Boultibrooke House, Norton Road, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2EU
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.
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.
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….
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.
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