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Gelli Glamping

UK Wales South Wales Carmarthenshire Llandeilo

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Hot Tubs
  • Walking
  • Good walks nearby
A private safari tent with a hot tub high above the Tywi Valley on the western side of the Brecon Beacons National Park

“If you take a handful of the soil at Dinefwr and squeeze it in your hand,” said Welsh journalist Wynford Vaughan Thomas, “The juice that will flow from your hands is the essence of Wales.” Certainly, this estate within the Brecon Beacons National Park is in an area that’s rich in the things the country is famous for: castles, valleys and, of course, mountains. And it’s on top of one of them that you’ll find Gelli Glamping’s single safari tent. But you won’t need to dig your hands in to the earth here to find the essence of Wales as the hard work has been done for you; just sit back on the veranda and drink in views of the Tywi Valley.

Rhodri and Carys, the couple behind Gelli Glamping, left Cardiff for this Carmarthenshire smallholding so their children could enjoy the freedom of the countryside. Their new glamping venture means your family can too. And with just one luxurious tent here, you’ll have the place to yourself… except for the on-site chickens. And the sheep, cattle and deer who graze in neighbouring fields. Aside from the feathered and furry, you don’t have to see a soul unless you want to. The safari tent is self-contained with its own driveway and space for two cars. If you’re coming with the family, you’ll be needing those as it’s seriously hilly. But the ups and downs mean this place is just as good for hikers and bikers – just ask Rhodri for his favourite routes.

Families and small groups, of up to seven, can happily share the safari tent as it’s got two bedrooms and a mezzanine sleeping platform. It also has an en suite bathroom, equipped kitchen, wood-burning stove and an electricity supply. Outside, Rhodri and Carys have put in a hot tub and dug a fire pit (that’s what we mean about not having to get your hands dirty). They’ll even provide the logs you’ll need to get a campfire going and they know a cracking local butcher for dinner supplies too. In fact, the pretty local town of Llandeilo has a few, in addition to a weekly farmers’ market and a surprising number of good places to eat out.

You can use footpaths to walk the three miles to town (remembering that a Beacons’ mile feels longer than the average) or head in the other direction to arrive at Carreg Cennen Castle. Even the lofty position of your tent at Gelli Glamping can’t rival the spectacular, cliff-top location of this 12th-century fortress, built by the ruler of an ancient Welsh kingdom. When it comes to castles, the area’s not lacking. The Dinefwr estate, also within hiking distance, has one and there’s another at Dryslwyn, seven miles away. Historic houses, gardens and a Roman gold mine are within 20 miles and Gelli’s location on the western edge of the national park means Carmarthen, the south coast and Pembrokeshire are not too far for day trips either.



En suite shower room, toilet and wash basin. The tent kitchen has a microwave, toaster, fridge-freezer and four-ring gas stove. It has an electricity supply with plenty of lighting and plug sockets too. There’s a log-burning stove inside and a fire pit outside for campfires. Logs are provided.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Families and small groups – yes. Large groups, dogs – no.


You can see deer grazing and, if you’re lucky, hares hopping by from the veranda of your safari tent and (if you’ve got your hiking boots) can set straight out on walks on footpaths that pass right by. There’s horseriding nearby at Dinefwr Riding Centre (01269 850042) and mountain biking at Brechfa Forest, about 20 miles away. The nearest town is Llandeilo, a couple of miles away, where you’ll find independent shops, places to eat and a picturesque setting. You can walk to both Carreg Cennen Castle, 3 miles away (01558 822291) and Dinefwr Castle, which is just half-a-mile from your tent. The castle at Dinefwr is part of an 800-acre estate owned by the National Trust which also includes a deer park, national nature reserve and 17th-century Newton House. The ruins of another castle, Dryslwyn, are a short drive away (7 miles) and Gelli Aur Country Park, 5 miles, has a tearoom and walks in the estate surrounding a mansion (not open to the public). There are beautiful gardens and another historic building at Aberglasney (01558 668998) 7 miles from Ty Gelli. The National Botanic Garden of Wales is a little further, 10 miles away, at Llanarthne (01558 667149). Within its grounds is the British Birds of Prey Centre (07444 177818) - buy a combined Garden Plus Ticket to visit both. The Dolaucothi Gold Mines (01558 650177) are 15 miles away.

