Offa's Dyke Yurt – Oswestry, Shropshire
- Yurt for 4
1 double bed and 1 double sofa bed. 2 extra mattresses can be provided for children (bring own bedding for these), bringing the total up to 6.
The two pod set up, spectacular views and complete privacy make Offa's Dyke Yurt a great place for any kind of escape. You can bring the family down and watch the kids play in your personal play park, or go it alone and lounge in the spacious yurt camp. The main living area is beautifully decorated with rich, glowing woods and soft fabrics and the big double bed is housed in a separate, but adjoined mini yurt, giving extra space and privacy.
On the same soaring deck are your own gas-powered shower, flushing loo and the wood-store. There's also some outdoor furniture, the centrepiece of which, a big wooden chaise longue, is perfect for napping in front of the views of the rolling hills. As the name suggests, the yurt is rather well placed for the Offa's Dyke Path, with some hearty hiking to be done for about 180 miles in both directions and miles of world class mountain biking trails all around.
- Children welcome
Kids are welcome and pets can be accommodated
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Everything you need to know about Offa's Dyke Yurt
The important stuff
Check in is not before 3pm
Check out by 11am at the latest
Kids are most welcome and pets can be accommodated. Dogs must be kept in the Yurt garden or on a lead (sheep in neighbouring field) Pets are not allowed on furniture and you will need to provide own basket or bedding. All dog mess must be cleared up by the owner.
You may want to bring ear plugs as the sheep can get a little loud
Please bring towels!
Sleeping arrangements1 double bed and 1 double sofa bed. 2 extra mattresses can be provided for children (bring own bedding for these), bringing the total up to 6.
Kids & PetsKids are welcome and pets can be accommodated
Cooking facilities are provided within the yurt living room
Four ring gas cooker (lpg) but no oven.
The kitchen unit is very generous and provides plenty of preparation space. Everything you need for cooking is provided with cutlery and china for 6-8 people.
Small fridge housed in the wood store along with shelf storage for food
All washing facilities are housed in a hand-made wooden building directly behind the yurt
There is hot water to the shower and washroom provided by an lpg water heater. All these facilities are for your sole use.
Flushing toilet- a generous wash and washing up room and a shower room as well as a wood store
Please bring your own towels
Heating, lighting & bedding
In the yurt living room is a bespoke woodburner made locally.
Wood will be provided for your first fire. After that we have an honesty system for the bagged up wood stored behind the yurts.
There is electric lighting in the yurt and a power point
There is a playarea through the gate at the bottom of the yurt garden with a trampoline and swings These are used at your own risk.
There is a power point in the yurt that can run laptops and other such devices. No hairdryers please!
Offa's Dyke Yurts, Fron Uchaf, Oswestry, SY10 7NQ
By public transport
The nearest station is Gobowen, about three hours from London and the nearest bus stop is in Weston Rhyn. Pick ups can be arranged with Jo and Wilf
From the South leave the A5 at the Gledrid Roundabout. Take the 1st exit signposted ‘Weston Rhyn’. Travel through the village until you reach a mini roundabout. Take the 3rd exit, to the left of the shop onto Bronygarth road. At the cross roads turn left stay on this road until the end, then turn left.
When the road begins to climb steeply, you'll pass a large barn on the right (Fron Issaf), followed shortly by a sharp right bend. On this bend turn off the road and keep left.
Parking is through the gate in front of you on the right and you'll be able to see the yurt up the slope to your right.
Verona. A public place.
Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY, of the house of Capulet, armed with swords and bucklers
Gregory, o' my word, we'll not carry coals.
Eating & drinking
Pubs & restaurants
In nearby Oswestry there are two or three really good places to eat most notably:
The Walls, a converted Victorian school, is an atmospheric, warm and welcoming place with a good selection of local food and an interesting and varied menu (and a wonderful Sunday Lunch carvery).
A little bit further afield there are a number of exciting riverside, canal side and lakeside pubs and restaurants:
The Boat at Erbistock, a 17century Riverside Inn and restaurant, is in a beautiful location beside the River Dee.
The Cross Keys pub at Sellatyn (3miles by road) is 40 min walk from the site along an old drovers way, a lovely walk. The pub is the best kind of village pub. Very old, small snug rooms ,really friendly landlord, pool table and a great mix of people.The best thing about it though is the live music every week. Local musicians meet for a ’session’ and anyone can join in so bring your fiddle or pipe or drum with you! There are also quite regular events at the pub featuring musicians from all over the Uk and further afield.
Things to do
At Offa's Dyke Yurt
Keep an eye out for courses available at Offa's Dyke in everything from fruit tree grafting, bench making and woodworking to felt making.
The play area and trampoline are for guests use but at their own risk.
You are welcome to come and feed the chickens in the morning and help put them to bed at night.
After the chickens have been settled down, Jo and Wilf can take you to the adjoining field where there is a large badger colony.
Outdoor & active
Mountain biking - The area is world class for biking with miles and miles of cross country riding and a trail centre 15 miles away called Llandegla, where you can get trail info drop in for a chat or rent bikes if you couldn't get your own gear down.
The local canal network provides lovely walks and cycle rides and there is a local hire company that can deliver bikes to the yurt.
As the name of the yurt suggests, the Offa's Dyke path is close by, offering great walking for about 180 miles.
Snowdonia National Park is within reach for some more strenuous walking if you complete the Offa's Dyke Path too quickly.
Places to visit
As well as being close to lovely old towns of Chester and Shrewsbury, Offa's Dyke Yurt is close to three National Trust properties - Chirk Castle, the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I, is a two hour walk away. Powys Castle, with its world famous garden and Erdigg with a unique collection of servants portraits, are about twenty minutes drive.
Ironbridge World Heritage Site in Telford, about an hour away, has a fascinating cluster of museums and regular events that give a lively insight into the Industrial Revolution.
Meet your hosts
A little history
Jo and Wilf came to the barn in 1989. It had been, visibly and odorously, in recent use for cattle and needed extensive rebuidling. Drama such as the spring drying up failed to deter them making the site into their home and the whole estate now houses three separate parties. Jo and Wilf live in The Barn, with Tom and Briony in the 'Lower Barn'. Soon, Paul and Cora, Jo and Wilf's son in law and daughter, will be moving in too.
Between them, Tom and Wilf are respoonsible for almost all the woodwork that makes up the yurt and its furniture, the washhouse and indeed, a lot of the farm. You'll notice the odd beautfiully worked gate or wood sculpture around the place as well. The Barn is a bustling place, with one project or another constantly on the go.
Wildlife & the environment
Fron Uchaf means "on the breast" in Welsh and the yurt looks down across spectacular views of South Shropshire one way and Wales the other. The whole site has been set up to try and preserve the unspoilt feel of the countryside and promote self sufficiency. Tom and Briony keep the kitchen garden and Tom has planted 15 varieties of fruit and nut trees which should begin to yield in the next year or two.
As well as the badgers, there is an enormous amount to see in terms of wildlife. Birds of prey nest near by as well as swallows, swifts and songbirds.