Last weekend brought my third wedding anniversary to my lovely, long serving husband Dan. I can’t quite believe it’s been 11 whole years since we met. So, anyway, off we went (in bank holiday traffic) to Wales, southern Snowdonia to have some ‘us’ time. To our new favourite place in the world Graig Wen. On our first visit here last year, when we left I sobbed!
In the most beautiful setting on the Mawddach Estuary a stones throw from the little seaside towns of Barmouth and Fairbourne, there really is every reason to come here. Without exaggeration this place is exceptional, the location offers B&B accommodation in The Slate Shed, self catering cottages, hook ups for caravans/motor homes, camping pitches and glamping. There are four yurts and a quaint Welsh caban. This year we stayed in the small yurt hidden away in the glade and we weren’t disappointed.
The added bonus is, that if you’re not a ‘camper’ this place has options for you. Run impeccably by Sarah and John, there really is nothing they haven’t thought of, the reviews really do speak for themselves. The whole place is completely environmentally friendly, with eco loos (my particular favourite is the tree bog!) and encourages its guests to do the same. I really can’t put in to words just how perfect this place is, so hopefully my photos will help!
The small problem I did encounter, is that we had decided that our bikes would be our main form of transport and I had forgotten my back pack. So for large parts our trip my beloved Canon had to stay tucked up safely in the yurt (she’s far to new for me to take her out while I’m cycling and partaking in the odd beer).
So, I used my phone for some of my shots. And I would urge you to do that too. Absolutely do not be held back because you haven’t got the most expensive equipment, capturing the moment and collecting memories is what is really important.
Being here, in these breathtaking surroundings with the seaside to boot, really made me want to bring all my friends and family for a woodland adventure! So I spent some time with Sarah to find out what options there were for just that. I was very happy to find that you can (out of high season) hire out the entire site. The website states ‘There’s enough beds in our B & B, cottages and yurts for at least 37 people – 45 if there’s a few kiddies who don’t mind camp beds! For campers there’s space for about half a dozen vans and 18 tents. If you need more bed space we can provide contacts for other local hotel and B & B accommodation’. For special occasions or events there’s an amazing party tent and they have been the reception venue for some very beautiful weddings (photos below courtesy of Graig Wen). They aren’t registered for ceremonies but work closely with a hotel over the estuary if this was for you. Whatever you are thinking of I would definitely advise you to contact Sarah or John as I’m sure there is an option for you, whether your event be big or small, if you’re wanting something in a beautiful setting that’s completely different, this little bit of heaven very well could be the location for you.
This beautiful place really has won my heart, and is quickly becoming my happy place. Luckily I will be back there with Dan and Harry in August for more soul cleansing, and I can’t wait to explore this amazing area further. Also, rumour has it that whilst we are holidaying there will be traditional Welsh stories around the communal campfire; I can’t wait to see Harry’s little face of amazement as we hear all about the dragons, giants and ghosts!
No doubt until that time I’ll also be badgering my friends and wider family for us to plan and book a get-away down there. Graig Wen really does have to be experienced to be believed.