Food & Drink

It’s downhill on the way to The Cennen Arms pub (01558 822330), about ½ mile away in the village of Trap, where you can fuel up on basic pub grub for the steep walk back. But for a highly-recommended bite to eat, get in the car and head instead for Wright’s Food Emporium (01558 668929) in Llanarthne or for one of the many eateries in nearby Llandeilo. Among the options, there’s Ginhaus Deli (01558 823030), The Cawdor Hotel (01558 823500), The Angel Pub and Capel Bach Bistro (01558 822765). The town also has plenty of places to pick up supplies for picnics and campfire suppers with a farmers’ market every Friday morning and a choice of local butchers and delicatessens.

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Contact Gelli Glamping, Ty Gelli Groes, Trap, Llandeilo, Sir Gar, Carmarthenshire SA19 6RE

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Getting There

From the end of the M4, heading west, carry on along the dual carriageway towards Cross Hands. At the next roundabout take the fourth exit signposted Llandeilo. Stay on this road for approximately 8 miles to Ffairfach. Go straight over the mini roundabout and under the railway bridge, then take an almost immediate right towards Trap (sometimes spelled with two Ps). Continue for just over a mile to the top of the hill where you’ll reach a crossroads. Turn left at the junction and take the second turn on the left (about 500 metres down the road).

Ffairfach railway station is 2 miles away and Llandeilo train station is 3 miles away – a short taxi journey or (for those in the area for the cycling) a challenging bike ride away.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews


Beautiful location, good hospitality

We arrived after dark in the pouring rain, with three tired kids, after a 4 hour drive from Bristol - tip, don't travel on a half-term Friday! Fortunately, Rhodri was on hand to take our call and guide us to the correct location after we missed the driveway. With the wood stove going however, things soon improved and we enjoyed settling into our weekend home. Our first 'Glamping' experience, the home comforts were very much appreciated, especially with cold frosty nights outside! Highly recommended for those who enjoy being away in the hills. We would love to visit again with more time to explore the numerous walks in the area.

Magical weekend in a glorious setting!

The kids absolutely didn’t want to leave Gelli Glamping, and we will definitely book again. The accommodation is amazing - a luxury camping experience! It has been finished to a really high standard, with lovely Welsh touches - welsh blankets, a love spoon. The hot tub is a fab touch - we had to bribe the children to get out! You will find everything you need and more, toys and books, a great BBQ etc. The owners and family (and pup!) were so welcoming and we wish them every success for a busy season ahead - see you again sometime!
Jun 30, 2019 by The Browns

Glamping at its finest!

We recently stayed at Gelli Glamping as a family of 2 adults and 3 children and I cannot recommend this place highly enough! The tent was beautifully made inside with all wooden flooring, furniture, and beds. It also benefits from a spacious mezzanine level so we had plenty of space for our family of 5. Both mattresses and pillows were comfortable and the children loved the cabin bed! There was a spacious shower room with a powerful shower, lovely hot water and towels provided. The kitchen was very well equipped and had everything you would need and more with a Gas hob, fridge/small freezer, toaster and microwave. The children’s plastic plates, cups and cutlery were very handy with the little ones. No expense has been spared with the kitchen appliances and utensils either... all great quality! The tent is very cosy inside with a log fire in the sofa / seating area. There was a complementary basket of wood upon arrival with additional wood available to buy from the host. There were books and board games which was greatly appreciated as the weather wasn’t great for us. It was extremely windy during our stay but I think it’s safe to say the safari tent is solidly built and definitely wind and rain proof! There is a huge green space outside with amazing views! There is a bbq, fire pit, seating area and wood fired hot tub (luxury!) that is all for your personal use. The host was very friendly and welcomed us personally upon arrival. If we needed anything they were only a phone call away. We had a lovely welcome hamper with fresh eggs and fresh flowers on the table which was a lovely touch! We will definitely be returning as this was above and beyond our expectations and most definitely glamping at it’s finest!
May 8, 2019 by Mrs Kan Verified Review

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