Barmouth is stunning (and flat in the main) so with a 4 year old on the child seat, that was a highlight. Really really lovely. Thank you Sarah

Apr 11, 2015 by Michelle Adams
★★★★★

Heaven!

We have just returned from Graig Wen for the second time, after falling in love with the campsite the first time round. We opted for a pitch and park with our tent in the lower camping field. The pitch itself was in a field with only three other pitches, so there's always plenty of space to unwind and relax in. The view from here down the valley towards Cader Idris is awe inspiring, and just a short walk down the hill leads you to the Mawddach Trail along the stunning Mawddach Estuary. Watching the sun set behind the mountains from here is just magical! What we loved most about the site is that it feels like you are wild camping but with all the mod cons of hot showers, toilets, water points and even an honesty shop to keep your food supply well stocked on site! There is also an eco-friendly composting loo, with quite possibly the best view from a loo you may ever see, and each pitch has it's own fire pit too, which is great for toasting marshmallows and warming your feet on a chilly night! The staff are so friendly and very knowledgeable on things to do in the local area if you need some ideas! The location is perfect, with some fantastic hiking in the mountains of southern Snowdonia on your doorstep (a trip up Cader Idris is a must), and the beautiful beaches of Barmouth and Tywyn only a few miles down the road. We have two little terriers and unfortunately there are dog restrictions in force on Barmouth beach, but the 5 mile stretch of sand from the end of the promenade at Tywyn to Aberdovey is a doggy paradise! White sand, aqua-marine waters and big waves make it a fantastic place to throw big sticks into the water and allow them to run free!

All in all, Graig Wen really is a little slice of heaven and we have already booked our third visit in August! We cannot recommend it highly enough!!!

Jul 10, 2014 by kelseyursula
★☆☆☆☆

Cool reception more like

I booked a pitch on this site with about a months notice, whilst speaking to the staff I asked about the different pitches, lower fields and the touring park, ideally trying to get a tent pitch, somewhere I could park my car next to, with a view (as I noticed a little bit on there website about a view premium charge).  The man took my booking for a tent pitch, 'with the view',  that a car could get to. A deposit was taken, and two days later I get a confirmation by email, stating that I was booked on the lower field. I assumed that maybe one or two of the lower field pitches were close enough to the track to get a car next to a pitch.  I turn up at about 4.20... A bit after the recommended 'kit delivery' window of opportunity for the lower fields. I didn't think I'd need it as I specified a pitch that I could drive to.  We were greeted with a hefty degree of indifference, and when I explained I was there to camp, the 'owner' shifted his tone to disbelief. No booking, nothing in the diary. I explained about the confirmation email and the deposit etc and eventually the owner found the booking in the Lower Field file and promptly started blaming his assistant.  He then went onto explain that as they had had a wedding the day before, the guests were using the touring site as a car park, so there were limited pitches, with cars in the way.  

With reluctance he thought he'd show me the pitch.  Which was essentially a glorified car park with a very restricted view (from the right angle, assuming there is no one in the way) pretty much right next to the main road (go on, google earth it... I've seen laybys further from the road). I explained about my original query - view, parking close to the tent, whether touring park or the lower field and so he offered me a space on the lower field, but didn't seem keen to let me go and have a look at it.  There were two pitches on the touring park with a view, with no one on them, but I couldn't have them as they were expecting a booking tomorrow (what about my booking today - for 4 nights?).  He kept blaming one particular member of staff, then when I mentioned the confirmation email came from another named stuff member he just rolled his eyes and continued to moan about the staff.  He then went onto explain how we'd have to carry our kit to the lower field because we missed the delivery service... And we'd have to hurry up and make our mind up as he was about to go out...

This made my mind up... I would rather sleep in the car, then spend a night there... 

There was barely an apology, or an acknowledgement of any concern for our situation and little or no attempt to compromise or accommodate us. Such as offering to transport our kit to the lower field...

