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Essentials

The important stuff

  • Check in: 4 pm 
  • Check out: 10.30 am
  • Please bring torches, wellies and raincoats
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • One double bed and one double sofa bed

Extra space available

Space for 1 baby no charge. travel cot can be provided

Space for 2 pets from £15 per pet per stay

Cooking

Private kitchen in the shepherd's hut next to the yurt:

  • Two ring gas hob
  • Pots and pans
  • Utensils and crockery
  • Cafetiere 
  • Teapot
  • Belfast sink with hot and cold running water

Outdoor evaporative fridge and firepit

Washing

  • Private bath in shepherd's hut
  • Private compost loo next to the yurt

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Log burner in the yurt
  • Outdoor firepit
  • Solar powered lighting, candles, battery powered lights
  • No plug sockets available
  • All bed linen, towels and blankets provided

Entertainment

Books, cards and board games

Activities

At Phistle Brook View

You are right next to the Brecon Beacons National Park, one of very few international dark sky reserves so star gazing from the yurt (on a clear night) is a must!

Bird watching: there are many different species of bird which can be spotted around the yurt including red kites, buzzards, barn owls, lapwings, curlews, woodpeckers and many more

There is also a public footpath running fairly close to the yurt with great views. You'll find an OS map in the draw but the footpath is easy to find and beautiful

There's a forest school on site for young children

Places to visit

Rowlestone Court is a local farm with nice walks, ice cream made on site and a great kids play area with woodland walks

Ty Gwyn cider farm is worth a try. They have a great shop and bar

Grosmont Castle is close by in the next village and Skenthrith Castle a little further on

Visit famous market town Hay-on-Wye (a 35-minute drive) for its picturesque setting, amazing number of book shops and the internationally acclaimed Hay Festival. 

Hereford is a great cathedral city with lots of history, has the oldest map of the world (the Mappa Mundi) and also the Chain Library

Monmouth is a beautiful market town with great food and architecture; a real gem

Outdoor and active

Phistle Brook View is very close to the Black Mountains and not far from the Brecon Beacons - fantastic walking country. The closest mountain walks are Skirrid Fawr, a mountain visible from the yurt and an approx. 3.5 mile round trip. There's also a great short walk a 10-minute drive from the yurt, Garway Hill, with fantastic 360 degree views. 

Monnow Events - outdoor activity centre for children and adults

Canoeing - the local canoe centre is just a few miles from the yurts

Horseriding lessons - approx. 6 miles away

Pony trekking - 2- miles from the yurt but well worth the drive up to the Black Mountains with fantastic views

Food & Drink

The nearest shops are in Pontrilas (1.5 miles) or there's the better-stocked Ewyas Harold stores (3 miles away). Next to the stores is a great butchers and The Old Stables fish and chip shop is open Weds - Sat. For all your supermarket-style needs there is a fantastic shop in a Shell Garage (Locks Garage, 8 miles away) - they sell everything! It's on the main A465 road to Hereford, drive for approx. 6.5 miles until you see the large yellow garage on your left. 

Pubs & Restaurants

The Kilpeck Inn (5 miles) - great local food, atmospheric and perfect for families, walkers and four-legged friends

The Bridge Inn (0.5 miles) - small local pub in a riverside setting 

The Angel Inn (1.5 miles) - very old, lovely village pub next to Grosmont Castle

The Temple Bar Inn (3.5 miles) - local pub in the heart of the village of Ewyas Harold

For finer dining try the starred pubs The Walnut Tree (14.5 miles) or The Hardwick (15 miles) in Abergavenny

Meet your hosts

Glamping Wales (2)

About Ed, Bex and Bill

The business started four years ago and the whole team are passionate about the outdoors and the countryside, and getting more people out and about in it. They have a special interest in building and living in outdoor spaces and also run their own company building glamping retreats, wagons, huts and more. They love what they do and the beautiful place they live in and want to share it with their guests. 

Wildlife & Environment

The site is nestled in the picturesque hills of the Welsh borders with castles, rivers and mountains as the backdrop. It is based on a 5000 acre country estate called Kentchurch with a beautiful court house and open gardens. There is the Monnow river just minutes from the farm. The surrounding area is teeming with wildlife - stoats, red kites, buzzards, bats, deer, badgers, rabbits and foxes. You'll hear woodpeckers in the woods from the yurt and at night time the occasional owl. On the way up to the farm you will pass rare breed pigs bred on the farm and fields of sheep.

The farm is also home to Starry Skies festival (a family outdoor education festival). There are Forest Schools and pig keeping courses run on the farm, as well as woodworking. 

Getting there

By public transport

The nearest stations are Hereford (14 miles) or Abergavenny (15 miles). The closest bus stop is in Pontrilas, a 45-minute walk from Kentchurch. There is a local taxi driver you can contact on 07990 903314 if you would like to organise transport from the station or bus stop.

By car

Directions to Cobblers Grove Yurt 
When you've arrived at Barton hill farm (HR20BZ) turn up the drive, follow sign at fork to the right (wooden with white writing) passing the farm itself on your left, then stay on track for about half a mile, keep going straight ahead and when you see a stone house in front of you take the left through gate next to a small stone barn (please close gate on latch). Drive along the top of two fields and park in the parking space at the end of the track. Go through the gate and head left along the top of field with the woodland on your left until you reach a gate with a sign saying 'Cobblers Grove'. Go through the gate and follow the white arrows down the track to the yurt. Everything is set up and ready to go for you.
Directions for Phistlebrook View Yurt
When you've arrived at Barton hill farm (HR20BZ) turn up the drive, follow sign at fork to the right (wooden with white writing) passing the farm itself on your left, then stay on track for about half a mile, keep going straight ahead and when you see a stone house in front of you take the left through gate next to a small stone barn (please close gate on latch) follow track along the top of the field and take the first right through the open gateway and park in the parking space. Walk about 20 metres up the field with the woodland on your left hand side until you get to an opening into the woods, follow the arrow signs along the pathway and you will see the yurt on your left as you head up. Everything is set up and ready to go for you.

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
 
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
 
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;

and

  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.

 

The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.

 

1. Booking and payments

 

1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).

 

1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk). Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.

 

1.3 We're sorry for any inconvenience, but payments can only be made by credit and debit cards. A 2% surcharge will be applied to credit cards. We do not accept American Express, cheques or cash.

 

1.4 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.

 

1.5 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.

 

1.6 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.

 

2. Cancellation and Amendment by You

 

2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk) and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.

 

2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  

 

2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.

 

2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.

 

2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 

 

2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.

 

2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.

 

2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.

 

Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.

 

3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.

 

4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.

 

5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.

 

6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;

OR

(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;

OR

(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.

 

7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.

 

8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.

 

9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.

 

10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.

 

11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.

 

12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.

 

13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.

 

14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.

 

15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 

 

16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.

 

17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.

 

18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.