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Eco Retreats Forest Retreat
Situated 25 minutes off the main tar road, Eco Retreats occupies a wild and beautiful site in the heart of the Dyfi forest. Five fully equipped yurts (one family unit) are hidden away on this stunning site, offering the opportunity to totally escape the rat-race and pressures of modern technology and return home feeling refreshed and revitalized!
The site theme is peace and tranquillity, with a healthy dose of eco-living thrown in. The site is off-grid and wifi-free, and the retreat even includes optional sessions of reiki and meditation in the comfort of your own yurt.
Each of the dwellings is set in its own idyllic location, where your only neighbour is the great outdoors. Beneath the stars or a leafy canopy of mature trees, each is accompanied by a wood-fired outdoor bathtub where you can bathe to a soundtrack of birdsong or spend evenings deciphering the various constellations – away from the light pollution of the city, the stars are breathtaking.
The yurts are comfortable and well-stocked with everything you need for your stay. They have a double bed with organic bed linen, plenty of cushions and sheepskin rugs, a coffee table and a small indoor cooking area with gas stove and all the necessary cooking paraphernalia conveniently to hand. There’s a beautiful hand-crafted wood-burning stove to keep you cosy and warm at night, or on cooler days, and all wood and kindling are provided. Lighting is from tealights in lanterns. And there’s a fire and seating area outside as well, with ample outdoor space to lounge about in and even a hammock/hanging chair where you can breathe in the fresh forest air and swing your cares away!
Choose from a range of beautiful spaces for your retreat: Meadow Yurt is sunken into an enchanting meadow with beautiful views into the forest from your windows and an outdoor shower as well as an outdoor bath. The River Yurt is nestled down closer to the river – a truly romantic spot. Waterfall yurt, meanwhile, is ideal for families, with a campfire area and the sound of the waterfall falling behind the yurt, while Ash Valley Yurt is set at the top of the site with impressive views from both the yurt and the outdoor bath tub. Finally, the Forest Yurt is the most secluded of all the living spaces, hidden away in an old oak forest up a steep slope.
Envelop yourself in the Eco Retreats experience. Leave all laptop and mobile phone at home. Just doze off listening to the fire crackling – and wake up to the sound of birdsong, running water and the wind in the trees.
FacilitiesEach yurt is kitted out with everything you need, except food. A private outdoor wood-fired bath, eco-loo and spring mountain ‘shower’ with stunning views are on the doorstep.
Couples or families looking for an exclusive camping experience – yes. Back to basics campers – no.
You won’t want to leave! But Eco Retreats is close to amazing beaches, forest, mountains, markets, culture and places to eat and drink. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors hiking, mountain biking and water sports. Or visit the Centre for Alternative Technology (01654 705950 ); the Corris Craft Centre (01654 761584) a couple of miles up the A487; the Museum of Modern Art (01654 703355) at Machynlleth or tea shops by the beach in nearby Aberdyfi.
Food & Drink
The Slaters Arms is a brilliant local pub in Corris and The Wynnstay Hotel (01654 702941) at Machynlleth is a gastro pub with a great atmosphere (and good food) in the bar plus a separate pizza restaurant. Number 21 bistro (01654 703382), on the high street, is another local highlight.
Eco Retreats is hidden in the heart of 600 acres of unspoilt forest. It’s a four-mile journey on ‘forestry’ roads (which takes about an hour) off the A487. Directions are given on booking.
Trains arrive in Machynlleth about every two hours via Birmingham, a taxi to the site takes about 20 minutes and costs about £20.
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