I am a reluctant camper who hadn't been anywhere near a tent/campervan etc for over a decade, but since I now have a little boy who has been getting into the idea of camping recently (thanks, Shirley Hughes and 'Alfie'!), I thought yurts and glamping might be a good way to test the waters, and had been looking for a good time to stay at Kite Hill Yurts. I follow them on Facebook and when there was a late deal we decided to go for it!
So, as a family of complete novice campers, the fact that we found the experience extremely easy and not only enjoyable but wonderfully relaxing, is testament to how well-considered and beautifully designed the site is. However, I think it would have a lot to interest much more experienced campers too, as it offers an usually quiet site (with just two yurts) and a lot of intriguing and inspiring details, such as the sedum roof covered kitchen and dining area (one per yurt) and the information about the history of yurts and the owners' forest garden plans and development - we had never heard of this and when we got home started looking up more about the movement, which is fascinating.
The yurt (Curlew) we stayed in was beautifully carved and decorated, and extremely comfortable and warm. It felt incredibly peaceful and snug, yet opening the door in the morning we were immediately in the middle of the breathtaking Wye valley countryside, with an absolutely amazing view, which you could enjoy while eating at the picnic table or inside the dining area.
The whole site is, as I've said, very well thought-out, with a comfortable shower and toilet facilities, a small shop and books/games/maps to borrow. The materials used for all the building were natural and therefore the entire site is lovely to look at and feels in keeping with the natural surroundings.
Even with all these advantages, I think it is the fact that the owners are so welcoming and clearly committed to the land which made this experience so special. We felt as if we were made truly at home while we were there and I have rarely (never?) felt so relaxed on a weekend break.
All in all, a wonderful introduction to glamping which has made me more confident to glamp and even camp in the future - as well as wanting to return to Kite Hill Yurts itself!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful hillside yurts in Mid Wales. Enjoy the luxury of our small, two-yurts site, surrounded by some of the most beautiful views in Britain.Hovering above the Wye Valley, situated on the long distance Wye Valley Walk and adjoining a 5000 acre moorland it is the perfect getaway for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and those who enjoy the great outdoors. Each yurt sleeps up to 5. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kite Hill Yurts Builth Wells, Wales