Snowdonia Glamping Holidays

UK Wales North Wales Conwy

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Private hillside glamping in the Conwy Valley, with exclusive use of two luxury shepherds' huts, including a wood-burning sauna

If the stresses and strains of modern living have all got that bit too much to take, look no further than the wonderful bucolic bolthole that is Snowdonia Shepherds' Huts. Tucked up in the hills above one of the Conwy Valley's loveliest spots, this fanciest of camping experiences is the ideal panacea for world-weary urbanites who still need those little touches of luxury. What's more, these lovingly crafted shepherds' huts are a favourite haunt for camping couples. And stepping inside the twin huts, it isn't hard to see why. Painted soft, soothing shades of eggshell and tastefully decorated with the finest local woolens, the "living" and "washing" huts are fully equipped with everything you could need for a hassle-free holiday. Oh, and the wash hut even comes with it's very own wood-burning sauna!

As regular campers to these parts can testify, the pitch-up parade are often at the unforgiving mercy of the frequently boisterous Welsh elements. Inclement weather is of no such concern here, though, thanks to the beautiful cast iron wood-burning stove which transforms your abode into a toasty cocoon of cosiness. In fact, there's very little you could want for here and in the surrounding area.

Positioned above a bubbling stream – great for paddling, dam building and a post-sauna dip for the adventurous – the huts are half a mile from the road, along a farm track. Amiable hosts, Richard, Hazel and their children are about the only people who will ever pass by (except for the occasional walker). Even the postie doesn’t come up here! You might see and hear some wildlife though – a heron can often be seen fishing in the stream, red kites whirl overhead and a family of hares live next to the track. You'll hear the resident owls hooting as you sit cosy by your fire in the evenings. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and within a stone’s throw from a good path, there is superb walking and mountain biking right from the door of your hut. Campfires are also allowed in the designated fire pit – perfect for cooking your own.

As the Conwy Valley tourist board proudly boasts, Betws-y-Coed is 'the official gateway to Snowdonia'. Although this enviable hillside location within Wales' largest national park does nurture an almost inescapable lure to all things outdoorsy, there is also a refreshing abundance of cultural and historical things to see and do in the surrounding area. With fairytale castles to explore and Wales' largest seaside resort, Llandudno, just up the road, you won't go wanting for fun days out. Then, suitably shattered from exploring the best the area has to offer, you can retire in peace at this wonderfully secluded, riverside retreat.

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Facilities

2 huts – "the living one" and "the washing one". There's a sofa that easily transforms into an extra long (6 1/2 ft) double bed with a lambs’ wool mattress, luxurious feather duvet and pillows and traditional Welsh blankets. There’s a luxurious Welsh Mountain sheepskin, a wood burning stove and a dresser plus small table and chairs. Hazel can also provide a crib/cot for couples with a young baby. The wash hut has a hot shower, a jug and bowl for washing and a flushing, caravan style toilet. There's also a great wood-burning sauna. There's solar powered lights, a cool box with ice packs and the water is the supplied by the farm's own spring water. Outside there’s a fully equipped outdoor kitchen under a canopy with a double gas burner a firepit, deckchairs and giant beanbags for star-gazing in comfort.

Suitable For

Couples, families and an additional tent for older kids (by prior arrangement) – yes. Dogs – no.

Nearby

With Snowdonia National Park's forests, lakes and mountains on your doorstep, there's plenty of walking, cycling and horse riding to be done. This is also proper mountain biking country, so if two-wheels take your fancy cycle down to the Machno Trail or the Marin Trail a little further afield. To up the adrenaline levels a notch, you can also bullet down the longest zip wire in Europe at speeds of 100mph at the now famous Zip World (01248 601444), now host to Bounce Below(giant underground trampolines) the Zip World Cavern experience (yes – underground zip wires!) – not for those of a nervous disposition! Another cool new place making waves in the region is inland surf lagoon Surf Snowdonia (01492 353123) – the first of its kind in the world! No trip to the region would be complete without a visit to that most famous of photo ops, the Cantilever Stone. Conwy Castle is just 17 miles from the site and boasts spectacular views over the Conwy Estuary, with the dramatic Snowdonia mountainscape as its backdrop. The outdoorsy village of Betws-y-Coed and the historic Conwy valley market town of Llanrwst have plenty of places to eat, drink and historic sites to visit. Further north, the seaside resort of Llandudno has buckets-full of red-brick Edwardian charm, plus Wales' longest pier and a passenger cable car that enjoys unparalleled views of Anglesey and Puffin Island.

