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. Wales has some amazing alternative accommodation, offering seclusion, comfort and even hot tubs under the stars!

Eco cabins, timber pods and geo-domes

Interior of an eco cabin at Treberfedd Farm

Eco cabin interior at Treberfedd Farm, Ceredigion by Treberfedd Farm
You’ll get a warm Welsh welcome at Treberfedd Farm’s two octagonal eco-cabins, Saffir and Aerona. Powered by green energy and built from local timber, each stylish cabin also has a wood burning stove and underfloor heating; heaven-sent after a cheek-glowing trip around the farm’s organic trail and ‘welly walk’. The farm is also dog-friendly if you want to bring four-legged family members along.

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.

Plasyngheidio is a working farm, near Nefyn on the beautiful Llŷn Peninsular. As well as a touring park, they have two pods sleeping four people each. The pods have cooking facilities, electric sockets, and wifi so you can enjoy your home comforts whilst experiencing the amazing scenery around you. 

One of the promised hot tubs is to be found at Tai Twt Camping Pods in Lampeter. Perfect as a base for walking and cycling in the area, they have two luxury pods with electrical hook ups. There's even a drying area for soggy boots and coats, a laundry room plus secure bike storage. 

Off-grid, compost loos, wood-fired showers and solar lights tick your holiday boxes? How about comfy beds, snug duvets, fluffy sheepskins and cosy rugs in one of Cosy Under Canvas's seven geo-domes? There's plenty for children to explore in the surrounding woodlands, or relax in the calm surroundings by a camp fire. 

Shepherd's huts

Super cwtchy shepherd's huts are perfect for a romantic getaway. Wild Meadow Shepherd's Hut in Powys is set up on a hillside so you can enjoy amazing views when you fling open the door to welcome in the morning. It's also got a wood burning stove, outside cooking and a full sized double bed. Cosy.

If you prefer to share your hut with your family, Ty Cerrig Woodland Retreats in the Vale of Glamorgan can sleep up to four people. This is a real chance to get away from it all. Situated in 8 acres of woodland, solar panels supply electric lighting but there are no 13 amp sockets and no wifi. While there is a small kitchen, cooking over the firepit sounds much more fun.

Tipis and yurts

Tipis are wonderful spaces to stay in. 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

Anglesey Tipi & Yurt Holidays offer a perfect hideaway with two tipis and three yurts in eight acres of countryside. Just a mile from the picturesque east coast, it provides an excellent base for your exploration of the island. Every pitch offers its own tranquil space and there is a communal space too, where campers can gather around the fire pit.

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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