Valley Yurts

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Presteigne

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
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  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Luxury yurts hidden in a Welsh valley teeming with wildlife

What could be more tranquil? A patchwork of fields, a landscape trees, some grass and cosy accommodation that allows peace and privacy. The journey is as beautiful as the arrival; on one side guests approach through the waterfall-splashed valleys of the Brecon Beacons National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog) and from the other down narrow Hereford Hedged’s twisting lanes, that open every now and again into some of the finest countryside views in south Wales. But when you finally pass the quiet farming village of Gladestry and pull into Valley Yurts, you immediately know what awaits will be amongst the most relaxing holidays you're likely to experience.

Hidden in a valley buzzing with wildlife — the unmistakable whistle of the Red Kite is a familiar sound — Valley Yurts' traditional Kyrgyzstan abodes (there are 4 onsite) come furnished to a high standard and look fantastic. They are, of course, also perfectly practical. Inside, they boast plenty of creature comforts, including bedding, linen, furniture, rugs and an instantly effective wood-burner, keeping you toasty throughout the night — plus, solar lighting allows for extended evening use.

Coming soon for the 2022 season is a new shepherd's hut, sleeping two adults and two children with one double bed along with two single bunk beds. There is also an adjacent shepherd's for dining and relaxing, while the sleeping hut has a wood burner for those cosy nights in.

Outside each accommodation is a well-stocked private dining area with everything you need for cooking up a storm, and a firepit allows you to try that true form of outdoor cooking under the starry Welsh skies. Some excellent farm produce is just a short drive away to Kington, an old market town mentioned in the 1086 Doomsday Book. Communal facilities here are immaculately kept, with flushing toilets, hot showers, washbasins, a washing-up area, and the added extra of a fully-equipped kitchen for those times when you prefer not to cook on the fire.

Geographically the location is a real winner. Through the gate, guests can explore miles of accessible hills, or 1km away join the 8th-century Offa’s Dyke Path — built by a medieval king to intimidate his enemies — passing through many of Wales’ unspoiled landscapes, native wildlife and historic castles. In fact, the path was named by Lonely Planet as one of the world's top-10 wall walks, alongside the Great Wall of China! Alternatively, head in the other direction towards the hilly literary town of Hay-on-Wye, where you can hire a canoe and paddle down the weaving River Wye, or pop across to the Brecon Beacons National Park and walk behind crashing waterfalls. Adrenaline junkies will find pleasure here too, with gorge walking, climbing, mountain biking and pony trekking all on offer.

In short, there’s plenty to do around Valley Yurts, but with such a picturesque hillside setting there's a good chance you won't leave the site itself. There's a reason why visitors who plan lots of local outings often wind up relaxing, cooking and playing games on-site instead.

Details

Facilities

Each 18-foot diameter yurt sleeps four, with one double bed and two singles (bedding and linen included but not towels), plus the option of one extra bed for larger families. Inside, yurts also feature a wood-burner and solar lighting. The shepherd's hut accommodation has one double bed and two single bunk beds, with an adjacent hut for dining and lounging. Each has its own outdoor cooking area with a firepit, tripod, enamel hanging Hungarian Kotlich stew bowl, barbecue plate and frying dish. The site features a fully-equipped communal kitchen with running water, cooker, hob, tables, fridge, pots and pans, crockery, etc — tea and coffee are also provided. There are two toilet blocks all with flushing loos, hot showers, hot water washbasins and a washing-up area, there are also phone-charging points. There is also a wood-fired pizza oven which you can hire (£20 to cover the cost of the wood). You can either make your own or you can buy homemade pizza dough, margarita toppings and rosemary garlic bread ingredients from the site (margarita ingredients £5 per pizza, including garlic bread; let them know in advance if you would like this).

Suitable For

Glampers, couples, families, groups, well-behaved dogs – yes. Campers, caravans, motorhomes, stag and hen dos – no.

Nearby

Where to start? Valley Yurts is found at the foot of Offa’s Dyke Path, which offers a comfortable 90-minute walk into the nearest town of Kington. Although a steady slope up to Hergest Ridge, the walk across the ridge is grassy and flat with beautiful 360-degree views. Whether you prefer a two-hour or two-day walk, Offa’s Dyke is ideal — and named by Lonely Planet as being among the world’s greatest walks. The famous literary town of Hay-on-Wye is a short drive( 11 miles) away, with plenty of antique shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. The Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts is a must if you visit in May. There are several canoe and kayak companies in Hay where you can hire boats or canoes to navigate The River Wye's easy routes which are suitable for all the family. Discover the Black and White Village Trail, characterised by the large number of timbered and half-timbered houses in the area, some dating from medieval times. Pembridge, the nearest medieval town is only 12 miles away and a short drive out of the village past the market square will bring you to Dunkertons Cider Mill where organic cider and perry is made using traditional methods, with cider apples and perry pears from local orchards. In under an hour, you can be in The Brecon Beacon National Park, and choose from lots of outdoor activities including; cycling and mountain biking, gorge walking, horse riding, trekking and watersports. Pack a bag, some snacks and head off to the Four Waterfalls Walk, one of which you can even walk behind — well worth a visit.

