In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree: In the hills of Radnor, a modern-day Xanadu has been created not by Kubla Khan but by Andy and Katherine and a stately pleasure-dome now sits on the hillside at the Redwood Retreat.
Immerse yourself in the peace and quiet that the Radnorshire hills offer in spades. Just a mile from Rhayader the retreat offers romantic stays in a luxuriously appointed Geodome. Guests are also free to use the 'chillout' dome, further down the hillside which is shared with Norwegian Wood.
Exclusively for adults, this seclusion gives the break you always promised yourself. The retreat is based on Andy and Katherine’s smallholding and is very exclusive with only two glamping sites available so you are not sharing your holiday with your neighbours.
Hafod is a short walk (75 mtrs) across the pasture from your parking space by the farmhouse. Built-in a small old quarry the elevated position gives an amazing view across the valley. A feature of the dome is the massive clear viewing window with nearly 180-degree clear vision. The windows pick up the morning sun as well as giving a view as the sun slips away into the west behind the hills.
One mile from Rhayader town centre with a choice of pubs, cafe's supermarkets and shops. A special treat is to have a Red Kite hovering just a few feet above your head. Expect to see Nuthatches, Woodpeckers, Blue and Great Tits, Robins and Redstarts, Goldfinches and Thrushes to name a few. Every year families of Swallows and House Martins seek housing around Andy & Katherine's house nearby. Occasionally a fox can be seen as it sneaks across the landscape. A Hare is a frequent guest in the paddocks below the dome too. At dusk, bats can appear as they seek a snack on insects.
Hafod at Redwood Retreat can also be rented together with Norwegian Wood on the same site - perfect for two couples.
King-size bed sleeps 2.
Indoor bathroom with shower cubicle, WC, washbasin and towel rail.
4 ring gas cooker, oven and grill. Fridge. BBQ.
Wi-Fi is available at this property.
Heating and Lighting
Log burner. Electric USB port and power sockets. Hot running water. Smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm and a fire blanket.
Grounds and Nearby
Open grounds, chill out dome for use by both domes, Norwegian wood and Hafod.
Private parking near the dome and a cart to take your belongings down if needed.
Check in from 17:30 and check out by 09:30These are recommended check-in/out times to allow Covid-19 sanitisation, earlier/later times may be available by request with the owner
Rhayader, or Llandrindod Wells Railway Station.
Inside Hafod, you’ll find everything required for your stay. A compact kitchen with a fridge, gas stove, oven and grill and a full range of utensils, crockery and cutlery.
The king-size bed has a superb quilt and mattress for a great night’s sleep.
Heating is provided by a compact wood burning stove, so stay a while and watch the flame flicker. Dimmable LED lights and full pleated heavyweight curtains complete the romantic scene for cosy nights in after a day out in the wilds.
*Starter pack of logs supplied and more available if required. Charcoal supplied for barbeque. Pack of logs supplied for the outdoor fire pit.
Just outside the dome is a well-appointed bathroom complete with a shower, washbasin, toilet and urinal. Large towel, robes and slippers are provided for your indulgence. On the other side of the dome is a second, outdoor shower for people who enjoy the feel of sun and wind on their skin. A good supply of hot water is supplied by either solar or gas but rest assured there is plenty of it. Adjacent to the outdoor shower is a small pond, a picnic table and a charcoal-fired barbeque is also free to use. In season there is a small herb garden at the pond, a lovely addition to your cooking.
Downhill from the Hafod is another smaller (garden) dome which is a chill-out zone for all guests to enjoy. In the garden dome is some bamboo seating, a table and a single gas burner and kettle. And just outside is a large fire pit with rustic bench seating and fire logs supplied.
This area is recently planted with rhododendron and other shrubs as well as annual bedding plants and herbs. Just sit here quietly and wait for the fauna to come to visit you. Or get active and toast your marshmallows and do some grilling on the steelers wheel fire pit.
