Adults-only, dog-friendly camping and glamping on the Powys and Shropshire borders.
Set in a secluded spot on the Powys-Shropshire border, Ian and Jane Whyte's stunning six-acre smallholding plays hosts to Tipis at Ponty, a wonderful new adults-only site that welcomes campers and glampers alike (not to mention well-behaved dogs). This peaceful pocket between Oswestry (on the English side of Offa's Dyke) and Welshpool (on the Welsh) is bordered by the River Cain, making it a magnet for all sorts of wildlife, with kingfishers, herons and cormorants in attendance, and even the odd visiting otter.
Besides these curious creatures, there are few other guests who share the space. With just three spacious tent pitches, pair of tipis and the cabin, there's never any danger of overcrowding. The site is strictly a car-free zone (wheelbarrows are thoughtfully provided so you can trundle your gear to camp) so peace and quiet is all but guaranteed, while the trio of pitch-your-own plots range from riverside spaces to more elevated pitches with views to die for. All come with firepits and rustic seating, a fine addition for those who want to admire the unblemished night skies beside the warmth of a campfire.
The titular tipis (Mary and Mavis) are perfect for couples (although a third guest can be accommodated in Mavis). With a wood-burning stove, comfy double bed and bean bags to collapse in, there are few cosier settings to cwtch in after a day spent exploring. Facilities-wise, a pair of newly constructed wet rooms with hot showers and proper flushing loos provide ample ablutions for guests. Campers have use of the communal kitchenette, while the tipis boast their own kitchen shacks with gas ring stove.
Hosts Ian and Jane were chefs in their former lives and still run outside catering events in the area. Their culinary nous is evident in the range of homemade goodies available in the on-site honesty shop. Whether you're indulging in these delights or cooking your own freshly caught trout from the River Cain, 'The Sunset Shack' is a welcoming communal shelter in which to dine – set in the elevated upper copse it is, as the name suggests, a fantastic spot to watch the sunset over the Shropshire Hills.
Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Jane W.Joined in April 2018
From the host
Tipis at Ponty is a Private, Greener Camping Club, all visitors MUST be members.
Tipis at Ponty is situated on the Powys/Shropshire borders and is a picturesque six acre small holding, with a wealth of natural beauty on the doorstep. Comprising of three fully furnished units, new this season Yurt Mary on the hilltop, complimenting Rita our woodland cabin and Tipi Mavis by the river, also three grass tent pitches, Daffyd, Algie and Don Don, Adults and dogs are welcome.
The campsite and our adjoining three acre paddock is bordered by the River Cain, for which we have fishing rights, and has beautiful views up the valley. We are a vehicle free site so provide you with wheelbarrows to transport your belongings. Our private site boasts two bespoke wet rooms, a kitchenette (with fridge, microwave and washing up facilities) which has a little "honesty box" shop, stocking various products prepared by chefs, Ian and Jane, who occasionally will offer themed evening meals during busy periods. The Yurt, Cabin and Tipis have a fire pit, rustic seating and tailor made cooking pod with double gas hob, and come with bedding ,towels etc for your stay. The tent pitches have fire baskets and rustic seating.
All pitches are welcome to use The Sunset Shack in the upper copse, our purpose built funky shed which offers a cooking area with double gas hob and seating for dining/relaxing, enjoying the views and spectacular sunsets. The village of Llansantffraid is half a mile away providing two mini supermarkets, pubs, curry house, chip shop, post office and petrol station. Our site is a perfect location to use as a base for cyclists, walkers, golfers, fishermen, sightseeing and retail therapy, or simply chilling on site.
It's just a short drive to Llanreaydr Waterfall or Pistyll Rhaeadr – among the highest waterfalls in the UK – and the stunning Lake Vyrnwyn is also nearby. There's no shortage of historic sites in the region with Powis Castle (01938 551944), Chirk Castle (01691 777701) and Whittington Castle (01691 662397) all within easy reach. There's also a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy in the vicinity, including canoeing and both road and mountain biking. Your hosts are keen cyclists so can fill you in on all the best trails.
Food and drink
Hosts and chefs Ian and Jane organise the occasional pizza / BBQ evenings for guests. The on-site honesty shop is also brimming with their homemade produce. Nearby eateries include the renowned Station Grill (01691 828478), which serves traditional dishes done elegantly, such as Welsh Lamb Rump with minted peas and port and red wine sauce. For something a little spicier, The Palace (01691 828152) is a cracking Indian for dining in or takeaways. Your hosts' personal recommendation is Plas-yn-Dinas (01691 829055), a beautiful timber-beamed restaurant in Llanfechain serving a refined menu of inventive dishes like tempura battered sea bass and cider-brined pork chop. There's a chip shop and cafe nearby, plus 2 mini supermarkets in the village ½ mile away.