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- Luxury glamping on a dog-friendly site
- Well-equipped shared kitchen, breakfast room, lounge and full bathroom
- Rural setting with horses, pigs, dog, cats and stunning views
Katrina and Steve fell a bit in love with Tan y Coed farm when they first saw it in the green surrounds of Shropshire countryside.... And this is where they've set up their glamping site Barnutopia: you might find yourself a little bit in love with these surrounds too.
Barnutopia has luxury glamping for guests and well-behaved dogs, set in a small grassy field next to the main farmhouse and stable block, and surrounded by fields and grazing sheep. Dogs are welcome but please remember this is a working rural area with roaming sheep.
Facilities are in a guest kitchen shack equipped with hot and cold water, a food prep area, kettle, toaster, microwave, gas boiling rings, pots and pans, crockery, cutlery, kitchen utensils and a small seating area. The site also has a community room in the 19th-century stable block with sofas, a table and chairs.
The Barnutopia amenities of large bathroom with toilet basin, power shower and towel rack are in the main house, which guests access through their own door and via a quarry-tiled boot room with coat rack and boot shelf.
Barnutopia is geared towards self-catering glampers, but you can pay for breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals after you arrive, or arrange for online delivery to the farm from Tesco, Asda, Iceland et al. Two pubs are in the local village of Llansilin in the Welsh county of Powys, including one said to dish up the best Sunday lunch for miles.
And finally, Katrina and Steve have made it their mission to set Barnutopia up to provide everything you might need to stay in comfort; if any bits or bobs aren't there, just ask and they'll provide it wherever possible.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Leave the car at home
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
- Coach stations
Oswestry Bus Station
— 4.6 miles
4.6 miles Gobowen Coach Stop — 6.0 miles
6.0 miles Chirk: Hand Hotel Coach Stop — 7.3 miles
- Train stations
Gobowen Rail Station
— 6.0 miles
6.0 miles Chirk Rail Station — 7.1 miles
7.1 miles Ruabon Rail Station — 10.8 miles
- Ferry ports
Woodside Birkenhead Ferry Terminal
— 38.4 miles
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
— 36.2 miles
Driving from Birmingham: take the M6, then M54/A5 west to Oswestry until you reach the roundabout with B4579 to Oswestry. Take the second exit (B4579) to Oswestry, heading through Oswestry centre, and turn left on Castle Street (B4580), which turns into Mount Road. Continue through Rhydycroesau to Llansilin. From there turn left in the village on School Lane and follow the road until you see the farm on your left-hand side.
Driving from Chester: take the A483 then A5 south to Oswestry until you reach the roundabout with the B5069 to Oswestry. Head into Oswestry and turn right on King Street, continue straight ahead over the crossing road onto Castle Street and then follow directions above.
We are happy to meet people coming to Barnutopia by public coach or bus services.
Coach: National Express runs services to Oswestry.
Train: the nearest train station is Gobowen, with services from all over the country.
Barnutopia is on the Shropshire side of the Wales/England border and five miles from the busy market town of Oswestry, which has supermarkets, many boutiques and small shops, antique shops, restaurants, pubs and a weekly open air market.
Getting active, walking, mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater canoeing, bridleways and horse-drawn boat trips are all in the local area, and Snowdonia National Park is about an hour away.
The Seven Wonders of Wales are all within driving distance: Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall near Llanrhaeadr (10 miles), Overton yew trees (17 miles), Llangollen Bridge (18 miles), Wrexham Steeple (20 miles), Gresford Bells (23 miles), St Winefride's Well (46 miles) and Snowdon (60 miles).
Other local attractions include Offa's Dyke, Llangollen, the Horsehoe Pass, Castell Dinas Bran, Chirk Castle, Whittington Castle and the Pontcycyllte Aqueduct.
- Powis Castle & Garden (13.5 miles)
- Chester Castle (25.9 miles)
- Cheshire Military Museum (26.0 miles)
- Chirk Castle (6.7 miles)
- Attingham Park Estate: Cronkhill (23.2 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.