We've recently spent 4 nights (Mon-Fri) at Mole End Yurt and had a really great hols. The yurts are beautifully built and located. The owners, Graham and Blue, have lived in a yurt and know what's necessary for comfort and so they have really thought of everything. The Yurt was well laid out with a comfy bed and extra blankets for colder nights. The floor had lovely rugs and floor cushions and a very effective and straightforward to use log burner. The outside kitchen is extremely well equipped - they even provide a toasting rack! We had a resident, very well fed and sloth-like squirrel whose rotund belly stopped him from moving anywhere very quickly having fed himself up on visitors scraps. There is a centrally located wood store and none of the annoying and exploititive additional charges - you can just help yourself when you need some.
The Crown Pub is within walking distance (about 15-20 mins) and does great food, local cider and has boardgames.
There's plenty of local towns and villages to check out but to be honest we didn't go very far, favouring lounging around the yurt reading and afternoon strolls to the pub for cider-fuelled games of scrabble.
The yurts are well located, from what I could see ours was the furthest across and about a 5/10 min walk to the central barn where the showers and wood shed are located. The yurts are located fairly close to each other in the sense that they are a few minutes walking distance between them but far enough that you can't see each other through the trees and that the noise doesn't travel so the perfect compromise. The only slight (and it is slight) downside is that you can occasionally hear the noise of traffic from a nearby road. This is by no means constant and probably only when large vehicles are travelling through and in fairness it's probably highlighted by how quiet it is most of the time. It's nothing to really worry about, by day 2 you don't even notice!
A few practical things: The yurt doors have locks with keys so there's no worries about personal belongings (and it's hardly the crime capital of the world!) The pathway down to the yurt we stayed in is down a short but slightly steep dirt track. Nothing major but if you are unsteady on your feet or have mobility problems it's probably worth having a discussion with Graham or Blue before booking. There's no electricity in the yurts (we saw this as a bonus!) but if phone contact is necessary then we had good reception there and phones etc can be charged in the Barn.
This was a great place, well set up and fairly priced. Graham and Blue deserve every success with their business.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oakridge & Sapperton yurts available for holidays in your very own garden or special place. ... more less