Luxury log cabins to open next summer
A LUXURY log cabins development in the heart of Snowdonia is set to open next summer.
Forest Holidays, who own the former Eryri Forestry Park near Beddgelert, secured planning permission in May from Snowdonia National Park Authority despite strong opposition, including 200 letters and a 3,613-signature online petition against the plan.
Now Forest Holidays, which has nine sites across England and Scotland, say work will get under way next month at the site and once open next summer will bring £550,000 of investment into the local economy each year and generate year-round jobs.
Jim Jones, managing director of North Wales Tourism, said: “With demand growing for highquality accommodation in Snowdonia National Park, we are delighted to welcome Forest Holidays to North Wales.
“North Wales is a vibrant and thriving destination with a growing reputation for inspirational and exciting tourism experiences and I am confident that Forest Holidays will compliment and further enhance this offer.
“This inward investment into Snowdonia National Park will create an eco-friendly, natural holiday experience for visitors, provide jobs and contribute to the growing visitor economy of North Wales.”
Forest Holidays say the cabins will blend into the forest, enhancing the surrounding woodland, its wildlife and their habitats.
Bruce McKendrick, chief executive officer at Forest Holidays, added: “Snowdonia National Park is a spectacular destination and we are delighted that we will soon provide a gateway for our guests to experience all that North Wales has to offer.
“Forging strong and lasting local partnerships and contributing positively to the growth of rural economies is fundamental to why we exist. It is important that we are rooted in the local community and actively encourage our guests to explore the local area.”
The 16 cabins will be built alongside 85 existing camping pitches.
Sian Williams, head of North West Wales operations for Natural Resources Wales, said: “One of our key roles is to manage our environment in a sustainable way to benefit wildlife, people and the economy of Wales.
“Working with Forest Holidays, whose cabin locations are designed to protect and enhance their forest locations, is a fantastic example of this.
“This exciting project is the first of its kind in Wales and is a great example of how we are realising our ambition to support the right development in the right places.”
● The type of cabin that will be built at Eryri Forestry Park in Beddgelert
● Jim Jones, MD of North Wales Tourism