Food & Drink

Hazel provides a choice of breakfast packs (continental £18 or cooked £20) which will be at the huts on your arrival with enough food for 2 days hearty breakfast and then some. This part of the world is bursting with fantastic local produce and Hazel is happy to put together a hamper for glampers (enquire within) including Welsh mountain lamb and black beef. For great traditional Welsh fayre in an welcoming pub setting, the beautifully refurbished White Horse (01690 710721) in Capel Garmon is worth a visit. The Bryn Tyrch Inn (01690 720223) and the Ty Gwyn Inn (01690 710383) are both great local places to eat which celebrate the best of Welsh produce. For something a bit different try the very popular Olif (01690 733942), a new Welsh tapas bar in Betws Y Coed.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Our cosy shepherds' huts are designed to make the most of their superb location.  Listen to the stream as you lie in bed at night, catch the warmth of the morning sun as you enjoy your breakfast, watch our resident barn owl as he hunts over the meadowland and remember to look up at night - there's no light pollution here so the starry sky is breathtaking. Both of our shepherds' huts are exclusively yours for the duration of your stay.

The "living" hut has a wood-burning stove for chillier nights, a pull-down double bed with luxury bed linen, Welsh blankets and a Welsh mountain sheepskin rug.

The other hut is your private wash hut where you'll find a toilet, shower, wash basin and wood-burning sauna so you can relax after fantastic days out exploring Snowdonia.

You’ll also have a fully equipped outdoor kitchen under a canopy with a triple gas burner, a coolbox and a fire pit.

What you won't have is a mobile signal, internet access, TV or even radio.  No traffic, no loud music from your neighbours - unless you count birdsong and baa-ing!  Just peace, tranquility and the sounds of nature.

Accommodation

2 shepherds' huts (one holds the bathroom and sauna, the other is living and sleeping accommodation for 2 people), plus a unique shepherd's hut tent for 2 children (optional). Only 1 couple or family at a time with exclusive use of the entire site. There's also a boutique barn for rent.

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Location

Contact Snowdonia Glamping Holidays, Plas yn Rhos, Rhydlanfair, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL24 0SS

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Getting There

Follow the A5 south out of Betws-y-Coed. After about 4 miles turn left at the sign for Nebo and Capel Garmon. Follow the lane up the hill. After ¾ mile you'll see a sign post on your right for Snowdonia Shepherds' Huts. Follow the farm track downhill, past a house on your right and continue alongside the stream until you pass the shepherds' huts on your right. Cross over the cattle grid to find a grassy parking area on your right. To find the site, carry on along the farm track up the hill until you reach the house at the end.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 24 reviews

★★★★★

Thee Most Incredible Accomodation & Hosts

We booked the Glamping Barn as a birthday get away with a couple of friends, and it was the perfect meet up place for us to meet half way. Once we arrived we were all immediately Wow-ed at what a stunning barn we had for 2 nights. The whole barn is designed so well, and overly equipped. And the outdoor, yet covered kitchen added to the holiday. Underfloor heating and quirky bunkbeds were great too. There is a shared utility room next door which has everything you could ever need, fridge, freezer, games, and an honestly shop with lots of tasty looking local delicacies. On the Saturday we returned after a fun day out at Conwy Castle and Quarry Karts at Zipworld, to a homemade lemon drizzle cake which was cooked to perfection. This place and the hosts have thought of every little thing and go that extra little mile which is a fab touch. As we left I was gutted, and immediately looked if they had availability for new years eve. Unfortunately, although I'm not surprised one bit....the barns are already booked. It would be a great place to bring in the new year so I may have to forward plan and book the following year. Quite simply cant wait to return, the views, the accommodation, EVERTHING was quite simply purrfect, along with the most friendliest cat. Thanks so much and we hope to see you in the near future. Cassandra, Tim, Lauren & Jo
Sep 23, 2019 by Cassandra

Response from Snowdonia Glamping Holidays

Thank you so much for your amazing review - it was a pleasure to have you to stay.  If you're looking for New Year we do have availability still - not sure why it wasn't showing for you.  Please get in touch and we'll sort it out for you!


