Stay somewhere different From antique yurts to Hobbit tents to cavalry domes, Wales is a country full of quirky and unusual places to stay. A Caldey Island Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire by Paula J James Among the religious retreats of Wales, Pembrokeshire’s Caldey Island has been a site of religious importance since a Celtic monastery was built there in the 6th century. It’s just a short boat trip from Tenby and there are a limited number of self-catering facilities. Groups of visitors can also stay at St Philomema’s retreat house on Caldey during spring and summer months. B Portmeirion Portmeirion, Snowdonia Mountains & Coast Portmeirion is a colourful and ornate Mediterranean village perched on the edge of a beautiful estuary near Porthmadog, on the north west coast of Wales. You will find yourself transported into another world as soon as you cross its threshold. Peacocks strut around gardens full of rare and exotic flora and fauna. There is a variety of characterful cottage accommodation within the village of Portmeirion itself, as well as the Portmeirion and Castell Deudraeth hotels. Wild and pictureseque youth hostels Pwll Deri Youth Hostel, Pembrokeshire Here’s a smart alternative to the idea of renting out an enormous country house for that special birthday or anniversary party. There are numerous youth hostels and bunkhouses in some of the most wild and picturesque locations in Wales that are available for hire, including the Brecon Beacons National Park and on the shores of the Snowdonia. Youth Hostels Wales C Bardsey Island Stone cottage, Bardsey Island, Llŷn Penisula Fancy staying on a Welsh island? If so, try Bardsey Island off the coast of the Llŷn Peninsula. It’s a place of religious pilgrimage, a National Nature Reserve and a site of Special Scientific Interest. Working farms Cwmcrwth Farm, Carmarthenshire by discover carmathenshire Farming has been an important part of Welsh culture and community for centuries and it remains a vital part of the economy. You can stay at dozens of working farms throughout the country in a mixture of bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation. Not only does it offer you a special insight into the nature of Wales, you’ll never taste fresher milk and eggs anywhere in the world D Llancayo Windmill Llancayo Windmill, Wye Valley & Vale of Usk by Steve Liptrot Photography A luxury holiday cottage with a difference, Llancayo Windmill is a contemporary restoration of a 19th century windmill in the Monmouthshire countryside, with room for 12 guests on five floors. The mill is no longer in use, but nobody seems to have informed Mother Nature and the wind still blows as fresh as ever. Cool camping Tipi, Mid Wales by Dana&Ron Wales is full of unique ways to spend a night under the stars. There are gypsy caravans set beneath our mountains, perfect for a romantic getaway. Families can holiday in our countryside yurts and tipis for an alternative cool camping break. Eco Friendly Dome tent at Fforest Camp, Ceredigion by fforestcamp We love Welsh wildlife, forests and our epic scenery. And with so many natural wonders to enjoy and explore, it won't surprise you to learn that Wales has plenty of eco-friendly accommodation options. Including the multi award winning, solar-powered Bryn Elltyd Eco Guest House in Snowdonia, the super sustainable Preseli Venture Eco Lodge in the heart of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and quirky but cool croglofts & geodesic domes at Fforest farm, near Cardigan. E Gwydir Castle Gwydir Castle, near Llanwrst, North Wales We haven’t done the maths on this, but there seem to be as many Medieval castles, ancient forts and Neolithic settlements in Wales as there are hotels. You can stay in some of those ancient buildings like the Tudor courtyard house of Gwydir Castle, located in the beautiful Conwy Valley and set with ten acres of historic gardens. Or in South Wales stay at The 13th century Gatehouse near Chepstow for a romantic retreat. Yurt holidays Yurt holidays by Mark_and_Kelly At the award-winning Willows campsite on North Wales’ Llŷn Peninsula you can stay in a fully insulated Hobbit Tent, which resembles a circular, wooden tube. Or try some glamping at Hidden Valley Yurts in the Usk Valley in one of six fully furnished, beautifully painted, Mongolian yurts. Or at Fforest Camp near Cardigan and Manorafon there is a bewildering array of accommodation, including tents inspired by traditional Dutch and Swedish structures, as well as a dome based on a British cavalry design of the 1850’s. F West Usk Lighthouse West Usk Lighthouse, Newport, Wye Valley & Vale of Usk Let there be light or let there be lighthouses, to be more precise. The strikingly rotund, lighthouse near Newport, was built in 1821. Today it’s been lovingly restored and has an added surprise for guests in the form of a Dalek guarding the bottom of the stairs. G The Straw Cottage The Straw Cottage, Ty Gwyn Farm, Radnorshire by Ty Gwyn Farm A unique cottage built of straw, The Straw Cottage is surrounded by woodland, meadow and stream set in 3 acres of its own grounds within a 130 acre farm. Children have the freedom to explore safely, build dens, stream dip, follow a treasure hunt and toast marshmallows by the bonfire. Candles and lanterns, a wood burner, hot shower and flushing WC, cosy beds and sofas provide the perfect mix of comfort and escape from the modern world. More accommodation in Wales Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Stylish glamping We asked the team at Condé Nast Traveller to pick a few of their favourite places to camp in Wales. Yurt holidays in Wales Wales is a country best lived out of doors. 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