Best Luxury Eco-Retreat Herefordshire 2023

Cynefin Retreats

Best Luxury Eco-Retreat Herefordshire 2023

Luxe pods & lodges on the Welsh Borders

Set among woodland and meadow, Cynefin Retreats is an immersive destination offering an incredible indoor-outdoor getaway experience.

Here, the true luxury is living and breathing this idyllic Welsh borders landscape, from the comfort of your handcrafted accommodation.

Offering the ultimate in contemporary living, our four 1-bed pods and trio of 2-bed lodges are purpose designed for those seeking a unique escape in a stunning countryside setting, yet only three miles from the historic market town of Hay-on-Wye.

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Cynefin (pronounced kin-ev-in) is a Welsh word with no direct English translation, meaning ‘rooted in place’, somewhere we instinctively belong.

The Luxe-Pods

Designed for couples, our four luxe-pods offer stylish, modern living, with iconic curved walls to the rear and wall-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to the front, with uninterrupted views to the countryside.

Each pod features an en-suite bedroom with romantic floating bed, adjoining a spacious, open-plan kitchen/living/dining area. With both a wood burning stove and luxurious underfloor heating, uniform warmth throughout the pod is guaranteed. An adjoining cloak room for boots, coats and other bulky items ensures your pod can remain uncluttered.

Sliding glass doors open to a partially covered wooden deck, with private hot tub enabling an easy transition between indoor and outdoor living across the seasons, whatever the weather. Beyond the deck is a spacious terrace with dining and lounging furniture. Each pod has a bespoke fire-pit with BBQ grill perfect for sizzling sausages and toasting marshmallows.

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The Luxe-Lodges

Perfect for families or groups of friends, our trio of lodges offer spacious bedrooms and open plan living areas to enjoy time together, whilst having space to breathe.

Built using pioneering wood technologies, the iconic lines of the timber clad lodges reflect the local environment, with each one offering privacy with views of the surrounding countryside and plenty of outside space.

Each lodge features two spacious bedrooms with vaulted ceilings, each with the option of either a super king size bed or twins. The family bathroom has a standalone bath and separate shower. From the open plan kitchen, living and dining room you look out through expansive glass doors to a private decking with your own hot tub, and beyond to the spacious terrace with fire pit and BBQ grill.

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Best of all is the great big cinema screen that is the wall of windows. You might struggle to get out of bed in the morning, when you can just lie there and count the clouds.
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You'll feel immersed in the uninterrupted views, though this is glamping with an emphasis on the 'glam': there’s underfloor heating, well kitted out kitchens, and hot tubs
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“The Wonderful World of Cynefin”

Booked this for my girlfriend’s birthday on a whim after liking the look of the cabins, the reality was far better than expected, it was wonderful, beautifully designed and lovely to stay in. The hot tub was excellent and the view in the morning was sensational, I hope to be back.

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“Absolutely amazing minibreak”

We had a fantastic time at the retreat, we were lovely and cosy and had more than everything we needed. The dog loved it too. Will definitely be visiting again. My advice is to just book as you will LOVE it! Perfect place to de-stress.

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Where Luxury Greets Nature

By day, breakfast in bed watching the sun come up on a crisp winter’s morning, take a picnic lunch in the meadow on a balmy summer’s day, or supper on the terrace watching the sunset.

By night, cosy up on the sofa with the log burner roaring and a good book in hand, or embrace outdoor living toasting marshmallows by the fire pit and drinking prosecco in the hot tub looking up at the stars.

Throughout the day, across the seasons, let this extraordinary landscape soothe the senses and rejuvenate the spirit.

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Absolute perfection! Cynefin Retreats truly has designed your experience to embrace all that is spectacular about nature.

The Setting

Surrounded by Corsican pines, wild flowers and orchards, our luxury accommodations sit within a seven acre haven in the Wye Valley. Our meadows and woodland create a natural habitat for local wildlife including badgers, foxes, and a plethora of birds.

For anyone wanting to get ‘out and about’ there are a wealth of options nearby to explore. We are fortunate to have Hay-on-Wye, the ‘Town of Books’, famous for its Literary Festival just three miles up the road. And, of course, the great outdoors beckons! Wild swimming, canoeing, trekking, cycling, and horse-riding are all within easy reach.

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Hand Crafted & Sustainably Sourced

Our bespoke luxe pods & lodges are handcrafted by a team of local engineers, passionately committed to creating state-of-the art wooden dwellings. Designed on sustainable principles to sit gently in the landscape, each accommodation is constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency and management.

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Every effort has been made here to make this project eco-friendly and sustainable. Our luxe-pods were constructed with sustainable principles and maintained with low-energy, ecologically friendly systems, and are surrounded by freshly-planted wild flowers and natural habitats for the local wildlife. We are delighted to have recently seen our bird boxes home a family of tawny owls.
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