Inside: Our glamping experience in the UK, a gifted trip with Somerset Yurts
I never saw myself as a camping enthusiast, having never been as a child to have my own fond memories. But after our experience last year (albeit a very wet and windy one) has made me appreciate the freedom that comes with an outdoors holiday.
I’ve eased myself in gently, moving from hotels, to cabins, to safari tents. Easing myself into the idea that being a thin sheet of material away from nature is a great experience. Plus, seeing my children having the time of their lives is enough to make anyone come around to the idea.
One thing we hadn’t tried though was a yurt. We’d seen them at other sites over the years and always quite fancied it but never found the time. So when Somerset Yurts got in touch to see if we’d like to have a weekend stay in one of their Mongolian yurts I jumped at the chance!
Somerset Yurts is based, as the name suggests, in Somerset on a dairy farm. The owners, Mark and Emma, up sticks and left their corporate jobs to run the family farm, and in 2010 set about the idea of starting up the glamping experience.
There are 5 yurts, a couple of safari tents and a biodome to choose from. I was tempted by the Geodesic Dome but after wanting to try out a yurt for so long I chose the Cherrygrove yurt at the bottom of the main field.
It is so sweet with its little front door – the perfect home for the weekend.
We arrived late Friday night around 8pm so settled ourselves into the yurt quickly so that the children could go to bed.
The yurt has a double bed plus a double futon inside but there is plenty of room for a travel cot and they have those in the communal barn area to borrow.
There is also a wood burner in the centre of the yurt to fire up and keep you warm – very much needed for the weather we had.
There are also a couple of dressers and a dining room table and chairs, plenty of space to make yourselves at home.
Sleeping in a yurt
We were very unlucky our first night as there were gale force winds and torrential rain keeping us awake. I would definitely recommend taking ear plugs just in case you have the same. Thankfully the weather improved so our second night was peaceful, and with the wood burner on low we all slept soundly.
The site has a communal barn with toilets, showers and a kitchen. We used the kitchen at both breakfast times as it was easier than trying to set up an outdoor stove. They do have that as an option though, with coal burning prakti stove to borrow.
Each plot has a picnic and a barbecue so with Saturday evening being warm and sunny we decided to have burgers and sausages and enjoy being outdoors.
On the Sunday we were invited to go meet the calves and see them having their milk. You can also catch milking demonstrations on certain days so make sure to ask about those when you book.
Things to do in Somerset
We have friends nearby so actually drove to Exeter for the day but there are so many lovely areas to visit in Somerset – here are a few suggestions for you…
- Visit the Somerset coast to see some gorgeous views!
- West Somerset Railway for a ride and cream tea!
- The Museum of Somerset to learn all about the area
- Hestercombe Gardens for their Fire & Feast evenings this summer.
Somerset Yurts offer a great glamping experience, with gorgeous surroundings and a friendly atmosphere. Two days wasn’t enough for us so I would definitely recommend a long weekend or mid-week day minimum so that you can get the most out of your visit.
If you want to see more of our visit, including a tour of the yurt, check out my Youtube video of the weekend.
We were gifted our stay for the weekend but all words and thoughts are my own.