Friday, 29 July 2011
Hidden Valley Yurts
According to the owners. this is not glamping, but luxury camping - what ever it is it is my kind of camping! Set in the beautiful Wye Valley, hidden from view (and down a 1:4) are the most beautiful yurts (although I base my judgment on a sample of 1). Our yurt was on a large wooden deck equipped with wooden chairs, tables, benches, built in stone bbq's and a chiminea. Inside was a Mongolian day bed (for I to sleep on),2 single futons (for E and G) and one of the most comfy king size beds I have slept in (plus we borrowed a cot for P). The yurt was spacious, clean and very warm (there is a fire you can light but when we did it made it far to warm). There was a communal kitchen (with ovens, fridges, a dishwasher and a large and varied selection of kitchen equipment) and an extremely clean toilet block (which drains into their reed bed). We cooked Pizza (they have a wood fired pizza oven but we decided it would take too long to heat up so we cooked it in the oven) and pasta and had a BBQ. There was a fab stream which the girls spend ages paddling in and building dams (and racing plastic ducks down); a tire swing, a den Tee-Pee and best of all a dog named Tilly! The husband and I enjoyed boules and badminton! I also brought the girls glo-sticks and illoom balloons (balloons that glow in the dark thanks to a tiny LED) which won me some street cred with them (and other children on the campsite).
It really was a fab place - our only regret was because of the wedding we went to we didn't spend enough time exploring the farm's land - still at least we have an excuse to go back.