Laura and her family left us some lovely comments when we asked them what they liked. "Not only the peaceful and beautiful location but the people working here were so helpful, and treated us like family. We will be coming again. Only skimmed the surface of what is here! You couldn't be more welcoming and helpful." Thank you so much Laura for such kind words.
Vicky and family joined us at Penhein because they "wanted somewhere rural and quiet for quality family time". It sounds as they found a lot more to love! "Showerblock exceptional. Love the tent decor. Outdoor space perfect. We had such a lovely time we stayed an extra night! (thank you for letting us!)". We hope to welcome them back one day!
Thank you to The AA and AA Rated Trips for including us in your list of Best Glamping Yurts. Find out more »
Elizabeth and family came for their first stay at Penhein and we're glad to say they seemed to enjoy it! “We’ve had a lovely stay – such a special place. Great for a small family but also excited to bring a larger group next time. Thank you also for the lovely touches, like the hamper...!
Wonderful article in the London Evening Standard. So excited to be included in the list as one of the 10 best glamping places in the UK. Mind blowing! Find out more »
We so enjoyed welcoming the Vaughan family back again and we think this is some of the reason they return. “I have stayed before and loved that I could arrive with three children and know that everything I needed was here."
We never know when The AA are coming to do their site visit and so it always comes as a lovely surprise when an email arrives to say that we have been awarded their 5 Gold Pennant level again. Thank you!
We were very excited to have Karen from The Simple Things Magazine staying with us way back in April, and we are so pleased she had such a good time! Great article in the June edition, and lots of mentions of some our lovely local suppliers and attractions including Puzzlewood, The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, The Rock and Fountain Inn, Penhow, The Black Bear Inn, Dean Forest Railway, the Forest of Dean Culture Trail and Wentwood Forest. Thank you Karen. We hope to see you back at Penhein soon! Find out more »
Soon to be mum K and partner stayed with us for a little pre-birth break! "We had the most relaxing and wonderful stay, thank you so much for having us. At 9 months pregnant i was comfy, cosy and thoroughly enjoyed our little break at Penhein. The tent and facilities are beautiful and we have been raving to our friend’s about your lovely site, so many of them are keen to come and visit...! The site itself is stunningly beautiful, our view was gorgeous and the tent itself was incredibly homely and cosy. The Cheats Kitchen and shower block were so clean and efficient too – it is the best example of glamping that we have ever come across. The app is also really handy and is a great tool to have. You really have thought of everything and it’s shown in the service and the enjoyment we had. Thank you so much."
The comments left by the Higman family meant so much to us. Thank you! "We enjoyed the peace, quiet, scenery, and doing something we had never done before. We both thoroughly enjoyed the total Penhein experience from email to app, to location, to the view from The Cribbau; and how happy, excited and pleased we were when we opened the door to our tent for the first time. Well done!"
Our visitors come from far, and in the case of Beverley and her family, near! "This is a fantastic little piece of heaven on our doorstep. We were totally relaxed and have recharged. Can't wait to return. Thank you!"
One of the great things about where we are in Monmouthshire is there is so much to do in the local area, as first time visitors the Huggins family explained in their comments. "We have followed on Facebook for years. (Penhein) has always been on our wish list of places to visit. You have a truly unique, amazing and special place here. Our children are safe to roam free and be lost in their childhood. We loved the activities tent, what a lovely space to chill out and we visited the Big Pit. An absolute gem. Spent a fully packed three hours there are still more to do. Cant wait to be back!"
After such a wonderful write up in The Times in March we then had the excitement of The Guardian having their say! Find out more »
Clare and her family fell in love with Penhein and left some wonderful comments. Thank you Clare! “We loved the tent, such beautiful, well thought out interiors, loved the set up and view, social areas and the lambing experience was so special”
Ruth and family were visiting us for the first time, and we are so pleased they enjoyed themselves so much. “Our experience at Penhein exceeded our expectations. We had a lovely time, the staff were so friendly and made us feel very welcome. The tent was amazing and had everything we needed and more. I highly recommend!”
It was so nice to see Laura and her family back at Penhein. Thank you for your comments, Laura! “We thoroughly enjoyed our stay again. Thank you for being so patient with the boys when they helped with lambing – they all Loved it! I always recommend your site to friends – it’s so peaceful. Thanks again”
Aaron and his family obviously loved their first stay at Penhein. We hope they come back soon! “The kids loved the play area and rope swing – we loved how rural and natural the surroundings are. We absolutely loved our stay. We felt as though we were able to completely switch off. Thank you!”
The Smith's are regular visitors to Penhein, and we always love seeing them back. “The lambing experience first thing was such an amazing and wonderful experience and one I think the children will remember for a long time. We love Penhein and can’t wait to come back again.”
The Webb family were returning visitors and it sounds as if we may see them back again. Hooray! “It feels so safe here that our 7 year old son could go off and independently explore and play with new friends – they are all planning to return this time next year!!”
The Evans family joined us at very short notice (we love a last minute booking, it adds to guests' excitement!) and we started by asking what they liked.... "Incredibly well provided for. Loads of thoughtful touches and helpful kitchen/fire implements. Lottie loved her bed! We loved the suggested walks and The Pantry is amazing!" Their finishing note "Our weekend was truly fantastic - the team really have thought of everything, and are welcoming and nothing is too much. A huge thanks - here's to our next visit!"
Amanda and her family joined us just as we started lambing and joined one of our Lambing Live sessions. "Helping with the lambs was magical. We all loved it. We had the most wonderful time. The place was magical. Really relaxing and lovely to spend time together as a family. Thank you Helen for the best few days."
