Here at Cool Camping, we've had our fair share of camping crises. Like the time a gale ripped a hole down the side of our tent and we held it together with a combination of sticky-tape and plastic bags. Fortunately, Under the Oak Glamping is here for those times when traditional camping seems like too much hassle. You’ll find plenty of creature comforts, such as a comfortable Welsh box bed, well-stocked kitchen, and – oh thank you, Under the Oak – a hot tub filled with natural spring water, heated by a wood burning stove. Simply pack a few changes of clothes, some sturdy walking boots and a good book.
Under the Oak is set in a corner of a traditional Monmouthshire family farm, just on the edge of the small village of Bedwas, near Caerphilly. There are just three safari lodges on site, set either side of a large pond, with views stretching out to the rolling Welsh hills. The outcome is a glamping experience that’s private, yet wonderfully open, with room to explore the local area in your own ‘holiday bubble’. Sheep and cattle are generally your nearest neighbours and, on occasion, buzzards and red kites soar overhead, but they’re happy to respect your privacy. With such an easy pace of life and an abundance of fresh air to soak up, it's surprising to think that Cardiff is just a 30-minute drive away.
Lydia and Richard look after the site, but it's been used as farmland for generations. There's a genuine sense of enthusiasm radiating from the family, and it's clear that Under the Oak is a labour of love. From little homely touches – fluffy towels, comfy cushions and a kitchen stocked with plenty of basics – guests don’t want for much. The living areas of each tent offers a spacious and comfortable place to unwind, whilst in the centre, a wood-burning stove throws out heat on chilly Welsh nights. Outside, a well-sheltered veranda – facing away from the prevailing winds so that you can take in the view in all weathers – can be enjoyed for a spot of star gazing, and there’s a table and chairs for alfresco dining.
The mountain above the farm is a great way to explore the local surroundings, offering excellent walks and panoramic views across to the Bristol Channel. For a big climb head for the tallest peak in the Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan (886m), shared only with a few other walkers, and, occasionally, soldiers training. Prefer the coast? Try Southerndown which offers plenty of pebbles, sand, and rock pools. At high tide the beach disappears – as all do along this coastline – and a short walk inland reveals the remains of Dunraven Castle, one of the many classic Welsh castles waiting to be discovered.
The campsite owner says
Come and stay one of our luxury, boutique canvas lodges for an unforgettable experience. Get back to nature, without giving up your creature comforts!
Our spacious lodges, one new for 2019, feature a natural wooden hot tub, fire pit for cooking outdoors, wood burner, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom with a hot shower. Comfy, cosy beds are made up ready for your arrival so you can unpack and relax.
Spot red kites and buzzards soaring overhead. Wallow in your very own private wooden hot tub with breathtaking views of the rolling South Wales hillside. Indulge in a spot of star gazing under amazing dark skies or cwtch up by the wood burner with a good book. Spend time reconnecting with loved ones.
You can buy provisions from the local village which is only a mile down the lane but we have a small larder and honesty box next to the wood store where you can pick up some essentials. Our own free range farm eggs, local preserves, honey, pickles and chutneys.
If you fancy exploring, there are plenty of walks and bike trails on our doorstep. Further afield, we are in an ideal spot to explore all that South Wales has to offer, just a short drive from the city of Cardiff, the Brecon Beacons, Abergavenny and countless museums. Not to mention amazing beaches!
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