Glamping over camping with Anglesey’s newest hidden gem
| 24th April 2019
With staycations increasing in popularity, many seaside towns have experienced an influx of Brits flocking to the beaches, especially in the summer months.
As the weather warms, many of us are opting to stay in the country, as opposed to hopping on a plane for a quick getaway. This is no bad feat, as more awareness is brought to climate change, we all need to do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint.
With so many beautiful places to visit from the thriving city of London, all the way up to the incredible views of the highlands of Scotland there really is something for everyone, and better yet, you do not need to go through an airport to discover it.
With a glorious weather forecast on the horizon for the Easter bank holiday weekend, we checked out Anglesey’s newest eco-friendly glamping spot, Brynteg Glamping.
We were lucky enough to get the VIVA exclusive and were the first ever guests to stay in our glamping pod. On the journey down I was a little sceptical, I had never ‘glamped’ before and the thought of shared bathroom facilities sent a shudder down my spine. I wasn’t sure what would be provided in the pod, so I packed everything from toilet paper to bin bags, just in case.
We got to the glamping site around 2pm, after an awful three-and-a-half-hour drive sat in the most horrific traffic and averaging a speed of 10mph in the blistering heat.
Gary and Sally, the owners, greeted us and apologetically advised that our pod wasn’t quite ready as they were putting the final tweaks on our outdoor BBQ and hot tub – this was fine by us, she had said check in was 3pm but we were eager not to waste the day.
With our very own VIVA doggo Gigi in tow, we let her explore the secure and quiet grounds whilst we began to unpack the car.
The pod itself exceeded our expectations. The interior was very modern and beautifully decorated. The attention to detail that has gone into each pod is second to none. Everything is provided from large fluffy towels, tea and coffee, and much to my surprise, even the toilet paper and bin bags!
There is a small kitchen unit with a small sink, draining board, hob, fridge and even combination microwave. Plates, kitchen utensils and cutlery are all provided.
At the other end of the pod there is a reasonably sized bathroom with a toilet, sink and large power shower (one even more powerful than the one we have at home which was a nice surprise)
In the bedroom/living space you can expect to find a top of the range smart TV (with Netflix) and full access to Wifi.
Outside you will find a gas fired BBQ and log fired hot tub. A little pro tip for the hot tub is to get the logs fired as soon as you arrive as the hot tub does take a few hours to heat up. Placing the logs towards the back of the burner heats the water quicker, another tip we got from our host, Gary.
Each part of the glamping site has been created with the environment in mind. The insulation in each pod is made from recycled plastic bottles. They have even built themselves a new eco sewage treatment plant.
We really felt as though we were living in luxury. Brynteg Glamping soon got Gigi’s approval as she had so much space to run around and play. She even made a doggy friend as Sally and Gary’s dog Sam would often swing by to say hello.
There are many things to do in Angelsey and Brynteg is a perfect spot as it is near so many beaches. There is a large sandy beach at Benllech close by, which leads onto Red Wharf Bay and Pentreath beach.
Beaumaris is a short car ride away with famous local ice-cream from the Red Boat Café and a beautiful historic castle to explore. There are plenty of National Trust walks and most places in Anglesey are incredibly dog friendly.
For those new to the area, Sally and Gary are extremely knowledgeable about where to go and things to do, they even include guides in every pod!
VIVA Verdict: We were blown away by the hospitality of Sally and Gary. Throughout our entire stay, nothing was too much trouble. They worked tirelessly around the clock in such warm temperatures and did so with a smile on their face. I have never met two harder working human beings. The quality of our pods was incredible, it felt like a home away from home. Personally, I would much rather stay here than any hotel on the island. At £100 a night, we will definitely be returning.
To find out more about Brynteg Glamping, check out their Facebook page here.