Food & Drink

Kington offers a range of cafés, pubs and take-aways, plus there are shops selling local meat and farm produce, with two supermarkets also in the town. It's an easy one-mile walk to The Royal Oak (01544 370586), just down the lane – reasonably priced home cooked food, amazing ciders and ales, plus delicious Sunday roasts. The Harp Inn (01544 350655) in Old Radnor is famous for its excellent food using only local suppliers. The Roast Ox (01497 851398) in Painscastle offers excellent home-cooked pub meals in a very traditional and friendly pub. Hay-on-Wye has a large offering of cafes, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes, including: tapas, falafels, bistros or a hearty Sunday lunch in The Blue Boar (01497 820884). There' s no shortage of pubs in the area too offering food, and local ales and cider.

Open

1st April–7th September.

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Accommodation

Four yurts, each sleeping four to six. Max four adults per yurt. We can accommodate larger families with two adults and three children —please contact the site arrange this.

Bess

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
This is a 18" yurt with a double bed and two single beds. We have installed a wood burning stove, solar lighting and tables/chairs. The valley is home to lots of wildlife and it is most famous for being a Red Kite area, there are also regular visits from buzzards, sparrow hawks, owls and woodpeckers, so bring the binoculars!

Bramley

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
This is a 18" yurt with a double bed and two single beds. We have installed a wood burning stove, solar lighting and tables/chairs.The valley is home to lots of wildlife and it is most famous for being a Red Kite area, there are also regular visits from buzzards, sparrow hawks, owls and woodpeckers, so bring the binoculars!

Crispin

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
Crispin is the newest addition to the Valley Yurts Family, 2 adjacent Shepherds Huts, one for sleeping and the other for dining and relaxing. The Shepherds Hut sleeps a maximum of 4 with one double bed and 2 single bunk beds.

Pippin

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
This is a 18" yurt with a double bed and two single beds. We have installed a wood burning stove, solar lighting and tables/chairs. The valley is home to lots of wildlife and it is most famous for being a Red Kite area, there are also regular visits from buzzards, sparrow hawks, owls and woodpeckers, so bring the binoculars!

Russet

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
Russet is set in a small apple orchard, tucked away in it’s own private field. It can sleep up to 4 people with a double bed and two singles but we can always add additional beds for larger families. We have installed a wood burning stove, solar lighting and tables/chairs.

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Location

Contact Valley Yurts, Valley Yurts Lane House Farm, Gladestry, Kington HR5 3NT

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Getting There

Approaching from Kington: as you enter Gladestry, go past the primary school and just after the Royal Oak pub, turn right before the church at the triangle of grass. Then turn immediately left, keeping the church on your left. Continue down a narrow lane (just over a mile), when the road forks always take the right – often the Sat Nav will stop at Wood Farm, however keep going – and Lane House Farm and Valley Yurts is the next house on the right of the road. There's a car park on the right immediately after the house.

The nearest train station is Leominster (20 miles) with direct trains from Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff. Hereford Station (27 miles) serves London and the south coast. There's a bus service from Hereford to Kington, the nearest town. If you're travelling by public transport taxis are available, or the owners can also collect you from Kington by arrangement.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 15 reviews

★★★★★

Wow!!

We stayed here for my father's 60th birthday and had the most fabulous weekend. The place exceeded expectations. It had everything you could possibly need, was very clean and comfy! It was definitely luxury. The owners went out of their way to ensure our visit was the best it could be! I would highly recommend Valley Yurts and look forward to the next time we visit!
Jul 12, 2021 by Jo Clark Verified Review
★★★★★

Great weather great yurts

We had a loverly stay late weekend. Bonus of loverly weather but the staff were very friendly and very helpful. The yurts were above and beyond what we expected.
★★★★★

Amazing weekend even in the rain!

I cannot fault our weekend at Valley Yurts, we were warmly welcomed and nothing was too much trouble. Our yurt was lovely and the views breathtaking, the facilities were clean and well kept and the kitchen had everything you need and more! The kids loved it from the second we arrived and, when it was time to go home, didn’t want to leave. Even though the weather wasn’t on our side it didn’t make the weekend any less enjoyable. We cannot wait to book and visit again in the future. Thank you so much, jo and Matt, we really did have the best time!
★★★★★

A fantastic escape

We had a wonderful weekend catching up with friends at Jo and Matt’s yurts. The whole set up is fantastic - the yurts are beautiful, the kitchen area very well equipped, the showers warm and spotless. And the scenery beautiful! We hired the pizza oven one night and all enjoyed the most delicious pizzas - dough and passata by Jo and Matt followed by a camp fire and toasting the jar or marshmallows provided. A fantastic escape for us all. Thank you. We can’t wait to come back.
Apr 24, 2021 by Jo Skipper Verified Review
★★★★★

