Welcome to Eco Retreats!

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Please take a few minutes to watch the video to help you prepare for and get the most out of your stay!

How to find us

Please find attached the map that is ESSENTIAL to help you find Eco Retreats – please print this out and use it to find the turning off the main road onto the forestry road. If you’re using a Satnav, you can enter the postcode SY20 9HA which should take you to the end of the forestry road. However, please do not depend on the postcode alone as occasionally some navigation systems direct to a slightly different spot.

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Once on the forestry road, follow the map and Eco Retreats signs – it will take a further 20-25 minutes to get to the retreat. The road is passable by normal cars but please drive slowly and carefully and enjoy the stunning scenery!

Finding your yurt

Please remember you won’t have any mobile phone signal when you arrive at Eco Retreats so remember to download directions to each yurt in advance HERE
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Late arrivals

We understand you may not be able to arrive until after 6pm and are sorry we won’t be able to meet you in person at that time. Please remember there are no lights or electricity on the forest road or camp, so bring a good torch with you to find your way to the yurt from the carpark if it will be dark by the time you arrive.

Please make sure that you bring everything you need with you (including towels) as we are about twenty five minutes’ drive from the nearest shops.

Settling in

We’ll build your fire for you in the yurt and also in the bath’s fire-box, which you’ll need to start by lighting the firelighter inside (please add a fire lighter to the bath fire – we don’t leave it in in case it gets wet). Please note your bath will take 1.5 – 2 hours to heat up so please plan ahead! If you do need more wood, there is more in the woodshed (you may need to chop the larger pieces with the axes). Note there is a mix of light and heavier woods in the basket; use the smaller, lighter pieces to start your fires and the heavier logs are great for once the fire is going well and to throw on before you go to sleep. You can also close the vent on the front of the wood-burning stove about 2/3 before you sleep so that it will burn more slowly.

We will leave the gas bottle for the hob switched off – you just need to pull out the red safety latch and turn 90 degrees to an upwards position to turn it on (this should be clear when you look at the top of the gas bottle, and instructions are also included in the welcome booklet.) We strongly recommend disconnecting or turning off when not in use for safety – just turn the red knob to the off or disconnect position. The red lighter on the surface has a little button on the side to switch it on before pressing the round button in the middle. There is a spare lighter / matches in the little drawers under the gas stove as well.

The clay pot by the door is the cool pot / eco-fridge to keep milk etc. cool. It should be cold, but you can keep refreshed by pouring a little cold water onto the sand around the plastic drum from time to time during your stay. There’s also a food storage box – feel free to bring ice or cool packs if you like for additional cool storage.

All the information and guidelines you’ll need for your stay (water, eco-loo, bath etc.) are in the Welcome book in the yurt in the basket on the bedside table – please do take the time to read through this.

Mobile phone reception

You probably won’t have mobile phone reception at the yurt but there are two good spots in case you need it. You can either continue along past the Eco Retreats car park up to a couple of barns at the top of our site – here you will see a yurt. If you head over towards that yurt you will start to pick up a good signal. Alternatively, back along the forestry road to the crossroads just before the descent to Eco Retreats started, you will find a strong signal.

Contact and help

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or give us a call or text on 07377 459 672 any time, if there is anything you need while you are with us. Please let us know if you’d like us to pop in and check all is ok the day after your late arrival; if you prefer not to be disturbed, we will wait for you to contact us if you need anything. Hope you have a wonderful stay!
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River yurt

When you arrive, you will see a car park with large tented tea house area on the right – please park here.

Please leave your car in the car park and proceed on foot – we recommend taking what you can carry to save trips as it’s about 5 mins walk to River yurt. Cross the small footbridge and walk along the river back past the car park, then turn left up the car track up the hill (please note guest vehicles are not permitted to drive on this track). The track will peter out. Bear right down the hill along the fenceline. You will see a green yurt just by the river with woodshed and wooden bathroom – this is River yurt!

Waterfall yurt

When you arrive, you will see a car park with large tented tea house area on the right – please park here.

Please leave your car in the car park and proceed on foot – we recommend taking what you can carry to avoid too many trips up and down! Cross the small footbridge and walk along the river back past the car park, then turn left up the car track up the hill (please note guest vehicles are not permitted to drive on this track). The track will peter out. Bear left up the hill – you will see a green yurt in front of you – this is Waterfall yurt. From the entrance at the back of the yurt, you’ll see the wooden bathroom through a small gate, and the track leads on to your outdoor wood-fired bath.

Forest yurt

When you arrive, you will see a car park with large tented tea house area on the right – please park here.

Please leave your car in the car park and proceed on foot – we recommend taking what you can carry as you likely won’t feel like coming back down again once up! Cross the small footbridge and walk along the river back past the car park, then turn left up the car track up the hill (please note guest vehicles are not permitted to drive on this track). The track will peter out. Bear left up the hill – you will see a green yurt in front of you – this is Waterfall yurt. Please be mindful of guests in Waterfall yurt enjoying a peaceful evening.

Just next to Waterfall yurt you will see a gate and a stony track leading up a steep hill into the oak forest. Go through the gate (closing behind you if it was closed) and up the hill. As you near the top you will see the wooden bathroom unit and green canvas – this is Forest yurt!

We do recommend you pack light and bring bags that you are able to carry (such as rucksacks) as it is about a 10 min. walk up to Forest yurt up a steep slope.

Meadow yurt

As you arrive at Eco Retreats you will see a car park with large tented tea house area on the right – continue on past this up the hill (don’t drive into the car park) – about half way up the hill on the left you will see a woodshed and green yurt sunken into the edge of the field – this is Meadow yurt. Please park in the gravel parking spot next to the woodshed (when you’re ready to drive out, please drive up the road to the barns where you will be able to turn more easily as we are not allowed to drive on the grass).

Ash Valley yurt

When you arrive, a car park with large tented tea house. Continue on past this (don’t park in the car park) – you will pass a woodshed about half way up the hill – continue on till just before the barn where you will see a parking spot on the left. Park here and cross the field, through the gate and up the track to the green yurt you will see up at the top – this is Ash Valley yurt.

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