Penhein Glamping is an award-winning boutique campsite in south Wales. Six Persian-inspired tents nestle together in secluded woodland on a family-run farm in Monmouthshire, steeped in adventure and surrounded by idyllic views.
Penhein Glamping was named Sawday’s “2014 Glamping Location of the Year”, rated one of the top 20 UK glamping sites by The Times and The Sunday Times in 2015 and by The Times again in 2017. It has won a coveted 5 green pennant status from The AA for the last two years.
Owners Helen and James Hearn are committed to giving their guests an authentic rural adventure, but recognise that when it comes to camping, little luxuries can make a big difference. So as well as the basics one might expect, Penhein also provides some surprising indulgences and a few thoughtful home comforts.
The six dome-shaped alachigh (pronounced “alla-cheeg”) tents at Penhein are inspired by Persian designs and have been custom-built for glamping in Wales. They are individually decorated and named after the woods and fields on the farm.
With one double bed (can be converted to two singles) and two single truckle beds, as well as a sofa bed, each tent can comfortably sleep a family of two adults and up to four children, or five adults. There’s a specially-made kitchen area with running water, a table and chairs, and cupboards kitted out with cooking essentials – from pots, pans and cutlery, to meat rub for the barbecue and a cafetiere for freshly-brewed coffee. In the centre of the huge domed ceiling is a skylight with a view to the stars, whilst a wood-burning stove keeps things cosy and warm, doubling up as a hobtop for kettle boiling and pot warming. Conveniently, each tent has a private en suite flushing loo attached to the side.
Enclosed within a shared shower block clad in Mandarin Stone tiles and with underfloor heating, are four monsoon showers and a Victorian roll-top bath for guests to relax and unwind after a day spent outside.
In the communal tent, named Petro after James’ grandfather’s farm in Iran, guests can cosy into armchairs and bean bags to enjoy board games and cards. There’s space enough for every guest, and those who have booked exclusive hire of the campsite can decorate the tent and dress Petro up to the nines for a fabulous private party under canvas.
When campfire cooking feels too much like a challenge guests can use the ‘Cheat’s Kitchen’ – a communal cooking room with hobs and a microwave.
Arrive at your tent to find a locally-sourced welcome hamper containing delicious homemade jam, refreshing elderflower cordial, specially blended Penhein Coffee and Welsh sourced chocolates and biscuits.
Penhein also provides guests with some unexpected little luxuries and handy extras that will turn your camping trip into a brilliant glamping experience – from store cupboard staples, cooking utensils and crockery, to bedding, towels and blankets.
A full list of what’s included, as well as Penhein’s suggestions of what to bring, can be found on their website and will also be shared with guests upon confirmation of their booking.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES & RURAL ADVENTURES
Set in the middle of 400-acre farmland, the coppiced wood that is home to Penhein’s glampsite opens onto a wildflower meadow and rolling green hills. With panoramic views as far as the Severn bridges and yet only half an hour from Bristol or Cardiff, Penhein’s unique location is perfect for exploring the Welsh countryside. Guests are free to roam the fields and wander down nature trails, play games and picnic by the stream at the bottom of the valley; those who enjoy a more organised kind of fun can book outdoor activities and discover local attractions.
THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
- Tintern Abbey
- Multitude of Castles including White, Usk, Chepstow and Raglan to name a few
- Monmouth Canoeing
- Chepstow Castle
- Tredegar House
- Usk Rural Life Museum
- Blaneavon World Heritage Site
- Caerwent Roman Town
- Cefn Mably Farm Park
- Clearwell Caves
- Dewstow Garden and Grottos
- Go Ape – The Forest of Dean
and much more
From £195 per tent for 4
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