At Ecophiles, we love quirky ecohotels – and these pop-up pods in secret locations in Wales sound intriguing. Also, Wales is one of our favourite places for green travel! Epic Retreats celebrates ‘Year of Legends 2017’ in Wales by offering an unusual way to experience the prettiest Welsh landscapes. Less than 200 bookings are on offer for spending the night in one of eight bespoke cabins, designed for the project.
Themed on Welsh mythology, tradition and beauty, the boutique glamping pods are inspired by the legends of Wales. Welsh experiences include beer tasting to having meals conjured up by Welsh chefs.
Two of the chosen designers are from Wales – Aberystwyth-based Timber Design Wales is creating the pod inspired by the dragon’s eye. And Newcastle Emlyn’s Rural Office for Architecture Ltd’s cabin is inspired by a Welsh woman’s hat – with a domed roof for stargazing.
Check out the Epic Retreats cabins or pods from Wales’s first luxury pop-up glamping hotel:
The inspiration for this design is King Arthur and a cave where he and his knights slept while travelling – apparently it could be discovered once but never again.
Legend has it that travellers sleeping under the night sky in Cadair Idris mountain wake up as madmen or poets. The roof opens up fully and this could be your personal glamping observatory!
A domed roof for stargazing? Sounds heavenly.
Inspired by France’s failed attempt of a British invasion through Fishguard in 1797. Apparently, local Welsh women appeared in goodish numbers to witness the fighting. Garbed in traditional scarlet tunics and tall black hats, from afar the women may have been mistaken for British army Redcoats – Well, in short, the French weren’t around much longer.
Cabin in the Woods
This nature-inspired structure explores the idea of the ‘animated forest’ shaping the Welsh landscape. Inspired by the poem Cad Goddeu (‘battle of the trees’), from the medieval Welsh “Book of Taliesin” the cabin will give the illusion of movement.
Inspired by the legend that is the Welsh dragon, the walls of this eye-shaped pod will be covered with recycled plastic shaped as dragon’s scales.
The three prongs represent the dragon’s foot, the overall design is inspired by Wales’s industrial past and the steel door shows off the iconic Celtic knotwork. Climb up for a good night’s sleep and get sweeping views of the Welsh landscape.
This cabin is a tribute to the Welsh mining industry. You crawl through a small tunnel to reach a corridor only lit by borrowed light. The main area features huge windows offering brilliant views. Steep steps lead to your bedroom – where again, there are superb views.
This cabin is based on the material Wales is built on, and of – slate.
To find out where the cabins will pop up, visit epicretreats.wales.