Powys Pods

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Hay-on-Wye

  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • One-way flow
  • 24hr+ ventilation between accommodation guests
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
Practical yet simple wooden camping pods with excellent facilities and views across the surrounding Welsh hills

Powys Pods try to avoid the term ‘glamping’ because they still very much class themselves as a camping site – albeit a campsite with some very wooden looking tents. “We cater to the muddy boots brigade”, owner Jess tells us, “you need to bring everything you would for camping, but can leave the tent at home”.

It may sound unusual, but it’s a simple idea and one they pull off to perfection. Comprised of just three wooden pods, each with electricity and a heater, the site’s accommodation is simple yet more than comfortably adequate. Unlike those bells and whistles glamping sites, they haven’t clogged every space with spangled chandeliers and layers of fancy bedding, but instead offer the convenience of simple and sturdy accommodation that allows you to have a more traditional camping break, without the worry about the weather. Outside there’s room to sit in the sun and while away the hours, while the essential joys of star gazing and late night campfires are still very much encouraged. It really is camping without the peg-pushing, pole-snapping, nylon-fighting hassle.

On a tiered slope in rural Radnorshire, the pods are located on semi-organic Grug Farm, home to 200 sheep and half a dozen Welsh Black cows that graze either side of the winding, local lanes. Two of the three units are in the lower camping area – where separate wooden buildings featuring toilets and modern, power showers can also be found – while the third pod is hidden away further up the slope, in a field of its own. The winning factor for all three is undoubtedly the view. In the foreground, below your camping space, a block of trees spreads throughout the valley bottom, while behind it hills climb up gently towards the sky. The higher pod, meanwhile, overlooks a stretch of open fields, the Black Mountains visible in the distance on a clear day.

In the way all good views do, it can’t help but draw you out. No sooner have you sat yourself down and you're drawing a line with your finger across the nearest hillside. Jess will help answer all your questions and can direct you to nearby Offa's Dyke footpath, though simply taking off to explore will quickly reveal a host of local treasures. Less than a mile down the road, Bryngwyn Riding Centre can saddle you up (both beginners and the experienced) for a pony trek through the local area – options vary from half hour routes for children to two-hour or whole day hacks across the Welsh countryside. An easy 20-minute car journey brings you to famous Hay-on-Wye, its quirky independent book and antique shops giving it an enjoyable buzz that lasts well beyond the annual Hay Festival.



We offer 2 luxury showers and 3 toilets in separate pod units, along with a drying room with space to hang clothes. The pods all have electricity, with sockets for charging essentials and a small oil-filled radiator/fan heater add to the cosy feeling. One of the pods (Ardwyn Pod) also has built-in beds with mattresses and storage underneath, which can either be set as two single beds or converted into a double. Please bring your own sheets and bedding, and camping beds depending on which pod you're staying in (or hire camp beds). The site has a fantastic lawn area (subject to tents) with a firepit, and a large under-cover seating, kitchen and BBQ area. The kitchen area includes washing up sinks, a worktop, and kettles, toasters and electric twin-hob hotplates. Please bring your own cooking utensils, saucepans, plates and cutlery etc.

Suitable For

Tents can be booked as a extra alongside your pod booking. Dogs can be booked as a extra and will be subject to our Dog Policy. Small campervans as part of a group exclusive use booking may be allowable - please contact us. Sorry no caravans. Non-family groups MUST BE OVER 30 YEARS OF AGE and we recommend booking the whole site for exclusive use.


A mile down the road there's a horse riding centre (01497 851669). They offer half hour routes for kids and beginners and longer hacks for the more experienced. The local, heather-clad hills are covered in bridleways and it's a fantastic way to cover the ground. Also popular is a drive to the river Wye. Here you can hire canoes (07414 935965) and drift your way down stream, another great way to explore the area! For something a little more sedate, a drive to Hay-on-Wye leads to a wealth of good independent shops – particularly antique and book shops. The town also marks the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, another real hub for outdoor pursuits. The Elan Valley is also well worth a visit, as well as the surrounding towns on the Welsh Border.

Food & Drink

BBQs are permitted and there's a large brick BBQ available for use. The nearest pub, The Roast Ox (01497 851398), can be found at Painscastle (4 miles away) and there is also a good bar and restaurant at Rhosgoch Golf Club (3 miles; 01497 851251). For the maximum choice head to Hay-on-Wye, or refer to the more extensive list provided in your pod.



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The Owner Says

Powys Pods is situated in an undiscovered part of rural Radnorshire, tucked away in the hills of Wales close to the Welsh-English border with Herefordshire. From your camping pod you will have views of the valley and the open hills beyond, just waiting to be explored by foot, bike or on horseback. Whether you want to be active during your break or just have a relaxing getaway, staying in one of our cosy pods could be just the thing for you. The camping pods are great for families, couples or groups of friends, for those wanting exclusive romantic getaways, an affordable weekend break or maybe just a stress-free alternative camping holiday without the worry about the weather.

