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I stayed at one of the most romantic glamping pods in Wales which features a stargazing hot tub and alpacas

Hull Live logo Hull Live 16/05/2022 Gemma Sherlock

Nothing but birdsong and the quiet crunch of chewing grass from neighbouring alpacas await you following a night spent at this glamping pod.

The Piglet Pod in Ceredigion, Wales, is everything it promises to be. Romantic, charming, luxurious and peaceful. Therefore, it's no surprise it's been named as one of the top brilliant places to stay with a hot tub in Wales. The Piglet Pod, for two, is situated on a working, family farm and is just a short drive away from the popular harbour towns of Aberaeron and New Quay.

Myself and my partner arrived at the pod in mid-Wales, after a near four hour car journey which took us through foggy hills and winding, country roads. Despite the long drive, which sometimes proved to be stressful as we got caught up in bank holiday traffic, the final destination was worth it.

The owner Dylan was there to greet us as we drove past his farm house and into the car parking area. After a pleasant welcome, we made our way through the gated paddock and down the stone path, leading to the Piglet Pod.

The Piglet Pod

The bed in the pod © Gemma Sherlock The bed in the pod

The Piglet Pod was not far from the family home but it boasted its own field and a large treeline at the back, so it felt private enough to make yourself at home in. The paddock opposite the pod housed four Alpacas, who came to greet us from behind their fence as we made our way to the entrance. To the left of the pod, was another glamping pod which sat in front of a small pond, but this was empty during our stay so we well and truly had the place to ourselves.

The long, cylinder shaped pod features a wooden front, complete with decking which houses a chic bistro set and a modern hot tub. The double windowed doors opens out into the main focal point of the living area, the king size bed. It's position in the middle of the room carefully chosen to gaze out at the stars and take the morning views in too.

To the left of the bedroom is a small, yet modern, bathroom, with a large walk-in-shower room and to the right is a kitchen with everything you may need during your stay, including a small fridge, oven, a two-ring electric hob, kettle, toaster, microwave, cooking and cleaning utensils.

There's even a Nespresso coffee machine in the living room, stocked to the brim with coffee pods and plenty of teabags too. We brought our own food for the trip and Dylan had stocked milk and margarine for us in the fridge, as well as some lovely Welsh cakes and chocolates too.

The living area of the pod also features two leather armchairs and an accompanying wooden coffee table, which we used instead of the hot tub for one of the nights when it began to rain. A great sitting area for card games and drinks (I won Blackjack several times). The pod also has a large wooden shelf that runs one wall, and as there was no storage space, we mainly used this shelf to add our clothes and other bits on.

The morning view from the Piglet Pod © Gemma Sherlock The morning view from the Piglet Pod

Despite the pod being in a rural setting it is well-equipped for the modern stay, with the smart TV offering Netflix and the USB ports by the bed to plug your phone and other tech gadgets straight into. The pod is also decorated beautifully, and the wooded interior, along with the animal printed rugs, add to the rural charm.

The hot tub

We arrived shortly after 3pm and the sun was blessing Wales with its strong rays so of course, we couldn't wait to give the sunken hot tub a try. The two-person hot tub sits slightly lower on the decking at the front of the pod, and features LED lights, a digital screen, two different type of massage jets and cup holders.


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The maximum temperature is 40C and while it took a little while for the hot tub to reach that, the water was still pleasantly warm, especially during the evenings. The massage jets are at just the right intensity too, some hot tubs can feature jets that produce violent bubbles and splashes, this didn't. There was no major vibration or rumbling sound, but the jets were a little noisy, but it didn't put us off and you were still able to enjoy the peaceful setting.

There are seats at either end of the hot tub and the person sat nearest to the pod entrance has the better view, but all the other person needs to do at the opposite end is turn around to enjoy the sight of the alpacas and lush green hills that roll out towards the horizon, as far as the eye can see.

The pod is season-proof thanks to the air conditioning and heating system above the front doors. We blasted the heating on in the pod, so we weren't too cold getting out of the hot tub and heading inside later at night.

The hot tub is the star attraction of the pod, especially due to the fact that there is so much of the night sky to peer at with there being less light pollution around. My only criticism is that there could be better shelter if you want to enjoy the hot tub at night in all weather conditions.

On our second night in the rain began and my partner did get wet sat at the further end of the hot tub as the rain was coming in. The roof of the pod just slightly misses one end, so you are more exposed to the elements. Nevertheless the hot tub is an amazing addition to a pod that truly is in the heart of nature.

The location

One of the waterfall features on the coastal walk from Aberaeron to New Quay © Gemma Sherlock One of the waterfall features on the coastal walk from Aberaeron to New Quay

The other attraction that has to be discussed is the location. The Piglet Pod is in a countryside paradise.

Despite it feeling isolated, which is great for privacy, it's also next to some great local bars, all serving high quality, fresh Welsh food. I particularly liked visiting the Moody Cow which is just a two-minute drive from the pod.

The Moody Cow has a farm shop, selling some amazing goats cheese soap, local ales, ciders and cheese, as well as other snacks and gifts. The café and restaurant caters to both a lunchtime setting with views of the working farm, as well as a candlelit restaurant setting for later on in the evening. We went twice, once just for a dessert and drink and the other time to stock up at the farm shop.

Another good nearby pub was The Llanina Arms, also just a two minute drive from the pod. The homemade meals were all incredibly fresh and tasty. Hats off to the chef for the lasagne, although the service could be improved slightly here.

The pod is also just a 15 minute drive to Aberaeron. The picturesque harbour town features colourful houses, fishing boats and a community atmosphere. There's a market, coffee shops and plenty of trendy bars and restaurants to visit here too. As well as this it's a walkers paradise.

The town is flanked by the beach and we did the coastal walk from Aberaeron all the way to New Quay. A total of 13 miles there and back, which took us most of the day. We stopped off in New Quay and I had the best fish and chips I've ever had at a the Old Watch House. The meal was massive and gave us the well deserved calories we so desperately needed.

Aberaeron © Gemma Sherlock Aberaeron

The restaurant offered views of the Irish sea, and during our lunch we were lucky enough to spot dolphins jumping from the water in New Quay bay, which some tourists paid good money to see on the nearby boating trips - we experienced this during our 30 minute lunch.

The dolphins in New Quay bay © Gemma Sherlock The dolphins in New Quay bay

After the long walk back, the pod was a welcome relief and we soaked our aching muscles in the hot tub while enjoying some drinks and the views for our final night.

Verdict

Beautifully blending the natural world with luxurious home comforts, The Piglet Pod is a couples haven. It's a romantic, relaxing break and I truly felt I could switch off from the stresses of everyday life, and be at one with nature.

Wales is a fantastic country to visit and the Piglet Pod is a great setting to enjoy the simplicity of the area that does what it does best, boasts stunning scenery in a relaxing and peaceful environment.

A massive thumbs up to Dylan and the team for creating a tranquil space in the comfort of his own home. I will definitely be back. Prices start from £145 per night, with two being the minimum number of nights you need to secure the booking. Book your stay at The Piglet Pod here.

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