Glampotel (Brandy House Farm)
Brandy House Farm, Felindre, Knighton LD7 1YL, UK
The River Teme meanders lazily along the edge of a B-road leading the way to Brandy House Farm, the home of Richard and Medina Brock who a run a B&B from the farmhouse. Just a few hundred yards from the farm, the glistening river waters mark the boundary between England and Wales and are fed by hill-top springs and run-off from either side of the border. It's a wonderfully rugged yet accessible area of countryside, a prime spot for long walks and wiggley back-road bike rides. It's easy to see why the renowned Glampotel team decided to set up a glamping site here. And, combined with Richard and Medina years of hospitality experience, it's easy to see why that glamping site is such a hit.
The Glampotel site itself is comprised of four spacious bell tents – or 'canvas cottages' as they like to call them – raised on wooden platforms to provide a flat, dry base and furnished with king-sized beds, handmade bespoke wooden furniture and a well-equipped kitchenette that has most things you need for whipping up you're own on-site five-course meal. If that doesn't sound quite like what you had in mind then don't worry. You can simply order breakfast from Richard and Medina instead and then enjoy the pleasant two-mile footpath to The Radnorshire Arms in Beguildy, a wonderfully old pub with parts of the building dating back to the 16th century.
Dogs are welcome here, though that's just the half of it. The farm's 12 stables and individual paddocks mean you can even bring your own horse along. Whether you walk the Welsh national trails or canter cross-country to explore the English bridleways, it’s worth chatting with Richard and Medina who know the area well and have a little portfolio of routes marked out for you to browse. Some of the best involve tracing your way back down to the riverside and across the hills into England – gallop like a Western bandit across the border.