Spirals of Wellbeing

UK Wales Mid Wales Ceredigion Coed-y-Bryn

  • Campfires allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby

Admit it – you've always fantasised about ditching the rat race and hitting the open road in a cool, retro hippy van. That part of you that will forever be Haight-Ashbury circa '67 yearns for this wild abandon. Well, we say embrace the inner hippy; beseech your inner beatnik. And we know just the place to dig the 'vibes'...

It's a little known fact that West Wales is the cradle of British hippydom. The long-hairs of Dyfed (now Ceredigion) were freaking out the squares when Michael Eavis was just a mutton-chopped dairy farmer from a small town in Somerset. You can see why the original flower children bloomed round these parts: the endless pristine beaches of Cardigan Bay, the epic Elenith mountains, the meanderingly mystic River Teifi. A palpable air of Arthurian myth seems hued in the very rock – no wonder; Merlin was a Carmarthen boy apparently. Nestled within the spellbinding Teifi Valley, between Llandysul and Newcastle Emlyn, sits Spirals of Wellbeing. 

Not a campsite in the traditional sense, Angie and Rob acquired this priceless spot in March 2012 and set about cultivating it into an eco-friendly, place of peace and tranquility. In addition to their hi-spec refurbished cowshed, camping guests get to bed down in the fabulously vintage Hippy Van. This chrome-tastic, spiral-illustrated (geddit?) warrior of the road is stationed within a clearing beside a lush, verdant meadow. It snugly sleeps two, with everything you could need to live out your own magical mystery tour (albeit a stationary one). 

New for summer 2014 is Bella Bambino – a luxurious, romantic bell tent that's perfect for glamping couples. Sat atop pristine wooden decking (ideal for sunbathing/star gazing), this canvas palace features a double bed frame with thick futon mattress, large antique trunk to store your stuff, rugs and cushions for cosy comfort and a funky hand crafted table for your al fresco glass of wine and nibbles. Outside Bella is your very own camp fire, overlooking the two acre meadow that's exclusively yours. A separate kitchen-cum-adorable little shed sits adjacent. You'll find all the kit and caboodle and a two ring gas hob. There is a compost toilet and wash basin as well as a solar shower, where you can access running water. Bedding, wood for your first fire, candles, solar fairy lights are also provided. This is real eco camping in comfort.

There's a pleasingly lazy pace to life round here, with relaxation and reconnecting with nature about the height of labour. If you need any inducement to unwind, Angie and Rob are fully qualified and insured massage therapists with over 15 years worth of experience. Drop into the wooden treatment chalet for some holistic hands-on healing. For the more creatively-minded, Angie also offer silver jewellery workshops. Make your very own one-of-a-kind piece using recycled silver – the ultimate memento.  

The boho hippy vibe is more than just affectation. Angie and Rob are keen to promote sustainable camping, whether through the solar shower or their own productive poly-tunnel where any excess veg is free for campers to purchase. Your convivial caretakers are also no stranger to a campfire singalong round the firepit ("African drumming every Tuesday in Llandysul, in case you're interested").  

And even for those of you not looking to 'turn on, tune in, drop out', there's no end to the charms of this West Wales hideaway. Though with red kites gliding graciously overhead, and the tranquil babbling of the stream to meditate to, we advise going with the flow. As the song might have gone; "if you're going to Lla-an-dysul/Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair". Far out man...

Details

Facilities

The Hippy Van sleeps 2 adults plus one small child. It features an outdoor solar shower, and separate, hand crafted compost loo with hand wash basin. The van has cold running water which can be heated in the van on the cooker or wood burning stove. Bedding and tea towels provided. The 'Bella Bambino' bell tent sleeps 2 in a double bed. There's also an antique storage trunk. The pitch has its own fire pit and there is also a larger central communal fire pit where you can gather around with musical instruments for a sing along, social get together. The tent also has its own adjacent kitchen-shed with 2-ring gas hob. Compost toilet and wash basin provided, as well as a solar shower, where you can access running water. Massage therapy and jewellery workshop available. 

Suitable For

Just those staying in the hippy van and bell tent. No dogs in general (due to the other animals) but if someone has a dog they can speak with Angie and Rob directly to discuss. No groups. 

Nearby

The Cardigan coastline is simply stunning. Take a dolphin watching boat (01545 560032) out to Cardigan Bay, then retire to charming Newquay for fish and chips on the harbour. There's some cracking beaches a short(ish) drive away, with Mwnt being one of the most popular. A good 45 minutes south lies Llansteffan, a gloriously unspoilt stretch overlooking Carmarthen Bay. It's also very close to Laugharne for any Dylan Thomas pilgrims. You could visit the Dolaucothi Gold Mines at Pumsant (01558 650177) or hop on the Teifi Valley Steam Railway (01559 371077) at Henllan, near Newcastle Emlyn. Llandysul is great for canoeing (01559 363209) while Llangrannog boasts dry-slope skiing overlooking the stunning bay. The garden at Sculptureheaven (01239 851737) in Rhydlewis makes for a relaxing amble – they also have a gallery and tearoom should it rain. The Teifi Valley is also renowned for it's trout and salmon fishing. Be sure to acquire a permit before casting off. 

Food & Drink

Llandysul has a few atmospheric little pubs including the Gwesty'r Porth Hotel (01559 362202) and a tidy gastro in The Daffodil (01559 370343) at Penrhiwllan. Newcastle Emlyn has some decent cafes too including eclectic Pachamama (01239 711334). The Riverside Health Shop & Cafe (01239 711440) is great for local organic produce. Heading out to sea, The Ship Inn (01239 811816) at Tresaith is great for al fresco dining, with an imaginative menu and stunning views of the beach. For something extra special, head to The Harbourmaster Hotel (01545 570755in picture-postcard Aberaeron for locally-landed seafood. There's not many pubs round these parts that Dylan Thomas won't have drunk in, but the Black Lion (01545 561144) in Newquay is generally considered one of the great poets more regular haunts. Treat yourself with the award-winning Italian ice-cream at Conti's (01570 422223) in Lampeter – the cafe has been there for almost 70 years!

Opening Times

March 15th – September 20th. 

Location

Contact Spirals of Wellbeing, Cwmins, Coedybryn, Llandysul, Ceredigion SA44 5NA

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Getting There

From Carmarthen: Taking the A484, stay on road for 9 miles until you see a sign for the River Teifi on your right by a small bridge. Turn right over the bridge and continue for about a mile, passing through the small village of Henllan. Drive past the steam railway on the right until you get to the war memorial. Follow the road passing memorial on your right to the crossroads. Cross straight over, following sign to Rhydlewis and Llangrannog B4334. The road dips down slightly and continues up through woods bringing you to the top of the valley. When you reach a white farm house called Coedfyn directly opposite, take the right turn. This will begin to take you down into the valley dropping sharply after 200 yards or so. Follow road down until you reach a white cottage called Lon and turn immediately left to the side of the cottage, onto the track marked Cwmins Spirals of Wellbeing. Follow track into the yard. 

Nearest railway station is Carmarthen. From here, the 460 bus will get you as far as Henllan. 

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