When I was approached by the PR team for Glampingly to see if I wanted to try out one of their sites in the UK I paused for thought. Aside from a drunken weekend at a festival each year I’m really not much of a happy camper. It’s just too much like hard work for me and by the time we’ve located all of the 20,000 pieces of equipment we need I’ve generally lost the will to live, let alone to sleep on the floor in a damp tent for the weekend.
But in the name of being a bloody brilliant mother and knowing that some time together with minimal access to screens in the great outdoors would actually be great for us as a family I decided to give it a go.
The destination… Carmarthenshire. Not somewhere I knew much about or had ever really visited. For some reason when we go exploring we always hit the M5 and go south just because it’s easy and we know where we like. But Wales has so many hidden gems and Carmarthenshire it turns out is one of them. It’s unspoiled and those lush rolling hills and bubbling streams are just magnificent. We bypassed the M4 and bombed up the A40 and it was a great, low traffic journey – 2.5 hours door to door so it’s very much manageable for a weekend.
Wild Mountains is a glamping site in a tiny village in Carmarthenshire called Cwmdu. There’s a community run post office, shop and pub, the aforementioned babbling brooks and lots of open space for walks.
The site itself is run by Lisa and is home to four belle tents – Olive, Maggie, Evelyn and Imogen. Olive is the biggest and slept our whole clan comfortably in two double beds and the travel cot that we packed. Bedding and lots of little practical extras are all provided and guests share the use of a shed with kitchen facilities (including plates, cutlery etc), two extremely clean and hot showers and alongside the shed two compostable loos.
Each tent has a small wood burning fire inside but we didn’t need it and were perfectly cosy. Deck chairs, picnic blankets, a fire pit and a bag of logs are also available to you and with the CheltenhamPapa being one of those cavemen types the first thing on his agenda was to get the fire lit.
We were also really lucky to receive a gorgeous selection of local treats in a hamper from the tourist board. Delicacies I completely recommend you try are Nom Nom chocolate, Carmarthen ham and Tregoes waffles. Yum.
With all that fresh air we ate food we cooked ourselves, played cricket in the huge amounts of green space we could make use of (I may have had some wine) and we were all tucked up, fast asleep by 10am. We had some rain through the night and the sound of it against the belle tent was actually very lovely when compared to the sound of it against a tent you have erected yourself knowing that the moisture will be right up against your back before too long! Camping in real beds is the way forward people!
On Saturday we enjoyed a breakfast of kings at the nearby Wrights Food Emporium and then visited The National Botanic Gardens. Now it’s safe to say the boys weren’t relishing this trip. It’s maybe not the coolest activity when you’re 15 but actually they completely loved it and my eldest spent an age grabbing some of these amazing pics that he will use in his media coursework. We walked amongst butterflies in the butterfly house and learned loads about the flora and fauna of various continents in the world’s biggest single-span glasshouse. Definitely worth a visit!
We returned to camp for more cricket, sausages on the fire and marshmallows. It was a brilliant weekend and well worth the drive and the prep (which is so much better than real camping prep!)
Glampingly is a directory of amazing, luxury alternatives to camping across the UK and into Europe and it’s a great place to start if you’re thinking about a trip. Campfire cooking, fresh air breathing, tree climbing and sun soaking make glamping holidays quite unlike anything else – and all while leaving the tent (and the faff of regular camping) at home. Thanks to them for having us – we will be back!
Stays at Wild Mountains start from £120 for two nights based on up to four sharing either Evelyn, Maggie or Imogen 4m Bell Tent on a self-catering basis. Book via https://glampingly.co.uk. For more information on what to do whilst in Carmarthenshire, please visit www.discovercarmarthenshire.