Gladly Glamping

Camping….not something I would usually write about. Although I would love to think of myself as one of those rosy-cheeked, outdoorsy girls who loves camping, surfing, mountain biking and all those other hellish activities, I have to admit that I like to be clean, and I like to be warm. Two things I don’t usually associate with a tent.

It doesn’t help that my only two experiences of camping so far have been two people crammed into a one man tent with a koala bear making ungodly noises outside, and and camping ‘under the stars’ in the Australian Outback fearing death from either heat exhaustion or deadly wildlife.

So when an idle browse on Groupon presented me with the chance to go ‘glamping’ at The Yurt Retreat in Somerset I was a little apprehensive to say the least, especially as it had been raining.

However, as we drove down the little track with glorious fields one side and woodland the other, nothing could have prepared me for the little piece of paradise that awaited me.

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The Yurt Retreat is made up of 4 luxury yurts surrounding a large modern lodge. And if you think these are ‘just tents’ you’d be very much mistaken.

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Just look at it! Cosier than my own bedroom!

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I absolutely loved the cute personal touches.

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Each yurt is individually decorated and made to feel so homely. You are provided with a log burner, and when you discover you’re a girl and have no idea how to keep a log burner alight they also provide you with a couple of hot water bottles and an electric heater (just pop a couple of quid into the honesty box in the lodge).

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Your private toilet is located in a little Shepherds Hut behind the yurt – yes this does involve going outside in the dark, but you have to have some camping tales to go home with, just remember to bring a torch….and nerves of steel.

The yurts are centred around the lodge which looks over a communal fire pit and out onto the countryside. In it, you’ll find a huge, clean country kitchen with everything you could possibly need – and equipment is provided for each separate yurt.

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Plus a lovely lounge area upstairs complete with games, books and dvds.

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The lodge even provides you with your own private lockable luxury shower!

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The kitchen was a lovely place to mingle with our other yurt companions and I would imagine it would be great fun to hire out the whole place with a group of friends. There’s also a selection of romantic, secluded Shepherds Huts overlooking a lake, a tree house property and  and two cottages to choose from if you can’t stand a night under canvas of any kind.

The campsite itself is in a great location to explore the Somerset countryside. I would highly recommend a visit to the award winning gastro-pub ‘The Lord Poulett Arms‘ a mere five minute drive from your yurt in the picturesque village of Hinton St George. We were also within easy reach of West Bay (for all you Broadchurch fans) and paid a visit to Forde Abbey, which will be getting it’s very own blog post soon!

All in all, my trip completely changed my perception of camping. No wait……my perception of camping is still exactly the same – you will never catch me on a blow up mattress in a freezing tent. I have however been converted to glamping, and that’s just two letters away from camping….right?

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