Under the Oak Glamping

UK Wales South Wales Glamorgan Caerphilly

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
Family-friendly safari lodges and a romantic couples retreat, all set in private areas of a Monmouthshire farm, with wood-fired hot tubs and spectacular views

When Lydia and Richard first opened Under the Oak Glamping in 2018 they had just a single luxury safari tent, set beneath a beautiful old oak tree in a corner of their Monmouthshire farm. Such was the popularity of the place, however, that within two years their collection had blossomed into three family-sized tents and a romantic two-person railway carriage, each ensconced away in its own private area. Of course, not all of these were under splendid oak trees. But a name is a name. And by now Under the Oak had earned quite the reputation, including being crowned one of the UK’s top five glamping escapes by ELLE magazine.

On the edge of the small village of Bedwas, near Caerphilly, Under the Oak is not a place that does things by halves. You’ll find plenty of creature comforts, such as a cosy Welsh box bed, well-stocked kitchen, and – oh thank you – a hot tub filled with natural spring water, heated by a wood-burning stove. Yet for all the luxuries, this is still a place that lets you really enjoy the great outdoors. Simply pack a few changes of clothes, some sturdy walking boots and a good book and you’re perfectly set to enjoy the farm.

Whether you’re in the safari tent beside the sparkling pond or the newly restored railway carriage under, yes, another oak tree, every option has views across the Rhymney Valley, stretching out to the rolling Welsh hills opposite. The outcome is a glamping experience that’s private, yet wonderfully open, with room to explore the local area in your own ‘holiday bubble’. Sheep and cattle are generally your nearest neighbours and, on occasion, buzzards and red kites soar overhead. With such an easy pace of life and an abundance of fresh air to soak up, it's surprising to think that Cardiff is just a 30-minute drive away.

Lydia and Richard look after the site, but it's been used as farmland for generations. There's a genuine sense of enthusiasm radiating from the family, and it's clear that Under the Oak is a labour of love. From little homely touches – fluffy towels, comfy cushions and a kitchen stocked with plenty of basics – guests don’t want for much. The living areas of each tent offer a spacious and comfortable place to unwind, whilst in the centre, a wood-burning stove throws out heat on chilly Welsh nights. Cynefin, the railway carriage, meanwhile, is a superb piece of design, with its en-suite shower room, kitchen area and sleeping space all neatly fitted in without feeling claustrophobic or cluttered in any way. And, when you do want that extra sense of space, you can soak in the outdoor bathtub beneath the stars.

The mountain above the farm is a great way to explore the local surroundings, offering excellent walks and panoramic views across to the Bristol Channel. For a big climb head for the tallest peak in the Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan (886m), shared only with a few other walkers, and, occasionally, soldiers training. Prefer the coast? Try Southerndown, which offers plenty of pebbles, sand, and rock pools. At high tide the beach disappears – as all do along this coastline – and a short walk inland reveals the remains of Dunraven Castle, one of the many classic Welsh castles waiting to be discovered.

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Facilities

The safari tents have everything you need. Each has a kitchen – gas hobs, fridge, sink with hot water on tap, plus plenty of basics (oil, salt, pepper and herbs) – and a living area with a table and chairs, sofa, candles, lanterns, books and games. There is electricity throughout each tent and a wood-burner with plenty of logs – if you do need more, head down to the log store and pile your wheelbarrow high, just pop £5 in the honesty box. Each tent sleeps four with a Welsh box bed, ideal for couples, and a double sofa bed, great for friends or a couple of kids (all bedding is provided). Safari tents are en suite –flushing toilet, basin, hot shower and fluffy towels. Well-sheltered veranda, table and chairs for outdoor dining. Fire pits provided, with a griddle and hot plate for barbecuing. Each safari tent has a wooden hot tub, heated by a wood-burning stove and, once up to temperature, will stay hot for around an hour. Cynefin, the restored railway carriage, sleeps two and features all the same luxuries in a more compact setting and, of course, one less bed. Cynefin does not have a wood-fired hot tub, as such, but it does have a beautiful outdoor bathtub, perfectly positioned for taking in the best of the valley views.

Suitable For

Glamping only.

Nearby

Wales is known for its castles, and there are some right on your doorstep. If you only visit one make it Caerphilly Castle (029 2088 3143) – one of the greatest surviving medieval castles, covering 30 acres of islands, moats and ramparts. Cardiff Castle (029 2087 8100), the fairy tale folly Castle Coch (029 2081 0101) and Raglan Castle (01291 690228), with its angular towers and Tudor-styling are also top spots for history lovers. Once you’ve had enough of castles, try the great monastic ruins of Tintern Abbey (01291 689251), whose beauty has been captured over the centuries by William Wordsworth and JMW Turner. There are countless other places nearby to visit, like St Fagans – with 100 acres of parkland and 40 original buildings from various historical periods, Big Pit (0300 111 2333) where, guided by former pit workers, you can explore Wales' industrial past. Also, Blaenavon Ironworks (01495 792615) and the huffing and puffing Brecon Mountain Railway (01685 722988) are popular with visitors.

Food & Drink

Food hampers for breakfast or BBQ's are available to book in advance, and there's a small honesty shop next to the wood store where you can pick up essentials (free range farm eggs, local preserves, honey, pickles and chutneys). Guests can buy provisions from the local village, which is only a mile down the lane. Nearby places to eat include stylish gastropub The Old Cottage (029 2076 5961), no-nonsense British pub The Maenllwyd (029 2088 2372) and Italian bistro Volare (029 2132 2077). Not forgetting the countless restaurants in buzzing Cardiff.

Opening Times

Cynefin, the restored railway carriage, is open all year. The luxury safari tents are available from Easter to the end of October half term only.

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The Owner Says

Come and stay one of our luxury, boutique canvas lodges for an unforgettable experience. Get back to nature, without giving up your creature comforts!

Our spacious lodges, feature a natural wooden hot tub, fire pit for cooking outdoors, wood burner, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom with a hot shower. Comfy, cosy beds are made up ready for your arrival so you can unpack and relax.

Spot red kites and buzzards soaring overhead. Wallow in your very own private wooden hot tub with breathtaking views of the rolling South Wales hillside. Indulge in a spot of star gazing under amazing dark skies or cwtch up by the wood burner with a good book. Spend time reconnecting with loved ones.

You can buy provisions from the local village which is only a mile down the lane but we have a small larder and honesty box next to the wood store where you can pick up some essentials. Our own free range farm eggs, local preserves, honey, pickles and chutneys.

If you fancy exploring, there are plenty of walks and bike trails on our doorstep. Further afield, we are in an ideal spot to explore all that South Wales has to offer, just a short drive from the city of Cardiff, the Brecon Beacons, Abergavenny and countless museums. Not to mention amazing beaches!

Accommodation

Three luxury safari lodges, each sleeping up to four people, and a vintage railway carriage that's perfect for couples.

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Safari tent Sleeps 4
Cosy, family-friendly safari tent in a tranquil corner of a traditional Monmouthshire farm, with extra special touches and your own private hot tub.

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Getting There

From the M4, leave at junction 28 or 32 and follow signs for Caerphilly. The site is outside the small village of Bedwas – a SatNav will bring you very close, then just carry on up the lane and look out for the 'Under the Oak' signs.

Trains run to Cardiff central station where you can change for Caerphilly (the nearest town), which is three miles away.

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