In the area
Grey Willow Yurts is extremely lucky to be positioned so that you can easily access the whole of the South West. We are in easy driving distance for days out in Dartmoor & Exmoor, or maybe more locally the fascinating Jurassic coast of Sidmouth, Charmouth and Lyme Regis and Not forgetting the Blackdown Hills of course!
Close by is the town of Honiton, famous for its lace and antiques, and the small town of Axminster, now home to Hugh Fearnly Whittingstall’s ‘River Cottage’ Canteen & HQ which not only is a great restaurant, the HQ now holds food courses.
Places to go
The Blackdown Hills (0mins by car) - Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Blackdown Hills has a good mix of landscape and points of interest to be explored with many beautiful walks.
Dartmoor (50mins by car) - A beautiful National Park in the centre of Devon covering 368sq miles of moorland. It's capped with many exposed granite tors providing a wealth of facinating walks. Home of the famous Dartmoor Ponies!
Exmoor (1hour by car) - Another beautiful National Park in North Devon and Somerset covering 267sq miles including 34miles of coastline. It's boasts the highest cliffs in the UK rising 1mile from the water. The area is also rich in flora and fauna.
Exeter (40mins by car) - A historic city in Devon that has many wonderful things to do and see. These include St Peters Cathedral, the historic quay and Roman city walls and shopping in the newly redeveloped Princesshay area
Honiton (10mins by car) - The gateway to the southwest from London for many years, the old tollhouses can still be seen as you enter the town. The town has a thriving market two days a week (Tuesday & Saturday) and is famous for its pottery and lace, the lace for Princess Diana's wedding dress was made here. The town also has more antique shops than anywhere else in the southwest.
Axminster (29mins by car) - Home to the famous Axminster Carpets, this small town is worth a stop if you're heading to the south coast. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has his famous River Cottage Canteen here, which holds courses as well as restaurant and fresh deli.
Taunton (28mins by car) - Another large town in Somerset which has a good choice of shops restaurants and leisure facilities. There is also a good cricket ground for fans in the summer
North Devon Coast (1hour 30mins by car (Woolacoombe)) - The North Devon coast was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1959. It comprises historic quiant villages and towns, national parks and fantastic beaches. A great place to go for surfing, eating and culture. Interesting towns include Boscastle, Tintagel (home to King Arthur), Woolacoombe and Linton.
Lyme Regis (35mins by car) - With lots of boutique shops and cafes, this small harbour town is very popular. Fantastic shopping, eateries and beach. 'The French Lieutenants Women' was filmed here on the Harbour Cobb.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How big are the yurts?
Our yurts have a 16ft diameter. They will sleep a maximum of 5 people.
Can I bring my dog?
Well behaved and quiet dogs are welcome. We do ask that you keep them on a lead at all times while on site though, to avoid disturbance to other guests. We reserve the right to ask guests to leave if we believe their dog is causing a disturbance. As an alternative, there is a kennels in the area which offers day-care as well as overnight stays.
Is there mobile phone reception?
There is reasonable reception for most mobile networks, but it can be a little patchy for a couple of networks.
Is there internet access?
We have no electricity so no mains fed electric lights, no computers, no Sky TV and no internet. Having said that, you won’t miss any of them!
How is the site lit at night?
We have solar lights to illuminate paths and infrastructure. The yurts are lit by pretty lanterns (tea-lights provided).
What do I need to bring?
The yurts are furnished with carpets, sofa-beds, tables, cabinets, cushions, a wood-burner, pots and pans and cutlery. Additionally we provide blankets and fire wood. You should bring a torch, some sensible shoes or boots, warms clothes, bedding and food (if you don’t want to buy it locally).
How can we cook?
You can boil a kettle or cook in a pan on the top of the wood-burner (perfect for a chilli or a stew!). Marshmallows are always best when cooked over a campfire.
Do we take group bookings?
We welcome well behaved groups, but we do ask that you respect the other guests and keep the noise down to a minimum. Just quiet stories around the campfire after 9pm please.
Can I play music?
We do not allow music to be played from cars or portable stereos anywhere onsite. You are welcome to bring your own instruments, but please keep the noise down after 9pm.
Where do I park my car?
We have a designated parking area to the left of the main entrance. If the ground is dry, you can take your car up to your yurt for loading and unloading. Vehicles are of course parked at owner’s risk.
How secure are the yurts?
All the yurts have a lockable wooden front door and are secured to the deck that they sit on. However, they are largely canvass and as with any tent, it would be unwise to leave valuables in them while you’re not on site.
For your Sat-Nav, the closest postcode to type in to get to the site is: EX15 3QA. The easiest way to reach us from the M5, the A303 and the A30 is from Honiton.
From the M5:
Come off the M5 at Cullumpton Junction 28 and head down the A373 to Honiton. When you arrive at Honiton, turn left into the High Street. At the mini roundabout, bear left. Once you are just over the A30 bridge, take a left turn signposted Dunkeswell. After 7.5miles, turn left signposted 'The Knowle'.