Gelli Glamping

UK Wales South Wales Carmarthenshire

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A private safari tent with a hot tub high above the Tywi Valley on the western side of the Brecon Beacons National Park

“If you take a handful of the soil at Dinefwr and squeeze it in your hand,” said Welsh journalist Wynford Vaughan Thomas, “The juice that will flow from your hands is the essence of Wales.” Certainly, this estate within the Brecon Beacons National Park is in an area that’s rich in the things the country is famous for: castles, valleys and, of course, mountains. And it’s on top of one of them that you’ll find Gelli Glamping’s single safari tent. But you won’t need to dig your hands in to the earth here to find the essence of Wales as the hard work has been done for you; just sit back on the veranda and drink in views of the Tywi Valley.

Rhodri and Carys, the couple behind Gelli Glamping, left Cardiff for this Carmarthenshire smallholding so their children could enjoy the freedom of the countryside. Their new glamping venture means your family can too. And with just one luxurious tent here, you’ll have the place to yourself… except for the on-site chickens. And the sheep, cattle and deer who graze in neighbouring fields. Aside from the feathered and furry, you don’t have to see a soul unless you want to. The safari tent is self-contained with its own driveway and space for two cars. If you’re coming with the family, you’ll be needing those as it’s seriously hilly. But the ups and downs mean this place is just as good for hikers and bikers – just ask Rhodri for his favourite routes.

Families and small groups, of up to seven, can happily share the safari tent as it’s got two bedrooms and a mezzanine sleeping platform. It also has an en suite bathroom, equipped kitchen, wood-burning stove and an electricity supply. Outside, Rhodri and Carys have put in a hot tub and dug a fire pit (that’s what we mean about not having to get your hands dirty). They’ll even provide the logs you’ll need to get a campfire going and they know a cracking local butcher for dinner supplies too. In fact, the pretty local town of Llandeilo has a few, in addition to a weekly farmers’ market and a surprising number of good places to eat out.

You can use footpaths to walk the three miles to town (remembering that a Beacons’ mile feels longer than the average) or head in the other direction to arrive at Carreg Cennen Castle. Even the lofty position of your tent at Gelli Glamping can’t rival the spectacular, cliff-top location of this 12th-century fortress, built by the ruler of an ancient Welsh kingdom. When it comes to castles, the area’s not lacking. The Dinefwr estate, also within hiking distance, has one and there’s another at Dryslwyn, seven miles away. Historic houses, gardens and a Roman gold mine are within 20 miles and Gelli’s location on the western edge of the national park means Carmarthen, the south coast and Pembrokeshire are not too far for day trips either.

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Facilities

En suite shower room, toilet and wash basin. The tent kitchen has a microwave, toaster, fridge-freezer and four-ring gas stove. It has an electricity supply with plenty of lighting and plug sockets too. There’s a log-burning stove inside and a fire pit outside for campfires. Logs are provided.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Families and small groups – yes. Large groups, dogs – no.

Nearby

You can see deer grazing and, if you’re lucky, hares hopping by from the veranda of your safari tent and (if you’ve got your hiking boots) can set straight out on walks on footpaths that pass right by. There’s horseriding nearby at Dinefwr Riding Centre (01269 850042) and mountain biking at Brechfa Forest, about 20 miles away. The nearest town is Llandeilo, a couple of miles away, where you’ll find independent shops, places to eat and a picturesque setting. You can walk to both Carreg Cennen Castle, 3 miles away (01558 822291) and Dinefwr Castle, which is just half-a-mile from your tent. The castle at Dinefwr is part of an 800-acre estate owned by the National Trust which also includes a deer park, national nature reserve and 17th-century Newton House. The ruins of another castle, Dryslwyn, are a short drive away (7 miles) and Gelli Aur Country Park, 5 miles, has a tearoom and walks in the estate surrounding a mansion (not open to the public). There are beautiful gardens and another historic building at Aberglasney (01558 668998) 7 miles from Ty Gelli. The National Botanic Garden of Wales is a little further, 10 miles away, at Llanarthne (01558 667149). Within its grounds is the British Birds of Prey Centre (07444 177818) - buy a combined Garden Plus Ticket to visit both. The Dolaucothi Gold Mines (01558 650177) are 15 miles away.

Food & Drink

It’s downhill on the way to The Cennen Arms pub (01558 822330), about ½ mile away in the village of Trap, where you can fuel up on basic pub grub for the steep walk back. But for a highly-recommended bite to eat, get in the car and head instead for Wright’s Food Emporium (01558 668929) in Llanarthne or for one of the many eateries in nearby Llandeilo. Among the options, there’s Ginhaus Deli (01558 823030), The Cawdor Hotel (01558 823500), The Angel Pub and Capel Bach Bistro (01558 822765). The town also has plenty of places to pick up supplies for picnics and campfire suppers with a farmers’ market every Friday morning and a choice of local butchers and delicatessens.

Opening Times

March–November.

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The Owner Says

Gelli Glamping seeks to share with you the very best of Wales. You will be greeted by your Welsh speaking hosts Carys and Rhodri, who may teach you a little of the oldest British language if you're interested! A locally sourced hamper of Welsh goods will be waiting for you in the tent, and our hens will be happy to provide eggs for you every day if you wish! But what makes this site extremely special is the view over the Tywi Valley, and the huge variety of experiences you can enjoy.

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Accommodation

A single private safari tent (sleeping 7).

Grand two-storey Safari Tent

Safari tent Sleeps 7
Spacious, two-storey safari tent with all your home comforts under one roof. The panoramic views over Llandeilo town and the beautiful Tywi valley will take your breath away!

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Location

Contact Gelli Glamping, Ty Gelli Groes, Trap, Llandeilo, Sir Gar, Carmarthenshire SA19 6RE

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Getting There

From the end of the M4, heading west, carry on along the dual carriageway towards Cross Hands. At the next roundabout take the fourth exit signposted Llandeilo. Stay on this road for approximately 8 miles to Ffairfach. Go straight over the mini roundabout and under the railway bridge, then take an almost immediate right towards Trap (sometimes spelled with two Ps). Continue for just over a mile to the top of the hill where you’ll reach a crossroads. Turn left at the junction and take the second turn on the left (about 500 metres down the road).

Ffairfach railway station is 2 miles away and Llandeilo train station is 3 miles away – a short taxi journey or (for those in the area for the cycling) a challenging bike ride away.

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