Wales

Glamping in Wales | enjoy camping with a touch of luxury

At these Welsh glamping sites, you'll be totally immersed in rural life, surrounded by miles of natural beauty, with all the comforts of home

You’ll sleep amid lush woodland and roast marshmallows by the fire – but with the added bonus of having essentials like cosy duvets to keep toasty warm on those chilly nights, your own kitchen and wood-burning stoves to whip up sizzling bacon in the morning.

With campsites set within emerald valleys, epic hills and charming untamed coasts, Wales is an unforgettable place to try glamping – whether it’s your first time or you’re a well-seasoned expert. Pack your hiking boots but leave the tent at home with our pick of Welsh glamping sites – which includes everything from romantic treehouses to authentic timber cabins.

Glamping in Wales at the foot of Mount Snowdon

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In awe-inspiring, rural surroundings at the foot of Mount Snowdon (the highest peak in England and Wales), you can experience both nature and modern comforts at the Bryn Dinas Camping Pods. Unwind under powerful showers in the heated bathrooms – just 30m from your cabin – after a long hike. Feel free to bring your furry friend on your Welsh glamping holiday, too – both the cabins and grounds are dog-friendly.

Your new home is an eco-friendly glamping pod, named after famous Welsh castles such as Beaumaris and Penrhyn. Each sleeps two people and features two full-size divan beds, as well as soft, comfortable feather bedding and towels. In the communal kitchen, there are handy extras like a microwave, toaster, fridge and sink for rustling up anything from a warming soup to good old beans on toast. To help you plan your stay and plot your walking routes, visit the public area, which has a computer, travel guides and plenty of maps. Take in calming views of the tree-covered Nantgwynant valley from the communal courtyard area, where you can feast outdoors by firing up the barbecue – think s’mores, smoky sausages and juicy burgers.

You’ll also find two bunk rooms at Bryn Dinas – the legendary sounding Dragon’s Den and Dragon’s Lair. The Den has a double bed and two bunks, so families with small children can settle in there, while the Lair has two sets of bunks for teens or grown-ups. The cosy bunk rooms are heated and have tea and coffee making facilities, so come rain or shine, they’ll be a snug spot to relax in after a day of exploring. Charge up your devices in the electoral points – you never know when that map app might come in handy.

Those seeking a real home-away-from-home feel can go for Maple Lodge cabin – it’s set within the verdant woodland of the Nantgwynant valley, and sleeps four. The open-plan timber cabin is decorated with soft touches like silky throws and plump duvets. Optional travel cots, bedding and non-feather duvets and pillows mean you – and the little ones – will be well-stocked for a comfy night’s sleep. Bringing all the family along? Climb up the Maple Lodge’s ladder into the pint-sized loft space, which has room for a further two single mattresses. The cabin also has a handy kitchenette so you can put together your own campfire feast, whether it’s veggie burgers or a warming chicken curry on the menu. Wash off the barbecue smoke at the end of the night in the shower in your own private bathroom. If you’ve been out hiking all day, pop your clothes in the on-site, coin-operated washing machines and tumble driers for a crisp and clean outfit for the next day’s adventures. The handy washer/dryer room is also the place to let your boots and (potentially) wet clothes dry off.

Enclosed within enchanting woodland, the eight camping pods at Bryn Dinas are close to the river Glaslyn and situated between the two lakes of Llyn Gwynant and Llyn Dinas, famed for its salmon and trout fishing. They’re also just a couple of minutes from the Watkin Path to Mount Snowdon, one of the most thrilling and challenging routes to the summit. The mountain village of Beddgelert is a 4km walk away. Beddgelert translates as ‘the grave of Gelert’ after the famous story of Prince Llewelyn ap Lowerth and his beloved dog, Gelert, whose grave is in the village.

In Beddgelert, immerse yourself in history at the Church of Saint Mary, built on the remains of a seventh-century priory – and one of Wales’ earliest Christian settlements. Afterwards, explore the town’s homely pubs like the Saracens Head, where you can sample traditional Welsh fare and try a pint of Faithful Gelert, a cask ale named after the town’s famous canine. Browse independent shops like Beddgelert Woodcraft, which sells all sorts of products carved from wood that make great souvenirs.