★★★★★

Superb

What an idyllic place. The barn is fantastic and has everything you need. A log burner that can be seen not only on the living area but in the bedroom as well. Comfy bed with very warm quilt. Spacious living area with kettle, toaster, glasses, mugs, tea, coffee and sugar. Kitchen outside which again has every pot and utensil that you could think off.The bathroom is something else. Freestanding bath, great for a soak after climbing Snowdon, large drenching shower, under floor heating and plenty of towels. Lovely views and the only sounds are that of the birds, sheep and cows. Hazel and Richard are very welcoming and have great knowledge of the area. Hazel purchased our breakfasts for us and did a great job of selecting some local produce. Richard brought us a lemon drizzle cake that he had made, it was still warm and we have to say the best we have tasted. Mary Berry eat your heart out. Would definitely recommend this place and we would return as this is a great base to explore the wonderful sights in the Snowdonia area.
Sep 22, 2019 by Julie Cartwright

Response from Snowdonia Glamping Holidays

Ah Julie - thank you so much - what a lovely review!  I will let Richard know you enjoyed the cake - it's a Mary Berry recipe!! :-)

★★★★★

A perfect get away!

We thoroughly enjoyed our long glamping weekend away in the Shepard Huts! It's got everything you need; cosy bed & fireplace at night, outside kitchen, separate bathroom (hot shower!!!) and sauna! Best of all, the views are amazing and surrounding area and sounds are magical (beautiful stream near-by, morning song bird and moo-ing cows!). Hazel and Richard couldn't have been more welcoming. A truly lovely experience.
Sep 19, 2019 by Gabby Watts

Response from Snowdonia Glamping Holidays

Thank you Gabby - we're really please you enjoyed it.  I love the sounds of nature too - it;s very restful.

★★★★★

Perfect Retreat

Hazel and Richard are wonderful hosts, who could not do enough to ensure our stay was comfy - the two boys were very pleased with their campervan upgrade! We were delighted with the location of the huts and the facilities and enjoyed the sauna, the fire pit and a beautiful afternoon relaxing by the stream. We had lots of great advice for local swimming and exploring and left feeling rested and truly well looked after.
Aug 25, 2019 by Ellie and Van

Response from Snowdonia Glamping Holidays

Thank you for your kind comments - I'm glad the boys had a good stay in the van - hope their friends have been impressed!


★★★★★

Absolutely magnificent

First of all hazel and richard are wonderful and so welcoming. For me and my fiancé there is nothing to dislike about our stay. It has the perfect barn which is a hidden gem with underfloor heating. The fire place is a wonderful addition especially at night when your snuggling up. The most jaw dropping feature on the inside is the the bathroom. It's amazing it's something you would get in a hotel not a glamping barn. The big bed was sensational very comfy and cosy even more so with the fire going. In the mornings you can hear the birds and the sheep and even the distant flow of the river in the background. It is really that quiet out there. The outdoor kitchen is great and gives you the camping outdoors feel with a little fire pit to add to roast some marshmallows. The views are spectacular there is no internet no TV which was amazing this place is truly a hidden gem we seriously didn't want to leave but we will be going back there soon.
Jun 14, 2019 by stuart loveridge
★★★★★

Perfect

We were looking for somewhere quiet but close to everywhere that we wanted to visit, this was the perfect spot. The barn was gorgeous; tasteful, comfortable and it had everything we needed. It was the perfect spot to come back to after climbing Snowdon with our two children. Hazel and Richard are lovely, I would come back here in a heart beat. Highly recommended.
Jul 23, 2018 by Siobhan Buckman

Response from Snowdonia Glamping Holidays

Thank you for your lovely comments Siobhan.  It was a pleasure to have you all to stay - I'm so glad you enjoyed it.  
★★★★★

