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Somerset Yurts

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
Lovely eco-friendly yurt site with plenty of room to roam and excellent facilities, set on a dairy farm in Quantock country. Super easy to reach, too.

You need only flick through the guestbook in the bunting-strewn communal Dutch barn at Somerset Yurts for a taste of this site’s restorative powers. The book overflows with enthused messages about the four cosy yurts whose sunny doors welcome guests into their warm embrace. One couple even got engaged during their stay here, so it’s not just a spot for families to unwind, but a romantic getaway for two, too.

Children’s gleeful smiles match Mum and Dad’s as they open the red, orange, blue or green door into their snug Mongolian sanctuary, where they can get to grips with lighting the wood-burning stove and pick herbs from the pot outside ready for a barbecued dinner on the veranda decking.

The neighbouring fields are home to the farm’s dairy herd tended by Mark and Emma, who set up the yurt site and are continually adding little touches to the place to make it an even more magical glamping retreat. They meet and greet their guests on arrival, and any kids are welcome to join Mark for evening milking time before heading back to huddle around the large communal firepit in the corner of the yurt field.

It might feel as though you’re in your own remote hideaway here, situated as you are in the countryside calm just a short drive from the natural beauty of the Quantock Hills, but in fact you’re only 10 minutes away from the many trappings of Taunton town. So come and help yourself to the best of both worlds and leave your own mark in the guestbook – if, that is, there are any blank pages left.

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Facilities

Yurts are each finished with a double bed (bedding provided); double futon, wood-burning stove, rugs, cupboards, tables, chairs, wind-up radio, coolbox, kettle, crockery, tea towels, and outside have their own barbecue and cooking equipment, gas stove and even an electric hook-up for charging your phone. Bath towels are provided for an additional fee, as is the bedding for the futon (£15). The communal barn houses 4 sparklingly clean power showers and 4 loos. Its living area is spacious yet comfy, with sofas and big tables and chairs for evening meals. Vases of freshly cut flowers adorn the tables and you’ll find it chock-full with maps, info and games to borrow. The fully equipped kitchen includes an oven, communal fridge and freezer and tea, coffee and sugar. Head along to watch Mark milk his herd of dairy cows in the evenings or be the first to light the communal campfire. Kids just love using the hay bales beneath the outer barn’s roof as an improv theatre for their Oscar-hopeful performances.

Suitable For

Families, couples, groups (if booking the entire site) – yes. Pets, tents, caravans, campervans – no.

Nearby

Look no further than the welcome pack in your yurt to discover a whole heap of adventure awaiting you around here. Go walking in the Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Beauty – owners Mark and Emma will happily point you in the direction of some fine walks. Discover Moor(01823 331847) will take you mountain biking, kayaking, climbing or let you loose with a bow and arrow at their archery course. Other nearby things to do include Hestercombe Gardens (01823 413923), an amazing collection of gardens spanning three centuries of garden history and design, with a play area and café too, while Fyne Court (01823 451587) offers courtyard games and nature trails through woodland and meadows.

Food & Drink

No visit to Somerset is complete without a sip of cider or apple juice; luckily you’re close to Sheppy’s cider farm with its museum and farm shop. Pick your own fruit and veg at nearby Thurloxton Fruit Growers. For a gourmet meal out, head to the Monkton Inn (01823 412414). Somerset Yurts’ next-door neighbour puts on a cream tea that would make Devon jealous, as well as cupcakes and other sweet treats. Pre-order a day or two in advance.

Opening Times

All year.

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Accommodation

There are 5 yurts and 1 Geodesic Dome in total (all of which sleep up to 4 adults, or a family of 5), each named after one of the farm’s fields and with a different brightly coloured door and matching interior.

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Location

Contact Somerset Yurts, Hill Farm, West Monkton, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LP

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Getting There

Come off the M5 at junction 25 and head for Taunton. At the Creech Castle traffic lights, turn left towards Bridgwater (A38). Go past the Bathpool Inn on your right, cross the canal bridge and take the next left; follow this road until it comes to a T-junction with the A3259. A former petrol station will be on your left; turn right. Go past the Merry Monk pub, on your right, take the next left, onto Meadway and carry on to a crossroads, go straight across, following the white signpost towards ‘Broomfield’. Follow the road up the hill to another crossroads; go straight across. Continue up the hill then the road levels off before going over another little brow. At the triangle of grass on your left with 5 large oak trees, take the left turn and Somerset Yurts is on the left just before you reach the farm.

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