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This lesser-known section of Wales is one of the few remaining natural gems yet to be fully diluted by mainstream tourism. Unlike many of the UK’s other favourite holiday destinations, this quiet section of land in the Cothi Valley, Carmarthenshire still quietly shines in all its natural splendour.
Nestled on the banks of the River Pib this specially designed glamping site is ideal for families, walkers, cyclists or just those simply looking to take a break away from a busy world. With wellbeing at its heart - from calming alpacas to Pilates experience weekends, the aim is to create a holistic holiday experience, winding down with nature, and inspiring inner peace and relaxation.
Four bespoke Mongolian Yurts form the centrepiece - these locally crafted structures incorporate traditional geometric design, which embodies cosiness and inspires contemplation. The interiors are luxuriously furnished with cooking facilities, comfy beds, plus cushions and blankets made from the farm’s own alpaca fleece, while the wood burners and stargazing skylights combine to create a glorious guest experience.
This purpose-built retreat forms part of a small 22-acre farm with rare breed Brecon Buff Geese, Cream Legbar, Light Sussex Chickens, plus the jewel in the crown - the Alpacas. These extremely friendly animals are known for their calming and therapeutic effects, while guests are free to meet the herd and help with their feeding.
Outside there are picnic tables and fire-pits for nights under the stars, while the soft murmur of the River Pib provides a soothing backdrop. Listen to the plethora of woodland birds during the morning chorus or watch out for the foxes, badgers or hedgehogs rustling through the undergrowth. Here is a place where the boundaries between nature and civilization harmoniously entwine.
However, only a short jaunt through the meadows takes you to the lovely village of Brechfa, with a country pub, community shop and a play park. What’s more, the huge variety of paths and trails in the area are perfect for exploring the uninterrupted expanse of magnificent countryside. Whether you’re looking for an activity-based getaway or simply a relaxing break in nature this luxury glamping retreat is a wonderful choice.
Check-In 4 pm - Check-Out 10 am
1 double bed, plus a Day bed with a trundle beneath.
2 compost loos next to the yurts, plus a shared luxury toilet and shower block with ample hots showers and flushing loos.
Each Mongolian Yurt has its own gas stove, kettle and utensils provided, plus a BBQ outside. Shared wash up area including a microwave, fridge and kettle.
There is no internet access in this property.
Heating and Lighting
Solar power lights and woodburners in each yurt.
Children are very welcome!
Grounds and Nearby
Outdoor picnic table, fire-pit and 22-acres of farmland with friendly alpacas, geese and chickens as your neighbours.
Parking roughly 100yds away. Wheelbarrows provided to help move your stuff.
Check in from 16: and check out by 10:
Nearest Train Station, Carmarthen 13 miles away.
The four Mongolian Yurts are situated in a peaceful meadow near the river with their own private patios which have a picnic table, herb garden and BBQ area. Each Mongolian Yurt sleeps up to four people, and where possible they include fair trade furniture. Whilst each is uniquely decorated to reflect the personality of the alpaca it is named after. Each yurt contains:
Day bed with trundle bed beneath
Bed side tables
Inside cooking facilities - Gas stove with kettle and utensils provided.
Georgie has a playful personality and likes to be at the centre of everything.
The interior of Georgie Ger is decorated In black and white. The contrast of colour reflects his outgoing personality whilst the white is the colour of his fleece.
Oreo has charisma and charm. His fleece is silky soft and he loves a cuddle.
Oreo is decorated to reflect his character. Neutral shades match his fleece, whilst the soft bedding and fluffy rug offer luxury during your stay.
Ollie is friendly to people and animals alike. He is incredibly caring and is the alpaca you will always see looking after the crias (baby alpacas).
The interior of Ollie is cosy and welcoming to reflect his warm personality.
Neptune is stately and elegant and beautiful to look at. He is our best flock guard being constantly vigilant for danger.
It is perhaps fitting that Neptune is elevated above the others so that he can keep watch. The centrepiece is the grand grey bed to match his personality and fleece.
About Brechfa Glamping - a note from the owners
Four bespoke, luxury Mongolian Yurts form the centrepiece of our peaceful family glamping site in the heart of the Cothi Valley, Carmarthenshire. Brechfa Glamping is ideal for families, walkers, cyclists and those just simply looking to take a break away from a busy world.
With wellbeing at its heart - from calming alpacas to Pilates experience weekends to stargazing our famous dark skies, and cooking over an open fire, to the beautiful scenery all around - we aim for a holistic holiday experience, benefitting your wellbeing by winding down with nature, and inspiring peace and relaxation within.
Our luxury Mongolian Yurts were crafted locally in Carmarthenshire to combine beauty and comfort; their intricate geometric design embodies cosiness and inspires contemplation. Furnished with comfy beds and blankets and cushions made from our very own alpaca fleece, they are a thing of beauty - but it's the woodburners and skylights for stargazing that tip them into a league of their own.
