Larkhill Tipis and Yurts

UK Wales South Wales Carmarthenshire

  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour.

In the stillness of the Teifi Valley in rural Carmarthenshire, not far from the bubbling Bargoed stream, can be found the most idyllic countryside retreat.  

Larkhill used to be just a simple family home surrounded by open farmland. But in the early 90’s Fran and Tony had a plan ­to transform this place into a peaceful woodland hideaway, far from the hustle and bustle of modern life. They began planting trees, oak, beech, ash and field maple: in total 60 different species now cover the land in a remarkable transformation. At intervals throughout the fledgling woodland they levelled off terraces and began constructing tipis and yurts in the small clearings in order to share this quiet corner with guests.  

Tony designed and built a hexagonal log cabin, in keeping with the wood ­rich environment, to serve as a communal kitchen and dining area which is well stocked with all you’ll need: pots, pans, crockery, books on walks, information on the area etc.  There is a covered area outside the log cabin where all guests can meet up and share a campfire. Leading on from this they built an avenue of laburnum trees, which now flowers gloriously in a riot of yellow in late spring. At the end of this dazzling walkway a curious seven­-ringed labyrinth is scorched into the earth and, on occasion, is lit, to become a spectacular labyrinth of fire. The woodland surrounding these wonders features paths with numerous wood carvings of owls, snakes, lizards… with wild flowers occupying the unforested areas of the 20 acres. In addition there are a number of quiet corners and wooded glades hidden around the place,­ ideal for those who like meditation, contemplation and relaxation.  

There are five different types of accommodation, all from varying parts of the world, an alachigh (pron. al-a-cheeg – it’s an amazing structure that looks a bit like a yurt, only it’s rounder) from Iran, a Mongolian Ger, a Bentwood Yurt, a Native American Tipi and a Lavvu which is Scandinavian. All are equipped with comfortable beds, a wood-­burning stove, a box full of blankets, table, small gas cooker and adorned with sheepskins, rugs, throws and colourful cushions. All have LED lights and lanterns and all your firewood is supplied.

There are plenty of local attractions around here with the Cardigan Bay beaches being just twenty minutes away. You can take a boat ride to see the dolphins, canoe along the Teifi river, horse ride on Llanllwni Mountain, visit an Iron Age Fort or some of the many castles in the area. There are two stream railways, the National Botanic Garden in Carmarthen ­ the list is endless! But rushing around isn’t really the point of a holiday at Larkhill.  It’s about chilling out in a wonderfully peaceful valley, sitting around a campfire, enjoying the countryside vistas and listening to the larks of Larkhill calling softly. Sheer bliss.

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Facilities

Beds, cushions, pillows and extra blankets are included; bring your own sleeping bag (or duvet and bottom sheet), food, towel and torch. Pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and a cool box are all supplied. You can cook on an open fire, BBQ or on gas hobs.  There’s also a cooker in the log cabin along with a sink for washing up and low­ voltage power for charging things. All firewood is supplied (one basket a day free, any more than that is £3 a basket). Two hot showers are available. You can choose between a surprisingly posh, neutral­ smelling compost toilet or a conventional flusher.  There’s also a children’s play area in the woodland.

Suitable For

Glampers, couples, families and small groups. Sorry, no dogs.

Nearby

Kids can do their own weaving at the free National Woollen Museum (01559 370929). They also have leaflets at Larkhill about the local taste trail, the splendid National Botanic Garden (01558 668768) and local kayaking. Omni Massages and Healing are available at the nearby Malindi Centre, a truly wonderful way to enhance your feeling of well-being and relaxation.

Food & Drink

The nearest place to eat is about 3 miles away. The Afon Duad is a homely pub with good food and friendly hosts. A little further afield is The Belle at Llanllwni and The Daffodil both of which are excellent. There is also a myriad of local cafes and delicatessens in Newcastle Emlyn and Cardigan.Caws Cenarth is an award winning cheese making establishment.  

Opening Times

Alachigh, Ger, Yurt and Lavvu are open all year. Tipi, April to end of October.  

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The Owner Says

An award winning eco-friendly campsite in west Wales established in 2003. We have five different comfortable nomadic structures – an Alachigh, a Mongolian Ger, a Bentwood Yurt, a Lavvu and a Native American tipi. All are in their own 'space' and have comfortable beds with wood-burning stoves, set in and around an established woodland on a 20 acre smallholding. With panoramic views, woodland walks with wood carvings around each corner and a woodland children's play area. Hand-made stepping stones weave in and around the campsite to prevent muddy paths! All equipment is provided including extra blankets and pillows. Facilities include a communal log cabin and hot showers. We provide a friendly service and are on hand at all times.

Accommodation

5 comfortable nomadic structures – an Alachigh, a Mongolian Ger, a Bentwood Yurt, a Lavvu and a Native American tipi. All are in their own 'space' and have comfortable beds with wood-burning stoves, set in and around an established woodland on a 20 acre smallholding.

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Location

Contact Larkhill Tipis and Yurts, Larkhill Tipis and Yurts, Larkhill Cwmduad, Carmarthen SA33 6AT

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Getting There

From Carmarthen take the A484 North towards Newcastle Emlyn/Cardigan. After the village of Cwmduad take the next turning on your left (signposted to the National Woollen Museum). Carry on for just over a mile and you'll see the Larkhill sign on your right.  Carry on down the track and take the first fork to the left.

Tony or Fran will pick you up from Carmarthen train/bus station free of charge (to encourage public transport) and stop en route at the local supermarket.

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Larkhill tipi

Just perfect.  Stayed for two nights in the lavvu,  which was cosy and snug.  Kids loved it and didn't want to leave.  Explored some lovely beaches.  Larkhill is beautiful,  well thought out and very welcoming.  We all want to go back again soon.  Highly recommended. 

May 31, 2014 by Looby Lou 9
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Larkhill Tipis

Awesomely beautiful place. Comfortable, welcoming, relaxing. Just returned from 3rd visit, and most other people staying were also on return visits. Stayed in Mongolian Ger (Yurt) with 2 young children. They had the best time, as they can have so much freedom. A truly peaceful place for a getaway, and a good base for exploring West Wales.
May 1, 2011 by slinkymalinky

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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