The Parkin family joined us early in the 2022 season, and they seemed to feel right at home! "The location, the welcome, the facilities were all amazing. We had a fantastic stay and we would love to come back one day Thanks Helen!"
We are thrilled to be included in today's Times '25 Best Farm Stays for the Easter Break'. A lovely way to start a sunny Saturday! We are setting up the lambing sheds today ready for lambing which is only a few weeks away, and our season starts on Friday 18th March. It's all go and we can't wait! Find out more »
We are delighted to have been included in The Green Traveller's latest newsletter. It's always a boost to know that the sustainability work we do on the glampsite is recognised! Take a look at the full newsletter. Find out more »
The Taylor family joined us for the last weekend of our 2021 season, and the Halloween party that went with it! We think their comment said it all. "The Halloween party was awesome. Skye loved it!".
This group of friends kept it short and to the point! "Best campsite EVER. We will return one day!"
We were so excited to welcome Swoop Adventures for their company Team Building outing. They seemed to love it and we loved judging the bug hotels they built for our smaller, many legged visitors! "Can’t praise you guys highly enough. Penhein is a fantastic site with fantastic amenities and a lovely feel. But you went above and beyond to make sure it worked for our slightly crazy group. Helping us organise the activities, the walk, the catering and so on was great – but also the flexibility you showed us during our stay (check-in and checkout, judging our bug hotels and so on) was really appreciated. You understood that it was hard for us to keep everything working for the group, and you really helped us to do so. Many, many thanks."
Terry and Mandy thrilled us with their comments! "I am not the glamping type, but I have come to the most well run place I have ever seen, and very clean. The bed was very comfortable and clean, the showers were amazing and we loved how we got our own shower. We got to see our family and to sit around a fire and look at the stars. Will be back to stay and that is a credit to you and your amazing staff. Thanks again."
Matt and family were 'newbies' to Penhein and we asked them what they liked about their stay. Naturally enough we loved the answer! "Practically everything…we didn’t use the cheat’s kitchen other than for charging our phones and the occasional ice cream / map borrow, but it had everything you would need. The shower block was superb, tents excellent, location phenomenal. We just had the most wonderful stay – so much so that Grace was in floods of tears when she got home! Loved the fact that we could just let the kids roam, make friends, whittle sticks, climb trees etc. You’ve done such a great job Helen, it was the perfect blend of comfort and ‘outdoorsyness’ for all of us. 10/10! "
Stephen and family were more returnees to Penhein. It was great to see them back " We had a great experience when we stayed previously. For us the important elements are tent comfort, cleanliness and COVID security and we loved the roll top bath in the shower block"
Gemma and her family have been regular visitors to Penhein for a few years and it is always lovely to see them back. It is extra special that they still love Penhein so much! "We loved our stay at Penhein as always! The site and Alachigh were fantastic as always. I was very happy with the covid protocols and felt safe while we were staying with you. It was lovely to see Helen and was nice to be welcomed so warmly. We think the welcome hamper is a lovely touch. The boys loved the swings and the new swing and play area. I thought the pantry was an excellent addition to the cheats kitchen. We certainly did make use of it, especially the icecreams! And if the weather hadn’t been so kind for cooking on the fire outside in the evenings then I would have definitely purchased some of the meals in the freezer!"
Rahul and Sheetal continued a trend for us this season, as glamping 'newbies'. We are looking forward to seeing them back again one day. "This was our first ever camping/glamping holiday. I was nervous and really excited to be cut off from the rest of the world! It felt like such a magical place. Our daughter spent a lot of time in the floral meadow, she loved the swing, spotted the cows next door. We will definitely be coming back more than once. Thank you!"
Emma and her family came with a group of other friends, and it seemed they enjoyed the space and freedom of the farm. We are so pleased! "Well equipped site with just the right amount of camp rules for safety and then we were left to enjoy our stay but knew people were on hand if needed. The freedom was the best! And spacious and beautiful tents! Thank you."
Candice and family joined us in July and we can't wait to welcome them back to Penhein. "I love how simple and easy you’ve made it – I’ve been scared to camp with kids – this was an excellent “easing” in to it. Such a gorgeous set up and attention to detail. Had such a magical time, the kids loved it! They were often off playing with new friends – felt like the good old days. Such an amazing set up – the outdoor shower was a massive hit! Loved the cheat’s kitchen – massive life saver! Great facilities all round – we will be back again! Thanks for having us."
The Nevilles brought their children to Penhein for their first glamping experience. We are delighted that they had such a good time. "We had an amazing time. It's the first time we have taken both children glamping (camping) and were a little nervous. But the site made it so easy and fun. The children particularly liked the play area and swings. We also had the great bonus of us all sleeping well. 100% we want to come back with family and friends."
We are thrilled to hear that we have been shortlisted in both the Best Rural Diversification Project and the Best Rural Tourism Business categories in the Wales & NI region of the 2021/22 Rural Business Awards! So exciting! The Best Rural Tourism Business is our second nomination for this category so we are doubly proud. The final regional round of judging will take place during the week commencing 19th July 2021 so we are keeping everything crossed that we will make it to the National Final!
The Bradley family came to stay in early June. They left us some wonderful comments. "It was a truly magical experience staying with you, and our only regret is that we didn't stay on site the whole time we were there to make the most of every moment. The catering facilities and supplies would surely have sustained us!" We asked what they had particularly liked....."The views from the glampsite were spectacular.......the beautiful candlelit bath we were allocated was wonderful, and the best way to end a day of outdoor fun and promote wonderful sleep in the luxurious bedsheets. The lack of electricity was extra special because of the candles, whilst having running water and a loo in our tent made it so convenient. The kitchen was so well equipped with all utensils provided, even a cafetiere. The spacing of the tents was ideal, just close enough together to be sociable, but far enough not to hear anyone else at night. It was glorious opening the door to the meadow in the mornings and sitting around the campfire at night. The younger children would have happily spent all day every day on the adventure playground and swing, but the older ones wanted to venture further.