With creature comforts (yes we mean a pub) on hand in nearby Brechfa village - plus a well-stocked community shop and play park - you can relax in the knowledge that everything you need is on hand. And we've designed Brechfa Glamping to be really family friendly (because we know how much that helps) for example with all four yurts facing the play area, lots of wild space to roam, and the facilities block just a short walk away. And not forgetting our alpacas grazing quietly in the field next door - who just love meeting all the guests and look for all the world like giant cuddly teddy bears when their fleeces are long.
Come join us for a luxury glamping holiday in the heart of the Cothi Valley; relax, enjoy and be at one with nature.
Who We Are
We moved to Carmarthenshire from the South of England four years ago to bring up our family in the countryside and be closer to nature. We scoured the counties of South West Wales - but fell in love with Carmarthenshire, with its stunning scenery, relaxed pace of life, and beautiful beaches and castles. And when we spotted the 22-acre Tirbach Farm nestling above the River Pib, and close by the beautiful village of Brechfa - we knew we'd found our ideal home. Since that time we've been taking our time to get to know the area, growing the smallholding and developing a luxury glamping site that we can be truly proud of. During the site's development, we have used local craftspeople, suppliers and materials. We were also thrilled to be able to get our yurts built in Carmarthenshire by a team which try where possible to source materials locally, We've really poured our hearts into building our glamping site - and we hope you like it!
Wellbeing is really important to us, and we think the atmosphere of a site depends as much on the people running it as it does on the location or facilities. So we're friendly and approachable, and alongside that, it's our aim is to make your stay at Brechfa Glamping as good as it can be. We're always working to improve our site and do things better - so if you've got suggestions or things you want to share with us, we'd love to hear from you. We hope you enjoy your holiday with us.
Becki and Adam x
22 acre Tirbach Farm nestles above the banks of the Afon (River) Pib, just outside the picturesque village of Brechfa. 'Tir' means land and 'bach' means small - and we're still a small farm today - with a bit of a difference. Cows and sheep graze no longer the fields -instead we've built up the farm alongside the luxury glamping yurts and are delighted to be the proud owners of a herd of Hukaya and Suri alpacas, with babies called Cria.
Our Alpacas just love meeting people. Well-known for being amazingly relaxing company and for the therapeutic effect they have on humans, our alpacas have really added another dimension to the farm. And we love them so much we're sure you will too. Guests will get the opportunity to meet the herd and help us with their feeding. We can introduce you to our rare breed Brecon Buff geese, Cream Legbar and Light Sussex chickens along with way.
We continue to develop Tirbach Farm in harmony both for our animals and for the abundant wildlife here.
We are passionate about pilates and Becki is a trained teacher with Body Control Pilates.
"Becki is brilliant - she has a rare talent for making exercise fun" (Liz - client)
Her specialist area of interest is in rehabilitation and injury prevention, which comes from her own experience of back pain which required an operation in 2005. Afterwards, Becki started going to a Pilates teacher for 121 sessions where she experienced first hand the benefits of this amazing form of movement.
And we're thrilled to be able to offer Pilates Glamping breaks on specified weekends. Our beautiful new wooden roundhouse with log burning stove and full-length windows overlooking the Alpaca field is the location for the classes during your stay.
What is Body Control Pilates?
Body Control Pilates offers a comprehensive programme of exercises for both mat and machine work. They are adapted from the 'classical' exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. We believe that many of these classical exercises are often not suitable for the average person and the average body. In order for someone to work safely and effectively and to gain the full benefits of Pilates, these classical exercises should be broken down to establish good movement skills thus building the best possible foundation upon which to progress towards the classical, more advanced work. This is the essence of the Body Control Pilates Method.
Aims & ethics
It's really important to us to support the local economy and be part of the community here, and we're so proud to have been able to use many great local suppliers in developing Brechfa Glamping and our farm. For example, we worked in partnership with West Wales Willow to install a green fedge along our boundary - benefitting nature and giving a beautiful soft green edge to the site, which will also provide us with biofuel in due course. We're so fortunate that our site is walkable to friendly, picturesque Brechfa village, with all its amenities including an excellent shop run by the community itself and an acclaimed pub and restaurant which we always encourage our guests to enjoy.
The yurts are locally built in Carmarthenshire and traditionally handcrafted from locally sourced wood.
In Harmony with Nature
We are deeply committed to nature and the environment here at Brechfa Glamping; we work with the wildlife and encourage it where possible. Tirbach farm is fortunate to have a wide variety of different habitats - and as a result, a diverse range of wildlife is at home here. By the river in the glamping field, we have a wildlife habitat area with different grasses and flowers established naturally, and we've installed a bug hotel, hedgehog house, and several bird nesting boxes to encourage more wild visitors.
It's also important to use to think about resources and recycling, so we've installed two compost toilets on-site and encourage our guests to make use of the recycling facilities to ensure our collective footprint is as light as possible.
About Mongolian Yurts
Four bespoke, luxury Mongolian Yurts form the centrepiece of our peaceful family site, in the heart of the Cothi Valley. With stunning views of the forest and alpacas grazing nearby - it's a haven for nature and beauty. The picturesque Brechfa village, with its shops and acclaimed pub and restaurant, are just a short walk away - so you can truly relax in the Carmarthenshire countryside, with all the creature comforts on hand.
