Sunrise at Penhein Glamping in Wales


Last weekend, the last weekend of my thirties, we headed off to Wales to risk a weekend of glamping with little sound insulation, power or WiFi. We hadn’t told the kids about the latter. Thankfully the rope swing at Penhein Glamping provided enough amusement during the three warm, sunny days of our stay.

Rope swing at Penhein Glamping in the setting sun
The ever popular rope swing

The “glamp”-site is nestled amongst the 450 acres of the Penhein estate, a working farm nestled between Chepstow and Newport in Wales that’s been in the same family for over 150 years.

The view from Penhein Glamping, Wales
The view from Penhein across the Severn

There are half a dozen large alachigh tents each with an en-suite toilet, kitchen, wood burning stove and large cool box (fridge sized to be exact).

Alachigh tent in Penhein
One of the alachigh tents. And trees. Lots of trees
The kitchen in the alachigh tent in Penhein
The kitchen was stocked with everything you’d need
Penhein Glamping, Wales.  Photo by Adam Gasson /
The “Cheats” kitchen stocked with meals, booze and ice cream

On site there’s a cheats’ kitchen to use, supplies to buy (through an honesty system of card payment) and microwaves to use. It’s attached to the shower block. I feel the term ‘shower block’ does this a disservice. It’s finished to a very high standard with steaming hot showers (with each tent having an assigned shower due to Covid).

Penhein Glamping, Wales.Photo by Adam Gasson /
The honesty system (aka the ‘lets be nosy and see what others have bought’ book)
Glamping camp fire
The outdoor fire pit. Perfect for alfresco cooking and making your soul smell of smoke

There’s an adventure playground on site for the kids and a map with walks around the estate. We tackled one that made its way down to a steam and pool and despite our best efforts actually found it.

Penhein Glamping, Wales.  Photo by Adam Gasson /
Contemplating our life choices while faced with a steep downward slope
Penhein Glamping, Wales.  Photo by Adam Gasson /
Bark pathways offer sufficient shock absorption for young ‘uns
Penhein Glamping, Wales.  Photo by Adam Gasson /
It’s Wales, so sunshine isn’t guaranteed

Recent work by Bristol photographer Adam Gasson.

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