Camille and family were more Penhein newbies and we loved having them to stay. "Helen You gave us a great welcome and we felt settled straight away. You couldn’t have done more for us. The setting you have created is so wonderful. We felt like we could truly escape from some of the pressures of normal life. Our yurt backed onto a huge open green which the kids loved exploring. The bench and tyre swings were a big hit. The children loved being there, and slept remarkably well which goes to show how much fun they were having. We would love to come again."
First time Penhein guests Chloe and her family left us a review that took our breath away. Thank you so much! She started of by telling us what she liked about the site. "The attention to detail in the tent and the care that was taken in making it comfortable and convenient (everything from firelighters and kindling to the well-stocked kitchen). The outstanding beauty of the surroundings and the opportunity to walk/ play directly from the campsite. The Pantry is an excellent idea and the kids especially enjoyed the marshmallows and ice-creams. We also liked the hands-off approach to staffing: we knew how to find people if we needed them, but we didn’t feel supervised on site. We booked bushcraft for the kids. They absolutely loved it and asked if they could go again the next day. Our outdoor holidays are usually in our own tent; Penhein may have spoiled us for camping, not least the wonderful woodburner which makes a pleasure of chilly evenings and mornings. The luxury and comfort of the tents, the many attractions on site and the glorious surroundings of the estate meant that none of us were ready to leave after three days. We’ve stayed on many campsites (and a few glampsites) and we’ve never seen it done as well as this. This is glamping and hospitality at its best. I’m sure we’re not the only people to have begun booking our return visit on the journey home."
One our most popular children's activities is our Junior Bushcraft. A fun way to learn survival skills and give mums and dads a few hours off (!) the children learn about – and have a go at – building different shelters and lighting fires without matches (multiple different ways) in the woods at Penhein farm. A great way to experience what nature has to offer. Eric and his family came for their first stay with us and we think his comment sums it up. "My daughter came back with a huge smile on her face and said she LOVED it! It was certainly good value".
So excited! We have just heard that we are finalists in the iNews Staycation Awards for Wilderness Stay/Glampsite of the Year. The winners are being announced in June so we are keeping everything crossed. There were over 1,000 entries across a number of awards so to be nominated for a second time makes us incredibly proud. Thank you to all our wonderful guests for your support and feedback. This is definitely a wonderful bonus to our season!
Julia was a guest of ours soon after we first opened and so we were delighted to welcome her to back to Penhein, bringing a friend and her family with her as a birthday treat. "Loved our bath, loved our tents, loved the swing. I love it so much I don't want to tell anyone! Everything was fabulous. Thank you!" Come back again soon Julia!
Travel writer Norm and his family came to stay with us in May. His comments made us proud "We loved the site: the isolation, peace and the wildlife – the location is superb. The facilities are fantastic. The wildlife activity pack is excellent"
Rosi and family spent a week with us in mid April, and she ordered one of our home made celebration cakes for her youngest's birthday. She sent us a lovely picture of it ready to have for tea! She also left us some lovely comments. "Thank you Penhein team for such a wonderful time. The environment was great, the tents were clean and comfortable. We made memories that will remain in our hearts forever."
Hannah and family stayed when we were in the middle of lambing and her children loved it! "We really loved our stay here, attention to detail with everything really made the stay perfect. All staff were lovely, helpful and we were really thrilled we were allowed to show the lambs to our boys. A really memorable experience. The tents were beautiful and really clean and outdoor spaces perfect for kids."
The Lansdowne family were with us in mid April. The children seemed to have a great time! "We loved our stay and will definitely be back. My children said 'it was the best camping ever!' Thank you."
Mared and family were another South Wales family visiting us for the first time. She wrote such kind words and it really makes it so worthwhile for us. "We wanted to reiterate what an amazing time we had. You’ve literally thought of everything to make the stay so pleasurable and we couldn’t have had a better escape from reality. Lots of lovely memories made! I hope we left everything as it should be and thanks again for having us. We’ve told anyone who’ll listen how great you are! Have a great season and we’ll definitely be coming back when we can".
Another first time visitor to Penhein, Laura and her family were also some of our first guests in 2021."Thank you so much for providing everything we needed for a perfect weekend. We had a truly amazing time and everything for small children was taken care of. Having a step and plastic cutlery for them was perfect. Thank you so much for a fabulous trip to Penhein."
Kate was a first time visitor at Penhein, and we are looking forward to seeing her back one day. "It has been amazing. We loved it. All covid safe and well kept. We can’t wait to come back!"
We are so excited to say that we have been awarded Gold status by Green Tourism! We were told the news with these very kind words “You’ve shown exceptional commitment to sustainability and to green practices and on behalf of ..all at Green Tourism, I would like to offer a huge congratulations for this achievement!” We would like to say a big thank you to the team at Green Tourism for all their help and advice as we worked towards this fantastic award. We will wear the badge with pride!
We are pleased to say that we have been just been awarded the 2021 AA Covid Confident accreditation to go with our Good to Go and Safe Travels certification. We are working hard behind the scenes to be completely ready for when we are allowed to open for 2021 so this is wonderful news. Roll on 2021 season for sunshine, fresh air and glamping gorgeousness!
We are thrilled to once again receive The AA's highest rating of five gold pennants. In all this gloom it is wonderful to be recognised in this way. We are looking forward to welcoming guests back in 2021!
