Glamping with children in Fforest Fields, Mid Wales. I ummed and ahhed whether to write this post because when you find a gem like this you kind of want to keep it to yourself so it doesn’t become overrun. I decided to be giving and share this secret!
So last weekend we went glamping at Fforest Fields. We totally fell in love with the place and spent the most amazing long weekend there, in some of the most beautiful surroundings I have ever seen. The sun was shining (most of the time) which always helps but I think that this is the kind of place you could go all year round and still have a great time (there is a log burner in the yurt!) and the visitor book shows that people stay all year round.
It is mid Wales but actually close to the border, the nearest towns are Hundred House and Builth Wells. So first of all, the surroundings. It is on a family farm, nestled into a valley, there are two lakes (our yurt overlooked one) and the other is used for swimming, kayaking (free of charge) and paddle boarding (at a charge). The views are amazing, 360 degrees of them. If you take a short walk up the hill behind the yurts, the views are even better and you can watch the sunset. There is a bench up there. You will be out of breath when you reach the top (although nearby it is steep). Do not let your children run down this hill (Lily did within half an hour of us arriving and lost half of a tooth and chipped two others! However it still didn’t spoil our trip and she was fine.) There are plenty of walks from the site. You really do not need to venture out into your car at all once you arrive.
We stayed in a yurt for 2 nights. There was a proper double bed (very comfortable) and two futons for the children (with all of the bedding provided) also very comfortable. There is a decked area with a bench and a small kitchen hut (with a small fridge, a camping stove and all the kitchen equipment and utensils you could need). There are two shared huts (btwn 4 yurts), one with running water for dishes and a toilet. Each yurt has a fire pit/BBQ as well. The yurts overlook the lake and the view from the bed is spectacular.
There are 4 yurts on site, as well as lots of other options including space for tents, caravans and even a few cottages on site. There is a small shop selling essentials, a cafe (cakes, pizzeria on a Friday but you have to pre book), booze (I can recommend the Welsh G&T and my boyf the local ales), delicious cakes, coffees, croissants for breakfast etc. The area where the shop/cafe/showers etc is all very new, clean and lovely.
We could have easily stayed longer. The children (8 and 11) completely unplugged (in spite of the electricity in the yurts, I would highly recommend not taking any devices, as it was so lovely to almost fully switch off for a few days). We all relaxed, played, barbequed, toasted marshmallows, kayaked on the lake, walked, ran, laughed and had the loveliest weekend. Already planning our next trip!
ps I had sooooo many amazing pics it was hard to choose the best to show.
pps highly recommend the Elan Valley Reservoirs (if you do venture off site), which we visited on the way home. About 35 mins drive away. Stunning!