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Wyldwoods Eco Retreat
Originally a vast and well-manicured organic garden that was open to the public, three and a half-acre Wyldwoods was left to nature for several years before current owners, Dawn and Tony, took over. Through their hard work the garden has been crafted back into gloriously colourful shape, while an element of its newfound wildness has also been maintained. The result is like something out of Frances Burnett’s The Secret Garden, a haven not just for humans but also for a wealth of native wildlife, with fledglings flittering between the thick, mature hedgerows and owls hooting in the night.
Nestled in two separate corners of the site – one on the edge of it’s own private lawn, the other it’s own terrace with views across the valley – two wooden glamping lodges are found. Both are kitted out for year-round glamping breaks, with a large double bed and wood burning stove that are perfect for bolting yourself away in the wilds of autumn, while outdoor furniture allow you to make the most of long, light summer evenings. Small attention to detail, like a supply of board games and romantic old-style lanterns, show the care that Dawn and Tony have put into the place, while their clear passion for the garden can be seen in the cabins’ more decorative items – branches woven with fairy-lights and horticultural pictures on the walls. Each cabin even as its own potager of herbs and seasonal leaves to enliven your dinner.
Keep an eye out for wildlife when you take off to explore the various terraces of the hillside garden. Nuthatches, woodpeckers and finches are all common here, nesting in the upper reaches of the grounds where trees back into Pant-Yr-Eos Forest, owned by The Woodland Trust and coloured by a blanket of bluebells in spring. Guests at Wyldwoods Eco Retreat have private access to the forest, following the path straight out of the garden. Or you can stay and roam the patchwork of herbaceous borders and colourful rhododendrons, or collect fallen branches for your outdoor chimenera from the mature terraced woodland, all accessed by meandering, cobble pathways. A small kitchen garden also bristles with organic goodness – Dawn and Tony will be pleased to give you a tour. Each and sell you some organic seasonal fruit and veg
With so many hidden corners to the site itself, three acres quickly feels more like three hundred and you could easily stay put without ever venturing to the Berwyn Mountains beyond. We do advise venturing forth at some point though – there's an entire world beyond Wyldwoods even if your nicely hidden away from it. Just remember, don't rush. You'll never feel like you've done it all.
FacilitiesBoth the Terrace Lodge and the Cabin feature one large double bed, The Terrace Lodge also has a fold out bed for a child. All the beds have feather duvets and pillows and luxurious Egyptian cotton bedding. Each has a small wood burning stove and table, chairs, cushions and blankets. Romantic solar, candle, and fairy lights, for evenings and plenty of boxed games and books for cosy evenings in. Each cabin has its own table and chairs for al fresco dining, private gas BBQ, and wood fires chimera, plus pots of culinary herbs. The Cabin is decorated in a rustic style, Inside there is a small and impeccable kitchen, with sink, double hob, grill and fridge. There are all the cooking and serving utensils that you should need for cooking inside or in the private garden. The Terrace Lodge is more contemporary, with an outdoor decking area and floor to ceiling windows. It also has a fantastic, fully equipped decking kitchen covered by a large sail roof, complete with; sink fridge, double hob, oven and grill. There is a separate grassed area with chairs and Chimenea. Shower and bathing facilities in guest bathroom in house, Good quality towels are provided. An average amount of logs for each evening’s fire is provided with each booking, additional bags of logs are available at £5.00 each. A welcome selection including organic tea, herb tea, coffee, instant and filter and milk is waiting for you on your arrival.
Suitable ForThe lodges sleep a maximum of 2 adults and 1 child. Small dogs are welcome at an additional cost of £7.50 each per night.
NearbyIt's 5 miles to the village of Llanrhaeadr-Ym-Mochnant (see food & drink), an excellent starting point from which to walk out to Pistyll Rhaeadr (01691 780392), a magnificent waterfall and the highest in Wales. It's around a 3 mile walk along the banks of the river from village to falls, though there is a road leading right out to the falls for a much quicker option. The Berwyn Mountains are nearby as is Lake Vyrnwy – encircled by a B-road that makes for excellent road cycling. To the north east, National Trust owned Chirk Castle and Gardens (01691 777701) is also well worth a visit – the drive takes around half an hour.
