Thistledown Glamping

UK Wales Mid Wales Ceredigion

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
Handcrafted shepherd's huts in a wild, unadulterated meadow with the option of a wood-fired hot tub

There’s something terrifically organic about Thistledown Glamping. Smuggled away down a single-track road in West Wales, the two, hand-built shepherd’s huts, with their natural, wooden fences and thistle-strewn surroundings seem to have grown out of the wilderness. The aesthetic is very much intentional.

“Manicured lawns are not the style we’re aiming for”, Claire Hall explains. We’re led down a gravel pathway with southeasterly views to the first of the two huts. “In order for the pretty flowers to grow we have to let the weeds grow up a bit too. We’ve done some extensive planting but at the same time we encourage nature to take its course and find its own way.” The result is an exceptional harmony between man and meadow.

At the first hut – Wren – a willow fence encircles the Scandinavian-style hot tub. Ready to fill and light, the wood-fired tub makes an enticing spot to spend an evening stargazing. There’s also a raised deck with a campfire pit and canopy, while, inside, the finish – all handcrafted wood and egg-shell paintwork – is exceptional. The compact kitchen has a fridge, sink, hobs and everything you need, while the raised bed is positioned so you have the best views from the window in the morning.

In the same meadow, 30 (or so) metres away, there’s a second, larger hut. Although it lacks the luxury of its own hot tub, inside it matches the former for beauty and functionality, with extra space for families. The added room allows for a set of sturdy bunk beds, with the same, exceptional woodwork running throughout, and, just like the Wren hut, it has it’s own private bathroom a short stroll away.

One of the main reasons the huts fit so sympathetically into their surroundings is because husband Tim, not only designed them, but also built the two huts himself. Indeed, the site was a real family vision. From scribbled designs to the finished product, Claire, Tim and their two children have committed to creating a place that fits with the surroundings. Materials are all reclaimed, up-cycled or local, while the natural spring in the meadow helps turn a water wheel that Tim has created; using the chains and cogs from an old bike, it will soon power lighting around the site.

From the meadow there’s a pleasant country walk to the local pub (occasionally with Red Kites to be seen soaring overhead) that takes about 20 minutes. Log fires and real ales make it a good winter bolthole, while floor-to-ceiling windows let the greens of Wales pour in during summer. Like the glampsite, too, the pub is dog friendly, so if you’ve had a day running wild on the nearby beaches of Cardigan Bay, exploring the old castle ruins in Newcastle Emlyn or throwing sticks for your pooch down by the River Teifi, you’ll still all be welcome inside.

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Wren sleeps 2 in a raised double bed. 'Finch' sleeps 4, with the raised double, plus bunk beds. Inside you'll find a compact kitchen with a 2 ring electric hob, kettle, toaster, sink, cutlery, crockery and basic cooking utensils, plus a table and chairs, externally controlled heaters, a TV, free Wi-Fi, shelving and storage. Towels and bedding all provided. In the enclosed outside area there is decking with table and chairs, a fire pit with BBQ utensils and skillets.

Both Huts have a private, wood-fired hot tub directly outside, perfect for star gazing on a clear night. Our wood fired hot tubs are provided for a relaxing experience and are not suitable for children to play in (children under 8 are not permitted to use the tub).

Each hut has its own private bathroom a short walk away – this has a rain-head shower, flushing loo, a sink, mirror and a heated towel rail.

Parking is at the top of the field and both shepherd huts are a short walk down a gravel pathway (unfortunately the site is not suitable for people who are less physically able). Wood for the fire pits can be purchased on site.

NEW FROM OCT 2019 - WOOD FIRED HOT TUB IN FINCH, plenty of room for 4

Book Direct on our own Thistledown website or by phone and you will benefit from;

- 3pm arrival

- Complimentary bundle of wood for your fire pit

Suitable For

Glamping only. 1 dog permitted per shepherd's hut, 2 by prior arrangement.


