What’s the first thing you do when your alarm wakes you up each morning - do you pick up your phone and check your emails and social media? How about reaching for the TV remote to catch up with the latest news? In a world of information overload, we often find ourselves dependent on technology, constantly plugged in to the digital distractions of everyday life.
But what if your day didn’t start with a piercing alarm, and instead, you were gently woken by birdsong and the sun’s golden rays dancing over the sheets? Rather than rushing around to get out of the door in time for work, you threw some logs on the wood burner, made yourself a warm mug of cocoa and stepped outside into fresh country air. Imagine substituting a mobile phone for a yoga mat, a TV for a view of big skies and soaring mountains and a microwave for an open fire.
Sound good? Then change your life in 2019 with a glamping experience in Wales. Wander where the Wi-Fi is weak, cook over a fire, swim in natural pools and sleep under a blanket of stars. Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the real world and escape for a while into the peaceful Welsh wilderness to nourish both mind and body. Give up your gadgets in exchange for an off-grid adventure in the heart of nature; a digital detox that is sure to leave you feeling revived and refreshed for the year ahead.
- Meditating in the bluebell woods
- Fishing for dinner on the nearby River Usk and River Wye
- Sunset strolls around Craig-Y-Dorth hill
Off-grid luxury and romance in complete seclusion await in this aptly named hut overlooking the serene Usk Valley. Enveloped in a bluebell-swathed ancient forest, guests can enjoy an enchanting woodland experience surrounded by only the timid animals who also call this idyllic setting their home.
Spend balmy summer days under the dappled canopy with a cooling glass of lemonade whilst watching sheep graze and deer bounding past, or drift off into a blissful afternoon slumber in the hammock, rocked by the gentle breeze as nature’s operatic backdrop soothes the senses. When the stars begin to twinkle above, it’s time to light the campfire and enjoy the wonderful scent of toasted marshmallows. There’s every reason not to venture far from this heavenly escape at all…
- Yoga on the decking
- Collecting firewood in the forest
- Birdwatching by the stream
With a bohemian spirit and nomadic soul, this hidden away cabin resides off the beaten track in a peaceful and private wooded valley. As the dawn chorus of birdsong begins each morning and the sun’s rays shine through the boughs above, step out onto the oak deck, lay out a yoga mat and let your mind drift to a place of pure tranquillity.
A gently swaying hammock offers an idyllic spot to lie back with a book listening to the calming sounds of the trickling stream below. And as night begins to fall, cosy up in the warmth of the glowing chimenea with a mug of hot chocolate and feel yourself unwind beneath the moon’s cool glow. This captivating rustic hideaway is the perfect place to switch off from the world for a while.
- Stargazing through the sky window
- Toasting marshmallows on the fire
- A relaxing soak in the bath tub
Steeped in Mongolian mystery, this colourful yurt – complete with a wood burning stove, a bathhouse and hand-carved kitchen – offers a unique ‘into the wild’ experience. Set in a private acre, this off-grid escape is surrounded by things that childhood memories are made of. Take your pick from a network of scenic walking trails through unspoilt countryside, magical woodland and a babbling stream or picnic in sunny glades strewn with bluebells and views across to Pen y Fan.
Whatever the day's adventures bring, you can be sure of a memorable evening back at the yurt tucked up in warm blankets, sharing stories by the fire. A sky window allows star-spotting and cloud-watching in all seasons and with only George the horse as your neighbour, you will feel wonderfully away from it all.
- Mountain views from the hot tub
- Hiking along Hay Bluff and Black Hill
- The peace and quiet
Flaunting sweeping views over Black Hill, this completely private glamping retreat is nestled deep in the Herefordshire hills, surrounded by an acre of ancient hay meadow. A wood-fired hot tub will be the perfect remedy to the endless adventures South Wales has to offer, accompanied by fresh air and breathtaking vistas whatever the season.
Balmy summer days are made for lazing outside with a stack of your favourite reads before cooking up some freshly foraged treats on the enormous fire pit. On chilly evenings, batten down the hatches in the super snug main hut and enjoy a game of cards with the wood burning stove kicking out plenty of heat and the heavenly scent of homemade cocoa bubbling away on the gas stove. Perfect for wild romance in the great outdoors, every comfort is considered here.
- Wild swimming and fishing in the river
- Local bike hire delivered to the door
- Lily and Dida, the friendly neighbouring donkeys
Tranquillity unfolds in the heart of the Brecon Beacons at this back-to-nature escape wrapped in 50 gloriously green acres of national park. Those in pursuit of a digital detox will find this cosiest of log cabins everything they have dreamed of. There are no distractions like television or Wi-Fi, but instead, proper campfires, warm Welsh blankets, panoramic mountain views and plenty of fresh country air.
A recycled railway cabin houses a hand-built kitchen along with a free-standing bath and lashings of hot water, while the romantic log cabin - hand-built from local oak - is warm and toasty year-round with its sheepskin rugs and log burning stove. Those with a taste for adventure can take a gentle wander to the mountain river which gently flows down below, perfect for wild swimming and fishing, or make the most of the myriad of walking and cycling trails from the doorstep.
- Taking a dip in the natural plunge pools
- Snoozing on the hammock
- Browsing the local food markets
A picture of rural bliss, this adorable hand-crafted railway carriage is the perfect place to re-awaken your connection to nature. Hidden within a fairy-tale wooded copse on the fringe of a peaceful meadow, this is a dream hideaway for those wanting to go off the radar and into their own little paradisiacal land.
From throwing open the double doors to feel the calming breeze on your face when you wake to taking a revitalizing dip in the natural plunge pools, swinging on the hammock or lounging under the welcome shade of the trees on comfy cushions – the sense of escaping the real world is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in no time. And what could be more romantic than spending evenings snuggled beside the fire pit, gazing up at the twinkling night sky above and looking out for shooting stars?
Book your glamping break today
Glamping in Wales provides the perfect opportunity for a digital detox. From cosy shepherds’ huts to rustic railway carriages and bohemian yurts, we offer unique and stylish getaways for the free-spirited.
Need some more inspiration? Check out our ultimate guide to ‘Glamping in Glorious Wales’, and for those evenings when you’re sat beside the fire, ‘A guide to exploring Wales’ night skies’.