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A yurt holiday and some news

So much has happened since the rather rainy Wednesday morning that we set off for Herefordshire that I hardly know where to begin.  The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of celebrations, car journeys, champagne, hotels and suitcases, so much so that as I sit here looking through these photographs it almost feels like a lifetime ago - or at least a few months (must stop being so dramatic).

But back to that Wednesday.  We left in the morning, bound for our yurt in the Herefordshire countryside, just on the border to Wales in the Brecon Beacons.  We actually stopped in Bath for lunch to fill up on fishfinger sandwiches from Bill's and pick up some Lush treats and some supplies.  We were driving through wind and heavy rain for much of the journey but as we wound through the country lanes, climbing up into hills to reach the farm where the yurt is based, the sunlight began streaming through the trees, and rain gave way to blue skies.

trees brecon beacons

As we parked up and hopped out we met the welcoming committee (Moll), who let us down to our yurt. (By the way, the yurt is called Mimi's Tree Yurt if you're looking for a similar holiday!)

mimi's tree yurt
The setting was breathtaking - long grass swaying in the wind, beautiful blue flowers poking up through the throng of greenery, autumnal sunshine dappling the hills and nothing but trees and fields as far as the eye could see.  And our yurt, nestled in the middle of it all.

yurt holiday in wales

We let ourselves in and found that the interior was just as stunning.  A wooden kitchen complete with panoramic window with those wonderful views (certainly made washing up more enjoyable!)

Adjoined to the kitchen, an outdoor shower with a canopy of trees.


Of course, the yurt itself was the piece de resistance.  The family who own the yurts (there is another onsite) actually completed the majority of the handicraft themselves from ash and sweet chestnut trees on their land. I haven't included a photo but at the top of the yurt was a clear piece of sheeting bound with more wood and interlocking branches that the daughter designed.  It means you can lie in bed at night and stare up at the stars, which is quite an experience (it can also be opened in the summer).

You can see from the photographs just how wonderful the yurt was.  An incredibly comfy bed with sheepskin blanket and bamboo bedlinen, a wood burner and a huge copper bath.  The yurt has solar electricity (the family are very focussed on making it an eco-friendly place to stay).




I don't think I can quite describe quite how perfect it was to curl up on the sofa with a good book and a pot of tea and listen to the crackling of the fire - and then run a hot bath (with some Lush products!) and lay in there reading.  It was just... heaven, I don't think I've ever felt quite so relaxed!  We did think we'd lost Bodhi several times during the three days we stayed as he was far too similar to the sheepskin blanket!


In the evening on the Wednesday I went out into the kitchen to make another pot of tea (which takes some time as you have to heat up the water on the gas stove) and when I came back in, this is what I saw... 



The whole yurt was also filled with candles and you might have already guessed (or seen my excited tweets!) that Tom proposed, with a beautiful ring befitting of the amazing setting.  It was very romantic! We didn't have much phone signal and certainly no 3G or Wifi so we weren't able to tell people until the Friday when we arrived at a holiday cottage to stay with my family.  It felt almost quite nice though, that we had a little secret to ourselves for a couple of days!

Although there is more I could tell you about our stay in the yurt (we had an amazing walk in the Brecon Beacons where Bodhi met lots of sheep!) it feels a bit funny to move onto something different after lamenting the wonderful proposal so I think I will leave it there.  (You can be sure I will all be boring you with wedding plans from now on though - how exciting!)

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49 comments

  1. I'll say it again: Congratulations!! All the best for youy and Tom. What an amazing memory, this looks like the most incredible place. Can't wait to see the rest of your adventures
    xxx

    Chambray & Curls

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  2. Congratulations!!!
    The yurt looks absolutely amazing, too :)

    Jess xo

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS !! So happy for you guys xx

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  4. This sounds like the most perfect holiday! I've never heard of anything like it really, most people I know go abroad. Congratulations on your engagement! xx

    www.crazylins.com

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  5. Already said it, but CONGRATULATIONS. So happy for you both. I can't wait to hear all about your wedding preparations :)

    Tori

    xxx

    aztecmess.com

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  6. What a simply perfect place to stay amd how romantic! You must have been positively bursting to share your news. Congrats x

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  7. Congratulations! What a wonderful way to propose!
    I went on a similar glamping trip with my boyfriend earlier in the year. The yurts are so comfortable - although ours wasn't entirely waterproof, which was a shame as it tipped down for the entire duration of our stay! Your holiday sounded fantastic though - I'm a bit jealous!

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  8. Congratulations!! That place looks so dreamy, such a romantic retreat. It all sounds a bit like a dream :) xx

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  9. Congratulations! This place looks amazing :) xxx

    www.ohsoaddictedtobeauty.blogspot.com

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  10. An unforgettable proposal for a perfect couple in perfect surroundings. Well done Tom!!