It's a 20-minute drive (11 miles) to Cardigan Bay. Famous for its bottlenose dolphins, you can join dolphin watching boat trips from New Quay's pretty harbour (also the place to go for fish and chips; see Food & Drink) or try visiting the shingle beach at Cwmtydu, which is also known as a regular place for spotting dolphins and seals (from mid September onwards you can often see seal pups on the beach). Owned by the National Trust, Mwnt (16 miles) is a particularly good beach – there is no avoiding the long, steep walk there but it makes it one of the most secluded spots along the coast – and Aberporth (12 miles) is also recommended – a blue flag beach with excellent water quality. The National Wool Museum (02920 573070) is a short drive from Thistledown Glamping, while Newcastle Emlyn is 12 minutes away and boasts the ruins of a 13th century castle, good restaurants, and a country market every Friday. The River Teifi offers trout fishing, walking trails and canoeing in most places. If you're here with the kids, a ride on the local steam train is a must. The Teifi Valley Railway (01559 371077) is a narrow-gauge tourist railway located at Henllan. Until recently it has been closed and disused but it has just re-opened for rides and is a real hidden treasure.

Food & Drink

Thistledown Glamping offer breakfast hampers and a 'sweet treat' hamper for those with a sweet tooth (all available to pre-book) and there's a guest information file in each hut with lists of local pubs and restaurants nearby. It's a 5-minute drive to The Daffodil (01559 370343) in Penrhiwllan, a very dog-friendly local pub with a delicious choice of food. It can also be reached by a scenic, 30-minute walk down an old country road directly from Thistledown Glamping. If you're heading to the coast, The Lime Crab (01545 561400) in New Quay offers the best fish and chips in the area (according to Tim and Claire at least) and also offer gluten free options. There's also a good ice cream parlour (01545 561307) in New Quay, along with a range of independent cafés, bars and restaurants. The local town of Llandysul also has a range of takeaways if you want a bite to take back to the shepherd's hut.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Thistledown Glamping has been entirely designed, created and built by Tim & Claire so you will never find another Shepherd Hut or site like ours. Nestled in a quiet corner of West Wales, the stunning Shepherd Huts at Thistledown Glamping are tucked away in a pretty thistle scattered meadow. With their unique touches & quirky style we aim to bring you a little bit of luxury in natural surroundings.

The huts have electricity, WiFi, heating, quirky private bathrooms a short stroll away & indoor cooking facilities as well as everything you would expect from a glamping adventure such as a fire pit, wood fired hot tub, beautiful scenery & outdoor seating so you really can have it all!

Our handcrafted Shepherd Huts are waiting for you to enjoy; sit back in your own private outside area, breathe in the scents and sounds of our tranquil corner of West Wales and watch the Red Kites soaring overhead. You are welcome to bring one well behaved dog.

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Contact Thistledown Glamping, Thistledown, Panteg cross, Llandysul, Ceredigion SA44 4SS

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Getting There

The village of Croeslan is on the A486 (from the north and west, you'll be following the road towards "Ffostrasol"; from the south and east, you'll be following it towards New Quay). In the middle of Croeslan there is a petrol station and a Post Office. Take the turn directly opposite the Post Office. Thistledown Glamping is ½ mile down the road on your right. When you arrive look out for the Thistledown sign by the gate and enter. On the white-washed building in the car park you will see a cupboard on the wall, ring the bell and Tim or Claire will appear!

The nearest railway is 3 miles away but, since it's the truly tiny Teifi Valley narrow gauge railway, it's not much use as a convenient mode of transport! For the nearest main-line station it's an arduous near-20-mile trip (half an hour by car) to Carmarthen and there's not a particularly frequent bus service to this area. In short, don't rely on public transport to get here.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews


Rested and relaxed, perfect glamping experience.

We have just returned from 3 nights staying in the Wren hut at Thistledown glamping. It was amazing we wish our stay had never ended. The whole place is such a relaxing experience away from the real world. Every night we dined al fresco, cooking on the fire pit, followed by hot tub at sunset. Mornings were piping hot showers and coffee around the lily pond. We seriously could get used to this. Samson our dog was at home with plenty of space to explore and sunbathe. The huts were toasty warm and cosy and we slept like logs. They were designed perfectly and a home from home. Everything was immaculate. Tim and Claire were fabulous hosts, preparing the log burner and fresh water for the hot tub every night and offering us complimentary late check out. We were very lucky with the early September weather and had the whole site to ourselves. We really, really loved it, it's going to be hard to beat anywhere else.
Sep 10, 2019 by jody shuttleworth

Beautiful spot.

Claire went out her way to sort storage for our bikes which was great. She also emailed us links to local cycle routes. Super warm welcome on arrival. The huts are great and really comfortable. Didn't want for anything. Would highly recommend for a quite peaceful break. You won't regret it. Plus new hot tub for finch hut coming soon. Bonus.
Jul 18, 2019 by Mark

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