Welsh Glamping

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Builth Wells

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Walking
Glamping in the remote Cambrian Mountains

Think of a mountain range in Wales and you’re unlikely to come up with the Cambrians. This unspoilt area of rolling moorland and glorious river valleys has less of the limelight than its neighbours, Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons, because it’s not a national park. That’s not for want of trying. An unsuccessful bid for the title some 50 years ago left many disappointed and yet it’s the very absence of that coveted status that makes it so appealing now. Head out on a hike here and you won’t find yourself queuing to reach a summit or waiting your turn to get over a stile. In fact, you’ll be lucky to see anyone at all. It’s among these sparsely populated, hardly signposted hills that you’ll find Welsh Glamping.

It’s a site in one of the UK’s last great wildernesses; somewhere to switch off and unwind. With no WiFi or mobile signal on site, that doesn’t take long to do. Come with kids and instead of scrolling through TikTok videos they’ll soon be roly-polying down hills. And without the distraction of work calls and messages, you’ll soon be reaching for the board games or wandering in the fields. There are 180 acres of woodland and pasture to explore on the farm and thousands more on the surrounding Abergwesyn Commons.

Accommodation for glampers is in log cabins or lotus belle tents with views down a lush green valley. Both are kitted out with log burners, proper beds and those all-important board games. Outside, each has a decked veranda with a fire pit and a handy kitchen cabin. The whole set-up is comfortable and stylish without straying too far into the “glam” side of glamping (though there is a self-catering cottage with a hot tub, if that’s what you’re looking for). There are very nice bathrooms but they’re a short walk away. And there’s a water supply to your private kitchen sink, but it’s from a foot-pedal tank that’s replenished daily by owners, Will and Sarah.

Use their daily visits to get tips on things to do. There are walks to waterfalls, wilderness areas and wild swimming pools but most people, Will reveals, prefer not to do much at all. One of the closest villages is quirky Llanwrtyd Wells; home to a shop, a couple of places to eat and drink and the Bog Snorkelling Championships (in August, if you’re wondering). Further afield is Builth Wells, the Elan Valley and an RSPB site. But, do be warned: any excursion out risks straying into your mobile’s network area. After a few days of blissful disconnection, you might find that an unwelcome intrusion on your retreat in this nearly-national park.

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Facilities

The three log cabins each have a unique four-poster bunk bed (a king-sized bed underneath with two singles up top), a log burning stove with a little oven and an electricity supply. Bedding and towels are provided. Outside, there's a decked veranda with a fire pit, barbecue and a little equipped kitchen cabin with a two-ring camping stove, a sink with a foot-pump water supply, a fridge, pots, pans, tableware and cutlery. The three lotus belle tents are kitted out with the same gear but there's a regular king-sized bed and single futons instead of the four poster bunk and the log-burning stove doesn't have an oven compartment. A starter pack of logs and charcoal is provided but more can be bought on site. Guests are asked not to bring their own as all the wood used here is from the site and sustainably sourced. There are five bathrooms, each with a toilet, shower and/or bath a short-walk away from the cabins and tents in a converted farm building. All the cabins (and one of the bathrooms) are wheelchair accessible. The self-catering cottage is kitted out for two and has everything you'd expect (en-suite bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, sofa, log burning stove). It has a mezzanine bedroom and, outside, a hot tub in addition to a fire pit.

Suitable For

Glampers only, families, couples, groups – yes. Campers, campervans, caravans, motorhomes, dogs – no.

Nearby

Guests are welcome to explore the campsite's 180 acres of woodland and fields, which are criss-crossed with streams you can splash about in. Abergwesyn Common is common-access land that stretches for miles and is accessible just outside of site. Will and Sarah provide some walking routes in a welcome pack, including a popular route to a waterfall. There are plenty of wild swimming water holes too, including nearby Wolf's Leap. Llanwrtyd Wells, six miles away, is allegedly Britain's smallest town and perhaps it's quirkiest too; home to the Monster Raving Loony Party, the Bog Snorkelling World Championships (August Bank Holiday weekend) and the Welsh Open Stone Skimming Championships (also in August) among others. The Elan Valley Reservoirs are about an hour's drive away (34 miles on country roads) and a lovely place to explore with a café and a visitor centre too. RSPB Gwenffrwd-dinas is 15 miles from site. There's no visitor centre of facilities but there is a two-mile boardwalk through woodland and along the river with the chance of seeing red kites, dippers, wagtails and more.

