Luxury yurt camps in Europe
Our pick of the best luxury yurt holidays in Europe:
Crafty Camping in Dorset: Luxury, adult only, private glamping in a magical, woodland setting. Hand crafted yurts (see left), tipi and shepherd's hut with en-suite, proper flushing loos, piping hot 'tree showers' and a toasty sauna yurt and field kitchen with wood fired pizza oven. See the full listing for Crafty Camping.
Reviewed by Anita Pati: "A wonderful, woodland grotto of luxury outdoor living ideal for semi-urbanite adults who don’t want to get their hands mucky doing real camping. From the visitors book: “The perfect balance of luxury with being in the elements.”
>> Read Anita Pati's review of Crafty Camping.
Yurt Holiday in Cornwall: Cornish Yurt Holidays (pictured right) is a peaceful yurt camp on the edge of Bodmin Moor that provides a relaxing and comfortable retreat in the Cornish countryside. All three yurts have their own secluded spot, beautifully and luxuriously furnished, with double beds and woodburning stove. The three yurts are beautifully handcrafted using coppice wood grown at nearby Sunnybank farm. Guests can bathe in style in a freestanding double ended bath, the water heated by a wood fired stove, and watch the stars twinkling overhead. See the full listing for Cornish Yurt Holidays.
Wild Luxury Safari Farm Stay: Combines all the beauty of Wild Camping on the Norfolk coast with all the creature comforts of home in a stunning unspoilt location without a chimney pot in sight (see left). Terrific for beach days, bike rides, nature walks and climbing.
Luxury Camping in France:
Yurt holiday in Normandy, France: Feel like playing nomad – but with the comforts of a glamping retreat? This collection of tipis, yurts and even a covered wagon straight out of the wild west offers the chance to sample the life of the Mongolian steppe or North American prairies. See the full listing of Le Refuge du Clos du Moulin.
Yurt Holiday in the Dordogne
A new family-friendly smallholding (see right) close to the medieval market town of Lalinde in the heart of the Dordogne, with a beautifully crafted 18-foot Kyrgyz-style chestnut yurt that sleeps up to four. Baby & toddler accessories (eg high chair) available.
"If you’re thinking of buying a yurt or living off the land, then this is an excellent place to pick up a few tips. But equally, if you’re looking for a quiet bolthole in the Dordogne, particularly if you have young children, this is ideal. Inspirational."
Read Richard Hammond's review of the unique Ecovallee Yurt Camp.
Luxury Camping in Spain:
Ecofinca, Huesca, Spanish Pyrenees: Located in the Spanish Pyrenees, an off-grid finca plays host to a giant sized yurt for four (see left) in 45 acres of sustainably managed woodland - private & self contained it is an ideal base for walking holidays, birdwatching or as a family retreat. See the full listing for Ecofinca
Yurts Tarifa, Andalucia, Spain : An idyllic glamping yurt camp (see right) and self-catering cottage, with all the attractions of Tarifa just minutes away. Nearby there's wind- & kite-surfing, bird & whale-watching, horse riding. Spend a day in Tangier, across the glorious Straits of Gibraltar. See the full listing for Yurts Tarifa.
Luxury Camping in Portugal:
Yoga at Moses, Oleiros, Portugal: If it's not enough just to stay in a yurt, you may find the need to do some gentle exercise as well in which case this is the perfect spot for you. Spend a week in this stunning valley farm nestled in the foothills of the Serra de Estrela mountain range of Central Portugal. Practice yoga daily (see left), walk in forests, swim in rivers, breath mountain air, eat deliciously and sleep deeply. See the full listing for Yoga at Moses
Reviewed by Anita Pati: "Best for singles and couples with some experience of yoga who are looking for a break in a place of beauty with the restorative powers of the wilderness."
>> Read Anita Pati's full review of Yoga at Moses.
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See also: Tree house holidays in Europe.
This article was originally posted by Anouk van den Eijnde and has been updated in September 2015 by Lucy Symons.