Eco Retreats

Wales (UK), Europe

Eco Retreats

Wales (UK), Europe

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    ‘Relax into the rhythms of the forest like never before. Eco Retreats will take you back to nature, to rejuvenate. This is wild glamping at its best’

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    Overview

    • Highlights

      From $190 USD per night 

      Digital detox, off-grid eco retreat 

      Outdoor wood-fired bath in the trees

      A cosy wood-burning stove 

      Just 5 yurts spread over 50 acres

       Self-catering, well-equipped kitchen 

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    • Top Tip

      ‘Throw the activity itinerary out the window and practice the art of doing nothing. This is when the magic truly happens.’

      Eco Activities

      If you fancy a stroll after ‘doing nothing’, there are amazing walks with beautiful views on your doorstep, just head to the top of the hill.

      There’s something rather magical about an outdoor bath. Soak, relax and enjoy the tranquility of mother nature around you.

      Try the foraging walk in the forest session, which’ll cover why we forage (nature connection, becoming indigenous) and what we can do with what we forage (e.g. teas, remedies) Sessions last 2-3 hours.

    • Rooms

      With a choice of 5 beautiful yurts spread over 50 acres, few places in the world offer such privacy and tranquility. From the ‘Meadow Yurt’ to the ‘River Yurt’ each living space has its own eco-loo, hot shower and outdoor wood-fired bath.

      The tap with fresh spring water right next to your yurt

      The organic, fair trade tea, coffee, hot chocolate provided

      Well equipped kitchen with everything you need

      The cosy wood burner and authentic teapots

    • Need to Know

      Despite it’s look, don’t be surprised by the no dog policy. As the retreat is situated on an organic sheep farm, they can’t accommodate pets.

      A good level of fitness is a must as you’ll be walking on uneven or hilly ground. Be prepared to carry your own bags to the living space.

      While the owners are around most days, there is no night warden on-site at all times. So don’t expect to call reception in the middle of the night requesting room service 🙂

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    • Location

      Eco Retreats is deep in the Dyfi forest, near Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. The retreat is 25-30 minutes from the nearest shop so it’s recommended you stock up on all the food & drinks you’ll need before you come. 

      How To Get There

      By train: The nearest train station is Machynlleth. Guests can arrange transfers from the station directly with Peter’s taxi on 01654 749065. It will cost approx. £20 one way and will take about 20-25 mins. The drivers know Eco Retreats site

      By car: The exact location of the retreat is a well-kept secret. Only once you’ve confirmed a booking will you get a map which is essential to help you find Eco Retreats.

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    • Energy
      All the yurts at Eco retreats are off-grid. There is no electricity, and your water source will be from a local spring. Living off-grid is a unique experience of self-sufficiency...
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      Sustainably harvested firewood is used to heat the yurts, outdoor bath, and is used for cooking outside. The sustainably harvested firewood is from the farm itself, from trees that have naturally fallen. Small, efficient wood-burning stoves (hand-crafted in Devon) are used. Eco retreats encourage responsible use to guests by showing how to make the fires. A minimal amount of gas is used to provide guests an alternative for cooking and also a hot shower. This is no more than 2 x 7kg gas bottles inside and 1 gas bottle outside for the whole 7 month season.

    • Water
      The water source is from a freshwater spring on-site, which is collected from a well. Toilets are simple dry compost toilets, so there is no water used for flushing...
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      Water filters are provided in the yurts so guests can drink fresh, tasty spring water.

    • Waste
      All food waste created by guests is composted along with compost from the toilets. A water filter is provided so guests can enjoy drinking the fresh, spring water. This avoids using plastic...
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      water bottles. Most of the waste generated including glass, cans, hard plastic, paper, and card is recycled. Sorting bins are provided in the yurts to encourage guests to separate their waste.

