You'll get a goody pack sent to you once you've made your booking. The pack explains everything the tree tent comes with, plus what to do in the surrounding areas. You also get a welcome hamper, with rock salt, olive oil, black pepper, posh tea bags and coffee, eggs, butter and milk. The tent comes with duvets for the bed, plus towels for washing. The kitchen & shower comes with hot water and there's plenty of kitchen utensils and crockery. The flushable toilet is a up a small hill near the kitchen. There's also loads of additional camping essentials scattered about the place, including playing cards, torches, soap and firelighters & kindling to help get the wood-burning stove lit. Our advice is to read the information pack that gets sent to you, as it explains everything onsite. Once you're at the tree tent, there are plenty of instructions and advice guidelines to help you.
Newbridge-on-Wye Powys LD2 3SG 01865 594 349
Calling all campers: we've officially entered the dawn of an exciting new camping era. The elusive tree tent is born: a spherical canvas structure suspended by rope high up in the trees. Sounds ominous? Actually it isn't. Instead it's sort of beautiful, in a futuristic orb kind of way. The tent is located on the outskirts of a dense woodland – in the grounds of the similarly alluring Red Kite Barn, as it happens – and as you walk down the gravelly hill towards the site, your new accommodation starts to take shape right before your eyes. First you'll see the handmade wooden stepping bridge, then the babbling brook followed by the wooden stumps leading up to your very own kitchen and shower, which sits on raised decking. Turn around, and you'll be face-to-face with the tree tent, which comes with a super comfy circular bed and wood-burning stove. We could bore you with the facilities and practical aspects, but all you need to know is that this is an experience like no other. It's not for the faint-hearted by any means, especially being so high up, but if you're prepared to go with the flow (and follow all the detailed instructions left out for you), you'll love it. There's a fire pit next to the brook, and they even leave out campfire cooking utensils. At night, the tree tent gently rocks you to sleep to the sound of the brook – although the gentleness depends entirely on how windy it is that night. The next day, you might feel that similar wobbly sensation you get when you've been on a boat. The nearby woodlands are great for hiking and there's plenty of nearby things to do at Hay-on-Wye. If you're up for venturing out a bit further, the beautiful reservoirs of Elan Valley are only a half-hour drive away.
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Prices range from £330–£425 for 3 nights to £550–£710 for 7 nights.
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The tent is located down a single track in a village called Newbridge on Wye, near Builth Wells and Llanafan-fawr. You will be sent a lovely booklet once you've made your booking, which includes full detailed directions from Newbridge on Wye. Just remember that the single track path does go on for quite a bit, so don't give up – you'll be on the right track! If in doubt, there's a lovely pub called the Red Lion which proudly claims to be the 'oldest pub in Powys' – they'll be able to direct you.
Available all year.