Ingli Yurt, Pembrokeshire.
A hidden glamping haven in an otherwise cottage-rich fishing village, Ingli Yurt is nuzzled between a colourful and historic kitchen garden and a beautiful Georgian coaching inn, luxuriously and lovingly renovated into a hotel and restaurant by owners Louise and Ed. This well thought out and spacious abode sits amidst a mini wildflower meadow, which was once the supplier of flowers to Covent Garden markets. Ingli boasts a beautifully hand painted exterior, decorated with the very blossoms it’s surrounded with, meaning you could be forgiven for mistaking it for a flora-filled corner of this beautiful seaside location.
Interior & Facilities
This isn’t any old yurt. Ingli Yurt is about as lavish as you can get, with a copper and zinc-lined bathroom with slate flooring and a large drencher shower head. The bathroom, linked to the structure on one side via a private wooden porch entrance with coat hooks and seating, serves as the right wing to the comfortable main room. Everything in the main yurt space has comfort and convenience in mind. A cosy double bed, draped with Welsh woollen blankets, is the main focal point of the room. There’s a comfy camp bed available for little ones to have a great night’s sleep on after sandy adventures and lungs full of fresh sea air. The handmade wooden headboard has nifty, in-built switches for the retro lighting, and charge points are available in the structure for charging your appliances. A small log burner keeps Ingli nice and toasty when the sun goes down, and the owners even provide the wood to make sure you are snug and smiling throughout your stay.
Don’t fancy cooking during your break? Ingli yurt doesn’t have kitchen facilities, as it really doesn’t need them! A cooked breakfast, with vegetarian option, is provided in the highly-rated restaurant as part of your stay. The owners even provide tea, coffee and milk, so you’ve got a cuppa waiting for you when you arrive!
And just when you think it can’t get any more relaxing, then leave the yurt through the opposite entrance, and enter your own private courtyard with a luxurious, wood-fired hot tub for your personal use. Sit in the open air, listening to the sea birds above coursing towards the coast, and taking in the aroma of the flower garden nearby, with a glass of something cool while the bubbles help you unwind. For a bit of luxury glamping on your coastal holiday, Ingli is a fantastic choice!
If you reach Newport from Cardigan, passing through the valleys and woodlands of Nevern, then Llys Meddyg and Ingli Yurt are the first buildings you see on the left-hand side of the main street. Just before the hotel is a turning towards Traeth Mawr (or “Big Beach”) and the prestigious Newport Links Golf Club. Once you arrive at the hotel, there’s a private entrance to the secret garden tucked away from the rest of the accommodation. This garden, once famous for growing flowers that were sent by train to London, is as vibrant and fragrant as ever, and the beautifully decorated yurt is quietly tucked away in one corner of this seed-filled sanctuary
The small, medieval town of Newport is a popular Pembrokeshire holiday destination due to its proximity to coast, mountains, ancient woodland and small fishing ports. Situated on the edge of the UK’s only coastal national park, this beautiful, ancient fishing town is sheltered by the mythical Angel Mountain, part of the range of Preseli Hills, the origin of Stonehenge’s famous bluestone. The town peters off at the mouth of the River Nevern, which seeps seamlessly into the ancient port of Parrog, with its pebble beach and prestigious boat club. Ingli Yurt and its parent hotel, Llys Meddyg, are situated on the main Cardigan to Fishguard road, in walking distance of little boutique shops, several quaint pubs, and the town’s 11th-century Norman castle.
Things to do
The majestic Carn Ingli, meaning Angel’s Mount, is the backdrop to this pretty town, and forms the tail end of the range of mountains known as the Preseli Hills. At 536 metres at its highest peak, these heath and heather-clad mountains give 360 degree panoramas of the whole county of Pembrokeshire. Trek the 8-mile Golden Road, the ancient track used by Neolithic travellers arriving from Ireland, or visit the bluestone circle purported to be Bedd Arthur, or the burial place of King Arthur. After all, this mystical place, famed throughout Welsh legendary tales in The Mabinogion, is the origin of the blue stone of Stonehenge.
Dinas island is, in fact, no island at all. It is, however, one of North Pembrokeshire’s most spectacular pieces of coastline, and is protected by the National Trust. At 146 metres above sea level, this is a challenging but rewarding headland, flanked on both sides by beautiful small beaches, perfect for a day’s hiking. The most notable of these is the small hamlet of Cwm yr Eglwys, named after the famous church that was destroyed in the great storm of 1859 – now, only one wall of the church remains, standing spectral and strong against the unpredictable Irish sea. A perfect way to see the ruggedness of the Pembrokeshire coastline.
If Neolithic burial chambers are your thing, then this part of West Wales is teeming with megaliths and monuments. A five-minute drive north of Newport is the spectacular site of Pentre Ifan, one of the best preserved burial chambers in the UK. This ancient site is perched on the slopes of the Preselis, flanked to the north by the ancient Ty Canol woods, and overlooking Newport and Traeth Mawr to the south. This portal dolmen is now protected by Cadw, the Welsh government’s historic environmental service, and, only a short walk from a small road, transports you back to a time long forgotten except for these long-standing boulders.
Travel back in time at the child-friendly Iron Age
site of Castell Henllys. Featured on the
BBC TV series “Surviving the Iron Age”, this is not just a recreation of a village,
it is the recreation of the actual village that stood on this very spot over
2,000 years ago. Situated on a hill
above the treetops of ancient Pengelli Forest, this hill fort houses four
roundhouses and a granary, and gives children and adults the opportunity to
experience life as a prehistoric villager, with face painting, interactive
exhibitions and activities all in the lush 30 acres surrounding the fort. Only a ten-minute drive from Newport and
Ingli Yurt, heading north. Visit the
If a great cup of coffee and a piece of homemade, organic cake or a spot of freshly prepared brunch you’re after, then look no further – Vic North café & deli on Market street’s bright yellow coffee machine is almost as enticing as the smells of the artisan baker’s finest offerings. Come early as this lovely spot is very popular, and you really wouldn’t want to miss out.
For lunch in the sun, visit The Golden Lion. Popular with locals and visitors alike, this family run gastro pub is famed for local beers and good food. It also has a lovely outdoor eating area, furnished with heaters for when the sun is low in the sky. We recommend the thai green curry or the Golden Lion gourmet burger, although the rest is delicious, too.
Of course, no stay at Ingli yurt would be complete without dining at Llys Meddyg restaurant. Although breakfast is provided by the restaurant, the dinner menu is not to missed – the quality, choice, presentation and ambience have people travelling for miles to this boho-chic restaurant and its quirky cellar bar below – watching the cocktails being created is a treat in itself!