We are always delighted to be asked to review glamping – and so we were more than pleased when Annie, of Morphut Ltd asked us to come and review one of their pods over in Mid Wales, at Brandy House Farm.
So, it was with great excitement that myself, wife and son (aged 8) and dog set off on Friday morning for our visit. We left at 11.30 a.m. and according to my Google directions, should take about 3 and a half hours – but traffic and a few wrong turns meant that our journey actually took 7 hours instead!
We had booked dinner at Brandy House Farm (at £16.50 per person) – and so were keen to get there on time as our tummies were grumbling! And it was worth the wait. The drive, whilst longer than it should have been (I blame my wife’s map reading) allowed us to appreciate the stunning scenery… I hadn’t realised Wales was so beautiful (and that’s from someone who already lives in a very beautiful part of the world).
When we eventually rumbled over the cattle grids, and made our way up past lovely sheep and cows that were grazing alongside Brandy House Farm’s long driveway, and past the farmhouse, we saw the Morphpod – sat majestically atop a nicely landscaped hillock, looking totally at one with the surroundings.
The Morphpod can be described as a wooden cabin, with a curved corrugated iron roof, and includes a lovely covered decked outside area to sit and take in the lovely view.
William (my son) was instantly enraptured and was thrilled to be staying in the pod. The interior was very spacious, and the two single beds hooked up onto the ceiling to provide lots of living space. Two additional fold out armchairs provided extra beds for little ones and an electric heater was also provided.
Apart from a couple of chairs on the deck, that was basically all the furniture in the pod – but it was easy to see how well built the pod is – extremely well insulated, and cosy and warm. We heard from Richard (the owner of Brandy House Farm) that they have had visitors sleep in the pod in the depths of Winter, and with the use of the small heater, were perfectly warm.
Once we had lugged all our sleeping bags and other bits and pieces into the pod, we set about to explore before our dinner. Brandy House Farm also offer bed and breakfast as well as self catering cottages, but their main niche is offering livery for people wishing to go on holiday with their horses. Medina (Richard’s wife) is a keen horse person, and she takes people for rides across Wales to the sea, a wonderful trip that lasts for 6 days, staying overnight in B&Bs along the way – which sounded amazing, if a bit painful!
The farm has 20 acres, most of which is turned over for horse grazing (for their own 3 horses and guest horses) as well as their sheep and chickens – the eggs of which will appear on your breakfast plate if you order breakfast (at £10 per person).
We had a lovely dinner – lasagne, salad and bread, followed by meringues with strawberries and cream. Afterwards we sat on the pod’s deck and chatted whilst the moon came out – a very peaceful and lovely evening.
The next morning, after a very nice, warm and comfortable night’s sleep, we came into the farmhouse for breakfast which was like the dinner, perfect. Really tasty, with lots of lovely tea to wash it down!
After a leisurely packup, we said our goodbyes, and headed off to our next Morphpod, at Disserth!
We would thoroughly recommend staying at Brandy House Farm – the morphpods aren’t palatial glamping – but so much more than a typical camping pod – and at £20 per person a night, the rates are spot on too!