Wales is a place of epic award-winning coastlines, rolling green countryside and rugged mountains — so wherever you decide to pitch up, you’re guaranteed beautiful scenery. It’s also home to some spectacular glamping sites, from luxury tents to tipis and treehouses to log cabins. If you’re looking for camping with creature comforts, here are some of the best glamping spots in Wales.
Best Glamping Spots in Wales
Chic, family-friendly Fforest is set on a 200-acre farm in West Wales. Backed by a wild nature reserve and wild swimming spots, guests can choose to stay in a ‘Crog Loft’ or a Japanese-inspired Onsen Dome. The former is a traditional type of Welsh crofters cottage, which sleeps up to 4-people. But we love those domes. Inside, each dome features a king size bed and two futon camp beds, while outside there’s a Japanese style bath-house, complete with cast concrete sunken soaking tub. We repeat, this is definitely not a campsite.
For a slice of the USA in the hills of Wales’ Aeron Valley, look no further than Airstream at Wilderness. The iconic Airstream features a double bed, pull-out sofa, shower room with flushing loo and cute kitchen. There’s even a wood-burner to keep you toasty as the evenings get cooler. Located in the heart of a wildflower meadow, it couldn’t be further from the hustle and bustle of the city.
There’s a trunk of board games and a piano in the Long Barn too.
Margaret and Jenny, the minds behind Copse Camp, have created the tree house of dreams. It is rolling in charm, from the Beano magazine wallpaper to the hessian potato sacks re-purposed for cushion and blinds. Cross the rope bridge to stoke the fire for sm’ores and weave your way to your own private hot tub. The gypsy caravan doubles as a dining room and second bedroom if you’re in need of a little extra space too.
For an off-the-grid stay with added luxuries, you can’t go wrong with Copse Camp. Just make sure you book for long enough.
Luxury leaders Sugar & Loaf are experts in glamping. Wood Shack is idyllically situated in a private woodland, a stone’s throw from the Brecon Beacons. Once a writer’s cabin, the lodge now features a double room, fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom. There’s a decking outside too, perfect for yoga with the dawn chorus of birdsong. Or you could stay in bed and transfer yourself to the gently swaying hammock later on.
And, for some posh nosh there are a handful of Michelin starred restaurants right at your fingertips, including The Walnut Tree Inn, The Crown at Whitebrook and the Hardwick.
Apple Camping’s latest addition to its accommodation offering caused quite a stir when it arrived in 2015. People may be used to seeing yurts and treehouses decorating the Welsh countryside, but less so the sight of a 20-metre long Jet Star aeroplane. Inside, the ex-first class aircraft still has the original bar. The captain’s cabin is now an exquisitely converted bedroom, with double bed and another single bed in the cockpit. There’s an Xbox with flight-simulator games too, lest you forget where you are.
Who knew a yurt could make for the perfect nights sleep? But then, Waterfall Pagoda Yurt isn’t just any old yurt. Entirely made by hand using natural mosso bamboo, calico and quilt, the unique structure was inspired by traditional Mongolia yurts. Inside, its all Japanese noren fabric hangings and sumptuous lacquered furniture, as well as a huge comfy bed to sink into after a long day exploring. Next to the yurt is a private ‘yurtmobile’, with a kitchen and a clever Swedish Separett toilet.
There’s a little walled garden tucked away in the trees, with a brook running through the centre — perfect for early morning al fresco breakfasts.
This off-the-grid glamping spot boasts a spectacular mountain location in Welsh wildnerness. The bonkers but beautiful pod is shaped like a conker, suspended on top of a hill. It’s the perfect countryside escape from the city. Fear not though, while it offers total seclusion, you’ll have all the electric points you need, including a Bluetooth soundbar and moodlighting. There’s an outdoor wood-fired pizza too.