22.4.19

A little glamping break at Penhein


I'm never 100% sure if it's the fact that we lack driving skills or if most people are guilty of not really exploring places that are our doorstep. I feel like we are so lucky living in Bristol to be getting the best of both worlds when it comes to city and countryside and also being so close to the Welsh/English border. We visited the Forest of Dean for the first time a couple of years ago and vowed to explore more of it so when the tourist board got in touch and asked if we'd like a gifted stay Glamping in the Wye Valley it seemed like the perfect excuse for a couple of days away in the Easter break.

I'm the first to admit I'm no camper but even I could see that Penhein Glamping would be nothing like the experiences of my childhood. After our stay here Tom said really they go above 'boutique glamping' and really should have some sort of name that covers that. The Alachigh tents are similar to yurts but originally come from Iran and have been adapted to have that boutique feel.

I'm not so how to explain how comfortable and cosy it was to stay the night here other than let's start with the fact you get your own flushing toilet (!) and go from there. Your little home comes with a log burner that you can cook all your food on (plus a cheats kitchen up the path in case you have kids that need food quick, or in our case first thing when I just needed some boiling water stat for my coffee ;)) as well as kitchen area and all the cooking equipment you would need.

Inside you have your own dining table or if the weather is nice also an outside fire pit and handmade wooden chairs. We managed to cook outside on our first night which was such a treat and when it rained the second night we'd had a whole day warming up our tent and enjoyed a cosy meal as the rain came down.

We couldn't believe how well we slept too, guess it helps when you have actual beds and duvets. The top of the tent has a see-through top so you can see the stars and watch the sunrise. I loved how even though all effort had been made to make your stay feel boutique and comfortable there was still the off-grid element of not having electric in the tent. The communal tent does have plugs though if you need to charge your phone and whilst my 4g worked fine it's worth noting some might not and there is no wi-fi. This was something we saw as a plus though or we would be tempted to bring out laptops and not really disconnect properly.

Penhein also have 'things to do' section so it's worth checking what on when you think of booking. We were lucky enough to take part in the Flying Pig cookery school with the kids where they made flatbreads and veggie kebabs. Wonder of wonders Wilf now eats pepper!

Tom and I keep saying there is some much more of The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley we want to explore. You can check out their tourism page to have an idea of the beautiful spaces and places to visit.

Thanks so much again to Penhein for inviting us to stay. We'll be back!

(our two night at Penhein were a PR invite which meant our stay was complimentary)

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