.. I would go so far as to say magical! This was my first time camping of any description, and "wisely" I choose to be 7.5 months pregnant when I did (!?) So I was a little bit scared about what the experience would be like! I needn’t have worried at all! From the first moment of being met by the owners son Sam and driven by quad bike and trailer to the yurts with all our luggage to the last moment of being driven back the same way by Peter it was nothing short of 100% perfect! A real escape and back to nature experience. The yurts are simply awesome, no other word for them! Although essentially “just tents” lined in wool and covered in waterproof canvas, they don’t feel like that inside or outside, they feel very substantial and like a real home. Our first look in was met with a “wow!” from both me and my husband, they are large, cosy and beautifully and thoughtfully furnished by Amanda and Peter with Mongolian furniture and lots of blankets, ponchos and cushions. There was a king size bed, a day bed / sofa and 2 single futons, the king size bed was so comfortable I slept better here than at home! As you can see from the photos the yurts are circular with a sky light in the middle, and I particularly loved this, falling asleep looking at the stars, and waking in the morning to see sunlight streaming in (although bring an eye mask, for extra snoozing potential as it gets light at 5am at the moment!) The wood burner is brilliant, within 20 mins the yurt is toasty warm, and there are instructions and plenty of wood provided so its very easy to use, and seeing the smoke billow from the chimney makes them look so cosy too! We stayed in Yurt 6 which has its own compost loo (which is essential to me at the moment as a pregnant woman I need to wee about once every second!) Again I was worried what using this would be like, but its great! The compost / ash mix you sprinkle on after you have been negates any and all smells, and it was so convieniant to step out the yurt and up a few steps to use, it has a solar powered light too, so even for night time trips it was easy. There is also a field kitchen for Yurt 6 which had everything you need – we cooked nearly every meal here between the kitchen and the BBQ on the deck!! It has a fridge and 2 ring burner, kettle and all the crockery, kitchen utensils and crockery / glasses etc you would need. And of course above all there facilities you have all the shared ones which are a min walk away. We used the oven one night to make pizzas! Yurt 6 is lovely and private and self contained and we liked being both part of the campsite and separate There is a large deck around the yurt with steamer lounge chairs, a bench and tale and chairs, great for sitting and soaking in the countryside, and listening to the lambs! There is a BBQ and a chimnea on the deck, so we sat out late at night with the chimnea going, toasting marshmallows and chatting!
The shared facilities are great, super clean and fresh looking, 2 flushing loos, and a shower room, and a big room with a corner bat hand shower in, lots of toiletries too in case you had forgotten anything, hand towels and floor mats changed daily and immaculate. The kitchen has 2 ovens and all the mod cons you could need, coffee machines, toasters etc, so it really is a Glamping experience! There is a massive deck outside this kitchen with lots of tables and chairs and rockers, and the campfire area just outside, a wood burning pizza oven, and a tented table and chairs area in case of rain, its all SO well done, with every attention to detail, including a herb garden for you to use for your cooking.
To get to your car you walk over a little one man bridge and up through a flower meadow, so it really is a hidden valley, and a shame to leave it and go back outside to “normal life” We didn’t do any of the walk around the fields, but it is a HUGE place, with so much to do and explore, we will be back with our little one to do just that.
Lastly and not least at all the owners Peter and Amanda and their sons are wonderful, checking in to see you are ok and have everything you need, but not intrusive, lovely warm, friendly and always available either around the yurts or by phone if you did need anything (although its all so well thought out and planned we didn’t and I cant imagine anyone would!) And I have to mention Tilly the springer spaniel, i deny anyone to not fall in love with her, she would be waiting for us to come back by car from a day out and “lead us” back to our yurt! Always ready for a game of fetch or a run around, she is gorgeous!!
We planned lots of days out, but found it hard to leave the yurt, I can’t really explain how relaxing and awesome it is, you will have to just go yourself!!! A real break away from the everyday world, and a chance to re charge yourself and remind yourself how much pleasure they can be in the simply appreciation of nature and being with the people you love :)
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- Hidden Valley Yurts Chepstow, Wales