The tourist company Best of Wales has partnered with Epic Retreats to launch a new boutique hotel that will pop-up at three secret, breath-taking locations across Wales. A unique experience is created to celebrate Wales’s Year of Legends 2017 and allows guests to truly appreciate the best Wales has to offer while staying in one of eight bespoke cabins, designed specifically for the project.
The Epic Retreats’ offering is strictly limited to 200 bookings. Only few travelers would be able to stay in the three locations and indulge in either sea fishing, beer tasting or having meals prepared by top Welsh chefs. The most amazing part of this, is that they will stay in the high quality boutique cabins that have been inspired by Wales’s legends and its past. The designs for those were selected through a competition tender which invited architects from across the world to design unique glamping units themed on the mythology, tradition and beauty of Wales.
All in all, Epic Retreats offers 8 specially-built cabins:
- Arthur’s Cave (inspired by the legend of King Arthur and a cave where he and his knights slept while travelling. The “cave” will be fitted with locally sourced sheep’s wool insulation to provide a high level of thermal seal)
- Black Hut (inspired by France’s failed attempt of a British invasion through Fishguard back in 1797 and features a king-sized bed and the domed roof for stargazing opportunities)
- Cabin in the Woods (the nature-inspired building that sits on legs high above the ground and comes with a padded sleeping area and a stove area with featured chimney above)
- Dragon’s Eye (inspired by the legend of the Welsh dragon, the structure’s walls will be covered with recycled plastic cut in the shape of a dragon’s scales. It will include a wet room and Hungry Penguin wood burner for cooking and heating)
- Little Dragon (the vertical structure inspired by Wales’s famous industrial past fitted with a sleeping area upstairs and panoramic glazing at both levels provides for magnificent views across the landscape)
- Miner’s Hut (a homage to the Wales’s mining industry. Visitors are invited to enter the cabin by crawling through a small tunnel, allowing them access into an angular corridor space only lit by borrowed light. From here they can follow a glow of light from the main space which extends to the full available height with large windows that provide scenic views of the great outdoors beyond)
- SKYHUT ( designed to provide a unique place to experience the sky, taking its inspiration from Cadair Idris where legend states that travellers sleeping out under the night sky awaken as madmen or poets)
- Slate Cabin (the cabin is a single room with a bathroom tucked behind. A kitchen and built-in table frame make up the sitting space, while the bed sits on a raised platform – at one end, this platform pulls back to provide space for a seat and desk)
Two of the chosen designers are from Wales. Aberystwyth-based Timber Design Wales has started work on a unit inspired by the dragon’s eye while Newcastle Emlyn’s Rural Office for Architecture Ltd is creating a cabin inspired by a Welsh lady’s hat complete with a domed roof for stargazing.