We got back from our stay at Dolbedwyn a few weeks ago and the kids are still talking about it! We stayed with Cosy Under Canvas for 3 nights at the beginning of October, we were a booking of 2 tipis and 2 domes (8 adults and 13 children ranging from age 1 – 13 and a dog!) and right from the start all correspondence was really helpful, warm and friendly and informative (eg. A list of what is provided vs. what to bring). The site is really idyllic, the tipis and domes are all set slightly apart from each other in woodland so that if you weren't going as a big group like we did it would still feel private enough. It was perfect for our group as the children spent all the time running round exploring and playing games around the site, there are lots of hammocks and a tree swing and trees and streams to investigate. In fact we enjoyed ourselves so much and there was so much to do for an outsidey kind of child that we hardly left the site during our stay!! We did loads of fires in the fire pits and we did lots of cooking on the fires (pots etc are provided for this too). There is a camp kitchen and a little 'games' shelter, which were handy for gathering together (particularly during rainy times!). The camp kitchen has got a Rayburn and several gas rings so you don't need to cook on fires if you don't want to, it has a large table which we fitted 13 kids around. It has stacks of pots, pans, cutlery, plates etc and lots of stove top kettles. No fridges, hot water or lights as no electricity, but there are cool boxes to keep your cold stuff in. They also provide big rechargable lanterns, but best bring torches too. It has a strong Eco ethic, lots of bins to separate your recycling, eco-loos, a rayburn powered forest shower (I used the forest shower which was lovely and hot and in true spirit of the experience though you can plump for the electric one in the wet room if you don't fancy it!!) and no electric light means the stars are fantastic, all the better with the copious owl calls! Stoves in the tipis/domes too, we borrowed fire guards as we have very young kids (1,3, and 5 years), we also borrowed a travel cot and a high chair from the owner Emma. The couple who run it are very helpful and friendly and live up the road in the farm house so you can grill them for information or help! Inside the tipis and domes are very cosy and comfortable, with sheepskins and blankets, we had a tipi for 5 of us (one in a travel cot) and had been warned it would be snug by Emma, it was snug but it was lovely, though I think next time we would book a dome for the extra space (and the cool hanging chair from the ceiling!).
Bring wellies, and lots of warm and waterproof stuff just in case! Highly recommended, we want to go back, and maybe next time we might get as far as leaving the site to visit the lovely Hay on Wye nearby!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our tranquil tipi and dome holiday site, nestled in a small woodland, lends itself to a relaxed, alternative break away from the trappings of a hectic life. It is perfect for those who love the idea of a unique, low impact and environmentally friendly holiday with everything provided, plus an essential touch of glamping luxury. ... more less