What can we say? The South Wales Argus has put us on their list 'The most incredible stay-cations to book in South Wales'. A wonderful accolade to take us into season 2021. Find out more »
Sarah and her family joined us just before the Welsh lockdown looking for some peace and quiet. We are so pleased that it sounds as if they found it. "We did the walk up to the top of the wood overlooking the Severn and vista below. Managed to fly the kites in the meadow and toast marshmallows before the rain arrived early hours of Wed morning. We felt blessed and only wished we had booked a few extra nights. The staff were very friendly too and it was great to walk through such a lovely well managed estate and see the herd of beef cattle you have there…. made me feel at home! We loved the seclusion and the showerblock “was like a hotel” according to my youngest".
We are very proud to be included in Travel Tomorrow's list of 5 relaxing eco-friendly glamping holidays in Wales. It is always such a compliment to be mentioned like this, and a great way for us to show what the media make of us. Thank you Travel Tomorrow! Find out more »
The Jackson family, although relatively local, still enjoyed their stay at Penhein! "Felt safe re Covid and very clean. Site not too big and perfect for letting kids roam. Water, mud and fire – what more could they want?"
In these extraordinary times we have all felt a huge sense of gratitude to our keyworkers, so it was particularly special for us to hear from Katrina and her friends. "Two of our group are super outdoorsie and love camping whereas the 3rd person isn't so keen, so this was an amazing middle ground. We had a wonderful time! Thank you for everything especially in these very uncertain times. We felt that we could relax and not have to worry, which is what we all desperately needed being key workers! Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you!" She then wrote a list of what they all loved about Penhein. We were overwhelmed by what they said. "• The tent was so well equipped • The ensuite • The showers were AMAZING • We loved cooking on the camp fire and the wood burner • But being able to run up to the cheats kitchen and boil a kettle in the morning was great! • Being able to explore the grounds of the farm • The fact the fire wood was unlimited and not an extra charge • Hosts were exceptionally friendly and helpful • The Penhein App was incredibly helpful! • The Coffee! • Walking Walking and more walking!"
Ruby and Jake booked with us as a last minute treat. We hope they will be back! "Thank you so much for a truly magical stay. We couldn't fault it. The little touches are so precious and the area itself, absolutely stunning. Our first glamping experience was, and likely will be the best! Thank you so much!"
Lucy booked to come and stay with us as a present for her husband's 40th birthday. We asked them what they liked about Penhein. "Everything! Particularly the monsoon shower, the rope swings, the kids playground and the Pantry – and the ability to have items from the Pantry delivered to our tent ready for our arrival. And especially the ensuite flushing loo. It seemed like you’d thought of everything, which made our stay even more enjoyable and stress-free. And while the site was full during our stay there was so much space onsite that at times it felt as though we had the place to ourselves. Oh and THAT VIEW of the Severn from the wildflower meadow. Lovely!"
We so enjoyed welcoming Chloe and her partner, and hope they will be back soon. "We wanted to have a relaxing few days, so didn't plan much but we did manage to pick a tub full of blackberries. Can't recommend enough. We would definitely love to come back and will be recommending to friends and family!! So relaxing, peaceful and great facilities on a lovely estate. Wish we were staying longer!"
In these very unusual times, we love hearing that people can still enjoy themselves without having to travel abroad. Thank you to the Mountneys for these wonderful comments. "Fabulous stay under the stars. Beautiful accommodation in a stunning location. Perfect family staycation. Would love to hire the whole site and come here with the extended family. Wonderful welcome from James who made us feel settled in and comfortable instantly".
We always love to welcome first time glampers and we are so glad the Trevetts had such a good experience. "This is our first experience of glamping and we think you have set the bar high. It's been the most wonderful couple of days, from the friendly greeting to all the beautiful touches of the fresh flowers and hamper. Everything was of such a high standard, it's been amazing. We give it 13/10. Exceeded expectations. Thank you!"
Samantha and her family had their first taste of glamping, at Penhein. "This was my first experience glamping andI loved it. The interior of the yurt was very tasteful and so much more spacious than I expected. We loved the fire pit, when it wasn’t raining and it was wonderful that the kids could walk around freely."
The Preston family returned for their second visit to Penhein, it was so lovely to see them back. "Penhein is absolutely amazing. A family getaway under the stars, by campfire. You have thought of everything. Thank you!"
Lucy and her family were one of the first few families who joined us after we reopened. We are so pleased they all enjoyed themselves so much. "WE ABSOLUTELY LOVED OUR VISIT!!! Thank you so much, as you were so helpful over the phone, which also really helped with the planning of our trip. We stayed at the site and used the playground, which was amazing. Walked down to the river too. Our son loved the explore pack and finding the letters. We will be back...."
We are delighted to say that we have been awarded our Good To Go certificate for Wales so all being well on the 9th July we will get permission to open on the 13th July.
We are so proud to have won Best Glamping Site at the South East Wales tourism awards! We were presented the award by the Deputy Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM at a lovely lunch at St Fagans National Museum of History. A very exciting start to the season!
We are unbelievably proud to be have been selected as the winners of the Rural Escape of the Year in the inaugural iNews Staycation Awards. We started the season as winners of the AA Glampsite of the Year and finish the season with this. Thank you to all our guests for all your wonderful comments over the season. We look forward to welcoming you back to Penhein one day!
Hannah and her family joined us for our Bonfire Night weekend. We hope they had a wonderful time. Thank you for your comments, Hannah! "Amazing! The tents are so cosy and comfy, great showers and the kids loved it all."
