I have not actually stayed in the hostel but am a volunteer warden for the YHA and am hoping to warden here next year. I was in the area yesterday and went for a recce and have to say the location and the building are fantastic as is the village at the bottom of the hill.
The main reason for this post is a note of caution following on from the other post. That hill one has to negotiate is possibly the steepest tarmac stretch of road I have EVER encountered. It is very very steep, possibly a 1:1 gradient.
I could not drive to the Hostel! I ascended the hill from Rowen Village and stopped at the last farm on the left before the hostel itself to check I was not driving past the hostel. When I set off again, my car would not get round the next corner. The surface of the road was wet and my car would not get any traction meaning i rolled back to a passing point a little way back down the hill, left the car there and finished the journey on foot.
The village pub is amazing in fact everything is amazing including the road trip. I am absolutely certain that when I warden there, I will leave my car in the village and walk up the hill and my it is a hill.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hostel’s unique farmhouse character has been retained, whilst the interior has been transformed to provide modern, contemporary and comfortable accommodation for 20 guests.Rowen youth hostel is located 830 ft above the Conwy Valley, giving unrivaled views of the valley, the mountains of Snowdonia and the nearby Conwy estuary. The youth hostel was established in 1948 when YHA acquired the farmhouse at Rhiw farm, the adjacent farm buildings remaining, as they do today, in agricultural use. It will come as no surprise to visitors to learn that rhiw in Welsh means a steep place; to reach YHA Rowen it is necessary to negotiate a single track metalled road with sharp bends and gradients peaking at 1:3. So arriving at the hostel can be an adventure in itself; but that said, no difficulty should be encountered by drivers of the average car in reaching the hostel, simply engage first gear and take your time. One tip, if it's your first visit it would probably be better to arrive in daylight. Once there the hostel has quite extensive parking available.The garden at Rowen youth hostel is terraced and has two main parts; the upper area by the main entrance is a (relatively) level lawn and is furnished with a picnic bench and garden seat, while at the lower level there is a damson orchard and an area for lighting small fires. Both these areas give extensive views over the Conwy valley with the estuary and the sea being visible from the lower boundary. Being situated at the terminus of the metalled road and high above the valley means there is a total absence of traffic noise, a rare thing these days, the only sounds being those of the sheep and the birds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- YHA Rowen Wales