Shade Oak Yurt
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Sturdily constructed, beautifully presented yurt
- Gorgeous position on a Black Mountains hill farm
- Proper king-size bed and efficient wood burner makes it cosy and warm
- Sole use of private luxury shower room in wash house
- Beautiful walks on farm and up into the mountains
- Walking distance to an excellent food pub
- Sleeps a couple, plus a babe in arms
On a high meadow in the Welsh borders, with beautiful views across the foothills of the Black Mountains, Shade Oak Yurt is nevertheless snugly sheltered in the corner of a wild-flower meadow. Comfort is the theme here: the yurt is spacious, sturdily constructed and, with a sofa, a wood burner and a king-size bed, fit for a king, too. The owners have considered every detail, too. Nothing has been forgotten, from all the practical essentials to some highly luxurious facilities. In fact, we defy you to find a more well-appointed wash house than is offered here! Sleeps a couple and a babe-in-arms.
Gorgeous rich warm colours light up the interior of the yurt, which has king-size bed (with pocket-sprung mattress), efficient wood burner, table and chairs, and a storage unit-cum-bookshelf with guide books and a file of information.
The yurt is raised up onto a big circular decked plinth, which keeps it off the ground and accentuates the sense of elevation, making the most of the view. There is also a superbly practical camp kitchen, neat and clean as a pin; a table with chairs and parasol; and a fire-pit for fun outdoor cooking or for warming the toes on a fine night’s star-gazing.
Behind the yurt is a delightfully quirky boat-shaped compost loo, a respectable distance away, but not too far for night-time visits. There are also some very deluxe flushing loos in the wash house, 120m away.
The wash house has to be seen to be believed: the luxuriousness of the bathing and washing facilities is amazing. Shade Oak Yurt has sole use of a superb private shower room with hand basin, and its own separate flushing loo. The scullery, with fridge/freezer, is shared with Field Maple Yurt (its sister yurt positioned at the other end of the meadow).
THINGS TO DO AROUND Shade Oak Yurt
As you approach Glebe Farm for the first time, you will have a heart-stopping view of the Black Mountains to the west, like a big wave coming tsumani-like towards you. This should tempt you to dig out your walking-boots and take Offa’s Dyke path along Hatterall Ridge for superb views and wild pony-spotting. Glebe Farm itself is wonderful for exploring, with lots of lovely walks to wooded streams and through meadows of delightful, curious animals – horses, sheep and cows. Anna, one of the owners and a keen rider, will be more than happy to introduce you to the horses on the farm. A trip to Hay-on-Wye is a must: book-lovers will know that the second-hand bookshops are world-famous; and for those who enjoy quirky independent shops, boutiques and galleries, Hay-on-Wye is a good place to pick up a birthday present, a unique piece of clothing, a memento, or the wherewithal for a delicious BBQ (the deli at Hay is great). Bring back some good reads for relaxing with in and around the yurt, while enjoying the peace and quiet of its beautiful surroundings. You could wrap up a happy day by walking across the meadows to the brilliant local pub down in the valley by the Escley Brook, The Bridge Inn at Michaelchurch. Good food with allusions to South America and generous portions, good beers and wine, and a friendly buzzing atmosphere, will send you back up the hill, contented and relaxed.
The nitty gritty
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Live online booking
Changeovers are normally Mondays, Wednesdays 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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From the visitors book at Shade Oak Yurt
'This was everything we'd hoped for and more. The perfect place to relax and chill out. We will be back!' Steve and Lucinda, Somerset
'Absolutely loved this place! Perfect for a well needed break.' Alex and Gemma
'We have never been glamping before but the experience here has converted us.' Gemma and Rob
'A truly wonderful place to unwind, with stunning views across the countryside. The shower block is awesome!' Alison and Steve, Wolverhampton
'It's great to be able to enjoy the outdoors with the comfort of high quality hot baths and showers!' Siobhan and James from Cornwall
'Loved it so much last year, we came back for our anniversary again!' Caz and Ash, South Wales
'We've had the most amazing weekend. The yurt is beautiful and extremely comfortable. Lovely to cosy up next to the fire. The weather was a mixed bag but didn't bother us. It's so beautiful here we don't want to leave!' Adam and Amy, Plymouth