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South Wales glamping site shortlisted for travel awards

The Little Retreat in Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire

The Little Retreat in Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, has been shortlisted in two categories in the prestigious itravel Staycation Awards. Organised by inews.co.uk, the itravel Staycation Awards 2020/21 celebrate the best of the UK’s holiday experiences in what has been a difficult year for the domestic tourism industry.

Opened in summer 2020, the Little Retreat is a magical escape to the UK’s only coastal National Park. A place of restoration, reconnection and relaxation, the Little Retreat offers a sanctuary in the spiritual setting of the historic Lawrenny Park Estate; surrounded by hundreds of acres of ancient woodlands and secret waterways to explore.

The luxury glamping site has been recognised in two of the fifteen categories; best wilderness stay/glampsite, and best caravan/campsite. The wilderness stay or glampsite category, sponsored by Canopy & Stars, was looking for the best unusual accommodation that allows guests to enjoy nature in comfort. While the caravan and campsite category is looking for sites with excellent facilities and a warm welcome to ensure a relaxing and safe stay.

The Little Retreat offers a gateway to the popular Pembrokeshire Coast with a world of adventure to explore. Activities offered at the Little Retreat include guided wild swimming in the Cleddau Estuary from WeSwimWild Founder Laura Owen Sanderson, feasting and foraging experiences from Chef Matt Powell, art workshops and wellbeing classes, and stargazing.

Amber Lort-Phillips, Founder and Director of The Little Retreat said: “We are incredibly proud to have been named finalists in the itravel Staycation Awards 2020/21. The past 18 months have been the most difficult we have ever faced as a venue, and to be recognised in this way is a real bright spot after such a tough time. I’d like to thank all the team at The Little Retreat, our industry partners, and my family for supporting us to achieve our vision.”

A total of 49 venues and locations have been recognised across fifteen categories including wilderness stay/glamspite; caravan/campsite; pub with rooms; tourist attraction; and tourism hero. Other venues from the region recognised in the shortlist are Penhein in Monmouthshire, and Ty Sherwood, Pembrokeshire.

All 49 finalists will now be considered by a panel of independent judges with the winners announced on 10 June.