Gorgeous wooden huts, breathtaking countryside and far away from the hussle and bussle of every day life.
Sounds nice doesn’t it?
Well that is how I spent my weekend recently when I took a trip to Wales to give glamping a go. I’ve always liked the idea of glamping but had never gotten around to actually doing it. I spent a lot of time camping when I was growing up (only if I could take the horses though!), but now I much prefer my home comforts and more importantly, an actual bed. Not up for 2 weeks of sleeping on the floor like I used to do!
We headed off (with the dog in tow) on the Friday morning on our 4 hour drive to Builth Wells, Powys in Wales. After driving through a lot of countryside and up a lot of hills we arrived at our destination – Celtic Woodland Holidays.
We received a lovely warm welcome and got a tour of the site and our ‘pod’ before being left to it. There are only 5 pods on the site, plus one incredible looking treehouse along with pitches for tents. For those of us who prefer home comforts, there is a communal area with a proper kitchen, sofas, an amazing amount of board games, a pool table and outside you will even find a pizza oven. The paths were lit with fairly lights as it got dark, and the site even has their own little honesty shop with everything you could need.
In our cute little pod (we stayed in the Bedw) we had a little wood fire, a stove and even a TV. Our seating areas could be made into beds, which were definitely more comfortable than sleeping on the floor. Without a doubt, my favourite part was the view. Waking up to these views and watching the sun set from my bed was just wonderful.
Our weekend was spent exploring the Welsh countryside, walking many many miles. On the Saturday we drove over to the Brecon Beacons and made our way up Pen Y Fan followed by a walk along the river back in Builth Wells.
On Sunday we ventured a little further afield and ended up at Nant-Y-Moch Reservoir which was absolutely stunning and we had our lunch looking over the lake. We then took a short drive to Bwlch Nant yr Arian and I loved this place as it had something for everyone. Shorter, flat walks, long walks, mountain bike trails, bridleways and a cafe (always need a cafe).
Before setting off home on the Monday we took a 4 mile walk up Llanddewi Skirrid. Probably wasn’t the best idea before having to drive for a few hours, but the weather was lovely and we had to fit in just one more adventure. Plus, it meant Poppy was ready to sleep all the way home.
We were so lucky with the weather throughout the weekend (who said it always rains in Wales?!) and having some proper countryside time was just what I needed. I loved glamping at Celtic Woodland Holidays and I am already planning on going back in the spring. I’d totally recommend paying them a visit if you’re thinking of a trip to Wales – it is such a beautiful part of the country!
If you have any glamping recommendations I’d love to hear them!