Rated 5 out of 5
Glancing over the undulating hills and dales of Mid Wales, you’d be forgiven for thinking this is a place where humanity has yet to step foot. Derwen Yurt sits quietly on a hillside north of Welshpool, so quietly you’d barely know that this romantic retreat is there at all. This yurt caters for a couple, with fantastic facilities including a shared hot tub, a wooden cabin housing a fully equipped kitchen, an individual bathroom suite and a Finnish sauna.
The most impressive detail of this site is its tranquillity – although there are two other yurts on this site, each is secluded enough for a feeling of privacy and cosiness. Derwen Yurt has its own private decking facing the beautiful, fertile valley below, overlooking the oak, rowan and birch trees after which these delightful structures are named. This area of Wales has often been compared to Scandinavia, and you’ll definitely be able to indulge in all things hygge here – drench yourself in oxygen in secluded woodlands, breathing in the freshest air, taking time to feel dappled sunlight on your skin through the branches all around, meditating on the sound of rustling leaves, being mindful of the call of kites and foxes from the banks beyond.
This colourful couple’s holiday is as comfortable as it is consciously wild – inside the yurt, you’ll find top of the range bedding, atop a reclaimed wood king-sized bed. Lanterns and candles create a romantic ambiance, whilst the wood burning stove (which burns fallen wood from the site) emanates a sepia glow over your evenings in.
This site takes glamping to a new level of sophistication and relaxation.
This area of Wales features heavily in Welsh mythology, and when you get here, you’ll know why – there’s a palpable hint of mystery in the air of this stunning valley. It could be the freshness of the air, the purply-green hue of the surrounding broadleaf woodland or the ancient standing stones placed ritually by ancient civilisations that can be found dotted around this landscape that provides a mystical feeling in Mid Wales – whatever it is, it’s an addictive combination that draws thousands of walkers, hikers and glampers to this area every year. This is the perfect spot for a holiday, as it’s only an hour’s drive from Snowdonia National Park, and a chance to scale the magnificent Mount Snowdon – that’s a tick off the bucket list!
Closer to your yurt home is the beautiful Welshpool, with not one but three historic castles of varying eras, as well as the award-winning Powysland Museum, to give you an overview of this impressive, richly historic area. You can also leave more than just your heart in this valley – the owners encourage you to add to this fantastic green space by dedicating a tree in your name to the site. Your namesake tree can provide a home for the local wildlife and gives you a great excuse to come back to Secret Garden next year to see its progress!
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.
Derwen 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. Derwen Yurt 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, shave 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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