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A spacious yurt with lovely views across the hills and farm. Traditional , mongolian. A small organic farm , home to a vibrant small community.
A beautiful spacious (21'diameter) yurt. Traditional, handpainted Mongolian with magnificent sweeping views across a fascinating organic farm and Welsh hills. Just 4 miles from a small market town but with a feeling of remoteness with no noise of traffic, no light polution, your own fire (website hidden) and dining in a wonderfully converted old school bus 50m down the hill and shared with other yurt dwellers. There is a compost loo there too, or you can use flush loos in the farmyard. The solar shower works when the sun is out. Otherwise you can heat it with a wood fired rayburn or share our lovely bathroom in the 17th ccentury house and bathe under the stars!
On our farm we have jersey house cows, soay and jacob sheep, bees, poultry, extensive vegetable gardens, woodlands and alternative energy supplies. We make cheese and wines for our own use. We have a team of volunteers from all over the world.
We run courses in prehistoric arts and archaeological excavations, practice traditional crafts like stone carving and basket making.
We can pick up guests coming by public transport to the nearest station (Caersws) or bus stop (Llanidloes).
This yurt can be rented for short breaks (weekend Fri - Sun nights, midweek Mon-Thurs nights) Prices are higher from July 16 - Sept 3. It's definitely not a glamping site - comfortable enough but not luxorious, A place to bring your wellies and get a taste of life lived close to the land,
Other Things to Note
Changeover days are Mondays and Fridays, min of three night stay. Those booking Mon - Thurs will be given Thurs night free
We can sometimes take a calm dog that is fine with sheep but we need guests to ring and arrange this.
We do not allow smoking indoors.
Our host Frances made us feel very welcome. We arrived later than anticipated and she was still there to give us a very warm welcome. Frances showed us to our yurt and was happy to answer any questions we had, she also offered us suggestions of nice things to explore near to the farm with the children. There was a bottle of elderflower wine, fresh eggs from the farm and enough fire wood for a very toasty 3 night stay in our (beautifully hand painted) Mongolian yurt. The farm was a magical place, very beautiful and brilliant fun for the kids with loads to do, they especially loved having their meals on the old bus and picking wild berries not to mention playing with the puppy and watching the cow being milked! Oh and we all loved having a bath under the stars and the orange tree. We return to London rejuvenated having spent a long weekend in a very tranquil and intriguing place.
Amazing place, perfect three days... Warm hearted hosts and environment...would definitly visit again!
This was without a doubt the most magical long weekend to date.
Feel like a trip back through time in the most wonderful way.
There are hidden gems to find all around the site you stay on including an abandoned rail track and a little waterfall.
The lambs that were there when we stayed were the cutest!
The locals are also GREAT fun and incredibly friendly (both times we went to walk into town we managed to hitch a ride with someone)
We were lucky with the weather, blazing sun every day, but had it been raining it would have been just a lovely to be snug in that yurt.
Both Frances and her partner couldn't have been more helpful and the people working on the farm are also very friendly and interesting.
Cannot recommend this enough for a relaxed weekend in the country.
I had a wonderful stay in the blue yurt with my two friends. The charming interior made it a cosy place to retreat to in the evenings in front of the fireplace. Frances and the other people on the farm were very welcoming and helpful, . Its a nice place to do a quiet retreat and enjoy some days away from modern life, but its also possible to get an insight in the life on an organic farm. We made our own cheese and it was delicious!
We had a wonderful weekend staying in one of Frances yurts. It is such a beautiful setting which is very secluded; there's no phone signal or internet which is brillant for workaholics that need to be cut off from the world. The weather was pretty terrrible but even though we has loads to do at the farm - we milked the cows, made cheese with Fran in her home, fed a new 2 day old little calf - and the yurt was so toasty with our wood burning stove on, the complimentary homemade plum wine and cake. The other families staying there we equally lovely and we all had great dinners, and stimulating conversations sharing the big red bus!
Old Chapel Farm is beautiful, set in rolling hills. The yurt opens onto a dramatic view across the little valley. A lot of effort had been put into decorating it sumptuously and we had a very comfortable stay. We were left to our own devices to enjoy a cosy few days but were made to feel extremely welcome. We especially appreciated Francine's generosity with the farm's herbs, vegetables and milk, which made candlelit dinners on the converted bus even more enjoyable.
I can't recommend it enough!
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About the Host, Frances
I'm an organic farmer, with a passion for wildlife, woods, art, people. I love the outdoor and creative life that growing food and rebuilding a once derelict traditional farm offers. From the farm we run an archaeological company and run courses in prehistoric arts. We practise traditional crafts like stone carving, basket making.