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Hidden Valley Yurts
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

This was our third visit and the level of excitement in our car was high. Even the journey is a source of great adventure - great cheers going up as we spot the Severn Bridge and then along roads that seem to get narrower and steeper until you think you can go no further. And finally, a transfer from reality to a serene idyll......in a buggy! Brilliant! Whooshing down the hill, luggage bouncing behind in the trailer, children bouncing on the flatbed of the buggy and then through the ford with a great splash.

Once you've arrived, children quickly melt into the surroundings - usually to the stream to tackle the rope swing or to build dams or stepping stones or dens in the surrounding woodland. Our boys were keen to collect sticks for the evenings camp fire - there are endless opportunities for getting wet, muddy, scratched, bruised, sun kissed but all of it happens with a significant amount of grinning. I challenge any adult to resist the rope swing or damn building for the duration of your stay - bet you can't!

The yurts sit in a valley which look out over spectacular views and amazing sunsets. The site retains a wild, untouched look which takes a lot of hard work from the owners, Amanda and Peter Copp, and their small band of staff. They are friendly and approachable hosts - nothing is too much for them. This last visit, we were fortunate enough to be the guinea pigs for Peter's ice cream making, using ingredients produced around the farm. Angel food!! Blooming delicious stuff!!

The facilities are equally brilliant - clean and well stocked. The outdoor kitchens have everything you could possibly wish for and more. We had our groceries delivered before our arrival - they were taken down and put away for us, what a treat. And it's definitely worth taking the time to get the pizza oven going. Top tip: if you get it so hot it singes the hairs on your arms, don't put the door on when your cooking your pizza!! By pizza number 6, we'd stopped incinerating them and started to cook them to perfection.

It is also worth taking a walk around the woods to the outer boundaries of the farm. We didn't make it to the furthest field this time, but there is a super tyre swing.

We've visited when the weather has been grim and the yurts are toasty warm and water tight. The rain didn't stop the kids from enjoying being outside and the wood burners dry even the soggiest of socks in record time (as long as they are lit!). There is lots to do in the surrounding area if you can bear to tear yourself away. Check out the board in the car park. This last weekend, we had to endure glorious sunshine. What a chore. Good job I'd packed the swimsuits!!!

And, of course, there's Tilly, the yurt dog! A gorgeously well mannered springer spaniel who hangs out with the kids, accompanies you on walks or just does her own thing, waiting to be summoned by anyone. A perfect companion.

We will definitely visit again. The place has lodged itself in our hearts :-D

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
2  Thank Jenny G
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

We've just returned from a midweek break at Hidden Valley. We were really looking forward to our trip, but the love that Amanda and Peter have lavished on their enchanted valley made our visit so special. They are rightly proud of the land that they've stewarded, and they have kept a wild feel to this secret place but added so many great features for groups and individuals. Our outdoor kitchen was wonderful, really well equipped and wow a fridge while you camp! The chimenea on our terrace was used for late evening chilling; everywhere you'll find rough hewn tables, stoves and a bread oven. If it did rain you could eat your feasts in comfort in a tented area. The emphasis is on consideration for others and sharing, Peter and Amanda couldn't be kinder or more helpful, and are open to suggestions for nice touches but I couldn't think of any - from herbs for a mint tea to products in the showers and blankets in the yurts, guests' enjoyment and freedom is at the heart of the enterprise. You even get en suite dog Tilly who is super friendly. As a break of any kind this was hard to beat, we would love to return and hope to do so, thank you so much for a wonderful holiday.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

It's a great place to take the kids and let them have the freedom you probably used to enjoy back when times were simpler. The location is quiet with loads of space, great walks in the woods, splashing in the stream and fantastic sunsets to enjoy. You can let the kids off the leash and relax they can't really stray too far and because there are only six Yurts it's only sparsely populated so it's easy to keep an eye on them from a distance.

The Yurts are comfortable, clean and well maintained, and the kitchen, toilets and showers perfect too. We stayed for a week in April when temperatures dipped below freezing and it snowed briefly too but our Yurt remained very warm thanks to the wood burner. In August it stayed cool when the Sun shone and we enjoyed the decking, BBQ and chimnea. The Wye Valley has plenty to do too but we found ourselves staying at home in the Valley most days. The family cycle and MTB trails in the Forest of Dean are worth a visit. Peter, Amanda and Sam are great hosts and kids really enjoy den and raft building with Sam too. I'm surpirised noone has dognapped Tilly! You can see some pictures from our April visit here:http://flic.kr/s/aHsjEDDk1s

Its not just a place for a summer visit I guarantee you'll have a great time anytime of year. I've no doubt we'll be back in the years to come.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank TheWeedsFamily
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Reviewed 23 August 2013 via mobile

I had a superb time with my 10 and 8 year old daughters. A fantastic escape from the nanny state and day to day pressures of life. My daughters have never experienced anything like it and absolutely loved it. They got wet, filthy, cut, bruised and have never been so happy and free. I had the best time watching them experience their freedom and experience. We will be back.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

We were here for a long weekend with our 2 and 5 year old and had a wonderful time. The yurt was cosy and comfortable, the kitchen and bathrooms were clean and had everything we needed, and the site itself was idyllic. We spent many hours exploring and finding the swings around the site, building dams in the stream and playing with Tilly the very friendly camp dog! All that combined with cooking pizzas in the wood fired pizza oven, toasting marshmallows around the camp fire with fellow yurters made for a very perfect holiday!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Karyn G
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