Woodland Tipis and Yurt Holidays

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire

Luxury yurt & tipi camping in a magical woodland setting

Julia Sanders created this wonderland on an unused part of her parents’ farm, after her application for eco-lodges was turned down by the local council. A small gathering of Sioux Indian tipis and yurts now inhabit the enchanting little 11-acre forest and private grassland valley with views across the Malvern Hills.

The two yurts and three tipis are scattered around an ancient woodland that has been undisturbed for years, bar the mystical creatures and fairies that are said to inhabit the bluebells at the bases of the trees. Ready-made tracks – originally built for the previous owner’s huskies’ sledging practice – loop the forest floor. They’re perfect for racing through the woods and collecting bow-and-arrow sticks and makeshift fishing rods with which to catch dinner, in the pond at the bottom of the valley. Each tent is cosily laid out with sheepskin rugs, raised mattresses and plenty of additional blankets for those extra chilly nights. Most importantly, there’s also a wood-burning stove and a kettle in each one for that first cuppa in the morning.

Outside there’s a campfire, log-style tables and chairs and your own personal hammock. The tipis are all slightly different and each seems to have its own distinct personality. For the best view, go for Valley tipi, the name alluding to the panorama that awaits. The facilities are first-rate and thoughtfully put together. First, and most importantly, the showers are better than home. The fully stocked kitchen has everything you could possibly want and a separate fridge is assigned to each tipi.

There are fresh flowers in an eclectic collection of vases scattered charmingly all over the site; lanterns and candles add to the already tranquil ambience. Swinging ropes and ladders make this a kids’ paradise whilst the grown-ups have their own covered communal area with furniture made from old school desks and benches. On arrival there’s a welcome note chalked onto a board with the name of your tent and a handy wheelbarrow to lug your stuff down to the car-free campsite. Then follows a quick lesson on how to make a fire in the middle of the tipi, without asphyxiating everyone.

Now, who wants to head for the hills? With easy access to the Forest of Dean and the Malvern Hills, walkers are spoilt for choice. But there’s also kayaking on the many meandering Wye Valley waterways or swinging from high wires in tree-top canopies at Go Ape. The quaint market towns of Ross-on-Wye and the more literary Hay-on-Wye are also worth exploring before heading back to begin the task of fire making and pizza burning.

As the kids run around playing cowboys and Indians in the woods, this magical place may well bring out your inner child. It’s a real woodland adventure, scented by the heady aroma of campfires – and scrummy home-made pizzas slowly cooking in the communal oven.

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We (husband and son aged 9) loved everything about this place.  The yurt was beautiful and so spacious and comfortable; the kitchen facilities were excellent; hot showers; and the supply of firewood was legendary!  We spent 4 days here in July 2013 and had lovely weather apart from the thunderstorm on the first night.  We used the pizza oven one night which was a huge success, and sat round the lovely fire every evening just relaxing.  Our son found plenty to do to amuse himself which included long treks in to the forest to find kindling.  A lovely relaxing holiday, and would definitely go again.

Mar 6, 2014 by waterhousefamily

Woodland Tipis and Yurt Holidays

Just spent a very pleasurable 4 days on this site - enjoyable despite some pretty heavy rain! Our yurt was lovely, with lots of thoughtful touches such as extra blankets, plentiful pillows, matches and dry wood for the logburning stove (which was fantastic on the cold wet days!), freely available hot water bottles, etc. 

The kids ran riot in the woods (even in the rain) and enjoyed all the tree-climbing and swinging tyres etc. They took to the composting toilets more than I did, but luckily there are two flushables in one of the loo blocks. 

The 2 camp kitchens were great, and very well-equipped, and we enjoyed making campfires and eating under the sail-like canopy provided. It got a bit insect-y on the sunny day, but nothing that a bit of repellent couldn't deal with. 

All in all, a very enjoyable holiday, and I would recommend to my family/friends. The yurt at evening time was so cosy, with all the lanterns lit... magic!

Jun 3, 2013 by katetilling

Woodland Tipis and Yurt Holidays

What a truly magical break away at ’Woodland Tipis’. In a beautiful, tranquil setting, in the middle of woodland, the whole area was perfectly safe for our kids, aged 8 & 4. Never a dull moment, trekking into the woods, baking pizzas, bbq’s, toasting marshmallows by our own private fire. Fabulous play areas & exploring. We stayed in ’Valley’ a Mongolian style yurt, complete with Kingsize bed, singles for up to 3 kids, a wood burning fire, & heaps of sheepskin rugs, throws, lanterns. The facilities are fabulously clean, from the shared kitchen to toilets & showers. We even bathed the kids in a Roll top bath on the last night. My youngest enjoyed chasing the chickens that roamed free & also provided eggs! There are pubs, walks & areas of interest nearby, if you choose, including The Forest Of Dean, although, we barely left camp. Each Yurt/Tipi has its own private picnic area, with an open fire pit & hammock. Perfect for the evenings with friends. I would & have recommended Woodland Tipis highly to all my friends & family, especially if like me, you dont fancy roughing it, but would like a taste of camping (Glamping)! We cant wait to return & really didnt want to leave. Thank you so much Julia & team.
Jun 20, 2011 by izzyabes

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