When the 7 acre site now known as Glan Yr Afon was first purchased in
1964, the only building was a 17th century Welsh stone cottage, complete with an integral pig shed (latterly converted to a small, intimate chapel area).
Today, the cottage remains and serves as a meeting room/gift shop, warmed in cold weather by a wood burning stove. Over the intervening years, the cottage has been joined by a fully equipped kitchen, and a main hall seating approx. 150, which currently is the venue for most indoor activities, including dining and socialising.
Our six well provisioned cabins are warm and cosy in the winter and a cool respite in the summer months, and include a spacious living area with sofa bed and seating, two double bedrooms which can be configured to provide either a 5’double bed or two 2’6” single beds in each room, a separate shower/toilet room with hand basin, and a kitchenette area with a counter fridge, sink, integral electric rings, and a microwave oven /grill, complete with all necessary crockery and cutlery to feed six.
Having withstood the ravages of extreme weather of the Llyn peninsula for over 15 years – including 100 mph + gales, the cabins remain the popular choice of accommodation for all seasons Outside the accommodation area, an extensive decking area provides a seating / relaxation area to enjoy the pure air, or at night, to marvel at the night sky where stars, planets and even constellations can be seen with the naked eye in a way only possible in areas such as this, being free of all light pollution.
The five new elegant ‘glamping’ pods provide privacy as a compact but comfortable alternative to traditional camping and wooden cabins. These can be configured to accommodate either a double bed or two single beds, or into a mini bunk house sleeping 6 people in traditional camping fashion.
Insulated, heated and double skinned, these wooden pods are fitted with power points, lighting and wifi connection, ideal for the modern traveller.
Additionally to the cabins and ‘pods’ there are 16 hook ups for those wishing to use their own caravan/motorhome as a base from which to explore this area of outstanding natural beauty, with laundry services provided by the on site, self serve launderette. Toilet and shower facilities are provided by a purpose built communal block.
With over 6 acres available for outdoor activities, there are extensive open areas used for volleyball, football, obstacle course activities, and an area set aside for Archery classes.
Off site activities include the ability to enjoy the exhilaration on our jet ski ride around the bay, or a more sedate ride in our own powerboat to the local islands and/or Bardsey to see the Puffins and/or seals.
The site at Glan Yr Afon is situated between the former fishing village of Aberdaron and the foot of Mynydd (Mount) Anelog, an ideal location to take the coastal path to Fishermans bay or to descend to the sandy beach leading to Aberdaron. A mile or so along the road is ‘The Point’ a high vantage point offering views of the local coastal ouline, stunning views of Bardsey Island, and occasionally on a still clear night, if you have the luck of the Irish, even the lights of Dublin can be seen. Reconnecting with nature is an inevitable experience when you visit Glan Yr Afon. Pure air, clear skies and water, and the sounds of nature are your constant companions free from the constant intrusion of modern day technology. Peace and tranquillity are easily found as you experience and enjoy the ‘sound of silence.’
The stresses of everyday life are left far behind, and the joys of simple living experienced as you enjoy bread and pastries baked fresh that morning in the village bakery, or take a break in one of the village cafes before walking the unspoilt beach or a splash in the sea. Pleasure means different things to different people, and in North Wales there is something for every taste.
In addition to the local natural attractions, the nearby villages of LLanbedrog and Abersoch offer additional beautiful beaches, an art gallery, bistro cafes/ restaurants and retail fashion stores for both men and women. Nefyn offer a superb links golf course with amazing scenery, whilst Pwllheli offers a golf course - part parkland/part links, with the attractions of a busy Wednesday market and the departure point for a stunning rail journey around Cardigan Bay to the market town of Machynlleth, the ancient capital of Wales.
Slightly further on, the delights of Snowdonia await, and Portmadog, the departure point for the classic steam train journey through spectacular scenery to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
In addition to the restorative benefits of our natural environment, guests can chose to self cater, or to join one of our 5 day residential ‘special interest’ retreats where our genuine home cooked vegetarian dishes delight the palate, based upon using only the best local produce in season.