We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Wonderful relaxing break”

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Ambleside
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Full Circle Lake District Luxury Yurts
Sunderland, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Wonderful relaxing break”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2012

Just returned from this 'glamping' break staying in Yurt 1...it was fabulous. There was 2 adults a toddler and a labrador in our party and the break was everything we could have wanted. We booked the yurt last minute and Steve and Ben were very accomodating. The only things you need to take with you are torches and food, we forgot our torches and Steve got us some headlights. The views are beautiful, there is plenty to do in the surroundings, and the toilet block was clean and empty. We had good weather (March) so made use of the play area, walked into Ambleside and explored the waterfalls and around Rydal gardens.

You will never be cold in the Yurts as the stove gives off more heat than a sauna! Infact we were sitting with the doors open at 11.30pm due to being too hot. I would recommend baked potatoes from the stove...delicious! The holiday was everything we expected and more, the yurts were clean and comfortable and I would imagine to be wonderful whatever season as long as you have the appropriate clothing.

We will definately be returning and would recommend this type of holiday if you enjoy camping especially if you have children and well behaved dogs. Thank You Full Circle Yurts, we will see you again in the near future.

Room Tip: Yurt 1 is good if you have children as it is near play area and toilet block
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank gippa26
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

52 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    39
    8
    2
    2
    1
See reviews for
19
24
Solo
0
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (11)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Derby, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2012

We have just returned from spending Christmas in a yurt at Rydal. We are a family of 4 with a 3 year old and a 5 year old and were hoping for a magical Christmas away from the hustle and bustle and a chance to spend some real time together as a family. We weren’t disappointed. We arrived and found Ben onsite to greet us and help us get our luggage up to the yurt. We had the lowest yurt in the field which was closest in proximity to the shower block which was great for the kids. The yurt in the top corner of the field looked wonderfully isolated and romantic for couples. My husband was first in the yurt and came running back down the field to get the rest of the bags saying ‘It’s amazing!’ And it was. We are seasoned campers and have an extensive set up with tent, etc and we also stayed in tipis this year which we loved. But these yurts are in a whole different league. I would not call it camping at all. We found the interior of the yurt more reminiscent of a canal boat than a tent (though circular, obviously!) In December with driving rain every day this level of facilities was necessary for us but to come back when the weather is better in spring then I am sure that the yurts would seem really luxurious The wood burning stove made the yurt really cozy, in fact the only issue we had was being too warm - we often had to keep the doors open. The yurt is lit with tea lights, and there are solar powered fairy lights but ours did not work. Luckily we had brought our own LED spotlights which we hung up around the yurt. These were fine and made it very cozy, although we did wish that we had brought a big camping lantern. Head torches were invaluable for reading at night and also for finding our way across the field to the toilet at night to avoid bumping into sheep!
The beds were cozy and comfortable and the ‘kitchenette’ was well equipped. We used the oven on top of the wood burning stove to heat up meals that we had brought from home and it worked a treat. I imagine the heat in the yurt would be pretty overwhelming if you were using the oven to cook in the summer months, but there is a lovely campfire/BBQ area outside the yurts that it was to wet for us to use on this occasion.
The shower block was fantastic - spotlessly clean and warm thanks to the underfloor heating. The showers were hot and there were power points to enable us to dry our hair (and some people recharged phones, etc.)
Despite the awful weather we found plenty to do and it was lovely to snuggle up in the evening playing board games and listening to the rain on the roof of the yurt. The local pub, the Badger Bar is only a 5 minute stroll and serves good real ale and nice food. Ambleside was within walking distance even for our 3 year year old and there are a variety of things to do there. We went to the cinema and enjoyed a meal at ‘Lucy’s on a plate’. There are some stunning walks that you can access straight form the site and there is an adventure playground that would be great fun in drier weather.
We had a fantastic week and enjoyed every moment. If the weather had been dry, or even snowy it would have been incredible. We hope to be back soon.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
5 Thank Alison L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Leeds
Level Contributor
26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2011

We have just returned from a great week with Full Circle Yurts at Rydal Hall in the Lake District.

