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Tipi or not tipi, that is the question... Just like Hamlet, you’ll find yourself in splendid isolation at this exclusive site in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, where the only neighbours are the sparkling river and its resident heron. Unlike the depressive Dane, however, you’ll soon drop the navel-gazing as you whoop, “Tipi!” and get stuck into your very own slings and arrows adventure...
The authentic tipi at Cwm Banw Tipi Retreat is decorated with hand painted Native American wall hangings and sheepskin rugs, and has a double futon (cosy bedding is provided) and rustic furniture all the way from Wyoming.
Alongside the tent are two hand-crafted wooden huts, housing a private composting loo and a hot spring-fed shower respectively, with eco-friendly toiletries laid on. There’s also a kitchen tent equipped with a cool box, food storage, gas rings and a grill, plus cooking utensils and tableware for up to six people.
Enjoy a romantic candlelit meal inside the tipi, or dine al fresco on the covered stoop deck, before putting your feet up in the hammock or swing seat next to the firepit, and letting the calmness of this amazing place soak in....
Guests can also book themselves in for a bubble in an outdoor hot tub with valley views, which they’ll find at the nearby farmhouse, along with a sauna, and a trained masseuse who also runs yoga and meditation sessions on demand.
Up to three people can fit inside the tipi, but if you’re a larger group, three more can come along with their own tent and camping gear (we suggest a game of bows and arrows to decide who gets the tipi...).
Finally, the owners recommend bringing torches and decent shoes, as access is via a track and down a grassy slope to the tipi in the meadow.
Nearby attractions and activities
If you can tear yourself away from the cowboys and indians fun, you’ll find a pub a couple of miles away in Llanbedr. The natural attractions of the Brecon Beacons offer great walking and cycling, and nearby tourist sites include the Big Pit National Coal Museum, the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, and the ruined 13th century castle at Skenfrith.
Attractions near Cwm Banw - the Tipi Retreat
- Blaenavon Ironworks (8.7 miles)
- Big Pit: National Coal Museum (9.0 miles)
- Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Tourist Information Centre (9.0 miles)
- Skenfrith Castle (14.0 miles)
- The Weir (17.5 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Activities near Cwm Banw - the Tipi Retreat
Cwm Banw - Grwyne Fechan - The Hermitage - Cwm Banw (0.3 miles) Walking
Tal Trwynau - Pen Twyn Glas - the Gryne Fechan (0.3 miles) Walking
Llanbedr - Pen Allt Mawr - Pen Cerrig-calch - Llanbedr (0.3 miles) Walking
Overall rating based
Fantastic Break, fabulous site
Benjamin H. (Young couple, 1 review, 0 photos) Confirmed ?
Liked: Peace and quiet, seclusion, time to ourselves. Great area for walking. Sitting around the fire in the evening.
Disliked: Bed a little uncomfortable - but that's it.
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A Great Escape even in the Rain
hancock (Family with young children, 1 review, 15 photos)
Liked: The site is in a stunning location - very private and next to a stream which kept the kids happy for hours panning for fools gold. Jilly was a great host and my husband was able to have a Hot Tub and Massage at the farm house. It was our first time in a Tipi as a family.
Disliked: It rained for half the time, but there was plenty to do and the "Stoop" shelter was great.
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Excellent - a chance to get back in touch with nature and my inner self
merlinuk (Solo traveller-male, 1 review, 0 photos)
Liked: Fantastic location with stunning views and excellent facilities. The sound of the nearby stream adds an extra dimension and the whole aura of the site is relaxing. Jilly is an excellent host and the hottub adds an excellent(luxurious) addition to the experience. Sitting by a camp fire, watching the stars come out in such a lovely location cannot be beaten. I returned a new man. It was my first time in a tipi but ...
Disliked: The time went to quickly!
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Abergavenny Bus Station — 7.2mi
Brynmawr Bus Station — 7.5mi
Ebbw Vale: Inner Bypass Coach Stop — 9.2mi
- Train stations
Abergavenny Rail Station — 7.5mi
Ebbw Vale Parkway Rail Station — 10.5mi
Rhymney Rail Station — 12.2mi
- Ferry ports
Newport (S Wales) Ferry Terminal — 24.1mi
Cardiff Castle Waterbus Stop — 29.1mi
Lydney Harbour — 29.4mi
- Cardiff International Airport — 36.0mi
From the A40 from Abergervenny through Crickhowell, take Greenhill Way on the right. Take that road to the end and turn right at the roundabout. Then take the first left onto Great Oak Road and continue on that road for two miles. Continue past the road on the right leading to Llanbedr until you reach a fork in the road where there is a white cottage. Turn left up the no through road which leads to the Ty Croes Yoga Studio which is were the tipi is located.
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