Pop-Up Yurt – Idris
Idris is one of our two pop-up glamping yurts in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. Idris sleeps up to 4 people and is the pop-up yurt to book if you fancy some winter glamping or wild glamping in summer. Check out our Late Deals page for special offers and please make sure you are aware of which location you are booking depending on the time of year.
From 1 March 2019 until the end of April Idris is sited close to the hot showers and heated wash block of the top site along with a few camper vans and caravans. You can park by the yurt in its winter location and check in time is flexible. Idris has additional insulation and a new wooden front door to help keep in the warmth from the woodburner and radiator. Winter glampers benefit from electricity to boil a kettle and cook and for additional heating and lighting. In the depths of winter the kitchen shelter is removed due to high winds, and there’s an electric hob to cook inside the yurt instead. Whether it’s cold and crisp or wet and wild outside, come properly prepared and you’ll be warm and cosy by the woodburner after some walking, biking or star-gazing. Check out our tips for winter glamping below.
You can see the different locations of Idris for winter glamping and wild glamping on our Site Maps page – but do feel free to call and check before booking.
What’s a Pop-up yurt?
Our pop-up yurts are so called because they move to different locations around the site depending on the season. Unlike our more traditional hand-crafted yurts, the pop-up yurts are made of modern materials which are easy to move but still robust and fully waterproof.
Idris is named after the giant said to be so large that his throne is the summit of one of Wales’ most iconic mountains – Cader Idris (meaning the throne of Idris), which overlooks Dolgellau.
What’s in the yurt?
Idris comes kitted out with a proper double bed with a quality extra thick mattress and two single sofa beds. Stay cosy inside by the wood burning stove or star-gaze outside around a fire-pit. The yurt is on a beautiful wooden base made by local craftsman Dan and there is bespoke furniture, floor rugs, and warm Welsh tapestry blankets and sheep skins on the beds.
A simple covered camp kitchen right outside the yurt provides a 2 ring camping gas stove and all the cooking equipment, plates, cutlery, cool box etc you will need. You can also BBQ on the fire-bowl – we recommend trying Sausage Sue’s burgers and bangers available from our small shop! Relax over a local craft ale at the picnic bench lit by twinkling fairy lights. From May until October, Idris is off grid, so there is simple solar lighting and we provide you with a lantern – we are in Snowdonia National Park Dark Skies Reserve so you’ll need it to find your way to the loo at night! We are happy to recharge phones etc for you in reception, and there is also a wifi point for those who don’t want to switch off completely!
Just bring your own double bedding or sleeping bags, towels and food and enjoy a very special corner of Snowdonia National Park…
From the early May Bank Holiday 2019 Idris pops-up in a wild corner of our lower tent camping fields until late September. In the wild location you camp in a secret, private area with your own camp fire, huge old oak trees and views up the valley. You will truly experience deep peace and tranquility here with birdsong your only soundtrack.
There is a clean and airy eco-loo a few steps away. The showers are a few minutes walk across the meadow in our new shower trailer. For this reason we recommend glamping in Idris is suitable for adults and older children seeking an active, wild adventure. Dogs on leads are welcome too. For families with very young children or those who prefer to be closer to washing facilities and their car, we recommend Glamping in the Glade might suit you better.
Guests booking wild glamping are given a lift from the car parking area with their kit to the pitch if they arrive between 2 and 4pm. Outside of these times wheelbarrows are provided to take your stuff across the meadows. PLEASE NOTE LAST CHECK IN FOR SUMMER GLAMPING IS 6.45PM due to the remote and wild location of Idris. We will not accept any arrivals for Idris after dusk – please plan accordingly or you will be asked to arrive the next morning.
The pop-up yurt is perfect if you fancy travelling light and trying a car-free holiday. It’s easy to get to Graig Wen and get around on public transport. Bike hire is available on site or locally (we just have 2 adult bikes for hire) and we can arrange to collect you from the local train station at Morfa Mawddach. You can pre-order a breakfast hamper or freshly baked croissants.
