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Way out west in the wilds of Wales, deep in the forest and miles from anywhere, find some peace and quiet in the sumptuous surroundings of these well-furnished tipis (and one yurt). Good for a romantic getaway or family holiday.

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Rooms: 4 Tipees (sleep 4-5), 2 Yurts (sleeps 5-6)

Tipi- from £156 for 2 nights, Yurts - from £215 Extra nights £70.

Meals: Self catering
Open: March to October
Address: (Office) Plas Einion, Furnace, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8PG
reviewed by greentraveller

Have a greener holiday at Eco Retreats, Powys, Wales

How does Eco Retreats minimise its impact on the environment and contribute to a sense of place?

Run by Michael and ChaNan Bonser, these four tipis and one yurt are spread out over 50 acres, each one offering its own unique and secluded atmosphere, either beside a stream, surrounded by woodland or looking out over the rolling hills. Each of the tipis has organic bed linen and sheepskin rugs, and is lit by a good number of candles, lanterns, and a central wood burning 'chimenea'. Each yurt also has its own washing and toilet unit, with a fresh spring-water shower just outside. You have to heat up your own water so you can keep a count on how much you’re using. The large yurt offers similar organic produce, wood burner, and furnishings from either local, recycled or fair trade sources. Everything that can be recycled is recycled, with some waste going to swap shops and recycle centres. As there is no restaurant on site, the owners are keen to recommend eateries that are part of the slow food movement and smaller, independent shops.

Eco Retreats has developed a comprehensive sustainability plan in order to present as little harm to the environment as possible. No electricity is used on site, and even the washing up liquid, cleaning products, soaps and shampoos need to adhere to strict biodegradable and ecological criteria. In addition, all of the food products you'll find in the welcome hamper have to have passed organic and fair-trade screenings. The owners offer sessions in both reiki and spiritual healing to help guests fully unwind and relax during their stay. With 1,300 acres of organic farm to explore, the site is also close to Cadair Idris, one of Wales' highest mountains, to the north and the fantastic beaches of Aberdyfi and Ynys Las to the west and south.


Richard HammondRichard HammondReview by Richard Hammond

"This really is a genuine eco retreat.  While many places use the term slightly disingenuously, this place is the real deal.  With no electricity on site; compost heating the water for the showers; cleaning products, soaps and shampoos, all following strict ecological criteria - this is about as green as they get. "

>> Read Richard's full review of Eco Retreats

Top eco features at Eco Retreats tipi camp

  • No electricity is used on site

  • Everything possible is recycled or reused

  • Hosts go to swap shops & recycle centres to find furniture to rescue

  • Recommends restaurants with slow food movements who source locally



Eco Retreats, Powys, Wales
Nearest train station: Machynlleth

Directions from station:
Transfers may be able to be arranged, otherwise it is a 30 minute taxi ride (taxi companies include Mach: tel. 01654 702048 and Lloyds tel. 01654 702100).

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.