Larkhill Tipis and Yurts

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts, Cwmduad, Carmarthenshire SA33 6AT
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A peaceful woodland valley; possibly the best glamping setting in Wales.

In the stillness of the Teifi Valley in rural Carmarthenshire, not far from the bubbling Bargoed stream, can be found the most idyllic countryside retreat.  

Larkhill used to be just a simple family home surrounded by open farmland. But in the early 90’s Fran and Tony had a plan ­to transform this place into a peaceful woodland hideaway, far from the hustle and bustle of modern life. They began planting trees, oak, beech, ash and field maple: in total 60 different species now cover the land in a remarkable transformation. At intervals throughout the fledgling woodland they levelled off terraces and began constructing tipis and yurts in the small clearings in order to share this quiet corner with guests.  

Tony designed and built a hexagonal log cabin, in keeping with the wood ­rich environment, to serve as a communal kitchen and dining area which is well stocked with all you’ll need: pots, pans, crockery, books on walks, information on the area etc.  There is a covered area outside the log cabin where all guests can meet up and share a campfire. Leading on from this they built an avenue of laburnum trees, which now flowers gloriously in a riot of yellow in late spring. At the end of this dazzling walkway a curious seven­-ringed labyrinth is scorched into the earth and, on occasion, is lit, to become a spectacular labyrinth of fire. The woodland surrounding these wonders features paths with numerous wood carvings of owls, snakes, lizards… with wild flowers occupying the unforested areas of the 20 acres. In addition there are a number of quiet corners and wooded glades hidden around the place,­ ideal for those who like meditation, contemplation and relaxation.  

There are five different types of accommodation, all from varying parts of the world, an alachigh (pron. al-a-cheeg – it’s an amazing structure that looks a bit like a yurt, only it’s rounder) from Iran, a Mongolian Ger, a Bentwood Yurt, a Native American Tipi and a Lavvu which is Scandinavian. All are equipped with comfortable beds, a wood-­burning stove, a box full of blankets, table, small gas cooker and adorned with sheepskins, rugs, throws and colourful cushions. All have LED lights and lanterns and all your firewood is supplied.

There are plenty of local attractions around here with the Cardigan Bay beaches being just twenty minutes away. You can take a boat ride to see the dolphins, canoe along the Teifi river, horse ride on Llanllwni Mountain, visit an Iron Age Fort or some of the many castles in the area. There are two stream railways, the National Botanic Garden in Carmarthen ­ the list is endless! But rushing around isn’t really the point of a holiday at Larkhill.  It’s about chilling out in a wonderfully peaceful valley, sitting around a campfire, enjoying the countryside vistas and listening to the larks of Larkhill calling softly. Sheer bliss.

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We moved here in the early 90’s with our young children for a life­style of ‘living off the land’ and enjoying the good life!  And a good life it was (and still is)! With no mains electricity we erected two wind generators, adding solar panels into the mix (and more recently water power) which now powers not only our house but the entire campsite.

The idea of the campsite started in 2001 after we had planted four acres of woodland. Tony would spend hours each week mowing paths through the young trees and it seemed such a shame to have it all to ourselves.  We loved the land and wanted to share it! So in 2002 we put up our first tipi ­ and from there things have evolved.  

We have had five pitches for many years, with no intention of increasing the number as this would detract from the tranquility of the location.  All of the accommodation has its own ‘space’, each having an outside campfire and bordered with shrubs and trees so that no one is overlooked. Handmade stepping stones meander throughout the campsite linking all of the dwellings and facilities.  

The log cabin is the ‘hub’ of the campsite and has a covered campfire area outside of it where all can gather for social evenings. We built a pizza oven in 2015 and have had some great nights ­ thoroughly enjoyed by all!  Other facilities include two hot showers, a tiled compost toilet and a normal flush toilet.  

But it’s the woodland and nature that still inspires us… We’ve built a play area in the woods with swings and a slide for kids to enjoy and a must for the boys is making dens!  There are no roads to worry about ­ it’s completely safe for kids to wander and roam through the woodland (which is fenced). We’re still a smallholding and have a good flock of rare breed Boreray sheep, along with friendly chickens and turkeys who roam freely around the land.  Very free range eggs and honey are available to buy.

We’ve had many great reviews over the years and have met such lovely people - ­ long may it continue!!

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★★★★★

Larkhill tipi

Just perfect.  Stayed for two nights in the lavvu,  which was cosy and snug.  Kids loved it and didn't want to leave.  Explored some lovely beaches.  Larkhill is beautiful,  well thought out and very welcoming.  We all want to go back again soon.  Highly recommended. 

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★★★★★

Larkhill Tipis

Awesomely beautiful place. Comfortable, welcoming, relaxing. Just returned from 3rd visit, and most other people staying were also on return visits. Stayed in Mongolian Ger (Yurt) with 2 young children. They had the best time, as they can have so much freedom. A truly peaceful place for a getaway, and a good base for exploring West Wales.

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A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

In the stillness of the Teifi Valley in rural Carmarthenshire, not far from the bubbling Bargoed stream, can be found the most perfect countryside retreat.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: In the stillness of the Teifi Valley in rural Carmarthenshire, not far from the bubbling Bargoed stream, can be found the most perfect countryside retreat.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

In the stillness of the Teifi Valley in rural Carmarthenshire, not far from the bubbling Bargoed stream, can be found the most perfect countryside retreat.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: In the stillness of the Teifi Valley in rural Carmarthenshire, not far from the bubbling Bargoed stream, can be found the most perfect countryside retreat.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

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