What we provide and what you should bring
In the yurt
Proper double bed and two single pull-out chair beds (please bring your own sleeping bags/bedding and pillows)
Wood burning stove – we provide basket of logs, kindling and firelighters – more for sale on site
Hot water bottles
Washstand with basin, jug and Hand sanitiser
Simple lighting but please bring torches
Full Local Information Pack
Winter location only – electric kettle, lighting and heater as well as the wood burner
In the outdoor Camp kitchen
2 ring gas cooker
Saucepans, plates, cutlery, mugs, beakers etc for 4 people
Cool box and ice-packs
Waste bin and bin bags
Washing up bowl
You can charge up phones etc in reception
What you should bring
Bedding, sleeping bags, pillows etc
Washing up liquid
Warm clothes (it can get cold at night even in summer), suitable footwear for outside and slippers for inside
Insect repellant can be handy in muggy summer weather
Ear plugs and an eye mask if you don’t want to wake up with the dawn chorus!
Idris Pop-Up Yurt Prices
From £60 – £125 / night
Outside of school holidays minimum 2 night bookings (3 nights on bank holidays)
During school holidays we book the yurts for 3 nights Friday to Monday and 4 nights Monday to Friday.
You can check availability for glamping and book online by searching for availability to arrive on a Friday to stay for 2 or 3 nights or Monday to stay for 2 or 4 nights. Week long bookings run from Friday to Friday – please call to book. We are sorry we do not offer one night stays.
Check prices and availability online or call us on 01341 250482
When booking with Graig Wen you are entering into a binding contract with us.
References to ‘us’ and ‘we’ in these Conditions relate to Graig Wen and references to ‘you’ or ‘your’ relate to the person making the booking and all members of the holiday party. When we email confirmation of a reservation to you, we enter into a contract with you, which is subject to these Booking Conditions.
- Your Booking – We will confirm your reservation and email you a Welcome Pack when we receive your deposit (25%) or full payment if you book less than 6 weeks before your stay. Please check your booking confirmation and tell us of any errors immediately. You must be over 18 to make a booking.
- Payment – You have 24 hours in which to pay your 25% deposit/full payment from the date you make your reservation. We will debit this from your card if you book on line. If money is not received in this time we reserve the right to offer the holiday to other enquirers. The balance is due at least 6 weeks before your arrival date. Please make a note to call us to pay by card before then on 01341 250482. Non payment of your balance, when this becomes due, will constitute cancellation of the holiday and forfeiture of the deposit payment. If we do not receive your balance by due date we will attempt to re-let the accommodation.
- The charge includes VAT and a sack of logs for the wood-burning stove. Further logs are available to buy on site or locally.
- The accommodation is let for holiday use only, for the time specified.
- Cancellation or Changes by YOU – It is essential that you let us know immediately if you need to cancel your booking. Please telephone us and confirm in writing. If you cancel:
– more than 6 weeks before your arrival date you will lose your 25% deposit payment. We will refund any other payments made by you.
– less than 6 weeks before your arrival date you will lose your 25% deposit payment. We will attempt to re-let your holiday. If we are able to re-let for the whole period originally booked at the same price you we will refund the balance, less a £20 administration fee, at your request on the day you were due to check out. If we are unable to re-sell your holiday you will not be refunded any money paid and we will not transfer your booking.
We strongly recommend that guests take out their own travel insurance to cover this eventuality.
Cancellation or Changes by US – Once we have issued you with a confirmation we will do our very best not to make any changes to your booking or to cancel it. Sometimes though changes do occur before and after bookings have been confirmed, and very occasionally confirmed bookings have to be cancelled. We promise to do all we can to avoid changes and cancellations but must reserve the right to do so.
6. Your safety – Graig Wen’s landscape includes some steep slopes and trees and parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring their children explore safely.
7. Pets – Well behaved pets that are supervised at all times are welcome. Dogs must be kept on a lead as sheep graze across the site and dogs may get on to the road. Please contact us if you would like to bring more than one pet. Pets must not be allowed on the furniture or beds so please bring appropriate bedding. At no time are pets to be left unattended. Fouling on site and any other mess made must be cleared up. Owners are liable for any damage caused.
8. Smoking – No smoking is allowed inside the accommodation.
9. Arrival and Departure – Unless special arrangements have been agreed, the normal earliest arrival time is 3:00pm on the holiday start date and last check in is 6pm. You must vacate the accommodation by 10am on the departure date. Alternative times can occasionally be arranged on request but please note that for Idris in its Wild Glamping Location there are strictly no arrivals after 7pm/dusk. This is due to the wild and remote location which is unlit. Please plan accordingly as you will be asked to arrive the next morning if you expect to arrive after 7pm.
If you do not contact us and you have not arrived by noon on the day following the holiday start date we will treat your holiday as having been cancelled by you and you will not be entitled to any refund.
