Scamper Holidays are based on the Welsh Gower coast, which is in the south of the country, near Swansea. They have two sites: Rhossili bay, and Kennexstone campsite, which is near Llangennith, a beach frequented by surfers and dog-owners (you can walk pets there all year round, and the campsite is dog-friendly too).
We were keen to head to Wales this Easter, so I got in touch with Mark and Kathryn, the owners. They offered us a 4-person Llangennith shepherd’s hut. We arrived on a sunny afternoon to find Nutmeg, one of the two 4-person shepherd’s huts on the site, waiting for us.
Glamping with kids can be tricky. The level of comfort and facilities varies dramatically from place to place. Some glamping units are nothing more than a tent with a comfy beds. Others go the whole hog, and include a fully fitted-out kitchen, heating, TV and even (gasp) a private loo. So it’s tricky to know what to pack.
One thing that impressed me about the Scamper Holidays website was that it included a long list of everything they provided, so there could be no doubt about what you needed to take. Washing-up liquid? Check. Torch? Check (although you might want to bring your own as well – the beam wasn’t very powerful on the Scamper torch). Kitchen utensils? Check. Barbecue? Check. Towels? Check.
There was even a bottle of handwash, which is something I always forget when we’re camping/glamping.
The kids were bursting with excitement when they saw our cute little hut. I’d say it was perfect for families with younger children (ours are 4 and 6 years old). They slept on little bunks over our double bed, and it was a cosy way for the family to spend three nights.
If you have older, bigger kids – teenagers, for instance – and want more space, Scamper Holidays have larger glamping units. But our children loved the shepherd’s hut.
Mark and Kathryn were warm and friendly, and this was reflected in the hut’s style and decor. We arrived to a welcome pack, with welshcakes, luxury toiletries from Myddfai, Scamper Holiday chocolates and a small bottle of fizz.
Although glamping isn’t as comfortable as staying in a hotel or self-catering cottage – you’re still at the mercy of the weather – if it’s done right, it can feel super-luxurious. Plus you get to feel as though you’re right there in the middle of nature, which you don’t always get on a cottage break. Our shepherd’s hut had some thoughtfully chosen fittings, which made it feel homely, including a TV that played DVDs.
Nothing beats waking up in the morning to a stunning view, even on a rainy mornings (we had a couple of those, but also plenty of sunshine).
Kennexstone campsite itself also had pitches for tents and caravans. It was tranquil when we visited, but I’m sure it would get very busy in the summer months. Llangennith is a popular beach; ideally you’d need a car to get there from the site, as it’s a 10-15 minute drive down windy roads without pavements. But this site is well-placed for stepping back from the Summer hubbub at the beach.
The toilet and shower blocks were (by night) a starlit stroll away – as I’ve mentioned, don’t forget your torch! They were impeccably clean (always a consideration when camping/glamping), and the shower water was toasty warm.
There was a laundry/washing-up area, which we used when we had a bigger load of dishes to clean.
Kennexstone campsite has a very small shop, with some basics (milk, gifts…and ice cream!).
The Gower is a wild and beautiful, but accessible part of Wales. There are several companies offering outdoor pursuits to families with children slightly older than ours, including RipnRock and Gower Adventures. While we were staying with Scamper Holidays, we visited the Gower Heritage Centre, went wildlife-spotting, and visited some pleasant pubs. I’ll be posting about that soon, but in the meantime here’s a little video showing a 360 degrees view of the hut and our stay:
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A three-night weekend break in a Llangennith shepherd’s hut for four costs £250 in mid-April. Prices vary at other times of the year.
Kennexstone campsite is located near Swansea, on the B4295. The closest major road is the M4.
We were invited to stay with Scamper Holidays for the purpose of this post. All views are my own.