February 6, 2017
When the site closes every autumn at the end of a long and happy season of glamping, Penhein goes into hibernation along with the hedgehogs. Just like mother nature, it too needs to rest and recuperate before bursting back into life the following spring.
We use this time to take stock of everything that’s happened over the last year. Of course there’s always a To Do list aching for attention, and life on the farm keeps us busy 365 days a year, but we think it’s important to allow ourselves time to switch off and reflect. Often, this is where new ideas come from – plans for revamping the glampsite, adding new facilities or thinking how we might improve our guests’ glamping experience in some way.
Giving ourselves space to develop our ideas means that by the time the new year comes around, we’re re-energised and ready to dive headfirst into a new season of adventure. With 7 weeks to go until Penhein opens again for guests, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek of what’s been going on and what to expect from the glampsite this year…
At Penhein, we’re committed to creating an authentic, exciting and luxurious camping experience. Our standards are high, as is our sense of adventure, and we want our guests to be happy and comfortable, with everything they need to feel at home in the great outdoors.
We’re about to head into our fourth season of glamping at Penhein. We’ve hosted hundreds of happy glampers over the last three years, so of course some things needed a lick of paint, stripping down, patching up, or some simple TLC. We’ve made some adjustments here and some improvements there, most notably in the Cheat’s Kitchen, which now boasts two large sinks with hot and cold water to make cleaning up that bit easier. And as well as a brand new alachigh in the woods, we’ve restocked supplies in all the tents and introduced some great new toys and games to the communal tent.
Our idyllic setting in the Monmouthshire hills is about as rural as it gets – surrounded by wildflower meadows and with panoramic views of the countryside. We’re so close to nature that when the first signs of spring start to appear, it’s like having front row seats on opening night.
Over the next couple of months, green shoots give way to delicate flowers of snowdrop, primrose and wood anemone. Crops of sunny daffodils herald warmer weather, and by the time the clocks go forward at the end of March, lambing season is in full swing. By late April, the ancient woods are blanketed by bluebells as far as the eye can see. The entire landscape is transformed.
Now, if that hasn’t got you in the spirit of spring, we don’t know what will! Before you know it, spring will have sprung and you’ll be all set to escape to the countryside!
Wishing everyone a happy new year – we can’t wait to welcome you, your friends and your family in 2017!