A Travelling Hotel in the Welsh Countryside

A Travelling Hotel in the Welsh Countryside

Eight pop-up hotel rooms, selected in an international design competition, have been installed in Snowdonia, Wales as part of Epic Retreats, a movable glamping resort.

The appetite for tiny, portable, wheeled accommodation continues. This summer, tourists in the UK will get the chance to indulge their curiosity in compact abodes with a stay at Epic Retreats, a collection of eight pop-up hotel rooms that will traverse the Welsh countryside from June to September.

The cabins are the result of a design competition launched last fall to coincide with Wales’ Year of Legends, a year-long celebration of the country’s heritage. The project – a partnership between holiday rental firm Best of Wales, tour operator Cambria Tours and George + Tomos Architects – sought proposals for mobile, self-contained “glamping” units that make use of Welsh materials and include a bed for two, a seating area, a wood-burning stove and a bathroom, outfitted with a shower and composting toilet.

The winning pop-up hotel rooms come from both national and international firms, including Welsh firm Rural Office for Architecture and Australia’s TRIAS. Our favourite unit, Arthur’s Cave, is by London’s Miller Kendrick Architects.

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Arthur’s Cave is a faceted cabin clad in locally-sourced Welsh larch, stained black. Sheeps’ wool, also locally-sourced, provides insulation. A glazed entryway offers sweeping vistas of the surrounding landscape and brings in natural light.

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Inside, the hotel room has a modern edge. CNC-cut birch plywood ribs, fitted together using jigsaw joints, and sheathing panels create a sculptural interior that provides “structure, finish, fixtures and fittings, including a plywood sink and bath,” the firm says. A small log burner heats the cabin, which is outfitted with LED lighting powered via photovoltaics.

The eight cabins will welcome guests for weekday and weekend stays from June 5 to 30, in Southern Snowdonia, before relocating to Llŷn Peninsula, along a stretch of private beach, for bookings between July 10 and September 11.

Check out the other pop-up hotel rooms below.

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Dragon’s Eye by Carwyn Lloyd Jones

 

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Miner’s Legend by How About Studio

 

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Animated Forest by Francis & Arnett

 

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Black Hat by Rural Office for Architecture

 

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Little Dragon by Barton Willmore Architects

 

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Slate Cabin by Trias

 

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SkyHut by Waind Gohil + Potter Architects

 

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