Newmoor Park Yurts

UK England South West England Devon Okehampton

  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Yurt glamping on picturesque banks of the river Tamar, right on the Devon Cornwall border
The River Tamar is a bit of a geographical oddity. Despite starting less than four miles from Cornwall’s north coast, the river wiggles its way in precisely the opposite direction, moseying south towards busy Plymouth with all the efficiency of a fish that can’t swim. To its sides, the gentle gradients of the valley rise and fall in golden fields and greening meadows, gradually widening towards their urban ending point.

It’s around the middle of the water’s journey that Newmoor Park is found – very much enjoying the rural, rather than urban, riverside scenery. The nine-acre enclave of native trees and colourful shrubs is like a lost pastoral paradise, enlivened by the sound of birdlife and harbouring enough species to fill a cub scout’s handbook. It’s no surprise to discover that the valley has a Wildlife and Otter Centre just six miles away.

To harp on about the greenery of Newmoor Park, isn’t particularly original though. Owners Joseph and Martyn have been welcoming guests here for years, single handedly running the Newmoor Park Guesthouse that’s racked up endless five-star reviews in its time. The gardens, the outdoors and the scenery are all regularly jotted among the many visitor comments. So it only seems sensible that Joseph and Martyn have now begun offering their same much-loved hospitality in the great outdoors.

The Newmoor Park yurts are real things of beauty – a pair of traditionally designed yurts crafted out of latticed woodwork, covered in taught white canvas and all based around a large central ‘crown’ that lets in natural light. They each have their own colour scheme – red and blue – and come complete with all the comforts, including a memory foam king-sized bed, a log-burning stove and kitchen wares for cooking on the gas BBQ outside. In the evenings you can gather around the communal campfire with your fellow yurt guests or, if you’re a larger group, book both yurts and enjoy the whole place to yourselves.

Offsite, the Cornish town of Launceston is just two miles away – the river forming a natural county border between Cornwall and Devon. The valley slopes have made the town a historical defensive base, crowned by a round Norman castle that presides over the houses below like a real-life crumbling sand castle. It’s about a half hour drive to the beaches of Bude, Boscastle and the like, where you can try and recreate it in perfect miniature form. Or stay put and ride around the narrow gauge steam railway instead – a quaint five-mile round trip that can also be used to visit nearby Newmills Farm Park.

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Facilities

The yurts sleep up to 4 people each, 2 in a king-sized bed with a memory foam mattress (bedding and towels included) and 2 on a pair of futons (with bedding and towels if required). Each Yurt is equipped with a Devon Forged wood burner (wood supplied), a stove top kettle and a kitchen area with pots, pans, crockery, glasses, corkscrew, tin opener and cool box. There is a dining area with furniture. On your deck outside the yurt, there's outdoor seating for 4 and a 5-ring gas BBQ for cooking. Both yurts have access to a fridge/freezer, private gas powered showers and toilets with solar powered lighting and a large communal fire pit. Stroll along the banks of the river Tamar outside your yurt or explore their nine acres of gardens and parkland. Slight road noise from the A30 possible when the wind's in the wrong direction.

Suitable For

Glamping only, however tents are accepted with a yurt reservation. Suitable for children aged 6 and above. Sorry but no campervans or caravans.

Nearby

It's 2 miles to Launceston, where you can visit the English Heritage owned Norman castle (03703 331181) overlooking the winding streets below. There are plenty of independent shops to keep you busy, along with a National Trust Georgian town house, now home to the Lawrence House Museum (01566 773277). Down by the River Kensey (a tributary of the Tamar), the Launceston Steam Railway (01566 775665) chugs you through a narrow gauge on historic locomotives. It's a 5 mile round trip, but it runs to Newmills at one end where Newmills Farm Park (01566 777106) is a particularly popular family attraction (indoor activities for rainy days). For more ideas there is also a Tourist Information Office (01566 772321) in town. To the north, the seaside settlements (and beaches) of Clovelly, Bude, Boscastle, Tintagel and Padstow are all around 30–35 minutes by car. Stop en route at Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre (01566 785646), where you can learn more about the local wildlife, view birds of prey and generally swot up before heading back to your riverside glamping hide!

Food & Drink

Launceston is the nearest place to grab some grub. There are a couple of large supermarkets as well as independents selling locally sourced groceries. If you're eating out, try Jerichos Kitchen (01566 770080) on Northgate Street – a wonderful little lunch time cafe – or grab some evening pub grub in Harveys (01566 778889).

Opening Times

April–September.

The Owner Says

Welcome to Newmoor Park Yurts, a wonderful Glamping Yurt experience on the Devon / Cornwall border. A peaceful and picturesque retreat awaits you and your loved ones in either of our luxury Glamping Yurts just outside Polson Bridge; Launceston on the Devon / Cornwall border. Stroll along the banks of the river Tamar outside your Yurt or walk amongst our nine acres of parkland. Each Yurt can accommodate up to four persons and everything is included for your secluded Yurt vacation, just bring your food & clothes!

Accommodation

2 traditional yurts within 9 acres of secluded, river-front gardens and grounds.

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Location

Contact Newmoor Park Yurts, Newmoor Park, Polson Bridge, Launceston PL15 9QU

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Getting There

Travelling East on the A30 from Penzance: On the A30 cross the Dunheved Bridge (Devon/Cornwall border) and take next left exit for A388 (Lifton & Liftondown). Turn left at T Junction for Polson. As you near the bottom of the hill, look for our black & white sign "Newmoor Park" on the left. It's a tight turn so best pass us and perform a U Turn either at the next small road junction or Launceston Rugby Club. If you do turn look for the "Welcome to Devon" sign. Newmoor Park Luxury Glamping Yurts are immediatley opposite, down a steep lane on the right next to the river Tamar.

From Launceston Town: From Launceston take the A388 road signposted to Lifton & Okehampton, found on the eastern end of town. Stay on the A388 passing Launceston Rugby Club on the right hand side and then you'll cross the River Tamar before gently following the road around to the right. You will begin to climb a hill and notice on your left a "Welcome to Devon" sign. Newmoor Park Luxury Glamping Yurts are immediately opposite this sign on the right hand side down a steep drive alongside the river Tamar.

Heading West on the A30 From M5: Join the A30 from the M5 and head towards Launceston.After aprox 30mins leave the A30 sign posted Liftondown (do not cross the River Tamar via A30). Follow the road around to the left and at T junction turn left, (A388 Polson). Follow the road which bends sharp right and then you will see our black & white sign "Newmoor Park"on the left. It is best to pass us and perform a U Turn at the Rugby Club. Newmoor Park Luxury Glamping Yurts are opposite the "Welcome to Devon" sign on the right down a steep drive alongside the river Tamar.

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