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.
- Also Known As:
- High Nature Centre Salcombe, Devon