Grug Farm, Bryngwyn, Kington, Powys. HR5 3QN
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.
The Owner Says
Get away from it all for an enjoyable family holiday or a peaceful romantic break – go rambling in the Brecon Beacons, cycle the Radnor Ring, walk Offa's Dyke or paddle down the River Wye. Whether you want to be active during your break or just have a relaxing getaway, staying in one of our cosy wooden camping pods could be just the thing for you. There really is something for everyone in this idyllic corner of Wales.
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.
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.
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!