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Adults/couples only accommodation, food, parking, events and more set in the heart of North-West Wales and at the gateway to Snowdonia.
The site sits within 'Traeth Mawr', that is mentioned in Y Mabinogi / The Mabinogion, at Bwlch Y Moch (Pass of the Pigs) and adjacent to oak woodlands with a stunning vista of cliffs and mountain ranges.
Porthmadog Traeth Mawr & Y Mabinogi / The Mabinogion
Anniversary? Birthday? or just treat yourself with our beautiful converted horsebox for 2...
Individual accommodation/sleeping pods with storage for your kit (*coming soon!)
Breakfast is included with your stay - eat-in at the cowshed or takeaway with pre-booked fresh packed lunches available too
Enjoy/choose from a range of awesome pies with a well deserved drink to mull over the days adventuring!
We can cater for groups for lunch/afternoon tea etc. be it corporate or leisure - get in touch to discuss
Hire our space(s) for your celebrations: Birthday, Engagement or even perhaps a Wedding!
Toilets and showers available for our guests
Parking included for our guests.
Long Stay/All day car parking for non-guests now available for a small fee
Plenty of seating in our refurbished area to the rear of the cowshed
Bus route from here is now direct to Snowdon Watkin Path/Pen-Y-Pass!
Preorder Takeaway Breakfast!
Looking to spoil yourselves for a birthday, anniversary or just a treat then our beautiful, romantic and rustic converted horsebox awaits you any time of year.
A kingsize bed with handcrafted headboard, outside area/seating and truly stunning views are the perfect accompaniment to make for a memorable weekend here.
Best of all is that breakfast is included, be it in the cowshed or takeway so no cooking or washing up! If you have a special occasion/idea in mind then get in touch to see if we can help?
Our horsebox is ready to go and includes:
Feeling like a night under canvas or going off grid but need a touch of luxury and warmth?
Our cosy, fully quilted Glamping Tents are just the job to camp in luxury and style!
Best of all is that breakfast is included, be it in our 'Cowshed' or takeway so no cooking or washing up! If you have a special occasion/idea in mind then get in touch to see if we can help?
Our lotus glamping tents are ready to go and include:
Some reviews from previous guests....
Hands down the best Airbnb stay we’ve ever had! Jo and Gareth were the perfect hosts, they couldn’t do enough for us. Jo’s breakfasts were amazing. Gareth gave us loads of helpful local knowledge. The tent itself was fab, even though we stayed at the end of October in not great weather we were plenty warm enough. The log fire was easy to use and highly effective. The faculties on site were amazing and really clean. We will 100% be returning and telling our friends about this place.
I really cannot recommend this place enough! My weekend at Gareth and Jo’s glampsite almost felt like a dream - it was near perfect...! The lotus tents are a true haven and a wonderful base that’s against a beautiful cliff backdrop. Gareth and Jo have literally thought of everything to make our stay so comfortable - log burner stove, usb battery packs, local guides, and all the small touches in the tents themselves to make it feel like home - a true glamp site. The beds were incredibly comfortable and we enjoyed a full night’s sleep during all 3 nights we were there. Although the nights were chilly, the log burner stove and 13.5 tog duvets kept us cosy and warm throughout the evening. The amenities - including showers and bathrooms - were spotlessly clean. I really really really enjoyed the hot showers after a long day’s hike! Eric Jone’s cafe provided the hearty breakfasts and snacks to really jump start our day. Jo’s welsh cakes are highly recommended - delicious! The glampsite is surrounded by so many wonderful towns and areas to explore. With a car, we were easily able to explore Porthmadog, Portmeirion, Beddgelert and of course Mount Snowdon. It was a perfect base and we explored/ate/slept extremely well. I really hope to be back and am already considering a return to the lotus tents in the spring time next year!
