Caravan Breaks, Touring Pitches, Tipi "Glamping" and Ayurvedic Retreats
in the Upper Wye Valley (Gateway to the Elan Valley) near Rhyader in Mid Wales
Oak Grove Retreats at the Old Station site, Doldowlod, is a perfect base for: bird watchers, walkers, mountain bikers,
motor bikers, anglers and star gazers.
Oak Grove Retreats is part of Doldowlod Old Station Caravan Park, near Rhyader in mid wales. We are focused on providing caravan breaks, tipi holidays, touring caravan pitches and ayurvedic healing retreats in the beautiful Upper Wye/Elan Valley area of mid wales (Gateway to the Welsh Lakeland)
We have a range of holiday rental accomodation to suit all pockets from a 2 berth, retro-chic classic touring caravan to luxury 2 and 3 bed-roomed static caravans. All are perfect for your holiday or budget break in Mid Wales.
For glamping and tipi retreats or short breaks in the upper Wye/Elan Valley area why not try staying in our 21 ft native American style Tipi which sleeps up to six people for a truly unique camping experience.
We are caravan and camping enthusiasts and we promise a warm welcome to you if you have plans to visit Mid Wales in your touring caravan or motor home. We have grass and hard standing pitches available (with or without electric hook up) as well as hot showers, modern flush toilets and lashings of hot water.
Well placed for many attractions and with a local store, post office and cafe just 500 yards away, you can have convenience as well as the peace and beauty of the countryside. We know that your time is precious so we will do everything we can to make your holiday or short break special. Our on site accomodation is spotlessly presented and we can offer home baking, cooked breakfasts and picnic lunches as well as self catering breaks.
Luxury Static Caravans
Luxurious, spacious, double glazed, electric heated, fully insulated and immaculately kept 2 and 3 bed-roomed (4 - 6 berth) 36 ft x 12 ft static caravans.
All have splendid views to the Wye Valley and Cambrian Mountains
Atlas Oakwood Super:
This lovely static has an open plan,cottage-style, cosy lounge and dining room with a separate kitchen. There is a large hallway with storage and a bathroom which benefits from a bath as well as a shower. There are luxury fittings and fixtures throughout affording a light, airy feel. The cream leather sofa and armchair compliment the lounge beautifully. There is one large master double and one standard double bedroom.
The Kitchen has a breakfast bar, a gas hob with sperate oven and grill, a fridge freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans.
There is a dining table with wrap around seating.
Outside there is a smart sitting area with lovely views, table and chairs.
Bedding, linen and towels are provided. Gas and electricity are included in the price, however, there is a £3.00 per night fuel suppliment for use of the central heating.
Allergy sufferers please note that we never have pets in this caravan.
Atlas Deville 3 bed-roomed de-lux static caravan
A spotlessly presented, comfortable double-glazed, centrally heated, fully insulated, 3 bed-roomed 7 berth caravan.There is one large master double bedroom, one smaller
twin/ double bedroom, one single bedroom, plus the lounge settee has a comfortable pull-out double bed.
Pet owners please note that we welcome one medium to large or up to two small well behaved dogs in this caravan.
Retro-Chic Coach Built Classic 2 Berth
Our classic coach built 1980's Castleton 2 berth touring caravan is sited on a seasonal pitch here at Doldowlod. The twin sofa beds convert easily into a very large double bed.
Crockery, pots, pans, cutlery, water container, gas bottle and electric hook up are provided. Please bring your own bedding and towels. There are hot showers, sinks and flush toilets in the nearby shower block. The shower room in the caravan is used for storage only.
Allergy sufferers please note that we never have pets in this caravan
Tipi Glamping Native American style
For an unforgettable glam-camping experience, our immaculate 21ft native-american style tipi is situated in it's own private wooded glade. Benefitting from the knowledge, skills and experience of a couple with seven years experience of tipi living you will be shown how to live close to the earth in this magnificent space.
Are you looking for a break with a difference? Have you ever wished to give your family a different life experience? Perhaps you are considering a truly romantic honeymoon or anniversary snuggled up on sheepskins, looking out at the stars through the smokeflaps? Have your kids ever slept in a tipi?
At Oak Grove Retreats, Doldowlod Old Station park, our immaculate 21ft native-american style tipi is situated in it's own private wooded glade.
We aim to provide high quality holidays or short breaks, with a low environmental impact. Glamping at Oak Grove is for families and couples or for supervised small groups (such as outward bound breaks). We are happy to take groups of ramblers, bird watchers etc but we regret our tipi is not intended for partying. This is a holiday for the outdoor enthusiast, with fantastic walking, bird and animal watching and a whole host of other activities all set in beautiful scenery and fresh country air.
