Oak Grove Retreats

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys

  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
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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Facilities

Glampers have access to the brand new state-of-the-art wc/shower facilities 15 yards from the glamping carriages. The caravans have their own onboard bathrooms/wcs. There is always hot water and there is always handwash and towels at the basins. Designated dog walking area. There is a launderette 3 miles away in Rhayader and a cafe, shop, post office and petrol station less than half a mile away. 

Suitable For

Couples, families, dogs (on leads at all times) – yes. Tent campers – no. Groups at owner's discretion. 

Nearby

The Elan Valley Visitor Centre (01597 810880) is a lovely 4.5 mile ramble over the hills (or down the country lanes if you prefer). For all you adrenaline junkies, the 'Rhyader Round' mountain biking trail begins less than a mile away. Just 2 miles away the Red Kite Feeding & Rehabilitation Centre (01597 810243) is a great place to interact with these legendary Welsh birds. The pretty market town of Rhayader is 3 miles north and boasts excellent leisure facilities including a gym and heated indoor pool, riverside walks, tea shops, antique shops and pubs. If you're visiting in July, be sure to drop by the annual Royal Welsh Show (01982 553683) in nearby Builth Wells (just 9 miles away).

Food & Drink

The Halt Cafe, just 300 yards from the site, does a cracking breakfast for just £3.50. There are plenty of offsite dining options including, fish & chips at Evans Plaice (01597 810317), 3 miles away in Rhayader. The town, along with Newbridge on Wye (3 miles south), boasts some great gastro pubs including the Elan Valley Hotel (01597 810448) which does a cracking Sunday roast (veggie & vegan options available). The Penbont Victorian tearooms offer homemade baked treats, kettles on ranges, wood-burning stoves and open fires, plus local crafts for sale (dogs & walkers welcome). The Herb Garden (01597 823082) in Llandrindod Wells (7 miles) specialises in locally-produced organic food, breakfasts, lunches, teas, snacks, meat, veggie and vegan choices. Bread, pickles, jams and cakes are also made on the premises. The soup is always veggie and you can have as many re-fills of your big steaming bowlful as you can eat.

Opening Times

Easter – October half term.

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The 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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Accommodation

3 cosy static caravans & 2 Vintage Railway Carriages.

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Location

Contact Oak Grove Retreats, Doldowlod Caravan Park, Old Station Site, Llanwrthwl, Rhayader, Powys LD16NN

Getting There

The site 3 miles south of Rhayader just off the A470.

The nearest train station is Llandrindod Wells. National Express coaches go to Shrewsbury (70 miles north) and Cardiff (70 miles south). The train runs from Shrewsbury to Llandrindod Wells.  Bus services run from Cardiff to Brecon and from Brecon to Rhayader.

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