5 quirky places to stay in Wales

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Wales is the ideal place for a great escape, but staying in a hotel can be bland and uninspiring. Explore the rugged wilderness in style with one of these five quirky places to stay. There’s something for everyone’s taste.

The Cabin - a view from inside
Image credit: Great Escapes Wales

Mountain Cabin

On a ridge top high above the Conwy Valley, this secluded mountain cabin is an ideal nest for exploring Snowdonia. Stand out on the veranda or relax in the 37°C outdoor hot tub whilst soaking up incredible views of the surrounding mountains.

In the summer, take a short walk in the sunshine through the ancient woodlands and uncover a hidden lake. In the winter, enjoy being inside the cosy cabin and watching the buzzards and kestrels flying high above.

The cabin is set in a secret location in the valley. With a map and directions it’s easy to find, but only the owners and those who stay there are in on the secret.

wales Tipis and Yurts 1
Credit: Eco Retreats

Eco Retreat Tipis & Yurts

Deep in the heart of the forest in Dyfi Valley, Powys, is an eco retreat offering a restful stay in luxury tipis and yurts. If you love being in the natural world but aren’t keen on traditional tents and caravans, then a glamping holiday in this 50 acre eco-retreat is the ideal quirky get-away for you.

A stay in a tipi may be wifi free (finally, an escape from the digital world!), but every tipi and yurt is furnished with a log fire, sheepskin rugs and a plush double bed.

Fully immerse yourself in the peaceful environment with holistic therapies including Reiki, a twilight meditation session, and unwind under clear starry night skies.

Credit: Ffynnon Fendigaid

Circus Waggon

Near to Cardigan Bay, a fully restored Circus Living Waggon called ‘Dolly,’ is available for hire. The lavish, oak panelled waggon has a parlour, double bedroom, kitchen/diner and an adjacent bathroom in the ‘Shepherds Hut.’

Sit outside and enjoy a G&T in the private garden, surrounded by seven acres of land. Wander along the stream, through woodlands, around lawns, and throw a penny in the historic well.

West Usk Lighthouse
Credit: West Usk Lighthouse


Wake up to sea views in this historic lighthouse in Newport. The West Usk lighthouse, a grade II listed building which is over 190 years old, has 4 bedrooms available for quirky travellers.

After being built in 1821, it served as a real lighthouse warning ships at sea until 1922. After a brief stint as a look-out tower in the Second World War, the lighthouse fell into disrepair. In 1987, it was lovingly restored over 2 years by its current owners. Now it is a fully operating B&B.

VW Camper Van - Joey Black
Credit: Great Escapes Wales

VW Camper Van

Really want to get off-the-beaten track with your accommodation? This VW camper van, affectionately known as Joey Black, gives you the freedom to choose your own adventure.

Explore coastlines, mountains and forests in style. Drive around Wales or head over to Ireland or even over to Europe if you fancy taking an extended road-trip. The VW is fully equipped with two double beds, running water, a kitchen and overnight heating. Everything you could need on a quirky break-away!

Go quirky on a great escape to Wales

Have these five quirky places to stay in Wales tickled your taste buds? Turns out, Wales isn’t all sheep and old cottages after all. There are plenty of original places to see, sleep and discover.

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About Ben Griffin

Ben is an entrepreneur who was born and bred in Conwy, a world heritage site on the North Wales coast. He loves waking up to sea views and exploring Wales in his free time.