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1 bedroom, linens
1 bedroom, linens

Popular amenities

Parking included
Outdoor Space
Barbecue Grill


Explore the area

Popular LocationCader Idris Mountain30 min drive
Popular LocationAberdyfi Beach33 min drive
Popular LocationLake Vyrnwy55 min drive

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  • Cabin, 1 Queen Bed

    Room amenities

    • 65 sq ft
    • 1 bedroom
    • 1 bathroom
    • Sleeps 2
    More detailsCabin, 1 Queen Bed

About this property

Quirky Boatel

Campsite in Machynlleth with kitchen and fireplace
Be under no illusion this is like camping under a wooden roof! Not glamping or a hotel.Boatel guests share the roofed boat shed with other guests and residents, and no one has exclusivity on this structure.The boat is old and dusty with the occasional spider, an unusual and quirky experience!!The views are stunning. Sorry, no dogs but two friendly dogs live here. And cats and ex-caged chickens.Set in an acre of wildflowers and up a mountain, in the beautiful Dyfi Valley Biosphere, the Boatel is a bed in a boat! Not to mention a lovely open plan cooking and living space – all in a shed AKA the Boat, Roofed Shed. Recognised for its amazing and unique qualities, it even won the infamous Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year in 2013. It’s our absolute pride and joy, and we love sharing it with our guests! We’ve hosted comedy festivals, exclusive concerts and curious tourists in our little mountain hideaway and Alex (aka DJ Badly) uses it to prepare his sets for festivals such as Glastonbury.We built the shed in 2012 using recycled materials, and it was our first major project. Alex is usually a rubbish DIY person, so designing and building the whole thing ourselves was a great achievement and we couldn’t have been happier to win both the ‘Shed of the Year’ Unique Category and the Overall category in 2013. From the shed, you can see across Cader Idris (part of the Cambrian Mountains of Snowdonia). It’s so beautiful even in the maddest of weathers; you can close the door, light the candles, pop some kindling in the wood burner and be snug and warm in moments. Our guests all love staying in the Boatel - they love the peace, the location, the structure, the ambience, and the curious (Alex is a big collector and has been on Antiques Roadshow with his Poole Pottery collection!). As well as the constant throwing of Frisbees for the dogs!Guests are welcome to use the house if they need to connect to WIFI, use the bathroom or retreat from bad weather.As much or as little as you like or think appropriate.We live in the Dyfi valley biosphere, and we are very committed environmentalists. There are a lot of fantastic Visitor attractions in the area, notably the Centre of Alternative Technology, Talyllyn Railways and of course, Cader Idris – which is part of the Cambrian Mountains of Snowdonia which can be seen from the boat roofed shed!We are located on a farm up a mountain. Access is a bit difficult for the less abled between the parking places and the Boatel, shed and other facilities. Public transport. The nearest railway station is Machynlleth 7 miles away. Buses from Machynlleth are infrequent, and your best bet would be for us to pick you up!The boat shed has a fridge and basic cooking facilities, a gas hob with two rings and a grill. There is a field kitchen styled like a 1950's diner in an animal trailer that has running water, a gas oven with two rings and cooking utensils. A compost loo and an outdoor shower which is attached to the back of the house that you access via the back or front garden and an outside flushing toilet. You are also welcome to use the loo and shower in the house too. It is very peaceful here, occasionally windy and military aircraft sometimes practice on weekdays.You’ll need to bring your towels. We also provide all bedding, tea, coffee and sugar.Please note that we have our private water supply from a spring. Our water is ultraviolet and particulate filtered before it leaves the tap! It is a finite resource and not to be wasted.W
This campsite offers 3 forms of accommodation with fireplaces and shared/communal kitchens. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs and coffee/tea makers. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower.

Property amenities

Parking and transport

  • Free self-parking
  • Limited parking


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle


  • 1 bedroom
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower

Living spaces

  • Fireplace

Outdoor areas

  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Location highlights

  • In the mountains
  • In a rural location


  • 3 rooms
  • Sleeps 2



Check-in between 3:00 PM and 3:00 PM


Check-out before 12:00 PM

Special check-in instructions

There is no front desk at this property


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Air conditioning is not provided

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About this area


Located in Machynlleth, this campsite is in a rural location. Cader Idris Mountain and Aberdyfi Beach reflect the area's natural beauty and area attractions include Falconry Experience Wales and King Arthur's Labyrinth.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Cader Idris Mountain - 30 min drive
  • Aberdyfi Beach - 33 min drive
  • Barmouth Bridge - 37 min drive
  • Fairbourne Beach - 39 min drive
  • Lake Vyrnwy - 55 min drive

Getting around

  • Machynlleth Station - 13 min drive


  • Machinations - 11 min drive
  • Wynnstay Arms - 11 min drive
  • The Brigands Inn - 12 min drive
  • Hennighan's Top Shop - 12 min drive
  • Caffi Alys - 12 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Quirky Boatel and receive a full refund?
Yes, Quirky Boatel offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Quirky Boatel cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Is Quirky Boatel pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at Quirky Boatel?
Self-parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Quirky Boatel?
Check-in is from 3:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
What time is check-out at Quirky Boatel?
Checkout is at 12:00 PM.
Where is Quirky Boatel located?
Situated in the mountains, this campsite is within 12 miles (20 km) of Centre for Alternative Technology, Falconry Experience Wales and King Arthur's Labyrinth. Cader Idris Mountain and Aberdyfi Beach are also within 20 miles (32 km).

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