It was the half term holidays, and after a couple of days at home I was itching to go on an adventure. We had spent the summer travelling around the UK in our campervan, Otis, and enjoyed glamping in Dorset, a lodge break in Scotland and a luxury break in the Isles of Scilly. I have to say, a weekend at home and I am more than ready to jump in the campervan and head off somewhere new and exciting. The weather forecast was good for the end of the week, and after a few hours researching I stumbled across Eco retreats. I instantly knew that this was the place for an adventure. Yes….we were off glamping in Autumn … Were we mad??!
Eco retreats is a glamping retreat offering tipi or yurt holidays, set in the heart of the Welsh mountains. The retreat is around 20 minutes off the main road, along the forest track, deep in the heart of the Dyfi Forest. If you are looking for a tranquil and peaceful setting that is far removed from the outside world, with no wi-fi or little phone reception…. then this is the place for you. The yurts and tipis are spread out over more than 50 acres, meaning you can enjoy peace and quiet and make the most of the open space.
The yurts are fully equipped and you will find everything you need for a wonderful stay…think sheepskin rugs, bed linen, lanterns, and beautiful cushions. Each yurt also has its own wood-fired alfresco bath, and a shower and toilet unit just a few yards outside the yurt. There is a wood burning stove and this absolutely made our stay. There is nothing better than returning from a beautiful evening stroll and lighting up that stove for the night.
Having only ever camped and glamped in the summer, I have to say I was hesitant. Would it be cold? Wet? Muddy? With a van packed with wellington boots…jumpers…coats and wooly hats we headed off on our half term adventure.
Here are our five reasons to go glamping in Autumn and Winter
To Make Memories
I have said this so many times, but we are great believers in collecting memories and not things. I would choose an experience over a plastic toy any day of the week. Memories are the most amazing thing, you can never take them away and they are sure to put a smile on your face and add that fuzzy warm feeling in your toes…memories…well they stay with you forever.
Misty mornings and crisp air
Autumn mornings are so special. They are crisp and fresh, and It is lovely to wake up to observe a beautiful sunrise or a misty view. The crisp clear days in Winter make for an ideal family walk. We headed around the forest and discovered so many walking routes for all to enjoy.
Change of colour
Autumn is definitely my favourite season, Winter comes in a close second. I love the colours of Autumn and I love the light of Winter. Stepping out in the fresh air in the morning to see the golds, reds, oranges and browns that Autumn bring is splendid. What’s more, the kids just seem to love the cold winter months. They are always the first to jump in a huge pile of leaves, squelch in the mud, and roll around in the snow. They often come home with a pocket full of leaves, pinecones, conkers and twigs. There is something special about wrapping up and heading out on a family walk, and returning to fluffy blankets and a freshly lit stove.
You definitely beat the crowds with an Autumn or Winter break. I find taking a break out of the summer months means fewer people….fewer crowds and lots of peace and quiet. We had the field all to ourselves, apart from a few sheep who came to join us in the morning. It was such a quiet, peaceful retreat, giving us uninterrupted time with the children away from the chaos of day to day life.
September and October are often still warm, but a sunny day in late October or November always feels that little bit more special. During our stay we headed over to the nearby Aberdovey, a beautiful seaside town on the north side of the estuary of the River Dyfi in Gwynedd. We sat on the beach listened to the waves crash and watched the kids enjoy the sand and sea. What a beautiful spot for some late October sunshine (and can I add the icecream here is amazing.)
The Verdict? We loved it and wouldn’t hesitate to glamp during the colder months again. We weren’t quite brave enough to try the wood-fired alfresco bath….but maybe next year 🙂
So have you ever tried camping or glamping during the colder months, and would you recommend it?