There is a good mobile signal here but check with your provider. WiFi is also available in the dome if you can’t manage without it. Katherine and Andy live completely “off-grid” with all power on-site coming from the sun and wind and Redwood Retreat offers you the chance to have a genuinely low carbon holiday experience in luxurious peace and tranquillity.
Guests will receive free membership to the Greener Camping Club via the owners when booking this structure. Benefits include access to some of the best campsites in Wales and England. (Probably the lowest environmental impact holidays in the UK).
A Breakfast Basket is available to order and includes -
Homemade Granary bread,
Homemade Muesli &
Local Free Range Eggs.
Many visitors to the area come simply for the peace and quiet. To explore the area cycling continues to attract singletons, groups and families; and motorcyclists enjoy the wide-sweeping well-maintained roads that Wales offers.
Venture to the coast and visit some of the best sandy beaches with often no one to share them with. The area is perfect for walking with many waymarked paths giving the visitor a vast range of destinations to explore. Whether it's a gentle stroll along the riverside in Rhayader, a more strenuous walk around the reservoirs in the Elan Valley or one of our National Trails there are many options to choose from - Riverside Walk, Rhayader, Elan Valley, Glyndwr's Way, Offa's Dyke Path. Dark Skies Come and discover the Dark Skies of the Cambrian Mountains.
The Elan Valley, which is just a mile or so from Redwood Retreat is an International Dark Sky Park. In 2015 the Elan Valley Estate achieved this status and became the first privately owned but publicly accessible park in the world to do so. On the estate, they were granted a silver tier status by the International Dark-Sky Association based in Arizona, USA. This status means that the entire 45,000 acres of the Elan Valley are protected against light pollution for the benefit of those who live and work here, in addition to the many visitors each year. The status also provides sanctuary for the abundance of wildlife and nature which can be found by day and night on the estate. For more information and an absolute hotbed of info and inspiration go to:
Cambrian Mountains Dark Skies - www.thecambrianmountains.co.uk/discover-dark-skies
Pony Trekking in the Mid Wales Hills Mid Wales is the perfect place for horse riding with wide-open spaces and quiet lanes. There are a number of stables close to Rhayader offering trekking in the beautiful countryside or lessons Cycling Whatever your level of skill, cycling is a great way of discovering Mid Wales at a leisurely pace with plenty of places to stop for a coffee along the way.
Rhayader Pump Track - www.moredirt.com/trail/United-Kingdom_Mid-Wales/Rhayader-Pump-Track/1753
Elan Valley - www.elanvalley.org.uk
Sustrans National Cycleway - www.sustrans.org.uk/search?searchTerm=powys
Nature and Birdlife The area around Rhayader in Mid Wales is perfect for immersing yourself in nature, whether its watching the spectacular Kites at Gigrin Farm or spotting a wide variety of flora and fauna at Radnorshire Wildlife Trust's Gilfach Farm or on the Elan Valley estate.
Many areas are free to wander, slowing your pace to really take in the natural world.
Gigrin Farm Kite Feeding - www.gigrin.co.uk
Radnorshire Wildlife Trust - www.rwtwales.org/nature-reserves/gilfach
Elan Valley - www.elanvalley.org.uk Spa and Market Towns Llandrindod Wells is a Victorian Spa town just 20 minutes away. Sit in the Rock Park Gardens with a picnic or park up at The Lake for a walk or a coffee at the café. The Metropole Hotel is a great family-run hotel with a swimming pool, lovely restaurant meals and afternoon teas.
Builth Wells Look up the Wayside art centre theatre, cinema and live events - www.wyeside.co.uk to see what's on during your visit, Builth Wells is just half an hour by car at most. Also host to the annual Royal Welsh Show in July, Spring Fair in May, and Winter Fair in November.
The town has some good independent shops and interesting river walks.
This fabulous small market town with half-timbered buildings is not to be missed. There is a lively town community with interesting real ale pubs with outdoor seating and a lovely colourful street market on a Saturday. Don't miss the Great Oak Bookshop and Great Oak Cafe in Broad Street.
For Llanidloes take a short drive to the Hafren Forest where you can walk to Plynlimon and the source of the River Severn and the River Wye.
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