Criafolen Yurt is a beautifully decorated and snug romantic retreat in the rolling Welsh hills. This eco masterpiece is a colourful off-grid stay suitable for a couple, with as much character as its stunning surroundings. This undulating space is filled with flowering heather and rare spring flowers such as the Maiden Pink and the Radnor Lily, which is only found in the locality of Mid Wales.
Just as pretty as the blossoms outside is the interior of this beautiful yurt. Lovingly decorated by owners Tracey and Terry, Criafolen yurt’s décor reflects the vibrancy and vivacity of the outdoors on the inside. Bright bedspreads on the reclaimed wood king-sized bed and sumptuous soft furnishings keep this canvas creation cosy, and the wood burning stove flickers a warm, comforting hue throughout the space, leaving you feeling relaxed and carefree. Criafolen Yurt sits delicately on the land around it, creating both a small carbon footprint as well as a big impact on your wellbeing. A stay in this gorgeously green structure should come with a health warning – prolonged exposure to such a tranquil space is marvellous for your health!
The immediate vicinity of Criafolen Yurt offers many adventures, including walks through the owners’ six acres and beyond towards the woodlands, passed bird boxes and insect retreats set up to attract and support local wildlife. Further afield, the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway can be accessed from Llanfair Caereinion, 3.5 miles from Criafolen Yurt. The 2ft 6in narrow gauge railway runs 8.5 miles from the town of Welshpool and was established in 1903. It is now a tourist railway thanks to extensive preservation efforts between the 1960s and the 1980s.
Lake Vyrnwy is a nineteenth century reservoir which is a mere 12 miles from Criafolen Yurt, with a Gothic looking aqueduct and straining tower. The tower can be seen for miles around, at 47 metres tall with an iconic light green copper pointed roof. This designated Nature Reserve is part owned by the RSPB, and the 12-mile circumference of the lake is dotted with bird hides. Spend the day walking, picnicking and spotting siskins, dragonflies and the majestic peregrine falcons. Under the water, not only can a large population of trout be found, but there lay the remains of the village of Llanddwyn, which was submerged in 1881 to create the Vyrnwy Dam.
This spacious yurt sleeps two people on one king-sized double bed, made from reclaimed local wood, which comes with a high-quality mattress, a feather duvet and pillows and colourful bedding. The inside of the yurt is beautifully decorated as well as being very well insulated – a wood-burning stove provides the heating, and logs are provided within the price. Lanterns and candles provide the lighting, making this an off-grid stay within the sleeping area.
Criafolen Yurt is sumptuously decorated by owners and designers Tracey and Terry, with elegance and comfort in mind. They’ve even provided dressing gowns for ultimate comfort. Criafolen Yurt has the use of a large 6-8-person hot tub which sits alongside the communal cabin which houses a large, fully equipped kitchen. The hot tub comes with Bluetooth connectivity so that you can play your own playlist from your phone as you relax with a glass of something fizzy to watch a Welsh sunset.
Kitchen facilities include a double oven with ceramic hobs, a large American-style fridge freezer, a kettle and cafetieres, a large Belfast sink, as well as a large range of cutlery, crockery and cookware. There’s even a dining space with a large dining table suitable for feasts. This cabin benefits from ground source heating and is warm all day. For al fresco dining, there is a barbecue on the deck for dinner with a view!
Also included in this bespoke cabin are wet room bathrooms, one private bathroom space allocated per yurt. Each wet room has its own hot water shower, flushing toilet and wash basin, as well as a mirror, shaver sockets and a hairdryer. And as if this cabin couldn’t get any better, you’ll also find a fantastic Finnish sauna, which fits in perfectly with a digital detox stay. Please note that towels for the bathrooms are provided in the yurts, however, guests are asked to bring their own towels for the sauna and hot tubs. Due to the yurts being close to farmland, the owners regret that they cannot accept dogs.
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