Absolutely amazing place! The location is perfect for exploring Snowdonia and other areas in North Wales, the views around the camp site were also beautiful. The bell tent was incredible - super cosy and loved that we had everything we needed to get the log burner going as soon as we arrived. Gareth and Jo were both amazing hosts. We arrived late on the Friday and Gareth was there to give us a tour around and explain how to order breakfast etc. Pie and mash after climbing Snowdon in the wind and rain was perfect! Breakfast was amazing also - the hash brown bap was a winner! Also it was the best shower ever!
Need to get back to nature and relax/get away from it all with stunning views and without the hassle of camping and caravanning?
Then our Western Style Wagons are the perfect space and place to unwind and relax
Our toasty wooden western wagons are ready to go and include:
The covered porch/seating lets you be outside whatever the weather to take in the views whilst sipping your favourite tipple - hot or cold!
Best of all is that breakfast is included, be it in our 'Cowshed' or takeaway so no cooking or washing up! If you have a special occasion/idea in mind then get in touch to see if we can help?
A 2 night minimum stay is required and we'll let the pictures below say the rest!
The Western Wagons sit around a 'scrape' that is a man made feature to help with the ebb and flow of the water within the estuary/area.
Sometimes it dries out and sometimes it fills when it rains but whatever the situation the wildlife thrives in this special area. From ducks to dragonflies and watervoles to herons, buzzards and osprays you will be immersed in nature and we have purposefully left the land to re-wild itself and is reminiscent of what the area would have looked like before the Cob was built and the land drained/reclaimed.
Please keep to the paths/designated at all times to avoid disturbing any wildlife
We are currently in the process of renovating the bunk barn to make it habitable and whilst some enjoyed the rustic 'flavour' with its single light and nocturnal visitors we feel it is time to bring it into the 21st Century!
Best of all is that breakfast will be included in our 'Cowshed' or takeaway so no cooking or washing up and can get on with your adventuring be it climbing, biking, walking or on the water.
Mrs Williams the original owner of the 'barn' would charge 50p for climbers/travellers to sleep in the hay when it was a barn/part of the dairy. The old workings of the threshing machine can still be seen and the byre was where the showers are now situated.
Our reception building, the 'Cow Shed' came about due to Covid and having to reconfigure the internals into 'stalls' to divide the room safely.
Bwlch Y Moch was originally a farm/dairy and you can see some of the original milk bottles, along with other paraphenalia, inside.
Breakfast is included for our guests and can either dine in or opt for a takeaway if you need to get away early on your adventures!
Just prebook time/requirements the night before and we'll take care of the rest - see you in the morning!
Freshly prepared packed lunches can be ordered the night before if required/collected at breakfast time.
To include a bap or wrap, snack and a drink - please see menu for details.
With the success of our range of pies last year that we provided as takeout via our drivethru or for guests to eat in our open barn we are planning on providing the same service but as as an eat-in' option for a limited number of guests and customers.
A range of pies are available including the Moo! along with Vegan and Vegetarian options too. Book online or let us know.
The site at Hadfer is located conveniently within reach of loads of places, days out and activities and we've listed a few below to give you an idea...
Within 10 minutes...
• Portmeirion (less than 3 miles)
• Porthmadog (less than 1 mile)
• Criccieth & Castle (less than 5 miles)
• Black Rock Sands, Borth Y Gest & Cricieth beaches (approx 3 miles)
• Welsh Highland Railway (goes past the end of our campsite - catch it at Porthmadog or at the Osprey centre!)
• Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, Porthmadog
• Osprey centre - within walking distance!
• Fishing near Criccieth
• Paddleboard - Criccieth & Glaslyn
• 2 pubs within walking distance at Tremadog
Within 30 minutes...
• Pen y Pass - Y Wyddfa/Snowdon walk start (approx 10 miles)
• Beddgelert (less than 5 miles)
• Harlech & Castle (approx 10 miles) • Llanberis (less than 8 miles)
• Zip World Titan / Llechwedd Slate Caverns (less than 14 miles)
Within 60 minutes...
