Snowdonia Holidays During any Season

You can choose any time of year for a self catering holiday Wales at Graig Wen. Ask a local and lots will say Autumn and winter are their favourite times in Snowdonia. Snowdonia National Park stays open all year round for hiking holidays, cycling holidays or just relaxing in epic scenery. The moody landscape and sunsets over the sea are a photographer’s dream at this time of year.  The night skies can be awesome for star-gazing.

Stay in the comfort of a Snowdonia self catering holiday cottage here on the Mawddach Estuary or at our cosy Dolgellau holiday cottage. If you’re looking for glamping Snowdonia, a yurt holiday Wales or Snowdonia camping, choose a wild escape at Graig Wen.

What to do Near Our Glamping Snowdonia Site

Head to the beaches at Fairbourne or Barmouth for a windswept walk. There’s loads of room for dogs – and kids – to let off steam. The nearest route up our local mountain, Cader Idris, can be walked in around 5 hours on a winter’s day before darkness falls. Don’t forget your head torch though!

If it’s not mountain hiking weather, pick a lower level walk like The Precipice Walk which is great to do from our Dolgellau holiday cottage. Or wander the Mawddach Trail up to Arthog waterfalls. Bring you binoculars to watch the wildlife on the Mawddach Estuary including curlews, little egrets and oystercatchers.

If you’ve chosen a glamping Snowdonia break with us, light a camp fire at dusk and you’re bound to hear the tawny owls and see bats.

Other attractions nearby include the extraordinary Italianate village Portmeirion and steam trains at Fairbourne, Talyllyn and the Ffestiniog Railway – all picturesque places to enjoy Autumn colours. Harlech Castle is open year round and there are any number of thrilling activities at Zip World.  Cycle along the flat and scenic Mawddach Trail or ride the mountain bike trails in the stunning forest at Coed y Brenin.  Bike hire is available locally.

Where to Eat or Shop for Your Self Catering Holiday Wales

There’s plenty of cosy pubs, places to eat and shops within 10 minutes drive of Graig Wen or a short walk from the door of our holiday cottage Dolgellau. In Dolgellau, you can dine on tasty wood fired pizzas at super dog friendly pub The Stag Inn and enjoy a hearty Sunday lunch at The Torrent. In the atmospheric Y Sospan bistro, an historic former courthouse, they serve popular festive baguettes (get there early or pre-order if you don’t want to miss out!). Also in Dolgellau you’ll find probably the best cake in Wales at T.H. Roberts cafe, affectionately known by locals as just “TH”.  It’s 20 minutes by bike from Graig Wen to the George III pub, 5 minutes drive or you can time your hour and a half walk there along the Mawddach Trail and get the bus back. The Penbryn Bar and Grill by Fairbourne beach is dog friendly and serves excellent steaks and burgers. Seaside fish and chips from The Mermaid in Barmouth is a must!

Shop Local

Support our friendly independent businesses by shopping local for food at places in Dolgellau like Popty’r Dref bakery (try their honey buns) and Roberts Butchers which has been in the family for generations – their dry cured bacon is how bacon should taste! The friendly and knowledgeable folk at Dylanwad Wine will help you select a great value wine or perhaps a local gin. Hendre Hall Farm Shop is new and just around the coast in Llwyngwril. The shop has a good range of Welsh products including super tasty pies which can be enjoyed with a pint in their cafe/bar area.

Chose your stay

Choose your self catering holiday Wales from:

Snowdonia Holiday cottages – short self catering Wales breaks are available over the Autumn/winter months at our cosy holiday cottage Dolgellau and at Graig Wen.

Glamping Snowdonia – Available until early January are Jones the Shepherd’s Hut with its wood burning stove, Empress wagon with its en suite shower and loo or Small Duchess quarry wagon. All are well insulated with heating so are warm whatever the weather. Each has a firebowl outside so you can enjoy a beer or hot toddy out under the stars here in Snowdonia Dark Skies Reserve.  Wales yurt holidays are available until the end of October. 

Snowdonia camping – we have a handful of camper van pitches open until early January.  All are hardstanding with electric hook up if you need it.  We have hot showers, lovely clean loos and a campfire area in the woods with fairy lights.




Helping You Make the Most of Your Yurt Holiday Wales

We give you the inside tips on the best places to eat out, what you need to pre-book, walks from the door and much more in our Guest Welcome Guide/App.  It saves you time researching what not to miss and makes planning your trip easy. Check out the link to your personalised Guest Welcome guide in your booking confirmation.

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