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Woodland Tipi & Yurt Holidays

· Herefordshire, England
17 acres
10 units
10 Glamping
Luxury yurt and tipi camping in a magical woodland setting

Julia Sanders created this wonderland on an unused part of her parents’ farm, after her application for eco-lodges was turned down by the local council. A small gathering of Sioux Indian tipis and yurts now inhabit the enchanting little 11-acre forest and private grassland valley with views across the Malvern Hills.

The two yurts and three tipis are scattered around an ancient woodland that has been undisturbed for years, bar the mystical creatures and fairies that are said to inhabit the bluebells at the bases of the trees. Ready-made tracks – originally built for the previous owner’s huskies’ sledging practice – loop the forest floor. They’re perfect for racing through the woods and collecting bow-and-arrow sticks and makeshift fishing rods with which to catch dinner, in the pond at the bottom of the valley. Each tent is cosily laid out with sheepskin rugs, raised mattresses and plenty of additional blankets for those extra chilly nights. Most importantly, there’s also a wood-burning stove and a kettle in each one for that first cuppa in the morning.

Outside there’s a campfire, log-style tables and chairs and your own personal hammock. The tipis are all slightly different and each seems to have its own distinct personality. For the best view, go for Valley tipi, the name alluding to the panorama that awaits. The facilities are first-rate and thoughtfully put together. First, and most importantly, the showers are better than home. The fully stocked kitchen has everything you could possibly want and a separate fridge is assigned to each tipi.

There are fresh flowers in an eclectic collection of vases scattered charmingly all over the site; lanterns and candles add to the already tranquil ambience. Swinging ropes and ladders make this a kids’ paradise whilst the grown-ups have their own covered communal area with furniture made from old school desks and benches. On arrival there’s a welcome note chalked onto a board with the name of your tent and a handy wheelbarrow to lug your stuff down to the car-free campsite. Then follows a quick lesson on how to make a fire in the middle of the tipi, without asphyxiating everyone.

Now, who wants to head for the hills? With easy access to the Forest of Dean and the Malvern Hills, walkers are spoilt for choice. But there’s also kayaking on the many meandering Wye Valley waterways or swinging from high wires in tree-top canopies at Go Ape. The quaint market towns of Ross-on-Wye and the more literary Hay-on-Wye are also worth exploring before heading back to begin the task of fire making and pizza burning.

As the kids run around playing cowboys and Indians in the woods, this magical place may well bring out your inner child. It’s a real woodland adventure, scented by the heady aroma of campfires – and scrummy home-made pizzas slowly cooking in the communal oven.

