Woodland Tipis and Yurt Holidays

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Hot Tubs
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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Facilities

The 3 yurts and 3 tipis each sleep 4–5 on comfortable mattresses strewn with sheepskin rugs. Bring sleeping bags/duvets and linen. Each has an in-tent gas-stove and woodburner. Outside you’ll find your own hammock, fireplace and dining space. There’s a communal kitchen with electricity, fuelling fridges, energy-saving kettles and cookers. On the cooking front, though, the pièce de résistance has to be the massive clay oven – so huge it has its own little house, complete with armchairs. Send your offspring into the woods on a fuel-finding mission, while you sit close by with a glass of something – and watch the flames rise. The shared loos and showers are immaculate and the ultimate in cool. For the greenest option, there’s one composting loo tucked away in the bushes. Woodland have thought of everything for little people, as there’s a travel cot, available on request, as well as 2 retro-style highchairs in the kitchen. And if you’re not keen on hand-washing, machine facilities are available.

Nearby

You’re only a hop, skip or a jump away from the stunning River Wye. Enjoy paddling on tiny pebbly beaches, wobbling on the swing-bridge or kayaking. Outdoor activities abound, from Pedalbikeaway Cycles (01600 772821) to Severnvale Llama and Donkey Trekking (01594 528482). For a high-wired forest adventure, visit ‘Go Ape!’ at Mallards Pike Lake (0870 4589078).

Food & Drink

Pengethley Farm Shop in Peterstow (01989 730430) stocks organic sausages, cheese and olives. You’re spoilt for choice. The epitome of gastropub cuisine (and a choice of 80 beers!) can be found at the New Harp Inn in nearby Hoarwithy (01432 840900). The Lough Pool Inn in Sellack (01989 730236) has a beer garden, and the invitingly named Cottage of Content sits on a 4-mile stretch of the River Wye just below Little Dewchurch (01432 840 242). All sell local ales and tasty, mostly organic food (main courses around £10-12).

Opening Times

Apr–Sept.

Family Friendly

Apart from falling off a tree swing, or tripping over a guy rope, there’s little for even the most anxious of parents to worry about here. A ‘no cars inside the campsite’ policy means kids of all ages can dash about willy-nilly. Running wild in the woods, making dens, swinging on old tyres and rope ladders. Making home-made biscuits in the clay oven. Playing in the sand-pit. Pushing your friends around in a wheelbarrow.

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Location

Woodland Tipis and Yurt Holidays, Woodlands Farm, Little Dewchurch, Herefordshire HR2 6QD

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Getting There

From A49 to Hereford, turn right to Hoarwithy and Little Dewchurch. Carry on 5 miles through Hoarwithy village, up steep hill for 1 mile. Woodlands Farm is on the left.

Nearest train station is Hereford. From there take the number 37 bus, which drops you right outside the pub. You can also get the 37 from Ross.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

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Relaxing!

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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