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“Relaxing and pleasurable weekend”
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Eco Retreats
Reviewed March 5, 2013

My partner booked this holiday last minute for a weekend away from our busy work life. The location is idyllic and truly absolutely stunning! It's a long way from the main road down a forestry road. Each Tipi seems to look very private. You wouldn't be able to tell anyone else is around! We stayed in Waterfall tipi and would definitely choose it if we came again.

We arrived late but there was a very nice note on the gate directing us to our tipi and a welcome message and pack in the tipi giving us instructions for how things work. We were visited (not too early) the next morning just to check we were ok, then left to our own devices for the rest of the stay.

The tipi was well equipt. A nearby log store and axe kept us going with our log burner and we had a campfire next to the tipi on another night. They have pans and utensils you can borrow for the tipi.

We would definitely consider another visit!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

We were fortunate to win a 2 night stay at Eco Retreats and we are now trying to work out when we can return.

We had been past their turning numerous times over the years going to other places and not realised what we were missing.

You are grateful for their signs as you drive through the forest and are then greated and shown to your tipi. We had the one at the very top of the site and if we hadn't seen the others you'd have thought no one else was around.

Everything is there for you so you don't have take a thing expect maybe a book and a attitude of relaxtion.

Whilst there I would recommend a trip to the Centre for Alternate Engergy nearby as it opens your eyes to a few things. Then the choice is yours - we walked and went to the beach but we'd have been quite happy to not move from the tipi for 2 days.

Book now - you'll love it.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

My husbands family bought us this trip for our joint 40th and it was a great present!
After a long winding road (excuse the pun) half way up a welsh mountain and a short walk to our tipi, it was very clear what a stunning place we were in. It was breath taking! The Tipi itself was extremely cosy and very well equipped with all neccessities. We were treated to Reiki whihc neither of us had experienced before and also a meditation session (also something neither of us had done previously) but both added to the experience.
We went for a gorgeous walk to the top of the mountain and the view was incredible across the valleys. It was a perfect place to let all the worries of everyday life escpape you for a couple of days. Well recommended!!!

Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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ChaNan B, Manager at Eco Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2012

Thanks very much. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you can return some time.

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Reviewed May 28, 2012

The perfect Eco Tipi Retreat. We had a wonderful time enjoying the natural environment, the fresh air and wonderful water, reiki and meditation. The tipi’s are beautiful and the surroundings majestic. After driving though miles of beautiful forest we loved sharing the farmland with the sheep and their four week old lambs. Our tipi everything we needed even though we had so much less than you do at home. The water is fed from the spring so it is delicious and invigorating, washing in it was like a 24 hour face lift, I haven't looked so fresh faced in years.
We enjoyed walking through the farmland and in the hills and feeling so far from everything. I enjoyed the reiki and meditation and as it didn’t appeal to my husband so he carried on doing what he did most – sitting next to the fire and enjoying the views. He says now he wished he’d tried it, but only didn’t as thought you had to undress, which of course you don’t. We ate outside eating barbecued steak and fire cooked jacket potatoes one night and had our anniversary meal inside the tipi with candle light the second, of course we went and back outside to toast marshmallows to finish off the evening.
We chopped wood, built fires, used a composting loo and showered in spring water and enjoyed every moment. Actually my favourite things was brushing my teeth and having a wash at the outdoor washing area and catching glimpses of the outdoors in the bathroom mirror and falling asleep in perfect darkness except for the glow from the chiminea in the tipi.
We really enjoyed visiting the local Centre for Alternative Technologies and Chanan and Michael’s wonderful retreat has inspired me to continue making changes in my life towards the natural. We'll be visiting again for a longer stay soon I am sure.

Room Tip: All tipi's and yurts are far apart so you have your own space in different corners of the forest...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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ChaNan B, Manager at Eco Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2012

Thank you very much for your review. We hope you can come again some time!

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Reviewed May 7, 2012

My husband grumbled for the whole week before we arrived here. 'Why have you booked it? (KGB booking) 'It will be a disaster.' 'It's miles from anywhere.' And then we arrived and his jaw dropped. The luxury of space - there were only 4 or 5 tipis spread so far a part that you cannot see another one when you are in place. The bed with its sheepskins, the welcome bottle of wine (keep doing that) the alternative but perfectly acceptable toilet and shower system and most of all the wood burner in the middle. He came over all masculine and started to 'take care of the fire'.
You can walk around the farm, take a look at the very old and broken down farm house (the inside lime walls covered with names and dates - the oldest we saw was 1938) and just sit and listen to the stream and the calls of sheep outside.
This is a break where you have to slow down (it's close to 30 mins to the nearest shop) and so you sit, and and look at the fire, and toast the marshmallows provided.
We didn't take up the reiki or the meditation that I believe was available - not our thing - but the experience was still great.
In the day you can visit the towns around - Aberdovey is a lovely Victorian seaside resort. We were lucky enough to catch the Comedy Festival too (May Day weekend) so there were events going on around the area.
My husband is now raving to all and suggesting they too explore and see to their own wood burner...

