Moonlight Yurt

Stunning yurt with shepherd hut in stunning Welsh countryside
IN BRIEF
  • Beautiful authentic Mongolian Yurt in its own magical private location
  • Romantic get-away for a couple: lovely for a unique honeymoon
  • By a small river in the Black Mountains
  • Wood burner in yurt for cosy warmth
  • Shepherds hut close by has little kitchen and gas-fired shower
  • Perfect spot for star-gazing: an 'international dark sky reserve'
  • Local pub is a walkable distance away
  • Sleeps a couple and 2 good dogs

Romantic, authentic, unique, secluded, and beautifully located amid fifty acres of medieval pasture and woodland between Abergavenny and Hay on Wye, this wonderful Mongolian Yurt (or Ger) sits completely on its own in a secluded riverside meadow. The surrounding mountains create a glorious backdrop, dramatically silhouetted against the colours of a sunset, or tranquil in the early morning light. If you are looking for a wonderfully comfortable 'back to nature' experience in all weathers, with the chance to catch your breath, gaze at the inky-black starlit sky, hear the soothing sound of a rushing mountain river, and enjoy the peace and quiet and pure, clean air of the Black Mountains, then this is the place for you. The woodburning stove heats the yurt rapidly to a cosy warmth even in cold weather. Sleeps a couple in a double bed. Up to 2 well-behaved dogs welcome.

'A wonderful and romantic honeymoon in a beautiful and idyllic setting.' Andrew and Lucy

Private yurt in stunning rural setting

This beautiful authentic antique yurt was made by Mongolian craftsmen to their own native specification - so it is suitable for the challenging conditions of the Mongolian highlands. Its handmade wooden lattice walls are assembled with yak-hide ties and tied together with yak hair ropes. The roof crown, crown supports, roof poles and wooden doors are painted and decorated with traditional designs, giving an authentic and romantic feel. A layer of thick yak felt over the frame means that you are warm in cool weather and cool in hot weather. The natural canvas cover keeps out the rain and the traditionally decorated cotton outer cover prevents the UV rays from damaging the canvas. An efficient little woodburning stove sits in the middle of the space with its stove pipe poking out of the top. Candle-lit lanterns give the interior a cosy, romantic glow. The yurt is surprisingly roomy, and all but the tallest people can stand inside with headroom to spare.

Traditional yurt bedroom Stove provides winter warmth and comfort

Outside the Yurt, a large fire pit can be lit to warm your evenings, and there is a barbecue for cooking outside. However, the Shepherd's Hut provides a sheltered mini kitchen at one end (with gas hob, sink and kitchen essentials) and a gas-heated shower at the other. A separate compost loo (yes, this is pleasant to use!) is set at a convenient but discreet distance away (loo paper, sawdust or shredded paper supplied - all clearly explained on site). Chairs and a table can be used inside or outside the yurt, and there is a table and benches for alfresco eating. The river Honddu, a mere 30 yards away, is lovely for cooling off on hot days, as there is a billabong deep enough to plunge into.

Fron door detail Detail of intricate yurt paintwork Painted brace

Things to do around Moonlight Yurt

Set in the breathtakingly beautiful Black Mountains in the eastern reaches of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the yurt is situated a short distance from the hamlet of Llanthony, with its ruined 12th century priory with a delightful pub in the vaults below. A small river field gate leads to where you park, then a secret path tucked by the river takes you to your private yurt field and riverside setting (1 minute's walk from your car).

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Walks around are wonderful: Offa's Dyke is close and the views from the mountain tops are stupendous. Walk straight up behind the yurt to Hatterell Ridge for a true taste of the Black Mountains. There is riding locally, and the famous town of Hay-on-Wye is a short drive away. Restaurants and pubs are excellent, and the area has a profusion of pretty churches and Norman castles. All sorts of outside activities are available in the Brecon Beacons National Park - walking, riding, gliding, paragliding, climbing, pot-holing, biking etc. It is also a bird-watcher's paradise. Llwyn-on, the farm, on which the yurt is situated, is part of an environmentally friendly Countryside Management Scheme. The owners' ethos is to work with nature, to enjoy the beauty of the land and to make the environment their priority.

