Quirky Accommodation

We’re getting lots of requests for quirky accommodation so here you will find some ideas ranging from staying in a tent with a difference, an old railway carriage, a lighthouse or even the oldest house in Wales.

The Courthouse, Betws-y-Coed
Once a police station, magistrates court and cells, this Victorian building has 5 bedrooms which characterises it's former self. Choose from a Lawyer’s Room, Interrogation Room, Handcuff Room, Fingerprint Room or Cell Room. The en suite bathrooms still carry the echoes of times when they were magistrates chambers. Police memorabilia is found around the guest house which has an original cell door, police helmets, truncheons and a magistrate’s coat of arms. Even the breakfast menu has names which are fitting for the property.

 

Dinas Farm Caravan Park, Llanbedr, Gwynedd
Not your usual caravan park as it only has eight static caravan pitches in a small quiet, family friendly site. Its campsite allows for up to 30 pitches where you can even hire a campfire to enjoy evenings outdoors.  The location is ideal for walking, enjoying Dinas lake with your own canoe or inflatables and exploring nearby Harlech and Barmouth.

 

Gladstone's Library, Hawarden, Flintshire
As you can imagine, the main theme of the accommodation is books. Not only can you enjoy a peaceful night's sleep in this boutique hotel, but you can also enjoy the collection of thousands of books after the library has been closed to the public.

 

Graigwen Campsite, Nr Dolgellau, Gwynedd
Situated near Dolgellau with breathtaking views of the Mawddach estuary and Snowdonia mountains. Choose from yurts, cabans, cottages bed and breakfast or even camping. There is plenty to do in the vicinity including castles, mountains, steam trains, zip lines and bike trails.  Group bookings are also welcome.

 

The Lighthouse, Llandudno
The fortress-like lighthouse is located in the Great Orme Country Park, just 2 miles from the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno.  It is perched on the edge of a 100-metre drop which guests can enjoy whilst eating their traditional Welsh breakfast! The splendid Canadian pine panelling gives an air of gentleman’s club to this grand bed & breakfast. Choose from the Principal Keeper's Suite, the Telegraph Room or the Lamp Room.

 

Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llŷn Peninsula
Located in a former quarrying village, the 5 star graded terraced cottages were once used by the workers and are suitable for groups (up to 120 guests).  The site is now a Welsh language and heritage centre.

 

Pant y March Farm, Snowdonia, Bala, Gwynedd
The 'canvas frills lodge' comes complete with a separate shower and hot tub.  There are only two on site, which overlook Lake Bala (Llyn Tegid), the largest lake in Wales.  Due to its mountainous location, the views from this peaceful location over the lake are breathtaking.  As the lake is only a 20 minute walk away, it is ideal for a swim in the summer months.

 

Portmeirion, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd
Purposely created during 1925 and 1976, it is an Italianate fantasy village on its own peninsula. It is also famous for being the filming location of the The cult TV series ‘The Prisoner’. Stay in the castle, the hotel or one of the cottages to enjoy the full experience of the village.

 

Riverside Glamping, Caernarfon, Gwynedd
Offering handcrafted tented lodges or cabans by the banks of the river Seiont for a luxury glamping experience in the heart of Snowdonia. Conveniently located 7 miles from Snowdon and 2 miles from the coast, there are castles, steam trains, sporting activities and many more attractions within easy reach.

 

Surf Snowdonia Glamping Pods, Dolgarrog, Conwy
Wake up to the sound of waves in the Conwy valley.  Each pod is fitted with underfloor heating and accommodates 4 guests. Facilities include the use of a hot tub, barrel sauna, on site restaurant and of course the Adventure Parc is on the doorstep.

 

Wonderfully Wild, Beaumaris, Anglesey
Classic luxury safari tent lodges beautifully furnished with 3 bedroom areas, fully equipped kitchen and a wood burning cooker. Epic views of Snowdonia National Park are on the doorstep. So much to do in the area including zoos, farms, castles, adventure sports, cruising and much more. Elle magazine featured the campsite as one of the 'most extraordinary rural getaways'.

