This yurt holiday in Somerset, at Yeabridge Farm Hideaway was a gifted stay, but as always my honest opinion is given.
Driving down the track to our holiday in a Somerset yurt hideaway on a late July afternoon, my mum and kids packed into the car, I was thanking our lucky stars for the warm sunshine peeking out from behind the clouds.
We were just down the road from home to try out some local yurts in Somerset, so I could easily pop back, should I discover I had forgotten something essential in my packing haste. Although to ease matters, everything – aside from food and drink – was already set up for us at our destination.
Holiday in a yurt, Yeabridge Farm Hideaway REVIEW
Tucked away at the end of a hamlet, deep in South Somerset countryside, is Yeabridge Farm Hideaway. Aptly named as you’d never know it was there unless you had an engagement at the neighbouring polo club, happened to be out strolling nearby or knew where to look for it beforehand.
Surrounded by lush greenery, grass fields, hills and trees, this quiet, secluded spot contains four yurts and a brand new shepherd’s hut and two-storey Owl nest loft, each with their own outdoor space, picnic table, chicken hutch (more on that later), fire pit, charcoal BBQ, use of a laundry room and separate dedicated washroom with a hot shower, toilet, and good towels. There is also an outdoor communal kitchen (under cover), complete with fridge, camping stoves, a shared range electric double oven with gas hobs, crockery, utensils, pans – it’s all there.
After parking up beside The Hideaway (this Somerset yurts site is car-free), the kids were immediately deployed to fetch giant wheelbarrows. These giant colourful wagons double as both luggage and children carts, and are a brilliant way of ferrying stuff (and offspring) around the site. Wheeling around the wooded pathways with delighted squealing children, rustling past tree branches, we eventually found our little house for the night – Stag Yurt (which I personally think is the nicest of the bunch).
All four yurts at The Hideaway sleep up to 5 people, with one double bed and three single beds (one futon), thick quilts, throws and pillows. There would be room for a travel cot too if you needed, but as we were only away for a night, I just put the toddler in bed with me and mum and the girls had the singles. Once through your front door, you’ll find wooden floors, solar lighting, safety candles, a wood burner and a large circular skylight in the roof of your yurt. There are no plugs inside, but guests get their own little secure charging box in the laundry room.
The yurts, surrounded by wooden decking, are placed far enough apart to ensure privacy, although we had the place to ourselves during our stay. Well, almost to ourselves – in the wooden hutch next to our yurt were three chickens for us to look after during our stay!
Guests can hire the chickens for £20 and I highly recommend it – these feathered friends kept our children entertained for the duration of our stay. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them so enamoured with anything for as long as they were with these birds. As an added bonus, you get to eat any eggs they lay.
When they weren’t playing with the chickens, the kids were roaming free, cartwheeling in the large grassy area with glowing festoon lights next to The Hideaway outdoor kitchen or clambering on the wooden play equipment that’s hidden away in the woods.
A quick stop into the onsite shop for charcoal to get our dinner going, and we we were initially concerned that an unsavoury someone had been in and ransacked it for a couple of bars of chocolate – what kind of guest would help themselves to items in an honesty shop, nibble halfway through them and leave the place in a mess?! A pesky squirrel, that’s who! If you see him, tell him his bill now stands at £37.50! For respectful folk, you’ll find sausages, bacon and eggs, firelighters, matches, marshmallows, beans, cakes, drinks, biscuits, charcoal and extra logs here – just chalk up what you borrow and it’ll be added to your bill.
Back at the yurt and mum and I were thrilled to get the BBQ going to cook up an extremely gourmet hot dog to go with our G&T (if I’d planned better I’d have brought a few more accompanying sides). Our fire lighting skills didn’t end there though, and as daylight started to fade into an unadulterated starlit sky, pudding came in the form of s’Mores toasted over the firepit.
If you want to put my BBQ efforts to shame (not hard), packs of fantastic, fresh meat (including lamb and beef burgers, sausages and jerk chicken kebabs) from Bagnell Farm can be ordered for £30 and delivered to your yurt. A wine box is also available to order as an added extra. Or if you don’t fancy cooking every night, get your dinner delivered to your yurt from nearby pub, The Royal Oak in Over Stratton (also walkable from the glampsite).
Hideaway family holidays Somerset Activities
While a holiday in a yurt is very much about pressing pause on the outside world, if you’re feeling adventurous, there is tons to do in the South Somerset area and wider county. If you’re holidaying with your buddies, group activities like clay pigeon shooting, axe throwing and wine tasting can all be arranged by your hosts, owners Vicky and Joe, just get in touch with them beforehand to arrange.
It’s worth noting as well, that if you are planning a big glamping get-together with friends, you can book the whole place out for just you and your pals.
Ideas for things to do during your yurt glamping Somerset holiday
- Stroll out to a beautiful lake, just a short walk from the Hideaway site. You might get lucky and spot a deer coming down for a drink!
- Explore the local area on two wheels and hire a bike from Somerset Bike Hire.
- Check the Pig Pen Over Stratton Feasts website to see if your stay falls at the same time as this magical gathering in a nearby orchard. Expect home-cooked food, beautiful views, a well-tended garden, and Wurzel-style refrains around glowing open fires. Booking essential.
- Head out for brunch. There are two fantastic, quirky eateries just a stone’s throw away – Pip’s Railway Carriage and Farm and Field Cafe, Frogmary Farm. Discover more cafes for brunch nearby.
- Wet weather during your stay? No problem? Check out this list of rainy day indoor activities in Somerset.
- Climb Burrow Hill for incredible 360 degree views over miles of Somersetshire. Handily located right next to a Burrow Hill Cider Farm, just saying.
- Gaze at the view from Ham Hill, an Iron Age hill fort with breathtaking panoramic views over Somerset and beyond.
- Head to the coast! If the weather’s fine, you’re perfectly placed for a day trip to the seaside. Sidmouth, Lyme Regis, West Bay, Eype, Seaton…they’re all under an hour’s drive away.
- Visit a National Trust Property – nearby Barrington Court, Montacute House and Lytes Cary are beautiful mansion houses with stunning grounds to explore.
- Entertain little ones with this list of unmissable things to do in South Somerset with kids.
- Flower enthusiast? These gorgeous Somerset gardens will have you clamouring to ogle their beautiful blooms, brush up on your horticultural skills….or just take a bunch of pretty pictures.
- For the latest events taking place in the area – take a look at my what’s on page.
Final thoughts on our holiday in a yurt
If you’re looking for a group glamping getaway or family holiday in a yurt, the yurt hideaway at Yeabridge Farm is a perfect spot. Peaceful (save for the bleating of a sheep or occasional passing helicopter) and picturesque, with great communal facilities and surrounded by rolling countryside, it’s a slice of rural Somerset with oodles of charm.
The owners are extremely friendly and helpful and the chicken-sitting is a fantastic, fun touch that really made our stay and will be remembered by my kids for years to come.
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