Redwood Valley

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys

  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A family-run, eco-friendly glamping site set in 25 acres of woodland on the beautiful Welsh borders
As any good nursery school teacher will tell you, the easiest way to tell the age of a tree is to keep walking until you can put your hands on your knees, peer back, upside down, through your legs and see the very top of the branches in the distance. The number of paces you have to walk is the amount of years that tree has grown. It’s a crude method, but few things will delight you more than seeing a forest full of kiddies, bobbing up and down, pacing around and ducking their heads between their legs like a field of clumsy, oversized chickens. At Redwood Valley, they’d have to walk a long, long way.

Deep in the wilds of the Welsh border, this secluded haven is home to such vast, mature trees that you can’t help but lose time simply enthralled by them. At its heart is the giant redwood that gives this campsite its name, a tall grandfather of the forest, with its distinctive auburn bark. Even the campsite’s rope-swing has to do that bit extra to fit in – the rope from branch to swing is about 20ft long!

Snuggled among it all, Redwood Valley is a site with a clear affinity with its surroundings. With just two yurts and a woodland cabin, effortlessly blended in among the forest backdrop, the place is quiet, unobtrusive and effortlessly charming. The more curvaceously roofed of the two yurts (built in the Turkmen style) has wonderful steam-bent wooden latticework inside and simple yet extremely comfortable furnishings. The second, Mongolian-style structure has a little more flair than its partner; the door and interior woodwork are hand-painted in a decorative, traditional style, and extra furnishings, like fairy lights, add to the magical feel. The separate, stilted cabin is perched high on the slope overlooking the brook, giving it a treehouse-like feel. From its balcony, you feel almost a part of the canopy, alone among the birds, while four floor-to-ceiling windows constantly bring the outside in. Lovingly crafted out of timber from the valley, it seems to melt from view, offering complete privacy.

All three structures benefit from a snug wood-burning stove inside and a firepit-cum-BBQ outside. Campfire cooking, though, is a primitive choice in comparison to the wooden kitchen lodge, which has an almost Scandinavian feel. Set into a bank with trees all around, it features fridges, hobs and everything you’d expect of most holidayhome kitchens, transplanted to this breathtakingly wild setting – a truly special place in which to prepare your supper. The same building houses an excellent gas-powered shower, while a long, hand-crafted table allows for a leisurely feast as the sun disappears beneath the tree tops.

Elsewhere, there is plenty to do nearby. The bustling town of Presteigne, renowned Hay-on-Wye and historic Ludlow Castle, are all a short drive away but the biggest rewards are still far closer to home. It’s the simple pleasures at Redwood Valley that make it such a special place. Dabble in the tiny brook or walk the pair of nature trails that dip in and out of the trees. Or why not explore two countries for the price of one and trek across the border into England… it’s only a few hundred meters away.

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Facilities

Yurts feature a king-sized bed (bedding included), a single and double futon, electric bedside lights, wind up lanterns, and a log-burning stove. The cabin has floor to ceiling windows, a comfortable double bed, daybeds and a private composting toilet. Outside, each accommodation has its own spring water tap, BBQ (which doubles as a fire pit), table and stools, while the communal woodland kitchen is fully equipped with two fridges, gas hobs, microwave, toaster, kettle, pots, pans, utensils, cutlery, crockery and complimentary tea, coffee, sugar, cooking oil, condiments, herbs and spices. There is a long trestle table on which to eat or play the games provided. Next to the kitchen is an excellent gas-heated shower (complimentary shower gel, shampoo and conditioner) and the composting toilet is located close to the yurts and kitchen.

Nearby

Under a mile from Redwood Valley, Presteigne is a thriving town with a wine bar, four pubs and an eclectic array of independent shops and eateries. For something more in keeping with the campsite setting, there's a fantastic farm park and owl sanctuary (01544 231109) also around a mile from Redwood Valley. Ludlow Castle (01584 874465) adds a little history, as well as its spectacular annual food festival, or try the renowned book town of Hay on Wye, full of fantastic independent shops, especially great for antiques and, well, books. The campsite is located in the heart of a dark sky reserve and if you want something more than the simple stargazing onsite, there is an observatory (01547 520247) just up the road in Knighton – so bring a telescope if you are a keen!

Food & Drink

If you are cooking your own meals, Presteigne has an excellent greengrocer and fishmonger, a deli selling freshly baked bread, a local butcher, a wine shop and two small supermarkets. There are also four pubs – The Farmers Inn (01544 267389), The Salty Dog (01544 267720), The Radnorshire Arms (01544 267406) and The Royal Oak (01544 260842) – along with an excellent wine bar, Wine On Line (01544 267675).

Opening Times

April–October.

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The Owner Says

We are a family-run, eco-friendly yurt camping site set in 25 acres of woodland on the beautiful Welsh borders. Redwood Valley is a secret refuge where kids can roam free and you can enjoy absolute peace and tranquillity. Our hidden valley has just two secluded yurts nestled on the edge of the woodland and overlooking the wildflower meadow, brook and our mighty Redwood. Whether you are having a romantic meal under the stars after a cultural day in Hay on Wye or toasting marshmallows on a campfire with your family after a hike to the enchanted local waterfall, you really will feel as though the modern world is a million miles away. We are sure you are going to love it and look forward to welcoming you soon.