After being offered a refund, and the flimsiest of sorrys, we took our chance trying to find somewhere elsewhere.  

I would never return here, it is noisy as its next to the road, the toilet block looked grim, the pitches would have been rock hard and the mainly, the attitude was appalling.  I am only grateful that I had only travelled a few hours from a campsite in South Wales, not driven straight there from home 350miles away.  This campsite does not offer value for money, or good camping. It attempts to be stylish, yet lacks substance and only trades on the view, which is inaccessible from most of the touring site.  (And there are better examples of views up the road, believe me... Within an hour we were safely pitched in a beautiful, hospitable site, with superb facilities and 2/3rds of the price).

A few weeks later, I got a email from graig wen, just a marketing one, so I clicked on the facebook site just to have a look, I was surprise to learn from this site, that they were celebrating that they could use the lower fields for camping in September after they had finally secured a license for camping in them.  (Previously the license stopped in August). This posting was after they took my booking... So at the time they took my deposit and my booking - for camping in September- they didn't even have a license to operate (that field). 

If you really want to go to this place (and I really don't recommend it at all) double check your booking.... And then check it again.

Nov 6, 2013 by Tipitastic

Response from Graig Wen

Ok, facts first. People have been enjoying camping at Graig Wen for generations and we have just won a 5 year battle with planners to secure the future of tent camping on the lower fields from 1 May until the end of September each year. Hooray! We were entirely within our rights to be pitching campers in this area this season but hey – enough about planning law already...

Secondly, hands up – a mistake was made with this customer’s booking by a member of staff who is no longer with us. It doesn’t happen often, but we are all human. It’s understandably concerning to us as owners/managers when a mistake is made which means we can’t offer the customer what they expected as we are passionate about what we do. When we have occasional wedding bookings we close down the site so there is no disruption to other campers. John apologised and did his best to make amends – but sometimes there’s no pleasing angry people. He explained the cars from the wedding would be gone within half an hour and showed them to one of two alternative pitches – they chose not to spend time looking at the second. Sensing a lost cause we offered to call other local campsites to check they had pitches available and gave these people a full refund. Off they sped.

We are surprised that they say our loos “looked grim” as they did not even step inside them to our knowledge - another team member was mopping the floors at the time.  Our washblock may look functional rather then pretty but facilities are always spotlessly clean.

When some people arrive at the upper, touring part of our site, sometimes they worry that it’s close to the road. However once they have settled in and spent a night here, 9 times of out 10 they say the road is not busy and has not bothered them. People often say there is more than first meets the eye to our site – that it has a friendly, laid back feeling with outstanding access to the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and lots of attention to small details. It’s a shame that this person probably spent more time getting steamed up and writing their review than getting a feel for our lovely campsite….

★★★★★

We came for 2 nights: we stayed for 7.

With a 2 year old, genuine wild camping is out of the question, but here; we came close enough to restore my ecologist husband's faith in campsites and have enough little extras to make the experience fun for all.  We started with friends at the far field tucked in lovely Hawthorn Corner with wonderful sweeping views down to the Mawddach: made more sweet as you can only do this for 28 days of the year.  A bit of a campsite showdown (the one bad egg in a really lovely clutch) with a new camper led us to request to move on to another pitch.  I'm not going to tell you which one, because I'm keeping that to myself - total seclusion we felt like we were there on our own - fabulous.  Lovely showers, great honesty fridge (with Pellegrino!) and the tree bog with its views out to the woods has to be the best view from a bog I've ever had.  Just one tip: if you have a two year old who suddenly decides to give up on potty training and wees on your bed - there's a great service wash to be had in Fairbourne. And Nick, you're right: we will be back, but it might be sooner than next year ;-)

Aug 19, 2013 by Gillian Roberts
★★★★★

Fantastic Week

My fiance and I visited this campsite a year ago for one night and came back this year for a week on the lower field.  We generally go camping once or twice a year and we have found that Graig Wen is our most favourite place to camp.  The scenery and general surroundings are stunning and the pitches are really well spaced leaving you feeling secluded, unlike other camp sites we have visited where there is only a foot between you and your neighbour!!  We stayed at the Stream Corner which was such a beautiful plot.

