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Mountain Lodge Glamping
Mountain Lodge might just be North Wales' best kept secret. Plotted on the slopes above the unassuming market town of Abergele (lesser-known neighbour of Llandudno), the features of this hillside-hideaway read like a glampers' wish list. Overlooking the 19th-century Gothic folly of Gwrych Castle, her undulating, buttercup-dappled slopes (in the spring at least – be sure to bring your wellies in the winter) give the place a faintly Alpine air. And while the Von Trapp family mightn't be on hand to greet you, the hills are certainly alive here... with the sound of contented campers.
Tudor and Penny Roberts are the industrious and affable hosts that have created Mountain Lodge's unique abodes, with two shepherd’s huts, accompanied by a stable and barn, in the main glamping meadow. The huts, sleeping up to six, play the role of bedrooms, while the barn and stable act as separate living quarters, fitted out with all the modern conveniences you need – double beds, a hot shower, comfy sofa and chairs. Despite these luxuries, Mountain Lodge still retains a real sense of self, from the rustic charm of the wood-burning stoves and slate-tile floor, to the kitchenette's Belfast sink. It has an unbeatable sense of charm.
The setting is an attractive one for birds as well as humans, with buzzards, red kites and ravens all regularly sighted here. Friendly ducks and geese, from the lake in the neighbouring meadow, are even more frequently seen, while, for the most secluded setting, there is also a cute stone hut on a wooded mound 200 metres away. Across a long, narrow field, the stone hut has a double bedroom and a large living space with an unusual cast iron wood burner. The solar-heated shower room at the end of the building is a particular highlight, much loved by regular visitors, who revel in the hut’s off-grid ethos – there is no electricity so you’ll have to light the fire to brew your morning cuppa.
Accommodation aside, it's the little touches that really make your stay at Mountain Lodge, like freshly-baked Welsh cakes waiting for guests upon arrival; a well-stocked fridge; cooked breakfast brought to you; or the offer of a lift to the station for carless campers. Tudor and Penny are also enviable well-springs of local knowledge and their enthusiasm for the area is infectious. Whether it’s pointing out the peaks while you bask in Mountain Lodge’s panoramic views of the Carneddau range, or giving some inside tips on where to go in Snowdonia, they’re happy to lend advice. Throw in the site’s proximity to the stunning Colwyn Bay and you realise Mountain Lodge really does offer the best of sea and sky.
Shepherd hut's with stable and barn (sleeps 6): The shepherds huts are the bedrooms and the stable and barn act as daytime accommodation. One shepherd's hut sleeps 4 with a bunk bed and a double bed at either end. The second hut has a double bed only. Both have wood-burning stoves and electrics (lights and sockets). The stable, close by, has all the facilities that you'll need, including a heated shower room with toilet and washbasin and a wood-burning stove with a large top cooking plate. There's a large sofa, a kitchen area with fridge, kettle, cutlery, utensils etc and a fridge stocked with fresh milk, water, butter, cheese and yoghurts. A door leads from the stable into a barn which has an open area for you to sit and enjoy the views and a darts board. The stone hut (sleeps 2) is is in a separate area, up on a mound and in a very secluded spot surrounded by woods. It has 2 rooms – a double bedroom and a living space. It has an unusual cast iron wood burner with 2 cooking rings, small sofa, table and chairs and kitchen area with cutlery, utensils etc. A solar panel provides lighting and the shower hut with instant hot water is at the end of the building. The compost loo is just round the corner. There is no electric so you will need to get the fire going to boil the kettle. A cool-box is provided and the ice packs changed daily.
Glamping only. Couples, families, groups, dogs – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans – no.
Where to begin? With Snowdonia and Colwyn Bay, plus the beaches of Anglesey all within easy reach, there's plenty of scenic eye-candy to astound and amaze. You can explore the area on two-wheels with excellent off-road trails and the coastal cycle path about 2 miles from the site. Stroll along Colwyn's historic promenade and Victoria Pier, en route to the charming seaside resort of Rhos-on-Sea where, according to local legend, Welsh prince Madog sailed from in 1170 and discovered America – a full 322 years before Columbus' famous voyage. The Welsh Mountain Zoo (01492 532938) boasts a menagerie of exotic species including snow leopards, red pandas and Sumatran tigers. North Wales is of course a land of castles. Conwy Castle is one of the more impressive in Edward I's chain of fortifications– the views from vibrant seaside resort Llandudno are breathtaking (UNESCO agree too, designating it a World Heritage Site in 1986).