We loved seeing Hannah and her family back at Penhein after they stayed with us this summer. We are looking forward to welcoming them back again! "We had such a great time in the summer we couldn’t wait to come back. Charlie hasn’t stopped talking about it! Halloween events were amazing! Thank you for giving Charlie the winning trophy for the fancy dress competition. He took it to bed with him! We will definitely be back soon."
Hannah C and her family joined us for our Halloween stay, their first visit to Penhein. "Halloween party was excellent! Helena enjoyed the bushcraft and marshmallow toasting. We had a great time. Will definitely come again. Very good hosts. Very relaxing. Lots of fun. We are well rested. Thank you!"
What a way to finish the 2019 season! We are very excited to have heard that we are finalists in two categories of the i News Staycation Awards, namely Family-friendly Venue of the Year and Rural Escape of the Year. The winners are being announced at the end of November 2019 in London, so we are keeping everything crossed! Thank you to all our guests for joining us at Penhein, and sharing all your wonderful comments about us. A truly great season.
Jon and his partner joined us for a last minute stay in October. We are looking forward to seeing them again! "Our weekend at Penhein was one of most relaxing ever. James made us feel very welcome and informed (with possibly the most informative intro we have ever had), but then we were left to our own devices which is exactly what we needed. Thanks. We will be back, I'm sure."
We are very excited to be listed in The Times again, this time telling readers about the Bonfire Night party for our guests on Saturday 2nd November. This will be the last weekend of our 2019 season, so book now to avoid dissapointment! Find out more »
We loved welcoming Neve and her family for their first visit to Penhein this September. "We had a 5* stay at Penhein. On arrival, James was very friendly and informative. We felt very safe and well looked after on site. All facilities were brilliant and we slept well on all nights. The tent was beautiful and well equipped and very toasty with the log burner going. We will recommend Penhein to all friends and family and will be re-booking for next year! Thank you very much!"
Catrin and her family came for their first visit to Penhein in mid August. We were bowled over by her comments. Thank You Catrin, and we hope you will come back soon. "The tents were gorgeous, shower block clean and cosy. Loved the honesty bar, the fire pits and the paraffin lamps - made the tent so beautiful at night! Cannot speak highly enough of our experience- everything was such high quality and the level of thought, care and dedication you have put into the site is amazing. We would love to come back with family and friends again soon. Special mention to James for being so welcoming and responsive...... ! Thanks again to everyone for a brilliant stay."
We fell in love with this charming watercolour thank you card. Rhian left it for us after her stay at Penhein for her sister's 40th birthday. It says it all. Thank you Rhian!
In Elle's own words "Ever dreamt of waking up in a bluebell-covered wood? Well dream no longer pal because Penhein Glamping site is here." We are delighted to have been chosen for inclusion in their list of The Best Glamping Sites For Summer And Beyond. . Find out more »
Hannah and her family came to us because they were looking for an "outdoor getaway". We are so pleased they enjoyed themselves. "The glampsite is amazing. It’s very compact but big enough for adventures and to feel safe. The tent is gorgeous and very comfortable. The Cheat’s Kitchen was much needed and saved us with a 2 year old! Thank you so much. We’ve had an incredible holiday, the kids enjoyed it thoroughly and we don’t want to go home! We’ll definitely be back."
We were so pleased to welcome Nicci and her family for their first stay at Penhein in August. She left us these lovely comments, and gave our massage therapist 5 out of 5 too! "Our stay here has been a true holiday alternative to plane – beach/pool. We have felt privileged to have been able to stay on such a beautiful farm and landscape. The tents and showerblock and kitchen have been superb. The children have made lots of holiday pals and have spent hours playing on the swings, playground, games and field. We have perfected our fire making too!
Samantha and her family joined us in August for their first visit to Penhein. Here are just some of their comments. " (It was the) perfect combination of nature and camping...with warm, comfortable accommodation. So well set out - great privacy, paths (no mud even in heavy rain) and the luxury shower block was such a treat! Go Ape was awesome!"
Stuart and his family had their first stay with us this July. We hope they will come back one day! "Thank you both for being fantastic hosts. Very friendly and welcoming, nothing was too much of a problem for you.... (and) the showers were amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Very sad to leave."
Adele and her family visited us for the first time this July, and we are hoping to see them back soon. "Perfect! All the little touches made it really special – from the fresh flowers to the kettle for the first cup of tea, supply of olive oil and chilli flakes…all so well thought out. Great welcome and love the sustainability work. Would love to visit again!"
Anne and her daughter stayed with us for a lovely mid week break, and we loved having them to stay "It has been a truly wonderful stay and we have both said we would love to come back here. From the welcome that we received and the welcome hamper, to the candles and cosy beds it was all wonderful. Thank you!"
As the Daily Telegraph says "If you're considering a camping trip, then do it with style" and Penhein is on their hot list. We are so excited! Find out more »
We were excited to host a wedding with a truly international flavour. Aske was one of our guests. "Hello. I would like to offer my most favorable feedback. The beds were soft... the tents were incredibly cozy..... the bathrooms were clean and nice, both in the communal and in my tent. The roads were covered in wood shavings so it didn't get muddy, which was a godsend when I had to go last-minute hunting for bobby pins on the wedding day in my fancy shoes. The cheats kitchen was really nice for getting a cup of coffee in the morning, and the bath was BIG and deep and had a bunch of candles ready to light. The communal tent was nice and big enough for all 20-something of us on the last day...for an evening of board games. In short, great place, great wedding, thank you for hosting us......"
We loved welcoming Joe and his young family to Penhein. "We've had a lovely week off in this well organised and well thought out glampsite. It's been especially good for our 3 year old who has thoroughly enjoyed running through woods, collecting wood with Dad, building fires and generally picking up scratches and bruises!"