• Zip World Velocity (approx 29 miles)
• Surf Snowdonia (approx 32 miles)
• Llanberis/Snowdon Mountain Railway (approx 26 miles)
• Anglesey / Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (approx 28 miles)
Long Stay Parking
For activities such as walking, cycling and climbing there is an automated ANPR system in place/payable via App/Phone and the car park is open from 8am-8pm.
This is free for our guests for the duration of their stay and up to 10am on the day of departure. Guests should ensure that they have registered their vehicle with the ANPR system on arrival.
Park, Eat and Ride
In discussion groups with Snowdonia National Park there has been a push to try and elliviate the pressure on the roads around y Wyddfa/Snowdon to avoid the scenes/bottlenecks/prevent emergency access. We can offer a park and ride scheme where takeaway breakfast can be provided and the Sherpa bus goes direct/leaves at approx 0830 for Snowdon Pen Y Pass, Miners, Pyg and Watkin paths at approx 0830. Get in touch to discuss!
Rivers, Scrape, Ditches & Drainage
There is a river that passes through the site and forms part of the Glaslyn flood defence system. There are also numerous ditches on site and can be seen in neighbouring fields that also help channel water. We also created a 'scrape' to hold/allow water to naturally drain to assist in this process and as a benefit we have seen an abundance of wildlife utilise this area from ducks (2 sets of ducklings so far!!), frogs, water voles and literally thousands of every type of dragonfly imaginable whilst providing a perfect habitat for insects.
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Approximately 3-400m to the West of the site on the cliffs is a SSSI for bats. You will from very early evening, once warm enough, see many different varieties of bat swooping through the site catching insects and again the scrape we excavated has been a success to assist by creating the perfect habitat for them.
Accommodation and Paths
We have been allowed to place our Western style Wagons on site and to protect the ecology of this area where they are sited we have re-wilded the whole area. To protect the area we have put in a natural wood chip path that prevents trampling of grasses/habitat to access the accommodation and also provides a great resource for our feathered friends for bug hunting! Please keep to the path(s) and areas cut immediately outside of the Wagons to prevent disturbing/damaging this environment.
Birds & Wildlife
There are numerous feathered visitors in and around the site and most days you will be lucky enough to see the Buzzards soaring around the cliffs of Bwlch Y Moch.
As well as the usual myriad of common hedgerow birds such as Robins, Jays, Sparrows, Finches and Blue/Great Tits we have recently, as a result of stopping the pollution from a sewage outlet, had a flock of yellow wagtails take up residence last year who are very particular about water quality/location.
We have also noted a regular heron who likes to wade the river, woodpeckers and a couple of sightings of a kingfisher.
Down the road at the Glaslyn via Prenteg (about a 30 min walk) is the Osprey centre and may be lucky enough to catch the otters playing under the bridge too!
On a clear/dark night the sky here is awash with stars and the contrast of the cliff vs the sky provides a stunning view of the night sky towards the dark skies of Snowdonia.
Unfortunatley when we took over the site back in 2018 the sewage/waste from the then 60 cover cafe, 2 acre campsite, 35 person bunkhouse and residencies were being allowed to empty directly into the river (!!!!!!!!!!)
A medieval approach (London's waste flowed via ditches/rivers to the sea in 1500's with numerous outbreaks of cholera!) was seeing nearly up to 8 cubic metres (8000 litres) on some days of untreated sewage and waste to contaminate the river/land (not to mention the smell on a hot/busy day!) - times this by 365 (365 x 8000 = 2,920,000 litres) and this could well be over an olympic size swimming pool of waste every year (2,500,000 litres) - yeuuuch!
