2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. With holidays abroad and backpacking trips difficult to plan in 2020, we started looking a little closer to home for a restful break. 2020 was the year for UK ‘staycations’! Working from home throughout the majority of the year meant we were desperate to get away from our desks, technology and our phones. We needed a tech-detox, and somewhere we could relax without the urge to mindlessly scroll on our phones, whilst pretending to spend time together. With a bit of luck and great recommendations from our friends we stumbled upon Welsh Glamping.
Nestled in the Cambrian Mountains of Mid-Wales, Welsh Glamping was the sustainable, tranquil holiday destination we were looking for. With no Wi-Fi and no mobile signal available in the cabins or tents we could look forward to hikes, barbeques, relaxing evenings with a glass of wine next to the fire, and a break from the city life. We quickly booked our cabin and made our way from Manchester.
Back in the winter of 2015, after being frustrated with our current city jobs, Will turned to me and asked me what I really wanted out of life. My answer was to live a ‘free-range life’ with free range children! This is when the idea of Welsh Glamping came to us.
Welsh Glamping provides two options for accommodation; Log Cabins and Lotus Belle Tents. We chose the former because we loved the spacious structure with the four poster bed, and the additional furniture you had available. Both the cabin and the tent provided a woodburner inside, with a fire pit and bbq on our own private deck! We had a small external kitchen with all the essentials we would need for the week, and the luxury bathrooms (with fantastic showers) more than made up for the short walk we had to make from the cabin.
On arrival we were provided with a fully stocked log basket for the woodburner, and a full bag of coal for the bbqon the deck. Will and Sarah were both there to great us and give us some great tips on where to explore during our stay there. We dropped off our bags and went to explore the surrounding farm and woodlands.
We spent many an hour walking through farmland and the nearby woodlands, but our most enjoyable walk was to the waterfall.
This was a fairly easy and flat walk following the river next to the cabins that took us approximately 3 hours there and back. The hike is all in farmers fields from start to finish, with no sight of any busy roads or cars.
Be sure to wear a few layers as the weather could change quickly. We took snacks and coffee for a small picnic once we arrived at the waterfall.
Due to the location, we saw very few people along the trail, which was fantastic. Just be sure to wear appropriate footwear and take plenty of water.
Getting out into the farmland and exploring during the day made returning to the cabin a treat. We were able to set up the barbeque and sit out on the deck chairs provided literally until the stars came out. When the barbeque died down, we retreated into the cabin and often fell asleep in front of the fire.
In addition to our hikes in the countryside, exploring nearby market towns, and our trip to the Brecon Beacons, we were only 10 minutes away from Llanwrtyd Wells, ‘Britain’s smallest town’, which holds several events throughout the year.
We spent our evenings nestled up next to the woodburner, star gazing on our private deck roasting marshmellows over the bbq, or playing some of the board games that were providing in the trunk.
Anyone interested in their hiking knows about this mountain range in South Wales. Brecon Beacons National Park has four dramatic mountain ranges that offer brilliant walking and cycling for all abilities. What makes Welsh Glamping’s location exciting, is that it is only 1hr and 30mins drive away from the highest peak, Pen y Fan.
The views from the top of Pen y Fan are extremely impressive, we wanted to stay up at the top for as long as possible. Our luck ran out after and hour or so, as the weather took a turn for the worst, but the weather was so quick to change this soon blew over.
There are plenty of things to do and places to explore while you are there:
- 10 minutes drive away from Llanwrtyd Wells, ‘Britains smallest town’.
- 20 minutes away from the market town of Builth Wells.
- Within 40 minutes drive you can be in the beautiful Elan Valley, one of the darkest places in the UK, with zero light pollution.
- Short drive from local pubs and restaurants.
Welsh Glamping is the perfect retreat for anyone in the UK wanting a digital detox. Sarah and Will are extremely accommodating, and will do their best to make your stay as enjoyable as ours was. Will even became our mechanic when our car decided to give up on the last day of our stay. So if you are contemplating a staycation in 2021, but sure to pay Welsh Glamping a visit.