Read about the Roost

The Roost opened in October 2019.  Since then we're delighted to have had so many lush guest reviews, which you can read here, but we've also had a few mentions in the press, online etc. Read on to learn more.

Green Economy Wales: Taking action on climate change - October 2023

Bradt Guide to South Wales - 1st edition, February 2023

We are delighted to feature in the first Bradt Guide to South Wales:

"This new Bradt guidebook is the first solely dedicated to a specific part of Wales, encompassing the country’s southern third. Catering for walkers, heritage aficionados, wildlife lovers, families, mountain bikers, foodies and city-lovers, it furnishes all the practical information you need to plan and enjoy time in South Wales."

On p189, you can read about the Roost:

"A fabulous biker/hiker friendly site run by a very welcoming family 3 miles south of the town centre. There is a choice here of heated cabins, each sleeping 2 adults and up to 2 children and all have a bike/equipment storage area; one cabin is ensuite, while occupants of the others have allocated showers as well as well-equipped self-catering 'inside/outside' kitchens. Bike wash, drying room and washing line also available. Its small, and very popular with bikers using the nearby BikePark Wales, so book ahead. There are also a couple of pitches for campervans."

Friends of the Earth Cymru - Sustainable travel: can Welsh tourism lead the way? January 2023

In January 2023, Friends of the Earth Cymru asked whether Welsh Tourism can lead the way in sustainable travel. Read the full article here

"Tourism contributes hugely to the Welsh economy but it also contributes to climate emissions. It's time for Wales to position itself as a destination for eco-tourism, and cater to the growing demand for sustainable travel from eco-conscious visitors.

Wales already holds a unique position when it comes to sustainable development. It is the only country to date to enshrine this in legislation under The Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015, which requires public bodies to think about the long term impact of their decisions on future generations. 

The Roost in Merthyr Tydfil is a small self-catering cabin site that offers an ‘electric-only’ energy system. One thing we’re certainly not short of in Wales is rain, and this site aims to harness it. Rainwater is collected and stored in big tanks which are used on-site to flush toilets and water the garden. LED lights are triggered via motion sensors to ensure minimal electricity wastage and the Wi-Fi controlled heaters cut out if they are left on."

The Rough Guide to Wales - 2022 edition

Cover of the Rough Guide to WalesWe are delighted to feature in the 2022 edition of the Rough Guide to Wales (p112). And we got a  which means we're a favourite place! Chuffed doesn't cover it.

"Popular with bikers using nearby Bike Park Wales, this fabulous little site, some three miles south of the town centre, offers four heated and very cosy wooden cabins, each sleeping up to four (two adults and two children), one of which is en-suite. Each cabin has its own bike storage facility, and there's a bike wash."

Read our mention here.

South Wales Argus - November 2022

Wales SME Taskforce advise businesses on boosting green credentials

Read the full article here.

"BUSINESSES in Wales need to build climate action into their immediate plans to make themselves resilient to future shocks.

That is the message from the Wales SME Taskforce, as business owners across the country deal with a myriad of challenges putting pressure on their enterprises.

Members of the taskforce recently met owners of Welsh businesses at Tiny Rebel in Cardiff, with the Gwent brewery on hand to explain how they are doing their bit for the planet.

Also there to tell their story was Kristian and Kath Morgans of The Roost in Merthyr Tydfil, who highlighted why sustainability matters so much to their glamping business..." continue reading.

Wales247 - 11 April 2022

Merthyr Tydfil named among UK’s top 10 Easter break 2022 destinations

Read the full article here.

"The Roost Merthyr Tydfil glamping site opened in October 2019, primarily as a base for hikers, bikers and outdoor lovers. It is fully booked for Easter with guests coming from across the UK, Massachusetts in the USA and Germany.

“Our international visitors have definitely increased,” said co-owner Kath Morgans.  “After an obviously challenging couple of years, which we got through with the support of the Council, it’s fantastic to see so many people choosing to visit Merthyr Tydfil and the Brecon Beacons to take part in the activities available.

“Top of the activity list are definitely BikePark Wales and hiking in the Beacons, so when designing the Roost, we made sure to offer the facilities that hikers and bikers need. We now have lots of returning guests, which is great for us and for Merthyr Tydfil.”"

UpHill Phill's video review of the Roost - 21 April 2021

Watch Phill's video of the Roost here

"My Daughter and I decided to go to South Wales for 2 days of mountain biking and walking and didn't really want to camp like we normally do, so we came across The Roost at Merthyr Tydfil, just off the A470..."

Please note that Phill did this off his own back and paid to stay, we weren't aware he'd be doing this lush video (thanks Phill).

The Telegraph - 13 March 2021

30 ways to have your hottest May half-term holiday ever

Read the full article here

"Thrill-seeking families who aren’t afraid of a little roller-coaster riding should book themselves a “Ticket to Ride” at BikePark Wales in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. Ideal for beginners and nervous parents, the 3.5-hour sessions are a great introduction to the network of more than 40 mountain bike trails, which sweep through the Welsh mountains and include the longest beginner mountain bike trail in the UK. With a bike lift, bike and equipment hire and “pedal pass”, it’s like skiing but with no snow. Afterwards, stay in one of the cute cabins at The Roost Merthyr Tydfil, just one mile from the trails, which includes a bike wash and dry room for all your dirty gear. Guided “Ticket to ride” sessions cost £65 for children and £80 for adults and include all equipment (07730 382 501; The Roost Merthyr Tydfil costs from £67.50 per night for two adults and two children. Minimum two-night stay (07484 697392;"

Open Air Business - February 2020

Entrepreneurs chat

How brothers Kris and Darrel Morgans created The Roost Merthyr Tydfil, a purpose built haven for hikers, bikers and lovers of the outdoors, in their childhood stomping ground.

Read the full article here

And finally

Kris and the Roost also featured in an ITV Wales at Six TV article in October 2019 but no footage is available. Probably for the best...