Jones the Shepherd's Hut

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Barmouth Graig Wen

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

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

The Owner Says

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Suitable For

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

Nearby

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

Food & Drink

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

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Rated ★★★★★ over 247 reviews

★★★★★

Birthday surprise

We stayed for 3 nights in a camper van. Excellent, clean facilities and fantastic views across the valley Ideal for hiking and biking especially into Barmouth when the bridge reopens

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks - we're pleased the birthday was a memorable one!  Barmouth Bridge is due to re-open in mid December.
★★★★★

Wonderful campsite

Very friendly, beautiful scenery and excellent facilities. We will definitely return for another stay when we visit North Wales next.

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks - we look forward to welcoming you back.
★★★★★

Glorious weekend in Wales

Had a gorgeous weekend here, staying in Tommy yurt. Really well setup, help at hand if we needed anything, stunning setting and views. Hoping to return next year, thanks so much. 2 adults + 2 children.

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks.  We're pleased you enjoyed your Autumn break in Tommy and we look forward to welcoming you back.
★★★★★

Perfect campsite

This camp site has everything if what you want is peace, unsurpassable views, stunning surroundings, good food and log fires. The camping fields feel wild, the secluded yurts are comfortable and cosy. my favourite camp site in my favorite part of wales. The owners have created something mazing here which is to be cherished.
Oct 31, 2021 by zita Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

That's amazing - thanks so much!
★★★★★

Ardderchog - Excellent

Fel erioed - llecyn delfrydol yn edrych dros y Fawddach, cyfleusterau da ac ymlacio. As always, the ultimate panoramic location looking over the river Mawddach, good conveniences and communications and relaxation. Never fails to charm.

Response from Graig Wen

Diolch yn fawr. Much appreciated!
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Location

Graig Wen is located at 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.