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Penhein Glampsite

Penhein Glampsite

The Glampsite

‘I remember the excitement of sleeping here under the stars, listening to the drum of rain on canvas and the wind in the ash tops.’  Helen

Tent exterior

Penhein Glamping’s away-from-the-world experience starts at its gates: the journey is an adventure in itself.

Guests travel up a mile-long winding drive, cross the Registered Historic Park and Garden – with its magnificent views of the Severn Estuary – bump down a farm track, walk over a cattle grid, pass a children’s natural playground and along woodchip paths – before they reach the secluded ancient copse where 8 ‘alachigh’ tents are discreetly cocooned among the trees.

Once ensconced, the glampsite is a calm, peaceful place in which to reconnect with nature.

The undergrowth rustles with wildlife, the light is dappled and birdsong fills the air. Crowns of silver birch entwine with wild cherry, creating natural lattice pergolas that arc over the paths.  In the spring, thick carpets of bluebells, pink campion, wood anemone and garlic flowers cover the woodland floor; in the autumn, mushrooms push up through the undergrowth and wild damsons hang from the hedgerows.

In the winter months, when swallows fly south and dormice hibernate, the fallow deer that roam free in the surrounding fields trot in to the coppice and share the glampsite with the rabbits that race around the empty paths.

Penhein Glampsite is an enchanting wooded world where nature and wildlife thrive, and guests have a strong sense of this when they visit.

The Glampsite layout

The design of the ‘alachigh’ tents is similar to those used by the nomadic Shahsavan tribe of Northern Iran, and the beautiful interiors combine the rich colours and patterns of the middle east with a rustic interiors’ style. Each tent is domed (with an oculus at the apex, ideal for star-gazing) and covered with khaki-coloured canvas, which allows the tents to blend seamlessly into the surrounding greenery.  The entertainment space, Chehel Sotoun, is also Persian-inspired: it is named after the grand pavilion where the 17th century King of Persia hosted lavish receptions.

The glampsite contains a mix of trees – Black Walnut and Red Oak, Cherry Plum, Sessile Oak and European Hornbeam – recently planted in addition to the existing mature trees, in order to enhance diversity and reduce the risk of disease.

To the north, the glampsite looks across the sheep grazing fields that lead up to Gray Hill and beyond to Wentwood Forest. To the south, it opens onto a broad wildflower meadow that has magnificent views across the and the distant hills above Bath. And to the west there are spectacular sunsets over the Severn Estuary.

‘I wanted to create a place that exists in harmony with nature, and is environmentally and visually low-impact’. Helen

Persian in design, but Welsh in spirit.’   Canopy and Stars

As is the case with many U.K. farms, creativity with land usage is now an important element of modern farm management.  In addition to its traditional farming practices, the land at Penhein is now being increasingly used by a series of people who engage wtih the guests within the glampsite:

  • Professional foragers: who show guests how to collect chestnuts, sloes and damsons or master the art of gin-blending from Penhein petals.
  • Tree experts: who teach the art of Shinrin Yoku – the Japanese art of ‘forest bathing’
  • Naturalists: who teach guests how to identify the melody of a song thrush or the echo-location of Pipistrelle bats.
  • Wild cooks: who teach guests how to make Welsh cawl over fire-pits

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