An idyllic, wooded, Wye Valley escape, offering glamping pods, a treehouse and traditional woodland camping on levelled pitches
Set between two spellbinding valleys – the Elan and the Wye – Celtic Woodland Holidays enjoys a peerless position amongst Wales' most awe-inspiring natural wonders. Just outside the historic Wyeside town of Builth Wells, it's the perfect base for outdoor adventurists with Snowdonia to the north, the Brecon Beacons to the south, and the Cambrian Mountains and Cardigan Bay a little to the west. Then again, once you settle in to your luxury off-grid digs at this tranquil woodland retreat, you might not venture far after all...
The five pods that comprise the bulk of the lodgings here are enterprising host Leigh's own patented design. Christened the moduLog, these unique timber-built pods owe as much to treehouses as they do to wooden cabins, blending seamlessly in the sylvan surroundings. Constructed from locally sourced timber, each occupies its own elevated and secluded woodland clearing. Low-impact features such as sheep’s wool insulation and solar power (with enough juice to power the, frankly redundant, television and DVD player) are in keeping with the site's all-round eco-friendly credentials. Interior features include a wood-burning stove atop a slate hearth, a beautifully finished kitchen space (utensils included), and box seating with in-built storage that convert into comfy beds. Unlike the more commonplace pod designs, these canny cabins offer a far more welcoming space to unwind, with light pouring in through the French windows and a spacious porch for guests to enjoy al fresco dining and exceptional sunsets across the Wye Valley.
For those larger family getaways, the newly constructed treehouse happily hosts up to six guests, with separate double and twin rooms, plus a sofa bed in its spacious lounge. And for those who prefer their camping the proper way, a scattering of all-weather woodland pitches have been carved out in the forest. Made from artificial grass, they comfortably accommodate a family-sized four berth tent, and each has a raised barbecue and picnic bench.
It's the little extra touches that really elevate the experience here. Like the facilities hub you can call into for a hot shower a game of air hockey. Or the charming onsite shop stocking everything from torches and bedding packs, to locally-reared sausages and homemade cakes. Or the ingeniously up-cycled tractor tyres put to use as help-yourself-herb gardens – perfect for enlivening your dinner in the wood-fired pizza oven. In 2019, Leigh even added a wood-fired sauna and a cold-water plunge shower, which combine for an exhilarating wellness experience in the great outdoors. Not that it's all fancy dining and pampering. Nippers can really let their imaginations run wild here, too, making the most of the enchanting woodland setting. Get them to see what wildlife they can spot on the kilometre-long woodland trail, or see who triumphs in the fairy door hunt.
Maesmynis, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Nic P.Joined in June 2017
30 Ratings · 41 reviews
August 5, 2022
The pod and view were beautiful. We were the perfect distance from the loo and the play ground. All facilities and the pod was beautifully clean. Our hosts were friendly and gave us few local tips on where to explore. Would definitely stay again.
July 30, 2022
Grass Pitch 4
Magical pitches in the forest
The site is magical, with exceptional facilities including hot showers, a kitchen and a games room. We booked the sauna twice it was so good. Nic and Leigh couldn’t have been more helpful or welcoming. The tent pitches were level with picnic benches and a BBQ stand which meant we didn’t need to take much kit with us at all. We will definitely return to this magical wonderland.
July 25, 2022
Grass Pitch 2
Lovely secluded space. Safe place for children.
Raised bed astro turf camping. Warm ground a definite bonus.
June 20, 2022
Grass pitch 1
Woodland camping with baby!
We loved our weekend camping at Celtic holidays. Nic was friendly and helpful and quick to respond to our messages prior to our arrival.
It was our first camping trip with our baby (6 month old) and this place took the worry out of camping with a baby with fantastic facilities for us to use and even bedding hire which saved us the room in the car. There was a lovely park with a baby swing and we had a great time making memories with our son and having a lot of firsts with him. Woodland itself was also beautiful and a handy picnic bench right next to our pitch. 10/10 and we look forward to staying again.