Food & DrinkGuests arrive to a welcome pack of milk, butter, orange juice, tea and coffee. The campsite is also 5 miles from the unspoiled village of Llanrhaeadr-Ym-Mochnant, with local food stores, a fish and chip shop, post office, traditional butchers, restaurant and no fewer than 3 friendly pubs – The Plough Country Inn (01691 780654), The Hand (01691 780413) and The Wynnstay Arms (01691 780210).
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Rated ★★★★★ over 16 reviews
Refreshing mini break
The perfect cosy getaway
Beautiful Hidden Retreat!
Quiet and restful retreat
Peaceful, romantic, secluded break
Life is short, book the extra night!
Peaceful haven in the hills
Just wonderful! Had such a lovely time staying in the cosy cabin with its idyllic views - looking out across the quiet valley where the only sounds are sheep, buzzards and jackdaws (wait until twilight to see the jackdaws' incredible 'murmuration' performance too, utterly breathtaking!)
Dawn & Tony (and Jasper the mini-Schnauzer) are very welcoming and helpful, providing a fabulous welcome pack and breakfast, and offering ideas for where to go (check out the fascinating ancient church/shrine of St Melangell the patron saint of hares, about 30 mins drive away, tucked into the folds of the mountains).
I will definitely be back again. I've never felt so refreshed and relaxed after a weekend away! Highly recommend!
Delightful hosts, beautiful lodges and fabulous breakfast basket! Tony and Dawn could not be more welcoming and Jasper the dog is an added treat. A quiet get-away-from-it-all; this is a super place to chill out with a glass of wine. Log burners in both lodges provide that rustic touch which makes a holiday special. Definitely will be back for more of Dawn's cake.
The little cabin, hidden amongst shrubs and herbaceous borders on a slope in the quietest valley imaginable, was the perfect place to relax and unwind. The pretty interior and cosy log stove made it almost impossible to leave to go exploring in the area! However, I made it to the waterfall at Llanrhaeadr, which was amazing and reputedly higher than Niagara Falls, and also to Llangollen, where there is a preserved railway and a canal right next to each other - I couldn't have wished for more!
Dawn and Tony were really welcoming and the table laid for tea, the welcome pack of essentials and small vase of garden flowers, all added to the feeling of being wrapped in a warm, snuggly blanket. Their garden is amazing, too with lots of steps and terraces and beautiful shrubs plus a 'secret' gate into the wild woods beyond. My visit was all too short, but I shall definitely be returning - just try and stop me!
What an idyllic retreat in a truly magical setting. The Cabin was equipped with everything needed for comfort and ease and the log burner made it really cosy. The warm welcome provided by Tony and Dawn was lovely, nothing was too much trouble for them. The welcome and breakfast packs were great and helped with the total relaxation of the holiday. The Cabin was private, tucked into a secluded area of the large garden and the amenities were excellent and well maintained.
The surrounding area was beautiful and peaceful, with plenty of things to do and places to visit. Conversely, the Cabin was a great place just to be and not do too much.
Overall, it is a fabulous place to step out of your everyday life and to experience the rich beauties of nature and peace.
Our stay in the Lodge was idyllic, when we turned off from Moelfre onto the road through the woods beside a lake it was like entering a magical realm. The name says it all, Wyldwood retreat. Even though the weather was not great, we were warm and cosy in the lodge, woken by birdsong each morning. Nice to have the woodstove, and the stunning views from the balcony/deck area.Walking in the gardens and the adjoining woodland we did not see a soul, but Dawn and Tony were helpful and really hospitable. We had excellent breakfasts and there was a lovely welcome pack when we arrived, so we did not need to go out in search of milk and things right away. The set up was perfect and all our needs were catered for.
We did go out to discover Lake Vyrnwy and the highest waterfall in Wales, which were just beautiful, but we would have been content to stay put in the lovely gardens, enjoying the local produce we were able to buy from Tony's garden and from a local farm shop. Ideal if you want to step away from the world for a time, we will definitely be going again!