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High Meadow Yurts
Time seems to stands wonderfully still at High Meadow Yurts. In days gone by the site was a 40 acre working farm, set outside the Brecon Beacons National Park, in a valley peppered with lush ferns and ancient trees. Today, the traditional farm remains, however two delightful, wonderfully furnished abodes have been added, allowing visitors to experience this idyllic farming scene for themselves. Perfect for campers seeking a touch of luxury, couples after a cosy break and small families in need of a hassle-free holiday. But whatever the reason you visit High Meadow Yurts – one thing's for sure – you’re in for a treat.
The site's innovative owners (Anna and Hugh) have really thought outside the tent to create quality accommodation. A combination of traditional Mongolian design and British craftsmanship, Shade Oak Yurt is made from a varnished, sustainable hard wood frame and canvas cover, complete with natural wool felt insulation to keep you cosy. This is truly a yurt designed to withstand anything the British climate (and Mongolian for that matter) can throw at it. Colourfully furnished on the inside with a kingsize bed, sofa and storage space, the yurt also comes with a thoughtfully equipped kitchen and private wooden deck with barbecue, so there’s really no excuse for not cooking up some delicious local produce!
There's also plenty to do in the surrounding area. The site sits just a mile from the Brecon Beacons National Park, where there’s a wealth of hiking, mountain biking and pony trekking opportunities. Once the sun has set, the National Park transforms into one of only five International Dark Sky Reserves, meaning stargazing here is incredible. The majestic Wye Valley is also a short drive away for canoeing and kayaking near Hay-on-Wye or Symonds Yat. Jewel in its crown, the charming town of Hay sits just inside the Welsh border, and has become the undisputed second hand book capital of the world. In 1988, the town’s fabulous literary festival (taking place over 10 days in May–June) was established to celebrate all aspects of the creative arts, and was notably endorsed by former US president Bill Clinton as “The Woodstock of the mind”. The tiny town centre is dotted with fascinating shops and characterful, narrow cobblestone lanes, which inspire the creation of copycat book towns across the globe.Back at High Meadow Yurts, there's an abundance of wildlife to spot. Owls, buzzards, woodpeckers, bats, rabbits, foxes and badgers are always in
A single 17ft yurt with sustainable hard wood frame and traditional canvas cover, set in a 2 acre organic meadow (about 70m from an additional yurt). The yurt is colourfully furnished with: a kingsize bed (with pocket sprung mattress), bedding, sofa, table & chairs, storage & hanging space, solar powered fairy lights, tea lights, lanterns and extra blankets in a trunk at the end of the bed (an extra camp bed can be supplied by pre-arrangement). Equipped camp kitchen with 2 gas rings, a grill, tapped spring water and coolers with ice blocks provided for keeping food fresh. A short distance off the large private deck is a compost loo, whilst 100m across the meadow is the luxury ‘Wash House’ with abundant solar-heated hot water (backed up with electricity!). Inside, there's a spacious, beautifully equipped private shower room with basin, for sole use of Shade Oak Yurt. There are also 2 flushing loos and basins with mirrors and shaver points as well as a Belfast sink for washing-up, alongside a fridge/freezer well stocked with ice and ice blocks. The yurt is set on its own wooden deck with outdoor table, chairs and fire bowl to use as a barbecue or heat source on chilly evenings.
Glampers, couples and small groups – yes. Tents (although extra tents can be pitched for an additional charge), caravans, campervans and dogs (due to the large numbers of sheep) – no.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is eminently reachable for the site and boast a wealth of spectacular walks and outdoor adventures. In the northwest corner of Monmouthshire lies Abergavenny (14 miles), a small town usually known for its outstanding outdoor activities (walks, cycling & paragliding), but it's now become the capital of a prospering food scene. Try to time your visit with The Abergavenny Food Festival (01873 851643), a not-for-profit organisation, celebrating the craft of food making every September. Or pop to the town's covered market hall which operates 4 days a week. In the immediate vicinity there are some fascinating churches waiting to be discovered, including Dore Abbey (01981 240 079), St Margaret’s Church (01432 830802) and Kilpeck Church (01981 570315.) Llanthony Priory (01873 890487) and the Vale of Ewyas are located on the other side (west) of Hatterall Ridge, which is visible from the top of the farm. This valley is a gorgeous ‘hidden gem’ and very atmospheric, with a ruined priory whose soaring arches are still intact. There is a pub in the crypt which serves good honest home cooked food. Hereford Cathedral (01432 374200) boasts one of the most remarkable sights in Britain, the medieval Mappa Mundi, a single piece of calfskin painted with some rather far-fetched presumptions about the globe, back in 1290. Largely known for its cider, cattle and connections with the English composer Elgar, Hereford has a relatively rural feel but an increasingly young vibe buzzes along its riverside.
