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A wooden yurt entirely constructed from recycled and natural materials with stunning 180 degree views across rolling countryside. There's plenty to do- wander the extensive ornamental grass gardens, go swimming or explore the ancient woodland.

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Rooms: 1 living space. Sleeps 2

From £140 per night

Meals: Basics (bread and milk) provided. Alison can cook a hearty meal for you - chilli or casserole
Open: Year round
Address: Hookhill Plantation, Woolfardisworthy East, Crediton, Devon, EX17 4RX
Tel: +44 (0)117 204 7830

Why we've chosen Big Sky Yurt, Devon, England

Inspired by legendary American yurt builder Bill Coperthwaite, and his iconic 70s book, A Simpler Life, owners Alison and Scott set about building Big Sky Yurt to his wooden yurt plans. Scott and Alison's passion for sustainability can be seen in everything they do and the yurt is entirely constructed from recycled and natural materials.

Situated between Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks, the yurt has gorgeous 180 degree views across undulating countryside. The wooden furniture, including the Swedish style enclosed king-sized bed, was all handcrafted by Scott. The homely interior is filled with colourful cushions and thick rugs and though owners Scott and Alice try to live 'the good life' as far as possible, you'll be pleased to hear that there are some modern touches from the hot shower to the gas hobs.

Hookhill Plantation offers plenty of scope for exploring. Wander the extensive ornamental grass gardens (featured on Gardeners World!), explore the ancient woodland – complete with bluebells in season – or go swimming or boating on one of the large landscaped ponds.

Why is this a greener holiday?

First, to truly minimise the environmental impact, guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport: Take the train to Exeter St David's (35 minutes away by taxi). From here, the easiest way to get to Big Sky is to hop on a train to Crediton, the nearest station, a 15-minute taxi ride away. Onsite everything reflects the owners’ passion for sustainability. They were off grid for 5 years, and now they're connected they barely use electricity. The neighbouring Swanney Copse, which is on a rotation coppice programme, supplies the house with wood and garden with beanpoles. Energy efficient, sustainable and rooted in the environment, the plantation uses alternative technologies and recycled materials wherever possible.

Top Eco Features at Big Sky Yurt

  • Off grid for 5 years & now they're connected they barely use electricity

  • The plantation uses alternative technologies & recycled materials wherever possible

  • In season, the trees & bushes are positively dripping with blackberries, sloes, greengages & elderberries

  • The grass garden attracts a range of insects & birds

  • The yurt is heated by a woodburning stove

  • Gas-powered shower in main cabin

  • There is a compost loo in the separate hut next door

  • Solar and wind-up lights are provided



Big Sky Retreat, Devon, England
Nearest train station: Tiverton Parkway or Crediton

Directions from station:
You will need to catch a taxi from either station

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.