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“Great Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Yurt Holiday Portugal
Lugar Varzeas, Coimbra 3300 207, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #3 of 17 Coimbra B&B and Inns
Minneapolis, MN
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13 hotel reviews
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“Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I had stayed in a teepee in Washington State a few years ago and enjoyed the experience so much I am always looking for different experiences. The Yurt was definately that, not all that different from the teepee really but just the fact that it is in the middle of Portugal surrounded by quiet nature and beautiful scenery was fantastic. The Chestnut Tree yurt was plenty large enough for two people and nicely decorated and very comfortable.
We were met by Derrick and Hannah who turned out to be lovely hosts. Hannah had asked us prior to arriving if we would like dinner at the Yurt the first night which turned out to be not only delicious but nice not to have to get back into the car to drive into town. The next day we started out on a long hike that gave us beautiful views of the valley below. Our feet were pretty tired upon returning so we settled into the comfortable chairs outside the yurt where Belle (I think that was her name) the large black lab joined us. He dug himself a large hole where he proceeded to put his whole body into for the afternoon.
Later on we enjoyed meeting little 10 year old Ella who is just a delightful girl. We taught her the card game King in the Corner where we enjoyed her company and a pitcher of Capriahna's (yum).
Derrick is contemplating building a tree house which I think is a wonderful idea as I think that may have to be one of my next experiences in 'out of the ordinary' places to stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amersham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This was the second leg of our honeymoon having spent the first 10 days in a farmhouse boutique hotel in the south. Any reservations we had about the yurt not being far enough off the grid were taken away with each twist and turn we took through the beautiful hills.

Apple tree yurt in which we stayed is beautifully decorated with a separate shower/toilet block not far away. The yurt is set in its own lovely garden with seating and a hammock with a fresh water spring to fill your water bottles. We were welcomed by the perfect hosts, Hannah and Derek who were always on hand to give day out advice and directions or just for a lovely chat!

We would definitely recommend doing some of the walks Hannah has lovingly mapped out around the area which can be found in the welcome folder. The plunge pool hideaways are the stuff movies are made of, our favourite was the waterfall and in the nearest town is a lovely little bar to end the day with a beer and peanuts.

We would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone the all inclusive holiday on offer, the food was wonderful, morning, noon and night and Derek is a master in the kitchen.
Being foodies we were worried about eating in every night but the variety and quality served up daily put our reservations to bed and at no point did we wish we dined elsewhere.
Lunchtimes were very exciting as you are sent off with a hamper and the best treat of all is Hannah’s apple flapjacks.

On the whole you are welcomed by a lovely family in the most beautiful surroundings in which you can completely unwind. Derek is a truly interesting and inspirational man and we came away from our honeymoon having been reminded of the important things in life.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Excellent destination for out Honeymoon, We chose it over more stereotypical exotic destinations because we thought it would be more romantic and special, and it certainly was. Hannah and Derek were perfect hosts, making delightful meals every day. Certainly better to go Full Board as the food is great and it makes day trips out so much easier (they provide personalized picnics..). The local walks were some of the best we have found anywhere in the world and the local swimming spots are truly hidden gems..

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

The Yurts are a lovely way to experience nature, ecological vacation and a very friendly family who makes delicious dinners and excellent Mojitos. We enjoyed our time in the Portuguese mountains and especially in the Yurt! It is a beautiful landscape with wild swimming and cute villages around. The Yurt Vacation is an absolute treat.

Room Tip: Well, with only two Yurts available, the choice is limited:-) But both of them are great with separa...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kildare, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Stayed for one week August 2013. Family of 4 children and 2 adults in the chestnut yurt and Bell tent. Everything spot on for our needs. Breakfast, dinners deliciously and adapted perfectly for vegetable averse children and vegetable craving parents. Yurt, hammock, wash rooms a treat for all. Wild swimming nearby perfect for cooling down and ropes for adventurous acrobatic divers. Walking/cycling/running routes starting from yurt are ideal for mountain-biking and adventure race training. Hannah, Derrick and family a pleasure to spend time with. Beats camping in France by a long way........

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Right from the the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome and relaxed. The Yurt was lovely, in an idyllic location. Hannah and Derrick were always so helpful and eager to make our stay a complete pleasure.
All this was complimented by the fabulous dinners and breakfasts. Derrick's 'Moscow Mules' featuring his special Ginger Beer enjoyed on the terrace are a great way to wind down. Although we were not too lucky with the unseasonal weather we really could not have had a better time. The location, south of Porto and a little north of Coimbra, was ideal. Historic cities, coastline, beautiful mountain walks and wild swimming all in easy reach.
Thank you Hannah and Derrick for a lovely holiday which we will never forget.

Room Tip: We stayed at Chestnut Yurt, it was in a lovely spot and wonderfully private, very close to a natural...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We, a family of 4, had a memorable stay in the Chestnut Tree Yurt. We enjoyed the large and very comfortable accomodation in the Yurt and the hospitality of our hosts -lovely meals cooked by Hannah and delightful conversations with Derrick who is widely travelled.

Our children, ages 12 and 15, loved the additional bell tent and the company of the Mc Donnell children.

A car is essential and there are many things to do in the surrounding areas, though just lazing around is an equally good option for the travel weary !

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lugar Varzeas, Coimbra 3300 207, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Coimbra District > Coimbra
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Coimbra
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and stay in our romantic Mongolian style yurts, nestled in the mountains of central Portugal, about one hour inland from the ancient university town of Coimbra. Olives, vines and fruit trees surround the yurt; our own spring provides the water; and energy is solar powered. Whether you’re looking for a lazy rural retreat, or an active holiday in the hills, there’s no better way to get back to nature without foregoing any creature comforts. ... more   less 

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