Dragon's Eye - Copyright Carwyn Lloyd Jones
The three locations that will host Epic Retreats – Wales’s first pop-up boutique hotel – have been revealed today as bookings open for this unique experience.
The Llŷn Peninsula, Southern Snowdonia and lush West Wales have been confirmed as the locations for this luxury one-of-a-kind experience inspired by Welsh legends.
Arthur's Cave - Copyright Miller Kendrick Atchitects
Fewer than 200 bookings have been made available that allow guests to choose from eight unique cabins inspired by Wales’ past with the option of including legendary experiences tailored to each location.
Inspiration for the units includes the legend of King Arthur, the iconic Welsh dragon and the country’s famous industrial heritage.
Launched in celebration of Wales’s Year of Legends, Epic Retreats promises to immerse visitors in the most impressive landscapes and adventures the country has to offer.
During their stay, guests will get the opportunity to meet local characters, legendary figures and entertainers that will help bring the story of Wales to life.
West Wales, June 5 – July 3
From June 5 to July 3 the eight bespoke cabins will venture to the abundant green backdrop of West Wales.
Visitors can delve into a history dating back thousands of years, hunt down gold and tread in the footsteps of the heroes of Camelot, pursuing the elusive Lady of the Lake and the heroic wizard Merlin.
There will also be an opportunity to discover the area’s wildlife on bespoke wildlife walks where guests will get the chance to meet some rare species.
Surrounded by plentiful local food and drink, guests can tantalise their taste buds with award-winning, local gin and cheeses.
Little Dragon - Copyright Barton Willmore Architects
Llŷn Peninsula, July 10 – August 7
The unique units will then journey north from July 10 to August 7 where they will reside along the spectacular coast of the Llŷn Peninsula.
After spending the night overlooking a secluded beach, visitors can spend their days strolling along the famous Wales Coast path, enjoying a boat trip to Bardsey Island, rumoured to be the burial site of King Arthur, and exploring Snowdonia National Park – home to the highest mountain in England and Wales.
Snowdonia, August 14 – September 11
Finally, the boutique hotel will pop-up in the foothills of the mythical Cadair Idris mountain in
Snowdonia from August 14 to September 11. The remote valley location and magical surrounding, including the romantic Castell y Bere, Snowdonia mountains and stunning steam train journeys, will offer a limited number of people the most unique of summer holidays.
Co-founder, Llion Pughe said, “The locations we have chosen provide a choice of seascape, mountain and valley, a true reflection of Wales’ legendary landscape.
“We have carefully selected sites that will show Wales at its best, alongside an itinerary packed to the brim with trips and activities crafted by Wales experts Cambria Tours, featuring only the finest local produce and unique accommodation inspired myth and legend - guests will be immersed in a truly Welsh experience.”
Sky Hut night - Copyright Waind Gohil and Potter Architects
The Epic Retreats project is a partnership between Best of Wales, Cambria Tours and George + Tomos Architects and is part funded by the Welsh Government’s Tourism Product Innovation Fund.
For more information on the project or to book one of the limited spaces, visit epicretreats.wales.