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9.7

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General

  • Adult-only pitches in a wild area of a working farm near Cemmaes
  • Wildlife haven: look out for buzzards, newts, toads and otters
  • Wild swimming allowed in the lake; beaches half an hour's drive away

Hankering after some time hanging out with some proper wildlife? Pitch up at Powys site Gwalia Farm and you’ll be sharing the place with dragonflies, frogs, newts, buzzards, glow worms, and even the occasional otter.

Tread carefully around the spacious pitches field or pick a spot by the lake – either way, you stand a good chance of spotting some of these beasts around these parts (and as it’s an adults-only site there aren’t any excitable kids to scare them off either…) And if you like your animal sightings to be completely guaranteed? This is a working farm, so just take a stroll around and you’ll encounter resident goats, sheep and chickens; there’s also a sizeable organic veg plot to cast an eye over if you’re into such things.

Being a site that aims to disturb the local ecosystem as little as possible, the facilities here are kept low-key; the team have flattened some parts of the field for easy pitching and installed a compost loo and a sink, and there’s access to treated spring water in the next field. Itching for a hot shower? Ask in advance at the farmhouse and they’ll sort that for a small extra charge. If you’re not fazed by chillier water you’re welcome to take a dip in the lake instead (careful how you go, though – it’s a wild lake, and there’s no safety kit).

Campfire cookery is a fine plan if you’re spending an evening in; pick up supplies at the shops and market 15 minutes’ drive away in Machynlleth. Not up for that? A pub is five minutes’ drive away in Cemmaes.


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9.7

Overall rating based on 18 reviews

 

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100% would stay here again.

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Really nice place and firepit facilities available.18/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLaura M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Lots of space & good distance between pitches. Lovely helpful owner.

    Disliked: 

    Noisy cows from 6am, a lot of sheep poo around tent pitch areas, sheep pass through so you may need to keep your dog on a lead.

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Lovely, quiet site, with wonderful views.31/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJonathan M.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Location is wonderful - remote, away from roads, lovely views. The pitches are large, and each has a fire-pit. Very quiet at night, with no light pollution.

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Absolutely loved staying here. A beautiful quiet site with everything …26/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSarah P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Absolutely loved staying here. A beautiful quiet site with everything you need for a proper camping experience without feeling like you're really roughing it. Was lovely to have to pass the cows and sheep in order for a toilet trip. We absolutely loved being able to walk around the site, going in the lake and walking through the fields and woods around. Brilliant value for money and would definitely recommend to anyone.

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The ladies that run the site are friendly and really helpful.19/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJennifer D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    All of it. Lovely quiet site in the middle of nowhere. There are five pitches all separated by streams and long grass which gives the feeling of privacy. We took two dogs with us. Was lovely to be able to let them off the leads to run around on our pitch where they were not bothering anyone else.

    I was a bit worried about using the compost toilet but was lovely and clean with no smell. That was an experience in itself!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing. Site was perfect.

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A wonderful quiet and peaceful place, with minimum intervention, keeping …15/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBen E.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    A wonderful quiet and peaceful place, with minimum intervention, keeping its natural character. Swimming in the dark lake with dragonflies was magical! Thanks for the stay.

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Super basic camping.01/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Peace and tranquility.

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Excellent site for those who like quiet.22/07/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPAULA D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Peaceful. No car noise. No traffic. Good fire pits. Not too many rules. Friendly people. Great location. Cool Eco toilet.

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The solitude, the tranquility. Peaceful swimming in the lake, the …16/07/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHelen E.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The solitude, the tranquility. Peaceful swimming in the lake, the fire in the evening.
    The friendly, unintrusive owners and their delicious sausages.
    Everything, and the sun shone!

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Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaul E.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Everything. The owners are cool lovely people.

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Completely back to basics, clean pitches, very private, just wonderful10/07/2019

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    Peaceful
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Features

Rules

Adults only

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Location

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  • Gwalia, Cemmaes, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales, SY20 9PZ
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.6287°N 3.6943°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Dolgellau: Eldon Square Coach Stop — 11.3 miles
Llanidloes: The Gro Bus Station — 14.1 miles
Llandinam (Powys): Coach Stop — 14.7 miles
Train stations
Machynlleth Rail Station — 7.1 miles
Dovey Junction Rail Station — 10.6 miles
Caersws Rail Station — 13.5 miles
Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing — 16.0 miles
Barmouth Ferry Landing — 16.3 miles
Airports
Anglesey Airport — 55.7 miles

Directions


From Cemmaes, turn up the hill (left if travelling west, right if travelling east). Don't turn off towards Brynmeirig/Treehouses but continue up the hill. At the top, the road takes a sharp right, goes down a steep hill and then turns sharp left. Just past Troed-y-Ffordd, Gwalia is the next property – look for a yellow farmhouse. There is a sign on the entrance to the camping field, on the left past the house; pitch where you like, then drop by the house to say hello.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Warm up with a wander around the farm, then get out for lengthier walks – the Cambrian Way, Dyfi Valley Way and Glyndŵr's Way long-distance paths all run past the farm, and there are tons of trails to follow in the Snowdonia National Park, about 15 minutes’ drive away.

Keen to get closer to some of the big birds you’ve spied on site? Sign up for a session at Falconry Experience Wales, 20 minutes’ drive away. And if you’re inspired to create a nature sanctuary of your own, or just pick up tips on how to make your life a little more eco-friendly? Pay a visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology (20 minutes’ drive).

Follow the Dyfi Valley west a little further and you’ll eventually hit the coast, around half an hour’s drive from the farm. Coast path walks are a fine plan if you’ve still got energy to spare; if you’re more in the mood to sit for a bit, aim for the beaches at Borth or Aberdyfi (both about 35 minutes from the site).

Must see

  • MOMA Wales - Y Tabernacl (7.2 miles)
  • Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway (16.9 miles)
  • Vale of Rheidol Railway (Aberystwyth) (22.2 miles)

National Trust

  • Ty^ Mawr Wybrnant (29.9 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

  • Does Gwalia Farm have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Gwalia Farm dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Gwalia Farm? Warm up with a wander around the farm, then get out for lengthier walks – the Cambrian Way, Dyfi Valley Way and Glyndŵr's Way long-distance paths all run past the farm, and … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Gwalia Farm?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Guests under the age of 18 are not allowed on site.

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Extras
A charge of £1.00 applies for the use of the shower.
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Showers are available at the farmhouse, subject to availability.

The site is quite wild with compost toilets only.

Swimming is wild, unsupervised and at your own risk. Water is deep; walkways and bridges may be slippery.

No axes or saws are to be brought on site: trees must be treated with respect.

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