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The Yurt at Midland Farm

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire Whitney-on-Wye

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Mongolian warmth with a twist of French style in this spectacular Herefordshire country garden

Secreted in deepest Herefordshire on a one-and-a-bit acre garden ablaze with flowers (and featured on the cover of the Royal Horticultural Society magazine, no less), The Yurt at Midland Farm is so rurally perfect it might have leapt from the pages of a Thomas Hardy novella.

The name somewhat underplays what's on offer here. For as well as the spacious 19ft Mongolian yurt, guests are also spoiled with an adjacent shepherds hut housing their own private kitchen and bathroom facilities  – all overlooking a field grazed by the resident ponies, Sam and Frodo, and back-dropped by a deliciously vocal rookery.

Inside the titular abode, the decor is as vibrant as the profusion of wildflowers in the surrounding gardens, bedecked in patchwork throws, lanterns and cheerful bunting festooned about the latticework. The gorgeous antique French double bed (as well as a pair of singles) offers the utmost in nighttime comfort, while the structure's felt lining keeps you cool in summer and, along with the wood-burning stove, warm on chilly nights. Twenty yards away you'll find your none-more-hospitable hosts Sarah and Charlie’s charming redbrick cottage where, of a morning, you can buy hens’ eggs here and freshly baked bread.

Beyond the canvas, Midland Farm is abuzz with wildlife. The carefully cultivated pond is a hub for frogs and newts, with dragon and damselflys zipping through the midsummer air and a local Heron making frequent visits. As dusk descends, the residents of the rookery are accompanied by hooting owls and the evensong of innumerable other birds passing to-and-fro from the nearby RSPB sanctuary at Letton Lakes.



19ft yurt (complete with antique French double bed), decked area, and shepherd’s hut with shabby-chic kitchen and modern electric shower and loo. Kids can ride or be lead on a rein on Shetland pony, Nutmeg (£10 for half an hour). There are also hens and Shetland sheep.

Suitable For

Families, dogs on a lead, couples.


The surrounding area is spoilt with scenic walks, not least the ridge at The Cat's Back and the famous Offa's Dyke path. For the more intrepid, the Wye Valley has some great kayaking and canoeing trails. The historic cathedral city of Hereford is around 12 miles from Midland Farm while the Welsh border town of Brecon and the bibliophiles' haven of Hay-on-Wye are a mere 30 mins drive away. For pony treks try Brwyngwyn Riding Centre in the beautiful hills just above Hay-on-Wye. (01497 851 669; one hour hacks kids/adults £17/20). Cycle mapped routes in the stunning Black Mountains and Brecon beacons with Black Mountain Activities (01497 847897; half a day/full day hire £20/30). They can also deliver bikes to your yurt.

Food & Drink

The Stagg Inn (01544 230221)15 minutes’ drive from Midland Farm offers very fine dining. The other side of Hay, The Griffin at Felin Fach (01874 620111) is lauded by top newspaper critics and is best visited for lunch for its set menu.


1st March – 30th October.

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Getting There

Take the A480 west out of Hereford. After 6 miles pass through Yazor. 2 miles past Yazor take the turning on the left to Norton Canon. Carry on for 1.5 miles till you see a white house on the left called New House Farm.  Beside it is a track to Midland Farm.


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The best place to stay in the Herefordshire countryside

Really love this place, the views are amazing and its well positioned for visiting places in the area. The yurt we stayed in was exceptionally large and the kitchen and bathroom facilities where just for our use. Stayed for a week and the family did not want to leave. All in all, had a great time relaxing, walking, biking all over the place and going fishing, and already planning my next stay.
Oct 16, 2019 by Lee

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