I made the mistake of only checking out TripAdvisor the night before we were due to travel having booked the Yurt in April 2010. I was shocked to read Blondie24's extremely negative review and must admit that I arrived at the site hoping for it to be good but expecting the worst!

Happy to say that we had an excellent week in the Yurt with our four children.

We visited the second to last week of the school holidays so the campsite was quite busy as one would expect. Parking was a bit of a problem as we could not get into the top car park even though we were much further away than the campers who occupied the top car park. Maybe reserved spots for the Yurt guests would be a good idea in the top car park as it as a real walk up to the Yurt with all the equipment.

The Yurts are great inside and out and remarkably spacious. I have been a camper all my life and loved the luxury and the amazing location with lots of walks straight from the door.

Rydal Hall is a Christian Centre and I thought this may have been off putting. Sure, there were quite a few older folk dressed in their Sunday best but this did not detract from the stay one bit.

The toilet block was fantastic and one of the best I have seen in 30 years of camping. Sure, there was the occasional muddy floor but this is a campsite and NOT a hotel so what do you expect!

Agree that the Web site is slightly misleading as it does not make you aware of the fact you are on a shared campsite and also the trek from the car to the Yurt is quite a distance with the amount of equipment my wife had packed but again, small price to pay for a great and remote break.

I have to agree with Ben's comment on the Web site that only boring people would get bored here.

So, remember this is camping, or clamping and not a hotel so do not expect the creature comports of a five star hotel as you are camping in the Lakes!

We would definitely book again and make your own mind up and ignore the very negative comments left by other people on this page.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank masontech
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
85 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2011

We visited Full Circle Yurts in June / July 2011. On arrival, it was exactly what we hoped for, the yurt was set in a field with three others but each set a distance apart so each party had their own privacy. The owners were keen on their green credentials, the double bed consisted of a matress propped up on pallets, whilst it wasn't the most comfortable, it had a certain charm. The site was quiet, and the toilet block clean and obviously newly built. The air was clean, the weather good and the only noisy neighbours were the sheep bleating as they wandered past. The yurt was well equipped, no grill as we’d expected, but we could work around that.

The issues started the following day. We returned from our day out to find that a large number of tents had been set up by the toilet block. When we visited the block that night, we queued with a dozens of teenagers and there was no hot water to be had. From this point onwards, the holiday was no longer the luxury peaceful experience we’d expected and paid for. In the mornings and evenings we queued with the 100+ school children for the toilet block and we didn’t have a hot shower again for the duration of our stay. The pupils were noisy and ran riot, using the toilet block as an extension to their campsite, leaving it in an awful state, toothpaste and litter everywhere and toilets left unflushed after use. The block is simply not large enough for the number of people they were trying to accommodate and whilst they may be just within health and safety limits it is not comfortable or pleasant and certainly not the clean, luxury experience which they advertise.

On the second day we complained to the owner Ben (after initially approaching the Rydal Hall general manager, who couldn’t have been less interested). Ben was very sympathetic, but explained that it was out of his hands, the campsite was run by the Hall and he was given no notice of when the annual influx would take place. By way of compromise he left us with the keys to the cleaners’ cupboard where there was an old shower and toilet which we could have to ourselves. The cupboard was mildewed, not very pleasant and the shower was also cold, but at least there was no queue. However, even that didn’t last, one by one the other yurt users also complained, until eventually I think that all 15 or so yurt residents were using the cleaners’ cupboard for washing facilities.

On the Friday morning we gleefully watched the school party pack up, hoping our peace, tranquillity and clean facilities would be returned, but unfortunately we came home on the Friday evening to find that another large party of children had arrived, along with more campers much closer to the yurts (who also brought their cars up the field) and a hen party had moved into one of the other yurts. Despite the ‘no noise after 10.30pm’ rule, they were screeching and wailing until the early hours. This was the final straw.

