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Top 5 Yurt Camps

Posted by at 12:28 on Thursday 24 July 2014

Originally a dwelling of nomadic peoples across the Steppes of Central Asia, modern Yurts have built a reputation as being comfortable, quirky and often exceedingly luxurious. On top of this they're often fantastically green, having very little impact on the environment whilst also benefitting from beautifully rural settings. Here, we pick our top five Yurt Camps listed on our site...

Crafty Camping yurtCrafty Camping yurt1. Crafty Camping, Dorset, England
Luxury, adult only glamping in a magical woodland setting. Hand crafted yurts with en-suite, proper flushing loos, piping hot 'tree showers' and a sauna yurt and 'Out of Africa' field kitchen with wood fired pizza oven. Each yurt has the privacy of their own clearing in this magical woodland with their own deck, bbq, hammock and table and chairs. Communal facilities include a fully equipped catering kitchen, traditional games yurt (perfect for the kids) and sauna complex. Crafty Camping is all about peace and quiet in a natural environment but Wifi is available and trout fishing is positively encouraged in the pond. The Jurassic Coast (World Heritage Site) is just 10 miles away at Lyme Regis as is River Cottage HQ and Canteen at Axminster.  Guy offers inspirational woodcraft courses, so do get in touch and see what is on the calendar. From £158 per night for 2.

Ceridwen Centre yurtCeridwen Centre yurt2. Ceridwen Centre, North Carmarthenshire
Glamp it up in one of the four bentwood, middle eastern inspired yurts, furnished with traditional rugs, cushions and blankets, copper-topped tables, wood-burning stove and proper beds.  Each sits on a wooden platform in the old orchard garden of a welcoming family business on a small organic farm in North Carmarthenshire.  The farm has a strong green ethos, a huge amount of lush, green space, glorious sunsets and breathtaking clear night skies, with views over the valley, towards the village. Each yurt is private and with an outdoor decking area with table and chairs for al fresco dining. Wild flowers pop up in and around the garden and hedgerows, providing a foragers bounty. From £54 per night for 2 adults plus 2 small children.

Eco Retreat yurtEco Retreat yurt3. Eco Retreats, Powys, Wales
The two yurts are secreted in the 50 acres of secluded woodland, looking out over the rolling hills. Luxury comes in the form of organic bed linen and sheepskin rugs, and atmospherically lit by a good number of candles, lanterns, and a central wood burning 'chimenea'.  If it gets nippy at night, there is a wood burner, and all furnishings are from either local, recycled or fair trade sources. Each yurt has access to its own washing and toilet unit, with a fresh spring-water shower just outside. You have to heat up your own water so you can keep a count on how much you’re using. Deep in the forest and miles from anywhere, find some peace and quiet in the sumptuous surroundings of these well-furnished yurts. From £299 per weekend; midweek from £215; extra night £70.

4. Big Sky Yurt, Devon Big Sky Yurt, Devon, EnglandBig Sky Yurt, Devon, England
Perched proudly at the luxurious end of the yurt scale, Big Sky Yurt was inspired by legendary American yurt builder Bill Coperthwaite. With fantastic views out over the Devonshire hillside, the yurt is entirely constructed from recycled and natural materials, while the furniture (including the Swedish style enclosed king-sized bed) was all handcrafted by owner Scott. Wander their extensive ornamental grass gardens or take a dip in one of the large landscaped ponds.
From £140 per night for 2.

Ecovallee yurtEcovallee yurt5. Ecovallee, France
Further afield in heart of the Dordogne, Ecovallée is a quiet, family friendly yurt campsite on the outskirts of the medieval market town of Lalinde. Three coppiced chestnut yurts sleeping up to four, with solar shower and safari-style kitchen with gas BBQ and four-hob gas oven. and for the kids a 12-foot toy filled Play Yurt and woodland play area, The yurts overlook a 12.5-acre smallholding where chickens and geese range free in the orchard with the rabbits, and a working horse doesn't work very hard. The large allotment produces a wealth of vegetables guests can sample as available. Various baby and toddler accessories (all-terrain buggy, baby bath, high chair, toys, and books in English and French) are available to save on packing. From £64 per night; low season from £30 per night night; minimum stay 3 nights.

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This article was originally posted by  Lucy Symons and has been updated in June 2017.

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