This may seem 'outrageous' but in consultation with NRW using the flow and loads calculations we had to apply for legal permits to discharge treated waste into the watercourse. For the cafe and campsite we were advised to try to reduce the amount previously produced to under 5 cubic metres per day by limiting numbers on site etc. and for the whole site(including bunkhouse) is now approximately up to 7.5 cubic metres a day
Fortunatley we have recently installed state of the art water treatment system(s) with the output now 99.999% pure treated water so you can be safe in the knowledge that your stay is not harming the environment :)
We would like to further reduce this amount if possible and have already fitted aerated outlets with timed release valves on the majority of sinks and on showers too and replaced old fashioned toilets for those with smaller cisterns/dual flush valves.
Food Miles/Local Produce
We try to use local produce and ingredients where possible such as free range eggs from a farm 5 minutes walk away, local butchers and even producing our own welsh-cakes, scones and jam.
Unfortunatley the continued rise of self contained accommodation has seen a rise in the weekend 'bring supplies, stay and leave' regime that has had a marked effect on local restaurants and businesses alike
When we took over the site we were dismayed at the number of packets, tins, food waste and associated food miles for all this and working with other local businesses to offer discounts etc. encouraged guests to book/use local.
We hope to try and start local craft/workshops on site too so we can give back to the community and make it a better place for all.
Our glamping tents are off grid/solar powered and the log burners are in the top 5% for efficiency with only dry/local wood sourced.
The wagons have a 12v system fitted with a reduced amperage/draw for heating so that when we fit our site solar system it can produce enough power to service the wagons/be carbon neutral
We hope to install e-car charging points along with solar so that guests can charge their cars over night ready for the next day!
On site we have tried to re-use/use natural materials where possible including railway sleepers, old milk churns, recycled plastic rope and tin roofing sheets, sheet metal, fabrics, furniture, wooden pallets, leftover wood/logs, local slate, stone (most walls were made with stone found on site during excavations) and even found a use for two small trees we had to cut to meet distancing regulations!
In the past two seasons we have planted over 700 trees and 200 shrubs/plants around the site to try and give back something to nature
Car & Bike
Set on the border of the Snowdonia National park we are easy and convenient to find.
Head for Tremadog and then take the A498 for Beddgelert and we are approximately ½ mile out of Tremadog.
If coming via Beddgelert keep on the A498 towards Porthmadog then Tremadog.
For cycling check see the National Cycle Network and we are a detour/variation on Route 8 on
Buses across North Wales stop in Porthmadog via Tremadog and is only approx 10 min walk to the campiste from Tremadog (or 1 min in a taxi!)
Traws Cymru map/link for bus routes
Trains into Porthmadog from Mid Wales/Shrewsbury or into Bangor from Chester/Crewe (bus then required from Bangor to Porthmadog)
Transport for Wales/Rail timetables/route info
Car Park/Reception - The main entrance and reception/eating area has level access with a designated parking space approx 15m from the entrance.
Glamping Tents - Grassed level access surrounding tents with vehicles being able to park adjacent on the grassed area.
Access With Steps
Western Wagons/Horsebox - Steps to access the accommodation
Cowshed Terrace - Steps to access though alternative access available via grassed area/ramp
Access With Ramps
The accessible wet room and accessible WC/basin have a ramp either side along with a bridge/incline if accessing the facilities via the glamping field. Facilities are approximately 40m from the nearest tent.
The tent is accessed via a gravel entrance with a slight lip. The tent has a canvas entrance of approx 1.4m wide and 1.6m high that requires unzipping to access the bedroom/accommodation
The gravel surrounds of the tents provide a high contrast along with wooden/gravel paths
A digital portal is provided with information so that screen readers/magnifiction tools can be used to read text
The glamping tent accommodation is suitable for older/less mobile guests, part-time & assisted wheelchair users and those with some visual impairment. Other accommodation may not be suitable due to distances and access via steps.
Bwlch Y Moch
Tel: 07920 426660
Please Note - we are usually busy on site so is best to email and will endeavour to get back to you as quickly as possible