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Herefordshire, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Woodland T.Joined in June 2010
9 Ratings · 9 reviews
Apryl W.recommends
May 16, 2023
Secluded Bell Tent
Absolutely beautiful setting, comfortable and cozy tent with woodburner and tea lights. Kitchen was well equipped, clean a d well layed out. Mark was friendly and helpful and the sparkling wine Is recommended. What an amazing place.
Sarah ?.recommends
May 8, 2023
Valley Yurt
Absolutely lovely stay, the Yurt and facilities were incredible, the site was peaceful and Julia was a fantastic host. We’ll definitely be back.
Sally D.recommends
September 25, 2022
Foxglove Yurt
This is a beautiful magical setting to get away from it all! Comfortable and secluded with everything you need on site. Great for kids of all ages or a romantic weekend for two!!. The wood fired hot tub is a must!!
Louise A.recommends
September 4, 2022
Oak Yurt perfect for a family
Escape for awhile
It was so pretty and a complete escape from the rat race. We stayed in the 6 berth with our teenage kids and a six year old. Fireside marshmallows, snugly yurt and all the tea lights. It was brilliant would definitely recommend 5 stars from us
Lois L.recommends
September 4, 2022
Little Owl Yurt
Glamping as a family of 5
A great weekend hideaway for the family. Lots of memories made. Great fun in the hot tub, playing in the trees, eating marshmallows over an open fire. Making new friends with other glampers kids. Great facilities and fabulous ethos. We will be back! Our yurt fit us family of 5 in (parents, 12, 10 and 5 year old). Kitchen was so useful. Amazing to have whole fridge and separate shower to yourselves (and it was hot!)
Stuart G.recommends
June 3, 2022
Little Owl Yurt
The site is absolutely beautiful, and the yurt was amazing. Great shower, clean toilet, brilliant kitchen facilities and the biggest bag of wood for the firepit/woodburner we've ever had glamping. All in all a 5* experience!
Waterhousefamily ?.
March 6, 2014
We (husband and son aged 9) loved everything about this place.  The yurt was beautiful and so spacious and comfortable; the kitchen facilities were excellent; hot showers; and the supply of firewood was legendary!  We spent 4 days here in July 2013 and had lovely weather apart from the thunderstorm on the first night.  We used the pizza oven one night which was a huge success, and sat round the lovely fire every evening just relaxing.  Our son found plenty to do to amuse himself which included long treks in to the forest to find kindling.  A lovely relaxing holiday, and would definitely go again.
Katetilling ?.
June 3, 2013
Just spent a very pleasurable 4 days on this site - enjoyable despite some pretty heavy rain! Our yurt was lovely, with lots of thoughtful touches such as extra blankets, plentiful pillows, matches and dry wood for the logburning stove (which was fantastic on the cold wet days!), freely available hot water bottles, etc. The kids ran riot in the woods (even in the rain) and enjoyed all the tree-climbing and swinging tyres etc. They took to the composting toilets more than I did, but luckily there are two flushables in one of the loo blocks. The 2 camp kitchens were great, and very well-equipped, and we enjoyed making campfires and eating under the sail-like canopy provided. It got a bit insect-y on the sunny day, but nothing that a bit of repellent couldn't deal with. All in all, a very enjoyable holiday, and I would recommend to my family/friends. The yurt at evening time was so cosy, with all the lanterns lit... magic!
Izzyabes ?.
June 20, 2011
What a truly magical break away at ’Woodland Tipis’. In a beautiful, tranquil setting, in the middle of woodland, the whole area was perfectly safe for our kids, aged 8 & 4. Never a dull moment, trekking into the woods, baking pizzas, bbq’s, toasting marshmallows by our own private fire. Fabulous play areas & exploring. We stayed in ’Valley’ a Mongolian style yurt, complete with Kingsize bed, singles for up to 3 kids, a wood burning fire, & heaps of sheepskin rugs, throws, lanterns. The facilities are fabulously clean, from the shared kitchen to toilets & showers. We even bathed the kids in a Roll top bath on the last night. My youngest enjoyed chasing the chickens that roamed free & also provided eggs! There are pubs, walks & areas of interest nearby, if you choose, including The Forest Of Dean, although, we barely left camp. Each Yurt/Tipi has its own private picnic area, with an open fire pit & hammock. Perfect for the evenings with friends. I would & have recommended Woodland Tipis highly to all my friends & family, especially if like me, you dont fancy roughing it, but would like a taste of camping (Glamping)! We cant wait to return & really didnt want to leave. Thank you so much Julia & team.
From the host
Welcome... to our relaxing and magical woodland haven. Established in 2006 we are in an area of outstanding natural beauty a walk away from the beautiful River Wye. We are a small and friendy family owned glamping site in 17 acres of woodland. Perfect for families and groups of families wishing to relax and kick back in the beautiful natural space we have created. Great for couples too, offering a secluded and quiet space. Close to the wood fired hot tubs if required. Great beds and hot showers and gorgeous interiors for that all important comfort. Cooking in our fully equipped kitchen or use your BBQ or fire pit. Star gazing, picnics, wild swimming, beautiful country walks, exploring local castles.. all here for you. We have 6 yurts, 3 tipis and one bell tent set up within glades within the wood. All have access to our wood fired hot tubs, pizza ovens, fully equipped kitchen, woodland tracks, children swings, our south facing valley for watching the sunset.. Each yurt and tipi have there own private shower and toilet. Each tent is well spaced from the next offering everyone their own private space with their picnic table, firepit and hammock. Our most common feedback over the years with all the families that have stayed with us is that we provide real freedom for their children to roam and play whilst being safe. And that they really appreciate all the special touches. We are passionate about wildlife and nature in general and therefore only use natural biodegradable products wherever possible. No chemical sprays used on the land. Recycled toilet paper. Composting toilets. Our electric is 70% solar. Our interiors are incorporate handcrafted items from local crafts people or are ethically sourced wherever possible.
Nearby attractions

You’re only a hop, skip or a jump away from the stunning River Wye. Enjoy paddling on tiny pebbly beaches, wobbling on the swing-bridge or kayaking. Outdoor activities abound, from Pedalbikeaway Cycles (01600 772821) to Severnvale Llama and Donkey Trekking (01594 528482). For a high-wired forest adventure, visit ‘Go Ape!’ at Mallards Pike Lake (0870 4589078).

Food and drink
Pengethley Farm Shop in Peterstow (01989 730430) stocks organic sausages, cheese and olives. You’re spoilt for choice. The epitome of gastropub cuisine (and a choice of 80 beers!) can be found at the New Harp Inn in nearby Hoarwithy (01432 840900). The Lough Pool Inn in Sellack (01989 730236) has a beer garden, and the invitingly named Cottage of Content sits on a 4-mile stretch of the River Wye just below Little Dewchurch (01432 840 242). All sell local ales and tasty, mostly organic food (main courses around £10-12).

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