National Geographic searched far and wide to name the winner of the Happy Glampers award in their inaugural Big Sleep Awards 2017.

The winner was Bush Rover in Tanzania – but the runner up came from our beloved Wales!

A view of a romantic dome at Fforest from the inside

Romantic views, Fforest, West Wales


Reigning high above thousands of other potential glamping locations worldwide, Wales’ very own Fforest was named runner up.   Glamping is a growing market and the competition is hotting up, so it’s great to see a Welsh business gaining recognition, driving tourism to the area’s natural beauty.

Fforest is the brainchild of Sian and James Lynch, who wanted to make the most of the great outdoors in West Wales so that others could enjoy it too. Across three sites in Ceredigion, Cardigan and Cilgerran, they have built a variety of accommodation that invites visitors to relax, have fun and be at one with the natural beauty of Wales.

A porttrait photograph of James Lynch, co-founder of Fforest


James Lynch, Fforest, West Wales

At the camps, set in over 200 acres of wilderness near the Teifi gorge, you can stay in romantic dome tents, cosy cabins with woodburners, bell tents with barbecues and many other back-to-nature options set amongst the greenery.

Despite being in the heart of the countryside, there is plenty to do near Fforest.

Folly Farm is a 30 minute drive from Fforest farm. Much more than its name suggests, it is closer to a zoo than a humble cattle farm! Meet giraffes, zebra, lions, penguins and of course, farmyard favourites such as pigs, goats and sheep.


Penguins at the Penguin Coast at Folly Farm


Penguins together at Folly Farm’s Penguin Coast, Pembrokeshire

Bay To Remember runs boat trips that make the most of the extensive coast around West Wales. On a good day, passengers will spot all sorts of marine life including bottlenose dolphins, porpoise and grey seals. Boats are just a five minute drive from Fforest farm.


View of Dylan Thomas' Boathouse in Laugharne


Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse, Laugharne by Paula J James

Laugharne, the former home of Wales’ beloved bard Dylan Thomas, is a 50 minute drive from Fforest. Visit some of the poet’s haunts, such as his favourite pub Brown’s Hotel and his hillside writing shed and his boathouse that overlooks the Taf Estuary.

Congratulations to the team on their well deserved award – we look forward to visiting!