I am a long time reader, first time contributor to this website.. but felt, for the first time, I simply had to share our truly magical experience with everyone and give back to a site I have referenced for a number of holidays over the years. My only reservation is that by telling people about this it will ruin what is a real gem (or make it harder for our repeat bookings!)!!
My family (wife and 2 kids; 3 yo and 1 yo) stayed in the "White yurt" (I think it has a name, but don't remember) in September 2010. I can only describe this, as I have not seen any of the other yurts (although I swapped stories with the couple in the next yurt along on their 1st wedding anniversary, who were equally impressed in theirs). Upon walking in, I was immediately struck by the lovely and subtle pine wood smell. It also looked far bigger inside than out, but I guess this is common with all well furbished yurts. Everything I expected was provided for me - and many that I hadn't (eg wild flowers, bottle of wine, hammock, private outside seating with fire drum etc…). The location was fantastic too… It was very private in the corner of the site in the woods. It was probably about 3 minutes from the shore of Windermere and I saw lots of people getting up for breakfast and then heading straight off in their Canoes… looked great, just didn't try it.
I ran out of wood and texted the owner - Alex who came within the hour, with another big basket of new fire-wood. A mid 30's guy who clearly puts service before anything else. Unfortunately it rained a couple of days we were there, but this made the yurt so much more cosy. There is nothing quite like drinking a glass of wine, with a log fire in the corner talking through your days activities, kids asleep in bed knowing that other campers are wet and freezing cold outside ;)
Anyway, the "negatives"…. 1. There is no mains power, only batteries.. So if you want to watch TV you need to bring your own. The owner told me that the battery was big enough to power most appliances (eg laptops etc..), but I never tried this as actually we preferred the seclusion. 2. There are no Canoes provided - wouldn't it be great if you had your own one for each yurt?? I can't help but think he missed something here… 3. The shower facilities are adequate and clean, but not something worth writing home about - although someone told me they are due for a refurb in 2011. There are quite a few blocks in the camp, so thankfully there was no q'ing which would have put me off 4. This is NOT camping as you know it… this is Glamping or luxury camping, so hard-core campers bear this in mind… (for me it was the perfect blend between the two, but I accept for others it might not be)
I have written far more than I expected… partly because it brought back such good memories and it was a joy to re-live them.