Whether you're a seasoned camper, a glamper or someone more reticent about the prospect of a night under canvas, Wales has some amazing alternative accommodation that offers seclusion, comfort and even hot tubs beneath the stars!
Eco cabins, timber pods and geo-domes
Treberfedd Farm eco cabins, Ceredigion
You’ll get a warm Welsh welcome at these 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, which is heaven-sent after a cheek-glowing trip around the farm’s organic trail and welly walk. The farm is dog-friendly so you can bring four-legged family members along.
Cwmcarn Forest Campsite, Cwmcarn
If sharing your sleeping space with a bug or two has never appealed, Cwmcarn Forest Campsite has timber pods that offer protection against critters and the cold nights. Each pod has a heater, electric sockets and partially-covered verandas, so you can escape from the everyday and not have to worry about packing up your poles in the morning.
Tai Twt Camping Pods, Lampeter
Perfect as a base for walking and cycling in the area, the Tai Twt luxury pods with electrical hook- ups and hot tubs are such a joy to come back to after a day of exploring. Situated in a wooded valley overlooking a lake, they're in a stunning location. There's a drying area for soggy boots and coats, a laundry room plus secure bike storage.
Cosy Under Canvas, Powys
Want to go off-grid and into the thick of the great outdoors? At the Cosy Under Campus site in Newchurch, you'll find seven geo domes kitted out with compost loos, wood-fired showers, solar-powered lights and the opportunity to gather around a camp fire. Each dome has comfy beds, warm duvets and cosy rugs, not to mention helpful extras so that you can cook with ease and access to hot tubs and wood-burning stoves. Hello, digital detox.
Wild Meadow Shepherd's Hut, Powys
The Wild Meadow Shepherd's Hut is a perfect for a romantic getaway. Set up on the Presteigne hillside, so you can enjoy amazing views over a valley when you fling open the door to welcome in the morning. The hut has a wood burning-stove, outside cooking and a full sized double bed. You can pick ingredients from the nearby orchard and rustle up dinner to enjoy under the darkening sky.
hide at St Donats
In the heart of the Glamorgan countryside, hide at St Donats is a group of three fully equipped snug cabans, a shepherd's hut and a lodge hidden amongst wildflowers and trees. Set in Tresilian Wood, hide shares nearly eight acres of land with an arboretum, so it's truly amongst the wildlife. It's near St Donats, a small village with wonderful views of the Welsh coastline and easy access to great walks in the wilderness.
Ty Cerrig Woodland Retreats, Bonvilston
If you want a family-sized outdoor escape surrounded by eight acres of woodland, two of the options at the rural Ty Cerrig Woodland Retreats site will hit the spot. Gwdihŵ is a shepherd's hut with room for four, while Bwncath is a cabin that can fit five. Duvets, mattresses, cooking equipment, comfy seating, hot showering facilities and flushing toilets are included with both, but there's no WiFi. The lights are solar-powered, and while there are no sockets there are two USB points.
Tipis and yurts
Trellyn Woodland Camping, Haverfordwest
There are five special accommodation options on the secluded Trellyn Woodland Camping site in Pembrokeshire. Two of them are geo-domes that measure seven metres wide, meaning there's plenty of room for chilling out. There are also three themed yurts, each with real beds, a dedicated camp kitchen and a covered campfire area. Also thrown in are fridge freezers, power showers, charging points, wetsuits, surfboards, a sauna, Wi-Fi and more!
Anglesey Tipi & Yurt Holidays, Anglesey
If you want an eco-friendly hideaway, Anglesey Tipi & Yurt Holidays in Brynteg is ideal. There is one tipi and four yurts set in acres of countryside. Just a mile from the picturesque east coast, it provides an excellent base for 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 or hang in a hammock.
We couldn't write about camping without mentioning Fforest Camp, a cornerstone of eco-camping in Wales. A haven for those looking for comfort and relaxation, it 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. There are various accommodation options at both, but whatever you choose you'll be guaranteed an antidote to the busy modern world.