We were so touched by Tom's kind words. He gave Nigel Hart, who provides our Clay Pigeon Shootting, 5 out of 5 as well! "I thought the entire experience was incredible. I can't praise it enough. You're on to a real thing providing such an amazing place for stag dos who don't want to go mad. Your service and help before the weekend was exemplary and many of the guests said it was the best stag they'd ever been on. I asked everyone for feedback and the only thing that came back was 'if the grass in the field was cut shorter, football would have been easier on my legs.' not bad if that was the only thing! I can't thank you enough - you made my brother's stag so special!"
Great coverage in the South Wales Argus. We are so grateful for support from our regional media.
Emma and her husband and children came to stay with us for a birthday treat. "We have had a really wonderful weekend. I wish we could stay longer! Thank you for Aurelia's cake and card. The cake was delicious and she says this is her best birthday ever!"
We are so pleased and proud to be a shortlisted finalist in the South Wales Business Awards. We're holding our breath now until the end of June when results are announced!
Sezen and her large group of family and friends joined us in April for a multiple birthday celebration. "I just wanted to say a massive thank you from all of us. It was the perfect location, amazing hospitality, wonderful cozy yurts. We had an incredible birthday celebration together. It was so relaxing for all of us and the kids did not want to leave! My daughter cried when we got home as she wanted to go back to Penhein! We will definitely be organising to come back again sometime soon".
We were really pleased to welcome blogger Cathy from Mummy Travels to Penhein. Luckily she loved her stay here, so we hope you find her information useful, and enticing! Click here to read more. Find out more »
Amy had her (surprise) hen party with us in March. We had some lovely comments from the girls. "Amazing. Penhein glamping is perfect"; "It was the best weekend ever. More than I could have ever hoped for!"; "I hate camping but this was amazing."; "The glamping site passed all expectations.....the showerblock is better than my shower at home!";
We are SO thrilled to have won the AA Glamping Site of the Year 2018-19 Award! As a small, family-run glampsite this really does mean the world to us - we're so honoured and feeling all fired up for next season!
Tracey and her family joined us for our first ever Halloween special! "Just returned from an amazing break at Penhein. Our stay was perfect from beginning to end- we had to drag our children away from the tyre swing! The pods are luxurious & provide everything you need. The beds were extremely comfortable & the linen crisp & white. Helen & James were very welcoming & friendly - nothing was too much trouble. We all enjoyed the Halloween activities. We hope to return next year. Thank you Helen & James."
Deborah and her family joined us in October and it was so good to meet them. "Where to start! Like doesn’t cover the words needed to describe this little slice of heaven. The whole place is absolutely magical from the winding paths to the amazing Yurts and the home-made food we had delivered to our Yurt. If I had to choose one thing it would be the amazing sense of peace you feel the moment you arrive. Oh, and the fantastic James who made us feel so welcome. I would recommend everything! From a midnight camp fire to a good old walk in the most beautiful grounds. Put your boots on, you're going to love it! If you would like to truly experience all Penhein has to offer get stuck in, order food, go shooting, meet everyone. I can guarantee the memories you make will last forever. This place is absolutely outstanding."
We so enjoyed having Hilary and her partner to stay with us in September 2018. "Loved the décor, really cosy, felt very lord of the rings -esk. James and Helen were so friendly, literally didn’t need to ask them for anything, all our needs were really met. Loved the farm too. Just wanted to say a huge thank you! It was a surprise trip away for my boyfriend who missed camping (which we used to do a lot of when we lived in Vancouver Island) and I felt that it really allowed us/him to truly escape the city and feel nostaligic of our time in the US."
We loved having Emma and her friends to stay for her birthday weekend. "I just wanted to say a huge thank you for such a wonderful weekend at Penhein. From start to finish it has been an absolute pleasure to organise my birthday party with you all. Organising a weekend away for 27 people isn’t easy and you made the experience as stress free as possible! The site truly is beautiful and we did have everything we could possibly need. The tents are very special and the little touches with the flowers and the welcome packs made it very personal. Your coffee in particular was delicious and I’m sad I forgot to buy some more before I left! The shower block is also lovely, what a luxury! Camping will never be the same again. James, thank you for all of your help whilst we were there. The treasure hunt in particular was a highlight for everyone. I will most definitely be recommending Penhein to anyone who will listen, it really did surpass all my expectations. We had such a wonderful time so thank you again."
Catherine was the staff party organiser for wonderful popcorn company Propercorn in July 2018. "I wanted to drop you an email to say a massive thank you for putting up with us over the last 2 days, the team had the best time (I have heard rumblings that it has gone right in at the top for fav party!) Please can you also thank the guys for the survival skills afternoon...the bush tucker trials were brilliant!! The party tent looked fantastic and you have all just been so great and accommodating, I'll definitely be coming back..."
Rochelle was the hen party organiser and this was how the bride responded. "My bridesmaids chose Penhein to host my hen do...and it was most definitely the best weekend of my life! .....it was the perfect venue, beautiful glamping pods, gorgeous welcome hampers, the bath was a definite highlight and helped me with my hangover! Penhein is such a special place and I know many of us are already trying to think of excuses to return. Thank you so much for being so wonderful." Their stay included perfume making from plants they had foraged from around the farm. Our wonderful forager Adele got the girls to collectively make a perfume for the bride.
We are proud to have been shortlisted for the 2018 Rural Business Awards. We are a regional finalist in the Wales and NI region and are waiting excitedly to see if we make it through to the Grand Final when Regional Winners are announced in October this year. Fingers crossed!
