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As seen in The Times (11th May 2019)
Best places to glamp or camp
*** Min-2 night stay, any day arrival ***
Quietly nestled in the Welsh borders, this secluded 25-acre site is a magical wonderland of wildflower meadows, ancient woodland, hidden valleys and pure, uninterrupted tranquillity.
Eilian is a traditional Mongolian ger, felt-lined for extra warmth, and beautifully hand-painted. The interior has been decorated to enhance and reflect the traditional style and with the log burner lit, is a simply magical space. The yurt is set on a raised platform with a spiralling, seashell-like lower platform, where you can sit and gaze out over the meadow or up at the stars in the ultra-clear sky. Set in a dark sky reserve, this is a great star gazing holiday.
Featured in the Times as one of Britain's 'Best places to glamp or camp', this eco-friendly, family-run site is an experience for the senses. Listen to the gentle chatter of birds singing in the trees and the soothing flow of the brook trickling across the rocky riverbed.
The site contains 2 secluded yurts Eilian and Seren, and the spectacular Treetop Cabin, all quietly nuzzled between the ancient trees, while the Redwood Valley site can also be booked as a whole. This glamping accommodation is privately positioned, with only a limited number of guests sprinkled amongst the wilderness.
On-site, guests can also participate in a variety of courses, including Green Woodworking, Birdwatching and Ring-Making. Further details of the courses can be found below. If you would like to book a course, please call to discuss your options, or liaise with the owner after your booking is confirmed.
The site is well placed to visit Hay on Wye and Ludlow - around 20 miles away - two of the UK's most beautiful towns. These cultural hotspots are renowned for their great collection of independent shops, award-winning eateries and historical buildings. What's more, outings to the Shropshire Hills, Wye Valley, Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia are also within easy reach, creating a variety of options for the more adventurous traveller.
However, this is truly a place you won't want to leave, with a huge variety of gorgeous natural wilderness on your doorstep. Amble around the giant redwood and ancient oak woodland and see the spectacular bluebell bloom in spring or take a stroll to the enchanted local waterfall. This is a site of true natural splendour - a place to completely disengage from the outside world and enjoy life's simple pleasures.
Check-in 2 - 4 pm / Check- out 11 am
Handmade king-size bed (luxury bedding provided), 1 single and 1 double futon (bring your own bedding).
Luxury eco-toilet block with shared gas-powered shower.
Private BBQ and shared fully equipped kitchen.
There is no internet access in this property.
Heating and Lighting
Electric bedside lights, wind-up lanterns and a log burning stove (wood provided).
Grounds and Nearby
Outdoor seating, fire-pit and 25-acres of pristine wilderness.
Check in from 14:00 and check out by 11:00
Nearest Train Station; Leominster, 13 miles away.
Shared Facilities (with Seren yurt and the Treetop Cabin):
The Woodland Kitchen (1 min walk away from the yurt)
Includes two fridges, gas hobs, microwave, toaster, kettle, pots, pans, kitchen implements, cutlery and crockery.
There are separate bins for recycling, compost and landfill.
Guests are invited to help themselves to the complimentary tea, coffee, sugar, cooking oil, condiments, and herbs and spices.
There is a long trestle table on which to eat, play the board games provided or read the selection of books on the local area, and plant and wildlife identification.
The Shower and Composting Loos
Next to the kitchen is a gas-heated shower with a constant supply of hot water. The shower has a spacious changing area and complimentary shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. The grey water from the shower and kitchen is managed through an underground soak-away system. For this reason, we kindly ask you to use the biodegradable toiletries provided as these will not harm the local ecosystem.
All water for the kitchen and shower comes from the sites very own fresh-water spring and is UV-treated to ensure that it is safe for drinking. The delicious spring¬†water is on tap,¬†so¬†bring a bottle and take some home!
Green woodworking courses run throughout the season according to demand. You can find out more about the green woodworking teacher, Ben Willis, and his work on his¬†website.
