Get back to nature and the salty, sandy, rocky coast of West Wales with a luxury camping experience in Felin Geri. They call it glamping in Wales.
Felin Geri may not be the most famous of names. But then again, that’s part of its charm.
Tucked away out of sight on a country road that winds its way through West Wales, this is a place that looks to the stars in the sky rather than the stars of cities, headlines and awards.
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It’s a campsite, of sorts. A glampsite if you will but one that takes notions of UK glamping up a notch or two to match it with the levels of luxury I’ve only found on luxe safari glampsites in Africa.
A sofa and double bed with thick winter duvets wait behind the canvas, along with a full dining table and chairs, an Ottoman brimming with games and toys and a great thick carpet to crawl around on (I travelled with my toddler, in case you were wondering...)
Heat comes from the full-size woodburner, pre-stocked with fire-lighters and logs. A separate one fires up the hot water for the shower and bathroom block, connected to the canvas via locking wooden doors.
But in case that sounds like too much work, you can warm yourself up another way: through the full size hot tub that’s bubbling and ready to go.
Sink into the steam and look up at the stars.
It’s called getting back to nature. The Felin Geri glamping way.
Once again, I was absolutely staggered at the level of beauty hidden in plain sight in Wales.
The Pembrokeshire coast is famous, and rightly so, but just a little further north is Newcastle Emlyn, Felin Geri’s closest town.
From there, it's just a 20 minute drive to the beach at Penbryn.
And what a beach it is.
Expansive sand, rising cliffs, mist on the horizon even in the sun. Rivulets of water running past sea shells and the feeling of having escaped to the very ends of the earth.
Of course, part of this sense of isolation and wonder comes from the very steep hill that connects the surf to the car park. Free workout thrown in?!
But the café at the top, The Plwmp Tart, helps to ease off aching hamstrings.
The food goes beyond standard issue sandwiches, too.
Fresh crab meat on a crusty baguette and a home made quiche.
Clotted cream tea and a fine selection of freshly baked cakes.
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Felin Geri is run as a passion project by Alan and Jane who greet everyone individually and show you how to set things up (light the fire, manage the hot tub, find the pantry and stick to the honour system inside.)
The Mill Café Bar on site serves pizza and drinks (with a fire-breathing dragon ball outside.) Staffing levels (and therefore opening times) vary with the season so you may need to plan ahead.
Tents are slightly different (but all are large and luxurious) so do check the specs in full before you book.
It’s a luxury camping experience – but it’s still camping! I stayed when there was frost on the ground outside and inside did get cold until the fire got going.
Bring thermals and fleece onesies for toddlers. Felin Geri provide the high chair and cot but not the bedding for children so you’ll need to bring that with you. Towels and adult bedding are provided (as are tea towels, dish clothes, washing up liquid and starter packs of tea, coffee, milk and firewood.)
A public footpath runs through the site meaning that dog walkers will come by (frequently with dogs off the lead). Guests are also allowed to bring pets with them.
There’s no way of securing the zips on the tents. So if you have children old enough to open them but young enough not to know not to then you will need to be hypervigilant (or possibly bring your own padlock. You can still operate the rip down emergency exit in case of a fire).
The “fridge” involves ice packs in a cool box (this is glamping after all!) Fresh ice packs are available from the pantry each day.
There’s a “secret playground” from the site’s old life as a tourist attraction. Even more fun for children than a standard one.
Prices for a safari tent at Felin Geri start from £125 per night for a week’s booking in low season and £200 per night for a week’s booking in high season.
Although the luxury safari tents sleep six, with two in an overhead bunk bed, it’s still a cosy stay for a couple with children or even (gulp) a solo parent with two children.
Is glamping harder as a solo parent? Yes, but isn’t everything :)
What makes life easier is that Alan and Jane help bring your luggage from the car park to your tent and have already lugged in all the firewood on your behalf. If you let them know in advance, they can prepare some food too.
All in, this is a beautiful, luxurious way to get back in touch with nature. With a hot tub on the side.
Disclosure: My stay was complimentary, but thoughts, opinions and tips are all my very own, shared with you so that you can replicate the trip!
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