Claire and her staff brought 19 A Level Biology students to Penhein for a field trip in June. "Thank you so much for a wonderful trip last week. It was amazing, and we could not have asked for more. As I have said it is a perfect venue for A Level field studies ......it is a gem of a place for this. Thank you so much for all your hospitality, outstanding service, amazing accommodation, essential ecology, magnificent food and for an excellent time."
Jodie and her family had a magical time with us in June 2018. "My husband and I would like to thank you both for creating a magnificent glamping experience! We truly had the best time here. Throughout both our childhoods we've spent the summer camping out and it's been magical being able to give our two year old little girl the same experience.... she absolutely loved the adventure playground and den building. We also spent the day in Abergavenny which was fantastic."
Nick and Veronica stayed with us as part of a large birthday group in May 2018. "Honestly, it was perfect! Setting is unbelievably beautiful. Alachighs stocked with everything. Beautifully designed. Romantic candlelight evenings. Communal tent perfect. Showerblock 5 star! Loved, loved, Loved it!! Will definitely recommed to friends and will be back as soon as possible. Loved the gorgeous flower meadow and the large firepit and seating. FIVE STARS!!"
We're thrilled to have received TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence award for 2018. These prestigious awards go to the 10% of businesses on TripAdvisor that have consistently achieved great reviews over the past year. There is no application process and the achievement is earned over time. Thank you so much to all our guests who have left glowing reviews - it is so appreciated!
We loved having Heidi and her daughter's hen party with us in April 2018. "I just want to say we all had an absolutely fabulous time ! Your site is amazing, and the tents are so well equipped that we couldn’t think of one thing that you had missed!" Read her full review here. Find out more »
Kate and Ben and children had a family break with us in April 2018. "This wonderful place totally exceeded our expectations. It was a joy to stay in this clean, modern yurt with total attention to detail from the spring flowers to the fabulous lighting. The wood chipping path avoided the worst of the mud, especially for the little ones.... We didn't need anything other than some drier wood, which Max quickly arranged".
Rebecca has stayed with us on several occasions, this time in October 2017. "It was great. Real care and attention to detail which was very much appreciated. For us, just the right balance between rural escapism and lighting fires, but without the suffering".
Nicky stayed with us in October 2017. "Penhein is fabulous. You should both be very proud of what you've created. It was an ideal break from the madness of our daily lives, and despite the crazy storms - or maybe because of them - we spent some truly memorable time teaching the kids scrabble in front of the stove. Proper family time that was much needed".
Lucy brought her partner to Penhein as a birthday surprise in October 2017. "I honestly can't thank you enough. This weekend was Andrew's birthday present from me. I kept the whole thing a surprise for months - didn't even tell him where we were staying as we came up the drive. The whole weekend has been incredible, but I can definitely say the best part was the look on his face when he came into the alachigh and realised we were staying somewhere absolutely stunning. We genuinely think this place is perfect. Everything from the scenery to the details in the alachigh has made this a wonderful weekend for us. Your enthusiasm and passion for Penhein is infectious. Congratulations on such a welcoming place for guests!"
Amy organised a corporate stay with us in October 2017. "On behalf of me, my team and my client I would like to thank you. Your flexibility and ingenuity has been amazing. I really felt like you cared how this enquiry went and that is something that can be quite rare now a days....I will definitely be recommending you to the whole office. Once again thank you so much for all your help. You, James and Teresa have been stars!"
Sophie and her friends joined us for a birthday party in September 2017. "I've read the review form and speaking on behalf of our group, that we all agree that Penhein glamp site was incredible. Not one person had a complaint.... I personally have nothing to add, You guys have done an exceptional job and we plan to return every year as a celebration to the success of this weekend alone, forget birthdays and other reasons!!"
Amy visited with her family in August 2017. "Great that the children can make new friends and play safely and happily, building dens and exploring. It was also great that bushcraft was the day after we arrived so friendships were made and blossomed for the rest of the week. Good bonding time."
We are immensely proud to have been awarded the AA's Five Gold Star rating. The inspector has said of us "It was a joy to visit this very special leisure destination again...Penhein Glamping continues to be an excellent example of an AA Glamping site".
Lorraine and her family came to stay in July 2017. "We have had a fab week. James and other staff were very welcoming. We had everything we needed and enjoyed getting to grips with the fire and cooking. We didn't cheat much! The kids have loved being able to run freely and play, even in the rain!"
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We loved having Farin, her parents and her young family to stay with us in June 2017. "We really enjoyed ourselves - thank you so much! You made us feel very welcome and it was lovely for our energetic twins to make all the noise they wanted and wear themselves out! My parents had a super 40th anniversary. We definitely plan to return."
We were delighted to welcome Kate and her hen party to Penhein in June 2017, and they took the whole site. "The attention to detail was perfection. The little touches really made it special; the welcome hamper, fresh flowers, bunting and lights in the communal tent. The Yurts were incredible! The log burner/kitchenette was so lovely to have and the bed linen/towels were of a high quality which makes a big difference! The communal tent really made it for us as a group though, somewhere to play games and dance the night away".
Giovanna and family joined us for a fun filled week in April 2017. "Thank you for making us feel so welcome and sharing this beautiful space with us. We all had a truly fantastic time. The kids enjoyed playing outside making new friends and enjoying nature, and we felt they were safe and happy. The shower facilities are amazing and a real plus point. Well done for creating a wonderful place for families and friends to come and and enjoy and relax. We wish you every success in your growing business and we look forward to seeing you again."
Steffi organised a girls get together with us in October 2016. "We loved everything and had an amazing time. We also really appreciated that we could have contacted you for anything, that we had such a warm welcome and that you sent us a welcome pack to get us excited even before we got here!".
