Bunkhouses in North Wales
Treks Bunkhouse, Ffestiniog
Treks Bunkhouse commands vast views across the Moelwyn mountains and it's ideal for thrill seekers. It's slap bang in the middle of Snowdonia National Park, so there's world class hiking on the doorstep for starters. But mountain bikers will also love the hair raising descents at Antur Stiniog a 10-minute drive away and adrenaline junkies will be thrilled by the crazy zipwires, nets and traverses at nearby Zipworld Slate Caverns. Treks sleeps up to 16 and also has rooms with wheelchair access. There's a pub a ten minute walk away too.
Arete Outdoor Centre
If you want it all done for you Arete Outdoor Centre ticks all the boxes. It's a fully fledged outdoor activity centre with bunk rooms sleeping from two to 10. There are organised activities of all sorts: climbing, caving, coasteering, scrambling and canoeing with all the gear provided. As it's such a big set up, you're bound to meet other people and if you don't want to cook they can cater too. The epic castle town of Caernarfon is around ten minutes in one direction, mighty Snowdon ten minutes or so in the other.
Platts Farm family-run camp site and bunkhouse is nicely located for exploring our lovely north coast and The North Wales Way. It's within easy striking distance of sandy beaches, the castle town of Conwy and the historic isle of Anglesey. The village pubs and shops of Llanfairfechan are five minutes away on foot. The bunkhouse is a converted farm building with two snug five-person rooms upstairs and a well equipped kitchen and diner below. Want to blow away the cobwebs? Try a high speed RIB boat ride through the Menai strait at the nearby Plas Menai Outdoor Centre!
Bunkhouses in Mid Wales
Hidden away in a secret cove on the Wales Coast Path in Ceredigion, Ty Cwch (recent Mid Wales Tourism Innovation in Tourism award winner and Highly Commended in the Specifi Building of the Year Award) is a funky bunkhouse comprised of three cool sleeping pods. Each has huge bi-fold doors that open to give unrestricted views of the golden sandy beach. It's glamping meets bunkhouse and we think it's great! Along with the fully fitted kitchen and comfy sitting room there's naturally WiFi and a beer fridge! But it's the beach that people come for - kayaking, swimming and surfing are all on offer. If you're lucky you may even see seals!
Perfectly located for exploring the rolling hills and hidden waterfalls of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Penstar's bunkhouse is a converted historic barn. You can still see the centuries-old wooden beams, but it's cosy and comfortable and sleeps up to 20 in two, six and 12-birth rooms. Some have disabled access as well. You're in the midst of pristine nature here on a working farm with the long distance Taff Trail right outside.
Set in a converted chapel The Bunkhouse at the Wye Valley Canoe Centre takes dorm sleeping to another level: there's a slide to get from the top to the ground floor! Log burning stove, table tennis, funky sofas and swanky bathrooms - it’s really luxurious. You don't even have to cook as there's the on-site River Café next door. As you’d imagine the canoeing's excellent. This part of the River Wye is a gentle stretch with huge views of the Black Mountains and (yes it's really called this) Lord Hereford's Knob. You may well see kingfishers, herons and otters while you paddle!
Bunkhouses in West Wales
Stay here and you'll be doing you bit for the local community. The Rhossili Bunkhouse is run by locals for the benefit of their village. Occasionally there's a social event in the adjoining hall - so you can even get to know them. You're literally a five minute walk from one of the UK's best beaches here. Rhossili regularly tops the polls. It's a vast expanse of perfect sand which has featured in lots of films and TV ads (including ours!). The waves are regular and the sand slopes gently so it's ideal for learning to surf.
Dinas Bunkhouse, Bluestone National Park Resort
Looking for a way to keep the kids amused and active? Bluestone Spa Park could be the answer. It's a full blown adventure park. Its vast transparent Serendome houses zipwires, skywalks and an imagination garden. The indoor Blue Lagoon water park has flumes and a wave machine too. Whilst lots of the accommodation is luxury family cabins, the handy Dinas Bunkhouse sleeps up to 14. So you get the trappings of a luxury resort at a very reasonable price. Oh and did we mention the spa?
Bunkhouses in South Wales
You're right on the farm here. The Rees family have some 3000 sheep roaming these green and pleasant hillsides. But they've also converted two of their old stone barns into bunkhouses. Coed Owen sleeps up to 26 whilst smaller Ysgubor Bach sleeps 10. Both have well equipped kitchens and comfy dorm rooms. But the real draw is the location. You can step outside straight into the spectacular surrounds of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Best walk of the lot? The three hour yomp up Pen y Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales.
There's a story to this place. Tyle Morgrug was originally an abandoned farm. A team of hard working volunteers from a youth charity have worked hard to renovate it over several decades. The result is a great base for outdoor adventures for people of all ages. It's been a real labour of love, but now there's a cosy cottage with log burning stove and an adjacent bunkhouse that sleeps up to 17. Here too you have the Brecon Beacons outside the window. So pull on your walking boots and get out there!