Awesome

Had an awesome 3 days in these huts, owners very helpful and acommodating . I would highly recommend staying here. Everything you want is close by and easy to get to. Lots of walks and mountain biking on your doorstep.
Apr 19, 2018 by 38TheNorm
★★★★★

Perfect Honeymoon

Such a magical little place, tucked away by a stream in the middle of Snowdonia down a farm track with only the birds and sheep for company. Hazel and Richard are 200 yards up the track and there is another house about 1/4 of a mile away back towards the road, but other than that you are completely alone with everything you need. We asked Hazel to set us up with a hamper of food for our stay so we could arrive and settle in straight away and her selection was marvellous (great taste in wine!), a proper local-produce and deli hamper with home grown herbs and potatoes thrown in. The covered cooking area at the back of the sleeping hut is brilliant, you have everything you need to create any meal and you can feel like an open air chef in a very special location, listening to the roar of the stream and gazing at the trees and fields. We used the fire pit one night to cook, too, that's always fun. The sleeping hut is compact and bijou but so very cosy and charming, with everything you need and the warmth of the woodburner kept us happy throughout our stay. We slept quite a bit (weddings do that to you, I guess), but we also just chilled out gazing at the landscape contemplating life. The local walks are stunning, some of the best scenery in the UK, if not the world, and a brilliant way to feel the full benefits of a healthy sauna in the wash hut afterwards. To say we felt replenished and refreshed is an understatement. And of course, Richard and Hazel are the perfect hosts - down to earth, friendly, warm and helpful without being intrusive, really good people. We loved their cats, too. Thank you for a wonderful stay, we will be returning. Andrea and Ben xx
Apr 16, 2017 by AndBen
★★★★★

A perfect weekend

Thank you Hazel and Richard for the most perfect weekend. These huts were the ideal way to spend a romantic weekend away and a perfect base for climbing Snowdon with a sauna and hot shower for when we got off the mountain. The bed is huge and so comfortable, we were so disappointed to back to our usual bed last night. We mastered the art of making fires and got the huts feeling super cosy. The outdoor cooking area is well stocked and well sheltered so we were able to cook up a real feast for dinner and breakfast. And the stars - just wow. It's so peaceful and tranquil, we can't wait to visit again, especially as its less than a two hour drive from Manchester! Although I don't think we will always be so lucky with the weather!
Mar 27, 2017 by gingerone889
★★★★★

Amazing Getaway

Just spent three nights at these beautiful shepherds huts - really unique and cosy in an amazing setting. One of the huts has a sauna in it which was a great treat after a day climbing Snowden. Great location and lots of homely touches with really welcoming hosts - absolutely loved our stay there and can't recommend it highly enough!

Sep 12, 2015 by Kara04J
★★★★★

Unique and quirky

We stayed for 2 nights but I wish I had booked for longer; amazing place and the peace and quiet was total!  Spotlessly clean and all the fixtures and equpment were high quality (lovely bedding).  Hazel and Richard have made sure everything's as eco-friendly as it possibly could be.  Fire pit and outdoor cooking facility were great, as was the hot shower and sauna at the end of the day.  No passing traffic or walkers ensures a complete and private break.  Will definitely be coming back and can highly recommend it.

Jun 15, 2015 by Nicola Breese
★★★★★

perfect retreat

My husband booked the shepherd's huts as a surprise for my birthday and I couldn't have been more delighted by what we found! Arriving from work at 11.30 pm we were met by home made scones and a thermos of hot chocolate, and after lighting the fire we had the perfect cosy home for the night! Despite the raging wind we were so cosy in the huts, and didn't feel the chill even once, far from it! The view from the huts was beautiful, rolling hills and an abundance of bird wildlife and heaps of lambs. We spent our day riding through the local countryside but the appeal of a campfire was too much and we were back in the late afternoon making full advantage of the excellent facilities. An amazing touch was the sauna in the second hut which was so unique! Everything had been thought of, from the well stocked outdoor kitchen to the pre chopped wood and home made cakes - Hazel was so welcoming and friendly and went out of her way to make sure our stay was special - which it truly was. We only got to stay for 2 nights but could have stayed much longer. It was the most peaceful and relaxing place to be! Thank you for creating such a fantastic retreat, we will definitely be back!

susie and jim 

May 14, 2015 by susie smith
★★★★★

A not to be missed experience...