Food & Drink
The yurt is self-catering and with all the basics provided, including tea, coffee, sugar, milk, salt and pepper, oil and vinegar to get guests started. The award-winning Hopes of Longtown (01873 860444) is the site's nearest shop, selling locally sourced produce, newspapers, books, local books, maps, guides, gifts and postcards. The Bridge Inn at Michaelchurch (01981 510646) is without doubt one of the best places to eat in the area. It’s an easy 15 minute stroll across the fields (usually longer coming back uphill!) and the pub is an excellent place for meal and a drink by the river under the weeping willows. White Haywood Farm Restaurant (01981 510324) is about 2.5 miles away by car. They serve good farmhouse cooking, using their own home grown meat. On Thursday evenings you can have traditional fish & chips and their own homemade pies and sausages. You can eat in (out of the paper) in the beautifully converted barn or take away. Another good choice is The Crown Inn (01873 860217), with particularly tasty Sunday roasts, or if you really want to push the boat out, head to The Walnut Tree Inn (01873 852797) at Llandewi Skirrid.
Shade Oak Yurt
From Abergavenny: take the A465 towards Hereford and after passing through Llanvihangel Crucorny you will get to Pandy. Pass the Park Hotel on the right (big white building) and take the next turning left beside the Old Pandy Inn, signed to Oldcastle and Longtown. Follow this road for 4 miles to Longtown. As you enter Longtown, cross a little bridge and pass Tan House Farm B&B on the right, taking the road forking right signed to Michaelchurch and Hay. Passing the shop on your right, follow for another 4 miles to Michaelchurch Escley. Just after the church in Michaelchurch (on your right) turn left signed to Craswall. Follow the road up the hill for about 1 mile, as it flattens out at the top the road swings right, in front of you is the entrance to Old Shawles and Shawles Farm, and there is a small tarmac lane to your left. Take this left hand lane and the site is 500 yards on the left.
From Ross on Wye: take the A49 towards Hereford. After passing through Harewood End take the next left, B4348 signed to Hay on Wye. Follow this road, crossing the A466 at Wormelow and the A465 (Hereford Road) at Allensmore, still signed to Hay on the B4348. Follow the road all the way to Vowchurch where there is red Tarmac on the road going into a dip, turn left here signed to Michaelchuch Escley. Follow this road for 5 miles until you come down and hill over a bridge to a T junction at Michaelchurch. Turn left, pass the cricket ground then immediately right signed to Craswall. Follow the road up the hill for about a mile, as it flattens out at the top the road swings right, in front of you is the entrance to Old Shawles and Shawles Farm and there is a small tarmac lane to your left. Take this left hand lane and the site is 500 yards on the left, a wooden gate saying Glebe Farm.
Abergavenny (4 miles) is the nearest train station. The nearest bus stop is in Michaelchurch Escley which is 2 miles away. Pick up is also possible; there will be a charge for fuel.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 16 reviews
We booked two nights at High Meadow Yurts (Shade Oak Yurt) on a whim as we were touring in the area, and liked it so much we immediately booked another two nights! The setting is glorious, a peaceful meadow set amongst rolling countryside yet with the grandeur of the Black Mountains only a few miles away. The yurt itself was cosy, romantic and extremely comfortable, with a well equipped adjacent kitchen hut, a private composting loo and a luxurious toilet/shower block only a minute's walk away. Anna was a very friendly and welcoming host and really made the place feel special with little touches like fresh flowers on the table and a home baked cake waiting for us on arrival. All in all, highly recommended!
