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UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Red Kite Tree Tents

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
  • George Clarkes Amazing Spaces
  • Editor's Pick
  • Electricity
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
An innovative tent-cum-tree-house that offers both a unique camping experience and a wonderful Welsh location
  • 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

Remember when you were young, carefree and charging around like a wild thing in the woods? And then you got that little bit too carried away and found your frisbee was stuck in the trees or your football wedged high amongst the branches? Well take that football, enlarge it into a bright and bulging sphere of wendy-house type proportions and you get an idea of what this weird and wonderful tree tent looks like.

Well… sort of. It certainly hangs among the branches like something only an overzealous human could have flung there, its bright turquoise exterior contrasting colorfully against the trees, yet this is far from a children’s toy. Deep in the woods of mid Wales, overlooking a babbling, rocky brook, Red Kite Tree Tent is in fact a masterpiece of design and architecture, and a rightful show stopper in Channel 4’s recent series of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

A combination of hybrid aluminum and steam bent, green ash, Red Kite Tree Tent’s frame is suspended among native pines by unobtrusive metal wires. Initially it may sound a little daunting, as if you’re dangling far from anything, but the tree tent also backs on to a large decking area with chairs, a table and an outdoor cooking space. Inside a main support pole is a shiny centre piece, surrounded by a plush double bed and a cosy wood burning stove, while the magenta lining gives a mature and cosy feel that seems to fit with the forest setting. There are few places that are as enjoyable to camp in when the weather is both good and bad but here a dodgy forecast is almost a pleasure: You can shut yourself away, stoke the fire and feel unbelievably cocooned, the wind making an accentuated rushing sound amongst the trees and the tent rocking gently within the air!

Though its innovative design could fill a book – or indeed a television show – Red Kite Tree Tent owes as much to its setting as to the structure itself. Down a seemingly endless single lane track, the site has an immediate sense of peace and isolation. It’s a place to re-engage with the forested surroundings, dabbling around in the stream and simply enjoying the pleasures of having the vast 80-acre woodland entirely to yourselves. There's wildlife aplenty and, as the name suggests, red kites swooping overhead are not an unusual spectacle. To really get up close, though, it’s a 20-minute drive to the Gigrin Farm Feeding Station – not to be missed.

The Owner Says

We’re delighted to welcome this first 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).