Red Kite Tree Tent

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys

Newbridge-on-Wye, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales LD2 3SG
An innovative tent-cum-tree-house that offers both a unique camping experience and a wonderful location

Remember when you were young, carefree and charging around like a wild thing in the woods? And then you got that little bit too carried away and found your frisbee was stuck in the trees or your football wedged high amongst the branches? Well take that football, enlarge it into a bright and bulging sphere of wendy-house type proportions and you get an idea of what this weird and wonderful tree tent looks like.

Well… sort of. It certainly hangs among the branches like something only an overzealous human could have flung there, its bright turquoise exterior contrasting colorfully against the trees, yet this is far from a children’s toy. Deep in the woods of mid Wales, overlooking a babbling, rocky brook, Red Kite Tree Tent is in fact a masterpiece of design and architecture, and a rightful show stopper in Channel 4’s recent series of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

A combination of hybrid aluminum and steam bent, green ash, Red Kite Tree Tent’s frame is suspended among native pines by unobtrusive metal wires. Initially it may sound a little daunting, as if you’re dangling far from anything, but the tree tent also backs on to a large decking area with chairs, a table and an outdoor cooking space. Inside a main support pole is a shiny centre piece, surrounded by a plush double bed and a cosy wood burning stove, while the magenta lining gives a mature and cosy feel that seems to fit with the forest setting. There are few places that are as enjoyable to camp in when the weather is both good and bad but here a dodgy forecast is almost a pleasure: You can shut yourself away, stoke the fire and feel unbelievably cocooned, the wind making an accentuated rushing sound amongst the trees and the tent rocking gently within the air!

Though its innovative design could fill a book – or indeed a television show – Red Kite Tree Tent owes as much to its setting as to the structure itself. Down a seemingly endless single lane track, the site has an immediate sense of peace and isolation. It’s a place to re-engage with the forested surroundings, dabbling around in the stream and simply enjoying the pleasures of having the vast 80-acre woodland entirely to yourselves. There's wildlife aplenty and, as the name suggests, red kites swooping overhead are not an unusual spectacle. To really get up close, though, it’s a 20-minute drive to the Gigrin Farm Feeding Station – not to be missed.

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The Owner Says

One forest - two tree tents. Ynys Affalon, the classic original, featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, a rich verdant green orb  named for the Isle of Avalon in Arthurian legend. She is welcoming and intimate, as she sways like a tethered barque in the breeze. New too this season to the Red Kite Estate is the startling red “Dragon's Egg” tree tent also hidden in our own magical woodlands. Approached by its own fairy bridge with two sweeping wooden decks you should bring your own copy of Midsummer Night's Dream to declaim if that's your thang.

Above the lusty shout of a vibrant  stream can be heard the harmonious Welsh dawn chorus. Twitchers paradise, aesthetically rich, green and pleasant (with a choice of a handpainted golden dragon frieze or a crushed purple velvet interior wrapped round the double bed) makes for an extra special romantic experience, nestled in the canopy. Outdoor cooking, baked bananas, sitting by the fire pit. What's not to enjoy? Piece de resistance under construction for the brave at Dragon's Egg  is the new logbridge-short-cut to the glampaloo. You may see Red Kites and buzzards and owls and hares and lots besides. You are located near the Brecon Beacons, Builth Wells and Llandrindod Wells. Making it perfect for long countryside walks through forests and valleys, mountain biking, fishing canoeing and just hangin'.  You can even invite your friends and keep it private by booking them into the gorgeous Red Kite Barn onl moments away. Contact bookings@chillderness.co.uk or 07951957067.

