Powys Pods

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Practical yet simple wooden camping pods with excellent facilities and views across the surrounding Welsh hills

Powys Pods try to avoid the term ‘glamping’ because they still very much class themselves as a camping site – albeit a campsite with some very wooden looking tents. “We cater to the muddy boots brigade”, owner Jess tells us, “you need to bring everything you would for camping, but can leave the tent at home”.

It may sound unusual, but it’s a simple idea and one they pull off to perfection. Comprised of just three wooden pods, each with electricity and a heater, the site’s accommodation is simple yet more than comfortably adequate. Unlike those bells and whistles glamping sites, they haven’t clogged every space with spangled chandeliers and layers of fancy bedding, but instead offer the convenience of simple and sturdy accommodation that allows you to have a more traditional camping break, without the worry about the weather. Outside there’s room to sit in the sun and while away the hours, while the essential joys of star gazing and late night campfires are still very much encouraged. It really is camping without the peg-pushing, pole-snapping, nylon-fighting hassle.

On a tiered slope in rural Radnorshire, the pods are located on semi-organic Grug Farm, home to 200 sheep and half a dozen Welsh Black cows that graze either side of the winding, local lanes. Two of the three units are in the lower camping area – where separate wooden buildings featuring toilets and modern, power showers can also be found – while the third pod is hidden away further up the slope, in a field of its own. The winning factor for all three is undoubtedly the view. In the foreground, below your camping space, a block of trees spreads throughout the valley bottom, while behind it hills climb up gently towards the sky. The higher pod, meanwhile, overlooks a stretch of open fields, the Black Mountains visible in the distance on a clear day.

In the way all good views do, it can’t help but draw you out. No sooner have you sat yourself down and you're drawing a line with your finger across the nearest hillside. Jess will help answer all your questions and can direct you to nearby Offa's Dyke footpath, though simply taking off to explore will quickly reveal a host of local treasures. Less than a mile down the road, Bryngwyn Riding Centre can saddle you up (both beginners and the experienced) for a pony trek through the local area – options vary from half hour routes for children to two-hour or whole day hacks across the Welsh countryside. An easy 20-minute car journey brings you to famous Hay-on-Wye, its quirky independent book and antique shops giving it an enjoyable buzz that lasts well beyond the annual Hay Festival.

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Facilities

2 luxury showers and 3 toilets in separate pod units, along with a drying room with space to hang clothes. The pods all have electricity, with sockets for charging essentials and a small oil-filled radiator/fan heater add to the cosy feeling. One of the pods (Ardwyn Pod) also has built-in beds with mattresses and storage underneath, which can either be set as two single beds or converted into a double. The site has a fantastic lawn area (subject to tents) for playing games and there is a firepit, under-cover seating and BBQ area.

Suitable For

Glampers and additional tents (to have alongside your pod booking) and well behaved dogs that adhere to their strict dogs policy – yes. Caravans – no. Groups: family groups occupying more than 1 pod allowed, but non-family groups occupying more than 1 pod must book the whole site (all 3 pods).

Nearby

A mile down the road there's a horse riding centre (01497 851669). They offer half hour routes for kids and beginners and longer hacks for the more experienced. The local, heather-clad hills are covered in bridleways and it's a fantastic way to cover the ground. Also popular is a drive to the river Wye. Here you can hire canoes (07414 935965) and drift your way down stream, another great way to explore the area! For something a little more sedate, a drive to Hay-on-Wye leads to a wealth of good independent shops – particularly antique and book shops. The town also marks the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, another real hub for outdoor pursuits.

Food & Drink

BBQs are permitted and there's a large barrel barbie available for use. The nearest pub, The Roast Ox (01497 851398), can be found at Painscastle (4 miles away) and there is also a good bar and restaurant at Rhosgoch Golf Club (3 miles; 01497 851251). For the maximum choice head to Hay-on-Wye.

Opening Times

Easter–October.

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The Owner Says

Powys Pods is situated in an undiscovered part of rural Radnorshire, tucked away in the hills of Wales close to the Welsh-English border with Herefordshire. From your camping pod you will have views of the valley and the open hills beyond, just waiting to be explored by foot, bike or on horseback. Whether you want to be active during your break or just have a relaxing getaway, staying in one of our cosy pods could be just the thing for you. The camping pods are great for families, couples or groups of friends, for those wanting exclusive romantic getaways, an affordable weekend break or maybe just a stress-free alternative camping holiday without the worry about the weather.

When staying at Powys Pods you will have the luxury of modern facilities with the unique atmosphere of a camping holiday. We offer something a bit different to the usual glamping with all it's bells and whistles, we offer something more affordable; it's camping, but without the tent. We wanted to create a low-cost no-frills glamping campsite where you could bring your kids and your dogs along, or have a go at camping without the worry of the weather. Think of it as comfortable camping.

Powys Pods offers an alternative and comfortable camping experience for everyone, from walkers, family groups, pony trekkers, mountain bikers and bird watchers to those who simply love the peace and quiet of the countryside and the fresh air that it brings. So join us on our working family farm for a peaceful and enjoyable stay, whether you want a quiet get-away, or an action-packed break - but remember, we are in an ideal location just to do nothing!

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Accommodation

We have just three camping pods (and a separate tent pitch above Ardwyn pod):

Bryn-Gwyn pod is the 'family' sized pod, suitable for up to 5 adults (or 2 adults & 2-3 children), and is suitable people with disabilities too.

Allt Dderw pod is suitable for 3 adults or 2 adults with 1-2 small children (under aged 8).

Ardwyn pod is suitable for 2 adults and 1-2 infants (with own beds). It has built-in beds with foam mattresses that can either be configured as a double or single bed.

If your group is too big for a pod, you can arrange to book a tent nearby to your pod, or why not book the whole site (please see our rules on group bookings).

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Location

Contact Powys Pods, Grug Farm, Bryngwyn, Kington, Powys. HR5 3QN

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Getting There

Customers are emailed detailed directions and check-in information a few days before their stay. The nearest train station is either Hereford or Llandrindod Wells and the nearest bus is to Hay-on-Wye or Kington. These are still a bit of a distance away, though, so a car is advised.

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