Gert Jan C.recommends
June 7, 2022
Grass pitch 1
Nice camping spot in the woods! Has everything you need 😉Also nice accomodations for when it's raining in a communal room(pool table, air hockey,...).
February 23, 2022
We stayed in Epynt in mid February. The cabin itself was really beautiful, the kids loved it, a real experience. Only negative was that the only heating is the log burner, so when we arrived it was very cold. It took a while to warm it through so the first night we were pretty cold, that being said once the place warmed up it was lovely. Just maybe worth packing warm pj's and bedding if going in winter. We also found it useful to have extra lanterns as the solar lights are quite dim, again probably better in the summer months. These were only small things though and really didn't take away too much from the stay. We loved the location, and the amenities in the games room was great for wet days. Also the use of oven/ microwave in communal kitchen was helpful for dinners. Wood for fire has to be purchased from honest shop, but £4.50 gets you a good sized bag, surprising how much you get through if staying in winter though. Water in cabin was wonderfully hot, the shower was great. Single beds very comfy according to the kids but the double not so much. Honesty shop didn't have a huge amount in it.. no fresh milk (just little milk capsules), bread etc however its only a few minutes drive to Builth Wells. A cool box is supplied with cabin and you can get ice packs from communal freezers or use communal fridge.. the communal building is only a short walk through the trees and also have flushing toilets there. All in all we loved our stay, very relaxing. The kids are already begging to go back, next time I think we'll go when it's a bit warmer though!
From the host
Our park offers some of the best rural views that Mid Wales has to offer.
From the Wye Valley to the Cambrian Mountains, we are fortunate to be situated in a truly beautiful area and only a short walk from the medieval market town of Builth Wells and the Royal Welsh Showground.
Our off grid glamping pods have been constructed with timber provided by local suppliers, each pod is fully insulated using British sheep’s wool and are fully equipped with solar panels, kitchen amenities and glazed front panels for you to take in the breathtaking scenery of the woodland and surrounding countryside.
A stay in one of our eco-friendly moduLog pods is the perfect way to spend your family glamping holiday.
Should you want to spend a day at the park, we have a number of communal areas and activities just for you and your family.
Our games room is fully stocked with books, magazines and DVDs and also houses the toilet and shower blocks.
We have other communal areas including a fire pit and a designated BBQ section with pizza oven.
You will also be able to receive Wi-Fi in the main complex.
If you are just looking to stretch your legs we have designed woodland trails that take up just over 1km on-site, alternatively for those looking for something more challenging, the park overlooks the picturesque Wye Valley.
Builth Wells (1 mile away), famous for hosting the Royal Welsh Show every summer, boasts a pleasing blend of heritage and outdoor adventure. Builth Wells Golf Club (01982 553296) is one of Wales' most scenic spots to tee off. Seek out the town's historic park, The Groe, where you can enjoy a picnic beside the 18th century bridge crossing the River Wye. From here, you can take the tree-lined riverside path through the heart of the Wye Valley AONB. It's 136 miles in total to the river's source at Chepstow (via stunning Hay-on-Wye) home to the town's iconic Norman castle. A short drive to the south, the Brecon Beacons National Park offers plenty of activities including canoeing, horse riding, and mountain biking. The wildlife-rich Elan Valley is another great landscape to explore. It’s a designated International Dark Sky Park, offering unparalleled stargazing in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains. For a day at the seaside, head west to Aberyswyth and New Quay where you can watch dolphins in Cardigan Bay.
Food and drink
The onsite shop sells essentials such as bread, milk, cakes, and eggs, plus other goodies. Builth Wells (a mile away) has several decent places to eat and drink. The Greyhound Hotel (01982 553255) and The Lamb (01982 551119) are the go-to places for reasonably-priced pub grub and a warm welcome. For sweet treats and other homemade savoury delights, The Cwtch Café (01982 551700) comes highly recommended for lunch. Pub-wise, The Fountain Inn (01982 553888) serves Sunday lunch and shows the sport, while The Prince Llewellyn (01982 552694) in Climery boasts a varied menu and has a kid-friendly beer garden.