The owners John and Sarah are lovely and very friendly and are more than happy to help if we needed. In particular we got on very well with Deputy Manager Nick who was most accomodating and gave us tips on good places to visit and even stopped for a quick game of Frisbee!!  We love Nick!! 

The facilities were brilliant, always hot water and always really clean.  The honesty shop is wonderful and has lots of essentials should you forget anything and it's always well stocked.  One of the bonus points about this Graig Wen is that you can have a camp fire which is quickly becoming a rare thing at most camp sites, but it adds to the fun of the camping experience and has to be done!!

All in all, we love Graig Wen, it's the best camp site we've been to and we intend to make our trip an annual visit. 

Aug 19, 2013 by Jenna
★★★★★

Nice site

Beautiful outlook over the Mawddach Estuary, though noise from road which runs past bit close. Clean toilets, good showers and a great honesty box system for forgotten items or fresh milk, bacon etc. Useful noticeboard on site for local information. Would have liked a bit of hot water for washing up but otherwise can't fault it.  

Aug 9, 2013 by Sherribob

Response from Graig Wen

We’re so pleased you enjoyed you stay with us. There are 2 sinks with hot water in the covered washing up area.  There’s also a couple of sinks on site which we can only plumb in with a cold water but are handy for just rinsing out cups, etc. Hot water for hand washing is also available in the ladies and gents as well as the free showers.

★☆☆☆☆

Not good for camper vans.

Stayed here weekend of 2nd August, went with short notice and chose it having read Cool Camping book and it having great views, being close to Barmouth and the cycle path which we like; however on arrival we were put on a small grass patch close to the toilets, (which was no problem) on the area containing camper and touring vans which was not much more spacious that a supermarket car park! 

We chose the site for views but had the views of the vehicles parked opposite and for a good view of the Mawddach estuary and sourrounding countryside there was a spot on a grassy patch behind the house, at the end of the 'car park'. Yes that small area had good views and 2 small viewing benches to be used by all, but was obviously very close to the sceptic tanks too as it smelt. We were told the patch we were on and had to move the following night, which was fair enough given we had not booked. However the following day we were moved into the corner of the 'car park' with no view apart from the brown base of some very tall pine trees and a BBQ, compost bins and an old shed opposite; there was really space for us to sit out to eat here. We also had to wait for the people moving from here to go around 12 noon before we could move, despite there being room on a 'pitch' opposite us, despite the fact we we waiting to head out for the day. We did ask the manager if we could park on the vacant pitch and the new arrivals move into the corner and we would move later but this wasn't allowed. Although other people staying on the site for a few days said they had moved pitches several time to accommodate others! 

We we returned from our day out a long walk into Barmouth (approx 5 miles) and back we were stuck in 'compost corner' and 2 very large tents had moved onto the grass patch opposite where we had stayed the 1st night. Each of those tents took up the space of approx 4 camper vans and one of the tents (which looked big enough to house the platoon of Tenko) and his truck blocked out what little view the rest of the campers had (that didn't include us as we had no view)!

So facilites toilets and showers nice and clean, but steer clear camper vans, there are other sites in the area with amazing views. There is also a very steep and rough hill approx 600 metres to get to the cycle path, which we didn't even attempt to get back up with our bikes!

Aug 9, 2013 by Karenf

Response from Graig Wen

Ho hum…August weekends are our busiest time but we made an effort to  accommodate these campers when they arrived without having booked or called us at 7.30 on a Friday night in a large motorhome and 5 man tent. We found a pitch for the motorhome at the top of our small touring site and gave the tent campers a lift to a pitch on our spacious lower tent camping fields. The next morning they all asked to extend their stay for 3 or 4 days which we were able to help them with on the proviso that the motorhome would have to move around pitches. We indicated these at the time. 