Kitchen hut accompanying holiday yurt Kitchen facilities Kitchen window

The nitty gritty

  • The yurt sleeps a couple in a comfy double bed.
  • Bedding provided for the double bed, but please bring your own towels
  • Shepherd's hut provides cooking and washing facilities and a good hot shower
  • Pots, pans, plates, cutlery, mugs, glasses, tea-lights, torches, matches, washing-up liquid, tea towels, rubbish bags and loo paper all provided
  • Natural terracotta and sand fridge
  • Compost loo in corner of field (private and pleasant to use)
  • A field shelter is provided for keeping bikes, BBQ fuel etc dry
  • A starter quantity of logs is provided. There is a saw and sawing horse inside the field shelter if you would like to saw yourself more firewood at no extra cost. Or there are ready-cut extra logs (7 per basket)
  • Up to 2 very well-behaved dogs welcome (be aware there are sheep, ponies and chickens in the vicinity), but must not be allowed inside the yurt if muddy and must not be left on their own inside the yurt
  • River swimming
  • Large meadow, perfect for exercising dogs
  • Pub at Llanthony Priory is just a short distance away (a 1/4 hour walk)
  • Fabulous walking onto the mountain tops straight from the Yurt
  • Close to the famous 'book town' Hay-on-Wye
  • Owner can provide a honeymoon hamper or anything for a special occasion. Please contact the owner directly once a booking has been made


Wonderful river right next to yurt site

Live online booking

Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.

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Shower and kitchen cabin Skylight of yurt Picnic table for private outdoor dining at the Mongolian Yurt

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Valley meadows close to the yurt

From the visitors book at Moonlight Yurt

‘I fell in love in a Ger in Mongolia and couldn’t have found a better and more romantic way to celebrate our anniversary.’ Sam and Chris, London

'The most relaxing holiday ever, absolutely fantastic! Fire is excellent and the river is a superb wine cooler! Just off to the river for a skinny dip!' Simon and Karen, Dorset

'Thank you for an amazing first experience in a yurt. Complete relaxation with everything you need and nothing you don’t!' Lisa and Shaun, Cheshire.

'What a wonderful place to celebrate a birthday. Romantic, cosy and away from the madding crowd.' Helen and David

'Had a lovely weekend break. Walked the hills, great location!! Will be back again.' Liz and Chris, Somerset

'We have had a lovely honeymoon! The yurt is cosy and I loved the kitchen – will definitely be telling all our friends about this lovely place.' Mr and Mrs G-F, Burton –on-Trent

Via email to the office:

'Hi Caroline, just a belated huge 'thank you' for allowing us the privilege and pleasure to use Rachel and Toby's Mongolian Yurt at Llanthony, near Abergavenny over the week-end.
We had a wonderful time regardless of the miserable weather. Michelle particularly enjoyed the absence of electricity (hair dryer & hair straighteners not required) and the palatial compost toilet. Both Toby and I cracked a few ribs chuckling at her shocked face and bewildered reaction. We had a great fish-and-chip supper at The Village Fish Bar, Gilwern....delightful homemade coffee & cake at the For the Love of Cake cafe Abergavenny, scrumptious dinner at The Walnut Tree, and a beautiful Sunday lunch at The Hardwick. A week-end of over indulgence both in fine food & wine. Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to Rachel and Toby and apologise once again for our late arrival.

Yours in appreciation,

Jeff Crawford'

'A wonderful and romantic honeymoon in a beautiful and idyllic setting.' Andrew and Lucy

'A suprise birthday present, and the most romantic place we have ever stayed.  The peace; the solitude: at times it felt that we were the only two people in the world!! Will definitely return.' Fee & Charlie

'Absolutely wonderful.  Spent most of the two days fantasising about making it our permanent home.  Will be back for sure.' Emily & Chris

'Our luxury camping weekend turned out even better than we hoped!  This is a beautiful setting in a beautiful valley.  We could happily have stayed for months.  The shepherd's hut, particularly, is a delight.' Paola & David

Access to yurt via private riverside path Superb walking country Stunning valley walks and views close by