20 June 2017
What’s the coolest, quirkiest outdoor glamping experience in the entire world? That's the question that National Geographic asked when looking for winners of the Happy Glampers award in their inaugural Big Sleep Awards 2017.
Romantic views, Fforest, West Wales
Reigning high above thousands of other potential glamping locations, Wales' very own Fforest won the runner-up accolade! It's a huge feat for the company and for Wales, especially given the massive pool of competition out there.
Fforest is the brainchild of Sian and James Lynch, who wanted to make the most of the great outdoors in West Wales so that others could enjoy it too. Across three sites in Ceredigion, Cardigan and Cilgerran, they have built a variety of accommodation that invites visitors to relax, have fun and be at one with the natural beauty of Wales.
James Lynch, Fforest, West Wales
At the camps, set in over 200 acres of wilderness near the Teifi gorge, you can stay in romantic dome tents, cosy cabins with woodburners, bell tents with barbecues and many other back-to-nature options set amongst the greenery.
Despite being in the heart of the countryside, there is plenty to do near Fforest.
Folly Farm is a 30 minute drive from Fforest farm. Much more than its name suggests, it is closer to a zoo than a humble cattle farm! Meet giraffes, zebra, lions, penguins and of course, farmyard favourites such as pigs, goats and sheep.
Penguins together at Folly Farm's Penguin Coast, Pembrokeshire
Bay To Remember runs boat trips that make the most of the extensive coast around West Wales. On a good day, passengers will spot all sorts of marine life including bottlenose dolphins, porpoise and grey seals. Boats are just a five minute drive from Fforest farm.
Dylan Thomas' Boathouse, Laugharne by Paula J James
Laugharne, the former home of Wales' beloved bard Dylan Thomas, is a 50 minute drive from Fforest. Visit some of the poet's haunts, such as his favourite pub Brown's Hotel and his hillside writing shed and his boathouse that overlooks the Taf Estuary.