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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.

 

North Wales 

 

 
  • The Courthouse
    This Victorian building was originally a police station and magistrates court for Betws-y-Coed. It has 5 bedrooms, Lawyer’s Room, Interrogation Room, Handcuff Room, Fingerprint Room and 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 and truncheons and a magistrate’s coat of arms. Even the breakfast menu has a theme which is fitting for the property.
  • Dinas Farm Caravan Park
    Dinas Caravan Park has eight static caravan pitches with caravans for sale and hire and a small quiet, family friendly Campsite which allows campfires.
  • Gladstone's Library
    Boutique bedrooms in the historic library where guests have extended access to the reading rooms outside public hours.
  • Graigwen Campsite
    Situated near Dolgellau with breathtaking views of the Mawddach estuary and Snowdonia mountains. Chosen by the 'Cool Camping Wales Guide' as one of the top 5 places to camp in Wales and won a Green Snowdonia Award for the Most Sustainable Camp Site in 2009. Yurts, B&B and holiday cottages also available.
  • The Lighthouse
    The fortress-like Llandudno lighthouse is within the Great Orme Country Park and is perched on the edge of a 100-metre drop into the sea below. The splendid Canadian pine panelling gives an air of gentleman’s club to this grand bed & breakfast.
 
 
  • Nant Gwrtheyrn
    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
    Set high on the mountainside overlooking Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala) - Wales's largest natural lake - Yr Aran, Arenig Fawr and other peaks in Snowdonia.
  • Portmeirion
    It’s an Italianate fantasy village on its own peninsula. The village is a top tourist attraction and includes a hotel, self-catering cottages, restaurants, cafes and shops.  It’s also famous for being the filming location of the The cult TV series ‘The Prisoner’! 
  • Riverside Glamping
    Offering handcrafted tented lodges or Cabans by the banks of the river Seiont for a luxury glamping experience in the heart of Snowdonia.
  • Surf Snowdonia Glamping Pods
    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
    Classic safari tent lodges with a Welsh twist, not least the epic views of Snowdonia. When Robin and Victoria Roberts diversified their Beaumaris farm, they thought big – and glamorous. Voted one of Elle magazine’s most extraordinary rural getaways.

    Updated October 2017

 

 

Mid Wales

 

  
  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Living Room, Machynlleth
    A return to the simple (but chic) life – 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. No electricity, so it is back to nature with candles, and lanterns.  The hot spring water shower 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.

    Updated October 2017
 
 
  • Straw Cottage, Llandrindod Wells
    A quiet retreat which focuses on the sounds and activities of outdoor living. 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
    Feel just like a hobbit in these unique timber-framed houses, dug into a hillside and topped with a warm blanket of turf. Underfloor heating, a wood-burning stove and walls lined with sheep's wool make them about the cosiest homes in Ceredigion.
  • Wildernest
    A little bit of American glamour beamed down in a meadow near Lampeter. 'Airstream' is a silver bullet US trailer dating from 1964 but it’s kitted out with all mod cons including double bed, retro-style kitchen, wood burner and wet room.
  • The Yurt Farm
    Laurie, Thea, Mossy, Wren and Sylvan invite you to come and stay in a yurt on a working organic family farm.
 

 

 

South East Wales 

 

 
  • Cwmcarn Forest
    Cwmcarn Forest in the South Wales Valleys offer timber framed pods with heating, electricity and electrical sockets as an alternative form of camping.  
  • Cwm Tawel
    Glamping, foraging and coracle making - guests are able to forage around woodland, meadows and hills of the secluded Llynfi Valley; return to camp and cook their finds and then relax under the stars in the evening, snuggled in fluffy sheepskins in an authentic Nomad yurt from Mongolia.
 
  • Llancayo Windmill
    This restored 19th century windmill is situated near the former market town of Usk, Monmouthshire.  It's available to rent as a self-catering property and accommodates up to 12 guests with 6 bedrooms. 
  • Soar Chapel Guest House
    The former baptist chapel in Ebbw Vale has been lovingly restored offering 4-star luxury accommodation.  A range of beauty treatments are also available in their in-house spa.  
 

