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Cae Gwyn Farm & Nature Reserve
Snowdonia National Park, North Wales
Coed Y Brenin
Gwynedd   (Browse area)
LL41 4YE
Tel: 01766 540245
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Pitches: Approx. 30 - 40 depending on size of tents
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 17 Reviews
                8/10 from 17 Reviews

 Tent Pitches   No Caravans   No Motorhomes   No Glamping Units 
 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 No Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant <5 miles   Wifi Access 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <5 miles   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   Tennis <5 miles 
 Beach <10 miles   Watersports <10 miles   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport On Site  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: _jon_ 1 review from this member

 Excellent site, great views and quiet although does get a bit noisier on weekends

Has all the facilities you'd ever need for camping; fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee machine, two washing up sinks, a bike wash area and lockup. Lots of showers, a wash room with three sinks, and four toilets.

You can park next to your tent and setup your tent wherever you like.

Great location opposite coed y brenin forest, 15 minutes from Dolgaleau, 20 minutes from Porthmadog.

Owners very friendly and helpful.

Definitely sets a benchmark where all campsites should aim for. 

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: HappyBiker 1 review from this member

 Stayed here on the bank holiday weekend (in the meadow field). After torrential rain the field coped remarkably well and cars were allowed back in there the following day.

There are superb views from the site and there is no traffic noise from the bottom field.

The facilities were spotless for the entire weekend. There is a separate toilet and shower next to the B&B barn and then unisex toilets and showers in another building. There were never any queues for the showers and they were hot (and free!).

The owners were extremely friendly and accommodating towards a late arrival on Friday.

I would not hesitate to recommend this site to anyone looking for peace and quiet and good views. It is 5 minutes from Coed Y Brenin mountain biking and approx. 30 - 40 mins from the Marin and Penmachno trails. At £8 for a tent per night it is good value. 

Date of Visit: September 2011 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Misskittykat 6 reviews from this member

 Arrived at campsite late afternoon, owner was really nice. The view from our pitch were fantastic.

The Owner let us choose our pitch, which we had plenty of space.

We went to a pub owner gave us a lift for £1. 00 each really handy. The pub near the holiday village food excellent and we got a choice of 10% off our food or a lift back. We chose a lift back.

About 20 mins from Port Merridon and 10 mins from the Slate Caverns.

Facilities need updated a bit.

Apart from that I would go back yes I would 

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: PatrickD 3 reviews from this member

 This was a really great campsite for me and my girlfriend to camp at. The location was beautiful and we were blessed with good weather. Not guaranteed, I understand! With its own pub and a steam railway station, and close proximity to Snowdonia, it was also convenient for us having landed in Holyhead on the ferry. The staff were helpful but unobtrusive and the facilities were cleaned every day. We liked it so much that we went back for 2 nights on our way home. I highly recommend this place and would go back without hesitation. 

Date of Visit: April 2011 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Delphi 36 reviews from this member

 The view from this hillside campsite is stunningly beautiful, and the main reason for recommending this place. A previous reviewer felt it was overpriced for the facilities, but the truth is, it is worth paying for the chance to enjoy that view. It is also perfectly situated for Coed Y Brenin mountain bike trails.

It is a small site, situated on sloping fields, below the A470 road between Portmadog and Dolgellau, miles from anywhere, and looking out over a wilderness.

The facilities are basic and I agree with a previous reviewer that they are a bit strangely organised and confusing. There seemed to be more showers than toilets - which is probably a good thing for all the walkers and cyclists who have been out all day building up a sweat - and there was always a queue even though the site was not filled to capacity. However, the owners told us they are keen to improve the place as much as they can so it is a work in progress.

Two things I must point out because of previous reviews:

The site is no longer Adults Only. The current owner took over the site 3 years ago, and welcomes well behaved families, but hasn't got around to changing this detail on the website. He has had some trouble already from campers who are not happy to share the site with kids. We camped with our 5 & 1 year old boys, next to people with a couple of 9 year old boys, and we had no issues. But this isn't a site for young kids to ride bikes or play for long hours unsupervised.

There is a mobile signal - depending on which mobile network you are on obviously. No problems at all on Orange. 


Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Cathymartin 3 reviews from this member

 We have just returned from a 5 night stay at Cae Gwyn Farm and had one of the best Holidays ever. We took the opportunity to get away by ourselves whilst our 9 year old son was away at cub camp. We arrived to a warm welcome despite the weather being rather wet. Due to us arriving on the Saturday of a Bank Holiday weekend the car park was packed but we managed to drive the car down to an almost level pitch. When we woke the next morning we discovered the beautiful view which was hidden the evening before by low cloud. The sunsets were amazing and on a clear night the stars were too!

I have a mixed opinion of the facilities, on the good side- Kettle, microwave, Fridge and Freezer, free warm showers, racks to dry wet clothes and towels and electric points for Hair dryers. The lay out of the facilities were unusual, they were literally in a barn, one side had one Pot wash sink and one hand wash sink, then behind a fence like partition were the two loos.

The Mens was a portaloo with a real loo inside and the ladies was built out of part of the barn. They were always clean but the ladies flush was a bit dodgy from time to time. The other side of the barn again divided by another Fence like partition was a work top with about four very small round stainless steel Sinks for men and Women to share and behind these were a couple of showers which were in a sort of Portable cabin within the barn, these were usually clean, although some people chose to ignore the sign to remove boots before entering.

