Kite Hill Yurts

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys

A yurt glamping site run by genuine yurt glamping experts on the edge of Builth Wells in Wales near the River Wye

Like an ode to their previously nomadic lifestyle, the Mongolian yurt seems the perfect structure for Lisa and Jerry to have built here on their Welsh version of the Mongolian Steppe. The yurts’ perch atop a ribbon of hills on the west bank of the River Wye is like a final, long-awaited destination at the end of the couple’s travels, a three year spell that saw them take an old Land Rover from Namibia and gradually make their way back to the UK.

Their longest settling along the way was living on a mountain plateau in the middle of Africa, managing a 3,000km² wildlife reserve. It seems no surprise, then, that when it came to settling back into British life they were drawn not to their old city jobs but, instead, to the hills and the wildlife of Wales’ Black Mountains a few miles north of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The two yurts at Kite Hill nest themselves among lush, long grass – a would-be savannah carpet were it not for the dandelions and buttercups that grow in abundance and the mature, native hedgerows that surround the field. The view beyond, of forests, fields and a nobbled spine of green hills, is as British as they come too. Though giraffes and monkeys would surely be in their element here, given the great thickness of trees that flank the far side of the meadow.

Inside, the yurts are beautifully finished – luxurious but with a rustic feel. They feature chunky wooden bedsteads, bedside tables and small, tea-light lanterns that cast warm colours up the canvas walls. The natural colour of the wood adds further warmth, plus there’s the more literal warmth of a toasty log burning stove that heats the whole abode. The traditionally painted door is matched by the ornate central crown that allows glampers to gaze up at the Milky Way from within the snug comfort of the yurt. When the sky is clear this dark, light pollution-free area is simply magical.

A private deck adjoins each yurt with its own mini kitchen cabin and an eco-friendly composting toilet, while both yurts also share a larger cabin where there is a large, luxury shower and another kitchen space, equipped with a fridge and oven (among other things). It’s here that you will also find books, games and a collection of OS maps for planning your days out and about.

The best place to start is with a simple walk up the hill to the highest meadow in the campsite rewarding you with a gorgeous 270 degree panorama up and down the valley. You can also walk straight onto the Wye Valley Way route, traipsing across the adjoining 5000-acre moorland to the gorgeous lake of Pant y Llyn. Bring some binoculars to spot the best of the birds. And keep your eyes peeled for those monkeys and giraffes too. You can but hope.

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The Owner Says

Curlew and Skylark, two authentic Mongolian Yurts perched on a hillside high over the Wye Valley. With fully equipped kitchens and private compost toilets, both yurts have stunning views from the decks and beautiful walks straight from the gate out onto 5,000 acres of wild moorland. Brecon, Hay on Wye and the Brecon Beacons National Park are all within easy striking distance or just sit on the deck and watch the kites circling overhead or, once the sun has set, sit round the fire and look for shooting stars.

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Fabulous Experience at Kite Hill

I hardly know where to start with this review. This was our (2 adults and 2 children, aged 6 and 3) first Yurt experience and it couldn't have been better. We knew we were in for something special from the start, as the scenery and the approach through the Beacons up to the farm were simply majestic. The weekend had threatened heavy rain but as it turned out we were fortunate to have the most fantastic weather with which to fully enjoy Kite Hill. We were warmly welcomed by Lisa and Jerry on arrival and our son (whose birthday this escape was to celebrate) was so excited to see where we would be staying. The Yurt (Skylark) was beautiful and cosy, and perfectly suited to our small family but would be equally as nice for a romantic escape. We had planned very little in advance but found we could have spent the whole weekend within a mile of the farm and still felt as if we had made good use of the time. There are great short walks and views from the Yurt up onto the common land at the top of the hill within 100m, with the breathtaking vistas of the Brecons to the south and across the Wye Valley to the east. On site the facilities are beyond reproach, from the perfectly located and resourced kitchenette 'shed' to the great power-shower and refrigeration facilities in the lower hut. There was also a very reasonably priced honesty shop in the utility room for basics that might have been forgotten and fresh eggs from the local hens, along with all kinds of brochures and suggestions for trips out. We grilled food on the BBQ most evenings and sat and star gazed whilst toasting marshmallows over the open fire pit, eventually heading back into the Yurt incredibly satisfied and exhausted for a fantastically restful sleep. The hosts were beyond helpful, knowing when to be there and when to let us have our privacy. Lisa was so kind to let our children both feed their new lambs and collect the eggs laid by their hens, which for them was a definite highlight, whilst also indulging my habit of talking about anything and everything. On a more practical note, we did drive around the local area and found many beautiful places in Wales to enjoy, from wild swimming in the river and enjoying the annual dog show at Pont ar Elan, to ambling around Rhayader and Builth Wells on warm spring evenings. On the return home to London we were advised by Jerry to take the Gospel Pass south of Hay-on-Wye for the views and to enjoy Llanthony Priory on the English-Welsh border, and what a recommendation that was. Our highest accolade can be that our children loved it so much they want to return as soon as they can, and I hope we can find the time to too. Thank you Jerry and Lisa for the most fantastic stay.
Jun 29, 2018 by Henry

A magical time in the meadow!

My 11 and 13 year old children and I stayed here for 2 days. We loved it from the start: slightly off the beaten track, in an idyllic meadow, and a gorgeous yurt to sleep in! The kitchen was larger than expected and allowed us to have a more sheltered place to prepare food. It was also another beautiful space at night with all the fairy lights and tea lights. Attention to detail is clearly paramount for our lovely, friendly hosts, who also encouraged us to feed their super cute lambs! The shower was hot and plentiful, and the information extensive. There are 2 yurts in the field, but we still somehow felt we had a lot of privacy. Would heartily recommend a visit!
Jun 4, 2018 by Fiona

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