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Gold Acre

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire Leominster

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Secluded yurt glamping in the patchwork fields of rural Herefordshire
Don’t be fooled by the name; this place is more than an acre in size. In fact, Gold 12-Acre, as it should be known, has so much space you could fill the meadow with tents and have your own miniature festival – a fitting idea given the famous Hay Festival, Ludlow Food Festival and Green Man Festival are all held within half an hours drive. But that’s not the way Gold 12-Acre roll. Oh no.

Why tarnish such space with festivities? Why knock back the glimmering golden grass that gave the site its name? Instead they’ve decided to keep thinks simple and blissfully low-key, with just a single yurt in quiet corner of the field. The outcome, of course, is a glamping experience that’s wonderfully private, yet also extraordinarily open, with room to run wild and explore the local area in your own ‘holiday bubble’. You’re not always alone. On occasion a couple of ponies or a herd of sheep will graze in a paddock at the far end of the field. But they’re happy to respect your privacy.

The yurt is a genuine Mongolian structure, made in Mongolia and hand-painted in the traditional style. Inside it features traditional furnishings too: rugs, cushions, and handcrafted wooden stools – along with a few extra glamping flourishes like the huge double bed – not exactly one you’d see perched on the back of a nomadic cart-horse. In the centre, a wood-burning stove throws out heat on chilly nights, while the Mongolian felt lining ensures the whole place is well-insulated all year round.

Outside, a well-stocked camp kitchen has everything you need for cooking up a storm, plus a large campfire pit allows you to try that true form of outdoor cooking. For the best produce it’s only a five minute walk to Yarpole, a gorgeous little village with a community run shop inside the church (see food and drink).

Beyond, National Trust-owned Croft Castle is also within walking distance. The grand stately home, treading the line between a castle and an a decadently designed country house, is wonderful for families who want to explore. The house and gardens have a rich history and a range of insightful events and exhibitions, but when the little ones bore of the subtle education you can head out into the vast 1,500-acre grounds and tire them out building dens in the woods.

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Facilities

The yurt features 1 handmade double bed, 3 single futons, a wood-burning stove, Mongolian furniture, rugs, blankets and lanterns. Also boasts its own well-equipped field kitchen with gas cooker, oven and sink. Campfire with outdoor cooking equipment and cast iron cooking pots. Solar power in the yurt for charging phones and lighting. Outdoor shower and a compost loo. Wildlife aplenty; in particular look out for the resident barn owl, bats, buzzards, occasional red kites, hares and fox cubs in the spring.

Suitable For

Explorers, glamping families, couples, solo travellers – yes. Dogs – by request.

Nearby

It's a 5 minute stroll to the village of Yarpole with a community grocery shop, post office and café all housed inside the church. It's a remarkable place, voted 'best shop in the UK', it's staffed by volunteers with 40% of all products sourced from within a 40 mile radius. Several products are unique to the shop too, including their own wine brand, postcards and handmade crafts. A mile away, Croft Castle (01568 780246) is set in 1500 acres of grounds. The grand house is a joy to explore, along with its walled gardens and vast stretches of forest that are home to some of the largest trees in England. Events through the year include battle re-enactments, art instillations and festivals. Set above the castle is the hill fort Croft Ambrey with a high, exposed and wild feel. It has far reaching views into Wales and is a favourite place for deer to graze. The historic town of Ludlow is 15 minutes away, renowned for its award winning cuisine and vibrant market. While walkers will enjoy Offas Dyke (01547 528753) and the Shropshire Hills AONB (01588 674080) which is full of excellent footpaths. The best mountain biking tracks are found more locally – Bringe Wood was used for National Championships and Bucknell Downhill was designed by round the world cyclist Mark Beaumont.

Food & Drink

16th century pub The Bell Inn (01568 780537) is located in Yarpole just 5 minute walk away. The Boot in Orleton (01568780228; 1.5 miles) is another nearby option, serving a traditional Shropshire Sunday lunch. A little further The Riverside (01568 708440; 2 miles) boasts an enviable location and a wide range of ales on tap. The Salwey Arms (01584 711510; 3 miles), next to the A49 Woofferton, is an iconic 18th-century Georgian coaching inn and full of character. Or try The Jolly Frog (01547 540105) for fine fresh fish and handmade pizzas cooked in a proper wood fired pizza oven. 15 mins by car Ludlow has over 50 restaurants and cafes to choose from, unsurprising given the reputation of it's annual food festival!

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Amazing October weekend!

We simply had the best time here! Five of us in mid-October fitted comfortably in the yurt, had a whale of a time cooking things on the fire, going for walks (great 10 mile route into Ludlow from the campsite, along Mortimer Way), runs (south out of the gate, lovely 10k route along the country lanes, past woods etc) & generally chilling in lovely countryside. Can't recommend this place highly enough. STAY HERE!
Oct 19, 2016 by TheCheshers
★★★★★

Magical...

The sun was shining and the sky was blue. The rain was pouring and the wind blew. When it's cold and wet outside, you light up the wood burner and cozy up inside. When the sun shines the 12 acre meadow is a great place for the kids to run about and play. Cooked dinner outside on the fire and ate under the stars. The shower, loo and kitchen are great with plenty of pots, pans, plates etc. Plenty of room for all five of us to sleep, surrounded by fairy lights and candles. Victoria has created a magical space and has thought of everything. Have a load of exciting memories to carry home with us. I am sure you will love it too :)
Aug 23, 2016 by sparklysharon
★★★★★

Amazing

We stayed in the yurt at Gold Acre for possibly the wettest, coldest weekend in April, and we enjoyed every minute of it!

The double bed is comfy, the yurt warm and cosy thanks to the log burner, which we managed to keep going for most of the night to keep us warm, even when it snowed. Even after a day out, the yurt was still warm when we came back. 

The kitchen is an excellent addition, and has everything you could need. The shower was warm and the compost loo not at all scary or smelly. 

We didn't use the firepit due to the weather, but it would make an excellent place to site and keep warm and look at the stars if it wasn't chucking it down!

All in all we loved it here, especially the fact that you have the whole place to yourselves. Can't wait to come back later in the year.

May 17, 2016 by mrsnapalm
★★★★★

Perfect.......

Two Dad's, two lad's ( Alex aged 4 and Max 5) along with Uncle Mark stayed at Gold Acre over the May Day bank holiday. So good that we have already booked again for next year. Beautiful spot with the Yurt (and no-one else) in a big field that our boys loved having adventures in.

Very comfortable with a double bed which I managed to bag (thanks Jon) with mattresses for Jon and the boys whilst Mark pitched his tent at the side. Hot shower, compost loo, good camp kitchen - but best of all the fire pit so you are welcome to have a proper fire which we cooked all our meals on. Other thoughtful details include a solar powered charger for iphone etc.

Victoria who runs the show is a charming hostess and as it was a cold day we arrived lit the log burner in the Yurt to warm it up, and also provides tea / coffee milk etc so you are all set on arrival.

Thoroughly recommend for a trip like ours with the boys, but also would happily have a romantic night there with Emily too (which we may well do though Max will no doubt tag along too, to limit the romance....)

Give it a try. Paul

May 5, 2016 by Paul

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