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The Cabins Conwy
17 reviews
· Conwy, Wales
1 acre
3 units
3 Glamping
Eco-friendly cabins in a wild, riverside setting, with views of the Carneddau Mountains
History and nature seem to be the twin loves of Sue and David Chapman, a pair of creative archaeologists who bought an old church in Llangelynin, North Wales and work out of it as their studio. Built in 1840, the church overlooks a small meadow and out to the Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia National Park. It wasn’t long before they acquired the meadow, too, and set about re-wilding the former pasture with permaculture techniques. They planted willows – used to create pre-historic tools for universities and museums – and self-seeding alder trees. And then, in amongst the new semi-wilderness, they set about creating a tiny glamping haven. Home to just two wooden cabins, Tal y Fan and Pen y Gaer, named after the mountains they look out upon, the place has been designed with sustainability in mind. Each is highly insulated with non-combustible Earthwool and paired with a ty bach (little house), with a composting toilet. Inside, the cabins have a double bed, bedside furniture, a table and chairs, while, next door a galley kitchen has a sink, hobs, fridge and all the kit and clobber you could need for cooking. There’s a campfire pit, too, for evenings outside – the site is located within Snowdonia’s designated Dark Sky Reserve so the stars (as well as sunsets behind the mountains) are superb. “We see the site very much as a nature reserve”, Sue explains. In all there’s about three-and-a-half acres of re-wilded space to explore. A small handbook is provided in each cabin, which, alongside information on local walks, pubs and day trips, gives details of all the plants and wildlife on the site. There are bats, barn owls, buzzards, blackbirds, bees and butterflies (and that’s just the Bs), while seating spots and quiet meditation zones are secreted away among the trees. The River Henryd marks the boundary of the former meadow and, though it is little bigger than a stream, provides enough fish for a resident otter. The waters are ultimately bound for the River Conwy and, if you were to follow the Henryd all the way to its confluence you’d end up at the foot of Conwy Castle, three miles away. The excellently preserved medieval fort marks the historic entrance to the walled city of Conwy and is well worth a visit during your stay. From the quaint quay, home to a tiny red house that is reputably Britain’s smallest, to the pubs and cafés of the town centre, the place is full of charm.
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Conwy, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Sue C.Joined in February 2019
16 Ratings · 17 reviews
Mark F.recommends
July 2, 2022
Cabin Tal y Fan
Beautiful Cabin just outside Conwy
Beautiful Cabin with couple of hobs for cooking inside or barbecue outside. Also has heating and a small fridge if needed. The grounds are beautiful to sit out in with a good book. Has a shower room with quality hot water shower in and compost toilet for your cabin which is very eco friendly. Also has a fire pit which is great for sitting around in the evening. An amazing place to go
Patricia W.recommends
September 23, 2021
Cabin Pen y Gaer
The cabin had all the amenities we could need. Outdoor setting was amazing. We particularly enjoyed the fire pit and barbecue. Sat outside as the sun went down with a glass of wine was utter contentment.
Samatha A.recommends
September 7, 2021
Cabin Tal y Fan
The nicest break I have ever been on. Everything had been thought of. Attention to details was amazing! Beds so comfy, cabins lovely warm and clean, just simply perfect! Cannot wait to come back!
Johan S.recommends
August 23, 2021
Cabin Pen y Gaer
Simply perfect in every way. Clean, quiet, well equipped, I cant wait to go back!
Natasha B.recommends
July 26, 2021
Cabin Pen y Gaer
I beautiful little cabin nestled between woodland, flowers and grassland. Such a peaceful location excellent to sit and relax with a book listening to the birds. The cabin is perfect for your essentials and very lovely inside. Overall a very idyllic place and would have loved to stay longer!
Elliott M.recommends
July 21, 2021
Cabin Tal y Fan
This place is awesome. Nice and peaceful, staff friendly and the cabin was excellent. Will definitely stay again.
From the host
Located at the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park and just outside the magnificent Medieval Town and Castle of Conwy, our cosy little cabins offer a romantic and relaxed getaway. They nestle in 3 acres of naturally re-wilded fields and woodland in the stunning Conwy Valley. Share this magical site with our resident wild owls, red kites, otters and many song birds. Our three eco cabins are made from locally sources wood and are highly insulated. Each includes a comfy double bed, kitchenette, electric fire, LED lights, electric sockets, USB charging sockets, folding chairs and a window table. Each cabin has its own toilet and two of our cabins share a lovely hot electric shower in a nearby shower cabin. Cabin Afon has its own en suite toilet and shower. Outside each cabin has its own fire pit, BBQ and deck chairs for a relaxing evening spent enjoying the stars! There is free on site car parking and a free Wi-Fi spot.
Nearby attractions
With Snowdonia National Park right on your doorstep, there's plenty of hiking, cycling, and general outdoors-ing to be done. You can walk directly from the site straight into the Carneddau Mountain range (Sue and David provide some suggested walks which take in stunning views and historical sites). It’s a 10-minute walk along the road to Conwy Water Gardens (01492 650063), with fishing onsite, a restaurant specialising in pancakes and picnic areas, while, for something really different, Surf Snowdonia (01492 353123), Europe's largest inland surf lagoon, is a 5-minute drive away. For most visitors here, however, the historic, walled town of Conwy is a must and an essential place to soak up local culture. The town is a 5-minute drive from The Cabins Conwy and has a magnificent medieval castle (01492 592358), built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales (1283–1289), and overlooking the mouth of the River Conwy. It’s paid entry (though well worth the fee) but you can walk the town walls for free, peeping into people’s gardens and enjoying the rooftop views as you go. Down at the quay you can watch the boats, have a pint and pop your head into Britain’s smallest house (01492 573965). Or drive across the bridge to visit the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno (complete with pier and sweeping beach) and explore the Great Orme Country Park.
Food and drink
David and Sue like to welcome guests with a taste of local food; usually a couple of delicious meat pies or cheeses (from their local award-winning butchers), home-made Welsh cakes, tea, coffee and a pint of milk. Vegetarian, vegan and coeliac options are also available. There are 2 award-winning, traditional pubs – The Ty Gwyn Coaching Inn (01690 710383) and The Groes Inn (01492 650545) – that serve food and are within easy walking distance. 5 minutes along the road is The Dutch Pancake House (01492 651063) and within a 5-minute drive is the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre (01492 651100), which sells a wide range of local food and beer and has its own restaurant. Medieval Conwy town is also a 5-minute drive and has a wide range of eateries and pubs, from fish and chips on the quay to a fancy meal out in Signatures Restaurant (01492 583513). The Albion (01492 582484) is a particularly good place to try the local beer, while Parisella's Ice Cream Parlour (01492 592 448) is the perfect afternoon treat.
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