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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ChaNan B, Manager at Eco Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2012

Thanks very much for your review. We're happy you enjoyed your stay and had fun with the fire.
Warm wishes,
Eco Retreats

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Reviewed April 29, 2012

We stayed in the yurt in April 2012. It was a fantastic break from the manic life we all seem to lead these days. We slept for 13 hours the first night, no mobile phone reception (wonderful) This was our anniversary break so we went out for meals on the Friday and Saturday evening, no one seemed to mind that we were a little muddy and smelt of smoke from the open fire. The centre for alternative technology was very interesting and does a lovely bowl of vegan soup which even true carnivores like me really enjoyed. We walked for miles on the first day past the sheep lambing and up onto the mountain, great views . The welcome tent is well stocked with essentials including wine and marshmallows. We left our children with a babysitter for the weekend and found this a great place to just focus on being a couple again, we would thoroughly recommend it.

Room Tip: A head torch is useful when you want to pop out to the toilet in the middle of the night
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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ChaNan B, Manager at Eco Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2012

Thanks very much for your review. We're very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and your time of getting away from it all!

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Reviewed April 18, 2012

Let me start off by saying I was very sceptical about staying half way up a mountain in a goat herders tent, and was cajoled into it by my wife booking a special offer via KGB deals..
Following a mix-up with the booking which was wonderfully sorted out by Chanan and involved me checking my spam folders..and offering sincere apologies for any problems I had caused...

We arrived on the Monday Afternoon not knowing what to expect , especially when we had driven miles up a forest trail without sighting so much as a tipi...then turning the final corner we were presented with one of the most tranquil places we had ever been too..

A field full of sheep and prancing lambs all less than a week old...

We were shown to our yurt and had explained the what's and where-fors of the log burner and the Dunni..

We were also told we were the only occupants on the site for the next 2 days apart from the sheep and an occasional visit by the farmer to tend his flock. A bit worrying being 5 miles from civilisation and a weak signal for the mobile..
We needn't have worried the farmer was great , he replendished our wood when it got low and was really nice to talk to (Thanks Edris)

The NITTI GRITTI...

Cold water, freezing shower,outside toilet, precipitious drop from the toilet down a ravine next to it...why did I like it ....????

No electricity, no WiFi no mobile signal how was I going to survive???

Glamping at it's best...

We had the most chilled 2 nights that we have ever had before.. in fact we hardly left the Yurt to venture out.. not a bad idea really as the rain was lashing down most of the time so the wine flowed ...
The walking boots remained in the car...

My wife had never had an open fire before so she took control of the log burner which proved to be a must considering the foul weather, and she made sure it never went out...

The beds were futons with a comfortable mattress and duvets with throws to keep you warm.

There were some draughts from the Yurt skin but nothing to make the nights unbearable. The Yurt did not leak even though the rain hit it hard.

Every thing that you need in a welcome pack was provided including ice blocks in a cool box...

Loads of candles which also helped warm the living area...


Now the DUNNI...

If you are at all squeemish this is not for you, an outhouse with a foam toilet seat over a bucket with sawdust for coverage is what you get...
At night you must watch your step , especially if you have partaken of the wine...There is a steep slope right next to the toilet entrance so the use of a torch is a must...

The Washing Facilities are a cold tap with a cold shower or a camping shower if you want to brave either. Bearing in mind we went in April the weather was really cold at night..


So for a great relaxing holiday leave the iPads and Mobile Phones in the car or at home and go with the flow...

A word of warning there can be quite a trek to some of the tipis so go for the Yert near the welcome tent if you are a bid doddery on your pins...


Get all your supplies in Town and just forget the car when you are there...

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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ChaNan B, Owner at Eco Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2012

Hi there
Thank you very much for your review and very glad you enjoyed it! No worried regarding the mix up, and I am so sorry to say that HOT WATER is on its way...... we are in the process of building eac tipi and yurt a wondrous compost hot water system, it is not quite there yet but will be soon and apologies it wasn't there in time for your stay! We hope to welcome you again one day.
All the best
Eco Retreats

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Address: Plas Einion, Furnace, Machynlleth SY20 8PG, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Machynlleth
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Ranked #2 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Machynlleth
Price Range: $109 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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