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Oak Grove Retreats

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys

Doldowlod Caravan Park, Old Station Site, Llanwrthwl, Rhayader, Powys LD16NN

A retreat in every sense, peace and quiet are the order of the day at this welcoming Mid-Wales haven

Wales' camping credentials need little introduction – the lush Brecon Beacons; the epic expanse of Snowdonia; the seemingly boundless Pembrokeshire coastline. While perhaps lesser known, the Cambrian Mountains easily equal the aforementioned for wow factor. This vast expanse of the Elenydd (to give it it's proper Welsh name) is often referred to as the 'Green Desert of Wales', such is its remoteness and paucity of roads – in short, the very essence of 'getting away from it all'. Set amidst this stunningly sparse landscape lies another of Cymru's little hidden gems – Oak Grove Retreats.

In one of the region's more accessible pockets (just off the A470 at Doldowlod Caravan Park to be precise), Oak Grove Retreats has long been a popular spot for glampers and caravanners looking for a chilled-out break where peace and quiet reigns (party animals should look elsewhere). It's not hard to see why.

Hugged by the verdant Cambrians, Oak Grove sits just 200 yards across a meadow from the River Wye. Take the gentle riverside walk (with lots of picnic spots and rest benches along the way) to make the most of this glorious waterside scene – be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the odd mischievous otter. Affable hosts Heather & Oak offer pre-booked campfire evenings in the old Victorian railway cutting with homemade Welsh cakes made on the fire and live music around a roaring fire – perfect for families, groups of friends, and couples.

For those looking for a completely hassle-free stay, look no further than the pair of beautifully converted 2 berth Cambrian Railway Box Carriages. Both feature wood or coal burning stoves, easy chairs, king size or double beds, kitchenettes and plenty of other features, including flat-screen TV. There are also a trio cosy static caravans, complete with all mod cons. All have stunning views towards the River Wye and the Cambrian Mountains.

A retreat in the truest sense of the word, one of Oak Grove's many draws is the Ayurvedic therapy treatments. Allow trained practitioner and yoga teacher Heather to restore your health and vitality with some hands-on-healing – all tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle. For a really special evening, you can book a camp fire with music and songs (from Oak on Frame drum & Heather on guitar) they will even make you bread and cocoa on the fire. If you love walking the hills or valleys but don't like to go it alone then Heather will rustle up a picnic and Oak will take you on a route to suit.

With batteries suitably re-charged, you'll be raring to make the most of the area's best outdoor pursuits. Mountain biking is serious business in this part of the world and you can test your skills on one of the UK's top 10 mountain biking routes the "Rhyader Round" – less than a mile from the site. The Wye Valley also boasts a wealth of cracking angling spots, all easily accessible from Doldowlod.

Your wonderful hosts are the very definition of charming hospitality. The titular Oak will regale you with tales from his rock n' roll past (Stones at Hyde Park in '69, amongst many others since you asked), while gastronomic-goddess Heather rustles up homemade goodies for your day out (freshly-baked scones, anyone?). All in all, this tranquil Mid-Wales haven is the ideal setting for that all important r'n'r.  

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The campsite owner says

We are located  200 yards across a meadow from the beautiful River Wye, surrounded by the wild Cambrian Mountains, near Rhayader & the spectacular Elan Valley.  We have 3 cosy caravans and 2 Glamping Railway Carriages for hire.


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