If you were following me on Instagram this weekend you will have seen that most of my glamping photos were accompanied by the #LGG3 hashtag. This is because I’ve been testing out the sexy new LG phone, the G3.

I’ll be writing more about the phone this week but for now I’ll just tell you that it’s flipping awesome. The camera quality is amazing and that’s why I was getting so snappy happy all weekend!

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Anyway, back to the yurt….

I remember a time when camping holidays in the UK were something to be dreaded. Cold, wet nights were spent eating burnt BBQ food while huddling under a canopy to stay dry. I always ended up sharing a tent with our Labrador who stank in a way that only wet dogs can.

These days, camping has had a luxury makeover and suddenly, camping is cool. When did this happen? When did we trade in our basic equipment for high-tech gadgets and tents that actually keep you dry? And if you’re feeling particularly glamorous you can switch your tent for a yurt or a tree house or a teepee!

Welcome to the wonderful world of glamping – or glamorous camping – and what a wonderful place it is to be.

I spent the weekend glamping near Hay-on-Wye, a border town between England and Wales in Hereford. Hereford has more than its fair share of glamping options and I’d chosen a yurt in Brilley.

We drove there through country lanes, putting all of our trust into Google Maps on the G3 as we quickly lost our bearings with all those winding roads and rolling hills.

“This can’t be right,’ we muttered as we turned down yet another narrow lane where sheep grazed peacefully and there didn’t appear to be another soul in the world.

We arrived in Hay-on-Wye just in time for lunch and a stroll around the beautiful little village. Hay (as it’s often shortened to) is best known for being the ‘town of books’ and is the National Book Town of Wales.

Each one of the crooked streets is filled with secondhand bookstores.

I could have spent hours in Booth Books, Europe’s largest second hand bookstore. It’s a place with creaking floorboards and wonky shelves, leather bound books piled high and worn sofas you could sink in to for an afternoon as you get lost in all those stories.

Hay-on-Wye

Loaded with books, we finally dragged ourselves away from Hay and drove the short distance to New Inn Brilley.

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We were greeted by prayer flags and flowers and Daphne, the owner, who is the kind of person you’d want to sit and chat with for hours. She’s warm and welcoming and has created a peaceful, spiritual and homely atmosphere.

This is a place where you can’t quite tell what was created my nature and what was created by man.

Trees seem to have fallen in the perfect spot to create a bench and little stools around a table. Branches sneak through windows to provide the perfect canopy from the sun. Flowers bloom bright and beautiful and lead you through the garden to the stream or the prayer flags and meditation area.

The fields feel half wild and half groomed as little paths lead you to the different styles of accommodation.

Our yurt was warm and cozy with a higgledy piggledy mismatch of furniture that somehow worked perfectly together.

LGG3 camera

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We spent the afternoon lazing around and reading the stack of new books we’d picked up. I explored the gardens and took hundreds of photos while Louie chased the feisty chickens who quickly told him who was boss around these parts. Hint – it wasn’t Louie and I think he’ll have a lifetime phobia of chickens.

As evening set in it was time to light the BBQ and open a bottle of red as we cooked steaks over the smoldering flames.

We sat outside admiring the stars until the caveman instinct kicked in with my guy. There was a log burner inside the yurt and he’s a man and men make fires, even in the middle of summer…apparently…

Within 10 minutes the yurt was cosy and warm. Louie instantly lay in front of the log burner and began snoring as the iron kettle on top of it began to whistle. Half an hour after that and the yurt was a sauna. I had no idea a yurt could get so hot without bursting into flame! We had to retreat into the cool night air with Louie panting after us until the heat subsided.

Thankfully, we’ve tried and tested the warmth of the fire and I can safely say that even if you visit in the winter you’d be warm enough!

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I stayed at the Fresh Spring Yurt with Canopy and Stars. The yurt costs £70 per night and is an extra £20 for pets.

All photos were taken with the LG G3 and edited using VSCO cam.

Other apps I used for the LG G3

  • Google Maps – or I’d still be lost in the countryside somewhere
  • Gmail – To tell Daphne our ETA
  • Google Play – Google’s music store with millions of ad-free songs – perfect for a long road trip
  • TripAdvisor – To help find the best afternoon tea in the area
  • Instagram, Facebook & Twitter – To share all those gorgeous pics

 

25 Responses

  1. Gemma

    I’ve always liked camping, but yurts and the like definitely help people with bad childhood memories of faffing around putting up tents!

    I love all your photos and really *need* to check out that book shop!

    Gemma
    http://www.fleetingplanet.com

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    • TheTravelHack

      Glamping all the way! I actually love regular camping when it’s sunny but at least you can go glamping all year round.

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  2. Amy

    We stayed in a yurt just outside York a couple of years ago, in February. It had been snowing that week and I can promise that with the log burning fire it was beautifully warm and cosy all night!
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    • TheTravelHack

      So, so easy. I’ll be writing more of a review next week but I really liked how intuitive it was. I’m completely non-techy and I’ve never used an LG phone before but I was comfortable using it within 20 minutes.

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  3. lola

    hahaha to Scarlett’s comment. me too sister and guess what i’ll be doing A LOT of in the upcoming weeks. CAMPING. unfortunately, not the glamping kind. but i might become a convert to camping and want to try this out for myself. it really looks amazing.
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  4. Chinmoy Lad

    Great pics! Never heard of teh place before though…looks intriguing.

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