Bodawen, The Old Estate Yard, Felindre, Brecon, Powys, LD3 0SU
Tucked away on a lush, arable farm, with awe-inspiring views of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons, lies the eco-friendly Wye Glamping. The site's ethos is simple: relax and cosy up with Mother Nature in true comfort and style. Take a stroll through the rolling countryside, splash in the onsite stream, or simply settle down with a good book and take in the beautiful green expanse of your mountain surroundings. And isn’t that exactly how glamping should be?
Guests have the choice of two accommodations. Firstly, tucked away along a hedgerow is the impressive 18ft yurt. Sitting slightly raised atop pristine decking, this fully furnished abode provides glorious, panoramic views of the field and beyond. Given the lack of light pollution, the yurt is perfect for a spot of star gazing, and on a clear Brecon night the sky illuminates impressively. Lastly (but by no means least) are the site's four bell tents. Set alongside the nearby meandering river, each dwelling is located far enough apart to create a sense of seclusion, yet close enough for groups who wish to camp together.
Facilities at Wye Glamping are ample to say the least. Both the yurt and bell tents have their very own adjacent kitchen hut which comes fully loaded with a gas stove, grill, pots, pans, cutlery, crockery and everything else you could possibly need. At the entrance of the ‘Glamping Field’, you'll find a luxurious wash room with a hot shower room and (drum roll please) a proper flushing loo. Each pitch also comes with a private compost loo – extremely handy for those midnight dashes!
Wye Glamping couldn’t be better located to explore the gorgeous, undulating Brecon Beacons National Park. Waterfalls? Rolling fields? Charming towns? They’re all here. From the peaks of Cribyn mountain to the depths of its limestone caves, there’s plenty to see and do in this stunner of a national park. And being so close to all the action, Wye Glamping is the ideal base to go and explore it all.
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Simple, with lots of thought
Wye Glamping offers the perfect combination of simple, rural bliss and a feeling of complete minimalism, while managing to supply everything you could possibly wish for! With only 4 tents on site and all overlooking a field of barley (Eva Cassidy rings in my ears as I type) this is a complete back to nature experience. A stream runs behind the tents, new born lambs frolic in the adjoining field, we sleep under canvas and introduce the kids to our private composting loo! And yet, a short walk away is a flushing loo and modern shower.
The kitchen "shed" is a lovely touch - everything has been thought of. Even a whisk to enable me to whip up pancakes for breakfast. There's a generous supply of tea bags, coffee and enough milk, logs, kindling and charcoal to get us through the first 24 hours. The canopy over the deck meant that dinner wasn't disturbed when it started to rain.
There are books and board games, loads of cushions and blankets and my biggest camping bug bear as I am getting on in years - lots of comfortable seating. From the futons in the bell tent, to the picnic bench on the deck, plus extra deck chairs and folding chairs. The bed was really comfortable too with a snuggly duvet and soft pillows.
One major plus for us was that our dogs were more than welcome and loved the setting as much as we did.
I always thought glamping was a bit of a cop out, but we spent the entire 3 days outdoors. This was real camping, but without all the stress and strain of putting up and taking down the tent and with the bonus of a very comfortable night's sleep.
We enjoyed a trip to gorgeous Hay-on-Wye where there's a wonderful butcher, greengrocer and deli as well as lots of lovely cafes and a fancy ice-cream shop. We also took the children to nearby Llangorse for activities (climbing, high ropes and horse riding).