Larkhill Tipis and Yurts

UK Wales South Wales Carmarthenshire

  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
A labour of love; conceived, designed, constructed and planted by Fran and Tony. And all that work so you can relax in quiet splendour

Many of our favourite camping and glamping sites offer an escape from the daily grind and a taste of a simpler, more-sustainable lifestyle. Many of them offer the chance to get closer to nature and to stay in beautiful parts of the UK. And many of them are run by inspiring people with eco-friendly principles. But not many of them are as well established as Larkhill Tipis and Yurts: This site was one of the early pioneers of glamping, established by Fran and Tony way back in 2003.

When this hardy couple moved here they had no plans to start a campsite but after a decade of life off grid with their daughters, animals, stupendous views and beautiful sunsets, they decided it was time to share what they’d found. They bought the first tent, a tipi, then made the rest, with Tony building frames and Fran sewing canvas. The result is a unique collection of tents inspired by Nomadic structures from around the world. Each has its own charm. Fran says she finds majesty in the shape of the tipi and loves the Mongolian ger. Daughter Catherine, now grown up and helping manage the place, is fond of the Iranian-inspired alagich with its far-reaching views.

Whichever one you choose, you’ll find it furnished, and set-up with cooking equipment, a log burner, blankets and colourful cushions. For a small extra charge, bedding can be provided, otherwise it’s one of the few essentials they advise bringing – together with food, towels and a torch. Everything else is provided for you – down to toiletries and washing-up liquid which are all eco-friendly. The glamping site remains off grid, with electricity from a combination of solar, hydro and wind power, but water is from the mains. There’s a communal wooden hut for rainy days, washing-up and under-cover cooking with a covered fireplace just outside. There’s a play area too and you’re welcome to explore the whole 20 acres; from the woodland Fran and Tony planted to the carbon-absorbing peat moorland they’ve left alone.

Further afield, Cardigan Bay beaches are a 20-minute drive away. Inland, you can canoe along the Teifi river, ride horses on Llanllwni Mountain or cycle the trails at Brechfa Forest. This is Wales, so it’s no surprise that there are castles galore; the closest at Cilgerran and Pembroke. The National Botanic Garden and National Wool Museum­ are also nearby. Larkhill makes a great base from which to explore these national treasures. Indeed, you might say that, with 20 years of its own local building, planting and artistry, it’s fast becoming a national treasure itself.

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Facilities

Two toilets: one surprisingly posh compost toilet and one conventional flusher. Two hot showers. Each tent is kitted out with beds, cushions, pillows and extra blankets. You can hire sheets, duvet and bed linen at an extra cost (£15 per tent - contact Fran directly after booking) or bring your own sleeping bag or duvet and bottom sheet. You’ll also need to bring food, a towel and a torch. Pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and a cool box are all supplied. You can cook on an open fire, BBQ or on the provided gas hobs. There’s also a communal log cabin which provides an all-weather place to cook with a full-sized calor gas range cooker, more utensils and a seating area as well as books and leaflets about the local area. It’s also where you’ll find the sink for washing up. Outside there’s a covered communal fireplace and a pizza oven which is fired up once a week in the summer holidays and there’s a children’s play area too. Firewood is supplied (one basket a day free, any more than that is £3 a basket).

Suitable For

Glampers only: couples, families and small groups all welcome. Dogs are not permitted.

Nearby

Situated between Cardigan Bay and the Carmarthenshire coastline glampers here are spoilt for choice for white sandy beaches. Other nearby attractions include the free-to-enter National Wool Museum (01559 370929), just four miles from site where kids can have a go at weaving, and the splendid National Botanic Garden (01558 668768), 20 miles away. There’s canoeing and kayaking on the Teifi River – try Llandysul Paddlers (01559 363209), 7 miles from site. Horse-riding adventures can be booked with Blanca Trekking (07890 868994), based 11 miles from site and there’s mountain-biking at Brechfa Forest, 17 miles away. Just over 20 miles away in New Quay, you can join dolphin-watching boat trips out in to Cardigan Bay. For something more relaxing, there’s massage and healing available at the Malindi Centre – and you can even organise to have a massage on site!

Food & Drink

On site you can buy eggs from the site’s very free-range chickens and honey produced from its beehives. For more supplies, the closest shops are in Newcastle Emlyn, 7 miles from site, where you’ll also find a host of cafes too. The vegetarian Riverside Cafe (01239 710404) comes recommended by Fran as does Caws Cenarth; an award-winning cheese makers where you can not only buy some local cheese, but watch it being made too. For a traditional Welsh country pub with good food, try The Nag’s Head Inn at Abercych (01239 841200) - the 10-mile drive is well worth it.

Opening Times

The Alachigh, Ger, Yurt and Lavvu are open all year. Tipi April–end of October.

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The Owner Says

An award winning eco-friendly campsite in west Wales established in 2003. We have five different comfortable nomadic structures – an Alachigh, a Mongolian Ger, a Bentwood Yurt, a Lavvu and a Native American tipi. All are in their own 'space' and have comfortable beds with wood-burning stoves, set in and around an established woodland on a 20 acre smallholding. With panoramic views, woodland walks with wood carvings around each corner and a woodland children's play area. Hand-made stepping stones weave in and around the campsite to prevent muddy paths! All equipment is provided including extra blankets and pillows. Facilities include a communal log cabin and hot showers. We provide a friendly service and are on hand at all times.

Accommodation

Alachigh, Ger, Yurt, Lavvu and Tipi.

Alachigh

Sleeps 6
Glamping at its best!! What a wonderful space this is with an amazing view across the Teifi Valley. An great space for friends to get together or for a family to spend quality time.

Bentwood Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
The Bentwood yurt has a wonderful sense of 'space'. It has been built on a platform, giving it an elevation which gives a fine view, and is located on the fringes of a mixed woodland.

Mongolian Ger

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
In Mongolia the word 'ger' means 'home' and how wonderfully homely this ger feels! Set a little apart from the rest of the campsite, on the edge of four acres of established woodland and surrounded by beech trees, it's the perfect retreat for a family holiday or a romantic break for two.

Lavvu

Tipi Sleeps 4
The Lavvu is traditionally a temporary dwelling used by the Sami people of northern Scandinavia. It has a wonderful shape, a marquee lining softens the inside decor and sleeps four.

Tipi

Tipi Sleeps 4
The tipi is a magnificent structure and provides accommodation for four people as well as being wonderful for a romantic break away for a couple.

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Location

Contact Larkhill Tipis and Yurts, Larkhill Tipis and Yurts, Larkhill Cwmduad, Carmarthen SA33 6AT

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Getting There

From Carmarthen take the A484 North towards Newcastle Emlyn/Cardigan. After the village of Cwmduad take the next turning on your left (signposted to the National Woollen Museum). Carry on for just over a mile and you'll see the Larkhill sign on your right. Carry on down the track and take the first fork to the left.

The closest railway station is at Carmarthen, 13 miles away, where there is also a bus station. Tony or Fran will pick you up from there free of charge (to encourage use of public transport) and stop en route at the local supermarket.

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