Jones the Shepherd's Hut

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Graig Wen

  • Sleeps 4 (max 3 adults, 2 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • 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.

From March to the end of October, Jones the Shepherd’s Hut is off grid in a tranquil and sheltered silver birch glade. For November and December the hut goes on the move nearer to the heated washing facilities and electric hook ups on our small touring camp site, where there are spectacular estuary views. 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. In the March - October location,  a hot shower and compost loo are practically en suite just a few metres away from the Shepherd's Hut.  These are shared with no more than a dozen other glampers.  In the November and December location, Jones is sited closer to the conventional 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.

Features & Facilities

Test your animal-spotting skills – owls, nightjars, glow-worms, badgers and kingfishers are all in residence here. There are a couple of ropeswings, plenty of trees to climb, occasional wildlife walks and bikes to hire. 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 new unisex showers on lower tent camping fields plus more on the upper touring van site and one just for glampers. Electric hook-ups (£3.50 per night). Campfires allowed on lower fields and communal camp fire for touring site (bag of logs £5). Hire cruiser bikes on site (£20) or at Dolgellau Cycles (0044 1341 423332) call for prices.

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Activities

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. Every third Sunday of the month Dolgellau holds a Farmer's Market.

Food & Drink

The owners sell eggs, ice cream, marshmallows and breakfast hampers in high season (local bacon, sausages, bread, juice) for £30. Stock up on local produce and tasty treats at the Country Market on Thursday mornings, or the Farmer’s Market on the third Sunday of every month, both in Dolgellau. 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 options available. Good pub grub at The George III Hotel (01341 422525) 5 minutes drive or an hour's delightful walk along the estuary cycle trail. Locally produced lamb, beef and fish can be enjoyed outside in view of the estuary.
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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.