The Showman’s Wagon is a renovated 1950s fairground travelling-van overlooking the Mawddach Estuary near Dolgellau in the southern reaches of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Sleeping two in a double bed, the centrally-heated van also features a sitting room with wood burning stove, shower room and galley kitchen with dining area. The entire living space covers approximately 33 square metres. Outside, a small enclosed garden faces the estuary and forms the perfect spot for the first coffee of the morning or a well-deserved sundowner after the day’s adventures.
Set in amongst woodland overlooking the beautiful Mawddach estuary in the southern reaches of the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, the Showman’s Wagon lies between the small pretty market town of Dolgellau and the popular seaside town of Barmouth. It is at the head of the beautiful Cwm-Mynach Valley, meaning the valley of the monks, historically owned and farmed by nearby Cymer Abbey. The area is a popular destination for walkers, cyclists and mountain bikers.
This holiday at a glance
- Sleeps two guests.
- One bedroom with 4’6 double bed and bathroom with shower.
- The Rural Retreats standard welcome hamper is not provided at this property, however a few essentials including bread, butter, eggs, milk and fruit juice are.
- Parking for one car.
- Sorry no children or infants.
- Up to two well behaved dogs welcome (small additional charge).
- Minimum of a three night stay.
- Bike rental is available on-site at Coed Cae B&B next door to the Wagon.
- Wood burning stove.
- Fridge with small freezer compartment, free standing gas cooker.
- Smart TV with catch up TV and iPlayer as there is no live TV service.
- Blu-Ray player.
- Garden table, chairs and parasol.
- Gas barbecue
Attractions and nearby amenities
- Dine at the nearby Bwyty Mawddach restaurant (2 miles away) and experience excellent food along with unparalleled panoramic views over Mawddach estuary and Cader Idris mountain range. Advance booking recommended.
- The market town of Dolgellau is situated approximately 4 miles from the Showman’s Wagon. Here find supermarkets, a butcher’s, bakery and some great places to eat including Tafarn y Gader Tapas Bar, the Royal Ship Hotel and the Dylanwad wine bar.
- Explore the Mawddach Trail that passes through Taicynhaeaf. This footpath walk and cycle route winds for 9.5 miles (15km) along the disused railway track on the southern edge of the spectacular Mawddach estuary.
- Climb Snowdonia’s Cader Idris, one of the most southerly high mountains in the UK.
- Visit the clifftop coastal village of Portmeirion, designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village. The unique village is surrounded by 70 acres of exotic woodlands with miles of woodland and coastal walks.
- Thrill-seekers out there can have an underground adventure at Zip World Slate Caverns.
- The Coed y Brenin Forest Park in the Snowdonia National Park is world famous for its mountain bike trails and walking routes.
- Travel from Fairbourne by steam railway and ferry to the popular Welsh seaside resort of Barmouth.
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