Argoed Barns

Argoed Barns set in the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Argoed Barns offers both self catering and glamping accommodation perfect for that romantic get-away or carefree few days. The daytime views are spectacular, but the wow factor renews at night with the star-spangled canopy of a Dark Sky Reserve.

The spot is three miles from Brecon and if you like walking or cycling, this is for you. There are numerous trails, from gentle meanders along the lanes to muscle-challenging routes up the mountains. Argoed Barns is just the place to relax and rejuvenate after all the exertion. Guests give an enthusiastic ‘excellent’ rating on TripAdvisor.

Argoed Barn

The luxurious barn conversion, The Byre, is ideal for two couples or a family. It’s so well positioned that those exceptional views can be enjoyed even from the bath! It has two en suite master bedrooms, is dog friendly and, with underfloor heating and a wood burning stove, is splendidly cosy even in winter.

Gorgeous couples’ glamping is provided in a cosy shepherd’s hut and a spacious geodesic dome with its own hot tub. The hut has oak floors, a wet room shower and eco-loo and comes with a continental breakfast hamper. Candlelight, rugs, soft seats and a wood burner set the intimate tone for the dome, which has a brass bed, comfy seating and cooking facilities.

contact@argoedbarns.co.uk

www.argoedbarns.co.uk

Ty Cwch

Active people will love Ty Cwch, newly built affordable accommodation designed especially with them in mind. It’s on the stunning Cardigan Bay Heritage Coast where dolphins, seals, birds and butterfly’s thrive on land and sea. For people, it’s perfectly placed for water sports, cycling, climbing and walking the dramatic Welsh Coast Path. 

Ty Cwch – ‘The Boathouse’ – is an eco-friendly bunkhouse overlooking the beach in Cwmtydu, a secluded cove just south of New Quay. Three first floor cabins each have four bunk beds and are heated and insulated, making it cosy accommodation throughout the year for families, couples, friends and groups sharing two shower & WCs. 

Ground floor amenities include a well equipped kitchen, laundry room, indoor sitting and dining area, plus lots of space for storing bikes, boats and other equipment. Outdoors is a sail covered deck with tables, seating, a patio heater and garden with a fire pit.  Lots of games, music, films and internet access are provided. Café Melyn-y-Gorse is nearby. 

                                      

                                           

Ty Cwch

The surrounding landscape is spectacular and the beach is clean for swimming and fishing. There’s easy beach access for launching kayaks and small boats and in the autumn guests may see seals with their pups.

Boathouse owner Nigel Humphrey says: “It’s an incredible area. Through our contacts we can arrange tailor-made activity courses in anything from food foraging to coasteering.”

enquiries@tycwch.wales

www.tycwch.wales

Macbeth’s Hillock

Macbeth’s Hillock near Inverness is where three witches reputedly stirred up a whole lot of toil and trouble for Shakespeare’s famous anti-hero, but there will be none of that for modern visitors arriving for their glamping holidays. The luxury pods provided, each make a cosy, comfortable base for four in an idyllic setting, surrounded by farmland, wandering sheep and wonderful woodland walks.

With only five pods there is ample space for everyone to spread out and for children to run around and play. Each pod has an en suite shower and flushing toilet, one double bedroom a further single bed with pull out bed under. There is an indoor kitchen and dining area where you can cook up eye of newt and toe of frog, or perhaps more traditional fare. Or cook outside over the fire pit with BBQ grill.

Run by George and Karen Sutherland, it’s a great base from which to explore Moray, Inverness, Loch ness, Aviemore, the Cairngorms and the coast. Castles, golf courses and whisky distilleries abound.

                                      

                                           

Macbeths Hillock

It’s also steeped in the history of ‘The Scottish Play’. Karen says: “A lot of people who come have read Macbeth but they don’t realise there really was a King Macbeth and he wasn’t horrible! He ruled for 17 years and Moray Speyside was his home ground.”

macbethshillock@outlook.com

www.macbethshillock.co.uk

Smithson Farm

Smithson Farm Caravan and Camping Park is a friendly, welcoming base from which to explore the stunning Lancashire countryside and coast, being within an hour’s drive of the Yorkshire Dales, Forest of Bowland, Blackpool and Southport. The site is in the heart of Pendle known for the 16th century Witch Trials and it even has its own fascinating and unique Coal Mining Museum. Shoppers can head for Boundary Mill and Oswaldtwistle Mills, while walkers can climb Pendle Hill, all just short drives away.

Sitting in 11 acres of lush farmland on the outskirts of Burnley, the accommodation includes quality Glamping as well as pitches for caravans, motorhomes and tents. The site has a modern accessible shower and toilet block and a café serving breakfast and appetising meals all day.

Owners Harry and Carole Johnson are continually improving the site. The romantic Shepherd’s Hut takes pride of place but their latest addition is Cedar Lodge, designed for a family of four with all the comforts of home including a heater and loo. Two 2-person glamping pods added last year come with heating and insulation to ensure cosiness in the coldest conditions. All have oak double beds and are complete with all bedding and towels as well as a loo. All are sumptuously comfortable and well equipped.

carolejohnson@talktalk.net

www.smithsonfarm.co.uk

                                      

                                           

Smithson Farm

Tre-End Glamping

Luxury bell tents and back-to-nature cabins provide family accommodation at Tre-End Glamping, a new, eco-friendly site in rural Cornwall. It’s only 15 minutes’ drive from the extraordinary biospheres of the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan and less than half an hour from either coast, but it also seems a million miles from 21st century stress.

The Tre-End bell tents are super-comfortable with their roomy double beds, log burners, seating and rugs. Guests can bring camp beds for any children and they have exclusive use of a composting loo and gas-powered shower.

The cabins, set within a small orchard, also have a comfy king sized bed and a bunk bed each.

They are all within walking distance of pubs and a shop.

Owner Ben Coker, an Airbnb ‘Superhost’, lives on site and has developed it green and off grid. Already an award winner for its eco-credentials, the site has a scullery with drinking water, a well which supplies the showers, solar lighting, picnic tables and barbecues. Swedish log candles are on sale.

Ben says: “The tents and cabins have plenty of space around them so people can be private, but there’s also a communal firepit and seating so they socialise together if they wish.”

Quote ‘Bramble’ when booking to secure a free crate of firewood.

treendyurts@gmail.com

www.tre-end.com

Tre End