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About 'Awel yr Awen'

('Breeze of the Muse')

Awel yr Awen is a brand new campsite, located at Gelly, the Country House and farm where poet Dylan Thomas sat under the great Western Red Cedar tree drinking fresh, warm milk in the 1940s.


Owned by mother and daughter, Rosemary and Rolanda and family since 1980, the historic 72-acre farm has been kept private (and almost secret) for many years.

Now a thriving home to bees, chickens, geese, ducks and ponies, as well as providing organic grazing for Welsh Black bulls and sheep, and a vibrant and sustainable vegetable garden, Gelly's hushed atmosphere is a solace to all who come here. Where the 17th century farmhouse stands, there was once a monastic sanctuary with some connection to Strata Florida Abbey. It is likely that the cob walled-garden and the old stone walls marking the fields and farm track go back to those times. The name Awel yr Awen, or ‘Breeze of the Muse’ is apt because it really seems as though poetic inspiration can be found here: as well as Dylan Thomas’s fame, the place has been an inspiration to several other poets, artists and composers.


Home to a wide variety of wildlife, this special place deserves a special camping experience, and here you will find a total of only five pitches, each with its own campfire not only permitted but encouraged, and its very own private area of wilderness.


Situated only six miles from the coast, there are many beautiful beaches within an easy drive; South of Aberystwyth and North of Cardigan, Awel yr Awen is ideally located for exploring any part of West Wales; alternatively, it is possible that you won’t want to explore at all but just stay put, let the children roam free, soak in the peace and quiet and bask in the rural idyll that Awel yr Awen provides.

Gelly also has an Airbnb listing here:

https://airbnb.com/h/gelly-dylan-thomas-paradise

 

Awel yr Awen Rewilding

Red kites, Barn and Tawny owls, woodpeckers, herons, badgers, foxes, squirrels and stoats - to name but a tiny few of the many species of wildlife that can be found at Awel yr Awen.


Rather than allowing nature to be disturbed or diminished in any way by the campsite, your visit will be helping with our rewilding programme as the campsite meadow itself is going to become a native woodland, with the first planting scheduled for Autumn 2021.

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The sheltered, organic farm is blessed with a long history that has bestowed upon it many great trees now in their prime, 250-year-old beeches, oaks, cedars and more. In recent years some of these beauties have been lost to storms and old age; a whole new planting is required, and Awel yr Awen marks the beginning of this long-held dream.

Next winter, the meadow campsite will begin its new life as a woodland, with plans to plant alder, birch, oak and many other varieties of native trees in between the pitches. Come this year, and return every year, to watch the woodland and its wildlife grow and grow…

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