My boyfriend booked a High Meadow Yurt as a surprise for my birthday and it was absolutely amazing. Anna and Hugh had thought of everything from fairy lights to cosy blankets to a fully equipped kitchen and there was even a gorgeous home made cake on arrival. The yurt was very private amongst the 40 acres of farm land and the wash house was a great luxury to have. There were loads of activities nearby (we went kayaking and horse riding) but would have quite happily stayed in the yurt and on our deck all day with a casual walk to the nearby Bridge Inn which served amazing food. This was truly an amazing short break and would recommend it to anyone!
From the minute we arrived you could feel the stress of normal everyday life drain away. The site is quiet, immaculate, in stunning location, thoughtfully furnished, the complete get away from it all vacation. Everything you could need was supplied, and some things you probably hadn't even thought of!!! Fresh flowers, milk and a beautiful homemade lemon drizzle cake add a lovely touch after a long drive. The local pub, The Bridge Inn, is a short stroll away and a highlight if you have been relaxing and want to stretch your legs and retire for a drink, great food and with a warm welcome and a beautiful stream or hot fire to sit beside what more could you ask The toilet block is immaculate, both bath and shower and superb, the facilities are second to none. Overall this was a fantastic experience and one which we will cherish for years to come. Many thanks.
It was our first experience of glamping and we loved it. The attention to detail in the yurts and kitchen is just amazing, Anna and Hugh have thought of everything. The fairy lights and tea light lanterns are so romantic. The washing faculties are lovely and enjoyed relaxing in the roll top bath. We will definitely be back and will recommend to others. Thank you
Best Recharge Therapy!
Stayed here for 2 nights with my partner who hates camping...... Well he loved it, wants to go back lots! Beautiful location, great host, all the facilities you will need! Great pub in walking distance...... Honestly was chilled from moment i got there.... Will be back x
26th-28th august 2014.
I booked this for a little getaway for our anniversary, we had such a lovely time, very peaceful location, it did not dissapoint at all, every small detail was thought about, there was nothing that we needed at all, and we will be returning next year with our children in tow to experience this amazing get away.
We did the cider museum, and went in to hereford town center for a walk around plenty of shops to look in, and we had the most delicious meal in the local pub called "the bridge inn" which is only a short walk away from the yurt, there's also lots of other walks and things to do in the area as well, we only had a day there and could have done lots more.
Well done to Anna and Hugh for creating a lovely yurting experience, I will be recommending to everyone. X :)
Slice of Heaven
Just come back from a long weekend staying in Field Maple Yurt and what can we say..... this place is amazing! Anna and Hugh have literally though of every detail to make your stay perfect. The yurts are private, immaculately clean and well maintained and the bathroom facilities are 5 star! The setting is lovely and with only 2 yurts in the field, you feel like you have complete privacy. the area is great, with lots to do, Hay on Wye is a nice place for a potter and a decent pub is within walking distance.........what more could you want? In the very wise words of Arnold Schwarzenegger.......... I'll be Back!!
Amazing weekend with friends
Thank you Anna and Hugh for allowing us to come with our friends to your beautiful yurts. We hired both yurts for myself, partner and 3 month old baby and the other yurt for friends with another baby. Then 7 of our very good friends camped around the yurts. It was just perfect. The facilities are amazing and definitely enough hot water for all! The plan was to go exploring on Saturday but in fact we just spent the day chilling out, eating Anna's lemon drizzle cake and enjoying the views and fresh air. We couldn't have had a better time, especially so soon after having a new baby. Highly recommend to all and will most definitely be back.
This place is a beautiful little hideaway if you just want to get away from it all.
Set in some of the most beautiful countryside in th UK they are the perect base for hikes around the area, without giving up on any luxury.
Anna & Hugh have put a lot of thought and effort planning, decorating and finishing the yurts and facilities to a very high standard. Annas lemon drizzle cake was a nice welcome after the long journey.
If you want a little slice of heaven on earth visit these yurts, you will love it and come back refreshed telling everyone you know how amazing it was.
Thanks Anna & Hugh we hope to see you again soon, Mark & Sharon.
