Glamping in an Iranian Alachigh in rural Camarthenshire, Wales
- Horse Riding
- Child Friendly
- Other rental properties on site
If you're looking for a child-friendly, relaxed and sustainable alternative holiday, then you need look no further – a glamping holiday in a beautiful location. The Alachigh is one of five different glamping accommodations in a 20 acre smallholding in Camarthenshire, set in a quiet location with spectacular views of the Welsh countryside.
Spend your evenings relaxing next to a glowing campfire, looking at an endless sky of stars and waking to the sound of birdsong. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a family holiday and well away from busy roads. We are not far from both the Carmarthen Bay and the Cardigan Bay coastlines. The entire campsite is run by alternative energy - wind and solar - with water power happening sporadically! Beside all the cooking equipment, blankets etc in the accommodation we also have available for use by all our customers a log cabin which has a full size calor gas cooker with an oven, a woodburning stove (a cast iron Victorian cooking range), a power supply for mobile phones (mobile phone reception here is good), battery charging, etc, a sink for washing up, table and chairs and bench seating adorned with sheepskins and cushions.
Our location is an ideal base for exploring south, west and mid Wales. Larkhill is within half an hour’s drive from the Cardigan Bay coastline with its sandy beaches and spectacular scenery and is also one of the best places in the UK to see dolphins, seals and porpoises. Boat trips are available from Newquay to get an even closer look! Besides the coastline there are numerous things to do. You can canoe along the Teifi River through Cilgerran Gorge – the home of otters and kingfishers. Or visit an Iron Age settlement (featured on a BBC Production) where children can make Iron Age bread! and have their faces painted like warriors (school holiday periods only). There’s horse riding, fishing, Oakwood theme park, Go Karts, Folly Farm, steam railways, castles and museums – the list is endless! On our doorstep is the National Woollen Museum and the National Botanical garden is not far. The Centre for Alternative Technology is a little way up the coast but easily manageable as a day trip.
We can collect you from either the train station or bus station in Carmarthen free of charge, or from the local bus stop (just over a mile from the campsite). If we collect you from Carmarthen we will stop at shops en route for you to get any food you need, or alternatively take you to local shops once you have arrived. Driving directions provided on booking.
Nearest Train Station:
Nearest Bus Stop:
Local bus stop 1 mile
The Afon Duad, Cwmduad and The Lamb at Rhos, Rhos.
Drefach Velindre (3 miles)
The Alachigh is 24' in diameter and comfortably sleeps six. There are four single pine beds and a double bed, all of which have covered foam mattresses and pillows. In the centre is a cast iron wood burning stove surrounded by a fitted fireguard. Sheepskins, rugs and cushions adorn the Alachigh for that extra comfort. There is also a sofa bed/settee, a large coffee table/chest (which contains plenty of extra blankets just in case it gets a bit colder at night), three bedside tables, a large shelving unit for storing food, pots, pans, etc. We also supply a calor gas two ringed burner, all crockery, cutlery, kettle etc. and a basket of seasoned hardwood. Also on site there are two hot showers, a tiled compost loo (praised by many of our guests!) and a bog standard flush loo!
Outside there is a large picnic bench and a camp fire area, together with a trivet if you'd like to cook over an open fire and stunning views of the Welsh countryside. There is a play area for children located on the edge of woodland which has been much praised by parents and children alike.
Also on site is a Mongolian Ger, a Bentwood Yurt (Kazakhstan), a Lavvu (Scandinavian) and a Native American Tipi, each of which has its own 'space', separated by mature shrubs and trees, and all connected by hand-made stepping stones. The Alachigh (pronounced Al-la-cheeg) is traditionally used by a nomadic tribe, the Shahsavan, from northern Iran. We've made the Alachigh ourselves (it took about six months) sourcing the oak timbers locally and steam-bending them to form a curve which connects the crown to the oak floorboards. We have covered this wooden framework in a stone coloured 12 oz canvas and adorned the inside with a marquee lining, together with 'drapes' which give a little privacy between the beds and creates a soft and homely atmosphere.
Conditions of Rental
The minimum booking is for two nights. Due to the nature of the site we do not allow parties, stag nights, hen nights or adult groups of more than six people. We ask for no noise after 10.00 p.m. In the event of high winds, or weather conditions that we consider are dangerous to customers, we reserve the right to cancel your holiday at short notice. Alternative dates will be offered or a refund on your payment. No dogs allowed. Only full week/fortnightly bookings will be taken during the summer holiday period. Bookings are from from Saturday to Saturday. Payment terms are 20% deposit at the time of booking. A confirmation will be sent after the deposit is received. Full payment is due 14 days prior to the booking. Deposit refunds will only be offered if your cancellation is made at least 28 days before your intended stay. Check in 2pm-9pm. Check out by 11am.