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Ffrith Galed Yurts

UK Wales North Wales Conwy

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
On the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, Ffrith Galed Yurts is a place where your only options are fresh air, clear water and glorious natural beauty

On the edge of Snowdonia National Park, the village of Llanddoged is a place that contrasts the big with the small. Big mountains dominate the horizon, big fields unfold on every side and big birds glide on big thermals in the big, blue, sunny sky. But the tread of humans around here is light and small. Though the local church dates back to the 13th century it looks, from the gateway, almost like a village cottage with a little bell tower tottering on its top. The roads are narrow and quaint, paralleled by tiny streams that run down to the river Conwy, and there’s a wonderful sense of remoteness about it all, even though there’s an A-road just a mile away.

Ffrith Galed Yurts has a similar style about it. Though they keep their numbers small – there are just two yurts on site with a private bathroom for each – the site itself is big. The 18ft abodes have room inside to sleep up to five people, while outside they’re each located in their own private field. That’s an entire field each! It’s the perfect marriage of space and snugness. Wood burners warm the traditionally designed Mongolian structures, their smoke spouted away to the central crown that washes the interior of the yurt in natural light. At night, you can switch off the fairy lights and enjoy the starry night skies too.

 Inside the yurts, guests are provided with gas burners, crockery and cooking utensils and everyone has access to the washing up block where there’s a fridge and kitchen units for use. Not that you need to cook everything onsite. Though there are BBQs and campfire pits, you can, instead, follow the parish footpaths that lead you a scenic mile down the hillside to Llanrwst, a neighbouring market town where you can indulge yourself in at of the local artisans. Developed along the riverbanks, the town was once the centre of the UK’s wool trade with the surrounding hill farmers gathering their sheep in the centre each week. It’s success was partly owed to King Edward I who, having built famous Conwy Castle further north, prohibiting Welshmen from trading within 10 miles of it, leading this 12-mile distant village to flourish.

Today it’s a mere 20 minutes drive to the castle, which is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. Two fortified gateways, eight massive towers and a great bow-shaped hall all occupy its narrow rocky outcrop above the river – a magnificent sight to behold. To the west, however, is the most imitate draw to this glampsite. Vast Snowdonia National Park, spreads in wavy peaks like a heaving, green sea, with Mount Snowden itself hidden behind Carnedd Llewelyn. Footpaths weave along the ridges and around the pooling lakes that fill each valley. Away in the distance, it all provides the big backdrop and perfect views for Ffrith Galed Yurts, a location that just begs to be explored.

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Facilities

Yurts are furnished with a double bed (and bedding), a double and single futon (bring your own bedding), a central wood-burning stove (first basket of logs included) and cooking facilities, including a double gas ring, pans, utensils, crockery, cutlery and tea towels. Outside there is a picnic bench and BBQ and each yurt has its own private bathroom in the wash block a short stroll away with a lavatory, shower and basin. The wash block also has a shared room for washing up. This has a large sink and drainage board, kitchen units, fridge and worktop.

Suitable For

Glamping only, so no tents, dogs, campervans or caravans.

Nearby

It's just over a mile to the market town of Llanrwst, which marks the eastern edge of Snowdonia National Park. The nearest of the main mountains to climb is Carnedd Llewelyn, though travel a little further west and the Snowdon Horseshoe (01286 870211) takes in the most famous peaks – it's considered one of the best ridge walks in southern Britain. In the town itself there is a beautiful old bridge said to be designed by Inigo Jones and built in 1636 by Sir John Wynn of Gwydir Castle (01492 641687). Overlooking it is a wonderful ivy clad cottage (see food and drink) and steps down the bank that allow you to swim and dabble in the waters during summer. Slightly further south Betws-y-Coed is one of the honeypot locations in Snowdonia and for good reason. There's a host of excellent independent shops and also the Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre (01690 710426), making it a good place to start. Head 20 minutes north, meanwhile, to explore magnificent Conwy Castle (01492 592358).

Food & Drink

Aside from the BBQ outside each yurt, there is also a communal fireplace where you can share food, wine and stories with other guests. Cook up a hot supper in the yurt using the double gas ring hob and utilities provided or, if you plan on treating yourself, the nearest pubs and restaurants are a mile down the hill in Llanrwst – there are plenty of options. When the sun's out, try La Barrica for lunch, with outdoors seating that spills out across the main, central area of the town, or cross the bridge to a wonderful tea cottage covered in ivy, Ty Hwnt I'R Bont Café (01492 642322). They reportedly, serve the best scones in Wales!

Opening Times

April 7th - October 22nd

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Two handcrafted and painted Mongolian yurts, each set in its own field.

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