Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Glamping seems to be the in thing at the moment. And after visiting these Eco Domes on the Llyn Peninsula here in North Wales I can totally understand why. I loved camping when I was a little girl. Mucking around in streams, grass stains on my trousers, hot chocolate from a tin cup and burnt sausages with beans for tea. Unfortunately I’ve become too used to my creature comforts. Glamping! (Why didn’t I try this earlier?)
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t 5 star self catering like our other cottages. This is outdoor living at it’s glorious best, with a dash of comfort to help you along.
So you turn up at the farm, a little apprehensive not knowing exactly what to expect. Owners Bethan and Pryderi greet you, and their friendliness and smiling faces put you at ease immediately. The first surprise is the red wheelbarrow. No cars allowed, so the wheelbarrow proves to be a great way of transporting bags across the fields to your dome. The next surprise is the communal kitchen, showers and toilet. All very clean and much more luxurious than we were expecting. Kitchen facilities are basic but includes some gas rings for cooking, a fridge and electrical sockets for charging your phone etc.
After a quick look round we followed Pryderi and our red wheelbarrow along the riverbank. We are introduced to some chickens along the way but they didn’t seem very impressed with their new neighbours so we quickly moved on. Equally blasé sheep watched us as we cut across a field to our dome. A slightly futuristic looking structure in this most rural of landscapes.
We duck inside the zipped opening into a room of white canvas pulled tightly over a lattice of steel tubing. You get the impression that these domes are particularly well designed and put together. Everything from their construction, location and the furniture within has been carefully considered and chosen.
An impressive bespoke wooden bed at the centre complete with storage draws underneath and useful hanging hooks on the back of the headboard. Two single futons at the foot of the bed facing outwards through the clear panels that rap around the far side of the dome. Best of all perhaps is the small log burner sitting on a piece of local slate. A windup radio and light sitting on the bedside table are a small concession to modern technology.
Outside there’s a sturdy picnic bench, small BBQ and a portable camp fire pit all within earshot of the nearby stream. Situated a discreet distance away among some hawthorn trees is the little wooden shed that houses your own compost loo. I know you wont believe me, but it really doesn’t smell at all inside the shed. Honestly it doesn’t. Saying that I did tend to pop into the flushing version near the car when we were passing.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Abersoch 18 km|
|Nearest Amenities||9 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Liverpool John Lennon 170 km, Nearest railway: Porthmadog 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (1)|
|Further details indoors|
Communal facilities include: Fridge, freezer, toaster, kettle, WiFi, parking, bike storage.
1 composting loo + 1 comunual toilet and shower block
1 'bedroom' with double bed + 2 single futons
Sleeps 2 adults (+ 2 children)
Welcome hamper provided
The North Wales region
The domes are located on a small rural sheep farm just a stone’s throw away from the mountains of Snowdonia and the Beaches of Abersoch. The farm itself is two miles away from the nearest main road, so your peace and tranquility is assured. Long walks from your base are naturally possible but a short drive will take you to the more well trodden paths leading up Snowdon and the surrounding mountains.
In the other direction the beaches and coves of the Peninsula are a favorite of lots of our summer guests. The ever popular Abersoch as well as the market town and sailing harbour of Pwllheli attract thousands of visitors every year. But we’d also suggest also exploring quieter locations like Aberdaron, Porth Dinllaen and Criccieth.
Popular local attractions include the petting farm near Chwilog, Ffestiniog narrow gauge railway, Glasfryn Adventure Park and numerous castles and historical sites. But if I were you I’d spend most of your time mucking around in the stream, getting grass stains on your trousers, drinking hot chocolate from a tin cup and eating burnt sausages with beans for tea.