Crai Valley Glamping
Glwydcaenewydd Farm, Crai, Nr Sennybridge, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8YP
Megan the dog is often the first to greet you when you arrive at this Brecon Beacons glamping site. She’s not exactly the vision of a traditional sheepdog – a friendly and fluffy little Bichon Frise, she’d more likely get lost among white sheep then be found herding them – but she’s a key member of the Davis clan and roams the 330-acre organic valley with them just have family dogs have done for centuries. Today the farm approaches its fourth generation and, along with the old constants – a beef herd and the flock of Welsh sheep – there are some modern twists here, too. Not least the latest addition to the land; a trio of beautiful shepherd’s huts perfect for glamping in the hills.
Set in a meadow just beyond a couple of beautiful stone farm lodges and barns, the huts offer a beautiful and tasteful place to stay among the Brecon Beacons landscape. From outside they are a picture of tradition; great iron wheels sit beneath wonderful wooden walls and the curvature of the corrugated wood. Yet, within, the three abodes are each a thoroughly modern affair. There is under-floor heating, a plush en suite bathroom with a powerful shower and a fully equipped kitchen area with its own fridge and oven. There’s room for three adults (or two adults and two kids) in the fitted double beds, while, from the deck outside, the views are dazzling: Before you, the meadow drops gently away towards the River Crai, flowing quietly through the trees, while beyond the valley side climbs away into a long, green ridge, divided up by hedges and mature trees.
If you’re a keen walker then the national park location offers ample hiking opportunities, while mountain bikers will find the farm pleasingly equipped with a hose for washing down your gear at the end of the day. Those seeking a more casual pace, meanwhile, can explore the national show caves at Day y Ogof, six miles away. Learn your stalactites from your stalagmites and marvel at the spectacular shapes and formations that the River Llynfell has hollowed here beneath the ground. When darkness falls, though, you can enjoy one of the areas best attractions of the farm. Crai Valley Glamping sites in the heart of the Brecon Beacons International Dark Sky Reserve, with some of the most dazzling stars to be seen anywhere in the UK. Light the log-burner, cosy up in your hut and enjoy the spectacle. It’s like an extra glamping gift from nature.