Accommodation

2 distinctive 19ft yurts which can each accommodate up to five people and a wooden tree cabin sleeping 2 adults and 2 children (or 3 adults – the second daybed is rather short!).

Seren Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
This 19ft yurt can accommodate up to five people.

Eilian Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
This 19ft yurt can accommodate up to five people.

Treetop Cabin

Tree house Sleeps 3
Nestled amongst the trees, our custom built cabin offers a private and secluded space in which to relax and enjoy the view across the valley to our redwood and the brook.

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Location

Contact Redwood Valley, Boultibrooke House, Norton Road, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2EU

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Getting There

From Presteigne: take the B4355 to Norton/Knighton. After about 0.5 miles the road bends slightly left up a small hill. At the top of that hill, on the right hand side, there is a small stone lodge and 50m further on is the 'Redwood Valley' sign and entrance which is also on the right hand side of the road. Please turn right here, follow the drive down for a couple of hundred metres and you will find the Parking Area (signposted).

From Knighton: take the B4355 to Norton/Presteigne. After about 5 miles, you will arrive at Norton, please carry on straight through the village towards Presteigne. After a further 1 mile you will see a left hand turn, just on the edge of the woodland, with the 'Redwood Valley’ signage by the side of the road. Please turn left here, follow the drive down for a couple of hundred metres and you will find the Parking Area (signposted).

Redwood Valley is situated under a mile north of Presteigne. The closest Railway station is six miles away in Knighton, home of the Offa's Dyke Centre. From Knighton, you can travel direct to Swansea and Shrewsbury.

From Leominster station, you can travel direct to Manchester, Swansea and Cardiff or connect to Hereford for direct services to London and Birmingham. Leominster is a 20-minute taxi journey from Redwood Valley. You can arrange a pick up in advance for around £25 from Radnor and Kington Taxies on 01547 560205.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Tranquil retreat

We stayed two nights in the Seren yurt in mid June. We were most impressed with the tranquil setting of the site and its lush woodland surroundings. We had our two girls with us aged 2 and 5 and they had a wonderful time exploring and playing in the stream, and that was after they'd got over the excitement of staying in the fabulous yurt! The yurt was simply but beautifully furnished and was clean and spacious. We needed the thick down duvet that weekend as our visit was just before the heatwave and it did cool down at night, though not enough to light the wood burning stove. We made full use of the excellent and well stocked camp kitchen and the BBQ set up. The self-composting toilet was clean and smell-free and the shower was a real luxury. As regular "normal" campers we really appreciated the extra touches of luxury at Redwood Valley, it made it a very special experience. Finally, the host David was very friendly and helpful and made us feel very much at home for our short stay. Overall, a really joyous experience and one we will remember for a long time to come.
Jul 11, 2018 by Helen R
★★★★★

Amazing Place!!

The valley is in a stunning well-kept bit of woodland along the Norton Brook stream that also divides England and Wales it is surrounded in the broader context by about 2 million sheep (rough estimate) and a very beautiful landscape.

John, who is the host, is very helpful and welcoming. He lives nearby and is happy to help with any camping issues. Together with his brother he really has created a special (camping) place with great attention of detail!

The Yurts are beautiful and very comfortable - easy for a family of 5 to stay overnight, and easy to keep warm with the wood burner inside. The yurts are equipped with power sockets; hairdryer and a spring water tap outside. There are stunning views across the valley from the yurt. The overall site is very quiet and shielded from any potential car noise.

The shared kitchen is a pleasure to cook in and to look out over the valley; the kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, toaster, fridge hob, etc. There is space for about 8 people to sit comfortably around a longish table. Each yurt has its own designated cooking and food storage place.

Adjacent to the kitchen, the shower has a good supply of (constant!!)  hot water, the timber shower space is very clean and nicely designed. Soap and shampoo is provided. The outside loo, a composting toilet, is also clean and tidy.  

We have a lovely memory of relaxing, walking around the woodland, playing with the water stream, visiting the nearby waterfall and enjoying the campfire. We absolutely love the Redwood valley!  We visited at the beginning of April with three kids (8,6,3).  – Already planning the next visit….

Apr 19, 2016 by kristian
★★★★★

Amazing

This was fantastic!! We had never stayed in a yurt but as seasoned campers we thought it would be luxury- it was!! The yurt had everything we needed and was warm and comfy with the stove lit. The site was beautiful and the facilities were far better than I imagined. You really can't smell the toilet and who needs hot water in the loo anyway!! There is some work to be done in terms of paths and ground drainage but it's all under control.  I can't forget to mention the kitchen facilities which were also amazing and even in November it was lovely cooking outdoors. Sharing with the other yurt was not a problem and made a nice friendly site. There were also loads of exciting finds in the grounds that I will not reveal as it will ruin the surprise. Fun for everyone!! We'd love to go back in the summer. 

Apr 3, 2016 by hilaryfoote@hotmail.com
★★★★★

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