    • Conservation
      The meadows in which the yurts sit are left for 10 weeks in the summer to allow re-seeding of the wildflowers here. Eco Retreats rents the meadows where the yurts are located from an organic farm...
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      who work with Waitrose. The strict organic policy of Waitrose means the farmer must adhere to rigorous standards. There is zero chemical fertiliser used and the density of the sheep here is very low, it is 1/3 of a typical Welsh sheep farm. The oak forest where the Forest yurt is situated in an indigenous forest that is preserved through a joint venture with the farmer. The rent paid every year supports the sustainable use of the land vs. selling out to forestry or other commercial uses for the land where this natural woodland could be destroyed.

    • Food
      Eco Retreats is self-catering. Guests are encouraged to shop at the local market, bakery, butcher, and vegetable shop before arriving. The foraging walks enable guests to enjoy foods...
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      from the forest, including the delicious berries.

    • Engage Guests
      Guests are encouraged to engage in nature walks in the forest, to the viewpoint on the hill, and even to try wild swimming in the river. The 'what to do' booklet in the yurt includes information on the...
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      local flora, fauna, and wildlife. There is a quaint teahouse for guests upon arrival where guests often ask about eco-living and have the opportunity to speak to the owners. There is also a volunteer karma yoga program here. Details are provided on how to arrive by train, along with a taxi company which brings guests from the station. Eco Retreats currently offers foraging walks and plans to extend this to bushcraft activities in 2021.

    • Architecture
      The traditional yurts were part-made in Mongolia and then finished in the UK, to avoid the use of chemicals in some Mongolian varnishes. The materials used are natural including wool...
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      for extra warmth. The outdoor baths are second hand from a local salvage yard. The furniture used is bought second hand and has been upcycled. The beds are hand-made using local wood, 2 of the beds are made using oak sourced from the site itself. Local slate and wood were used for the outside features, e.g., benches, pathways, fences. The yurts are moveable, if they were to be removed from the site the forest would grow over the site (e.g. The Meadow yurt was moved and within a year the old site is no longer visible).

    • Housekeeping
      Tea, coffee, and hot chocolate are provided in glass jars that are all refilled. All the products are fair trade and organic. Faith in Nature toiletries are provided to guests. Purchased in bulk the...
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      bottles are refilled reducing plastic. The same goes for the organic washing up liquid (Greenscents). The hand sanitizer is from Neal’s Yard and is refilled from larger glass jars. Cleaning products used are 'Method'.

    • Community
      Eco Retreats is a joint venture with the local, organic farmer here. He receives annual rent which is key to his business, and the ongoing protection of these woodlands and meadows.
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      Eco retreats support a local laundry service and other local suppliers (e.g., for gas, kindling, materials), as well as local SMEs offering foraging walks and yoga/meditation. 4 local people are employed part-time, which contributes to job creation in this very rural area. The owners of Eco Retreats recently created an association called 'Micro Tourism Wales', to represent small businesses and to engage the Government in promoting and supporting other low-impact Welsh tourism.

    Reviews

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      "A complete escape..."

      We were looking for a break to completely escape from it all and Eco Retreats did not disappoint! The most beautiful yurt deep in the forest with just the right amount of comforts and back to basics. Our days were spent walking in the beautiful surrounding forests and hills, bathing in the outdoor bath with a magical view, star gazing, cooking food on the campfire and completely switching off from the world.

      Vickiw3, Tripadvisor, September 2020

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      "Birthday Treat"

      A wonderful, relaxing and peaceful birthday weekend. Nothing I say can do this site justice, the outstanding beauty of the surrounding area, the soul restoring peacefulness and the comfort of yurt must be experienced first hand! Wonderful hosts greeted us and showed us to our River Yurt, the local sheep kept a watchful eye over us during our stay and we even had a visit from a common lizard.

      Dbleff, Tripadvisor, September 2020

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      "Little bit of heaven in Snowdonia"

      We have just returned from a 3 night stay here celebrating a milestone birthday, staying at the Ash Valley Yurt. This place is mesmerising, so good for the soul. We woke up to a view of low lying clouds sweeping over the mountains every morning. Every night we'd fall asleep to the sounds of a waterfall nearby. The outdoor bath is magical - you don't want to get out!

      Nina P, Tripadvisor July 2020

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