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Yurt Holiday - Camping in Devon

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UK & Ireland

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Jul, Aug, Sep

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Holiday Type:

Self-Catering Holidays

This listing is for a short break (either 3 night weekend or 4 night midweek) in one of our Mongolian Yurts in Devon throughout, April, May, June & July 2014.

Just select the dates that you're interested in from the drop down menu, and the price and quantity available for that period will be displayed.

Each Yurt (we have three) can accommodate up to five people which works out very cheap!

Included in the price is your first basket of fire wood. Additional baskets are charged at £5.

About us:

We are Grey Willow Yurts, a small family-run campsite where traditional camping meets comfort and warmth.

Our eco-friendly luxury yurts are nestled in the heart of the Blackdown Hills in Devon. This provides an excellent base for exploring the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the whole of South West England. Whether you want to cosy up in front of your own wood-burner, or star-gaze huddled around a fire-pit, our peaceful and friendly environment will make you feel right at home.

Our Site

The General Area

We are situated next to (although not affiliated with) a working dairy farm in the heart of the Blackdown Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in the South West. The field is approximately three acres and has a very gentle slope towards the North. Half a mile away is a historic WWII airfield (RAF Upottery) which is now used as a show ground for things like car boots and vintage car shows. Within a mile there are two areas of Special Scientific Interest (SSI). Ten minutes in a car will get you to Dunkeswell or Honiton.

Parking and driving onsite.

We have a designated parking area to the left as you enter the site, although we do allow guests to park up next to their yurt for the purposes of loading and unloading luggage, or for guests that have special access requirements. When driving around the site, please keep your speed dead slow as there may be free-range children and dogs.


There is a local shop in Dunkeswell if you need to top up on provisions during your stay. We have a small amenities block onsite which has two complete bathrooms, each with a shower, toilet and basin. There is also a wash-up point for washing up. 

Our Yurts

Our Yurts are built using traditional methods and painted in traditional colours. The only change we have had to make is the addition of a waterproof canvas cover to keep out the Devonshire weather. 

Each Yurt is sat on a deck which allows the Yurt to 'breathe' and provides a nice stable flat surface to walk on. All of our yurts have one double bed, one double sofa bed and one single futon / Z Bed, they all have a wood burning stoves and an area outside where you can sit around an open fire toasting marshmallows. On the wood stove, you can also cook in a pot or heat a kettle for a nice cup of tea in the morning.

Star Gazing

Our site is on an inland open plateau, this means you have an almost panoramic view of the sky which makes for wonderful star gazing. Couple this with the fact that we are also situated in one of the few places in the UK with truly dark skies left and on a clear night it's magical.

Our Green Credentials

We have put a lot of effort in and are proud of how environmentally friendly we have managed to make the site. Here's a brief overview of some of the measures we've taken:

Water - Our water supply is provided by our own borehole. It travels no more than 340 meters to get from the ground into your mouth. Unlike the water supply in your house, we add no chemicals. We ensure the safety of our supply by having regular full chemical suite water analysis checks carried out. The low power water pump used is the only electricity used for the whole site. Hot water in the amenities block is provided by a wood burner with a back boiler. Dish washing detergent is organic and provided free of charge.

Sewerage - We had a special package sewage treatment plant imported from Germany. It requires no power to function and has one of the best effluent ratings in the world. As we deal with all sewage onsite, we are not reliant on power-hungry centralised sewage treatment plants.

Lighting - In the yurts, light is provided by lots of little tea-light lanterns which also creates a wonderful cosy atmosphere. This also means no light pollution is created by the site, helping to maintain the naturally dark skies in the surrounding area. 

Heating - Heating in the Yurts and for the hot water is provided by wood burners. The wood provided comes from local sustainable sources. As if that's not going far enough we are planting our own Ash trees onsite which we will be able to coppice in 3-4 years. This will provide us with a completely carbon neutral fuel supply.

Wood and Decking - Any wood used anywhere onsite has come from sustainable sources or is reclaimed. The decks that the Yurts sit on, are built entirely from reclaimed scaffolding boards.

Our goal is to become one of the first businesses in the UK which not only runs carbon neutral, but actually ecologically benefits the landscape that it sits in. Unlike other businesses which are trying to be green simply by offsetting the carbon that they're burning, we are striving to build an infrastructure that actually functions in an environmentally positive way and requires little carbon off-setting.

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. 

Getting Here:

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'.

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