James and family stayed with us in August 2016. "It is a lovely, lovely place. The tent is really cosy, comfortable and fun to stay in. The luxury bathroom is great, with super hot powerful showers. The views are amazing and the grounds are great to walk in. Love the welcome hamper and book of info - very useful."
Sarah and her family enjoyed their time with us in July 2016. "This has been one of the best holidays we've ever had. My daughter is currently announcing that she's "staying forever". The boys loved the fire outside and the little log chairs are fab. James, your passion and enthusiasm for this place is infectious - you have both clearly worked incredibly hard and and your love of Penhein is obvious in every little detail. Congratulations!"
We were thrilled to be included in the Daily Telegraph's list of 25 Coolest Campsites. As they said themselves “Stylish country-chic furniture gives a homely feel… At night you can lie back and stargaze through the skylight and dream of the caves and castles to discover come morning”. Find out more »
Tracey, Will and family stayed with us in late March 2016. "Everything was wonderful. The team have worked really hard to created something special and have succeeded. The tent is comfortable, the meadow wonderful. The showerblock is heavenly. Congratulations on a lovely place. We hope to return. Thank you."
Samantha and family left us a lovely message as fellow accommodation hosts. "Being hardened campers (we often go round Europe in a VW van) we wanted a bit of luxury, especially as it was for a birthday celebration. The Persian tent was perfect. You have done an excellent job with the facilities and have struck the right balance for 'glamping'. James was an excellent host and his chocolate cake was indeed chocolatey. Thank you. We run holiday cottages so understand the hard graft that goes into keeping things right for guests. You have a very good balance. Wishing you plenty of bookings and all the best for the future".
Emma and family stayed with us over Easter 2016 - in the middle of a storm. "Thank you so much, we've had an amazing relaxed time. Even Storm Katie couldn't spoil our adventure. We will highly recommend you to our friends and family... Thanks again."
Catherine joined us for her Hen Party in September 2015 "I wanted to email to pass on my thanks for making the weekend so wonderful. Helen and James have been incredibly helpful from the moment we made the booking to the moment we left, and the venue is superb. My favourite thing was definitely the freezer chests! Thanks again Helen, I won't hesitate to recommend you to anyone looking for a great place to stay!"
Emma stayed at Penhein in Aug 2015 "Everything was catered for. It was clean and comfortable with enough privacy and the shower block was perfect! We had a wonderful short break and we will definitely return. Thank you."
Catherine from South Gloucestershire stayed in July 2015 "Penhein is a fantastic spot to ‘get away from everything’. Lovely warm reception from Helen and James. Really can’t find fault with any aspect of our stay. The thought and effort you've put into making sure your guests are comfortable is much appreciated."
Ali and her family joined us in July 2015 "We had an absolutely fantastic time this weekend, staying in your superb glamping tents. The attention to detail was excellent and much appreciated. I particularly enjoyed the flowers, teabags, crisp cotton sheets, fluffy white towels, luxurious roll top bath, cheats kettle, beautiful tealight candle holders and the bread, jam and butter (the best bread I have had in a long time). The children did not appreciate the lovely kitchen unit, luxurious shower block or any of the other details, however your field and hay, firepits and sticks were great! It was one of the most relaxing weekends I have spent with my children in a long time. Thank you"
Cornwall based Lisa visited us in July 2015 "An absolutely fantastic experience - thanks! We would highly recommend Penhein to friends and family, it was a wonderful holiday and you guys couldn't have been more friendly and welcoming! We will come back again!"
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Andy came to Penhein for his partner's birthday in April 2015 "Just wanted to take the time to thank you both so for such a wonderful 3 days. We loved everything you have done from the location ,surroundings and set up to the spacious clean and beautifully decorated Alachigh. I managed to give one of the best birthday presents ever to my partner all thanks to Penhein Glamping and all the small touches that show you've put more thought than others would . Thanks so much again and look forward to the next time."
Melanie and family joined us in March 2015 "We just wanted to thank you for a lovely couple of days at Penhein, for allowing us to turn up early despite it causing you extra work and for your care and attention to detail. It was truly glorious and we had a great time. You really have thought of everything and there were some lovely touches – the welcome hamper (soon disappeared), the tea light chandelier, the lovely cosy bed, the cheat’s kitchen (for when we hadn’t yet got the fire going) plenty of wood and of course the wood stove AND the fire pit. The living space in the alcachigh was great – there was more than enough room and a nice setting out of the different spaces. The inside loo was also a welcome bonus! The shower block was beautifully done out too: underfloor heating, fabulously big showers with enough space to change and to not get your clothes wet, and the roll top bath was of course a very indulgent luxury which we made use of. It all made for a magical experience with indulgent luxury and peace and quiet. You can’t get better than that."
Kim came to Penhein in March 2015 "I would highly recommend Penhein to any group of friends, families or even a romantic break. It's the perfect setting with comfy beds, kitchen facilities, flushing loos in every tent and even a camping-luxe shower block, it's ideal for those not too prepared to full-on-camp. Prior to our stay I was liaising with Helen who was very responsive and accommodating. I had arranged for an Ocado and Waitrose delivery to the site during our weekend and Helen was extremely helpful by even offering her contact should the driver get lost. James met us upon arrival and gave us a thorough induction on the site and a quick tutorial on how to get a fire started. Extremely useful! We had hired out the stone barn for the evening which James and Helen had set out perfectly. Nothing was too much trouble for them. At only 140 miles from west London it is a great location for a weekend break away from the city. I will be definitely returning to Penhein"
We were very proud to win the Sawdays “Glamping Location of the Year” in October 2014. "The beautiful Persian inspired alachighs manage to be at once blissfully comfortable and adventurously outdoorsy…”
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