August 24, 2017

Yurt Glamping Amongst the Wilderness at Cledan Valley in Mid Wales


* This post is in collaboration with Cledan Valley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I've posted about Cledan Valley before, both on my Instagram and the blog, so you may be familiar with this magical place! Cledan Valley is a 'glamping' site situated in Mid Wales, not far from Snowdonia National Park. I recently discovered the site had been taken over by new owners after the previous owners decided to retire. I was so relieved because I thought it had gone forever (cry!) last summer when I found the website was down and I couldn't get in touch with anybody. I quickly made an enquiry as soon as I came across the new website and, thankfully, the new owners, Karen and Russ, confirmed that they had indeed taken on Cledan Valley, making some improvements, but being careful to preserve the magic and untouched nature of the Mid Wales surroundings.


When visiting Cledan Valley, we have always stayed in what was called the 'Honeymoon Tipi', which has now been replaced by a beautiful yurt with everything you could ever need inside, including; a real bed (we slept like logs), a wood burning stove for chillier nights, crockery/cutlery and a gas hob with a whistling kettle. Outside, there's a sheltered picnic bench and hammock, meaning you can sit out no matter what the weather is doing. The Honeymoon Yurt is very private and placed away from other dwellings, down a hill next to a flowing stream, which is super soothing to listen to while sitting in front of the fire. Why did we even come home?





We were intrigued to know what might have changed at Cledan Valley, but upon arrival, it was obvious that "not much!" was the answer — which is most definitely a good thing. The shower and toilet blocks were still there, always clean with plenty of hot water. There's now a communal yurt at the top of the site and there's some organised activities for kids, so it's super family-friendly. Everything felt pretty much as we left it two summers ago. We spent our days just enjoying not having to be anywhere; drinking tea (and the occasional g&t, obvs), lazing around in the hammock, reading our growing piles of unread books, barbecuing veggie skewers and tofu dogs and playing cards. Sounds sickeningly wholesome, I know...


There's local amenities should you forget anything or need extra supplies. The local Spar is well stocked and we got bags of firewood (Cledan Valley does have firewood on site and operates an 'honesty box' scheme if you're really caught short!), tinfoil, teabags and milk when we realised we were short on these things. There's also a pub nearby which is nice on a chilly day or if you fancy something other than BBQ food.

We were there in early August as an 'in-between' break to look forward to before our upcoming New York trip in October for Josh's 30th, deciding to stay for three nights. For health reasons, I'm really trying to work on managing my stress levels lately — taking breaks away from the house renovations, work and life in general is really important. It was exactly what I needed to take some time out to recharge. The setting of Cledan Valley couldn't be more relaxing. It's definitely my happy place and I'm sure we'll be back next summer...


Read about the other tents and yurts (and even a shepherd's hut!) available at Cledan Valley and book your stay at cledanvalley.co.uk.



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