On the Saturday morning, we contacted Ben to say that we would be leaving two days early as the holiday just hadn’t been what it had been advertised to be and would be seeking financial compensation as a result. Ben clearly admitted that he had other matters on his mind and, in his words he didn’t “give a **** about you or the business”, but we left the site feeling that a settlement figure had been agreed.

On return home we issued our complaint in writing requesting payment within 14 days, however, it was only after a series of texts, phone calls, threats of legal action and several promises from Ben that he would pay but with no action that this was received 26 days after our initial agreement and departure from the site.

I have sympathy with Ben’s personal situation and strongly feel that his landlord, Rydal Hall, are in effect hampering his ability to provide his advertised service. However, it remains a fact that despite the potential of the site and the quality of the yurts this was the worst holiday we have ever been on. Never before have we left early because things were so unpleasant. This holiday was not as advertised, we definitely didn't get what we paid for, and Ben made it very difficult to get the agreed compensation. Until Ben sorts himself out and Rydal Hall are more considerate of Ben’s business and accept responsibility for the behaviour of their campers then I can’t see that matters will improve.

Full Circle Yurts could be an absolutely idyllic holiday (as many of the reviews state) but they also have the potential to spoil many other peoples' holidays whilst Ben’s head is elsewhere.

Room Tip: If you're unfit, ask for a yurt lower down the field. Ask if they're expecting any large gro...
See more room tips
  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
18 Thank Blondie247772
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
bareroots, Owner at Full Circle Lake District Luxury Yurts, responded to this review, August 25, 2011
Hi,

As a small family business Full Circle suffered some what of a body blow when one half of the team disappeared. I understand that ultimately this should not of effected a customers experience I am but human and my childrens wlefare was also going to have to take prescedence. I resonded to the issue of the large school group by compreshensive listening to the problem, examining the issue, tackling the issue with Rydal Hall Management, complimentary wine, more listening, finding some alternative facilities for the couple and offering a 40% refund. It was a a very difficult time for me and I was operrating under extreme emotional pressure and fatigue. I was profusely apologetic for the size of the school group. I have had exhaustive meetings with the Hall about this one group that has come to the site for the last 20 years. They are a group of school children and as children go are pleasant and well behaved. There were a lot of them though. The Hall has commited to not allowing the group back unless they book the yurts for that same week. That way they would remove the conflict of interest between yurt guests and camp site facility use.

As a general rule the camp site is a quiet camp site spread out around the exquisite ground of rydal hall with other tents separated by defined clearings, well away from the yurts. There are brand new toilet and shower facilities, tiled through out with underfloor heating. At most time of year excluding summer holidays and bank holidays the site is gloriously deserted. Through the holidays there are other people on the site seeking to enjoy the beautiful grounds too.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2011

We have just returned from a week long stay at Full Circle yurts. The yurt itself was beautiful and very well equipped. The location of the site if perfect for exploring the Lake District and indeed there is little need for a car. However, we feel disappointed that nowhere on the website does it make clear that the yurts are on the Rydal Hall campsite, which also doubles as a Christian centre and youth centre. The camp site was busy with large groups of young people with adults supervising, and while they were all well behaved young people, it was not quite how we imagined the site to be based on the website. On Friday and Saturday night we ate our dinner and watched the sun set whilst 25 teenagers ran round the campsite playing games and sang Christian songs in a large tent that had been erected. Again, while they all seemed well behaved and there was no trouble, there was normal teenage noise and noise from playing games which is just not what you expect when you pay £500 for a week in a peaceful, relaxing yurt. I feel as though the website should make this clear - that it is not indeed a peaceful and restful quiet spot, it is the Christian youth centre for the Lake District and attracts many people.

On the plus side, the yurt itself was lovely. We had everything we needed and enjoyed our stay in it. We had the yurt at the very top of the site, so views were beautiful, but the very steep hill did get a little tedious and quite dangerous when it rained.

