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“It Hurts to Yurt” 3 of 5 stars
Review of East Thorne-Cornwall Yurts and Cottages

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Kilkhampton, Bude EX23 9RY, England   |  
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Ranked #4 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Bude
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cambridge, UK
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“It Hurts to Yurt”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

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

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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NaomiCornwall, Owner at East Thorne-Cornwall Yurts and Cottages, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Thank you for your review. I'm sorry that you did not value your stay here with us but I am very happy that you liked our yurts and thought them to be well thought out, warm, comfortable and well equipped. We very much agree with you on that front.
Our dedicated yurt site is located off a B road which runs past small part of our site. Some of our past guests have requested yurts back in this area for their return. Ariel pictures of our site can be seen on our Facebook page and in the danger of anyone else feeling 'mislead' I will endeavor to get these images added to our main website. I'm afraid we don't agree that the traffic noise is constant. (In 1hr 21 mins 8pm, 12 cars have gone past ) It is a road that is used during peak times with a few cars every couple of mins. It is then extremely quite during the evenings. Having lived here for almost three years, Adam and I often Joke about how quiet it is putting the bins out in the dark.
A lot of our couples wanting to get away from it all, feel they do that here and Im sorry that you didn't feel the same. As you rightly pointed out, the weather had been somewhat intermittent, as even with a farm, the grass had to be cut when the weather gives opportunity. We always endeavor to leave our couples undisturbed. Had we have been told it was disturbing your stay to the point you felt you had to write about it, we would obviously have stopped. On arriving with us (before we began cutting)you asked for some quality places to eat and I hope they were up to your standards as we have many great restaurants and pubs in our local area.
Our site is screened off, with the hedges on our most Easterly boundry offering essential protection from our off shore winds. I do take your point that the view can sometimes be obscured a little when the trees are full, we have made plans next season to cut them back slightly as not to spoil the view.
The pictures on the website are a true representation of our site and have not been digitally re-mastered to look more spaced out than they are. We believe our yurts to be generously spaced over our 3 acre site offering privacy for our couples and families alike. As with the nature of the yurt structure , they are not made of bricks and water. The felt lining offers quite substantial soundproofing as oppose to just purely canvas yurts. However, it is a canvas tent so you may hear someone having a conversation on our site.
Im sorry that you felt your walk to our shower block was a long and wet one one on our 'fairly small site'. We have gravel roads through our site that can be used when the ground is wet and do advise to bring wellies on our essentials list. It is to the discretion of our guests if they choose to cut 'cross country' or not.
During your stay the electrician was in testing the site, if any lights were not working during your stay this would have been the exception, not the norm. Needless to say, this fault has been rectified.
In regards to the mattress, this very much was an error on our part. The mattress in your yurt was set to be disposed of and replaced with our brand new luxury Orthopedic memory foam mattresses with a non crinkly mattress protector(as is the standard now of all our yurt beds). Im afraid there had been a mix up and the mattress was placed in a yurt that was set to be taken down. Had we have been notified by yourselves that the mattress was not suitable, we would have changed it without hesitation and apologise for this.

In summary, we are as honest as the day is long. We do not believe our website to be misleading nor our site be spoilt by traffic noise. We are a dedicated site in a countryside setting not singular yurts in isolation or seclusion. We firmly believe that had we been approached with some of your concerns, they could have been dealt with and you would have been writing about helpful we were to sort out any problems.
In speaking to you on arrival, you were very much looking to buy some yurts for yourselves with the motivation of your visit seemingly a reconnaissance try before you buy task. My only hope is that if you decide to go ahead with your venture that your guests give you the opportunity to make their stays as wonderful as they should be.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Lancashire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We spent a week at East Thorne Yurts and we thoroughly enjoyed our first Yurt/Glamping experience. Naomi and Adam (owners) were very attentive and nothing was too much trouble for them. Yurts were fully loaded with luxuries a comfy bed, wood fire stove, table and chairs whilst outside on your own decking area you have your barbecue, fridge and gas cooking facilities.
On site you have very decent bathroom facilities with excellent showers. Kids enjoyed using the game room, on-site kids play area and communal camp fires at night.
Location was ideal to get to other parts of Cornwall including Bude, Padstow and Tintagel with beaches less than 15 minutes away.
I would definitely recommend East Thorne Yurts to other people and will be holidaying there again in the future.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

A truly unique experience and one I would love to repeat. We went on a Mums and kids long weekend break with 3 other families. The Yurts far exceeded our expectations. The yurts themselves are spacious, clean and have everything you need: compfy beds, storage for clothes, central log burner, decking, indoor and outdoor eating area, stove, group campfire, childrens outdoor area etc, clean Showers & toilet unit. Nicky and her family were great for advice on local beaches, restaurants and for helping us light our log burner each evening!!

Lovely local beeches and plenty to see and do. Sandymouth beach and Polzeath were particularly stunning. The ferry from Rock and an afternoon in Padstow was a great day out.

Thoroughly enjoyable experience and I would highly recommend it.

We will most certainly be back!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Plymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We had a great time - the yurt experience was fun and novel and local Sandymouth beach is stunning. The weather was amazing and the hospitality was excellent. It was so cosy inside the yurt, especially with the woodburner going and also sitting outside on the raised decking area relaxing with a glass of wine. We even joined sitting around the camp fire and found it very pleasant and friendly.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Our first Yurt experience and we loved it. East Thorne was great - the Yurts are well equipped and there's a charming petting farm on site. If you're noise sensitive then it would be better to be in a yurt away from the road but it's hard to find fault overall.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Even torrential rain couldn't dampen the spirit at East Thorne. A true Cornish treasure waiting to be discovered. From the friendly welcome, through to the farewell the hospitality in itself would warrant a return trip.

After a long drive through awful weather we arrived to be escorted to our yurt - the first in which we had stayed. The warming wood-burner at the heart of it ensuring it became the cosiest of retreats.

We pride ourselves in being an 'all-weather' family, thanks in part to our outdoor-loving and extremely energetic 3.5 year old son. Even the harshest weather rarely keeps us contained for long and having the reassurance of the snug yurt to return to allowed us to explore our surroundings without some of the concerns and limitations that alternative accommodation may have provided.

Our son truly loved the experience and felt very much at home. Sharing stories from the day with neighbouring families and yurt-dwellers. As much as this is a family-friendly place, couples and groups are well catered for. The fact that visitors all appear to be on a similar wavelength creates a balanced and buoyant atmosphere.

Our last breakfast (in the fantastic outdoor kitchen area) was provided by the chicken who often visited us on our deck. I'm sure she was checking we approved of the eggs she had laid. Approve we most certainly did - of the whole East Thorne experience.

We are currently planning our return trip next year!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

My family and friends (50 of us in total) had an absolutely fabulous time. The yurts and cottages were all very clean and tidy. They contained everything that anyone would ever need when glamping. The log fires bring a very cosy feel to the yurts, making it so inviting to come back to after a busy day at one of the many fabulous local beaches. Adam and Naomi couldn't be more helpful or accommodating. This luxury campsite has a lovely family feel to it. I would definitely recommend as a family holiday or for a romantic break.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kilkhampton, Bude EX23 9RY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Bude
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Bude
Number of rooms: 14
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 
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