Food & Drink
Onsite, the stable fridge is stocked with fresh milk, water, butter, cheese and locally produced yoghurts. The Bodnant Welsh Food Centre (01492 651100) is just down the road at Furnace Farm. Here you'll find a culinary celebration of all things Welsh – from Aberwen cheese, and shellfish from the Conwy Straits, to salt-marsh lamb from the Gower. The centre's Hayloft restaurant boasts phenomenal mountain views and a menu to match. Llanelian yn Rhos' White Lion Inn (01492 515807) is a cosy country pub, parts of which are reputedly over 1200 years old! They also do a fine selection of CAMRA-approved ales. The Kinmel Arms (01745 832207) in the quaint hamlet of St. George, near Abergele, offers a refined dining experience. Further seawards, The Toad (01492 532726) has spectacular views overlooking Colwyn Bay, while The Queen's Head (01492 546570) en route to Llandudno, has a friendly bar and menu of pub grub favourites.
From Abergele, exit the A55 at Junction 24 and proceed to the town centre. Go straight on at the first and second set of traffic lights, then head out of town passing the yellow building (the police station) on your left hand side. Take the next left hand turn which is in front of the castle gate entrance pictured below. Follow this road for a few hundred yards and take the next right turn so that you are basically following the stone wall on the right hand side. You will pass Abergele Golf Club on the right, a council depot on the left followed by the entrance and car park for Coed-y-Gopa woods on your left. Follow the road and after about a quarter of a mile take the next left turn which takes you up a farm track. As you turn you will see the name Tyddyn Uchaf on a slate in the stone wall. Follow the track up the hill and round a couple of sharp bends and at the farm entrance turn left to continue along the track. There are a few pot holes from now on so you need to take your time. Mountain Lodge is the next place on the left hand side.
The nearest railway station is Colwyn Bay (0845 748 4950). Tudor and Penny are quite happy to pick up guests and drop them off.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 11 reviews
My partner and I booked Mountain Lodge for a chance to simply get away from the bustle for a couple of days. We are from Leeds so it wasn't too far a drive. Being experienced campers Mountain Lodge was a bit of a step up for us rather than a tent! It took a while to find as we stupidly used our Sat Nav - it does tell you not to do that on the website as it is in the sticks a bit but we managed to find our way. When we arrived we were taken aback by the sheer beauty of the setting. The view from the Shepherd's hut is simply breath taking - absolutely stunning. We were greeted by Penny, the owner who is simply wonderful. One of the friendliest and most welcoming people we have ever met. So helpful and offered lots of advice about what to do in the area. The Shepherd's Hut and Barn consist of a living area and a bedroom are that are two seperate units, the former being a very quirky little hut on wheels! Everything about the Hut and Barn is spectacular. From the comfortable cosy bedding to the open door area of the barn where you can sit and watch the world go by (with birds flying in and out every so often). When we arrived there were freshly baked welsh teacakes, a stocked fridge and some bread. We literally couldn't want for anything. There are so many little touched about the place that make such a difference.. lighting in areas where its needed, lavender in the wash-room, fresh flowers everywhere and log burners if it gets a little chilly. This place really is wonderful. A true hidden gem and we will definitely be back.
Just utter bliss
If you want a get away I highly recommend Mountain Lodge in Abergele, just an amazing place and service from Penny and Tudor faultless. We arrived well prepped but could have turned up with the bare minimum, bread and jams, teas and coffee, milk, yoghurts and fruit already there. The log burner all ready burning hot and a hot water bottle in the bed. Farmhouse breakfast provided and delivered to the Stone hut whatever time you want between 8.30 and 10.30am. There's no electricity, no wifi just stunning peace and quiet. There are solar panels for lights, but battery fairy lights sprinkled everywhere and candles too. Logs provided. The compost outside eco loo is not one bit smelly btw and a damn site nicer than many indoor loos I have had to use and the outside shower is utterly lush. Thank you again Penny and Tudor for making our stay such a perfect getaway. Kind regards Birgitta and Kent
We have just returned from a fabulous weekend at the Shepherds Hut. The hut itself was gorgeous. Very cosy, spacious and warm. The bed was so comfortable, I haven't had such a good nights sleep in a long time! The stable and barn were fabulous, with all the home comforts you could ask for. Tudor and Penny were wonderful hosts, so friendly and accommodating and made our stay all the more enjoyable. The surroundings are just amazing. We had such a great time and would highly recommend the place to anyone looking for some relaxation in beautiful surroundings. We're already planning our next stay!
Emma and Bryn
Lovely Stone Hut
Me, my fiancé and Luther the Beagle had a beautiful weekend staying in the Stone Hut at Mountain Lodge. We arrived in the cold rain but were warmed up quickly as Penny had got the fire going ready for our arrival and also baked us a lovely cake and a loaf of bread. The Hut was so cozy with lovely freshly picked wild flowers to decorate. Very secluded spot with a hole field to ourselves surrounded by woodland and wildlife. Woke up every morning listening to the birds and Penny made and delivered breakfast to our door. The shower and toilet were brilliant, an experience in themselves. Penny and Tudor were great hosts, they even got our clothes that were drying in when it rained. All round a magical place to stay and can't wait to visit again. Thank you.