When staying at Powys Pods you will have the luxury of modern facilities with the unique atmosphere of a camping holiday. We offer something a bit different to the usual glamping with all it's bells and whistles, we offer something more affordable; it's camping, but without the tent. We wanted to create a low-cost no-frills glamping campsite where you could bring your kids and your dogs along, or have a go at camping without the worry of the weather. Think of it as comfortable camping.

Powys Pods offers an alternative and comfortable camping experience for everyone, from walkers, family groups, pony trekkers, mountain bikers and bird watchers to those who simply love the peace and quiet of the countryside and the fresh air that it brings. So join us on our working family farm for a peaceful and enjoyable stay, whether you want a quiet get-away, or an action-packed break - but remember, we are in an ideal location just to do nothing!

Social Distancing Measures


Pre-allocated washroom, space in kitchen area (with cupboard, fridge, hotplate & kettle) and a firepit or BBQ. All non-shared. See our website for full details.

Please enquire about disabled facilities or baby changing facilities before you book. Cycle rack, drying room and outdoor tap may also not be available. Please enquire. Camp beds: still available to hire, quarantined for 72 hours before use so we may not be able to fulfil every request.

Checklist showing what has been cleaned and sanitised prior to arrival displayed outside each Washroom, Pod and in the Facilities Area. In-stay cleaning will be guest's responsibility.



We have just three camping pods (and a separate tent pitch above Ardwyn pod):

Bryn-Gwyn pod is the 'family' sized pod, suitable for up to 5 adults (or 2 adults & 2-3 children), and is suitable people with disabilities too.

Allt Dderw pod is suitable for 3 adults or 2 adults with 1-2 small children (under aged 8).

Ardwyn pod is suitable for 2 adults and 1-2 infants (with own beds). It has built-in beds with foam mattresses that can either be configured as a double or single bed.

If your group is too big for a pod, you can arrange to book a tent nearby to your pod, or why not book the whole site (please see our rules on group bookings).

Bryn-Gwyn Pod

Pod Sleeps 5
Bryn means 'hill' in Welsh and Gwyn means 'white' – named after the hillside that this pod looks onto. It is pronounced 'Brin Gwin', or locally 'Brung-win'

Allt Dderw Pod

Pod Sleeps 4
Allt Dderw is the name of a local hill. Allt (or gallt) means 'wooded hillside' in Welsh and Dderw (or derw) means 'oaken'. It is pronounced 'alt th-eh-roo'

Ardwyn Pod

Pod Sleeps 4
Our most secluded pod, in a field on it's own. Sleeps a maximum of 2 adults and 2 infants, with 2 comfy foam mattresses included.

Cae Bell Secluded Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
A secluded tent pitch with views over the valley and onto the Black Mountains in the distance. Located 5 minutes (mainly up hill) walk from facilities and parking.

Group Booking (exclusive use)

Exclusive Site Hire Sleeps 20
Includes all three pods and Cae Bell secluded tent pitch. You can add up to 3 lawn tent pitches, camp beds and dogs as extras during the booking process. Electric hook-up for the Cae Bell secluded tent pitch can also be booked as an extra. Please see each pod/pitch for individual descriptions of each unit.

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Contact Powys Pods, Grug Farm, Bryngwyn, Kington, Powys. HR5 3QN

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Getting There

Customers are emailed detailed directions and check-in information a few days before their stay. The nearest train station is either Hereford or Llandrindod Wells and the nearest bus is to Hay-on-Wye or Kington. These are still a bit of a distance away, though, so a car is advised.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 12 reviews


Beautiful Spot

Great stay at one of the pods and cae bell pitch. Quiet and beautiful spot. Jess was very helpful and friendly with organising our trip. Lots of clear advice and instructions. Facilities perfect and very clean. Thoroughly enjoyed our time here and would definitely return and recommend
Jun 28, 2021 by Rosie Dent Verified Review


Our third stay in Bryn Gwyn pod. Kitchen and toilet/shower were spotless, as always. Such a beautiful, tranquil place with wonderful views of the surrounding hills and just the sound of birdsong, farm animals and the odd tractor for company. We didn’t want to leave.

Great to get away from it all

We hired out Powys Pods for a family get-together for my Dad's Birthday. Jess and her lovely dogs greeted us on arrival, she had got the heaters on in our pods so they were nice and cosy! We had terrible weather the day of arrival so Jess had very kindly got her bothy cleared out for us to cook and eat in. With it being based up in the hills you get glorious views but you are quite exposed to the wind which proved tricky at times. It was all part of the experience! The facilities were excellent! Warm, clean, and well supplied. There is an excellent BBQ as well which we managed to utilise on our last evening. The setting is stunning and it is so peaceful there! We would definitely come and stay again. There are some great local walks and Jess gave us some suggestions for things to do in not such great weather. Erwood Station Gallery and Hay on Wye are wonderful places to visit.