There was an extra shower and Loo next to the B&B barn which were warmer and you are able to benefit from a little more luxury and have the use of the electric points to dry your hair or use the Clothes dryers to dry your towels.

There was a further Pot wash room next to the Camping barn which housed the Microwave, Kettle, Fridge and Freezer.The loos ran out of loo roll a couple of times during our stay and the washbasin in the loo next to the B&B Barn didn't look like it had been cleaned during the 5 days we were there. All the Facilities were good just really oddly laid out.

With the site being adults only the mornings were very relaxing and quiet and there was little noise after 10pm The young Adults in the Camping Barn were rather noisy but didn't really bother us. The Location was perfect for the Coed y brenin Mountain bike trails (Just over a mile down the road) and the secure bike store was really useful especially with us not cycling every day.

We drove to Dolgellau one evening for somewhere to eat and we were spoilt for choice with 2 Bistros, 3 pubs and a chip shop. The restaurant at Coed y brenin was good and is a good place to go for breakfast.

There is no Mobile signal on the campsite and I couldn't get my iphone to pick up the WiFi in the Farmyard. But if you drive about 5 minutes up the road towards Portmadog you should manage to get a signal. There are no supermarkets nearby but there's a shop in the nearby Holiday Park or you can drive to Portmadog where there's a Tesco. Snowdon is about 40-50 minutes drive away and we had a fabulous day climbing the Llanberis Track.

We had such a good time here that we really want to bring our son back with us, so will have to find another camp site to accommodate us. But I have to say I'm struggling to find another campsite in the area that offers secure bike lock up. Forgot to mention the resident Sheep dog was extremely friendly and it was hard to walk past without stoking her as she gave you such a look if you didn't! 

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Javiermi 2 reviews from this member

 Maybe the area around the camping site is very scenic, but the camping is expensive ( £15 for 2 people on a tent) and the facilities are lacking:

There are only 2 toilets - 1 for men and 1 for women - and 2 showers

It was also unfortunate that you could not drive to the tent area - due to terrain apparently wet and muddy - which made moving all of the stuff from / to the tent a lot of voyages

Owners were friendly, though

If the price had been cheaper, we would have accepted the limitations, but for that money we expected more 

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: BETAcampers 2 reviews from this member

 Beautiful setting for a lovely weekend away.

My husband and I stayed for two nights. Hardly another sole in sight apart from a couple of tents with mountain bikers in.

Facilities were adequate-power points for hairdryers which is always good.

Fridge and freezer for campers to use.

Apart from a swarm of flying ants and mosquitoes (due to time of year) it was a perfect stay. Peaceful and we returned home relaxed and revitalises. 

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Davidjr 2 reviews from this member

 Stayed here for one night to see what it was like and fell in love with it straight away! Travelled from Leicester in the midlands over in one day (3 hours drive) for one night but was well worth it. The scenery is breathtaking as you sit outside your tent and just can't take your eyes off it when your cooking your evening meal. The owners are very friendly and have much time to show newcomers all the facilities. The Toilet blocks/showers are very good with running water 24 hours and the owners even provide eco friendly washing agents free of charge - which I find very odd. I would charge for them myself! The site is adults only (14 years and over) which we find great because everyone shows an interest in keeping the place clean and disposing of their waste according to the collection process in the region.

You also have the option of having a lie in, in the morning as there are no kids to wake you at 7am for a go on their new bicycle. (Not got a thing about kids - but visited many campsites).

The site is very well positioned for the mountain bike trails and we understand it is very good for the walkers.

So - we booked three weekends in August to go mountain bike riding from the farm to coed y brenin, and have just returned from our first weekend trip at the farm. 8th and 9th August.

What do we think? Well! We will be returning on many occasions to use the facilities as they are excellent at the farm. Road noise is minimal as it's alongside an A road but between 12-7am it is very low. But what can people expect from an A road. The views from the farm camping areas are breathtaking and add to the feeling of being close to nature. We did visit a pub up in the hills above the campsite (which is part of a caravan park) not bad - but found the view equal too or little better than from the campsite so decided in future just to stay where we were in the grounds of the farm and enjoy the peacefulness of our tent surroundings and have all the amenities free for us to enjoy.

If it's a cheap holiday away from where you live then we would recommend it hands down too!

All in all you couldn't wish for a better location/facilities and the hosts are doing their utmost to help the environment too!

Will be back in two weeks time unless the hosts see this and object! 

Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Sirius60 1 review from this member

 I stayed here during the week and thought it was an excellent site. The new family that have taken over the site are very friendly and welcoming. As I went mid week I was a bit surprised by there being a few school parties there, either doing Duke of Edinburgh award or on school trips but the youngsters didnít cause any problems, and the owners son did tell me they would be arriving before I paid so I had the choice to stay or not.

I think there may only be three toilets for camperís one male, one female and one mixed and Iím not sure how many showers as I only used the facilities adjoining the camping barn, which were excellent and the shower was free.

The other really good thing about this site is that it can accommodate all your friends, those that want to get back to nature in a tent and those who want a bit more luxury in a B & B.

If I had to pick one negative it would be the sites proximity to A470 which meant you did hear some traffic but the fact that it is literally just up the road from Coed Y Brenin, made up for that. 

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