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“Simplicity and beauty all around” 5 of 5 bubbles
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High Nature Centre
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Simplicity and beauty all around”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

The High Nature Centre really tops other yurt camp sites in the same vein ( and we've been at a few). This is mostly because the designers of the space are experienced permaculturalists, who have thought carefully about how to design the camp site for maximum symbiosis with nature. Other sites just seem to have random yurts dotted around - but this site has permaculture philosophy built in. It all looks so simple and beautiful, but as with so many things that people make look 'easy' - there were years of preparation, thought and knowledge that has culminated in this space.

Firstly, the yurts themselves are beautiful; real canvas with locally sourced burners and wood. Some of the yurts were built by the proprietors, Cat and Doug, others, built locally. The attention to detail within is stunning. The beds are solid with comfortable mattresses and the sheets are thick cotton. The furniture and lighting has been thoughtfully chosen and little extras like freshly picked flowers in your room give this camp site an intimate and personal touch. Each yurt has its own private space, flanked by a circular bank of wild flowers. The upside is that there is a spray of colour right outside your door - however bees and other creepy crawlies LOVE this wild space (which is, of course, why they have been planted!). I was really impressed by the design and views on the site.

The compost toilets are properly maintained and there is often a bowl of freshly picked herbs in there to cover any smells- which to be honest are fairly earthy, rather than sewagey in any way. For those worried about these, they are comfortable and really hygienic, just very different from the wasteful way we normally do it! They have helpful signs up to show the 'broken' system of ordinary toilets, which was really thoughtful.

Other highlights of the camp site include the poly tunnels, with lots of organic produce as well as a place to relax, watch films and play table tennis. There are also lots of workshops that you can organise if you so wish.

To crown all this, the beach is 15 minutes walk and breathtakingly beautiful. Shallows for the little uns and bigger waves at times for the surfers. The sea and the walk down is stunning.

Downsides are the shower area- which only has one sink and the washing up area can get a bit tight with lots of families using it - however, they were really open to suggestions (as this is their first year) so they did feedback that they will be improving facilities year on year.

When the weather is good -you could not camp in a better spot. My daughter enjoyed playing with all the other children who were staying there at the same time and the space is particularly safe (thought the owners have a dog - Moses, who is very friendly) When the weather is not so good, the dramatic coastline and surrounding area afford plenty of things to do. If the weather is REALLY bad, the yurts get really cosy, with the burners and the rugs, so, settle down, make some hot chocolate and enjoy the simplicity.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

On arrival we where immediately welcomed by enthusiastic owners Cat and Doug and of course the third member of the team Moses ( the dog).We where shown to our Yurt which was beautifully done . An inviting space with everything you needed to your stay comfortable including a traditional wood burner.The location was idyllic , sandy beaches within walking distance and the Pigs nose pub 20 minutes walk away.Cat and Doug did a great job with any information needed.This is a great project and we fully intend to return .We have already spread the word to all of our friends .

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

If stepping out to nature and living simply is what you are looking for in an escape from the rat race, then this is the place to go. The hosts Cat, Doug and the amazing Lurcher Moses are fabulous; all are welcoming, friendly, informative and helpful and so interesting to talk to. Cat is a modern day Felicity Kendall with her beaming smile and boundless energy and their ethos and designs for the site are inspirational. The yurt was beautifully presented, comfortable and practical in it's layout and the outside area planted with wild flowers for our private use was a lovely touch. Their attention to detail was evident and made it even more satisfying to be there. The thunderbox was a joy to see in this country and with the presence of lavender made it more of a floral experience rather than a smelly one and it felt good that nothing was going to waste! The area is stunning, the walks are challenging but worthwhile, the beach is great and the children had a magical time. Two days was not long enough to fully embrace what the site and area has to offer, but it gave us a delicious taste of what's there and left us wanting more. Cat and Doug, you are an inspirational young couple with a unique centre. We very much look forward to returning to in the new year to see how it has developed.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Property: High Nature Centre
Address: East Portlemouth, Salcombe TQ8 8PN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Salcombe
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Ranked #2 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Salcombe
Number of rooms: 5
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High Nature Centre Salcombe, Devon

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