I love yurts so when we were offered an out of season discount on four days at East Thorne in North Cornwall, it seemed too good an offer to miss. We needed a few recuperative days after a hectic spell at work and I was thrilled to see the very positive reviews on Tripadvisor about the Black family’s ‘East Thorne Experience’ – the catchphrase of their website. But does the reality live up to the hype? Not quite. We liked the yurt – it was cosy, well thought out and, despite pretty inclement weather, very warm, thanks to the efficient little wood burning stove just at the end of the bed. Some of the other claims on the website, however, were more than a little misleading! The Blacks offer ‘cosy couples’ the chance to ‘reignite their flame’ with claims of ‘all the luxury that makes a romantic break’ in ‘undisturbed tranquillity surrounded by beautiful scenery’. The reality is slightly different. The fairly small site was located right on the busy road to Launceston and the traffic noise was constant and very loud. It didn’t help that as soon as we were installed in our yurt, after a long drive and craving a spot of the promised ‘tranquility’, the owners started to cut the grass outside on a noisy ride-on mower, which eventually drove us out and to the pub!
The site was dominated by the far from beautiful ‘luxury bathroom building’ which was the only view from our yurt, the site being entirely enclosed by high hedges which screen the scenery (and yes, it was beautiful!) from view. Although the yurts were very well equipped, they were much more closely spaced to each other than the website shows and it was possible to hear conversations in the other yurts quite clearly. What wasn’t close, however, was the aforementioned bath and toilet block, which was a long wet walk away! In terms of a campsite, it was also well equipped, but ‘luxury’? I think, for me, ‘luxury’ might have been defined by being able to undress and shower in privacy, but the showers do not even boast a hook on the back of the door so that you can hang your clothes and towel – you have to come out of the shower to dry and dress! The lights didn’t work in the men’s section which, given this lack of privacy, my husband said was perhaps a blessing!
But the worst problem was the bed! We could just about sleep through the traffic noise, but a bed with the mattress so past its sell-by date was too much to bear! Added to this, a rather tatty plastic sheet had been inserted under the bottom sheet (presumably to deter those ‘cosy couples’ who took their brief rather too seriously!), which crackled ominously every time one moved in search of a less lumpy spot!
I am sorry to say we had to decamp after a couple of days in search of an undisturbed night’s sleep and I am also sorry that our experience was so negative as we love yurts and can see all the potential for this to have been a really different and enjoyable experien
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Yurt and Cottage accommodation. Set in quite countryside location, close to the beach, coastal path and local village. A great place for families, couples and groups. We have 10 yurts with wood burning stoves, 4 cosy cottages, central campfire, games room and play park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- East Thorne-Cornwall Yurts And Cottages Bude