Welcome to Hillside Glamping Holidays. There are two generations of Taylor's on the farm. You are most likely to be greeted by Ellen and Andrew but Amy, Ross & Robert will also be helping out. The family has farmed in the area since 1840, mainly sheep and arable.
If you don't know the Gower peninsula yet, thick brackened heaths with prehistoric remains, tiny villages and lots of castles, most of which are in ruin. This area of outstanding natural beauty 19 miles long is fringed by sweeping bays and precipitous cliffs, caves and blowholes., a place for romantics and lovers of the outdoors. The coastal waters hereabouts are peppered with shipwrecks and tales of smugglers, right up to the present day. Towards the Rhossili end of the beach, at the low tide, you can see the black ribs of the Helvetia which went down in 1887. Local poets like Dylan Thomas and Phil Tanner wrote some of their finest work close by and we hope the area will inspire you too. Thomas wrote of the 'rubbery, gull-limed grass, the sheep pilled stones, the pieces of bones and feathers' to be found there, and you can follow his footsteps to Worms head, an isolated string of rocks, accessible for only five hours at low tide.
Lovers of the outdoor and the active won't be short of ideas once based at our farm. Of course, there is the sea, an easy walk down the hill. If you fancy a crack at surfing then why not hire your gear at PJ's shop in the village; the PJ in question, Peter Jones, was once European champion. The less certain of us may want to contact Mike at Hillend Surf School for some lessons in surfing. Once you emerge from the waves you should repair to Eddie's cafe, the bistro on the beach, for lunch or just a cup of tea.
And what walking there is here. Straight out of the farm gate and you are on Harding's Down with its fantastic views and three iron age forts within ten minutes of brisk striding. You name an outdoor pursuit and the chances are, you can pursue it here- mountain biking, pony trekking, fishing, falconry, archery, even paragliding, hang-gliding and mountain boarding (skate-boarding down a hill, in case you didn't know). If golf is your forte, why not try one of Gower's numerous courses.
Whatever your choice of leisure pursuit, we doubt you will find a more stunningly situated Hillside Glamping Farm with so much to see and do.
We farm 175 acres stretched out across the village, mainly sheep, oats and barley. Lambing takes place from March to May so there are bound to be orphans to feed come the spring. You will also come across cattle and horses on the common land all around, where farmers still have ancient rights to graze their animals.
The Safari tents are set in a 5 acres field which is part of the farm. The views stretch back across the Gower taking in the loughor estuary, scattered hamlets and rocky outcrops. Most holiday accommodation in these parts is in small cottages so our six person tents should be a godsend for families who fancy trying out this part of the world for their holidays.
On top of the vigorous activities already mentioned, there are also treats to be had within a short drive of the farm. There is the seaside village of Mumbles with its many boutiques and restaurants. There are castle ruins galore on Gower including Weobley and Pennard. Of course a rainy day could take you further afield to the city attractions of nearby Swansea and Cardiff.
Eating and drinking stops abound. Wholesome food and open fires can be found at the King Arthur Hotel, named after the local landmark found on the top of Cefn Bryn surrounded by myths of King Arthur. A good pint is also served at the Kings Head in Llangennith. We can also point you in the direction of The Britannia Innin the nearby village of Llanmadoc.
Our safari tents
Each tent has panoramic views of the countryside. They nestle peacefully between Llanmadoc and Rhossili Hills. We are 5 minutes away from Hillend beach which is renowned for its surfing. Hillend is part of Rhossili bay which is 3 1/2 miles long and has been voted the top surfing beach in Britain and 3rd in Europe.
Our safari tents are a perfect base you can explore Gower peninsula at your leisure, either by foot or car.
To check availability & prices of our Safari tents, head over to our booking page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Hillside Farm
Ellen & Andrew x