So we’re not staying in a hotel or a cottage or a tent…what are we staying in, then?! – JD, 6
This is it. The gorgeous yurt we stayed in for 5 days last week, complete with a comfy double bed and double futon, rugs, a table and chairs, wood burning stove and a couple of chests of drawers. And at the other end of the Somerset Yurts field, all the amenities you’d expect: showers, toilets, a kitchen with oven, fridge, hob, sink etc and a toy area for the kids – all clean and well-maintained.
Not that they had much need for books and boardgames. As soon as we reached the open field on the site just outside Taunton, the kids were ready to shake off 3.5 hours of sitting still in the car.
With only three yurts in the whole field, there was plenty of space and privacy.
This was our front yard for five days. When on site, we barely saw another soul, save for the very nice lady staying in the yurt at the other end of the field, and occasional visits from the equally lovely owner, Emma and her gorgeous boys.
Trekking up and down to the communal kitchens didn’t get boring. Actually it was rather fun to sit on the decking and watch as the other came trundling back up the path, carefully carrying plates, drinks or whatever the kids had decided they needed just as we took our shoes off.
In the next field was a herd of glossy, happy cows who came over for a good look when we first arrived, then lost interest, returning only at night to settle in the darkness and cough intermittently like humans – slightly disconcerting!
And there were pheasants, who strutted about with gullible confidence, minding their own business except for the occasional squawk, which served as our wake up call most mornings.
The kids loved exploring the barn where the wood was kept. If you’re came here and didn’t fancy travelling around the South West like we did each day, the space and freedom to explore on the yurt site means you could do just that and still keep the kids happy for days.
I’ve always been nervous about trying to camp with kids because sleeping on the ground with only a thin bit of plastic between us and the elements sounds grim but we would definitely stay in a yurt again – it’s awesome.
With Somerset Yurts, you get proper beds, steady warmth and nice dry decking (the rain only gets in at the very edges when it rains), yet all the camping joy of being able to step off the decking and straight into a field. A picnic bench by our yurt, a barbecue, deckchair and coffee table made for more than comfortable evenings in the sun.
It was so lovely to just wake up in the fresh air and enjoy the yurt and field, have a relaxing breakfast and then hop in the car and go wherever we fancied. Not having an itinerary of any kind was the best decision we could have made – it meant everyday was an adventure and there were no worries about getting here or there on time.
On Tuesday we packed up the car and took a 40 minute drive over to Minehead beach, right by Butlins. The kids recognised the tent style roof from our Skegness Butlins stay last year and got excited, mistakenly thinking we were going in, but they were still more excited when they realised that a paddle in the sea was on the cards.
We ate fish and chips on the sea front and invested in a bucket and spade before settling on the beach.
Amazingly for June in the UK, we had to slather ourselves with sunscreen as it was gorgeously warm and sunny (thank you to Nivea for sending us plenty).
We paddled in the water until my badly rolled up jeans were soaked to the thigh. The kids had a whale of a time in their comfy and super cool looking Konfidence sun protection clothing (we’re Konfidence Swimologists, in case you didn’t know) and didn’t want to leave – we kept relocating our towel up the beach until there was virtually no beach left to relocate to.
On Thursday, we decided to drive over the county border a short way into Devon to visit Diggerland, only to discover it was closed until the school holidays. By that time, in any case, the heavens had opened, so we took a meandering drive back towards Taunton and chanced upon Halberton Court Farm Shop and Tea Room where we stopped for lunch.
There were pick your own strawberry crops at the back, not to be braved in the rain, but we did enjoy generously filled, fresh tasting sandwiches and moist cakes with fresh strawberries.
Coincidentally, we got talking to the only other couple in the tearoom who turned out to be from our own little suburb outside Nottingham – they knew our road well!
We loved every minute of our yurting adventure. We didn’t miss TV, we didn’t get bored, the kids didn’t bicker (much), there was no stress. It was perfect. We will, without a doubt, be going back again soon. The kids are already asking, “when?”
Come back later in the week for further tales of our Tuesday and Friday adventures, where we crossed the county border in the other direction into Avon to find ourselves at Bristol Aquarium and Bristol Zoo Gardens.
Disclosure: we were invited to stay at the Yurt by Emma and her family in order to write this post. No payment was received. All posts are 100% honest.