For August, most of our campers pre-book their pitch which is available from midday to midday, so we were not able to offer these late arrivals the pitches with the best views or ask other campers to leave their pitch early. The tents they describe were normal size family tents, one of which belongs to campers who regularly book 6 months in advance.

Our touring site only has 8 pitches suitable for vans so during peak times such as this, one of the busiest weekends of the year, we do advise people to pre-book, or drop in on us during the many months of the year when there is more choice of pitches and space to enjoy the lovely location.
★☆☆☆☆

Not that great.

Not great - I'd much rather go wild camping - or to one of the beach side sites further along the coast. There are nice views here though and I like the fact that there are large car-free zones in the campsite. But on the other hand all you get is a slanted sheep field. Pitches are not level in the slightest - no effort's been made to make into a campsite. And it's completely covered in sheep droppings - not a little bit, but COVERED fresh every morning and evening all around your tent. I've been camping with sheep before but it was really bad here. We were two families with 4 children and the washing up and toilets are a good distance up a steep track. It's not a campsite but a bumpy field full of sheep.

Jul 29, 2013 by scratchy

Response from Graig Wen

We're glad you enjoyed the wonderful views from our site and our car-free camping areas which help preserve the tranquility of this special environment in Snowdonia National Park. Graig Wen offers different camping experiences – from a more conventional area at the top of the site with electric hook ups and hardstandings, to our lower tent camping fields. Cool Camping Wales described these fields in their first book some years ago, saying  "it doesn't feel like a camp site at all, just a beautiful slice of countryside with a few tents scattered around".  We've made improvements to the site facilities since then, including adding a compost loo, and many people share the view that our lower camping fields are a wild and precious place to camp. 

Sheep do graze across the organic farmland at times of the year but with 40 odd acres there is plenty of breathing space for campers and their woolly neighbours. Not all camp sites suit everyone and those after a more traditional camping experience such as that offered by the coastal camp sites are usually better camping on the top part of our site rather than our lower fields. We strive to make this clear to people when booking and certainly always advise families that there is a steep walk uphill to the washing facilities – as Cool Camping has always pointed out in their coverage of us too.  We spend quite a bit of time talking to people when booking including asking campers to tell us how big their tent is so we can pitch them on a suitably level spot. If anyone expresses concerns about their pitch to us when they arrive, we always do our best to find them a suitable place for them to enjoy their holiday with us.

★★★★☆

Beautiful site

Wonderful views from the camping areas although the camper van/electric hook up pitches back onto the road so not quite as peaceful for us. Would recommend taking bikes if you want to get to the pub as its a fair distance to the nearest one.

Jul 12, 2013 by vannylu
★★★☆☆

Hot water would be nice!

Spent 4 nights at this beautiful location in June, 2013, and made welcome by the owners/staff.

Great facilities including good free showers, clean toilets and level pitches with reliable electrics. However, seems a bit weird that the "hot" water in the toilet was only just about warm and the washroom/ toilet was 150m from the showers which housed the (useful) honesty shop.

You will also need some toughened steel pegs if you want to get more than inch into the ground, as the campsite is on a slate subsoil which is almost impossible to penetrate with ordinary pegs.

One thing Craig Wen can't be blamed for was the millions of midges which live around the Estuary, but take some Insect Repellent anyway!

Jun 27, 2013 by ChrisnPam Shipley
★★★★☆

Graig Wen

I went here 3 years ago, (May 2008). Its a great location for walking and cycling. The site was huge, all on very gently sloping fields, and you really felt out in the wild. They told me to make a fire where the ground had already been used, rather than damage more grass. I take everything that I need, so didn’t use the facilities. They told me that the track down to the camping fields can get too slippery sometimes for vehicles, but they were more than happy, to load all my camping stuff into their Landrover, and take me down, leaving my car in the parking area by the house. They were really friendly people and the campsite was large, open and comfortable.
May 22, 2011 by Helen Smith

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