Highly Recommended

We used the tent pitch for a couple of nights, it's a stunning location with superb facilities. Really nice touch having a built in little fire pit and picnic bench to use while camping. Added bonus that it's situated away from the other pods/facilities so it feels very secluded. Shower/toilets were very clean, everything was in excellent condition and the location is great for walking, cycling and relaxing. The sunset's are amazing from the tent pitch.
May 4, 2021 by Kevin Verified Review


There has been a lot of thought given to creating a perfect pod camping experience. Each pod has been thoughtfully constructed and the layout is light an airy. The bathroom and kitchen areas are equally as thoughtfully put together. Covid has clearly impacted on all aspects of hospitality but you sense that these pods were very easy to put in Covid procedures. To sum up perfect clean beautiful pod camping in a great location.

A beautiful stay!

The scenery and location is absolutely stunning. The pod itself was spotless - very clean and spacious (as were the bathrooms!)
Sep 19, 2019 by Sim & Josh Verified Review

Brilliant, secluded, friendly, lovely

Wonderful place. Feels very calm and secluded. We paid for exclusive use so had the 3 pods and all communal areas to our selves. Perfect! Nice facilities, fire pit and BBQ were fab! Would recommend extra layers as it seems to be a windy spot!
Jul 29, 2019 by Jodie


Beautiful location, clean and modern pods with a real rustic camping feel x
Sep 2, 2018 by Lynsey

Hidden gem

On arriving at Powys pods we where very happy to see that the set up was very clean with stunning views of the countryside and our pod was on its own field tucked away from the other pods..... to my 5 year old sons delight as he had a field to run around in and play, the pods at night are very cosy and the family fitted perfectly. We will definitely love to return for a longer stay x
Aug 26, 2018 by Lynsey

Response from Powys Pods

Thanks for your review, I'm glad you had a lovely stay and we look forward to seeing you again. 

Pods with a view

All I can say is what a great find!! I’ve had to switch to more of a glamping style for my outdoor experiences as my girls have grown up, and this place was simply perfect. Fantastic views of the Welsh hills, coupled with a huge covered outdoor area and a shower/toilet block that would not be out of place in a hotel. The pods are perfectly placed to catch the sunset, and you wake to a stunning view of the hills, with sheep and cows grazing less than 10 metres away. We booked for 3 nights, across the August bank holiday weekend, and the large covered area made all the difference…rain did not stop play, and we could cook, socialise and BBQ all without fear of getting soaked. The owner, Jess, was fast to respond via email, and very pleasant and accommodating in person. She ensured we were settled in fast and without fuss, and was very helpful when I left a few things behind too.
Aug 29, 2016 by Laladiaan

Best pod experience so far

Myself and my girlfriend stayed here for two nights, last minute one summers weekend. The owners were more than accommodating in letting us arrive late Friday night, allowing us to enjoy the two day break to the full. Arriving in the dark meant we could only really scope out the communal kitchen area. However this is the first great thing about Powys pods. Sat between the accommodation and sheltered from the rain, it has everything you need to brew a tea or cook up a feast. Sat at the picnic benches with your freshly brewed hot chocolate is the perfect place to plan your morning hike. When you wake up in your little heated pod you open the doors and are smacked in the face by the most amazing view of the valley, you could easily stay forever. Parking is plenty and access to the trails comes easy. Playing catch with the owners dogs or huddling around the fire this campsite ticks all the boxes. Can't wait to visit this summer.

Apr 25, 2016 by Daniel

We'll be back!

We stayed for one night at Powys Pods and absolutely loved it.  It was our first time 'podding', having camped many times previously and we were converted. We were a party of four adults and nine kids, aged from nine to 15.  We stayed in the two larger pods (three in one and four in the other) and our four teenagers pitched a tent nearby.  The layout for us was absolutely perfect as we were all near to one another - but not too near!  The extensive covered area is a really bonus as we could bbq without consideration for the weather with all mod cons there - hot/cold water, big worktop and a fridge and freezer nearby.  The fire pit enabled us to stay up longer socialising and the tent pitch just in front of the pods meant that we didn't have to worry about being too far away from the teens.  The three pods housing the two showers and extra loo were very close by and spotlessly clean.  It really felt that we had our own private farm for the night.  Owner Jess's help in finding us a walk directly out of the farm was much appreciated and the two farm dogs kept the younger kids entertained.  It's a beautiful part of Wales and waking up with a view of the hills and the sheep nearby was priceless. We will definitely be back - but for longer next time! 

Aug 19, 2015 by Vicky G

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