Adrenaline-seekers are well catered for with plenty of active pursuits. Feeling daring? Try the fastest zip line in the world at Zipworld, where you’ll race at 100mph over Penrhyn Quarry. Take a ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, which has run along a 7.5km track from Llanberis all the way to the misty summit of Snowdon since 1896. The train slowly ascends these ancient volcanic mountains to 1,085m above sea level, across viaducts over deep gorges, past long-abandoned dwellings and up steep valley sides. At the top, find panoramic views of the rugged and mountainous landscape – just make sure you remember your camera.

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Treehouse glamping in Wales

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At this enchanting spot for children (and the young at heart), you’ll sleep 9m above the ground in your very own treehouse hideaway. The six Bryn Meurig Bach treehouses (also known as the ‘Living Room’) have views over the serene and secluded valley, which lies deep in the Welsh mountains. The treehouses are all self-sustainable and built on low-impact joins so they don’t harm the trees. On arrival, you’ll walk through the lush Welsh woodland to the site (so remember to bring walking boots).

Each treehouse is reached by a spiral staircase that looks like it’s come straight out of a fairy tale. At the top of the staircase is your main living space. Interiors combine rustic style with a futuristic feel – you’ll find natural materials contrasting with a curved, pod-like ceiling. Continuing the fairy tale, the woodland creeps indoors here with gnarled branches along the ceiling, wooden rails around your terrace and glass-less port holes positioned to let moonlight spill across your pillow.

In the evenings, snuggle up around the comforting wood-burning stove in the centre of each treehouse, which provides not only a cosy atmosphere, but warmth and light, too. The burner also heats your water so that each morning you can have a reinvigorating wash in a warm spring-water shower below the treehouse. There’s also a Swedish compost toilet a short walk from the treehouse.

Stay warm and comfortable whatever time of year you visit thanks to the full insulation of each treehouse. Wrap yourself up in one of the ultra-soft blankets and get lost in the world of a book – each treehouse comes with a mini-library so don’t worry if you didn’t have room in your suitcase for reading material. The treehouses forgo electricity for the romantic ambience of flickering candles, lanterns and lamps – a cosy backdrop for a weekend away. The quirky touches don’t end there – your fridge is an ingenious creation of two plant pots and some sand, while there’s also a rope swing that will bring out the big kid in anyone, no matter how old they are.

When it comes to those all-important sleeping arrangements, there’s a double bed as well as bunk beds. Elsewhere, relax with music or board games in the living and dining area or get creative in the kitchen. After dinner, relax on your outdoor terrace where you can take in the views of the sweeping green valley below. All this, and we haven’t even mentioned the wood-fired hot tub yet. Sit back in bubbling hot water with a glass of prosecco as the sun sets over the remote Welsh meadow surrounding the treehouses. The space is ideal for a romantic getaway, but also provides an adventurous and whimsical break for children. This is where you can forget the stresses of everyday life, and return to a simpler and slower pace in complete harmony with nature.

There’s plenty to do when you’re not relaxing in your treehouse sanctuary. Explore the woodland that envelops your treehouse in a kaleidoscope of green. Along the way, discover bubbling streams, colourful wildflowers and gently undulating countryside. You may even stumble across the nostalgic local pub, the Penrhos Arms, by happy accident – it’s just a 20-minute walk from the site. Indulge in a hearty British classic, such as succulent rump steak with hand-cut chips, or sample a pint of ale before ambling back to your treehouse in the early evening.

Explore a bit further afield with a day trip to Powis Castle – a 30-minute drive away. This medieval fortress is famous for its House of Portraits and herbaceous gardens. Explore a range of exquisite pieces from India and the Far East – the largest such private collection in the UK – at the Clive Museum, in the castle grounds. The rich selection spans textiles, sculptures and ornamental silver and gold.

Looking for a more energetic activity? Lace up those hiking boots and explore the Snowdonia National Park – whose border is a 15-minute drive from the treehouses. Maps provided in your treehouse can guide you along several local routes, including the ‘Top of the World’, a 2.5-hour hike that follows part of the Glyndwr’s Way long-distance footpath and has spectacular views out over the mountains of southern Snowdonia. For a longer walk, head a couple of hours south to explore the fabled Brecon Beacons, where you can stroll among sandstone peaks, placid cobalt lakes and gently rolling hills amid a patchwork of greens.

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