Plas Caerdeon, Bontddu, Barmouth, Gwynedd. for Youth and Schools

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Outdoor Centres
Catered outdoor centre sleeping up to 84 for youth and school outdoor activity residential trips, in Snowdonia

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends.
Plas Caerdeon, Bontddu, Barmouth, Gwynedd., sleeps 4-84 in 23 bedrooms.

Plas Caerdeon is owned and operated by Liverpool Hope University. We deliver outdoor education and personal/team development courses for university students, schools, colleges and youth organisations throughout the year.

Our facilities are also available to all types of community and family groups, youth and sports clubs. We custom build course programmes to meet the needs of each group, and can cater for a wide range of ages and abilities. The facilities are also available for self led courses.

The magnificent Victorian mansion, set in 18 acres of oak woodland and historic terraced gardens, sleeps 65 across 15 rooms. The fully equipped catering kitchen has a grade 5 food safety standard, and serves a diverse menu to suit all tastes.

In addition, the Cottages/Stables annex sleeps a further 19 across 8 rooms, including fully accessible facilities for disabled visitors.

Our grounds provide an excellent resource for a range of activities - archery, orienteering, low ropes, zip wire, bush craft and team challenges are all delivered on site.

We are perfectly located between the mountains and the water. Activities including rock climbing and abseiling, canoeing and kayaking, off road cycling and mountain walking are all within easy reach. In addition, the local area provides a broad range of high quality environmental study sites: sand dunes and beaches; species rich marshes and woodlands; rivers and estuary; raised bogs and salt marshes; classic glacial and peri-glacial landscapes; quarries and mines. Our professional tutors allow you to access challenging environments and study their diverse environments.

The centre and grounds, and all activities are fully risk assessed.

The views from the front of the house across the Mawddach Estuary to the imposing north side of Cadair Idris are stunning. In summer the evenings bath the mountains in an orange glow, whilst in the winter the peaks are often capped with snow, and the sun sets over Barmouth Bridge.


Full catering kitchen in main house. Grade 5 Food Standard. Separate kitchens in Farrow and Watkin cottages. Fully equipped for group catering.
Professional servery, dining room and additional dining space in the adjacent library.
Library, large lounge, games room, basement lounge area, lobby seating. Both cottages have independent lounges.
Large flat screen in the main lounge, linked to multimedia projector. TV and DVD in each cottage.
Mobile reception at front of main house.
Games room with pool table, basement room with table football.
Night storage heaters throughout. Wood burner in Watkin sitting room.
Main house has 15 bedrooms on 2 floors, sleeping between 2 and 8. 4 en suite bedrooms. 3 bedrooms in Farrow, 2 in Watkin. 3 en suite rooms in stables.
Linen provided.
4 en suite rooms in main house. Bathrooms on first and second floor. Cottages have bathrooms with bath and shower. Stables rooms en suite.
Fully accessible room, including accessible toilet and shower, in Stables. Main house ground floor is fully accessible.
Child friendly accommodation.
18 acres of mainly wooded grounds and historic terraced gardens. Football field. Stream. Activities on site. Private fenced/walled grounds.
Nearest swimming pool is at Harlech, but the sea at Barmouth is much closer!
Accessible for coaches with turning area. Parking at the front of the main house and adjacent to cottages for 20+ cars.
No smoking in any buildings. Smoking in grounds only.
Pets by arrangements, must be excluded from main house kitchen and from all bedrooms.


Looking out across the stunning Mawddach Estuary towards Cadair Idris, 2 miles inland of Barmouth in Southern Snowdonia. Convenient for Coed y Brenin, Harlech Castle and Zip World/Bounce Below.
Barmouth 2 miles, Dolgellau 6 miles.
Shops in Barmouth and Dolgellau. Tesco and Asda will deliver to Plas Caerdeon.
Numerous pubs, restaurants and cafes in both Barmouth and Dolgellau. Taxis/minibuses can be arranged.

Booking Information

Please call us to ensure you get the best price for exactly what you want. With 23 rooms varying from 2 to 8 beds we can offer flexible accommodation for all sizes of group. Self catering. We are also AALS licensed activity providers.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Leader Rooms
Risk Assessment
Educational Focus
Presentation Aids
Outdoor Activities
Disabled Facilities

Getting here

LL42 1TH
United Kingdom
Barmouth station (2 miles) on the Cambrian coast line. Take the Cambrian coast line to Harlech, or on to Porthmadog to join the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Steam Railways.
Buses pick up on the main road below Plas Caerdeon.
Trains run directly from Birmingham International to Barmouth.

Rental Rates

Fully catered outdoor education/environmental studies courses from £60 per person per night. All equipment and transport to and from off site activities provided. We can also offer self catered / self programmed accommodation for groups.

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Plas Caerdeon, Bontddu, Barmouth, Gwynedd.

David Owen

Joined us: 2017
+44 (0)1341 430 276
LL42 1TH
United Kingdom