The Red Kite Conker
- Innovative design and all mod cons, included LED colour lighting and bluetooth speakers
- Off-grid on a hilltop on a wooded 80-acre estate with views of the Cambrian mountains
- Scandinavian-style bathroom with a view to die for
The Owner Says
The true joy of this place is how wonderfully simple it is (aviation technology aside). Days are filled with fireside discussions, wildlife watching and stunningly beautiful walks. With the nearest mobile signal a 10-minute walk away, it’s a great place to ditch the digital and truly escape. Head over the bridge to your own private deck that happily houses a clever outdoor kitchen and shower (complete with hot water). It’s the perfect spot to fry up breakfast whilst basking in peace and tranquility. With a bespoke double bed that can sleep two adults and a child, it neatly converts into a dining table and soft chairs giving you more space during the day to move around. Plus it has a compact kitchen area with copper kitchen wares to match. Partnered with a Scandi-style bathroom (the shower has a view to die for) and composting loo, it has everything you could need. There is also a flushing toilet situated just up the hill. And don’t worry, you’re not totally left to your own devices, on arrival you can expect bed linen, towels and a load of dry wood and kindling.
If you feel the need to leave your new found homestead in the trees then the local area has lots of suitably chilled things to do. Head out on a moorland walk to take in some magical views - and perhaps even grab a pint at the local pub en route. Further afield, the stunning Elan Valley, a landscape bursting with impressive dams and reservoirs, is well worthy of an explore. And for those needing supplies – and perhaps a flat white – then the friendly market town of Builth Wells is just down the road.
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.
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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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).