Glamping, yurts and hot tubs: alternative accommodation

Whether you're a seasoned camper or someone more reticent about the prospect of a night under canvas, you've probably heard the term ‘glamping’ being coined.

Inspired by the idea, The Glamping Hideaway in the Hills is a five-metre bell tent with double beds, futons and even canoe hire if you're feeling daring. 

Pentre Mawr, North East Wales

 by Pentre Mawr Country House

There's camping and glamour, and then there are the safari-style canvas lodges at Pentre Mawr Country House, in Denbigh, a centuries-old house which has earned plenty of praise for its in-demand suites, complete with their own private hot tubs and terraces.

Cwmcarn Forest Drive in Caerphilly, South Wales Valleys

Cwmcarn Forest Drive in Caerphilly, South Wales Valleys by Steve Malpass

Timber pods

If sharing your sleeping space with a bug or two has never appealed, Cwmcarn Forest Drive have also come up with an innovative design – set within acres of walking land, their timber pods have heaters, electric sockets and partially-covered verandas for you to relax and escape from it all in without worrying about packing up your poles in the morning.

Tipis and yurts

Beddgelert, in the Snowdonia National Park, is an amazing place to stay, possessing an unspoilt beauty which entices you to connect with nature – not least because there are all sorts of unusual and protected species to be found within the 70-hectare site.

Strawberry Skys Yurts, near Welshpool, Mid Wales

Strawberry Skys Yurts, near Welshpool, Mid Wales by j-fi

The Welsh Highland Railway and the Sygun Copper Mine are both nearby. Tipis are wonderful spaces to stay in – at Brynteg on the Isle of Anglesey, you can choose between larger designs for groups of friends or cosy yurts for two, while Cwm Tawel in the Llynfi Valley near Cardiff and Strawberry Skys Yurts in the rolling hills of Powys have yurts all the way from Mongolia, kitted out with sheepskins and cushions around the fireplace.

At Trellyn, in Pembrokeshire, you can even learn ancient bushcraft wisdom before settling down in your choice of accommodation, with the options including a stylish geo-dome made from recycled materials and a tipi adorned with comfy bedding.

Dome tent at Fforest Camp

Dome tent and family at Fforest Camp by fforestcamp

Mention must also go to a cornerstone of eco camping in Wales and a haven for those looking for comfort and relaxation. Fforest is situated in 200 acres of rolling woodland and wild meadow outside Cardigan. A second site called Manorfan is located in a wooded valley just 15 minutes’ walk from the National Trust beach of Penbryn.

As they say at Fforest, this is not a campsite. This is an antidote to a busy modern world.

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