Country Bumpkin Yurts

UK England East Midlands Leicestershire Market Harborough

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
A relaxing East Midlands glamping site set on a working farm, all accompanied by an award winning farm shop and a homely local pub just a stroll down the road

You don’t have to be a country bumpkin to settle down at this exciting new yurt glamping site in the centre of England. In fact, the place seems to have a real penchant for attracting city dwellers and ‘townies’ looking for somewhere to escape. It’s certainly a prize spot for doing just that. Despite the way the yurts are nestled on a working farm – mixed miles of green rural space, parcelled up by bushy Leicestershire hedgerows – it also has ample modern amenities and an obvious air of luxury. Guests sleep in proper beds, with bedding and towels provided, and there’s a wood-fired hot tub for use. Throw in the site’s award winning farm shop and the local pub less than 100 metres down the road and you quickly start to see the appeal of the place. You could easily spend a weekend here and never venture beyond the village!

Opened in 2017 in the meadows of Waterloo Cottage Farm, the yurts are based on the traditional Mongolian design, with a latticed wooden frame and cream canvas, accommodating up to six people. A third, smaller yurt in the same style accommodates two – a cosy retreat for couples. Inside guests find rugs, throws and tasteful, rustic décor, while bathrooms offer the same rustic-luxury vibe, with composting loos and powerful showers. Outside, meanwhile, the farm fills the place with extra life. Pigs, sheep and cattle dot the surrounding landscape – organically managed livestock that have helped the shop win its chest of awards – and some of the sheep are occasionally even welcomed around the yurts themselves. It’s a handy way to mow the grass.

Cooking courses, barbecues and wine tasting lend yet more force to the argument simply to stay put and enjoying the farm, but if you do go elsewhere bringing a bike is always a good choice. The 14-mile-long Brampton Valley Way runs nearby and has transformed a dis-used railway into a pleasant cycle route and the towpath along the Grand Union Canal is popular, too. Pedal as far as Foxton Locks to enjoy watching canal boats making their way down the impressive staircase of locks that give the village its name. Then pedal home to your yurt. Or the pub next door.

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Facilities

The small yurt has a king-sized bed while the larger ones have a double bed and 4 singles (all bed linen and towels supplied). 2 bathrooms both with shower, wash basin and composting toilet. Plugs available for hairdryers, straighteners and electric razors. 1 communal kitchen with an electric hob, microwave oven and fridge (all pans, crockery and cutlery supplied). Yurts are solar powered which allows for lighting and for phone and tablet charging. 1 wood-fired hot tub on site. This is a working farm, so you'll see sheep, pigs and cattle during your stay. They are in a separate, fenced off, field next to the yurts. However, sheep may roam around the glamping site from time to time to keep the grass cut. There's a community veg garden, orchard (at certain times of the year you will be able to get involved in the fruit picking) and regular events are held on site, including food making courses in the farm shop, summer BBQ’s and wine tasting to name a few.

Suitable For

Glamping only. So tents, campervans and caravans – no. Families, couples, groups of up to 14 people, dogs (£5 per night) – yes.

Nearby

Walking and cycling are always a popular starting point. The farm has direct access to Brampton Valley Way – a popular local route – and the town of Market Harborough is within walking distance (it's less than 2 miles on foot). It's a lovely town; great for shopping, eating out and learning the local history. By car, meanwhile, you can head further to find Northampton (15 miles) and Leicester (20 miles), each full of history and with plenty to occupy you on rainy days. The local fishing lakes (¾ mile; 01858 434098) are just down the road and historic Kelmarsh Hall (2½ miles; 01604 686543) opens its house and gardens during the holidays. To truly unwind, there's also a meditation centre (3 miles; 01604 686778) nearby!

Food & Drink

Our new Canvas Cafe on site is a unique and tasty place to eat. Breakfast, brunch, lunch and sweet treats available everyday. Special extras on offer, such as local food and drink hampers,  and afternoon tea delivered to your yurt. The farm is also home to an award winning farm shop – Waterloo Cottage Farm Shop (01858 467158) – so there's no excuse not to have a big old barbecue for all the gang! For the nearest pub, hop to The George in Great Oxendon (01858 465205; less than 400ft away) – newly refurbished and serving excellent food. For anything else, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants in Market Harborough.

Opening Times

Open all year

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The Owner Says

Based on an award-winning working farm in Great Oxendon, Country Bumpkin Yurts brings a new way to enjoy the East Midlands countryside. Unwind and get back to nature whilst staying in rustic luxury in a beautiful yurt. With an on-site Canvas Cafe, bridleways, great walking, cycling, leisure and eating out opportunities just a stones-throw away, you'll find plenty to do. We can’t wait to welcome you to your relaxing retreat.

Our idyllic farm setting is the perfect place to unwind and re-connect with nature and the people you love. Whilst staying with us, you will get to see the workings of a family-run farm – Waterloo Cottage Farm. You will meet the lively little piglets, the highland cows, and the cheeky lambs. You’ll also meet the two friendly farm dogs who roam the site. Children especially love meeting the animals.

Our site comprises of three traditionally designed yurts, spacious and with full access to all the modern amenities. Each yurt is based on a wooden platform, with picturesque views across the farm and surrounding area. A log burner, shabby chic furnishings and cosy beds are in each tent so you can rest in comfort and style. With rustic-luxury shared bathrooms and a kitchen, you will have everything you need. Our wood burning hot tub makes it a glamping site for those looking for an extra special stay.

If you ever decide to leave your beautiful yurt, you will find plenty to do both on and off the farm. Whether you explore by foot, on two wheels or four, you will be enchanted by the area that we love. The East Midlands is your oyster.

Accommodation

1 small yurt (sleeping 2) and 2 large yurts (sleeping up to 6 each).

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Location

Contact Country Bumpkin Yurts, Waterloo Cottage Farm, 34 Harborough Road, Great Oxendon, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 8NA

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Getting There

From the A14 leave at junction 2 and follow signs for A508 Market Harborough. Follow the A508 towards Market Harborough for 3¼ miles (approx. 5 minutes) until you reach Great Oxendon. Keep following the A508 through Great Oxendon, you will pass The George pub on your right and Country Bumpkin Yurts is 120 metres beyond the pub on your right, before exiting the village.

Alternatively, from the Centre of Market Harborough Town, follow the main High Street (High Street/ A4304) Signposted Northampton (A508) and leisure Centre. Continue straight onto Northampton Road and continue for just under a mile to a roundabout. At the roundabout, take the 2nd Exit onto Northampton Road (A508). Continue to follow for approx. 1½ miles. Enter the Village Great Oxendon. Country Bumpkin Yurts (also Signposted Waterloo Cottage Farm Shop) is a few metres on your left.

The nearest train station is in Market Harborough (0845 748 4950) 2½ miles away. It is on a direct line straight into London in less than an hour. There is also a regular bus service into Northampton or Market Harborough (the X7 service) every hour.

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