A guide to glamping in glorious Wales holiday cottages

A guide to glamping in glorious Wales

Dawn Stephens-Borg 17 February 2020

We love glamping in Wales because it combines two of our favourite things: the great outdoors and a comfortable bed! Not only that but it’s chance to escape the digital world and instead of your day starting with a piercing alarm, you are gently woken by birdsong and the sun’s golden rays dancing over the sheets. 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 2020 with a glamping experience in Wales.

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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.

Take a look at our collection of bohemian yurts, wooden shepherd huts, quirky eco pods and enchanting lodges and log cabins perfect for your summer glamping holiday in Wales. 

The best places to go glamping in Wales

Best place glamping Wales

Glamping in the Brecon Beacons & Black Mountains

Nestle yourself within the beautiful Brecon Beacons and escape to the great outdoors in style. Majestic mountains and dramatic moorland can capture hearts in a moment. They are home to some of the most historic landscapes in Wales, so you are promised somewhere magical to stay whichever corner you choose to glamp in. With high peaks from which to soak up the stunning views to deep shaded grassy valleys perfect for snuggling up in a little hideaway and shutting off from the rest of the world, there is no better place to take a glamping holiday than the Brecon Beacons. Check out our guide to the Brecon Beacons.

Wood Shack, Abergavenny

You’ll love…

  • Yoga on the decking
  • Collecting firewood in the forest
  • Birdwatching by the stream

Wood Shack

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.

Skirrid Skies, Abergavenny

You'll love...

  • Sleeping beneath canvas
  • Meeting the resident alpacas
  • Soaking beneath the stars in the hot tub

The Safari comes to Wales, replacing the big game roars with little farm bleats, there's still plenty to get excited about. With a brand new bubbly hot tub this season set under the far-reaching skies of the rolling Monmouthshire countryside, Skirrid Skies is one seriously fine tent! Decked out as if a luxury cottage with every possible comfort considered for a seriously glamorous stay in the great outdoors.

Beacons Hot Tub Retreat, Llandyfan

You’ll love…

  • Stargazing through the sky window
  • Toasting marshmallows on the fire
  • A relaxing soak in the hot tub

Hot Tub Retreat

A charming shepherds’ hut in a lovely rural locations in the Brecon Beacons. Tucked away on a private estate belonging to an equestrian centre. There are many historic sites, castles and gardens to explore, including Carreg Cennen, Aberglasney Gardens and the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. The perfect place for a romantic retreat, enjoy looking the stars in the sky from your warm and bubbly hot tub. Escape to this gorgeous property, you'll never forget it.

Bluebell Shepherd Huts, near Crickhowell

You'll love... 

  • Waking to panoramic views of the Bryn Awr Valley 
  • Toasting marshmallows on the firepit
  • Listening to the birdsong in the trees

Whether igniting or rekindling the romance, glamping at the Bluebell Shepherd Huts is all about woo-ing! Deeply romantic in acres of woodland, bluebell trails and mountain views, don't miss the chance to pop down and see the new-borns on the farm. Hosts Pip and Graham ensure you have everything you need in place, should a big question need to be popped!

The Hot Tub Hideaway, near Hay-on-Wye

You’ll love…

  • Mountain views from the hot tub
  • Hiking along Hay Bluff and Black Hill
  • The peace and quiet

Set in an ancient hay meadow overlooking the Black Hill of Bruce Chatwin fame, The Hot Tub Hideaway is a truly special romantic hideaway. Beautifully crafted, The Hot Tub Hideaway packs heaps of heart, soul and imagination and 800 man-hours of love and labour. Completely private, The Hideaway is hidden deep in the Herefordshire hills, just 15 minutes from Hay-on-Wye and five minutes from a stunning village pub.

Dove Lodge, Talybont-on-Usk

You'll love...

  • Soaking in the woodfired hot tub
  • Taking a dip or going for a row on the wildlife pond
  • Exploring the daily goings-on of a busy working farm 

Immerse yourself in the great outdoors with a close-to-nature stay at Dove Lodge. This delightful safari lodge is a wonderfully unique six-person escape offering small groups a unique style of self-catering accommodation. Complete with three bedrooms, and an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner which flows seamlessly on to the veranda, you’ll feel like you’re on a real adventure that the kids will always remember!  Several onsite activities will keep you all entertained, from rowing on the wildlife lake to an official farm tour where the children can help feed the chickens. After a day of exploring the Brecon Beacons, head back to the lodge and soak the evening away in the woodfired hot tub.

Want to see more? We've written a complete guide to glamping in the Brecon Beacons

Glamping in North Wales

Epic mountain scenery, ancient culture and heritage, thrilling activities and vibrant coastal resorts combine to provide a destination with variety. Hide deep in the mountains of Snowdonia National Park or breath in the fresh sea air on the beaches of Borth Wen or Lligwy, two of Anglesey’s best. Check out our guide to Snowdonia National Park to help plan your glamping holiday in North Wales.

Island Hide, Pentre Berw

You'll love...

  • Stargazing from the hot tub
  • Enjoy the views with a morning coffee on the veranda
  • Meeting the resident alpacas

Wildlife lover or not, you will find it difficult to ignore the sweet bird song that will gently wake you on summer mornings at Island Hide. Set in a beautiful spot four miles from Llangefni in North Wales, this beautifully extended shepherds hut enjoys uninterrupted views over a nearby RSPB Wetlands Reserve. You will find yourself whiling away the hours on the enclosed veranda enjoying the views and watching as the resident Alpacas graze in the field next to you.

