Eco Retreats Forest Retreat

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Remote off-grid retreats in the heart of the Dyfi forest.

Situated 25 minutes off the main road, Eco Retreats occupies a wild and beautiful site in the heart of the Dyfi forest, and is delightfully hard to get to! Its five fully equipped yurts and one tipi offer the opportunity to totally escape the rat-race and pressures of modern technology on a site where the main theme is peace and tranquillity, with a healthy dose of eco-living thrown in. It's also off-grid and wifi-free, and the retreat even includes optional sessions of reiki and meditation in the comfort of your own yurt or tipi.

Each of the dwellings is set in its own idyllic location, beneath the stars or a leafy canopy of mature trees; each has a wood-fired outdoor bathtub where you can bathe to a soundtrack of birdsong or spend evenings deciphering the various constellations – away from the light pollution of the city, the stars are breathtaking. The yurts and tipis themselves are comfortable and well-stocked with everything you need, with a double bed with organic bed linen, plenty of cushions and sheepskin rugs, a coffee table and a small indoor cooking area with gas stove and all the necessary cooking paraphernalia to hand – even a clay pot for keeping things cool. There’s a beautiful hand-crafted wood-burning stove to keep you cosy and warm at night, and all wood and kindling are provided. Lighting is provided by tealights in lanterns, and there’s a campfire and seating area outside as well.  The  yurts also have a hammock/hanging chair to relax in as you breathe in the fresh forest air and swing your cares away!

You can choose from a variety of beautiful spaces for your retreat. The large Meadow Yurt is best for families and The River Yurt is nestled down close to the river – a romantic spot and also great for families – and there are also three tipis which have a more adventurous and down-to-earth feel. There's also Waterfall Yurt, in a meadow by a waterfall, Ash Valley Yurt, at the top of the site with impressive views, and Forest tipi – the most secluded unit, hidden away in an old oak forest up a steep slope.

Envelop yourself in the Eco Retreats experience. Leave the laptop and phone at home. Doze off listening to the fire crackling – and wake up to the sound of birdsong, running water and the wind in the trees.

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The Owner Says

Authentic, back-to-nature forest retreat which rejuvenates weary bodies, minds and souls. 25 minutes off the tar road on a working organic farm, Eco Retreats offers a wifi free, eco-friendly retreat in the heart of Wales’ Dyfi forest. Our five beautiful yurts secluded in a hidden valley offer a peace and quiet that’s hard to find in today’s busy world. Each living space is in its own secluded spot far away from other guests, complete with private bathroom and private outdoor wood-fired bath.

Amazing walks with beautiful views, sparkling river with secret splash pools, ancient forest and a host of activities for the whole family within 30-60 minutes drive. Guests can completely unwind and reconnect with the wonders of nature, with each other and with themselves.

Riverside teahouse area and conscious living centre offers the opportunity to savour an organic herbal tea as you read, journal or engage in inspirational discussions on all elements of eco-living!

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Our favourite spot

Couples or families looking for an exclusive camping experience – yes. Back to basics campers – no.

The local area

You won’t want to leave! But Eco Retreats is close to amazing beaches, forest, mountains, markets, culture and places to eat and drink. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors hiking, mountain biking and water sports. Or visit the Centre for Alternative Technology (01654 705950 ); the Corris Craft Centre (01654 761584) a couple of miles up the A487; the Museum of Modern Art (01654 703355) at Machynlleth or tea shops by the beach in nearby Aberdyfi.

Best local places to eat and drink

The Slaters Arms is a brilliant local pub in Corris and The Wynnstay Hotel (01654 702941) at Machynlleth is a gastro pub with a great atmosphere (and good food) in the bar plus a separate pizza restaurant. Number 21 bistro (01654 703382), on the high street, is another local highlight.

Why stay with us?

Each yurt is kitted out with everything you need, except food. A private outdoor wood-fired bath, eco-loo and spring mountain ‘shower’ with stunning views are on the doorstep.

Accommodation

Five yurts sleep which comfortably sleep 2 adults and 2 children, 1 tipi which also sleeps 4 (but is adults-only) Check Availability

Price

Pricing starts at £225 for a 2 night mid-week stay in a tipi or £279 for a 2 night weekend stay in a tipi. Yurts are £265–-275 for a 2 night mid-week stay and £319-329 for a 2 night weekend stay. Prices include bedding and all firewood.


Opening Times

Late March–November.

Location

Contact Website Eco Retreats Forest Retreat, Near Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9HA

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Getting There

Eco Retreats is hidden in the heart of acres and acres of unspoilt forest. It’s a 4-mile journey on ‘forestry’ roads (which takes about an hour) off the A487. Directions are given on booking. The nearest train station is Machynlleth, from where it's a 20-minute taxi ride.

Trains arrive in Machynlleth about every two hours via Birmingham, a taxi to the site takes about 20 minutes and costs about £20.

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