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This lovely rural retreat in the pretty village of Rowen is ideal for exploring the hills, mountains and coastline on a walking holiday. A traditional Welsh hill farmhouse, it’s packed with character and the real fires make it really cosy in the winter. The hostel has breathtaking views over the Conwy Valley and across to Snowdonia.

The hostel has 20 beds and there's a small amount of camping available on site. YHA Rowen is a small, rustic and isolated retreat, and it's staffed by helpful volunteers. 

YHA Rowen offers great views of the surrounding area, but guests do need to be aware that being on the side of a mountain means the road leading to the hostel is steep in parts but accessible by car with care. The hostel is up a very steep (1:3) hill on a narrow, but tarmac surfaced, road. You can leave your car at the bottom of the hill and walk up with your things, but please note it is a 10 minute walk to the hostel. 

Hire the whole place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website, or use our live chat service for more information.

Self-Catering Facilities

The hostel is self-catering only and has a well-appointed and modern kitchen offering all you will need for most culinary creations. Come prepared, but there are pubs and restaurants nearby. Our hostel has three cookers, three ovens, twelve hobs, two microwaves, two fridges, one freezer, plus cutlery, crockery, pots and pans.

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