So for those of you that are thinking that i have either completely made up a word or don’t realise that i should spell check my posts before publishing them, let me explain….
So for my wife’s birthday i wanted to surprise her with a trip away and after looking at lots of different options including weekend breaks to a European city, a hotel in the lake district, spa luxury weekend or a shopping destination getaway, i decided to ignore all those options and go for something that is on one of our 2 bucket lists (yes we have 2 bucket lists!) The reason being we had a lot of destinations that we wanted to see but also there was a whole bunch of things that we wanted to do (think food tours in tuscany, wine tours in NZ etc) but for this birthday i wanted something a little closer but just as fun. With all of that in mind i did a load of research, roped in a couple of our best friends and booked a weekend in Wales Glamping!
Before you think that this was just “posh” camping let me stop you there, the accommodation exceeded all expectations and was probably better than some hotels i have stayed in across the UK and Europe! The joy of glamping is that you have the experience of cooking outdoors, sleeping under canvas and being close to some spectacular scenery away from all the hustle and bustle of day to day life, WITHOUT the effort of pitching tents, freezing in sleeping bags and having limited space to socialise inside if the weather turns against you.
So on arrival we were blown away by the inside space of the yurt. It doesn’t show a table and 4 chairs as well as a 2 seater sofa, not to mention plenty of room to move around and it was very spacious even with 4 people in for a long duration in an evening. Each yurt comes with all the utensils and cutlery to cook a range of meals and even a fridge and gas BBQ outside. If cooking isn’t your cup of tea then the site cafe sells bacon and sausage butty’s and pastries, cakes and hot drinks as well.
We took the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the stunning coastline along the Gower peninsula. The beach was a 10 minute stroll down from the campsite and then you are spoilt for choice of the options you can take, all signposted as the south wales coastal path. No matter which way you chose to walk it would have involved some hills, but they led you to sweeping ocean vistas that you cant help but stop and enjoy taking in the view.
The prize at the end of any of these walks are smiling friendly locals and some really good pub food. We probably only saw a fraction of the natural beauty on offer in the area due to limited time away but it was a great trip to switch off and just recharge those batteries before heading back to reality.
We are already planning a return trip and also some other glamping venues to go and try as it was such a good experience even in some very questionable weather!!
Some tips if you are planning a glamping trip of your own:
- Make sure you check with the accommodation around all facilities
- Take Layers – Even when you are in warm yurt, the temperature still drops
- Look for activities in the local area and plan accordingly
- Make the most of it – Get outside and enjoy nature and switch off from your technology where possible, you will appreciate it more
- Check for local supermarkets or plan ahead and take food and drink with you
- Make sure you have appropriate footwear and jackets! Even in nice weather i would recommend some 100% waterproof shoes as the weather changes fast
Note: All the photo’s were taken with my olypmus TG4 and have had some minor editing on colours
Thanks for reading, feel free to ask any questions or leave comments!