Three beautifully furnished yurts are set amid a quiet, grassy pasture, reached by a manicured trail of wood-chips slicing through the grass. Steam bent ash has been carefully latticed into the traditional Mongolian-style structures and, inside the exposed woodwork shows the exceptional craftsmanship that has gone into their creation. Old style candle lanterns hanging around the edges only add to the charm, casting a warm evening glow upon the canvas come evening time.
Outside a wooden veranda allows you to sit comfortably around the fire bowl but the real treasure is undoubtedly the hot tub. While the pitchup purists might baulk at this luxury addition, at Yurtshire it’s just another seamless part of the site – a wooden-panelled tub with a log furnace to keep it bubbling. Tucked against the hedge line of the field it provides a real sense of seclusion and exclusivity, while the fledglings the trees attract mean there’s also the pleasing sound of chirping birdlife.
A clutch of farm buildings centres around a small café and farm shop, while a duck pond is fringed by a gaggle of various waterfowl. Umberslade started off as a stud farm for shire horses – many of which are still there today – but the park now has a diverse range of animals, most of whom kids can get thoroughly involved with. The park is tastefully laid out. Many of the buildings are original converted barns and it’s the perfect distance from the comfort of your yurt – an easy slink across the field but far enough that you return to your own private slice of countryside.
FacilitiesThere are 3 yurts on site each with it's own private shower and toilet. There is also a hot tub for guests to use. A wood burning stove inside each yurt is accompanied by a BBQ/fire pit outside. Logs can be bought onsite. Guests will find a cool box, gas hobs, pots, pans and the essential utensils required. There is a wardrobe with coat hangers provided and a table with chairs. Beyond, guests have free access to the attractions at Umberslade Park Farm; bottle feed newborn lambs and calves, pet chicks, rabbits, and guinea pigs or take the opportunity to ride their ponies. The family-run children’s farm park features ride-on tractors as well as two adventure play areas for different age groups.
Suitable ForGlamping only. No tents, campervans or caravans. For large groups wanting to hire the site exclusively there is an area where extra tents can be erected, however, with prices starting at £8 per person per night. Pets welcome.
NearbyTanworth in Arden is a pleasant little place. The 14th-century Church of St. Mary Magdalene dominates the centre, it's spire overlooking a tiny village green where a war memorial stands, and directly opposite is the excellent village pub. If you don't fancy going in there are also a couple of picnic benches on the green. Carry on south to Ragley Hall (01789 762090), a 20 minute drive away. This grand stately manor and country park has excellent facilities for a family day out. The adventure wood, 3D maze and boating on Ragley Lake, will keep the kids happy, while the 10 hectares of ‘Capability’ Brown-designed gardens display a spectacular array of snowdrops in the winter, tulips and daffodils in the spring and a rose garden throughout the summer months to keep adults just as pleased. A similar distance from the campsite is Stratford-Upon-Avon, a fabulous little market town and a must visit for any fans of Shakespeare or theatre in general.
Food & DrinkThe Farmhouse Cafe (01564 742251), set in the heart of the farm park serves a wide range of light meals and snacks, fresh coffee and cakes. The cafe is open daily from 10am–5pm. The closest good pub is less than a mile away. The Bell Inn (01564 742212), located in the centre of Tanworth in Arden, is a charming 17th-century inn, offering great food, a diverse wine menu and plenty of beers on tap.
May – October.
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