Woodland break firm Forest Holidays wants to build a luxury lodge development in the heart of Snowdonia.
The company – which has nine sites across England and Scotland – now wants its first lodge site in Wales with plans for cabins in a forest near Beddgelert.
They hope to site the 25 lodges at Beddgelert Campsite in the foothills of Snowdon with space remaining for 55 camping plots. The site currently has space for 195 camping pitches.
It would include a mixture of lodges from one bedroom cabins to four beds homes for large family groups and ‘treehouse’ style lodges.
They say it will create an additional 20 full and part time jobs at the nine hectare forest location, owned by the Welsh Government, and support a similar number off-site.
The site is next to Afon Colwyn and the Welsh Highland Railway runs along the western boundary of the development.
A report submitted to the Snowdonia National Park planning authority said: “Through enhancing the tourism offer in North Wales through providing a new form of environmentally friendly accommodation and generating year-round employment, the proposed development will contribute usefully to sustainable local and regional economic growth.
“The proposed cabin development is not basic self-catering accommodation but an integrated green tourism product which will combine high quality accommodation with access to a ranger and a programme of ranger-led activities to add further value to the visitor experience.”
Forest Holidays was formally created in May 2006 as a partnership between the Forestry Commission and the Camping and Caravanning Club.
Following a partial buyout in 2012, Forest Holidays focuses on cabins, with camping in the forest operated by the Camping and Caravanning Club.
The report adds: “Forest Holidays has developed a bespoke cabin concept which will minimise any impact on the environment, both with regards to the materials used and therefore its wider impact, and locally within Beddgelert Campsite.”
The application will go before the planning committee of Snowdonia National Park.