 

The Willows, Abersoch
A 5 star award winning caravan and camping site for adults only, just under 3 miles from Abersoch on the Llŷn Peninsula. They offer Hobbit homes, the Eye-Pod and Chillout Pod which have all the mod cons to enjoy cosy camping.  The Eye-Pod has a clear dome for star gazing whilst enjoying a well earned early night or lie in!

 

Cledan Valley, Carno, Powys
Choose from a yurt, bell tent, tipi or Shepherds hut and enjoy glamping in the hills and streams of this unspoilt valley. The tents are widely spread to offer privacy and enjoy the nature and wildness.

 

Hafod-y-Garreg, Builth Wells
A grade II listed medieval farmhouse furnished with oak furniture and antique fabrics, but still with modern technology.  The atmospheric house is the oldest in Wales and has retained many of its original features. The property offers views of the Wye Valley and peaceful pathways around the landscape.

 

Living Room, Machynlleth
Enjoy an experience 30 feet off the floor. These futuristic curved treehouses are built into the treetops of a secret valley in the heart of the mountains, yet close to the sea. There is no electricity, so it is back to nature with candles, lanterns, wood burning stoves, ensuite compost toilets and hot spring water showers (which is an experience in itself). Squirrels at no extra charge.

 

Nannerth Country Holidays, Rhyader 
Say hello to Ava - a vintage circus and fair wagon. To keep her in tip top condition, she is not let out all year round, but there is other accommodation on site including a barn conversion and an old granary.  You can even experience badger watching in the treehouse or explore the wood and wetlands around the farm.

 

Straw Cottage, Llandrindod Wells
A quiet retreat which focuses on the sounds and activities of outdoor living.  Surrounded by 3 acres of meadows and woodland with a stream nearby.  Enjoy going back to childhood days by building dens or dipping in the stream.  There are even games provided for a rainy day.  Then sit back and enjoy the views on the private veranda.  There is no electricity in the property. Light comes from lanterns and candles with torches supplied.  Wood burners provide heating and cooking is by gas.

 

Treberfedd Farm, Lampeter, Ceredigion
Feel just like a hobbit in the unique timber-framed eco cabins, located on a hilltop enjoying panoramic views. Underfloor heating, a wood-burning stove, an organic meadow grass roof and walls lined with sheeps wool make them about the cosiest homes in Ceredigion. Enjoy hot tubs in the modern farmhouse or converted granary store.

 

Wildernest, Lampeter, Ceredigion
A little bit of American glamour beamed down in a meadow near Lampeter. 'Airstream' is a silver bullet US trailer dating back to 1964 but fitted with all mod cons including double bed, retro-style kitchen, wood burner and wet room.  'The Stoep' is a cosy straw bale house built with sheeps wool in the roof, heating under the floor and a woodburning stove.

 

The Yurt Farm, Tregaron, Ceredigion
'The Train Carriage' offers views over the Cambrian mountains.  It is made from local timber, and sheep wool provides insulation.  There are also 4 oak framed yurts to choose from. All accommodation comes with a wood burning stove, free firewood and welsh woollen blankets for a comfy and cosy stay.  Eggs and vegetables from the farm, organic teas, candles, flowers, olive oil, salt and pepper are provided on arrival to give you a warm welsh welcome.

 

 

Cwmcarn Forest, Cwmcarn, Crosskeys

Cwmcarn Forest in the South Wales Valleys offer an alternative to packing a tent by providing timber framed camping pods with heating, electricity and electrical sockets.  All 'wooden' tents have their own barbecue facilities and a picnic table to enjoy outdoor dining.  One of the larger pod is equipped with a bed, storage, dressing table and sofa.

 

Cwm Tawel Yurts, Llangynwyd, Bridgend
Set in the secluded Llynfi Valley, there are 4 Mongolian nomadic  yurts which have decks kitted out for barbecues.  There is also one yurt suitable for wheelchair access. All yurts have log burners  A communal round house with a raised fire pit and a communal hot tub allows glampers to get together and make new friends. The site has local hiking terrains and is located only 20 minutes away from the beaches and forest mountain biking trails.