We hope that you feel inspired to visit us. Please remember that sitting in a tipi, nestled amidst the Cambrian Mountains, is half a world away from being at home in front of the TV with the stress of everyday life.
We would like to share with you some of the beauty of the upper Wye/Elan Valley area in the heart of picturesque Mid Wales.
For the real deal in tipi living come to Oak Grove Retreats at Doldowlod Old Caravan Park. Our tipi has a full lining to keep out the drafts and an ozan (inner ceiling) as a guard against rain.
Benefitting from the knowledge, skills and experience of a couple with seven years full time experience of tipi living between them, you will be shown how to live close to the earth in this
Compared to other "Glamping" sites, we are very competatively priced so If you want a specific date for a birthday, anniversary or honeymoon, we recommend booking early to get the dates you want. Of course it's always worth giving us a call even at short notice as we may have late availability.
We provide a gas hob for cooking, an electric heater, rugs and sheepskins for added comfort, crockery, cutlery, pots, pans and utensils. lighting plus an outside private fire place and seating.
We provide freshly cut rushes on the floor with thick crash-mats, rugs and sheepskins for added comfort.
Please bring your own bedding and towels.
There is a gas hob for cooking; an electric heater, crockery, cutlery, pots, pans and utensils.
There is an outside private fire place with seating.
There is easy access to the on-site toilet and shower block which benefits from constant hot water at no extra charge.
Allergy sufferers please note that we never have pets in this tipi
Please bring your own bedding and towels.
A great place to stay in your own "home from home".
We are caravan enthusiasts and we guarantee you a warm welcome. We have 10 lovely spacious pitches for Touring Caravans & Motorhomes. Access to the site is excellent with a gently sloped tarmac road and wide entrances. Prices per night are £14 without electric hook-up and £16 with electricity. We welcome well behaved dogs at a nightly charge of £1.00 per pet.
We offer both grass and hard standing level pitches with or without electric hook ups. This area is served by a modern shower & toilet block which we keep spotlessly clean. The showers are free of charge (we know how annoying it is to be covered in soap when a token runs out!). There is always hot water available. We also have a seperate chemical dispoal area.
A Play Area is provided with swings, Zip wire, trail tunnel and stepping logs for entertaining the children (please supervise your children to ensure that they are safe).
The River Wye is just 200 yards by footpath from the touring field and there are views to the Cambrian Mountains all around you.
There is a small supermarket, post office and cafe 0.5 KM from the site.
A petrol station, Post Office, mini supermarket and a café are all within 2 minutes walking distance of the site.
Whether you are staying for just one night or for a longer break or holiday, there is lots to do in the area and you can be sure that a warm and friendly welcome awaits you!
Ayurvedic Retreats in the Upper Wye/Elan Valley area mid Wales
Heather is an experienced, qualified ayurvedic therapist and yoga teacher; a qualified, registered nurse, and a skilled, creative ayurvedic cook.
From single treatments to pancha karma intensives, our peaceful location, high specification accomodation and beautiful sceneary make Oak Grove Retreats a great destination for your healing break.
Discover the wisdom of Ayurveda (the worlds oldest natural healthcare) for maintaining health and vitality. Experience profound inner peace and discover a wealth of practical knowledge for healthy, stress-free living.
On an Ayurvedic retreat you’ll experience blissfully relaxing Ayurveda massages that will gently purify your body whilst calming your mind. We live next door, so you’re guaranteed undivided personal care and attention at all times.
All Ayurvedic Therapy retreats include breakfast, lunch and dinner with delicious ayurvedic food to meet your dietry needs; pulse and tongue diagnosis; massage taylored to your specific needs, and lifestyle advice. Accomodation is in our luxurious, spotlessly clean centrally heated, double glazed static caravan. Facilities include bath, shower and 2 double bedrooms.
Group and Wedding Camping
- Weddings: We are celebrants and can provide small intimate summer hand-fasting ceremony's in our 22 ft x 22ft tipi. We can also do the catering (Max 20 people). Bride and groom honeymoon in the tipi (set in it's own private woodland grove) or in a luxury static caravan.
- Hire our rally field: We take small rallies of up to 14 tourers/motor-homes, all pitches have electric hook up. We hosted a very successful rally earlier this year. We offer a £4 per pitch reduction on rallies for 6 to 14 pitches. (Excludes bank holidays).
