Rolling Hills Holidays
Skelton, Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 8NH
Set on a farm in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this brand new pair of glamping roundhouses was originally created as a handy stop-off point for walkers on the Offa’s Dyke path. The national trail passes a mere 300 metres away and the wooden, yurt-like cabins, set on a hillside with sheep-dotted views down the valley, mean you never need to leave the vistas of the trail behind. It hasn’t taken long, however, for Rolling Hills to reach a far wider audience. From families wanting a space where kids can run riot outdoors, to couples hoping for a quiet rural retreat, this modern hideaway in the hills has an instant appeal.
Fronted by a gravel terrace, where guests can sit out and enjoy the view, the two roundhouses each sleep up to four people, with a large king-sized bed and a pair of futons that can be converted into single beds. Above, a circular window allows you to peep out at the night sky from the comfort of your abode, while a wood-burner keeps things snug. A wooden-clad communal building, meanwhile, separates the two structures, housing inside a modern kitchen that all guests can use. It also has an excellent new shower room to accompany the roundhouses’s individual, en-suite loos.
While each roundhouse has a flat-screen television, the real entertainment at this site comes from its more natural assets. Within a 50-acre field, with a small stream running along one side, the area offers ample exploring opportunity for children, while, for any glamper that brings along an OS map, a world of adventure awaits – linking up with the Offa’s Dyke trail or joining one of the local footpaths for a circular route is always a good start. By car, the sleepy little town of Clun is an enjoyable place for a pint or picnic, with its 15th-century stone bridge and ruined castle creating a picturesque framework for the rest of the town, while nearby Bishops Castle has a clutch of museums and a market in the town hall most Saturdays.