Green is the colour of Mid Wales. You could say the same for Lôn Lodges, winners of the Gold Award for Green Tourism.
They’re in an idyllic spot on the Pughs’ family farm near Rhayader. You’ll want to visit local beauty spots like the Elan Valley lakelands, untamed Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park. But that’s after you’ve explored closer to home down on the farm, by following two waymarked nature trails through meadows, along riverbanks and then upwards for inspiring views across central Wales’s soft, rolling hills.
It’s a bigger picture altogether when you gaze up at night, peering into infinite space in an area acclaimed for its Dark Skies. Back at ground level, there are two distinct styles of accommodation. Luxurious (and identical) Ash Lodge and Sycamore Lodge, sustainably built using locally sourced timber, come with underfloor heating, private spa hot tubs (perfect for stargazing) and gardens. They’ve thought of everything – there’s even a charging point for electric cars.
But if we had to choose our favourite (and it’s a tough decision) we’d go for the second accommodation option, the Stellar Safari Lodge’s luxury glamping experience.
To paraphrase the famous Star Trek saying, ‘It’s camping, Jim, but not as we know it.’ You’ll be as snug as a bug in a rug in this beautifully appointed wood-framed canvas accommodation with its powerful wood-burning stove, Welsh woollen blankets, proper running hot water and shower, charging sockets, well-equipped kitchen and gas hob, outdoor fire pit with BBQ, wood-fired hot tub and a mix of electric and solar powered lighting for that cosy camping atmosphere, 21st-century style.