Glamping in South Wales

One minute you could be hiding away in a secret corner of Monmouthshire and the next, exploring the city of Cardiff. Glamping in the South of Wales allows first-time glampers, easy access to urban life. Step back in time at Blaenavon World Heritage site, discover a surprising history in Newport, marvel at the castles and manor houses of Caerphilly, before heading into the rolling hills of the Vale of Glamorgan. Our collection of glamping properties in South Wales provide a peaceful escape.

The Cwtch Hut, Usk

You'll love...

  • Snuggling up in front of the wood burner
  • Listening to the wildlife as you sway in the hammock
  • Dining alfresco beside the fire pit

Situated in a rural setting in the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside, The Cwtch Hut feels a million miles from anywhere else yet a short drive reveals your relativity to some of the best activities and attractions in Wales. The perfect blend of seclusion and easy access, it’s a great option for glamping in South Wales. Perfectly finished for just the two of you (and your four-legged friend), it could be the romantic break you have been waiting for.

View of the Valley Hut, near Monmouth

You’ll love…

  • Meditating in the bluebell woods
  • Fishing for dinner on the nearby River Usk and River Wye
  • Sunset strolls around Craig-Y-Dorth hill

Sometimes you just need to get off the grid and bask in the silence, just you and the wilderness. View of the Valley Hut will not disappoint, set in ancient woodland, this aptly named hut overlooks the dramatic Usk Valley. In spring, a carpet of bluebells adds bursts of colour to the lush green floor. The outside world isn’t far away though, at the bottom of the hill lies the rest of Wales.

What to pack for glamping in Wales

Enjoy eggs still warm from the chicken, foraging in the forest for dinner or fishing for carp on the lake or lemonade in the icebox – glamping in Wales is all about enjoying the little things! To make the most of your experience make sure you pack the essentials.

  • Warm, waterproof clothing: wellies, anoraks, big socks etc – you want to feel snug and prepared to explore the great outdoors.
  • A picnic rug in case you want to enjoy a spot of alfresco dining or a BBQ.
  • A picnic basket in case you want to head further afield for your picnic.
  • Items to keep everyone occupied – think puzzles, footballs, kites and Frisbees.
  • Loo roll in case you run out of the amount provided for you.
  • Sun cream – you’ll find yourself exposed to the elements more than you may think.
  • Food and drink – many guests choose to pre-order a home (or glamping!) delivery so they’re well stocked for the day they arrive. Or just take essentials and then a few extra treats; bread, milk, fruit, veg, butter, jam… and of course marshmallows for toasting on the campfire.

Campfire treats

There is nothing more exciting than staying away from the norm and dining among the toadstools and wildlife. Many of our glamping properties boast picnic spots, BBQ facilities and even campfires, so get creative and whip up something tasty!

Glamping activities for children in Wales

Glamping with children provides the perfect opportunity to get back to basics and enjoy nature’s playground! The rural landscapes our glamping properties find themselves in mean endless fun and activities that you’d struggle to find anywhere else – and the best part? They are mostly free!

Our child-friendly glamping holidays in Wales allow the whole family to put the gadgets down and appreciate the beautiful Welsh countryside.

  • Foraging
  • Fruit picking
  • Campfire pizza decorating
  • Toasting marshmallows
  • Pooh sticks
  • Tree climbing
  • Wildlife walks
  • Horse riding
  • Bike riding
  • Orienteering
  • Wild swimming
  • Kite making

Glamping with dogs in Wales

Tired of barking up the wrong tree when hunting for pet-friendly glamping holidays? We understand that your four-legged friend is just as important a family member like everyone else, so we tailor our glamping experience to cater to the furry kind too.

You may have concerns when staying in a new environment with your dog, but glamping is a great choice if travelling with your pet. Glamping with dogs in Wales is the ultimate dog-friendly getaway. It’s a great opportunity to head into the great outdoors and let your pet run wild and free. They love the winding trails which are just perfect for long dog walks and muddy puddles to splash through. The lack of neighbours, noise and just the general hustle and bustle of daily life allows for a peaceful night slumber for both you and pooch. You don’t need to worry about limited home comforts either, as many of our dog-friendly properties provide amenities such as dog beds and bowls.

Some of our dog-friendly glamps:

Romantic glamping in Wales

There is nothing better than staying somewhere which feels as if it’s completely off the beaten track, hidden far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Part of the magic of glamping is being surrounded by some of the most stunning countryside at all times, views for miles boasting glorious emerald hues and an endless patchwork of fields.

Escape with your loved one for a whirlwind, worlds away romantic glamping holiday. Perfect for celebrating an anniversary, Valentine's weekend getaway or even glamping honeymoon, a glamping break in Wales is one of the most magical experiences to have. Glamping with a hot tub is also a great way to add something extra special to your break. 

Snuggle up together in a charming yurt, watch the sunset over the mountains, gather around a real campfire and simply soak up the serene beauty surrounding you.

Go glamping in Wales

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. The finest selection of glamping adventures in the Welsh hills and beyond is just ready and waiting. So, what kind of glamper are you? Indulge in a spot of luxury glamping in Wales for a truly unforgettable experience!

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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