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Why is this place cool? Luxury yurts, campfires, birdwatching, Offa’s Dyke Path, stars… take your pick.

What could be more tranquil? A patchwork of fields, a landscape trees, some grass and cosy accommodation that allows peace and privacy. The journey is as beautiful as the arrival; on one side guests approach through the waterfall-splashed valleys of the Brecon Beacons National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog) and from the other down narrow Hereford Hedged’s twisting lanes, that open every now and again into some of the finest countryside views in south Wales. But when you finally pass the quiet farming village of Gladestry and pull into Valley Yurts, you immediately know what awaits will be amongst the most relaxing holidays you're likely to experience.

Hidden in a valley buzzing with wildlife – the unmistakable whistle of the Red Kite is a familiar sound – Valley Yurts' traditional Kyrgyzstan abodes (there are 3 onsite) come furnished to a high standard and look fantastic. They are, of course, also perfectly practical. Inside, they boast plenty of creature comforts, including bedding, linen, furniture, rugs and an instantly effective wood-burner, keeping you toasty throughout the night – plus, solar lighting allowing extended evening use. Outside, a well-stocked private dining area has everything you need for cooking-up a storm, and a fire-pit allows you to try that true form of outdoor cooking under the starry Welsh skies. Thankfully, some excellent farm produce is just a short drive away to Kington, an old market town mentioned in the 1086 Doomsday Book. Communal facilities here are immaculately kept, with flushing toilets, hot showers, wash basins, a washing-up area, and the added extra of a kitchen for those times when you prefer not to cook on the fire.

Geographically the location is a real winner. Through the gate guests can explore miles of accessible hills, or 1km away join the 8th-century Offa’s Dyke Path – built by a medieval king to intimidate his enemies – passing through many of Wales’ unspoiled landscapes, native wildlife and historic castles. In fact, the path was named by Lonely Planet as one of the world's top-10 wall walks, alongside the Great Wall of China! Alternatively, head in the other direction towards the hilly literary town of Hay-on-Wye, where you can hire a canoe and paddle down the weaving River Wye, or pop across to the Brecon Beacons National Park and walk behind crashing waterfalls. Adrenaline junkies will find pleasure here too, with gorge walking, climbing, mountain biking and pony trekking all on offer.

In short, there’s plenty to do around Valley Yurts, but with such a picturesque hillside setting there's a good chance you won't leave the site itself. Many visitors plan to stay for the weekend but end up having a weeks holiday. Which says it all, really.

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The campsite owner says

This is our first season in the valley and we hope you experience the same goosebump moment as you drive into the field and see what we saw when we decided to move here from Brighton. Our choice to create a glamping site with yurts is borne out of a love of the outdoors and camping with our two boys as they were growing up. We hope to contribute to your happy memories of relaxing holidays and exploration. Our traditional Kyrgz yurts are a spacious 18’ diameter with a crown in the centre to stargaze at night. The Kyrgyz yurt differs from Mongolian designs in the way the woodwork is steam bent to produce a curved, rounded roof shape that offers more headroom and creates a spacious living area. Whether you are seeking a peaceful get away or would like to explore new adventures, both are possible here, you can do as little or as much as you choose.

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