Wonderful site, amazing surroundings and lovely hosts

Jo and Matt have thought of EVERYTHING! I would highly recommend this beautiful site to everyone. Whether you're a seasoned camper or a newbie to the wild you'll have a lovely time, surrounded by beautiful scenery and with fantastic hosts, who are so helpful and attentive.
Jul 18, 2020 by Molly Boyne
★★★★★

Fantastic weekend ,great hosts

Pizza on the first night made by jo and matt ( at a small charge ) met other lovely families . beds lovely and comfortable which ensures a great night sleep ...communal kitchen has everything at hand .a box of wonderful toys for outdoors to ensure children have a busy time ,ie :frisbee,cricket,football ,cricket to name but a few . First class washing facilities....fabulous weekend had by all ,highly recommend ,will be booking for next year ..Thank you both for a fab weekend xx
Jul 23, 2019 by Melanie
★★★★★

A wonderful place

We had the best few days at Valley Yurts. Peaceful, beautiful countryside, fab yurts and the best hosts. Thank you- we’ll definitely be back!
Jul 12, 2019 by Debbie Coulson
★★★★★

Sunning, peaceful, immaculate and well worth a visit

Simply idyllic. If you would love to awaken to birdsong and amazing views with easy access to local gems such as Hay-on-Wye and Ludlow then you could pick no where better than Valley Yurts. All presented to the highest possible standards with amazing attention to detail. Came away feeling totally relaxed and chilled out. Can't wait for our next visit !
Jul 15, 2018 by James
★★★★★

Peace and tranquillity and the amazing quality

Simply idyllic. If you would love to awaken to birdsong and amazing views with easy access to local gems such as Hay-on-Wye and Ludlow. All presented to the highest possible standards with amazing attention to detail. Came away feeling totally relaxed and chilled out. Can't wait for our next visit !
Jul 14, 2018 by James
★★★★★

Idyllic setting and amazing experience

We booked all 4 yurts for a girly weekend and had an incredible time. The set up is perfect and the facilities are great. Lovely showers, equipped kitchen area and comfy beds. The outdoor fire for cooking was a great experience and easier than expected. The location is idyllic, a beautiful view and really peaceful. Hammock was a lovely touch! Hopefully we can come back some time.
Jun 10, 2018 by Laura
★★★★★

Idyllic setting

If you want to imagine the perfect image of rural surroundings with near and distant hills, far-reaching fields and valleys dotted with graceful trees in the care of a low-lying Welsh Farm house with hundreds of years heritage then your yurt awaits you, fully equipped for home life in conditions of privacy and tranquility backed by the warmest of hospitality from Jo and Matt. Vanessa Young
Dec 10, 2017 by Vanessa Young
★★★★★

Magical!

What an incredible spot a real escape from it all with all the essentials and then some to guarantee the perfect getaway! Jo and Matt were incredible hosts and we enjoyed an amazing time 'getting back to nature' but in a perfectly cosseted way! My highlight was sitting around the firepit, surrounded by friends and woodland, wrapped in a blanket, gazing at the most incredible starry sky, how often do you get chance to appreciate something that magical? This site is a real treat of a place for the soul as much as the body, we will be back. Thank you.
Oct 13, 2017 by John B
★★★★★

Amazing!

Tucked away a mile or so outside of the village of Gladestry we had a special weekend at Valley Yurts; a peaceful and secluded site close to the Welsh border, with the mountains as a backdrop. Our yurt was beautifully decorated, spacious, yet cosy with a wood burner for the evenings. Outside we had plenty of space to ourselves with wooden tables and benches next to a fire where we cooked dinner and sat around chatting until far too late! The Offa's Dyke path is nearby and we enjoyed a lovely walk with spectacular views along to Kington. Matt and Jo have been really thoughtful in the creation of this idyllic site, one that we will certainly be returning to.
Oct 11, 2017 by Jill and Charlie
★★★★★

Outstanding experience

This is the place for a really warm welcome in some of the most beautiful countryside in the United Kingdom. An amazing site on the border between England and Wales with stunning views in every direction. Based round a charming 300-year old farmhouse, Valley Yurts offers peaceful seclusion, but with access to charming villages and small towns not too far away. As a novelist I especially appreciated being able to have a lovely countryside base for the Hay-on-Wye book festival, ten miles away. There is walking of every type from casual strolling to serious mountain trekking, with every level in between, with access to the Brecon Beacons, and the mid-Wales section of Offa’s Dyke Path. Owners, Jo and Matt ,could not be more helpful. Very highly recommended.
Oct 11, 2017 by Norman Hartley
★★★★★

Ultimate relaxation

Valley yurts is a real gem of a find. My partner and I stayed for a long weekend. What a beautiful setting! Stunning views wherever you look. It was fantastic to wake up to the sounds of nature and no cars!! This was our first time in a yurt - it was a great experience. I can now see what all the fuss is about. We were so comfortable and cosy. Jo and Matt are great hosts, very relaxed and genuinely welcoming. There was plenty to see and do but to be honest we spent alot of time in and around our yurt experimenting with cooking on the fire pit and getting away from it all. Will definitely be back next year. Thankyou
Oct 11, 2017 by Jane Hunter

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