Bach Wen Farm
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.
Bach Wen Farm is on the Llyn Peninsula, occupying a coastline spot with stunning views across Caernarfon Bay and a backdrop of the Snowdonia mountains. The site is 9 acres with access to a beach, where you can swim, fish, and play. Camping pods, Dandelion or Burdock, come fully equipped with wood burning stoves, a mini fridge, electricity, a futon, and a private outside area overlooking the sea. Each pod has it's own private shower room, yours for the duration of your stay. A recently renovated barn is accessible to all campers and has sofas and tables, books, games and a TV for all to use.
Tents, pod-bound glampers and dogs all welcome.
It's a short walk into the small local village of Clynnog Fawr, with the beautiful church of St Beuno, while Caernarfon Castle (01286 677617) and Bryn Bras Castle (01286 870210) are both within driving distance. Quaint Aberdaron is on the end of the peninsula, while Trefor (5 minute's drive) is slightly nearer and has a quiet sandy beach. Here there are offshore and deep-sea fishing trips (boats can also be launched for a fee) or, alternatively, there is the Blue Flag accredited beach at Dinas Dingle. Energetic campers can enjoy the links golf course (01758 720966) at Nefyn, pony-trekking (01341 250107) on Cader Idris or surfing and water sports in Abersoch. Inland, walkers will love Snowdonia National Park (01766 770274), best entered by a trek along The Nantlle Ridge or take on Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. Portmeirion (01766 770000), the Italianate coastal village, lies about 25 minutes' drive away.
Food & DrinkClynnog Fawr is a 5 minute walk away. There is a shop with all the basic commodities you need and a petrol station open late but no pubs in the village itself.
5 or 6 tent pitches in a beautiful secluded glade along with 2 glamping pods.
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From the M56 East, follow the A55 North Wales and leave at sign for Caernarfon. Drive through Caernarfon and follow the A487 towards Porthmadog. After 3 miles you will approach a roundabout. Turn right onto the A499 towards Pwllheli. After a further 7 miles you will come to the village of Clynnog Fawr. Continue past the church on your left and after a further 100 yards you will see a red hanging sign 'Bachwen Holiday Cottages' on the right hand side. Turn right into the splayed entrance and follow the lane down towards the sea. Keep driving until you see the red reception sign.
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