Hand Crafted Yurts
Our luxury yurts have been hand-crafted locally to combine beauty and comfort. Their intricate geometric design embodies cosiness and inspires contemplation, while the log burning stoves keep you warm and toasty at night. Each yurts has been designed with a skylight in the roof - so whether you know your Great Bear from your Plough - or you just enjoy the mindfulness stargazing inspires - there's enough to keep all stargazers happy at night.
Comfortable beds help ensure the best nights sleep and each yurt is uniquely furnished with blankets and cushions made from our very own alpaca fleeces - so you can experience real luxury in your own space. Ample storage space means there's plenty of room for your stuff and each yurt is furnished with a basket of logs, with more available to buy on site.
The Outdoor Life
Are you a cook? Enjoy herbal teas? Help yourself to herbs from your own herb garden outside your yurt - and then decide whether to cook on your own private firepit outdoors, for that really atmospheric evening meal - or use the camp cooker inside. Toasting marshmallows with the children is an unforgettable experience - just don't forget to blow on them ten times before eating them! Fresh eggs for breakfast? During laying season you can buy fresh eggs from our rare breed chickens and geese on site.
For those of you that enjoy fruit fresh from the tree, you will be able to pick your own apples, pears or plumbs from the newly planted orchard. With over 25 different varieties of trees, including a number of rare breeds and native Welsh fruit trees, there is a great variety to choose from during your stay.
Our family-friendly site has a lovely space for outdoor games such as ball games, giant Jenga and noughts, and crosses - and all the yurts are designed to face the play area, so parents and carers have the chance to watch and relax whilst their children play. With picnic tables, free-range wildlife areas, an orchard to discover and alpacas grazing in the next field - there's plenty for children to explore.
The Practical Stuff
We see hot showers and lovely loos as de rigeur - so there's plenty of both - carefully designed and located within the site. In our brand new facilities block, we have hot showers, flush toilets, and a wash-up area including a microwave, fridge, and kettle. We also have two compost toilets situated nearer the yurts.
Meet our Alpacas
Our Alpacas just love meeting the guests! These animals - looking for all the world like giant cuddly teddy bears when their fleeces are long - are well-known for their relaxing nature and the therapeutic effect they have on humans. Spending time with these animals is memorable, and every alpaca has its own distinct character to connect with. The alpacas and our rare breed livestock get on famously (most of the time!) - so we can introduce you to our rare breed Brecon Buff geese, Cream Legbar and Light Sussex chickens along with way.
If you enjoy being at one with nature you'll be right at home. We have a wide variety of different habitats on the farm and we are home to a diverse range of wildlife. By the river, we have a wildlife habitat area, where different grasses and flowers grow naturally, and we've installed a bug hotel, hedgehog house, and several bird nesting boxes. In the summer you can spot Swallows and Buzzards soaring overhead, while the Goshawks which nest in the nearby Brechfa Forest are with us all year round. And from the glamping field, we have beautiful views of the Afon (river) Pib which meanders along the bottom of the field and is often visited by a Grey Heron.
Picturesque, friendly Brechfa village was one of the many reasons we settled here at Tirbach Farm. A truly lovely village - here you will find an excellent Community-run Shop, with a wide range of products including local and organic produce, as well as the famous Forest Arms Pub and the Ty Mawr Restaurant, with local craft beers, local produce and a good reputation both locally and further afield.
On the first Saturday of the month Brechfa has its own market with bacon baps, home-made cakes and local crafts to buy; the perfect place to experience local life, chat with the locals and take home gifts for family and friends. And for families there is also a childrens' playground in the village.
The Brechfa Forest
The Brechfa Forest has over 17,000 acres of ancient forest and managed woodland and is renowned as a haven for walkers and mountain bikers - with some of the best trails in Europe right here on our doorstep. A great starting point for trails is nearby Abergorlech, where you can park and then walk or bike one of the many beautiful trails through the forestry (and another great pub and cafe 'The Black Lion' for refreshments afterwards!).
Out and about in Carmarthenshire
Within a short drive you can visit the National Botanic Gardens of Wales & British Bird of Prey Centre, National Trust Dinefwr Park, Paxton's Tower, and Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Dryslwyn Castle, The Gwili Railway, the market Towns of Carmarthen and Llandeilo, and Pembrey Country Park and Beach which is set inside 500 acres of woodland and alongside eight miles of its award-winning golden sandy Beach. It also has a dry ski slope, toboggan ride, crazy golf, pitch and putt, train rides, adventure play area, equestrian centre and a variety of nature trails.
Heading for the Beach?
Well - take your pick. Within an hour you can be on a beach in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion or Carmarthenshire - and we truly have some of the best beaches in the world right here. From the historic walled town of Tenby with its art gallery and museum and miles of sandy beaches, hop across to Caldey Island on a boat, to the unspoilt havens of Penbryn and Mwnt (not forgetting fish and chips in nearby Llangrannog), to the joys of Freshwater East and West - there is no shortage of choice. For walkers the West Wales Coastal Path is accessible from all three counties; with Pembrokeshire and its undulating sandy paths and the Ceredigion Coast boasting a more rugged coastline - perfect for walking and taking the family crabbing.
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