Food & Drink

The market town of Builth Wells, home of the Royal Welsh Show (which takes place in July), has a lovely high street full of independent shops, including a fantastic butcher and lovely bakery 13 miles from site. For all necessities there are basic shops closer by in Beulah and Llanwrtyd Wells, both six miles from site. In Llanwrtyd Wells you'll also find The Neuadd Arms (01591 610236) with its own beers from the Heart of Wales brewery but for a recommended place for a meal out (and a glampers' discount) try The Trout Inn (01591 620235) in Beulah.

Open

Cottage and cabins: March–December.

Lotus belle tents: May–September

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The Owner Says

Mystical valleys, mist shrouded forests and stunning vistas across the rooftop of Wales; Welsh Glamping offers luxury, relaxation and a chance to disconnect from the modern world. Unwind with your loved ones in the splendid isolation that is one of the UK's last great wilderness.

Here at Welsh Glamping we believe that couples and families alike should have a break away from the hustle and bustle of day to day life.  Which is why we offer a unique experience of a digital detox.  There is limited mobile phone signal, meaning you put your devices away and explore your surroundings, failing that reach for a book or play a board games.

Accommodation

Two lotus belle tents, three timber cabins and a self-catering cottage.

Bryn Clun Log Cabin

Cabin Sleeps 4
Our log cabins have been hand built by us on our farm from our own trees, each one is truly unique and environmentally friendly. Heated by wood fires with locally sourced sustainable timber you can relax round the fire pits staring up at our spectacular dark skies. Abergwesyn is one of the UK's last great wildernesses and is a hidden gem.

Nant y Neuadd Lotus Belle Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Our Lotus Belle tents offer a truly unique and relaxing break in one of the UK's last great wilderness. Heated by wood fires with locally sourced sustainable timber you can relax round the fire pits staring up at our spectacular dark skies. Abergwesyn is a little undiscovered gem waiting for you to explore.

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Location

Contact Welsh Glamping, Glangwesyn, Abergwesyn, Powys LD5 4TP

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Getting There

From Builth Wells take the A483 towards Llandovery (or vice versa if coming from the west). About nine miles west of Builth Wells turn right on to Dolecoed Road (this is ten miles from Llandovery and on the left). Follow this road for five miles, the site will be on the left with a Welsh Glamping sign on the gate.

Arriving by public transport is a real challenge. The closest railway is at Llanwyrtyd Wells, six miles from the site, but trains there are infrequent and there are no buses or taxis for the onward journey.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★★

Perfect holiday

Will was super friendly since arrival. There’s plenty of info of the surrounding area for walks and if you need more local knowledge will was never far to ask. The walk to the waterfall isn’t far and, my god, isn’t it the best place to jump in for a swim. There’s plenty of of board games for kids if you have them, we don’t but we still went through the list of games. The facilities are well maintained and you have your own designated bathroom and kitchen. To top it all off, England smashed Germany. What a trip, will be coming back for sure! Thanks to the team, everyone we spoke to was friendly.
★★★★★

A hidden gem with the most wonderful suprises

I couldn’t find enough stars to rate this place! A true and hidden gem! Utter relaxation! We had fantastic weather that allowed us to swim in the waterfalls only 20mins walk away from the campsite! Start skies, incredible location and our bell tent was astonishing! The hosts were amazing! Fresh milk and eggs were wonderful! Definitely coming back!
Jun 14, 2021 by Angela Fodor Verified Review
★★★★★

Absolutely amazing

Absolutely amazingThe people all run the side couldn’t do enough for you it was a lovely large great family experience we really enjoyed it
Apr 27, 2021 by Gavin Jones Verified Review

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