Superb - can't be faulted
Excellent site. Facilities are great. The kitchen is well equipped. Large decking area with firepit (wood and charcoal provided). The owners really have thought of everything - snuggly blankets to sit outside with, extra duvet for those chilly nights, fire wood and charcoal for the wood burner and the fire pit, ice blocks for the cooler box, tea, coffee provided and even a welcoming lemon drizzle cake and a pint of milk. The weather was great while we were there but we did use the wood burner which warmed the yurt up nicely and made it lovely and warm quite quickly. It is pretty isolated (not just a walk to a shop) but there is an excellent pub just a short 15 minute walk away across the field and they do great food. There are two bathrooms for just the two yurts so there was never any queuing up to use the shower and of course each yurt has their own compost toilet (which surprisingly wasn't yukky like I expected!). Highly recommend these yurts and I thought they were well worth the money.
Echoing all the previous comments, this place is absolutely stunning! Immaculately presented set within stunning views and even a freshly home baked lemon drizzle cake to greet you! We only stayed two nights, one was beautifully sunny and spent the day canoeing down the wye river seeing kingfishers and relaxing on the river, the second day was spent on a walk over the nearby mountains from the footpath at the end of the drive. The rain came in for the evening and it was just as nice playing board games in front of a roaring wood burner. Would of been 6 star if it was an option, definitely recommend this to anyone!!!
My partner and I stayed here for four nights at the end of May. We couldn't have wished for a more wonderful stay !! The surroundings are absoloutely breathtaking as is the accommodation and facilities. Anna and Hugh were so helpful during our stay and we couldn't have asked for nicer hosts. Climb a mountain or relax in the nearby pub, whateveryou choose, you won't be dissapointed. After 10 minutes of arriving we'd already decided we were coming back next year :). A truly amazing break and birthday week for myself!!!!
little slice of paradise
My partner and I have just returned from a long weekend at High Meadow Yurts and I can honestly say we didn't want to leave! It is a really magical, peaceful place. We were made to feel so welcome from the moment we arrived and felt like every last detail had been considered with care. Hugh and Anna were both really friendly and attentive hosts but without ever impinging on our privacy - there was a delicious cake waiting for us in the kitchen when we arrived and fresh logs for the wood burning stove seemed to magically appear outside the wash-house without us every having to ask for more! Our yurt was set in a lush meadow full of buttercups with views over the surrounding fields and off to the Black Mountains in the distance. It was a wet weekend so we enjoyed listening to the rain (as well as the sheep and the owls!) from the comfort of our beautiful, warm yurt - the wood-burning stove kept us very cosy. We used the guide books supplied to go for a walk in the hills and also took the recommendation of the local pub for Sunday lunch which was great. All in all, we could not have hoped for a better stay, cannot recommend highly enough!
Two of us stayed here for a long weekend over the bank holiday. I've never yurt'ed before or done glamping - but I would say it's worth the extra expense. The yurt itself is well equipped, ideal for BBQ'ing but, as we only used it once to cook, we ate out most of the time. There's some cracking pubs nearby (namely the Bridge Inn - 2 fields away from the yurt), the locals are all so friendly (which is great when you're escaping London) and it's the most peaceful, tranquil and pleasant place to stay. Plenty of walking to do nearby, and day trips to Hay on Wye and surrounding areas - you could spend a week just walking and being out and about in the valleys. It's a great escape and a reminder of the Great British Countryside. Crack a fire on after a long day's walk and feel the yurt heat up whilst you drink bottle after bottle of wine and get all warm-jumpers-and-dogs feeling. There's a seperate bath house with big bath and showers (v. nice), well equipped kitchen, super comfortable bed and duck down pillows...need I say anymore. You'll probably see the words 'Lemon drizzle cake' very often too. If you're considering this place, stay there, it's a cracking place to escape to.
Myself and three friends stopped here on route to Cardiff as a extra special treat for my best friend and bride to be. We were blown away by the beautiful surroundings and unique accommodation. The Yurts are finished to an incredibly high standard with every conceivable added extra you might need for camping supplied.
Our host was so friendly and incredibly helpful with pre-planning and on arrival. From arriving to four colourful wheelbarrows for carry our bags across the field, to the roll top bath and full stocked kitchen with freshly baked lemon drizzel cake...this short stay gets five stars from us and another visit put in the diary. So glad I found this little hidden gem.