On the edge of the Cambrian Mountains, where the foothills fold away towards Cardigan Bay, there’s a perfectly private glamping site just for adults. Comprised of a single, cedar-clad pod and facing out across the Ystywth valley, the site – Tŷ Barcud – offers a teeny tiny slice of Wales just for two. Indeed, it’s telling that, though there is space here to build many more accommodation units – guests have two acres all to themselves – the owners have built only the one, exclusive structure. They’ve purposefully avoided spoiling the privacy and tranquillity of the place. And for that, every guest is grateful.
Set in a meadow behind the house of owners, Hugh and Barb Jones, the pod has a surprisingly modern feel. Its circular, double-glazed, glass face, peeps out from the brow of the rounded wooden structure and offers constant views of the changing landscape beyond. While the cedar cladding gives it a natural affinity with the surroundings, inside the pastel colours and rounded corners to the en-suite bathroom door reflect the 21st-century style and functionality. There’s an excellently equipped kitchen area and plenty of complimentary treats, including a welcome basket of local produce on your arrival and the likes of tea, coffee and milk.
The land around the pod lends itself to the view. In front, the ground drops away, sloping down towards the Magwr, a tributary of the River Ystywth, while the sides of the meadow are flanked by woodland and a small apple orchard. There’s a hammock outside where you can kick back and enjoy it all, as well as fire-pit for evening BBQs and marshmallow melting.
Down in the valley, hidden by hedgerows, a B-road wiggles its way towards the coast. It’s a 20-minute drive to Aberystwyth. The former county town boasts a beach, a castle and a picturesque harbour – now more of a cute little marina for sailing boats rather than a hard-working fishermans' cove. Nevertheless, it’s the spot to go for fresh seafood, from the boats that do still work there, and there’s the excellent Ceredigion Museum and a few arts venues for rainy days. Not that you need go that far. Inland, around Tŷ Barcud there’s plenty to do (see off site) while for many, simply enjoying the privacy of the pod and walks in the immediate valley surroundings will keep you occupied for days.