 

Hide, St Donats
The countryside retreat received a Quality Assured Glamping Site Gold Award in 2017. The site is near Atlantic College and St Donat's castle and is only 25 minute drive away from the capital city.  It is home to 3 cabans, a Shepherd's Hut and a Walden Lodge.

 

Llancayo Windmill, Usk, Monmouthshire
This restored 19th century windmill is situated near the former market town of Usk, Monmouthshire.  It is available to rent as a self-catering property and accommodates up to 12 guests with 6 bedrooms and 4 en-suite showers. It offers underfloor heating and an electric effect wood burning stove.  All mod cons are provided including a gas barbecue and outdoor furniture. 

 

Soar Chapel Guest House, Beaufort, Ebbw Vale
The former baptist chapel in Ebbw Vale has been lovingly restored offering 4-star luxury accommodation. Welsh cakes are provided in each room to offer a warm welsh welcome.

 

Bethsaida, St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire
A converted baptist chapel which offers 4 star accommodation. The chapel has retained much of its original features such as the pulpit and the stained glass windows.  Enjoy the history and art of Welsh culture using the reading material provided.  For cyclists, the Bed and Breakfast offers bicycle storage within the building.  Ideal for exploring the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

 

Fforest, Pembrokeshire
Fforest farm has 3 locations around Pembrokeshire.  In 2017, they were named as one of the top 3 glamping resorts in the world by National Geographic.  They provide a variety of accommodation, designed to enjoy the outdoors including cabins, lodges, domes, stone lodges and bell tents.  Activities including archery, bushcraft, watersports and climbing.

 

Florence Springs, Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Florence Springs offers peace and solitude of the countryside. Choose from a Hobbit House, yurt, or treehouse.  They also offer a premium camping pitch which has benches, an undercover seating and cooking area, a barbecue and fire pit which includes free logs.  Located half a mile from Heatherton activity park, which has a multitude of activities for the whole family including the exciting Treetops adventure trail. Other nearby attractions include the Manor Wildlife Park, the Dinosaur park, Tenby and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

 

Haven Pod, Neyland, Pembrokeshire
A cabin style lodge which takes the phrase "waterfront accommodation" to a new level. The cabin-style lodge floats on the water in the marina surrounding by boats and the stunning Pembrokeshire National Park. The eco-friendly cabin, which sleeps two adults and two children, is built from ethically-sourced balau and cedar wood, floating on up-cycled pontoons and finished with Fair Trade products.  The pod itself has all the amenities families would need from a self-catered accommodation including a kitchenette and kitchen essentials, a dining table and chairs, TV, sofa, Wi-Fi and a stunning private terrace.

 

Hill View Glamping, Alltygrug, Carmarthenshire
Offering a magical glamping experience in an Ark with a wood burning stove.  Outside wooden decking is furnished with a barbecue, table and chairs. Each Ark can accommodate up to 5 guests.

 

Larkhill Tipis, Cwmduad, Carmarthenshire
The glamp site offers a choice of yurts and tipis complete with firepits.  All camping accessories are provided.  Guests who use public transport to get to the accommodation can be collected from either the train or bus station.  They will even stop at local shops en-route for guests to buy provisions.

 

Trellyn Woodland Camping, Abercastle, Pembrokeshire
Secluded yurts, tipis and geo-eco accommodation can be found at this coastal campsite.  Each pitch has a coverered area with a campfire, picnic table and grill. There is no light pollution at night so a perfect location for star gazing in front of your own campfire.  Its location allows guests to explore the unspoilt beaches around the coast.

 

Twr y Felin hotel, St Davids, Pembrokeshire
Part converted from an 1806 windmill, Twr y Felin Hotel has been meticulously restored and extended by the Retreats Group to a luxury contemporary art hotel. Located in the heart of the UK’s smallest city St Davids within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, it includes 21 ensuite bedrooms including the windmill tower, a sophisticated bar, a two rosette AA restaurant and an inviting lounge named Oriel.  The hotel contains over 100 pieces of art inspire by the area.