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Kick back and let nature relax you at Into The Woods

Relax and let nature relax you – for a truly tranquil experience, take time in a wooded Mongolian yurt located on the shores of a Gloucestershire lake

  • Feel the stresses of city life melt away as you soak in the view of the lake and bathe in the dappled light of the Forest
  • Cook outdoors on a rustic iron grill with tripod using the logs and lighters provided.
  • Guests can experience the joy of being in nature without the gloomier side of camp thanks to a super comfortable king size bed in a cozy and charmingly decorated wooden yurt.


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The moment you open the wooden door to enter the magical Retreat in the woods The daily stresses of life begin to dissolve.

Arranged around a wonderfully tranquil lake are six yurts and a shepherd’s cabin, each surrounded by trees that make you feel immersed in nature with the added bonus of ensuring privacy from your neighbors.

The yurts themselves are comfortable and delightfully extravagant, with interiors wrapped in colorful patterned fabrics and leathers, and a central skylight to flood the tent with natural sunlight until dusk, when you can enjoy the twinkling stars.

Candles, blankets and a wood burning stove mean you’ll stay comfortable at night at any time of year and wake up refreshed to the soothing sounds of birdsong and jumping carp. It is really comforting to the soul.

Inside one of the beautifully cozy Mongolian yurts at Into The Woods Retreat in Gloucestershire

Inside one of the beautifully cozy Mongolian yurts at Into The Woods Retreat in Gloucestershire

Inside one of the beautifully cozy Mongolian yurts at Into The Woods Retreat in Gloucestershire

You can spend a whole day sitting around the campfire, circling the lake in a rowboat moored to the jetty for your use. The spirit here is really to allow yourself to relax – for the most part, you are left to your own devices and you won’t see a single member of staff wandering around.

The opportunity to enjoy a refreshing wild swim in the lake, with its well-documented health benefits, should not be missed, and there is even a ladder for those who are not brave enough to dive right away.

There’s plenty to choose from too if you’re in the mood to put on your hiking boots. Nestled in 2,000 acres of ancient forest, there are trails for all abilities, or as you leave camp, you can explore nearby May Hill or join The Greenway for longer hikes. But remember to bring a map – phone reception is spotty outside the campground and there is no option for a bus or taxi to turn to.

The lakeside campground has everything you need to relax and connect with nature without compromising on comfort.

The lakeside campground has everything you need to relax and connect with nature without compromising on comfort.

The lakeside campground has everything you need to relax and connect with nature without compromising on comfort.

There is a very well equipped kitchen with gas hobs, pots, pans, plates, cutlery and everything you need, including a fridge. It is advisable to bring food and drinks, or make a stop at a local store a short drive away to pick up supplies. Another option is to call the owners about the possibility of reserving baskets of local produce to be there upon arrival. There is also a lovely pub nearby, The Glasshouse, which serves food and has a beer garden, but check opening times before you arrive.

However, for a proper outdoor experience, you can’t beat the joy of lighting a campfire. A fully stocked log store is provided near the yurt to keep the fires lit in a stone lined fire pit, and an iron tripod with hanging grill turned out to be a simple but amazing barbecue.

Grill

Grill

Barbecue food

Barbecue food

Cooking on this basic tripod grill turned out to be an unexpected joy

Inside the camp shower

Inside the camp shower

Inside the camp shower

The facilities, while rustic, are extremely clean (even the private compost toilet that is located a few meters from the main camping area).

A log cabin with corrugated iron cladding overlooks the lake, where you can take a hot shower with the provided eco-friendly soaps and shampoo, while gazing out at the waters (but don’t worry, no one can see in!) .

The owners of In the woods They have really thought of everything to provide their guests with the most comfortable camping experience, right down to coating the paths with wood chips soft enough to walk barefoot, without compromising the feeling of being truly immersed in nature.

Get there: By car – Go to The Glasshouse Inn, GL17 0NN and from there follow the owners signs “Into the Woods”. Watch out for the big wooden bear and turn there. By public transport – The nearest train station is in Gloucester, 25 minutes away. Cheltenham train station is about 40 minutes away. Both have bus and coach stations. However, it is highly recommended to bring a car. Price: A yurt for 2 costs £ 170 a night. Pets and children are not allowed. Electricity outlets are located in each yurt and there is mobile reception in the camp, but remember that you are there to disconnect and relax!

Reservation: https://www.canopyandstars.co.uk/britain/england/gloucestershire/may-hill-into-the-woods-retreat

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