A Little Gem
Booked a night in the Stone Barn as a gift for my husband. Arrived amid blustery winds and heavy rain but not even the grim weather could spoil what we can only describe as a truly amazing and romantic getaway. A remarkable bolthole enhanced by an attention to detail that made this place stand out head and shoulders above the crowd. Nothing was too much trouble for our hosts, Penny & Tudor. The cooked breakfast was excellent and the Victoria spongecake a godsend after a 2 hour walk in the wind & rain. The outside shower was an experience not to be missed and the log burning stove helped keep us toasty warm all evening. Thank you for your kind hospitality - we shall definitely be recommending to friends and making a return visit very soon.
My favourite place to stay in Wales
Thank you to Penny & Tudor who made this a lovely place to visit.
We stayed in the Stone hut which was lovely & the secluded location gives you the feeling that this is your very own house and piece of land to enjoy (even if only for a night or two!) I was dubious at first about the outside toilet and shower, but have to admit I actually enjoyed it – and it was October!
It was the little touches that really made a difference – fresh loaf of bread and butter and homemade cake upon our arrival. Seasonal flowers & fruit decorated our room and stocked with some good reads to while away the long winter nights in front of the fire. Breakfast is provided and have to say was excellent – made with fresh local ingredients, hand carried to our door and delicious!
Penny & Tudor are lovely hosts and very interesting to talk to – wish I stayed longer to converse more! They have great knowledge of the local area so if you’re not sure what to do they are happy to help.
Even if you don’t make full use of the local areas this is a great place to visit to just relax, unwind and play house. Well worth every penny & will definitely visit again.
P.S The fresh cuttings I was given survived the journey home and are growing nicely – thank you Penny!
Our 2nd visit to the shepherds hut at mountain lodge, a wonderful place to stay, Penny and Tudor certainly go that extra mile. On our arrival fresh fruit and flowers, a proper fresh baked loaf and home baked cake (on our 1st visit a Victoria sandwich baked by their son and on our 2nd visit a banana loaf baked by their daughter, both truly scrumptious. Penny cooks a top dog breakfast and I've even seen her hand squeezing the oranges for your fresh orange juice. Nothing is to much trouble for Penny and Tudor, our granddaughter had the time of her life from collecting the eggs with Penny from their chickens with the stroll down the lane to stroke and feed the neighbours shire horses to using the tree swing - quite a lot. Thanks Penny and Tudor, we will be back. Jacki and Dave.
A luxury place to unwind
A bumpy drive along a barely used farm track made us realise that we would be staying in a place away from civilisation. We expected simple, rustic and basic accommodation but we were very very wrong!!!! A warm welcome was received from the lovely Penny and we were guided to the shepherds hut where freshly baked bread and cake awaited us, Penny had even supplied a thermos of hot water in case we couldn't get the fire burning to heat our own! As we explored the hut, we thought we were in a 5 star hotel.....fluffy white towels, beautiful bed linen, sumptuous toiletries and a cool box stocked with an array of essentials! The kitchen had a wonderful stock of teas, coffees, preserves and cereal aswell as every pan and utensil you could ever need. The hut definitely had rustic charm and meant we could truly unwind from our hectic lives. Despite the shower being in an outside hut, there was wonderfully hot water on tap and it was definitely better than our shower at home! It was just pure bliss and we couldn't wait to sample Penny's breakfast in the morning......we were not disappointed in the slightest, it was delicious and kept us going well into the afternoon. Penny and Tudor are wonderful hosts and their hospitality is beyond what was expected, they made us feel so welcome at mountain lodge. We wish that we could keep this little part of Wales a secret for ourselves but that would be mean......we definitely recommend this little retreat as a place to relax, unwind and enjoy being switched off from the world! Thank you again Penny and Tudor, see you soon! X x
We would like to thank Tudor and Penny for the warm welcome they gave to us when we arrived at Mountain Lodge. We had planned long walks around the stunning hilly countryside.....and ended up staying at the site all day. Penny made us a lovely cake, and we felt relaxed as soon as we put our bags down. This place is absolutely fabulous and has all the amenities you could wish for, very tastefully decorated, very ecological, the wood burning stove kept us warm in the evening and we cooked our dinner on it. The outside barn shelters you from the wind and the rain and provides stunning views from the comfort of a sofa. Perfect bolthole for those wishing to get in touch with nature. We would recommend this to anyone who likes peace and quiet in beautiful surrroundings. We will be back soon, Carole & Bob.