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Celtic Woodland Holidays

· Maesmynis, Powys, Wales
7 acres hosted by Nic & Leigh P.
7 glamping pitches · 6 tent pitches
Best in Mid Wales: 3rd place
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home in nature at some pitches — including real toilets, showers, and kitchen.
Nic & Leigh is a Star Host
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Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
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 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.

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105 Ratings · 73 reviews
James D.recommends
May 28, 2024
A great hut immersed in mountain woodland. All the essentials and phone charging facilities are available. Close to the local attractions and the craftsmanship of the various buildings gives the place an unique feel
Sam L.recommends
May 7, 2024
Absolutely beautiful. Quiet and close to town centre. My son did not want to leave
Karl J.recommends
May 6, 2024
A peaceful woodland stay.
We had such a lovely time at Celtic Woodland Holidays, peaceful grounds and beautiful woodlands surrounded the cabins and it made for a great base for exploring local places. The off grid cabins were secluded and well crafted and offered us a great home for a few days away. We had lots of options for local pubs and restaurants which were only a short walk if we wanted something different from using the the on-site cooking facilities.
Sheknows X.recommends
October 9, 2023
Grass Pitch 2
Best place I had a chance to camp!
We loved camping in the heart of the Celtic forest ❤️ this place had everything you intended to feel like home, my favourite part was how much trust the owner put into us 😀make us feel very comfortable and happy,definitely will be returning 😀 Thank you once again Nick !
Zoe G.
September 18, 2023
Overall great but compost toilets not available so v inconvenient Would be good to have a little mirror maybe- not essential but the mirrors in the shared shower room steam up easily so more if you don't want to look a complete mess in public ! No instructions for the TV so despite trying it didn't work at all Lovely to be left to own devices but maybe someone being available in the morning for an hour would be helpful for advice questions etc However lovely views Bed comfortable in the pod Enjoyed stay overall
Anita V.recommends
September 11, 2023
3 nights stay at Celyn
We had a 4 persons cabin (just 2 persons staying) and glad we had this one. Enough space now for our stuff. Otherwise it would have been a bit small. Everything you needed was there. Great outside view! Helpfull owners and beautiful area.
Maesmynis, Powys, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Nic & Leigh P.

Joined in June 2017
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 is 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.
Nearby attractions

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 is the go-to place for reasonably-priced pub grub and a warm welcome. For sweet treats and other homemade savoury delights, The Cwtch Café comes highly recommended for lunch. Pub-wise, The Fountain Inn serves Sunday lunch and shows the sport, while The Prince Llewellyn in Climery boasts a varied menu and has a kid-friendly beer garden.

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