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.
The campsite 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.
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