Tweet TweetIf 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! ****** 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. Loaded with books, we finally dragged ourselves away from Hay and drove the short distance to New Inn Brilley. 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. 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! More Info 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 Gemma July 14 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 Reply TheTravelHack July 15 You really do, best bookshop ever! Reply Elle Croft July 14 This looks like my kind of camping! I’m totally terrified of the idea of camping, but glamping looks like something I could get on board with! Elle Croft recently posted..Brendan’s guide: stylish travel for men Reply TheTravelHack July 15 Glamping all the way! I actually love regular camping when it’s sunny but at least you can go glamping all year round. Reply Actually... July 15 We’re also just back from a weekend of glaming – those stoves are effective! We were out on the deck at midnight just to let some of the heat out. Good to know for a colder night though – I guess that’s why glamping has more staying power than standard camping. Actually… recently posted..The day they stayed off school: Somerset Yurts review Reply TheTravelHack July 15 I’m glad we’re not the only ones that overloaded on the stove! Reply Renuka July 15 A yurt looks like a lovely place to stay, especially when you have a stack of books to read! Sounds bliss. Lazying around and exploring the surrounding natural beauty…wow! Renuka recently posted..Enjoy ‘Doing Nothing’ When You Are At… Reply TheTravelHack July 15 Yes, it’s the perfect place to catch up on reading with no distractions. Reply Amy July 15 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! Amy recently posted..I Know Who Killed Him Reply TheTravelHack July 16 That’s so good to know. I can’t wait to try glamping in the winter. Reply Becky Padmore July 15 I stayed in a yurt in Pembrokeshire and absolutely loved it, I have to admit I much preferred to regular camping! Becky Padmore recently posted..10 of the most beautiful places to visit in Myanmar Reply TheTravelHack July 16 So much better. If only you could pack them up in the car and pitch them in a campsite! Reply Sara @ The Let's Go Ladies July 15 Oh man! I LOVE camping (seriously. Everything about it!) but that yurt looks fab. I’ve heard a lot about them over the years and I’m just itching to give them a try. Glamorous as they may be, there’s still something wonderfully rustic about them that I just can’t get enough of. Sara @ The Let’s Go Ladies recently posted..The Let’s Go Ladies Live-Blog The Amazing Race Canada: Season 2, Episode 2! Reply TheTravelHack July 16 So true, especially this one that had a lovely shabby-chic vibe. Reply My yurt holiday with the G3 | The Travel Hack | LG Hacks July 15 […] See the original post here: My yurt holiday with the G3 | The Travel Hack […] Reply @mrsoaroundworld July 15 Photos look good – how easy was the phone to use? @mrsoaroundworld recently posted..Making the perfect Spanish omelette (tortilla de patatas) with @lutzbosing Reply TheTravelHack July 16 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. Reply Scarlett July 16 I never thought I’d be into camping, but this actually looks really fun! x Scarlett recently posted..Carrie Bradshaw is a dick Reply TheTravelHack July 16 It’s so much fun. Camping for non-campers! Reply Weekend Reads #6 | The Travel Hack July 18 […] My yurt holiday with the G3 […] Reply 5 reasons to love the LG G3 | The Travel Hack July 21 […] My yurt holiday with the G3 […] Reply Mary Anne July 22 You have some amazing adventures! Reply lola July 23 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. lola recently posted..Why the Mongol Rally? #LolasMRJourney Reply Chinmoy Lad July 27 Great pics! Never heard of teh place before though…looks intriguing. Reply the lazy travelers July 29 the yurt looks great, the LG G3 sounds fab, but LOUIE!!!!! we’d happily glamp our lives away with that smushface. the lazy travelers recently posted..perfetto puglia // five days in the heel of italy Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website 5 + two = Comment Sign me up for the newsletter!