We did enjoy our stay, and I don't want to appear to be one of those people that just moan on here for the sake of it, but what I think we are most disapppinted about is that we feel deceived by the owners for not displaying the full information about the site. We didn't see the owners, we were directed towards the yurt from Rydal Hall so we have no idea what they would have said if we had mentioned the noise, but I guess as it's a public camp site, there would have been nothing they could have done anyway.

The toilets were clean, the water in the showers was hot but the shower floors got very muddy as people didn't take shoes off before going in, so take some flip flops!

There was apparently a shower just for yurt visitors which the info pack said there was a key for, but there was no key and nobody to ask, so we didn't bother. Maybe this was used before the shower block was built, but the info pack still had details in.

All in all we had a pleasant stay, but just be warned that if you are going in the school summer holidays and don't want to be surrounded by teenagers and listen to religious songs while you eat your dinner, you may want to look elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
11 Thank Nicole1876
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
bareroots, Owner at Full Circle Lake District Luxury Yurts, responded to this review, July 14, 2015
Rydal Hall isn't a public camp site. It is a private camp site with strick rules governing noise. Both I and Rydal Hall take any complaints about noise very seriously and people breaking the peace can and will be asked to leave.

School groups coming to the site now have to book the yurts as well to prevent a conflict of interests. This is in response to an unfortunate incident where a large school group came and had so many children, that despite being well organised and respectful, did dominate the site and facilities.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
wirral
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

We stayed for new year with our son and niece. We had a fabulous time. The yurt had everything we needed. There was plenty of firewood and your water tanks were refilled with fresh stream water. New year in the local badger bar was first class. Great food and staff. Watching fireworks while standing around a campfire at midnight just wonderful. Only gripe toilets too far and not enough( although belive this has been sorted) would recommend to families and couples.

  • Stayed December 2010
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank travellerwirral_9
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Orpington, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2011

We've just come back from a week away staying in a Yurt at Full Circle. It was amazing. The Yurts were beautiful and so well equiped - they had thought of everything. The scenary was stunning. My daughter, who is nearly 4 years old loved it- she said " I loved meeting all the sheep and I really loved the play ground, and I loved the house (Yurt)". It was amazing sitting and watching the sun go down over the mountains, and watching the waterfalls. Sitting at dusk with the fairy lights twinkling was just magical. Ben was really helpful, and very kindly organised a massage both for my husband (at the yurt), and a massage for myself - which was amazing - I would really recommend this if massage is your thing. Staying at full circle is like camping but only better - extremely comfortable beds, and we were so cozy - the Yurt was so warm, and having the luxuary of a wood burning stove just added to the experience. As with all camping experiences you wake early due to the light, but laying looking at the sky through the skylight was beautiful. There was so much more space than in a tent, and the beautiful yurt was a joy to look at - even when woken by my daughter! The new shower and toilet block was so clean and the showers so warm. There is a tea room at Rydal Hall and so you don't need to go very far to get some really lovely food. The Yurt even had a selection of games to keep us entertained. i would definately recommend this experience, and hope to be back soon

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Beckie73
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Ambleside
1.5 mi away
The Daffodil Hotel & Spa
5.6 mi away
Applegarth Villa and Restaurant
1.3 mi away
Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.6 mi away
The Fisherbeck
The Fisherbeck
#5 of 12 in Ambleside
4.5 of 5 bubbles 518 reviews
1.9 mi away
The Regent Hotel
The Regent Hotel
#2 of 12 in Ambleside
4.5 of 5 bubbles 1,169 reviews
7.6 mi away
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
#4 of 20 in Windermere
5.0 of 5 bubbles 1,298 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Full Circle Lake District Luxury Yurts? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Full Circle Lake District Luxury Yurts

Property: Full Circle Lake District Luxury Yurts
Address: The Hermitage | Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A yurt is a nomadic dwelling with a wooden frame,felt, canvas, raised wooden floors and a wood burning stove. Ours are situated at the top of a camping field in the luxurious grounds of the stately home Rydal Hall. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Full Circle Lake District Luxury Yurts Hotel Ambleside
Full Circle Lake District Luxury Yurts Ambleside

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing