Green Valley Yurts

UK England South West England Dorset Dorchester

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Nestled in the secluded Cerne Valley in the heart of the Dorset Downs, Green Valley Yurts takes rest and relaxation to a whole new level

Decadence is, of course, meant to be a bad thing. See the 'bright young things' of the thirties, and the once mighty Roman Empire. But, when you’re receiving a fantastic Swedish massage in a yurt at a quiet Dorset hideaway, you start to wonder whether those youthful aristocrats and the Caesars had the right idea after all.

Nestled in the secluded Cerne Valley in the heart of the Dorset Downs, Green Valley Yurts takes rest and relaxation to a whole new level. Whether it's the massage you fancy or the organic hamper upon arrival, these guys know how to make your stay as hassle-free as possible. As newly-arrived visitors first lay eyes upon Longmeadow Farm's sprawling, verdant fields, the sighs of contentment are almost audible across the valley floor.

While you settle down to some proper pampering, kids will love exploring the rolling grounds, paddling in the gently flowing stream and making friends with the resident sheepdog. Guests are spoilt for choice with two authentic Mongolian yurts or a cavernous bell tent all dotted around the ma-hoo-sive camping field (did we mention how big this place is?)! All are kitted out with rustic furniture in tasteful shabby-chic, with a proper wood-burning stove for extra cosiness on those cooler, star-filled evenings.

For all it's charm, there's substance to Green Valley's effortless style. 'Sustainable Tourism' is more than just a buzz term for the Green Valley team, having been organically farming Longmeadow for the last 25 years. Solar panels radiate and illuminate, while eco-showers and low-flush toilets are housed in the facilities barn. Even the wood for the stoves is from locally grown sustainable timber. Best of all, the onsite farm shop stocks organic veg from the farm – no food miles there then.

As for the local area, where do we begin?! From quaint villages like Godmanstone (onetime home to Britain's smallest pub) to historic Dorchester and stately Minterne House, Green Valley's location is truly enviable. It's also equidistant from some of the South Coast's best seaside resorts including Lulworth, Swanage and Weymouth. Most famous of all though is the iconic Cerne Abbas Giant – Britain's largest hill figure. Ancient fertility totem or 17th century satirical graffiti? No one really knows his true origin. But surveying over his chalky West Country kingdom, we'd like to think Cerne Abbas' most famous son would cast an approving glance to our friends at Green Valley Yurts.    

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Facilities

2 small yurts (sleep 4–5) and 1 large yurt (sleeps 6–7), each with their own wood stove, bbq and fire pit. Each Yurt has 1 double bed and minimum 3 single futons. There are also have 3 bell tents (sleep 3–4); each has a wood stove, bbq and fire pit. Each bell tent has a double bed and 2 single futons. All yurts and bell tents are lit with solar fairy lights and lanterns. There are toilets and showers showers within easy reach of the yurts and bell tents. There is also a lovely light and airy communal kitchen and dining area – fully equipped with hobs, fridges and utensils. There is a farm shop on site.

Suitable For

Glamping families, couples and groups – yes. Dogs, caravans/campervans, stag/hen dos – no. Guests are also not allowed to bring their own tents.

Nearby

There’s a network of footpaths and good cycle routes all around the farm. The picturesque village of Cerne Abbas is a 3 mile walk along the river. It hosts the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and has good tea shops, pubs and a general store. The Jurassic coast is a 25 minute drive away and the 'kiss me quick' kitsch of Swanage and Weymouth are just down the road too. Hop on the Swanage Steam Railway for a slice of Blytonesque nostalgia. Minterne House (01300 341370) boasts some fantastic gardens, while Monkey World (01929 462537) and Bovington Tank Museum (01929 405096) should keep both the litt'luns and big'uns entertained.

Food & Drink

There is an excellent farm shop onsite selling some of the Dorset's finest produce including meat, bread, cheese, eggs and organic veg grown right on the farm. You'll also find a farmer's market and plenty of local produce in nearby Dorchester. There's a spoils of great beachfront restaurants in the area boasting sumptuous seafood and even better sea views; The Hive Beach Café (01308 897070) in Burton Bradstock, Hix Oyster and Fish House (01297 446910) in Lyme Regis and The Crab House Café (01305 788867) in Wyke Regis to name just a few. Cerne Abbas, just 3 miles away has 2 great pubs serving good food: The New Inn and the Royal Oak.

Opening Times

April – end Sept.

The Owner Says

Green Valley yurts is nestled in the heart of the beautiful Cerne Valley in the heart of rural Dorset. Our 6 yurts are set on an organic small holding that is also home to 'Feed the Soul' wholefood shop and Vegan cafe. Our facilities barn has all you need for cooking, playing and relaxing, as well as toilets and hot showers.

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Accommodation

6 yurts.

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Location

Contact Green Valley Yurts, Longmeadow, Godmanstone, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7AE

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Getting There

From Dorchester, take the A37 North for half a mile. Turn right onto the A352 - sign posted for Charminster and Sherborne. Stay on the A352 for another 4 miles. Green Valley Yurts is on the right hand side just before you enter the village of Godmanstone. If you have gone past the village sign, you have gone too far.

Dorchester West Railway Station is 5 miles away. From there, the local bus drops you right off at the farm gate. Alternatively, it's 10 minutes in a taxi from the station.

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