 

 

West Wales 

 

 
  • Bethsaida
    Located in the historic village of St Dogmaels in Pembrokeshire is a converted baptist chapel which offers 4* accommodation. The chapel has retained much of its original features such as the pulpit and the stained glass windows.  For cyclists, the Bed and Breakfast offers bicycle storage within the building.  Ideal for exploring the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
  • Fforest
    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
    Florence Springs in Pembrokeshire offers you the peace and solitude of the countryside.  Choose from a Hobbit House, Yurt, or a 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
    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
    Offering a magical glamping experience in an Ark. Situated in Alltygrug, Carmarthenshire, SA33 5AY, it is close to the Pembrokeshire border, surrounded by beautiful open countryside. Each Ark can accommodate up to 5 guests.
  • Larkhill Tipis
    The glamp site is located in Cwmduad, Carmarthenshire and 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
    Yurts Tipis and Geo-eco accommodation can be found at this campsite.  There is no light pollution at night so a perfect location for star gazing in front of your own campfire.  Located close to Abercastle harbour in Pembrokeshire, guests can explore the unspoilt beaches around the coast.
  • Twr y Felin art hotel
    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.

    Updated 30 August 2017

 

 

Around Wales

 

 
  • 30 Years Of Yurt
    Camping is not what it once was – in a good way. Sleeping under the stars now gives you the opportunity to luxuriate like never before. There is a bewildering array of accommodation, including tents inspired by traditional Dutch and Swedish structures, as well as a dome based on a British cavalry design of the 1850s.
    Fforest
    The Willow
    Hidden Valley Yurts
     
  • Fantasy Islands
    There are 50 islands in Wales and you can stay on quite a few of them. Bardsey Island, off the coast of the Llŷn Peninsula, is a place of religious pilgrimage as well as a National Nature Reserve and a site of Special Scientific Interest. It’s only 1.5 miles long and half a mile across and there’s a fair chance you’ll spot dolphins and seals.

     

    Skomer Island, off the coast of Pembrokeshire is a fraction bigger and is also teeming with wildlife, including the Atlantic Puffin and the Manx Shearwater, as well as being the location of prehistoric houses and a stone circle.
  • Farm Charm
    Farming has been an important part of Welsh culture and community for centuries and it remains a vital part of the economy. You can stay at dozens of working farms throughout the country in a mixture of bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation. Not only does it offer you a special insight into the nature of Wales, you’ll never taste fresher milk and eggs anywhere in the world.
    View the Farm Stay UK website for places to stay in Wales
    Find out more about farm stays
  • Public Transport
    Before you get the wrong idea, we’re not suggesting you unroll your sleeping bag on the back seat of the number 195 bus from Carmarthen to Llanelli. Wendy, the Aberporth Express, is a converted Edwardian railway carriage on the West Wales coast. There is a gypsy caravan in the Black Mountains of Mid Wales that was used in the film Wind In The Willows. You can stay in a gleaming 1960s Airstream or a circus showman’s wagon. And if you fancy transporting your bedroom from one stunning location to another, why not explore the Llangollen or Monmouthshire & Brecon canals in a narrow boat?
    Search on Under the Thatch
    Visit Wales - Sailing on a Cloud
 
 
  • Retreat Yourself
    Among the religious retreats of Wales, Pembrokeshire’s Caldey Island has been a site of religious importance since a Celtic monastery was built there in the 6th century. It’s just a short boat trip from Tenby and there are a limited number of self-catering facilities. Groups of visitors can also stay at St Philomema’s retreat house on Caldey during spring and summer months.Tintern Abbey Cottage is not a retreat, but a lovely self-catering property in the grounds of the best-preserved Medieval abbey in Wales.
  • Under the Thatch
    Under the Thatch has a selection of very different and totally original, affordable self-catering accommodation choices ranging from woodland log cabins, traditional cottages and 17th century farmhouses to converted railway carriages, authentic vardos and even a showman's wagon from the circus! All are managed in an ethically responsible and sustainable way. Search properties on Under the Thatch 
  • Youth And Beauty
    Here’s a smart alternative to the idea of renting out an enormous country house for that special birthday or anniversary party. There are numerous youth hostels and bunkhouses in some of the most wild and picturesque locations in Wales that are available for hire, including in the Brecon Beacons National Park and on the shores of the Gower Peninsula.
    Bunkhouses in Wales
    YHA
    Visit Wales on Hostels and Bunkhouses
     
 

 

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