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  11. Congratulations Rosie ... What a perfect setting too <3 xx

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  12. Sounds perfect! :) Congratulations again! Reading this conjured up the same tummy butterflies as when my husband-to-be proposed! Saying that still sounds strange! We're planning our wedding too - albeit in 2016 - so I will look forward to hearing about all your wedding-y (definitely a word!) thoughts! xx

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  13. You lucky thang, big congratulations! Your wedding will be immense :)

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  14. Congratulations sweetie, I saw your ring on twitter it is absolutely beautiful x

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  15. Ahh, congratulations Rosie! That's amazing news! Sounds like you had the most perfect holiday! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Congratulations Rosie!! Thats fantastic! Looks and sounds like the most amazing time! :D xx

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  17. Congratulations! That is so cute and the area looks so peaceful :)

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  18. Congratulations Rosie! The proposal sounds perfect :) x

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  19. Congratulations! It looks such a beautiful holiday too! :)
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. Congratulations! Jeez, you've got the man as well as the dog now, my bf has a lot to get a move on with haha! Glad you're so happy!

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  21. Awww, congratulations - so happy for you! The setting looked absolutely wonderful, the yurt is absolutely stunning, so cosy looking! x

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  22. The yurt looks absolutely amazing! Would love to do something like that. So cosy.
    Once again, I am so happy for you both - huge congratulations! xx

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  23. What an amazing location. And CONGRATULATIONS!!! :)

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  24. I've never been in such a whimsical adorable place, so romantic! 've just come across your blog and I like it very much. As I'm always on the look for friendly blogging buddies I've started following you via GFC, Bloglovin, and Facebook (private id valeria a). Hope you can stop by and - if you like - follow back and stay in touch!
    Happy Sunday!
    With love,
    Coco
    Coco et La vie en rose
    Coco et La vie en rose on Bloglovin
    Coco et La vie en rose on Facebook

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  25. Congratulations! That's amazing. What a beautiful littleHayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx
    place.

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  26. CONGRATULATIONS to the both of you. What a perfect way to do it too, lovely :)

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

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  27. Congratulations! How blooming romantic! :)xx

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  28. Congratulations! How romantic!

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  29. The yurt looks bloody amazing, how gorgeous! Need to look into this.
    HUGE CONGRATS (I know I've said it already, but I'll say it again!) How amazing, and exciting! xxx

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  30. Aaaah just scrolling through the photos I was like, oh my god he needs to propose - yaaaaaaay!! What a beautiful place too, congratulations to you both! I love the photo of Bodhi getting lost in the rug! x

    The Little Things

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  31. Congratulations to you and Tom, so happy for you both! What a romantic setting and lovely few days away for you both! Exciting!

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  32. congratulations what a wonderful setting for a proposal!!

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  33. Congratulations! So pleased for you and such a magical, perfect way to propose! :)
    xx

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  34. Congratulations Rosie! What a beautiful location for a proposal! Hope you're both still on cloud nine after your holiday :) xx

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  35. Nice one guys. This looks wonderful, I'm stayed in similar just not as fancy as this.

    Buckets & Spades

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  36. Oh wow, congratulations! Looks like such a romantic place, I want to go!
    www.daintydaisiesblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  37. Looks like such a beautiful place, and you took some lovely photos! Congratulations!! :D x
    Rachelx
    Vintage Deer

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  38. What a beautiful place.. nice blog.

    photos life love and all that:

    www.mydirtysho.es

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  39. I really really loved this post Rosie!! I even text Jonathon a link to this post because a)anything to encourage engagement plans....wink wink, nudge nudge and b)I LOVE the idea of a yurt!! It looks seriously cosey and the way you described that copper bath and a good book made me want to climb in there with you & never ,ever go back to the city and back to work...!
    Hope you have a lovely Sunday evening. :)

    Flora
    www.twowithseven.blogspot.co.uk

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  40. Never herd of s yurt before. Looks sooo amazing. Please do bore away.

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  41. Congratulations!! Sounds incredibly romatic and the yurt looks wonderful

    Julia x

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  42. Hurruh! Congratulations! What a lovely romantic story... xx
    www.poppyloves.co.uk

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  43. Huge congratulations to you both, how exciting! Sounds like you had a lovely break and the photos are beautiful xx

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  44. Congratulations to you both! Looks like such a stunning place xx

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  45. Yay, congratulations! And what a beautiful place for a proposal! Looking forward to all your wedding planning :-) x

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  46. Congratulations! What a beautiful proposal, too xx

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  47. Firstly, massive congrats on the engagement, I am so happy for you and cannot wait for you to 'bore' me with your Wedding plans on here!
    Secondly, wow. This yurt looks amazing. I am super tempted to book Spence and myself in next year. xx

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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  48. Rosie we're so glad you loved your stay and enjoyed the yurt like it was meant to be enjoyed. A massive congratulations to you and your fiancé! And that picture of your dog is too much!

    We're in the process of designing and building two more eco-homes for guests so check us out on our Facebook page.

    Check availability and prices of Mimi's Tree yurt here:
    http://www.cottage-holiday-wales.co.uk/mimis-tree-yurt-black-mountains-wales.shtml

    And Gabriel's yurt:
    http://www.cottage-holiday-wales.co.uk/gabriels-yurt-herefordshire.shtml

    Thanks,

    Yurts With A View x

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