Epic Retreats: Happy glamping in pop-up hotels in Wales, the Land of Legends

Have a legendary glamping holiday this year in the Land of Legends as Wales celebrates with a series of pop-up hotels offering holidaymakers a unique experience steeped in magic, mysticism and folklore.

The pop-up hotels or travel pods have just finished a month-long stint in Wales’ rugged mountain region of Snowdonia. From 10 July to 11 September, the new home for the eight glamping units is a hidden golden beach, set along the stunning Llŷn Peninsula with panoramic views of the Snowdonia mountain range across the sea.

The project, Epic Retreats, is a partnership between Best of Wales, Cambria Tours and George + Tomos Architects, with each of the eight bespoke cabins designed specifically for the project using sustainable and locally-sourced materials.

The designs were chosen through a competition tender which invited architects from across the world to design unique glamping units themed on the mythology, tradition and beauty of Wales. The eight cabins were featured on the C4 series Cabins in the Wild with Dick Strawbridge.

The glamping pods offer a unique stay for holidaymakers wanting to check out the picturesque Llŷn Peninsula, with its finest golden beaches and bays, as well as rocky headlands, coves and wildlife.

The Llŷn Peninsula is also an area rich in history and legends. There are Iron Age forts and archaeological wonders dating back to prehistoric times, and its within close proximity to the the sacred site of Bardsey Island.

No stay in Wales is complete without a Dragon, the national emblem of Wales, and two of the eight glamping cabins take inspiration from the majestic, mighty and magical dragon. Dragon’s Eye emulates the scales of a dragon’s skin by using stainless steel and a gridshell roof for the exterior.

All of the eight glamping units feature eco-friendly fixtures and fittings, including a wood-burning stove, composting toilet, solar panel-powered lights, and sheep’s wool insulation. Dragon’s Eye also features a walk-in wet room clad in reclaimed slate tiles.

Seeing through the eye of the dragon, which features large glazed windows letting in plenty of natural light, allows guest stunning views of the surrounding area.

Little Dragon, a wooden-clad vertical unit specially created using locally sourced sustainable materials, is shaped like a light house. The three prongs represent the dragon’s foot, with the overall design inspired by Wales’s famous industrial past, and the steel door displays the country’s iconic Celtic knotwork.

Other units include Arthur’s Cave, a black-stained Welsh larch clad cabin, inspired by the legend that tells of a cave slept in by King Arthur and his knights while travelling; the tipi-like Black Hat, a simple timber frame supported by a canvas skin, shaped into a traditional hat; and Animated Forest, a wooden hut, which sits on legs high above the ground, designed to resemble a creature negotiating its way through the woodland.

Each custom-made unit includes a king size bed, kitchen area, living area with woodburner and en-suite facilities.

Availability at the pop-up hotels is limited. Bookings can be made online via Epic Retreats 

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, music and arts. Rosalind also works as a counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com



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