The rise and fall of The Three Rivals mountain range splinters from the western edge of Snowdonia and drops towards the coast. In the foothills of the National Park, where the slopes peter into tranquil countryside that then merges into beachy coast, Bach Wen Farm lies in a historic building with 7th century origins. Tucked on this ribbon of land between mountains and sea, the farm has been transformed into a welcoming self-catering property. But with such a picture-perfect setting it’s more earth-bound accommodation that now boasts perhaps the best position of the lot. Owners Helen and Johnny have stepped from the farm cottages into the lush gardens beyond and shaped an understated yet beautiful campsite – a peaceful destination for lovers of the great outdoors.
Tucked in a secluded woodland glade a short walk from the farm buildings, tent pitches offer a quiet spot to relax on the seafront, while two newly finished glamping pods provide that little extra comfort. The pods boast electricity and a mini-fridge along with a toasty log-burning stove that serves to keep the place warm during the colder winter months. The rusticity of the stove is echoed in the wooden cabinets and old lamps, while a fold out futon acts as a cosy bed that gives extra space during the day. A private shower room and toilet make the place your own, as does a private area on the doorstep overlooking the sea, a dreamy spot to while away the twilight hours.
A recently-renovated barn by the main buildings acts as a sociable space to shelter, where you can hang out with friends and download the days activities. A few yards to the sea lands you on a beautiful stoney beach. Here shingle and rocks are washed amongst the waves before the tide recedes, revealing some softer sandy patches. It's a safe place for swimming and fishing, along with hopping amongst the rocks, sea-life spotting in the pools.
Campers shouldn’t let the escapism of coastal living prevent them from heading elsewhere though, since the surroundings of Bach Wen Farm are as pleasant as the site itself. Within walking distance the ancient burial chambers and historic church in Clynnog Fawr are centrepieces to a charming village, only lacking in a pub (though the local is set to re-open soon). A drive west along the Llyn Peninsula rewards you with further sandy beaches and a handful of quaint rural settlements. Hikers will, undoubtedly, head straight for the hills of Snowdonia National Park but it is also worth taking the time to explore parts of the longest coastal walk in the UK which starts just next to the campsite in Clynnog Fawr.
Whether you traipse through the mountains or relax on the beach, Bach Wen Farm acts as the perfect base for exploring the north west coast of Wales. Be sure to get back by bedtime, though, as the campsite itself is one of the best places around to watch the sun kiss the sea and disappear over the Irish Sea.
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