Glamping in a working boatyard

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Aberdovey Smugglers Cove Boatyard

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 0 children)
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
Rustic glamping in a working boatyard with an exceptional waterside location on the Dyfi estuary
  • Comfortable double bed and a love seat!
  • Glazed wheelhouse with amazing views of the estuary
  • Outside deck for enjoying the ambience and beauty of the estuary

The Owner Says

The Boy John is a rustic fishing trawler located in a small rural working boatyard, positioned above the slipway and converted into a charming holiday destination with views across the Dyfi estuary.
Entering through a door in the hull, the main living area has plenty of seating, dining table, woodburner, music system and even an upright piano. Some wood is provided and more can be purchased on site (usually by the shower block).
To the fore is an adjoining kitchen area with a two ring gas hob, sink, kettle, toaster and mini fridge. Various pans, crockery and cutlery is provided. To the aft is a bedroom with a double bed and storage space. Please make sure to bring your own bedding and towels etc.
A short ladder takes you up into the wheelhouse, which has outstanding views across the estuary. The wheelhouse features a sofa that can be folded out to make another double bed.
Outside there is a firepit and seating area for your use.
The Boy John is unique accommodation perfect for lovers of nature and rustic nautical adventure!

Features & Facilities

There are toilets and showers in an ablutions building near the car parking area. Firewood is available for sale (by the bag or wheelbarrow load) and small campfires are permitted in the three camping pitch fireplaces. Pitches have outstanding estuary views (partly because they are practically in the water!) and, when the tide is out, there is a beach. There is no vehicle access to the camping pitches, however the site provides a wheelbarrow for carrying your kit and it's only a 100m walk. The Boy John, a converted fishing vessel, is available for groups to use as a communal space or as glamping accommodation. It features a sleeping cabin, wheel house with bench/bed, piano, log-burning stove, galley, fridge, music station, furniture and storage, and access to the top deck to enjoy the views at your own risk.

Activities

Aberdyfi is 3 miles away. It's a charming, colourful little fishing village with a few good eateries and a big sandy beach. The drive takes less than 5 minutes but if the tide is a long way out you can walk, for around an hour, along the sands. It's a 10 minute drive to Machynlleth, a larger market town with independent shops along the high street, and a little further on the same road is the Centre for Alternative Technology (01654 705950), an interesting place to visit if you've been taken in by the eco-conscious camping. Smugglers Cove looks across the water to RSPB Ynys-hir (01654 700222), the location for much of the BBC's Springwatch series and the Dyfi Osprey Project (01654 781414), nearby, is particularly interesting. It is one of only two breeding locations for Ospreys in the UK with a walkway and hide for observing. Of course, by far the two biggest things here are heading into vast Snowdonia National Park (01766 770274) to walk, hike, bike and explore or to go boating on the estury directly from the boatyard. If you need a little tution try Dyfi Yacht Club (01654 767607) in Aberdyfi where there is sailing, kayaking, kitesurfing and more.

Food & Drink

Forage the trees around the camping pitches or get out your fishing rod and try to reel in your own dinner to cook on the campfire or if you're after something a little more speedy then the local towns of Aberdyfi & Machynlleth have a range of good eateries specialising in Welsh cuisine, fish and seafood etc. with a great deli in each.  There is even a Michelin starred restaurant on the other side of the river!
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Getting There

Take the A493 from Machynlleth for about 6 miles, after a sharp right then left hand turn the entrance to Smuggler's Cove is on the left. There is parking as you enter, then walk under the railway to the estuaryside where you will find the boatyard and camping. The nearest train station is Penhelig in Aberdyfi (3 miles) or Machynlleth (6 miles).