About Us

Below is a brief history About Us : Gordon & Karen moved to North Wales in late 1998 with our three children.

Having travelled around the country trekking and rock climbing staying in a variety of accommodation we decided to convert our own barn into a camping barn based on those found in the Peak and Lake Districts.

We aim to provide basic comfortable affordable accommodation for those wishing to enjoy the beautiful countryside around Snowdonia and North Wales.

From our initial camping barn it has been constantly upgraded to cater for todays clients.

Gordon Neil

The move to North Wales meant a career change for Gordon. Leaving the Computing Industry and Financial Institutions behind he commenced gaining new qualifications in the Outdoor Education field.

Gordon holds a number of National Governing Body Awards including the Summer Mountain Leader and Single Pitch Climbing awards, and is a British Canoeing Sea Kayak and White water kayaking coach. He is also a qualified teacher of Adult and Further Education in Outdoor Education and Computing.

Gordon ran Bach Ventures our Adventure Activity Company offering courses in Rock Climbing, Hill Walking, Mine exploration, Kayaking and Sea Kayaking, Gorge Scrambling and Coasteering for around 20 years while also freelancing for a number of Local Education Authority Outdoor Education Centres and a local Overseas Expedition Company, (gaining 13 years of overseas trips under his belt).

He has always brought back interesting ideas from his trips and trys to see if we can make use of them here.

Unfortunately due to the impact of the Covid pandemic he has closed our adventure company and now concentrates on our accommodation business.

Karen Neil

A qualified nurse Karen has worked in most aspects of health care Karen enjoying one of the local cycle pathsboth hospital and community. Initially Karen continued in these fields however once the bunkhouse became busier decided to concentrate on this aspect and manages this business full time.

Karen will usually be your first point of contact with us, dealing with the majority of bookings / enquiries and deals with the day to day running of the business.

Karen has also joined me discovering the joys of travelling. From her initial backpacking trip to Morocco we have now travelled through South Africa from Johannesburg to Cape Town, a couple of trips to Thailand and Vietnam.

Holidaying in Scotland above Ullapool
Beautiful kayaking around Ullapool