Cynefin the Hot Tub Wagon
- Started life as an old goods wagon before being lovingly brought it back to life
- Log-fired hot tub with jaw-dropping views of the valley below
- Cosy interior with wood burning stove, keeping you snug in all seasons
The Owner Says
Cynefin started life as the rusty shell of an old goods wagon before the team at Under the Oak Glamping lovingly brought it back to life. Today it's a quirky, cosy hideaway for two, tucked away in a private corner of the farm with a wood-fired hot tub outside and jaw-dropping views of the valley below.
The Cynefin carriage is heated by a gorgeous little wood burning stove, keeping you snug in all seasons, and has a modern, compact kitchen, with a fridge, hob and all the pots and pans you need. More adventurous glampers might want to try cooking on the tripod over the campfire! You won't need to tramp around in the dark to visit a toilet hut either – Cynefin has it's own en-suite shower room.
Our absolute favourite thing about Cynefin is probably the wood-fires hot tub beneath the stars. Relax with a glass of wine or a cuppa and take in the amazing views.
Cynefin is not suitable for pets - Please book a Safari Tent if you'd like to bring a dog with you.
Features & 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. Cynefin, the restored railway carriage, sleeps two and features all the same luxuries in a more compact setting and, of course, one less bed. Every glamping unit at the site has it's own wooden hot tub, heated by a wood-burning stove and, once up to temperature, will stay hot for around an hour.
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.
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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.