Safari tent with views over the beautiful Tywi valley

UK Wales South Wales Carmarthenshire Llandeilo Gelli Glamping

  • Sleeps 7 (max 4 adults, 5 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Hot Tub
  • Private Bathroom
Two-storey safari tent with panoramic views over Llandeilo and the beautiful Tywi valley
  • Excellent wood-burning stove to keep you nice and toasty
  • Fully-stocked kitchen with everything you need to cook up a storm
  • Shower room, with toilet and wash basin
Carys and Rhodri, the couple behind Gelli Glamping – found on the western side of the glorious Brecon Beacons National Park – left Cardiff for this Carmarthenshire smallholding so their children could enjoy the freedom of the countryside. Their new, two-storey glamping abode means your family can enjoy this pocket of paradise, too. And with just one luxurious tent onsite, you will find you have the place to yourself – except for the resident chickens.

Families, couples and small groups (of up to seven) can happily enjoy the safari tent as it’s got two bedrooms and a mezzanine sleeping platform. It also boasts an ensuite bathroom, equipped kitchen, wood-burning stove and an electricity supply. Outside, Rhodri and Carys have built a hot tub and dug a fire pit, and they even provide guests with logs to get a campfire going. All the hard work has been done for you, so just sit back on the veranda and drink in views of the Tywi Valley.

You can use footpaths to walk the three miles to the lovely local town of Llandeilo (remembering that a Beacons’ mile feels longer than the average) or head in the other direction to arrive at Carreg Cennen Castle. Even the lofty position of your tent at Gelli Glamping can’t rival the spectacular, cliff-top location of this 12th-century fortress, built by the ruler of an ancient Welsh kingdom.

The Owner Says

Electric lighting throughout and plenty of socket points for your chargers etc. DAB bluetooth radio/speaker provided for your enjoyment.
The kitchen is fully equipped with sink, microwave, fridge freezer, gas hob and all your cutlery, crockery and utensils.
The bathroom comes fitted with toilet, sink and shower, along with wet rugs and towels.
Fresh bed linen will be provided, as well as clean towels for each guest.
The indoor dining table comfortably seats six, but if you'd prefer to dine outside, the large picnic table could seat up to eight.
The corner sofa snug facing the log fire is the perfect place to unwind.
The balcony has two comfortable seats and side table to soak in the sunsets with whatever drink takes your fancy!
Charcoal BBQ will be provided, along with all your BBQ tools.
The log fired hot tub is quick to heat and comes with steps, wooden stirrer, drinks holder, LED lighting and air massage system. For your children's safety and your own peace of mind, a fibreglass cover is also provided. Please note the hot tub will be cleaned and refilled between guests.

Features & Facilities

En suite shower room, toilet and wash basin. The tent kitchen has a microwave, toaster, fridge-freezer and four-ring gas stove. It has an electricity supply with plenty of lighting and plug sockets too. There’s a log-burning stove inside and a fire pit outside for campfires. Logs are provided.

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Activities

You can see deer grazing and, if you’re lucky, hares hopping by from the veranda of your safari tent and (if you’ve got your hiking boots) can set straight out on walks on footpaths that pass right by. There’s horseriding nearby at Dinefwr Riding Centre (01269 850042) and mountain biking at Brechfa Forest, about 20 miles away. The nearest town is Llandeilo, a couple of miles away, where you’ll find independent shops, places to eat and a picturesque setting. You can walk to both Carreg Cennen Castle, 3 miles away (01558 822291) and Dinefwr Castle, which is just half-a-mile from your tent. The castle at Dinefwr is part of an 800-acre estate owned by the National Trust which also includes a deer park, national nature reserve and 17th-century Newton House. The ruins of another castle, Dryslwyn, are a short drive away (7 miles) and Gelli Aur Country Park, 5 miles, has a tearoom and walks in the estate surrounding a mansion (not open to the public). There are beautiful gardens and another historic building at Aberglasney (01558 668998) 7 miles from Ty Gelli. The National Botanic Garden of Wales is a little further, 10 miles away, at Llanarthne (01558 667149). Within its grounds is the British Birds of Prey Centre (07444 177818) - buy a combined Garden Plus Ticket to visit both. The Dolaucothi Gold Mines (01558 650177) are 15 miles away.

Food & Drink

It’s downhill on the way to The Cennen Arms pub (01558 822330), about ½ mile away in the village of Trap, where you can fuel up on basic pub grub for the steep walk back. But for a highly-recommended bite to eat, get in the car and head instead for Wright’s Food Emporium (01558 668929) in Llanarthne or for one of the many eateries in nearby Llandeilo. Among the options, there’s Ginhaus Deli (01558 823030), The Cawdor Hotel (01558 823500), The Angel Pub and Capel Bach Bistro (01558 822765). The town also has plenty of places to pick up supplies for picnics and campfire suppers with a farmers’ market every Friday morning and a choice of local butchers and delicatessens.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

★★★★★

We had a magical weekend - amazing place, gorgeous view!

The kids absolutely didn’t want to leave Gelli Glamping, and we will definitely book again. The accommodation is amazing - a luxury camping experience! It has been finished to a really high standard, with lovely Welsh touches - welsh blankets, a love spoon. The hot tub is a fab touch - we had to bribe the children to get out! You will find everything you need and more, toys and books, a great BBQ etc. The owners and family (and pup!) were so welcoming and we wish them every success for a busy season ahead - see you again sometime!
Jun 30, 2019 by The Browns
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Glamping at its finest!

We recently stayed at Gelli Glamping as a family of 2 adults and 3 children and I cannot recommend this place highly enough! The tent was beautifully made inside with all wooden flooring, furniture, and beds. It also benefits from a spacious mezzanine level so we had plenty of space for our family of 5. Both mattresses and pillows were comfortable and the children loved the cabin bed! There was a spacious shower room with a powerful shower, lovely hot water and towels provided. The kitchen was very well equipped and had everything you would need and more with a Gas hob, fridge/small freezer, toaster and microwave. The children’s plastic plates, cups and cutlery were very handy with the little ones. No expense has been spared with the kitchen appliances and utensils either... all great quality! The tent is very cosy inside with a log fire in the sofa / seating area. There was a complementary basket of wood upon arrival with additional wood available to buy from the host. There were books and board games which was greatly appreciated as the weather wasn’t great for us. It was extremely windy during our stay but I think it’s safe to say the safari tent is solidly built and definitely wind and rain proof! There is a huge green space outside with amazing views! There is a bbq, fire pit, seating area and wood fired hot tub (luxury!) that is all for your personal use. The host was very friendly and welcomed us personally upon arrival. If we needed anything they were only a phone call away. We had a lovely welcome hamper with fresh eggs and fresh flowers on the table which was a lovely touch! We will definitely be returning as this was above and beyond our expectations and most definitely glamping at it’s finest!
May 8, 2019 by Mrs Kan Verified Review

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Getting There

From the end of the M4, heading west, carry on along the dual carriageway towards Cross Hands. At the next roundabout take the fourth exit signposted Llandeilo. Stay on this road for approximately 8 miles to Ffairfach. Go straight over the mini roundabout and under the railway bridge, then take an almost immediate right towards Trap (sometimes spelled with two Ps). Continue for just over a mile to the top of the hill where you’ll reach a crossroads. Turn left at the junction and take the second turn on the left (about 500 metres down the road).

Ffairfach railway station is 2 miles away and Llandeilo train station is 3 miles away – a short taxi journey or (for those in the area for the cycling) a challenging bike ride away.