Tipis at Ponty

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys

Pont-Y-Forwyn, Llansantffraid, Powys SY22 6UA
Adults-only, dog-friendly camping and glamping on the Powys and Shropshire borders.

Set in a secluded spot on the Powys-Shropshire border, Ian and Jane Whyte's stunning six-acre smallholding plays hosts to Tipis at Ponty, a wonderful new adults-only site that welcomes campers and glampers alike (not to mention well-behaved dogs). This peaceful pocket between Oswestry (on the English side of Offa's Dyke) and Welshpool (on the Welsh) is bordered by the River Cain, making it a magnet for all sorts of wildlife, with kingfishers, herons and cormorants in attendance, and even the odd visiting otter.

Besides these curious creatures, there are few other guests who share the space. With just three spacious tent pitches and a pair of tipis, there's never any danger of overcrowding. The site is strictly a car-free zone (wheelbarrows are thoughtfully provided so you can trundle your gear to camp) so peace and quiet is all but guaranteed, while the trio of pitch-your-own plots range from riverside spaces to more elevated pitches with views to die for. All come with firepits and rustic seating, a fine addition for those who want to admire the unblemished night skies beside the warmth of a campfire.

The titular tipis (Mary and Mavis) are perfect for couples (although a third guest can be accommodated in Mavis). With a wood-burning stove, comfy double bed and bean bags to collapse in, there are few cosier settings to cwtch in after a day spent exploring. Facilities-wise, a pair of newly constructed wet rooms with hot showers and proper flushing loos provide ample ablutions for guests. Campers have use of the communal kitchenette, while the tipis boast their own kitchen shacks with gas ring stove.

Hosts Ian and Jane were chefs in their former lives and still run outside catering events in the area. Their culinary nous is evident in the range of homemade goodies available in the on-site honesty shop. Whether you're indulging in these delights or cooking your own freshly caught trout from the River Cain, 'The Sunset Shack' is a welcoming communal shelter in which to dine – set in the elevated upper copse it is, as the name suggests, a fantastic spot to watch the sunset over the Shropshire Hills.

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The Owner Says

Tipis at Ponty is situated on the Powys/Shropshire borders and is a picturesque six acre small holding, with a wealth of natural beauty on the doorstep. Comprising of two luxury fully furnished Tipis, Mary and Mavis, and three grass tent pitches, Daffyd, Algie and Don Don, Adults and dogs are welcome. The campsite and our adjoining three acre paddock is bordered by the River Cain, for which we have fishing rights, and has beautiful views up the valley. We are a vehicle free site so provide you with wheelbarrows to transport your belongings. Our brand new site boasts two bespoke wet rooms, a kitchenette (with fridge, microwave and washing up facilities) which has a little "honesty box" shop, stocking various products prepared by chefs, Ian and Jane, who occasionally will offer themed evening meals during busy periods. The Tipis have a fire pit, rustic seating and tailor made cooking pod with double gas hob, the tent pitches have fire baskets and rustic seating. All pitches are welcome to use The Sunset Shack in the upper copse, our purpose built funky shed  which offers a cooking area with double gas hob and seating for dining/relaxing, enjoying the views and spectacular sunsets. The village of Llansantffraid is half a mile away providing two mini supermarkets, pubs, curry house, chip shop, post office and petrol station. Our site is a perfect location to use as a base for cyclists, walkers, golfers, fishermen, sightseeing and retail therapy, or simply chilling on site.

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★★★★★

A truly outstanding place to stay

Jun 13, 2018 by Kel

What can I say, I’ve been to many campsites over the years and this is possibly the best, in its own unique way. It’s small which is what attracted us to the site as we just wanted a couple of days away from it all. Time to relax & do as little as possible. We stayed on Daffyd the largest of the grass pitches. On arrival we were greeted by Jane who showed us around, you couldn’t ask for better hosts, Jane & Ian were on hand if you needed them and went out of their way to make us feel welcome and comfortable. The site has a little kitchenette with fridge, microwave & kettle as well as a double sink, which was fantastic. Two generous sized wet rooms, which were spotless. The showers were hot & stayed hot. There’s a communal seating area at the top of the bank where you can sit and watch the sunset over the hills in the distance. Each grass pitch has a seating area and fire basket. There’s a river at the bottom of the site, which if you follow a short way takes you to a fenced in field where your four legged friends can go for a run around. I would definitely recommend this place, in fact we already have & we only got back yesterday. Fantastic site, great central location, we’ll definitely be back... if we can get in. I have a feeling this little gem is going to be booked up with a waiting list before long... thanks for a lovely stay :) x

★★★★★

It was home from home

May 28, 2018 by Danny

We arrived at the tipis at ponty site on a really wet and miserable bank holiday Friday afternoon , where we questioned if it was a good idea to be camping at all , on arrival at the site , there were two things that instantly rewarded us , first was the site , too see how much care had been put into making this site as beautiful and well presented as it was , secondly how warm the welcome was too us on arrival , it made a massive difference to the day . The campsite has everything you could or want there to create the best experience on your holiday , from the campfire to fire baskets , private cooking areas for the tipis , the tipis have everything you need , all you need is the clothes on your back and a toothbrush, they have excellent beds inside and comfy rugs and bean bags to sit on around the log burner at night . The wet rooms are kept spotless too. It was a shame to leave the site in the daytime as it’s set in a wonderful location overlooking welsh hills and the river at the bottom of the site , all you need to relax and unwind , not forgetting are dog Ralph really enjoyed the site too , there is also a larger field for them to let of steam .The site is close too pistyll rydaeadr and lake vyrnwy which are both worth visiting and central to most other places , both Jane and Ian were always on hand to help with any questions too if needed . Overall I can’t recommend this site enough , it’s one of the best I’ve been too over the 15 years of camping I’ve done , you can tell it’s run by fellow campers too who know what camping is about . Thanks for a great weekend

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