77. A Review of Somerset Yurts
A couple of weekends ago we were invited to stay at Somersert Yurts. Owned by Mark and Emma Cavill, Somerset Yurts is an eco-friendly glamping retreat situated in a working Dairy Farm in the Quantock Hills, Somerset - only 5 miles from Taunton. There are four yurts to choose from when you stay at Somerset Yurts, the Moonslade, Furzeclose, Gotton Down and Cherrygrove, where we stayed. For those who aren't acquainted with my blog, our family is myself, my husband Al and Kitty (6) and Ozzy (5). As luck would have it we knew our yurting nieghbours - Penny from The Alexander Residence blog and family
Starting with the Yurt itself, it's well equipped and roomy, much roomier than I'd imagined. A double bed, double futon, table that seats 4 with chairs, drawers, stools, chest and stove with kettle and log basket all housed with plently of room to move around as a family of four. Stand inside and look up and you are met by the most beautifully painted wooden roof structure, which echoed back to my childhood fixation of gypsy caravans. There's electricity too - and 3G signal, both really great assets.
The facilities at Somerset Yurts are really great, so much is provided, meaning less for you to pack. The Dutch Barn houses the hot power showers and loo's and also the huge kitchen area. The kitchen area is really well equipped with a cooker, toaster, kettle, fridge, freezer, lots of of crockery, cutlery, glasses, mugs, pans, chopping boards, two large dining tables, each seating ten, a games corner, OS maps and guides to the local area and a large sheltered outdoor area perfect for some shade or rainy day BBQ. It also houses wood for the woodburners in the Yurts and the firepit. The Dutch Barn was a great communal space with plenty of room for everyone staying.
We didn't cook in the Dutch Barn ourselves, plumping to use the large BBQ facilities and the camping stove by our yurt, something each yurt has. With a large decked area surrounding each yurt, sturdy picnic table and bench, it's the perfect dining space on dry days. We enjoyed a communal breakfast with the lovely Penny and family outdoors, such a nice way to start the day.
And naturally a great space for a Summers evening party...
There are also a couple of deckchairs in the Dutch Barn should you need one, as Kitty indeed did...
A highlight of our stay was the tour of the Dairy. Mark and Emma offer this all guests and we are so glad we took them up on the offer. Walking around with Mark, Emma and their young family you get a real sense that this is indeed a family orientated venture and they talked of some great ideas they are mulling over, it was lovely to see that they obviously put a lot of thought into ways of developing and enhancing the yurt-dwelling experience in the future (and it's already blooming great!) The tour was not only great for the children to see where their milk comes from but also really interesting for us grown ups!
When planning our weekend I look up local places of interest to visit during our stay. I came up with quite the list, including: Hestercombe Gardens, The National Trust’s Fyne Court, Dunster Beach, Cheddar Gorge , Wookey Hole ,The Museum of Somerset / Taunton Castle, Quantock Hills.We were really surprised when we returned home and realised that we had only managed a couple of these attractions, just where had the weekend gone? Well, to put it simply, we were all just relaxing, soaking up the atmosphere at Somerset Yurts.
The children ran free along the pathways mown into the long grass, venturing into the long grass to explore, playing with the other children staying in the other Yurts in the large mown area in the middle of the field, climbing on hay bales, watching cows eat and making friends. That's something unexpected that you get when you stay at Somerset Yurts - it's an experience in itself.
Each evening we sat round the firepit, toasting marshmallows and chatting, such a nice time to spend talking to friends, old and new before heading back to our homely and warm yurt.
The weekend we stayed was glorious sunshine all day, every day and honestly we could have easily have spent all our time at the Yurt. We did venture out a few times doing the walk above Cheddar Gorge, spending time at the beach at Burnham-on-Sea, fun at Fyne Court and a lovely afternoon at Hestercoombe Gardens (which I can't recommend enough).
The final word - We loved our time at Somerset Yurts, Mark and Emma were great hosts and only too happy to help us with questions. We had a fabulous break and will be returning in the future for sure. It's a childhood holiday that Kitty and Ozzy will no doubt recall for many years to come for all the right reasons. Thanks Mark and Emma! x