Great Britain

Embrace luxury and romance with a staycation at an idyllic Welsh treehouse

CAMPING these days doesn't have to mean pitching a tent in the middle of a field.

For a special treat, we look at why you should consider a luxurious Welsh treehouse in the idyllic county of Powys.

The pad

Cadwollens Treehouse oozes romance.

From the copper roll-top bath and matte-black rain shower (both with floor-to-ceiling countryside views), to the collection of wellness books, the mezzanine hammock and hot tub – the word idyllic couldn’t be more apt.

Owners Laura and John have built three boutique treehouses on their 130-acre farm, each in its own field with just sheep for company.

The largest sleeps seven – and has a slide! – while the smallest, Cadwollens, can host two and a baby.

With birds feeding beside your breakfast table, a fire pit for stargazing, walks from your doorstep and red kites sweeping the skies, it’s a gorgeous, remote escape.

But there’s also Netflix and Wi-Fi if you need it!

Out & about

The walks and bike rides around the six stunning Elan Valley dams, a 40-minute drive away, are special. Hire bikes from £26 a day (Elanvalley.org.uk).

After your adventures, grab a slice of homemade cake and a cuppa on the lawn at Penbont House (Penbonthouse.co.uk).

A 20-minute drive from your treehouse is the town of Llandrindod Wells – go retro and hire a dragon pedalo on the lake, £10 for 30 minutes.

Afterwards, hit Junk N Disorderly, a gem of vintage-inspired interior finds on Middleton Street (Junkndisorderly.co.uk).

Or get the aww factor at Small Breeds Farm Park & Owl Centre, 35 minutes’ drive away, to meet pygmy goats and miniature horses, plus more than 35 species of owl, including just-hatched owlets if you’re lucky.

Entry costs £10 for adults, £7 for kids (Owlcentre.com).

After some bigger thrills? Clay-pigeon shooting and rally driving are also close by.

Eat up

Tuck into a gorge platter of cheeses, meats, fruits and nuts, plus chocolate treats and the fluffiest bread, delivered to your treehouse by Sas at The Little Welsh Kitchen, from £15 per person (Thelittlewelshkitchen.co.uk).

And be sure to order in a breakfast hamper, £20, from your hosts for proper bacon and sausages come sunrise.

Hit the beer garden at 17th-century pub The Radnorshire Arms in Beguildy, 25 minutes away, for delicious home-cooked roasts, followed by bread and butter pudding with toffee sauce, three courses from £16.50.

And don’t forget to grab a creamy affogato made with Wales’ own Mario’s Ice Cream, £3.50, from Lakeside Cafe in Llandrindod Wells.

Got the kids with you? A scoop (or two) of the bubblegum flavour is guaranteed to be a winner for all ages.

Book it

Stays at Cadwollens Treehouse cost from £234 a night.

Find your perfect UK getaway at Thewanderlist.uk.

Pack it

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