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.
The glamping yurts, stables, cabin and bunkhouse are conveniently located near to the farmhouse and facilities and you can expect to interact with other guests on site. It is a great environment for social glamping. See site plan to get a feel for the layout. If you prefer total seclusion from other guests, this may not be the right glamping venue for you.
The location is just out of the way enough to be considered off the beaten track, but close enough (5 miles) to a good sized town for restaurants, grocery shopping and other conveniences. We have a local pub, the Wynnstay Inn, which serves food, under a mile away. There is another, the Green Inn, three and a half miles away. Views are stunning and the farmyard environment is quirky and interesting, especially for children. There are lots of places to eat within ten miles and a plethora of things to do locally.
The glamping units more are clean, furnished with real beds and other furniture and have power, lighting and heating. We clean and vacuum regularly, but they are not hotel rooms. You may find the odd spider or dead fly and the stables may be a little dusty. The kitchen shack is small but adequate with everything you need to store food, cook, eat and clean up. The bathroom in the main farmhouse is lovely but we have to be careful of overusing our private water supply and septic system. For this reason, we have installed two nice flushing portable toilets. We have submitted planning permission to install a toilet/shower block and await the decision.
We have received many, many 5-star reviews and positive feedback.
About the Owners & Their Animals
We are Steve and Katrina Boydon, Mr & Mrs B or whatever you feel like calling us! Barnutopia is our small, family owned business offering yurt, stable and dome tent glamping rentals. We live at the farm and manage all aspects of the business.
Born and raised in Llangollen, Wales, I worked for many years in the United States as a digital marketer. I am also an avid equestrian. Mr B is from Wolverhampton and worked for years in the French Alps as a high alpine mountain guide. He is also a builder. We have remodeled and improved many properties. We thought about Barnutopia for many years before finally taking the plunge, giving up our “proper” jobs, moving back to Britain and setting up. We started with three luxury yurts in June 2015 and added a furnished stable and a comfortable dome tent at the end of the year.
Here we are in a rare picture with every member of the Boydon family. This was taken during our epic 6000-mile trip across the United States in the summer of 2014. Six weeks in a caravan (travel trailer) with four children and a dog is an experience like no other. There are a couple of extra dogs in this pic. 😉
Our lovely children off to their first day of school in Oswestry. So far, they love their new school, despite having to wear a uniform.
Our beautiful dogs, Ziva and Zebedee. No picture gallery would be complete without them. Any guesses on the breeding of either dog?!
Sadly, Perky (black cat) passed away on April 15, 2016. He was a lovely, friendly cat and we are all quite heartbroken. Pinky is still a favourite with children who stay at Barnutopia.
Mrs B’s Friesian gelding, Padron of Lea Ness, is her pride a joy. He was born and raised in North Carolina, United States.
Spirit, a North American mustang (not to be confused with a Spanish Mustang), was orphaned at two weeks old and adopted by Mrs. B. He must be one of only a small handful of true American wild horses in Great Britain.