Cae Wennol Yurts
With so much of the region's fascinating past woven into its majestic scenery, which stretches from the North Wales coastline right through to rural Snowdonia, the Conwy Valley provides the ultimate backdrop to any camping adventure. The impressive mountain ranges, serene lakes, and primitive moorlands never fail to capture the hearts of visitors, and create a unique collection of natural beauty that must be seen to be believed.
Deep in the Conwy Valley and set amongst a 16 acre smallholding is Cae Wennol Yurts, an eco-friendly glamping site that strikes the perfect balance between luxury and rustic living. Guests soon realise the sites approachable owners (Avril & Dyan) were eager to create a magical, relaxing retreat where visitors can enjoy a self-sustainable environment that’s rich in wildlife. And here at Cool Camping; we think they’ve succeeded.
The 3 Mongolian Yurts (Seren, Heddwch, and new recruit Celynnin), are vibrantly painted with striking colours on the inside and out. Each dwelling comes lovingly furnished in a relaxed and romantic way with a comfy double bed, wooden floors, homey rugs, comfy cushions, and a log burner – perfect for keeping warm on a chilly North Wales night.
The Yurts can be found nestled by an idyllic nature garden where guests can sit under the shade of a tall silver birch and watch the dragonflies buzz gingerly around the water lilies. The site is also home to many feathered friends, with mallards (and their young), herons, red kites, and buzzards regularly circling above.
It may feel like a chore to drag yourself away from such a restful environment, but do try and make the most of exploring this wonderful part of Wales. Luckily Cae Wennol Yurts is perfectly positioned to do just that.
Three Yurts set in a secluded two acre field, with eco-ponds and plenty of wildlife including buzzards, red kites, and swallows. Each Yurt comes fully furnished with a double bed (the larger yurts also have two double futons), wooden floors, rugs, cushions, log burner, and its own compo toilet. Shared facilities include a fully equipped rustic kitchen (gas hob, crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils), dining area, eco hot shower (with fresh water from the well), large recreational area, Masonry BBQ, conventional BBQ, pizza oven, small fridge-freezer, and cool boxes. All Yurts and the kitchen/recreational area are lit by solar LED’s with coloured mood lighting.
Glampers, large groups (hiring the three yurts), couples, and dogs (on prior arrangement) – yes. Tents, caravans, and campervans – no.
With Snowdonia National Park (01766 770274) right on your doorstep, there's plenty of hiking, cycling, and horse riding to be done. For the more daring camper, there’s the National White Water Centre (01678 521083), which offer adrenaline-filled days out including white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and canyoning. The historic, walled market town of Conwy is only a ten minute drive away and the perfect place to soak up some local culture. No visit is complete without taking a trip to the magnificent Conwy Castle (01492 592358), a medieval fortification built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales between 1283 and 1289. You can explore the King's Chapel (with his private viewing room) then climb the towers for some memorable views over the Conwy Estuary and Snowdonia. Buy the guidebook for an in-depth, interesting tour at your own pace. Only eight miles north is the seaside resort of Llandudno, which has oodles of red-brick Edwardian charm, plus is home to Wales' longest pier and a passenger cable car that enjoys unparalleled views of Puffin Island.
Food & Drink
Conwy is famous for it’s seafood, especially it’s mussels and has many fine eating establishments. For some traditional fish and chips, head to Archway Restaurant (01492 592458) for a great value meal. Food is freshly cooked and the portion sizes generous – what more could you want from a chippy? Only a short walk away (at The Conwy Water Gardens) is The Dutch Pancake House (01492 650063), a cosy venue offering sweet and savoury pancakes. Try the tasty “Welsh Beauty” (slices of apple, whipped cream, topped with rum & raisin ice-cream.) Don’t go on a Monday, it’s closed. The Ty Gwyn Inn Rowen is a traditional Welsh country pub located in one of Conwy’s most pretty and rural villages. As for food, the friendly staff serve up tasty garlic mushrooms, and for mains there’s a liver special, shepherds pie, or peppered pork. There's also a Tesco supermarket at Llandudno Junction (only a 10 minute drive away), or you can pre-order your groceries for delivery.
April – October.
Seren Yurt £80 per night, Heddwch £90, and Celynnin £90. If six guests would like to stay in Heddwch or Celynnin the price rises to £120 per night. 3 day and weekly rates available, see website for details.
Guests are provided with a ‘hit-list’ email which includes directions to the site, and what to bring.
The nearest train station is Conwy (a 10 minute drive away.) There are regular services to Chester (via Colwyn Bay), Flint, Prestatyn, and Rhyl in one direction, and to Holyhead and Bangor in the other. Buses run approximately every hour from the top of the lane on the B5106 (a 10 minute walk away.) Taxis are available in the town square.
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