I forgot to tell you about our glamping trip! We had 4 days glamping over the summer, which was new to us. We've camped a lot in the past - but this time we had proper beds with proper pillows :)
We went to Cwm Ty Coed near Carmarthen. After much consultation on Facebook, I found out that it was pronounced Coom tea coyd. Kind of. There were 2 tipis and 3 bell tents, and we were in one of the tipis. They were lovely - all 5 of us fit in nicely. There were beds with duvets, sheepskin rugs, welsh wool blankets, storage boxes, solar fairy lights, hanging candles and a chimenea on a rush floor. The tipi only needed to have sleeping & storage stuff as there was a seperate covered camp kitchen for each tent, and your own washing up area & UV filtered spring water tap. Perfect!
That's our tipi! And the really practical camp kitchen with bottled gas stove. There was a large fire pit with logs to sit on, and deck chairs. Wheelbarrows were provided for transport between the car park & the tents.The sweet little caravan was the site's shop, which ran on an honesty policy. There were ducks & chickens in the camping field, and you could collect the eggs for breakfast. The cabin in the centre top picture had electricity so was handy for recharging phones and had a collection of books & games in case of bad weather. The zip wire by the cabin was very popular with all the kids. The owners would also set up an outside cinema with a blanket & cushion covered straw bale sofa & tea lights on cable reel tables - you can see the photo above. The farm dogs were friendly and kept our boys entirely happy! There were composting toilets on site - which we were a little wary of after our previous encounter with them.
But look! Even they were lovely - and because the site was so small, they stayed clean and absolutely fine to use. The showers felt fairly open - the top of the shower cubicles were open to the elements, but above head height & the water was gas heated so it was a nce mix between back to basics & luxury!
I hope the site doesn't get much bigger - part of the charm is the amount of space and privacy . The tipi was great for us because of the huge amount of head room, and we had hot water bottles to add to the cosy-ness! The bell tents each had a wood burning stove, which is vented outside the tent so they would be my choice for a younger family. In fact there were kids from around 18months to 19yrs when we were there. The younger ones loved the freedom of running around, the ducks, chickens & sheep in the next field. The older kids (all boys) liked the dogs & building fires!
I would absolutely reccomend a stay at Cwm Ty Coed - the owners are lovely and the site is charming. It would be a brilliant place for a large family gathering. In fact the whole site was booked for the weekend (which was why we only stayed for 4 days) for a 50th birthday party. Sounds like a great plan- just hope I don't have to wait until I'm 50!!
I'll put some holiday photos up tomorrow as the welsh coast is so spectacular, and you might not have seen it before x