Your Experience Here at Ebbw View
We want you to enjoy every aspect of your stay with us, so here are a few things that will help give you an idea of what to expect - and what not to expect - while you are here.
Are we Glamping?
We considered long and hard whether to call ourselves a Glamping Site but finally decided against this label. Don't get us wrong - we love the concept of glamping and there are some amazing places to stay that genuinely deserve that identity. For us, though, the focus remains on simple camping in a beautiful setting but with basic comforts that you just can't get in a tent.
So, when you arrive, your accommodation will be ready for you, complete with bed and comfy mattress, a sofa bed for additional guests and to relax on during the days, a two ring hob and small sink for indoor cooking and a barbeque or fire pit out on your private veranda for cooking on warmer days and evenings. There will be a couple of foldaway chairs you can use on the veranda - you may wish to bring more if there are more than two of you in the Pod.
No need to bring your own utensils or crockery, we have all the basic equipment you need for chopping, boiling, frying, barbequing and eating your culinary masterpieces. We'll even include a couple of tea towels for whoever draws the short straw for the washing up.
We also provide a hot shower and a composting toilet within your Pod, so there's no lying awake listening to the rain at night, balancing your bladder's needs with your dread of getting dressed and running across a field with a torch to find the toilet block. Yes, we've all been there...
We knew from the outset that we couldn't compromise on our commitment to work with, rather than against the local environment. Ebbw View Eco Pods have been designed to run entirely off-grid. This means your electricity is provided through a mixture of solar and wind power; the water that is pumped into your shower, hand-basin and kitchen sink is filtered rainwater; we will provide you with fresh bottled water free of charge on a daily basis, and your comfort breaks will be taken on the en suite composting toilet.
As part of this ecologically friendly approach, we also want to minimise frequent washing of bedclothes, duvets and towels which uses excessive water and detergent. So we will provide pillows and pillowcases for the double bed and a hand towel for the bathroom but we ask that you bring your own duvets, covers and bed sheets for all your guests, or sleeping bags if you are going with a more authentic camping experience, plus shower towels.
Also, as our drainage system will involve water flowing directly back into the soil downhill from your Pod, we need to be mindful of what we send disappearing down the shower and sinks. Therefore we respectfully ask that you use only the natural washing products that we will provide in the Pods. This includes shower gel and shampoo, hand-wash washing up liquid, all of which are very kind to sensitive skin as well as to the earth.
We will give you information on where to buy food locally for cooking and our recommendations for good restaurants and take-aways in Risca and surrounding towns and villages. If all else fails you can pop down to Newport but we strongly encourage you to support smaller local businesses if you can.
When relaxing in or out of your Pod, you will feel very secluded, as we have just three Eco Pods in our large field and we have spaced them out generously so you will enjoy a large "garden" of your own and of course, the uninterrupted views across the valley.
You may get to meet one of our resident cats: Mortimer, FatFace, Monkey and Piglet, who hang around the field doing very little; or Mutton, our neurotic dog, easily confused with one of the sheep in the nearby fields, not just due to her name but also her woolly good looks.
You might also see various sheep, horses and Alpacas in nearby fields. These belong to our neighbours and we ask that while you enjoy having the animals as part of your scenery, you also respect their space when walking near boundary fences where they are grazing, especially if you have a dog with you.
We welcome you bringing up to two dogs with you to your Pod and we can provide water bowls for them if you need them to save you the bother. Be aware of the limitations of Pod space - two terriers will fit right in, two St Bernard's might struggle. If your dogs are happy and calm sleeping tethered on a lead on the decking outside in the Summer months , that's fine with us.
With the glass fronted French doors at the front of your Pod, even if a cool evening pulls you back inside from the veranda, you can still get the full benefit of the views and the starry evenings from the warmth and comfort of your living area.
Oh yes... the warmth.... that will be provided from Autumn 2019 onwards, by one of our lovely little wood burning stoves, for which we'll give you a quantity of wood that should cover your stay, with more available to buy if you need it.
So, just allow yourself to leave behind some of the mod cons you take for granted, engross yourself in a simpler life for a few days, breathe the fresh air, explore new landscapes and reconnect with the land.