Dragon's Egg

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Red Kite Tree Tents

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
  • George Clarkes Amazing Spaces
  • Electricity
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
A unique, off-the-grid glamping pod suspended in the treetops, and nestled in the canopy of its own private Welsh woodland.
  • Set high up amongst the pine trees with a gently trickling stream below
  • Fully waterproofed pod lined with lambs wool to keep you warm throughout the colder months
  • Back over the bridge leads to your own private decking with outdoor kitchen and sitting area

The Owner Says

Named Wy y Ddraig, Dragon’s Egg in Welsh, we’re delighted to welcome this second tree tent in to our collection. It joins its sister pod in a tranquil woodland setting, high up amongst the pine trees with a gently trickling stream below, in the heart of the peaceful Welsh countryside near Builth Wells, Powys.

Access your Tree Tent via a wooden bridge, when you enter you will feel the warmth of the wood burner, keeping you toasty throughout your stay (an initial supply of logs is provided). The pod is lined with lambs wool which will keep you insulated throughout the colder months. We have furnished the pod with comfortable double bed with bed linen supplied. For more room during the day you can fold the bed up into a large sofa.

Back over the bridge leads you to your own private decking where you will find your own outdoor kitchen with a cooking and sitting area, create some tasty dishes or simply make a cup of tea or coffee in the morning. We provide you with kettle, crockery, cutlery cafetiere. You will also find a compact two burner gas hob and a sink, with hot and cold water. There is also a camping cool box for convenience.

There are no sockets in the tent, please bring a battery pack. We provide eggs, butter, milk, ginger beer and marshmallows, if you arrive before 9pm you can pick these up at the local Newbridge post office.

Back to ground level you will find a fire pit and a timber clad enclosed open air electric shower. You will also find the enclosed WC.

Features & Facilities

Each tree tent features a double bed (bedding, linen and towels provided) which folds into a sofa bed during the day, a log burner (logs provided), lighting and a side table. Outside, raised decks feature a table and chairs, a well-equipped outdoor kitchen and, on ground level, an outdoor shower and a toilet hut. The Conker features a unique double bed (bedding, linen and towels provided) which folds apart into a dining table with surrounding soft seating, lighting, electricity, bluetooth speakers, a (very) compact kitchen with a hob, a sink and all the utensils you need. Adjacent there is a timber cabin with a shower and composting loo. Outdoor dining terrace and a campfire pit. Campfires and BBQs permitted at each unit.

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Activities

Though you may easily see them circling overhead the private forest, the best place to watch red kites close up is at Gigrin Farm Feeding Station (01597 810243) near Rhayader. It's just under 12 miles from the Red Kite Estate and is excellent both for seeing the birds and learning a bit more about them and the success of their breeding in Wales. The dams and reservoirs of the Elan Estate (01597 810880) are situated within an AONB a half-hour’s drive from the site. As you approach the town of Rhayader you will see the road signs to The Elan Valley Reservoirs. Visit the coffee shop that's open seven days a week (10am–5.30pm) and take a scenic walk around the reservoir. Try out some wild swimming at Pen-doll Rocks, Builth Wells: a lovely stretch of the Wye just outside Builth Wells with a variety of flat rocks and wooden planks that connect them and fairly easy access to the water – 7 miles from the site. Visit Henryhd Waterfall, the highest fall in South Wales located in the Brecon Beacons.

For Sea, beach and dunes Try Borth, just north of Aberystwyth on Wales’ western shoreline. Heading north along the coastline through Borth itself until you come to the Dyfi National Nature Reserve – great sand dunes to explore, with beach and water on each side. You can park up on the beach itself (£2 charge) and watch kite surfers and horses alongside ice cream vans and paddling children. Or for those more interested in the written and spoken word, try Hay-on-Wye's myriad of second-hand bookshops, and The Willow Globe's utterly charming and unique outdoor theatre (01597 811487).

Food & Drink

It's a long-ish but pleasant three mile walk over the moorland and down the lane to the oldest pub in Powys, The Red Lion (01597 860204) at Llanafan-fawr, where there are real ales on tap and hearty meals on the menu. Nothing fancy but a real pub atmosphere – Wednesday night is the one for steak and wine! Be warned, it does close for a short while after lunch service and reopens in the evening. Four miles away at Newbridge-on-Wye, next to the New Inn (and owned by the pub landlord; 01597 860211), is a rare breeds butcher shop. They have rather random opening times but if the pub is open (which it is at lunch and dinner Mon–Thurs and Sunday, all day Fri and Saturday) then ask at the bar and they will open the shop for you.

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Getting There

The Red Kite Estate is four miles from Newbridge-on-Wye. You will be sent an e-guide once you've made your booking, which includes full detailed directions from Newbridge-on-Wye to your glamping accommodation. When you do leave the main road, do remember that the single track path does go on for quite a bit, so don't give up – you'll be on the right track and the views are wonderful so enjoy! If you arrive at the very local pub, The Red Lion (01597 860204), during opening hours, you have probably gone too far but Alan the landlord should be able to direct you back (particularly if you buy a pint).