March 23, 2018
We’re delighted to declare Penhein officially open for 2018. From now until November, come and experience glorious glamping with a stay in one of our six Persian tents nestled within acres of verdant Monmouthshire countryside.
We’re thrilled to be welcoming some familiar faces this season, but if you’re still umm-ing and ahhh-ing over whether to book, here’s five reasons why Penhein offers a holiday with a difference:
Glamping combines all the best bits of camping with the creature comforts of a boutique hotel. There’s the invigorating proximity to nature, the camaraderie of cooking breakfast over the fire pit and the fun of telling stories around the campfire under the stars. But there’s also time for a relaxing long soak in a roll-top bath and a decent night’s sleep in a proper bed with fresh linen and a stash of books on the bedside table.
Penhein offers a cluster of six huge Persian tents, each one decorated beautifully with its own wood-burning stove, high, domed ceilings and a skylight to the stars. Tucked away in a small woodland area within 300 acres of farmland, we believe our location is truly one-of-a-kind. Plus, we invite adventurous spirits to get more out of their break by offering all sorts of activities, from relaxing massages to fitness bootcamps and bushcraft courses.
Penhein Glampsite is run by Helen and James Hearn. Penhein House and the surrounding working farm have been in Helen’s family for 150 years. Nowadays it’s home to their two little boys Archie and Sebastian and their black lab, Zande as well as a host of other animals including six lovely brown hens whose eggs you can buy for breakfast.
It might sound obvious but being family-run means that we really know and love the land. Our tents are named after woods and fields on the farm; we can tell you where to spot the bluebells on a spring afternoon and where’s the perfect place to play Poohsticks. Our extensive knowledge of the local area means we can help you plan a great Day Out, and our relationships with neighbouring businesses mean that our guests get to enjoy Baa Brewery Beers from Chepstow and Apple County Cider made from orchards in the rolling Monmouthshire hills and other locally-sourced products.
We welcome all sorts of guests from families looking to keep scampering children busy to couples wanting a romantic getaway amongst spectacular scenery. We’re also geared up for larger groups who can hire a cluster of tents or even the entire glampsite for some outdoor fun and team building, or to celebrate a special occasion.
Each of our six Alachigh tents has a double bed (or two singles if you prefer), two truckle beds and a sofa bed meaning there’s plenty of room for two adults and up to four children, or a group of five adults. We’ve also got a communal tent called ‘Petro’ where there’s a bit more space to relax with tables and chairs, bean bags, board games and toys, as well as electrical sockets and a cheat’s kitchen.
We’ve been busy over the winter making lots of improvements to our offering:
Firstly, there’s the brand new ‘natural’ Adventure Playground that has already gone down a treat with our mini-testers Archie and Sebastian. There’s hours of fun to be had in the woods on our rope swings, balance bars, giant halfpipe and serpent tyre ramp.
For grown up’s, there’s the new Penhein Drinks Drop. Choose from three craft beers, three ciders and lovely non-alcoholic Lurvill’s and find the bottles dropped at your tent door at 6pm each evening ready to be enjoyed around the campfire.
And that’s not all, we’re introducing a marquee that’s available to hire for groups looking for that bit more space. And we have six new hens clucking about the farm, and you can pick up half a dozen free range eggs in our smart blue egg boxes to enjoy for breakfast.
Don’t just take our word for it:
We’re thrilled to have been awarded an AA Five Gold Pennant Award for 2018. We’ve also been named as one of the Top 20 Glampsites in the UK by The Times. And here’s an excerpt of a review by The Telegraph:
‘Stylish country-chic furniture gives a homely feel and at night you can lie back and stargaze through the skylight and dream of the caves and castles to discover come morning.’
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to book.
Top Tip: For families, there is still some availability the final week of the Easter holidays. For couples and adult groups, why not book in for a mid-week break during term time to enjoy the calm of the campsite and two nights of rural relaxation. To see all our availability click here.
We look forward to welcoming you to Penhein and here’s to a fantastic season of outdoor glamping fun.