A weekend away? Alpaca bag…. (*insert tumbleweed here*)

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Those of you that have read my blog for a while know that I love finding unusual places to stay for a bit of an escape. You can find posts here about my trips to Wowo, Elmley and The Gate House.

As a teacher the first half term of the year is always wearing. You’re settling in new children and getting used to them, they’re getting used to you, it’s always long and by the end of it I often find myself unable to remember how to put one foot in front of the other. So when the opportunity came up to get away for my birthday weekend, I hit AirBnB in earnest.

I have family in South Wales and always found Wales to be beautiful, but hadn’t explored much of it, so when I found Hush Hush Glamping, I was sold.

We drove up on Friday night through the usual M25 carnage (add torrential October rain to the picture and it makes the drive a bit of an epic one) but 6 hours later we arrived.

The pod is based on a farm not far from the town of Kington and the drive up the dirt track was a bit of an adventure. We were greeted by the bleats of a field full of sheep and could see that the view in the morning was likely to be a bit special.

The pod had everything we could need and we got the kettle on and the log burner lit and unpacked whilst enjoying a Welsh brew and a chocolate waffle biscuits that the owners had left as a welcoming treat (also fresh eggs, milk and butter).

I set my alarm early the following morning, wrapped up and grabbed a cuppa and my camera, the view that awaited me was nothing short of incredible. Patchwork fields rolling down towards forests, the Brecon beacons in the distance, and some friendly sheep showing a lot of interest in our car!

The sun rising over the hills bathed the fields in that gorgeous golden light and although it was chilly, I sat with my tea and took it all in.

We decided to head to the small town of Llandridod Wells to check out Rock Park and Spa. We walked round the lake and then stopped for Welsh cakes and (another) cuppa at the cafe. I really wanted to visit Elan Valley having seen beautiful photos of it, so we drove on to there. It didn’t disappoint.

The Elan Valley is a series of lakes made from the damming of the Claerwen and Elan rivers. The drive through them is beautiful and I kept having to yell “STOP!” so I could get out and take photos and the noise at the Caban-coch dam was deafening.

From here we decided to join the mountain road to Aberystwyth. I’d never been to the coastal town before and the road is famous for being a beautiful drive with sweeping corners and more amazing views of the Welsh scenery.

Aberystwyth itself is worth a visit – though perhaps on a less rainy day, but I would definitely advocate a stop at Byrgyr on the seafront (opposite the Pier) for some hearty food.

Back to the pod for meats and cheeses whilst watching a film (the pod had a TV and DVD player but no channels, allowing you to escape the outside world. We took a chromecast to watch some films we had downloaded). We also sampled the Welsh wine that the owners had thoughtfully left for us.

On Sunday we were treated to another beautiful sunrise and I cooked bacon and the Welsh eggs on the very efficient induction hobs provided in the pod. We watched the Alpacas which were on the roam in the field that morning (Hush Hush also offer Alpaca experiences at £15pp). They were really lovely to watch and surprisingly cute!

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We then set off to find Water-break-it’s-neck waterfall in nearby Warren Wood (the waterfall features in Ellie Goulding’s Your Song Video, as she hails from nearby Kington).

We took the blue route to the waterfall which I wouldn’t recommend for children or anyone who may find the steep inclines tricky. Wellies were a must at this time of year! We also got slightly lost, ending up with us ungracefully sliding down a near sheer drop to finally get to the waterfall path. Absolutely worth the walk and near death experience though for the sound and view of this phenomenal waterfall.

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In the afternoon we took a trip through the Brecons to visit my family in South Wales, another stunning drive!

The whole weekend allowed me to get outside, rest and catch up with myself after a busy term. I felt totally rested on my return and felt we had achieved just the right combination of relaxing and doing.

I can’t recommend this type of trip a lot, and the pod at Hush Hush Glamping is one I’d love to return to one day.

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I haven’t been paid or asked to post about this, I just wanted to share it with you all.

As always, thanks for reading, you can see more of my adventures over on Instagram on my feed and in my story highlights.

L x

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