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These incredible pop-up boutique hotels in Wales will give you serious wanderlust

If you want to immerse yourself in the myths and legends of Wales on your next trip, consider spending a night in these amazing pop-up boutique hotels inspired by the country’s lore.

A glamping cabin in the Welsh countryside.
The Dragon’s Eye pop-up site in Wales. Image by Epic Retreats

Epic Retreats has launched eight cabins that will host 200 lucky guests in a very exclusive experience. All of the cabins are inspired by legends – the country is celebrating the “Year of Legends” as part of its latest tourism campaign – and will be the subject of a Channel 4 documentary in the UK.

A glamping cabin in the Welsh countryside.
The Miner’s Hut pop-up camping site in Wales. Image by Epic Retreats

The cabins will visit two different locations in Wales through the summer: first in southern Snowdonia from 5 June to 30 June followed by the Llŷn Peninsula from 10 July to 11 September.

A glamping cabin in the Welsh countryside.
Arthur’s Cave is one of the pop-up glamping cabins in Wales from Miller Kendrick Architects. Image by Miller Kendrick Architects

Epic Retreats, along with Visit Wales, invited architects from around the world to take part in designing “glamping units” centered on the mythology and tradition of Wales. The cabins are inspired by legends like King Arthur, the “iconic Welsh dragon” and more, and were built specifically for the project.

A glamping cabin in the Welsh countryside.
The Little Dragon pop-up hotel site in Wales. Image by Epic Retreats

Arthur’s Cave, created by Miller Kendrick Architects, is inspired by the famous legend and the story of a cave that “could be discovered once and never again”. Animated Forest takes its inspiration from the Welsh poem, Cad Goddeu, or the Battle of the Trees, and is meant to evoke a creature travelling through a woodland.

A glamping cabin in the Welsh countryside.
The Animated Forest pop-up glamping site in Wales. Image by Epic Retreats

The cabins include a double, king size or circular bed, a communal area with a BBQ and eating area, and a welcome pack with Welsh produce.

A glamping cabin in the Welsh countryside.
The Black Hat pop-up site in Wales. Image by Epic Retreats

“The unique cabins, complemented by our country’s stunning landscape, make for an unbeatable experience and we look forward to welcoming our first guests this summer who will get to see Wales in a completely unique setting,” said co-founder of Epic Retreats, Llion Pughe, in a statement.

The cabins contain wood stoves and more.
The cabins contain wood stoves and more. Image by Epic Retreats.

To book one of the limited spaces, visit epicretreats.wales.