There's been a quiet revolution at Maes-y-Bryn Campsite over the years. When we first discovered the former Dafarn Drap (’Horse and Cart’) pub, set high in the Conwy Valley, their campsite was in its early stages of fruition. Today, this family-run smallholding is a single-acre paradise of pitch-where-you like bliss. Still accompanied by the signs of working life – ducks and chickens scratch around the gateway and sheep graze the adjacent field – they've added a clutch of glamping options, too, along with a delightful wildlife trail that leads you past 'bug hotels' and 'hedgehog houses', teaching new-comers the Welsh language as they go. Yet through the changes, the family-friendly tranquility of the campsite that first drew us here remains untouched. It's no surprise to find many other campers here have returned again and again and again.
Nestled right on the eastern edge of Snowdonia National Park, the campsite itself is separated over two levels. The lower part is a flat, well maintained space, bordered on one side by a stream, while the upper half has four level tiers, fenced off into individual pitches. Passed the shower block, the washing-up shelter and the owner's favourite antique Massey Ferguson tractor, you'll also find the secluded, adult-only area of the campsite: The Garden of Peace. Here a Mongolian-style yurt and pair of bell tents make up some of the site's new glamping offering, alongside an intriguing stone labyrinth where guests are invited to reflect and relax as they make their way to the miniature stone-henge-like structure in the centre.
Three miles up from the market town of Llanrwst, Maes-y-Bryn rewards campers with a fine view of Mynydd Hiraethog (the Denbigh Moors) to the north. Llanrwst is worth a visit for its bridge, almshouse museum and plucky if slightly delusional sense of its own independence. The small town possesses a coat of arms and a flag, and glories in the motto Cymru, Lloegr a Llanrwst ('Wales, England and Llanrwst'). It's a half hour drive to Mount Snowdon meanwhile, which you can climb to get the greatest views of the lot.
Showers (2 men's, 2 women's – hot) and toilets (3 women's, 3 men's, plus urinals). Dish washing area. Laundry area (washing machine £2, tumble-dryer £1). A few basic provisions for sale (long-life milk, cereal, soup, home-laid free-range eggs, toothpaste etc). Chemical disposal point. Waste recycling area. Bicycle storage facility. Ice pack freezing facility. Mobile phone charging (charge for charity). No open fires; a supply of bricks for BBQs off grass. WiFi (in certain areas).
OFFSITE FACILITIES (within 3 miles)
supermarket, pubs, restaurants, takeaways, swimming pool, leisure centre,
fishing, launderette, service station.
HOW TO FIND US
Maes-y-Bryn is situated on the A548. If travelling on the A470, head for Llanrwst and then go east on the A548. If travelling on the A55, head for Abergele and take the A548 west for Llanrwst.
The roomy Klondyke Tipi combines stylish looks together with excellent levels of comfort for Glamping at Maes y Bryn Campsite in Snowdonia North Wales
The front door has mesh windows and interior curtains, while flexible ventilation is offered by mesh vents at the base and top of the tent.
TY PREN (WOODEN LODGE)
The new wooden lodge is situated in a tranquil corner of the Garden of Peace, adjacent to the campsite.
It sleeps two adults, and comes complete with a sofa bed, crockery dishes, utensils and camping gas stove.
Electricity is supplied for light, kettle, toaster and an electric heater, which will give it that warm cosy glow for those cooler evenings.
All you need to bring with you are sleeping bags, towels, toiletries and your food.
Llanrwst Almshouse Museum, Llanrwst (3 miles) – from 1610 to 1976 the building that generations of the deserving poor called home. Tree Top Adventure, Trefriw (6 miles) – high level treetop thrills with zip lines and something called a POWERFAN™; 01690 710914.
Food & Drink
The Penybont (Scottish and Newcastle), Llanrwst (3¼ miles) – a 14th-century coaching inn serving cask ales next to a splendidly grim stone bridge rumoured to have been designed by Inigo Jones; 01492 640202.
Family FriendlyPlay in the stream, feed the chickens, befriending the cats and walk the wildlife trail to discover which critters have checked in to the bug hotel.
PricingA pitch and 2 adults £16. Extra adult £8; children (under 14) £3; dogs £3; caravans/motorhomes £2; electric hook-up £5.
The Owner Says
Maes y Bryn has been voted in the top ten campsites in North Wales
Experience a truly Welsh holiday on a small working farm camping site in the hills above the market town of Llanrwst in the picturesque Conwy Valley, a place where you can hear the Welsh language in daily use.
Maes-Y-Bryn is a small farm with all kinds of animals and pets including sheep, chickens, ducks and geese. The farm is superbly situated for those wanting a quiet, get-away-from-it-all holiday in a place surrounded by stunning scenery. Yet surprisingly, the bustling holiday resorts of the North Wales coast, Rhyl, Llandudno and Colwyn Bay are only 25 minutes drive away. Within a 25 mile radius there are historic houses, castles, museums, cromlechs, the Ffestiniog Railway and the slate caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog as well as the beautiful forests, river scenery and numerous tourist attractions of Betws y Coed. The nearest town to Maes-y-Bryn is Llanrwst, a bustling country market town where Welsh is still the language of the local population.
To the east stretch the Denbigh Moors and to the west lies Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri (Snowdonia National Park - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a land of remote mountain peaks and fertile river valleys, tranquil lakes and dense forests. Maes-y-Bryn is an excellent base from which to explore this beautiful corner of North-West Wales. While you are with us, why not learn a little Welsh?
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