Yurtshire Newburgh Priory

UK England North East England North Yorkshire Thirsk

Three comfortable yurts tucked against the ancient woodland that dots the grounds of Newburgh Priory
The grounds of Yurtshire’s beautiful campsite were once tended by Augustinian Priests who trained and lived in Newburgh Priory since its founding in 1145. For two centuries they taught in local schools and churches, returning to the quiet seclusion of what is now an elegant country home. You needn’t carry your rosary beads to grace the house today however, and visitors looking to do more than count fountains in the water garden can enjoy a night in the utmost luxury. Not in the building itself, of course, which is still the home of the Wombell Family, but in three spectacular glamping yurts that overlook the estate.

Tucked against the trees of an ancient woodland, steam-bent ash beams shrouded in creamy canvas offer a cosy abode for would-be campers. The airy yurt interiors boast a plush double bed, along with both a single and double futon, so couples looking for a romantic break will find themselves just as well accommodated as families of five waiting to explore the blanketing of trees beyond. Handy cooking facilities like a cool box, gas stove, pots, pans and necessary utensils mean you don’t have to lumber everything from the car, which is parked around the corner so the site is safe and vehicle free. The outside decking also has a sizeable firepit, so when the weather is good you can cook on open flames or toast some marshmallows beneath the starry night sky.

The campsite is completely off-grid, so the hum of hectic modern life can be thoroughly left behind. Even so, up to date facilities like proper flushing toilets and piping hot showers are available. Inside, the yurts are heated by the warming glow of a traditional log burning stoves, while, amongst the greenry nearby, logs are also used to heat the campsites hot tub – a very welcome touch indeed! When darkness falls it’s the flickering of candles and old-style lanterns that provides lighting, aiding the rustic atmosphere of these charming rural hideouts.

When you persuade yourself to leave the deck and its beautiful view of Newburgh Priory there are a host of good walks nearby that lead you away from the yurt and into the surrounding countryside. Those taking the car should head to Duncombe Park or Castle Howard, both excellent day trips and great for family activities. It's also a boon for cyclists will love whizzing along the quiet country roads that wind through the hills toward the route of 2014’s Tour de France.

However you decide to fill your time in the local area, it’s the warm atmosphere and rural privacy of Yurtshire that make it such a pleasant home to return to. The three yurts are well spread out, so everyone has their own space, while the small wooden cabin next door means there’s no sharing of your bathroom facilities. Step away from the humdrum of your everyday world and enjoy the comforts of a night beneath the stars. Or at least a night beneath the shelter of a cosy Yorkshire yurt.

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