This is the perfect half-way point between camping and a luxury tented “glamping” shared-site experience. Tucked away not far from the A5 and Bewts-y-Coed the Snowdonia Shepherds huts aren’t too isolated but give you the feeling of isolation and being cut-off from the world. The sauna and bathroom hut will be a revelation for those used to roughing it and the comfort, design and well-thought-out features of the living hut and camp kitchen make this a real delight for a couple of days well away from the real world.

Everything you do is deliberate here and without distraction – Hazel and Richard brought fresh wood and water but had we not ventured out for lunch we would not have seen another soul. The booking schedule on the website is rightly filled with weekend visitors and with some menu forethought and a good book or two there’s little reason to leave if you really want to decompress. We stayed specifically for the solar eclipse and the experience of the moon sliding over the sun directly between the two huts was really magical. We had a great stay and you’d be really hard pushed to be disappointed by the experience.

Mar 23, 2015 by AndyWatt
★★★★★

New Year!

This is an absolutely lovely place to spend time; we stayed in the huts over New Year and not even the storms could dampen our experience. 

The huts were so warm and cosy it was unbelievable; we didn't even need the extra blankets available as the burners worked so well.

Hazel and Richard make sure you have everything you need; including space and peace. A truly wonderful place that we shall be going back too.

Jan 12, 2015 by amyhaslam
★★★★★

Best Glamping Ever

Stopped 19th, 20th of July. Arrived in the most beautiful location. Sheppard huts where amazing. As the Welsh would say “LUSH”. Richard and Hazel have done a magnificent job. Will definitely be returning and couldn't recommend enough. The place is so relaxing and the sauna was fantastic. Pitch black at night with the night sky so clear all the stars were flickering away. You truly would not be disappointed, just a shame we only had 2 days. 

Jul 24, 2014 by Andrew Coates
★★★★★

Lisa & Rob 9 - 13 June 2014

I had arranged the trip as an anniversary present for my husband. I can only reiterate what everyone else has said. The huts are well placed for peace and tranquility and enjoying nature yet there is much to see and do close by.  We had a fantastic five days that were enhanced by our hosts Hazel & Richard who catered for our every need. They had good local knowledge which helped with planning our days. They also provided homely touches ie homemade goodies such as jam and lemonade which added to the experience. Would not hesitate to recommend to friends looking for a luxury glamping experience. We plan to return next year :)


Jun 13, 2014 by Lisa Gregory
★★★★★

Heaven

What an absolute dream of a glamping site!! We were so cosy in our little hut and didn't even mind that it rained half the time! The covered cooking area certainly came in handy!! The sauna is amazing and such peace and quiet is hard to come by.  Thank you for providing such a beautiful space xx Cassie and Nick xx

May 29, 2014 by CassieTong
★★★★★

A real treat

Staying at the huts was a real pleasure. Owners Hazel and Richard made us feel very welcome and had thought of every detail needed for a cosy and comfortable camping experience. It was lovely to be welcomed with a jug of homemade lemonade on arrival and the breakfasts were deliciously different every day. We really enjoyed cooking over the fire pit. The location is the perfect tranquil getaway but with all the activities of the national park within easy reach. The huts were one of the main reasons for choosing Snowdonia as our holiday destination and we were not disappointed. A lovely, relaxing and unique place.

May 26, 2014 by Becky
★★★★★

Snowdonia shepherds' huts

What a wonderful location to relax, unwind and get away from it all!  Myself, my husband and my 12 year old son have just returned from a lovely break in Hazel and Richards shepherds huts. 

The huts are lovely and cosy, in a perfect rural location, but with plenty of luxury touches to add to your experience.  Sadly as we only stayed for one night we didn't get to try out the sauna, but we will definitely be returning for a longer stay.