10. You agree to look after the accommodation. This means you must keep all furniture, fittings and effects, (inside or outside) in the same state of repair and condition as at the start of the holiday, and leave it clean and tidy. If you break these conditions we can make an additional cleaning charge and/or make a claim against you for repair or loss as a result of damage caused. You are expected to show due consideration for other people, including other guests, local residents and our staff. If you abuse the property or display dangerous or offensive behavior towards the owners or other third party, we can refuse to allow you possession of the property or ask you to leave before the end of the holiday. If this happens we will treat your holiday as having been cancelled by you and you will not be entitled to any refund.
You must allow us access to the property at any reasonable time during your holiday.
If you have special requests or needs you are responsible for telling us at the time of booking. If you have a disability that may affect your holiday please tell us before you confirm your booking. We will do our best to accommodate you but will let you know if we are not able to meet your needs.
11. Dissatisfaction – It makes us happy if you enjoy your holiday. If you have any problems, please let us know so we can do our best to sort them out while you are here.
12. The owners shall not be liable for any loss or damage to visitor’s property, however caused.
Number of people using the accommodation should not exceed the number agreed when booking. Please check with us first if you would like to have any visitors as there may not be any parking space available for them.
Tips for glamping in winter and wild Welsh weather!
A few words about what to expect in the colder months
The climate in North Wales during winter can be unpredictable. The first snow on the hills can fall in November and it has been known to snow in April, although we rarely experience much snowfall at Graig Wen as we are near sea level. Temperatures were unpredictable last year, so certainly be prepared for frosty mornings, strong winds and heavy rain!
On the plus side, conditions change quickly and though you might wake up on a wet morning, by the afternoon the hills can be bathed in sunshine, rainbows pop up and you can look forward to a clear night of star-gazing or a moon-lit wander…
The yurt is robust and will keep you dry as the wind roars around on a stormy night, but remember you are in a big tent (albeit with added luxuries including a woodburner!) and will need to pack plenty of warm /waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear.
Bring a sense of adventure and enthusiasm for outdoor life in winter and you will have a memorable experience – if this isn’t for you then you might like to consider booking one of our cottages with central heating or an en suite room in The Slate Shed B & B on site instead!
If you are aiming to climb a mountain during your trip, it’s always worth having a plan B in case of poor weather conditions. We’re very happy to advise on alternative walks and activities and cosy places to refuel afterwards…
What is provided in winter
The yurts have woodburning stoves, an electric heater, warm Welsh rugs, hot water bottles and a fire pit with grill for BBQing outside
There is an electric kettle and plug sockets for charging phones in the yurt.
There is an electric point for plugging in hairdryers in the heated camp site showers. The wash block with loos is also heated.
There is an electric hob for cooking inside the yurt. There is a microwave you can use in the camp site honesty shop. Please do not bring a toaster to use in the yurt as it may blow the electrics!
There are electric lights in the yurt, battery powered tea lights and solar lights in the kitchen area
Cooking utensils, pans, cups, plates, cutlery and utensils such as a grater, small cafetiere, BBQ tongs
Teabags, instant coffee and sugar
Cool box and freezer access for freezing ice blocks
Double bed and two single pullout chair beds
Picnic table outside
Showers, toilets and washing up area a short walk away on camp site
Parking for one car by the yurt
Local Information Pack, wifi (rural!) near the showers, 4G coverage (not 02)
What to Bring
Torches / head torch battery lanterns – we are in Snowdonia National Park Dark Skies Reserve so it is very dark at night!
Bedding and pillows – (for standard double and 2 single beds)
Warm clothes for hanging out and sleeping in
Waterproof clothing for getting out and about whatever the weather
Washing up liquid – we provide bin bags, a dishcloth and tea towels
Food & Drink – or shop locally in Dolgellau or Fairbourne where there are excellent independent shops and 2 supermarkets. We also sell a range of local craft beers and wine etc on site.
We provide a cool box and a couple of ice packs but you may want to bring extra cool bags.
A sleeping mask / ear plugs if you don’t want to wake up at sunrise with the dawn chorus!
Wellies / walking boots / slippers – wellies are useful but the yurts are near gravel walkways and there is matting in the kitchen area so it is not too muddy.
Shoes should not be worn inside so bringing your slippers is a cosy idea.
Books, games and stories for the camp fire or perhaps pre-download a movie
If you are bringing your dog – lead/long line, bed and bowls, dog coat for pampered pooches.