Empress Wagon

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Barmouth Graig Wen

  • Sleeps 4 (max 3 adults, 2 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Pet Friendly
  • En-suite bathroom/toilet

  • Bed Linen Not Included
Wagon with en suite shower/loo. Double bed and optional bunks for 2 children/sofa.

The Owner Says

For easy family glamping in Snowdonia National Park and for couples who prefer a few mod cons, Empress is cosy and stylish with en suite facilities – great self catering accommodation for walkers, mountain bikers, trail runners.

Features

• En suite shower and flushing loo • Sleeps up to 4 • Electric light and heating • USB charger • Parking nearby • Fire pit and fairy lights • Dogs welcome

Enjoy our fantastic location from the comfort of Empress, our only en suite wagon! Available from April until early January.

What’s Inside?

The larger of our two new Quarry Wagons, Empress can sleep 4 in a standard size double bed and 2 optional 6ft 1″ bunk beds/seating area. The small en suite shower room is heated and also has a wash basin and flushing loo.

The wagon is fully insulated with an infrared heater for instant warmth at the flick of a switch.  There’s electric lighting and a USB charge point. Because sometimes you need to stay connected,  there’s 4G on site and free wifi near reception

You can whip up simple meals in the kitchenette with a gas hob, sink and cool box inside the wagon . Cooking implements and crockery are provided. There’s also use of a fridge freezer close at hand.  Four people can sit around a dining table over which the double bed simply pulls down at bedtime.

Please note the top bunk is not suitable for children aged 6 years or under.

Just bring your own bedding/sleeping bags and towels.

You can park one vehicle right by the wagon so it’s easy to get settled in with your luggage.

Order croissants for breakfast then sit back and relax around your fire-pit with a chilled craft beer from our shop!

Brand new for 2021!

Since January we’ve been working with our fantastic local team to build the wagons from scratch to our own design, just as we did with Jones, our shepherd’s hut. The wagons are clad with rosy Douglas Fir timber produced locally and ecologically in the Esgair Forest. The wagon’s sleek interior is made from sustainable birch plywood, giving it a light and airy modern feel.

Outdoor Space

There's a private seating area with fairy lights. We are in the Snowdonia Dark Skies Reserve so it’s perfect for star-gazing around the fire bowl – and of course toasting marshmallows! Children can find freedom to explore (under supervision) in our adjacent 40 odd acres of wild woods and fields.
Location
The two new quarry wagons, Empress and Small Duchess, are less secluded than our yurts and shepherd’s hut, located on the small touring area of our camp site. You’ll have a few neighbours in up to half a dozen camper vans/caravans (less in winter) but our site is very quiet, laid back and friendly. Empress Wagon is tucked away in the corner, sheltered by trees. So although views are limited, you only have a few steps to walk to the shared seating area by our breathtaking viewpoint.
If you’re happy being a little less secluded with more in the way of home comforts, you’ll enjoy a stay in Empress whatever the weather. If you’d rather be away from everyone and off grid, then you might like to consider Idris yurt or sharing the hidden glade with a few other glampers.
What are quarry wagons?
Similar to shepherd’s huts, we were inspired to call our new designs “quarry wagons” to reflect the typical Snowdonia industrial heritage of our location. You can see more pictures and information on our web site.
Access
There are a couple of steps up to Empress. There is a step up into the double bed. Those with bad back problems may not want to push the fold down bed back up, but it has a spring on it so most people find it fine. Those bringing very young children may want to bring side bars for the lower bunk which is about 1 foot off the ground. The upper bunk has side bars but we recommend this is only for use by children aged 6 years and over.
Dog friendly
To give everyone enough space, we recommend this space is suitable for one dog or a couple with 2 small dogs.  Our large yurt, Idris and Tommy yurts have more room for larger dogs.

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About Graig Wen

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.