Hazel and Richard have thought of everything to make this a first class camping experience.  We would recommend a visit to to this beautiful corner of Snowdonia to anyone who wants to get back to nature while still retaining a touch of luxury!

Apr 25, 2014 by Karen & Jon
★★★★★

Anniversary Celebration

My partner and I thought about going off to Rome for our 10 year anniversary, or Florence. But when we decided what we wanted to get out of the trip was simply some quality time together away from our hectic day-to-day routine, we reconsidered and chose Snowdonia. 

Normally we'd just bring the tent, but we wanted somewhere with a few more creature comforts for this special occasion. I specifically wanted there to be no phone signal and no-one else very near. 

To say that Hazel and Richard's Shepherds' Hut delivered would be a bit of an understatement. It was truly perfect for what we wanted, and totally nailed the balance of being comfy (and warm!) while giving a proper wilderness feel.

We loved cooking in the outdoor kitchen, and wrapped up warm to stay out round the fire enjoying the amazing stars, trying to spot the elusive barn owl! And my worries about being chilly were utterly unnecessary - the woodburner in the hut turns it into the cosiest nest imaginable! 

We were delighted by all the thoughtful homely touches and obvious care that has gone into building and creating this wonderful place to stay. The sounds and scents of nature struck us immediately getting out of the car, and we felt the stress lifting! If you want somewhere romantic to 'get away from it all' but still be handy for plenty of fun activities, I can think of nowhere more ideal.

We wish Hazel and Richard every success for the future, and look forward to returning to Snowdonia soon. 

Apr 22, 2014 by sarah613
★★★★★

Claire and Jake

Simply the most beautiful, relaxing place to stay. Hazel and Richard are amiable, welcoming hosts who have thought of literally everything you can possibly need down to the tiniest detail. The kitchen is fully equipped to cook a banquet if you so choose and furnishings are luxurious and cosy. The bed linen is 5 star quality although barely needed with how toasty you can get the "living hut" with the multi fuel burner. Stocked with plenty of wood you can rest assured you will have everything you need. The water from their very own spring is clear and deliciously fresh. Hazel and Richard even gave us some eggs from their very own hens as a treat. The fire pit is large enough to get a roaring fire going so you can sit out long into the evening - just don't forget the marshmallows. My partner and I only stayed for one night after climbing Snowdon but we shall definitely return for longer - Snowdonia Shepherds Huts are an enchanting slice of tranquility and far removed from your average holiday. You cannot see or hear anyone for miles bar some bleating sheep and the stars are so beautiful. We have already started telling our friends to visit. Thank you Hazel and Richard for a lovely weekend - see you soon!

Mar 16, 2014 by clairemarie
★★★★★

Fantastic Shepherds Huts

Thanks to Hazel and Richard for a truly wonderful stay. If you are contemplating visiting - trust us you definitely should.  

Whatever the weather the huts are wonderful - the log burner really makes for a cosy stay, the welcome basket is a really nice touch and we would definitely recommend the breakfasts! 

We stayed for two nights and were genuinely sad to have to leave - we will definitely be returning and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to friends. After climbing snowdon, to return to a wood burning sauna, was a real treat. Hazel and Richard really have thought of everything you could need - I've never felt so relaxed - a truly magical place to come and stay. Thanks again, Alice & Owain 

Sep 14, 2013 by Alice & Owain
★★★★★

Snowdonia Shepherds’ Huts

Just returned from a fantastic two nights in the shepherds' huts. Richard and Hazel were brilliant and welcoming hosts, the homemade lemonade and ginger bread very much appreciated after a long day of walking. The location is magical, a beautifully remote and tranquil spot with only the sound of a babbling brook, birds and sheep for company. Huts themselves were very luxurious and met our every need! Highly recommended.  

May 26, 2013 by rob_marsh
★★★★★

Snowdonia Shepherds’ Huts

Had a wonderful stay here in April with my boyfriend. Beautiful setting & incredibly relaxing experience. Hazel & Richard, the owners, were very welcoming...we were very spoilt. Betwys-y-Coed is a gorgeous little town, I would DEFINITELY recommend staying in these huts whatever the weather. 

Apr 23, 2013 by Ally

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