Glamping at Castle Knights Usk


Like a lot of people we had to cancel a lot of travel plans this year, in fact, I was more organised this year than previous ones and had a road trip through Italy on the cards as well as a short break to France and the Channel Islands in the diary but just goes to show you never really can plan because who would of expected a pandemic in 2020, not me!

The one big positive about 2020 has been discovering and thoroughly enjoying the fantastic countryside we have on our doorstep in South Wales. We have been spending quite a lot of time in the Brecon Beacons slowly ticking off mountain summits and forest walks and it's an area of Wales we love and we had looked for a quick glamping getaway in the area but everywhere was booked out.

The boys had been keen to do some canoeing on the River Wye this summer so instead, we changed tack and came across the wonderful Castle Knights camping glamping in the grounds of Usk Castle and near Monmouth and the Wye Valley, it was perfect.

There are a few different options to stay in from Shepard's hut and Yurt to the 'Tom's Barrel" and the one we chose - Glyndwrs Fort which comfortably sleeps up to 4 people. My boys love knights and castles so this was a real treat especially as the inside of Glydwrs Fort has a real castle feel. The fort is still very much glamping but with perks obviously, such as lighting, plug sockets (great for charging your phone), a small radio and a nice seating area on the deck out the front and although there's no heating but we stayed nice and toasty in our season 3 sleeping bags (in fact at one point we were a little too warm).

The rest of the campsite while quite small it's car-free so safe for younger campers and is very well equipped and has excellent outdoor cooking facilities which provide enough shelter even in bad weather. The two large fire pits were also a hit with the kids who enjoyed roasted marshmallows after an early evening stroll around the Castle. There is also an outdoor swing, plenty of logs to sit on as well as tables for all the campers to spread out safely as per social distancing rules.

The campsite is also in a perfect location, right next to the Castle as well as a very short walk to Usk high street which has a lovely bakery and shop for all your needs. Usk itself is very pretty and it's worth taking a stroll through the area.

We also made sure to make the most of the location and as I mentioned we were keen to go canoeing on the River Wye so we headed to Symonds Yat which is a really fantastic place for walks and hikes and hired a family canoe. I was a bit nervous about staying safe but Wye Dean canoe hire had really good protocols in place, social distancing and mask-wearing were done throughout the hiring process and buoyancy aids are cleaned and sanitised after each use.

We had a great time on the river in truly stunning surroundings and for a moment it felt, despite everything, like a real holiday and it's been moments like these that have made summer for the boys.

*This is not an AD, we paid for our trip ourselves and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Castle Knights Glamping. 


  1. I admit that I have never once gone camping or glamping, but I am sorely tempted to after this post and just looking at the photos you guys took. It looks like fun and I'd learn how to canoe lol.

  2. Kristine Nicole Alessandra14 September 2020 at 17:43

    What a dream vacation! It would be so nice to be in a place like that, away from city living. I am happy you were able to spend some outdoors glamping time. Hope we could do the same soon.

  3. What a neat place to stay! Looks like you found a great destination to visit as a family. I wish this was closer to me!

  4. Wow that looks like a great place to camp. I would love to go there with m family, it sounds like a lot of fun.

  5. This is exactly the type of thing I want to do with my family. They would love it.

  6. I am still yet to go glamping in a pod but these look really good! The campsite sounds lovely and in a great location...looks like the perfect staycation for this year.

  7. pod glamping looks so fun! I would love to do this with the family!

  8. What a fun experience! Looks like you had a great camping trip and lots of great memories made.

  9. I have never heard of glamping before, but seeing this, it sounds like a lot of fun! I'll have to add this to my bucket list of experiences!

  10. My girls love to go camping! I have always been a fan! Looks like you all had a great time

  11. This is the perfect spot for me! I’m a big glamper and would love to spend a night or two here!


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