- Student groups/educational groups - we welcome small supervised educational/outward bound groups. We have 3 static caravans accommodating 4, 5 and 6 people respectively as well as a 5 berth Tipi.
Out and About
Based just 200 yards from the river Wye with uninterupted views of the Cambrian mountains, Doldowlod's Old Railway Caravan Park is just 3 miles from the quaint market town of Rhayader and 4 miles from the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. Hay on Wye, famous for it's books and annual festival is just a 40 minute drive away whilst the Victorian Spa town of Llandrindod Wells is 9 miles by road. We are just 20 minutes from Builth Wells, home to the Royal Welsh showground and 40 minutes from the west Wales coast. We believe we are second to none when it comes to small scale, first class caravan and tipi breaks in the Wye Valley/Elan Valley area.
The mountain road between Rhayader and Aberystwyth, via Cwmystwyth and Devil's Bridge is a wild and beautiful route across the Cambrian Mountains. Perfect for Motor bikes and mountain bikes (or even a scenic car drive) which will take you past the spectacular resevoirs of the Elan Valley, known as The Lakeland of Wales. The route starts 4 miles from Doldowlod, just north of Rhyader.
Or if you are planning to come from Aberystwth, the scenic and lonely mountain road from Cwmystwyth will take you across to the beautiful reservoirs of the Elan Valley then onwards another 4 miles via LLanwrthwl to Doldowlod where you are guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome. Our touring field has hot showers & flush toilets (you can even book a massage to soothe your aching muscles after a long ride).
The skies here are special. The British Astronomical Association's Campaign for Dark Skies, names Mid Wales as one of the few remaining destinations in the UK where star gazing is still possible. To the majority of the people, there is light for 24 hours a day and true darkness is a thing of the past. Urban sky glow pollutes nearly all of the UK's night skies. Most people have always lived with light pollution so you may not know what you are missing. At Doldowlod, the absence of light pollution and the spectacular dark skies are breathtaking. On a dark, clear night you can see over a 1,000 stars stretching across the sky.
Just 0.5 miles away from Oak Grove Retreats lies the pretty village of Llanwrthwl. In the churchyard next to the parish church of St Gwrthwl is a huge standing stone. To the north west is the RSPB nature reserve called Carngafallt, a heather clad hill with slopes clothed in beautiful ancient hanging oak woodlands and thorn scattered craggs.. Gafallt was King Arthur’s dog, and legend says that he left his paw print in a stone somewhere on Carngafallt. It was also here that a hoard of gold jewellery was found – a set of bronze age torques, now in the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.
Half a mile south of Doldowlod Old Station site is the impressive Doldowlod House. This fine house and its estate were purchased by the inventor James Watt - 1736 to 1819, perhaps best known for the unit of power measure named after him - late in his life, and while it was in his ownership he made many improvements to it. Doldowlod House is still owned by his descendants, the Gibson-Watt family.
Oak Grove Retreats is Ideal for Wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers at any time of year, the Red Kite feeding station takes less than 5 minutes to reach by road whilst our on site feeders and hedgerows are frequently visted by nuthatch, tree creepers, siskins, tits, dunnocks and woodpeckers. On the river we regularly see kingfishers, heron, dippers and gooseanders. Late spring brings cuckoos and it may be possible to see an elusive Ospray. Bring your binoculars. Click "birding" on menu for information on over 130 species of bird within 6 miles of Rhayader.
Nestled in the Cambrian Hills, close to the Elan Valley, Oak Grove Retreats at Doldowlod is a ramblers' paradise with hill walks and river walks right on the doorstep. We provide maps, walking guides and led walks for a range of fitness levels and abilities. With mountain bikes for hire in near-by Rhayader why not take to the hills and enjoy breath-taking scenery?!
Just 2 minutes walk from Oak Grove retreats is the river Wye where there is good salmon, trout and grayling fishing. Angling beats are located just 200 yards from the site along a permissive foot path. There is also good fishing on nearby tributary rivers and a wild lake.
Healing Therapies at Oak Grove Retreats:
After a day's activity in the Wye/Elan Valley area, or as part of your peaceful time out, why not indulge in some pampering with an ayurvedic or aromatherapy massage. A qulalified, experienced therapist is available on site. We can also arrange taylor made, ayurvedic healing retreats.
With a variety of luxury caravans and a beautiful native american tipi to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy with your caravan or tipi holiday/short break at Oak Grove Retreats in the Wye/Elan Valley area of Mid Wales.
Doldowlod Caravan Park is located just off the A470 some 3 miles south of Rhayader.