Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Canolfan Awyr Agored Ryhd Ddu Outdoor Centre, The Old School, Rhyd Ddu, Caernarfon, Gwynedd (Snowdonia), Wales LL54 7TL

Contact: 01286 882688

Website: http://www.snowdonia-bunkhouse.wales/

Description

The Rhyd Ddu Outdoor Centre is a modernly refurbished bunkhouse in a historic former school and school house (birthplace and home of T H Parry Williams – one Wales’ most famous poets) set in the pretty village of Rhyd Ddu in the Nantlle Valley in Snowdonia, offering affordable and comfortable group accommodation for groups of up to 30 guests and ideal for outdoor activity breaks. Perfect for outdoor activities and centrally located to enjoy all the area has to offer, the centre is used regularly by youth groups and schools from all over the UK.

Surrounded by wonderful countryside and absolutely breathtaking scenery, Rhyd Ddu Outdoor Centre is well equipped self-catering accommodation and is an ideal base for school groups in this area of natural outstanding beauty. The bunkhouse is centrally located and within easy reach of the popular locations of Llanberis, Bangor, Caernarfon, Beddgelert and Porthmadog, and caters to outdoor groups looking to make the most of all that Snowdonia has to offer.

Facilities include:
Fully equipped self catering kitchen
Large communal room / dining room
Ceiling-mounted projector, screen and sound system with laptop / device plug-in console
Hot showers, wet room
Gas central heating and double-glazed throughout
The Old School has disabled access, a disabled toilet and no stairs
Secure storage and space to store equipment
Garden with outside seating
Private off-road parking
Free fibre speed WiFi and a payphone
Glorious panoramic country views

Complete packages of guided outdoor activities including equipment and transport are available via fully qualified local experts by arrangement. Please talk to us about your requirements.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any accreditation such as Tourist Board, or AALA.
We don’t hold an AALA certificate ourselves as we do not provide outdoor activities outrselves, however we do work with the Outdoor Activity team at Urdd Gobaith Cymru – a specialist provider of outdoor activities for children and young people.

What group sizes do you cater for?
Up to 30.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
Rhyd Ddu Outdoor Centre sleeps up to 30 people in 6 bedrooms over two properties on the same site, allowing for groups to be split as is necessary, for example by age, or male/female. Your school group will enjoy sole use of the whole bunkhouse and grounds during your stay.

The Old School room configurations:

1 – sleeps 12 in bunk beds
2 – sleeps 2 in a bunk bed

The Old School House room configurations:

3 – sleeps 4 in bunk beds
4 – sleeps 4 in bunk beds
5 – sleeps 4 in bunk beds
6 – sleeps 4 in bunk beds

The beds are all sturdy metal framed bunk beds with comfortable mattresses and pillows. You will need to bring your own bed linen / sleeping bags.

What is the cost of the accommodation?
We charge a flat rate of £250 per night (including VAT) for exclusive use of the whole centre including car park, yard and garden.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
The Centre is approved by the local authority for use by school groups via their EVOLVE accreditation programme.
All services are checked according to statutory requirements.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?
Robat Jones. 01286 882688. stay@canolfan-rhyd-ddu.cymru

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
There is a First aid kit in both properties.

Please list facilities available.
Facilities
• Large cooker, 6 plate electric hob, large fridge and freezer, pots, pans, cutlery cups, glasses, serving hatch, storage, microwave, kettles, toasters.
• Foldable tables and chairs for maximum room flexibility. Plenty of room for all guests to dine together. Convenient serving hatch from kitchen meaning children can be in a safe environment whilst cookers etc. are in use.
• Comfy chairs aplenty and room for all members of your group to relax in the evening following a busy day enjoying the great outdoors of Snowdonia.
• Large screen and ceiling mounted projector with digital connectivity panel - just bring your device to make full use of our free superfast fibre WiFi.
• Mobile phone signal here is quite poor, however a payphone is provided for those important calls, as well as free WiFi.
• Gas heating throughout.
• Rooms sleep 2, 4 (x 4) and 12. The beds are bunk beds.
• No linen is provided however pillows are available. Bring your own pillowcases and sleeping bags and/or sheets/blankets.
• The Old School has 2 toilets, 2 urinals and 2 showers. The Old School House has 3 toilets and 2 showers.
• Large private car park and 6 benches for outdoor dining. Wonderful views of Snowdon and toward the Nantlle Ridge. Secure storage available.
• Large, free, private car park available suitable for minibuses and plenty of cars.
• Exclusive use for your group during your stay.
• No smoking permitted within the bunkhouse.

The Bunkhouse is situated in the village of Rhyd Ddu, on the A4085 between Beddgelert and Caernarfon, at the foot of Mount Snowdon within the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.

The Royal town of Caernarfon is 9 miles away (a 20 minute drive), and boasts a magnificent castle, golf course, a variety of shops and restaurants and plenty of other amenities.

The nearest shop is in the beautiful village of Beddgelert, 3.5 miles and a very pleasant 7 minute drive away.

There is a real ale pub and a cafe in the village of Rhyd Ddu, 2 minutes walk from the bunkhouse.

The bunkhouse is situated at the foot of the Rhyd Ddu path up Snowdon and only 200 yards from the Rhyd Ddu station of the Welsh Highland Railway - the UK’s longest heritage railway. Bangor (17 miles / 33 minutes by car) is the nearest mainline railway station.

Rhyd Ddu is located on the main S4/87 bus route. Also, the Snowdon Sherpa bus service travels around the foot of Snowdon as well as the main car parks, villages and tourist attractions in the area.

What are your disabled facilities?
The Old School has disabled access, a disabled toilet and no stairs. Everything is on one floor including the shower room which is set up as a wet room.

The Old School House is unsuitable for wheelchair users due to steps outside the access door.

What are your opening days and hours?
The bunkhouse is open every day throughout the year.

Telephone enquiries 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“We had a wonderful stay at the Rhyd Ddu bunkhouse following its refurbishment it is a very comfortable and cosy. Can we please book again in advance for next year”.

“Thank you so much for our stay at Rhyd Ddu and for your friendly helpful manner at booking and prior to our visit. The information you provided me by telephone the week before our arrival was really reassuring and allowed me to plan catering for our group. We found the bunkhouse hostel to be warm, well equipped and comfortable. The large parking area was really easy for parking and turning the mini-buses, which was a bonus. The bunkhouse easily accommodated our large group and we would definitely look to book with you again for future events.”

“Our stay was good thank you. The accommodation was perfect for our needs.”

“We had a great time. Got to walk round the lake behind and got up Snowdon. What an amazing location.”

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
You can check availability and make a secure online booking on our website. A 50% deposit secures the booking, with the full balance payable in advance of the arrival date in line with our full terms & conditions available on our website.

We realise some local authorities and schools prefer to raise a purchase order and pay by cheque or BACS. This is not a problem. Please contact us with any enquiries and we’ll be happy to help.


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Bunkhouses Outdoor Residential Centres


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