Self Catering Accommodation – The Empress Wagon
Self Catering Accommodation
For easy family glamping in Snowdonia National Park and for couples or friends who prefer a few mod cons, Empress is cosy and stylish with en suite facilities – great self catering accommodation for hikers, cyclists & mountain bikers, trail runners.
• En suite shower and flushing loo • Sleeps up to 4 • Electric light and heating • USB charger • wifi • Parking nearby • Fire pit and fairy lights • One dog or 2 smaller dogs welcome
Enjoy our fantastic location from the comfort of our only en suite wagon!
The larger of our two Quarry Wagons, Empress, can sleep 4 in a standard size double bed and 2 optional 6ft 1″ bunk beds/seating area. The small en suite shower room is heated and also has a wash basin and flushing loo.
The wagon is fully insulated with an infrared heater for instant warmth at the flick of a switch. There’s electric lighting, a USB charge point and wifi.
You can whip up simple meals in the kitchenette with a gas hob, sink and cool box inside the wagon . Cooking implements and crockery are provided. There’s also use of a fridge freezer close at hand. Four people can sit around a dining table over which the double bed simply pulls down at bedtime.
Double bedding is provided so just bring towels and sleeping bags for bunks if needed.
Please note the top bunk is not suitable for children aged 6 years or under.
You can park one vehicle right by the wagon so it’s easy to get settled in with your luggage.
Order takeaway croissants and barista coffee for breakfast then sit back and relax around your fire-pit with a chilled craft beer from our shop!
Snowdonia Accommodation Made With Welsh Timber
We built the wagons from scratch to our own design, just as we did with Jones, our shepherd’s hut. The wagons are clad with rosy Douglas Fir timber produced locally and ecologically in the Esgair Forest. The forest is part of the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere Reserve, which supports sustainable livelihoods based on healthy environments. The wagon’s sleek interior is made from sustainable birch plywood, giving it a light and airy modern feel.
You can see pictures of how we built it here.
Outdoor Space at Our Campsites in Snowdonia Wales
The setting for Graig Wen campsite is simply stunning. The views, and woods, the thoughtful extra touches like hammocks and communal camping fire spots, were lovely to discover. The campsite is brilliantly run too – extremely useful and informative custom App, freezer packs to borrow, and the morning pastries all added to the ease and enjoyment of our trip. We stayed in the Empress wagon, which us and our two kids (and dog!) absolutely loved – so well designed and cosy. Highly recommended all round!
What are quarry wagons?
Why the names Empress and Small Duchess?
What we provide and what you should bring
When you book you will be emailed a link to your Welcome Guide (it works like an app on your phone). You’ll find all the info you need for self-check in and planning you stay, from what to bring to our tips for cool places to eat, hidden gems, local walks etc.
- Proper double bed and two optional full size bunk beds (bedding provided for double bed – for bunks please bring your own sleeping bags/bedding and pillows)
- Small en suite heated shower room with flushing loo
- USB charger and wifi
- Electric lighting
- Infrared heater
- 2 ring gas cooker
- Saucepans, plates, cutlery, mugs, beakers etc for 4 people
- Waste bin and bin bags
- Washing up sink with hot and cold water
- Door lockable from inside and outside
- Fridge / Freezer access
- Private seating area with picnic bench
- Fire pit – logs, kindling and firelighters for sale on site
- One car parking space near wagon
What you should bring
- Download your Guest Welcome Guide for full details
There are a couple of steps up to Empress. There is a step up into the double bed. Those with bad back problems may not want to push the fold down bed back up, but it has a spring on it so most people find it fine. Those bringing very young children may want to bring side bars for the lower bunk which is about 1 foot off the ground. The upper bunk has side bars but we recommend this is only for use by children aged 6 years and over. you can read more access information at Graig Wen here.
From £95 – £130 / night
2 night minimum bookings outside of school holidays. Sorry no check ins on Sundays
During School / Bank holidays and other peak times we book the wagons for 3/ 7 nights Friday to Monday and 4 / 7 nights Monday to Friday.
You can check availability, prices and book online by using the calendar on this page. We are sorry we do not offer one night stays.
Tips on searching for availability
Choose a dark green date to check in. 2 nights minimum except for peak times like school holidays when you should search for 3 or 7 nights from Friday check in or 4 or 7 nights from Monday check in.
Fabulous place to stay! The Empress Wagon was beautiful, the site was well laid out. I’d recommend to anyone!
Would thoroughly recommend Graig Wen to anyone, the location, amenities, everything had been thought out and designed around the camper to ensure a perfect stay. We were in one of the newly renovated Quarry Wagons (The Empress) which had everything you could need, kitchenette, small toilet and shower and every inch of the space maximised with nifty storage solutions. Personal touches like treats for my dog and a personalised card really showed Sarah and John went the extra mile. The app is excellent for recommendations and answered any possible questions you could have, in Covid times it was also noted that the appropriate guidelines were being followed. The site never felt crowded at any point either. Walks along the estuary to Barmouth and Fairbourne are all easily accessed at the bottom of the hill on the site. Will be returning.