Easy does it: simple luxury, close to nature Ah, the simple pleasures: a tent, a view, a bottle of wine chilling in the stream. The crackle of a campfire where something fabulous is cooking. If that sounds appealing, here are some ideas for getting back to nature, with stripped-down simplicity and the gentlest of activities. A Humble by Nature, Monmouth Foraging course run by Humble By Nature, Wye Valley by Humble By Nature The TV presenter Kate Humble is the goddess of downshifters, and her gorgeous farm situated in the scenic Wye Valley is now a smallholding and a school for all kinds of rural and cookery skills. Top of the list of wholesome activities for children is their bread-making course, which’ll teach them how to bake a delicious organic stone-ground loaf to take home. Canoeing the Teifi Gorge Canoeing along the Teifi River, Ceredigion by Alex Blake The deep, tidal Teifi Gorge was carved out of the slate hill by a glacier, which left behind an aquatic wildlife heaven and the ideal place for safe, gentle river paddling in open canoes for people of all ages and abilities. As the river flows lazily past ancient woodland, watch out for peregrine falcons, kingfishers, dragonflies, salmon and sewin (as we call sea trout in Wales). More canoeing operators in West Wales B Trellyn Woodland Camping Abercastle A Trellyn yurt in Pembrokeshire by Trellyn Woodland Camping This bit of coast between St Davids and Fishguard is the wildest in Wales, much of it only accessible by tiny lanes or on foot, and Trellyn’s yurts, tipis, domes and secluded pitches blend almost invisibly into the landscape. The ethos is determinedly eco-friendly, but somehow manages to be absurdly luxurious: wood-fired sauna, anyone? Or fresh lobster and crab delivered to your tent by the owners’ son? Marvellous. C Caerfai, St David’s Caerfai Farm, Pembrokeshire by Caerfai Farm Caerfai has one of the best locations in Wales: right on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, with its own little beach, and 10 minutes’ walk from the cathedral town of St David’s. Carfai’s farm shop stocks their own organic produce, including home-made cheese. D Hidden Valley Yurts, Wye Valley A Hidden Valley Yurt near Monmouth, Wye Valley by Hidden Valley Yurts “Imagine a holiday where your children have the freedom to be children ... a holiday where the night sky is so dark you can see the Milky Way and the background noise is a babbling brook and birdsong…” Well, we’re hooked. Hidden Valley's six luxury yurts are set in an 80-acre valley that’s a stunning mix of wild flower meadows, ancient woodland and coppiced hazel, shared by local wildlife and the farm’s own alpacas and Jacob sheep. E Snowdonia Shepherds Hut Snowdonia Shepherds Huts near Betws y Coed, Snowdonia by Snowdonia Shepherds No real shepherd was ever offered this kind of luxury: a pair of shepherd’s huts, side by side in the Snowdonia. Inside one is a cosy bedroom with wood-burning stove, while the other has a bathroom and wood-fired sauna. And for cooking, there’s a covered outdoor kitchen and fire pit. Pitch my Tent, Gower A bell tent from Pitch My Tent, Gower by Pitch My Tent For those looking for the ultimate hassle free-camping option, the folks at family run outfit Pitch my Tent do all the hard and sweaty work before your arrival; setting up your luxury bell tent at the campsite of your choice. Covering Gower and surrounding areas, all that’s left to do is relax and soak in your surroundings. You’ll be transported away from the rat race and at peace with the world again, in no time. Bliss. More alternative accommodation in Wales Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Wales on Film Wales has been host to hundreds of films. Here are some of those scene-stealing performances. Gay Wales: where to stay The door’s open everywhere in Wales, but here are a few places we like. Wales' must-ride trails From riverside rides to thrilling forest trails, Wales is a great place to bring your bike. Stargazing in Wales If you're handy with a telescope or a casual observer of the galaxy, Wales is great for stargazing. Walks in North Wales Explore the soaring mountains and refreshing coastal walks of North Wales. Wild winter in the north Ravens, choughs, baby seals – and hundreds of thousands of wintering birds.