If the stresses and strains of modern living have all got that bit too much to take, look no further than the wonderful bucolic bolthole that is Snowdonia Shepherds' Huts. Tucked up in the hills above one of the Conwy Valley's loveliest spots, this fanciest of camping experiences is the ideal panacea for world-weary urbanites who still need those little touches of luxury. What's more, these lovingly crafted shepherds' huts are a favourite haunt for camping couples. And stepping inside the twin huts, it isn't hard to see why. Painted soft, soothing shades of eggshell and tastefully decorated with the finest local woolens, the "living" and "washing" huts are fully equipped with everything you could need for a hassle-free holiday. Oh, and the wash hut even comes with it's very own wood-burning sauna!
As regular campers to these parts can testify, the pitch-up parade are often at the unforgiving mercy of the frequently boisterous Welsh elements. Inclement weather is of no such concern here, though, thanks to the beautiful cast iron wood-burning stove which transforms your abode into a toasty cocoon of cosiness. In fact, there's very little you could want for here and in the surrounding area.
Positioned above a bubbling stream – great for paddling, dam building and a post-sauna dip for the adventurous – the huts are half a mile from the road, along a farm track. Amiable hosts, Richard, Hazel and their children are about the only people who will ever pass by (except for the occasional walker). Even the postie doesn’t come up here! You might see and hear some wildlife though – a heron can often be seen fishing in the stream, red kites whirl overhead and a family of hares live next to the track. You'll hear the resident owls hooting as you sit cosy by your fire in the evenings. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and within a stone’s throw from a good path, there is superb walking and mountain biking right from the door of your hut. Campfires are also allowed in the designated fire pit – perfect for cooking your own.
As the Conwy Valley tourist board proudly boasts, Betws-y-Coed is 'the official gateway to Snowdonia'. Although this enviable hillside location within Wales' largest national park does nurture an almost inescapable lure to all things outdoorsy, there is also a refreshing abundance of cultural and historical things to see and do in the surrounding area. With fairytale castles to explore and Wales' largest seaside resort, Llandudno, just up the road, you won't go wanting for fun days out. Then, suitably shattered from exploring the best the area has to offer, you can retire in peace at this wonderfully secluded, riverside retreat.
The campsite owner says
Our cosy shepherds' huts are designed to make the most of their superb location. Listen to the stream as you lie in bed at night, catch the warmth of the morning sun as you enjoy your breakfast, watch our resident barn owl as he hunts over the meadowland and remember to look up at night - there's no light pollution here so the starry sky is breathtaking. Both of our shepherds' huts are exclusively yours for the duration of your stay.
The "living" hut has a wood-burning stove for chillier nights, a pull-down double bed with luxury bed linen, Welsh blankets and a Welsh mountain sheepskin rug.
The other hut is your private wash hut where you'll find a toilet, shower, wash basin and wood-burning sauna so you can relax after fantastic days out exploring Snowdonia.
You’ll also have a fully equipped outdoor kitchen under a canopy with a triple gas burner, a coolbox and a fire pit.
What you won't have is a mobile signal, internet access, TV or even radio. No traffic, no loud music from your neighbours - unless you count birdsong and baa-ing! Just peace, tranquility and the sounds of nature.
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