Tucked away in a quiet valley meadow near Bridgend is an alternative holiday spot that puts the ‘glam’ into glamping. Cwm Tawel Yurts offers happy campers the chance to spend a few days in a snug Mongolian yurt on a gorgeous country site that is only 30 minutes’ drive from Cardiff. When we rocked up to Cwm Tawel we were met by Yurt owner and enthusiast Phil Williams, who helped us settle in as he explained a bit about how the site came to be.
Cwm Tawel was set up in 2010 as a community group. The site is run by local people and has local volunteers all with a vast amount of knowledge and expertise. In fact the site boasts having no contractors in at all, with talented staff and volunteers hand making and impressively building everything themselves. Today volunteers and staff have developed the site even further and have even created courses for visitors, groups and schools, in areas of rural crafts such as dry stone walling and green woodwork. So if you fancy a spot of crafting on your holidays, the ‘willow basket making’ and ‘felt making’ might well be up your creative street.
As we were led around it became obvious this is an ideal place for shall we say the ‘unorganised camper, as almost everything is provided for you, leaving you free to rock up and enjoy some country living. Pots, pans, plates, campfire equipment and even a clay pizza oven is at your disposal under a communal round house, which we certainly made full use of during our stay. We practically lived next to the big roaring fire we made in the middle, (admittedly after several failed fire making attempts).
The site has four fabulously furnished Mongolian yurts, each can sleep up to 5 people, with a log burner in the centre so you can get your yurt to a cwtchy snug temperature for those wintery Welsh nights, or for the summer camper, each yurt has its own private deck with a BBQ and seating area. There is also a fully equipped kitchen, state of the art dry system compost loos from ‘Natsol’ and hot showers in the washrooms. Cwm Tawel have thought of everything for today’s glamper.
The biggest selling point for us though was the wood burning hot tub. That’s right, hot tub. We certainly enjoyed having a few cheeky cups of Champagne (In paper cups we might add lest we smash glass in the hot tub, or ‘home’ as we came to call it).
Cwm Tawel is also near some local attractions should you experience itchy feet during your stay. Only a short drive away is the Afan forest, the beaches of Porthcawl and lots of local and lovely-yet-unpronounceable communities such as Llangynwyd, Aberkenfig and Ynysawdre.
For a local holiday with a twist, I would recommend giving yurting a go, it certainly beats trying to assemble a tent in sideways rain.
Cwm Tawel Ltd – Cwmcedfyw Farm, Lletty Brongu, Llangynwyd. Bridgend. CF34 0EA