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★★★★★

Fairy tale Family Tree Adventure

Jun 8, 2018 by Meagan Tudge

Here is the text: Our family went from not wanting to do this to wanting to stay in the Red Kite Tree Tent FOREVER. It feels like you have escaped into the wilds but where someone has artfully created a nurturing space. The pod is both luxurious and practical. Being able to cook besides a babbling brook on an open fire, or on a fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove high in the trees. Read books in loungers, look for fairies, shower (in a wonderful hot water shower) overlooking the forest or just watch the sun set and the moon and stars rise. There are little paths and walkways up the hill side and connecting the trees, tent, living space etc - meaning even making a cup of tea feels like an adventure. We had warm weather so explored local wild swimming spots (researched and recommended by the owners). As well as local villages and pubs, but each day we loved coming back to our little tent high in the forest and relaxing deep in luxurious nature. The children and husband (aka big kid) keep talking about our time in the forest and the tent in the trees. (Note they are 10 years and above - for much younger children it might be too extreme!) We all can't wait to go back!

★★★★★

The perfect piece of peace

Jun 4, 2018 by Kayleigh Jayne

We recently spent the weekend in the Ynys Affalon tent for a birthday weekend away. It was a truly, wonderful experience. From parking up the car, every sight was a perfect picture. The whole area has been well thought out to be practical, yet eco friendly. The fresh bread, milk and butter supplied was lovely, along with the fresh flowers ready on the table set. The first evening we chilled out with a few beers sat on the decking next to the river. The second we sat in the same spot with a campfire whilst roasting marshmallows. In the day we went walking and found a high up spot to sit and have a quiet picnic, cheeky glass of prosseco. Watching the wildlife running around below us. In the night, the sound of the river, and the sway of the tree tent made for a perfect sleep. All cooking facilities and bedding were supplied which was super handy! *Tips - pack a few citronella candles, keeps the gnats away in the evenings. Pack a torch as the toilet is just up off the main deck of the tent and it can be quite dark in the evenings heading there. It took us away from our every day, hectic lives and gave us 48 hours of total peace and quiet (phone signal - we had to walk a while for me to get any, my other half had it in certain spots around the tent) It was like being in another world - a world we really loved! It's a beautiful spot - and we hope to visit again sometime soon. Thanks for having us!!

★★★★★

Peaceful and romantic experience

Jun 4, 2018 by Loridana

My husband and I had a glorious time in this perfectly peaceful and outstandingly beautiful bolthole far from the madding crowd. We loved being together in this haven for just a few days but would want to stay longer and will definitely be back!

★★★★★

Secluded and beautiful

May 15, 2018 by Lydia

All the amenities are provided in this unique camping experience. The tent sways a little in the wind which is all part of the charm. The walk up hill to the toilet was a little difficult at night but they are building a rope bridge which will make that journey so much easier! This was a great experience from building our own fires to cook on to showering outdoors all in beautiful welsh scenery!

★★★★★

Last year's magical woodland retreat. September 12th - 15th, 2017

Mar 21, 2018 by Anaïs

Beware of the muffin thieving bird! We had an amazing time at this beautiful place when we stayed last year, and it was so relaxing chilling by the tyre or the hammock. The countryside around was breathtaking; highly recommend you go for a horse ride through the Welsh mountains! (LD1 CPN) Thank you for letting us stay here and hopefully we'll be back soon!

★★★★★

Little bit of awesome

Mar 19, 2018 by Ceri

Thank you for building this little bit of awesome! Surrounded by trees and being next the river falling asleep to the sounds of it babbling has been such a treat and we have both enjoyed ourselves immensely. Hope to return again! Ceri and Alex

★★★★★

Escape from City

Mar 13, 2018 by Jane

We are a couple from London. It was a lovely escape for us from the chaos of big city. Views are absolutely stunning, and relaxing. Shame we didn't have time to do everything what we wanted. So we look forward to visiting again. Jane and Neil xx

★★★★★

Brilliant birthday present

Mar 12, 2018 by Loridana

We came here to celebrate both of our birthdays. We had a lovely relaxing time getting away from technology, we'd love to come back and stay again!

★★★★★

Unique and Wonderful place

Mar 12, 2018 by Loridana

We had an awesome stay out here at this tent. It was a wonderful escape and perfect rest to recharge your batteries before returning to "work life". Thank you for really warm and nice contact. Hope to be back soon :)

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