We stayed 3 nights between Christmas and New Year with the Lovely Yurt Company. We had the 22 foot yurt and there were 3 of us; me, my husband and our 13 year old son. It was our fist time in a yurt and we don't do the camping thing so we had open minds.
The stove was already lit when we arrived and we managed to keep it in for the whole of our stay and we were never cold. On the last night it chucked it down in buckets and you could hardly hear yourself speak but not one spot of rain penetrated inside. Pretty good, I think.
You access the site through a woodyard and the owner sells smokeless coal. Buy it from him because its cheaper and hotter than that from other places.
The woodland setting is glorious. The smell is lovely. You don't notice it until you get home and it's not there any more.
The yurt was adequately furnished with a double bed and two futons. There were airbeds too if there were more of you but I think it would have been pretty cramped. The double bed was a bit uncomfy. The mattress was thin and it felt like sleeping on the apex of a roof because of the central bar running top to bottom but to be honest all it needs is a new mattress and problem solved. The cooking facilities were fine, double gas burner as you would expect and a quaint dresser for pots & pans etc. A couple of chests housed more pillows & quilts and all the bedding was beautifully fresh and clean.
A clever earthenware pot served as storage and 'fridge' although there was a fridge outside housed in a little wooden cupboard. Solar panels may have afforded light in summer but a 12 volt battery cunningly hidden powered a small central light. There were tea lights dotted around but I was very glad my son had the sense to bring head torches and other portable lights to help us with the dark hours - 4pm to 8am - as we are in the depths of winter. The table was low and circular and had low stools aroung which gave for an authentic feel.
I never want another game of Monopoly ever but we had lots of proper family fun with no ipad, no tv and no internet. Bliss.
The shower tucked away in its own little house was really delightful. The water is hot thanks to a gas heater and while it's not a power shower, it's really fine. The views from the shower are just glorious and you feel snug and safe, not exposed at all.
The toilets and pot wash facilities are quite a walk from the yurt, through the wood and you definitely need your torch in the dark but all is clean and tended to and whilst fairly basic is more than adequate. I didn't much like the trek to the loo in the dark but it goes with the territory so you have to be realistic about stuff like that.
Apart from Barry the woodyard owner, I only saw one other person throughout our stay and the three yurts are well set apart in their own little areas.
We had a lovely stay and would certainly go back without hesitation. Book with confidence, the website is comprehensive and the owner is very good with communication and information.
- Also Known As:
- Lovely Yurt Company Newby Bridge, Lake District