These courses run over two days and include two guided bird walks. By the end of the¬†stay,¬†you should be able to identify a range of woodland and garden birds and may have spotted some of the rarer visitors to the site such as pied and spotted flycatchers, redstarts, dippers and¬†long-eared¬†owls.
Wedding Ring Making
What could be more romantic than spending a weekend in a luxurious yurt or treetop cabin nestled on the edge of¬†ancient¬†woodland and coming home with your very own handmade wedding rings?¬†¬†Work¬†together¬†to design unique silver or gold rings which you will make over a two-day period in the beautiful woodland workshop. Private courses by appointment.
Welsh Stick Chair Making -¬†6-day¬†course
Try something more challenging with a Welsh stick chair, a simple but striking form of Windsor chair. You'll learn how to bend an arm bow from a single piece of steamed ash and how to fashion a comfortable seat from a plank of elm or beech using an adze and¬†travisher. After five days you'll come away with a beautiful piece that will last for generations.
Under¬†a mile from¬†Presteigne, noted by The Telegraph as one of Britains top 10 small towns. A¬†a thriving town with a wine bar, four pubs and an eclectic array of independent shops and eateries.
Within a stone's throw of the site, there is a fantastic¬†farm park and owl sanctuary,¬†Westonbury Mill Water Gardens,¬†Dunkerton's Cider Mill, a spectacular¬†waterfall,¬†Ludlow Castle¬†and, of course,¬†Offa's Dyke¬†- offering some of the best hiking in Wales.
You will also find much to keep you occupied within the site itself. Aside from BBQs and campfires, there are¬†two¬†nature trails¬†to explore, a huge rope swing and a¬†brook where you can¬†paddle.
The Woodland Trust's¬†Nature Detectives website¬†also has some great suggestions for family activities in the woods. In¬†the event of rain, there are plenty of books, playing cards and board games in the communal kitchen area.
Local Sites and Activities
More detailed information on local activities and sights is available on arrival, but here is a little taster to get you started.
Walking and Cycling
There are some wonderful walks and bicycle rides¬†direct¬†from the site, while the owners will lend you an Ordnance Survey map should you need one.
Following a stream through a¬†valley leading to the¬†enigmatic Radnor Forest,¬†Water-Break-Its-Neck¬†Falls¬†¬†is¬†a stunning waterfall just a few miles away.¬†
History and Gardens
Close by¬†are numerous¬†sites of historical interest¬†such as the¬†Judge's Lodging¬†in Presteigne,¬†Hampton Court Castle, the mediaeval village of¬†Pembridge, several¬†National Trust¬†properties, and a variety of beautiful¬†local gardens¬†including¬†Bryan's Ground¬†and¬†Westonbury Mill Water Gardens.
Mid Border Arts¬†-¬†runs a rich variety of exhibitions, music and theatre throughout the year at the Assembly Rooms in Presteigne.
The Presteigne Festival¬†is a world-class classical music festival promoting musical innovation. The festival spans the August bank holiday weekend.
Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts¬†is¬†held each¬†May and makes an easy¬†daytrip¬†from Redwood Valley.
The¬†Presteigne and Norton website¬†provides a wealth of additional information on local amenities, sites and activities.
For information on attractions throughout Mid Wales, try the¬†Visit Mid Wales website.
Eating and Drinking
If you are cooking your own meals, Presteigne has an excellent greengrocer and fishmonger, a deli selling freshly baked bread, a local butcher, a wine shop and¬†two small supermarkets. As for eating and drinking out, from the local chip shop and Chinese¬†take away, Thai, Moroccan and great pub grub, to more gourmet fair, we have something for every taste. We also have four pubs and an excellent wine bar for a well-deserved drink after your busy, or not so busy, day. We can¬†provide you with more information once you arrive. If, however, you are keen to eat at the Michelin-starred¬†Stagg Inn, we would recommend advance booking.
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