Pop-Up Yurt – Tommy
Tommy is ideal for family glamping in Snowdonia National Park and for couples who would like plenty of space. 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.
Tommy sleeps up to 4 people and is the pop-up yurt to book if you would like the convenience of Glamping in the Glade. Tommy is named after Tommy Nutter, the Barmouth born tailor who dressed The Beatles and David Bowie and created Jack Nicholson’s costume for The Joker in Batman.
Tommy comes kitted out with a proper double bed with a quality extra thick mattress and two single sofa beds. A wood burning stove made by artisan stove maker Windy Smithy keeps the yurt cosy. The yurt is on a beautiful wooden base made by local craftsman Dan from Adventures in Wood. There is bespoke furniture, floor rugs, warm Welsh tapestry blankets and sheep skins on the beds.
A simple covered camp kitchen tent is pitched in a new sheltered spot between the yurt and a beautiful old dry stone wall. The private kitchen provides a 2 ring camping gas stove and all the cooking equipment, plates, cutlery etc you will need. There’s a picnic table, fairy lights and we give you a couple of lanterns to use. There is also a fire pit and grill for BBQs. Just bring your own double bedding or sleeping bags, pillows, towels and food and enjoy a very special corner of Snowdonia National Park…
Glamping in the Glade
Between March until the end of October, Tommy pops-up in The Glade, a secret silver birch glade just off the beaten track from the main camp site. The accommodation feels private although you will see your fellow glampers nearby in our new Shepherd’s Hut and two hand-built yurts screened by trees. Although Tommy and the Shepherd’s Hut are quite close by, each has their own private area. You can park by the yurt.
Loo and Shower
There is a hot shower and nice clean compost loo a few steps away. Further conventional loos with wash basins and hot water, and hot showers are about 100 metres away shared with the rest of the camp site.
Update July 2020 – While the Welsh Government requires holiday accommodation to be self contained with guests using their own kitchens and bathrooms that no other guests use, there is a dedicated loo and washroom for guests in Tommy about 100 metres away. When shared bathroom facilities are permitted again, guests in Tommy will share the compost loo and hot shower which is closer and shared with no more than 6 other guests from the shepherd’s hut and small yurt.
We take group bookings by arrangement for Glamping in the Glade but this magical area is very peaceful and quiet at night.
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 locally. You can pre-order freshly baked croissants.
What we provide and what you should bring
In the yurt
Proper double bed and two single futon 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
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. Free wifi is available in this area.
There is access to a fridge/freezer as well as the coolbox in the yurt.
What you should bring
Bedding, sleeping bags, pillows etc
Washing up liquid, tea towel and dish cloths
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!
Tommy 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/Saturday 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
Wild Weather Glamping Tips
A few words about what to expect
The climate in North Wales during winter can be unpredictable. The first snow on the hills can fall in November and we can still have snow in early April, although we rarely experience much snowfall at Graig Wen as we are near sea level. Temperatures have been quite moderate in recent years, but 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 book 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
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 a gas hob for cooking in the kitchen tent. 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 under kitchen shelter
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.
Tips for searching for availability
Choose a dark green date to check in. To meet minimum stay requirements in peak season/bank holidays, search for 3 nights from Friday check in or 4 nights from Monday check in. For week long bookings or shorter stays last minute please call. For the 2020 Early May Bank holiday, you can check in for 3 nights on either Thursday or Friday