Barnutopia is a small family-owned glamping site on the Shropshire side of the Wales – England border about 5 miles west of Oswestry, Shropshire. The owners live with their family of four children in the farmhouse next to the yurt field and stable block.
Our First evening
Before we knew it, it was time for dinner. Katrina had prepared gluten-free pasta in a cheese sauce and can I just say…. I am absolutely gutted that I never asked her for the recipe. It has been 9 years since I first got ill with coeliac disease and in that time I have not tasted a pasta dish that good… As a cheese fanatic I was in my element.
After dinner and some more time spent taking in the views, we headed to our yurt to prepare for the following days sightseeing.
Waking refreshed and ready to go the next day we set out for a day steeped in history.
Our first stop was Chirk Castle. 27 minutes from Barnutopia.
Started in 1295, Chirk Castle was one of several medieval marcher fortresses sited on the Welsh-English border to keep the Welsh under English rule. The castle is run by the national trust and offers a guided tour.
We then headed to the beautiful Powis Castle and Gardens 38 minutes from Barnutopia. Powis Castle is a medieval castle, fortress and grand country mansion near Welshpool, in Powys, Wales. Also run by the national trust this castle is a must see especially on a warm day.
After a glorious day of sunshine, history and exploring some of the beautiful sights that Wales has to offer we headed into Oswestry for a bite to eat and a look around the local town.
Arriving back at Barnutopia we finished our day with a drink outside the yurt, enjoying the fact that nature was the only noise to be heard.
As a city girl I never realised how much getting away from the daily noise allows you to switch off. With life of late I have found myself in my own head a lot and 48 hours of peace allowed me to unwind and process things a little bit more.
To think that this haven is literally less than 90 minutes from where I live. It just proves that you really don’t have to travel far to get away from it all.
What we must remember is that locations can capture the eyes but it is the people who often capture the heart. And that is where Barnutopia flourishes. Katrina and Steve are fantastic hosts who go out of their way to make sure that your needs are catered for. It is these touches which will guarantee their customers will return. I personally cannot wait to see the place expand and see their vision come to life more and more.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to my boyfriend for taking me on this journey. I thought I was going to test my limits. But instead you showed me that every memory I make with you is a magical one.