Out of office: glamping
Hidden deep in the woods, Brook House Woods in Bromyard, Herefordshire, bills itself as the place to escape from everyday life – and it delivers.
THE VIBE Woodland wellness. Start your day with yoga led by owner and qualified teacher Penny and end it with a sound bath under the stars. Sleep in a double bed in a cosy yurt kitted out with plush rugs, crisp white linen, woodburner and DAB radio. Outside there’s a private terrace with comfy chairs and a fire pit, plus an ensuite bathroom with a genuinely decent shower and snazzy compost toilet.
CHECK OUT Take a short drive to Bodenham Lake for a wild swim or paddle in a canoe. This nature reserve currently flies under the radar of non-locals, so you may well have the place to yourself. The picturesque town of Ross-on-wye is only 20 miles away if you fancy an amble round the historic buildings and speciality shops. Evening entertainment comes in the form of books by the fire or watch a film at the delightful woodland cinema on-site from May until September.
EAT If you’re heading off-site for the day, pre-order a picnic full of local goodies, served in a rucksack (£25 for two). For supper, there’s room service (Moroccan lamb, chicken curry, etc) or rustle up a delicious beef stir-fry, all the ingredients sourced from a local butcher (£14 for two).
THE LOWDOWN Three-night breaks start from £345 for a yurt sleeping two. brookhousewoods.com
Ross-on-wye The living area. Above: a yurt For glamping that’s as stylish as a boutique hotel, book into one of these – no communal showers in sight!