It’s always great to find a new start-up hotel, guest house or glampsite, as you know the owners will be bubbling over with enthusiasm and passion for their new business and will always go that extra mile to ensure your absolute comfort and enjoyment of your stay. This is absolutely the case with Katrina Boydon (affectionately known as ‘Mrs B.’) and her new business: Barnutopia, a yurt based camping ground in Oswestry, Shropshire. Situated on Tan y Coed Farm which is just outside the village of Llansilin, Powys on the Wales-England border, Barnutopia currently comprises of three beautiful yurts pitched in a lovely green pasture and Mrs B. already has plans to develop the business even further with additional barn camping to be added in the stable loft as well as turning one of her barns into an event facility… watch this space.
If you love surrounding yourself with nature and rustic and rural pastimes, then you won’t be disappointed at Barnutopia. Their three fully-furnished, luxury Mongolian yurts are neatly tucked away in the heart of the rolling green Shropshire countryside. Available for self-catering, full-board or bed and breakfast stays, each furnished yurt features a solid lockable wooden door; window; real made-up comfy beds (linen and towels are provided); homely cottage furniture; electricity; lighting; heating and free wifi as well as double layer groundsheet and felt insulation to keep you nice and toasty. In the yurt field you will find a barbeque fire pit; outdoor furniture and stunning views across the beautiful green countryside.
There are three yurts to choose from: the largest is Bronwyn at 5m wide which can accommodate 6 guests; the remaining two yurts: Carianne and Nanny Iris are slightly smaller at just 4.2m wide and can each accommodate 4 guests. Guests can pitch their own small tent for £5 per night. Guests can also hire a large (they call it the Big Yellow Tent) tent furnished with a rug, king-size mattress, bedside cabinets, pine chest and battery lamps to increase occupancy from £17 per night. An adult camping cot and a baby travel cot are available on request to increase occupancy of the 4-man yurts. As a guest you have access to all the shared facilities which include: a fully equipped camp kitchen (with kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge and freezer as well as crockery, cutlery and utensils); boot room; stable room; bathroom (with toilet, hand-basin and power shower) as well as the dining room at breakfast and dinner time for those guests purchasing meals. Packing Tip: don’t forget to bring your slippers as no outdoor shoes are allowed inside the yurts and a torch is well advised for night-time trips to the toilet! Booking Tip: Check their website (http://barnutopia.com/category/deals-offers/) for the latest offers and deals as Mrs B. usually has a great offer running that you can make use of.
If you choose not to self cater, Barnutopia offers its guests the opportunity to stay on a B&B or full board basis as well as the opportunity to purchase a comprehensive range of generous, hearty, home-cooked or takeaway meals (meals that can be provided are: breakfast, packed lunch, snack pack and evening meal, not forgetting their delicious pancake fest – all you can eat pancakes with a variety of toppings!). For those of you that fancy a drink of an evening, you can bring your own wine, beer or spirits and if you purchase dinner a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink is included too. Child friendly meals and portion sizes are happily catered for too.
There’s plenty to do in the Welsh borderlands including lots of hiking and walking trails as well as gardens and national parks to explore. There are numerous castles and forts to discover in the surrounding area and for railway enthusiasts there is the Cambrian Heritage Railway & Museum in Oswestry which is just 7 miles away. For those looking for something more sedate and relaxing you can enjoy trips on the horse drawn boats at Llangollen Wharf. Barnutopia are also happy to arrange local mountain biking, rock climbing and wild out-door camping activities too, all you need to do is ask.
So, if you’re looking for a retreat in the rolling British countryside with plenty of hearty meals, cosy accommodation and a friendly welcome, then you should definitely give Mrs B. a call!
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