So after a couple of weeks of glorious sunshine, the weather has turned grey again here in the UK. It was so nice to enjoy some warmth and light for a little while!
We have had some decent sunny spells in between the rain this year, though. In April we had some lovely days though, I took advantage of a beautifully sunny week at Easter time to take some time out in the Somerset countryside and went glamping in the Quantock Hills, England’s first ever Area of Outstanding Beauty.
We don’t have a garden at the place we are renting at the moment and every now and again I feel the need to relax amongst some greenery. Somerset Yurts seemed like the perfect place, offering an outdoors experience with lots of cosy home comforts.
The site is found just outside the Somerset town of Taunton, right on the edge of the Quantocks. Owned by husband and wife team, Emma and Mark, Somerset Yurts is found on their family farm; a working arable and dairy farm, home to 120 cows.
The yurts are found in a quiet corner, in a field that offers fantastic views of Taunton Vale and the distant Blackdown Hills. After making your way to the top of the hill on the single track roads that lead to the site, the rest of the world seems very far away from the tranquil countryside you find yourself in.
In the yurt field, you’ll find four 19 foot Mongolian yurts, all painted in their own bright colour scheme. We stayed in the gorgeous, red Cherrygrove, but you can also pick the relaxing blue of Moonslade, the inviting green of Gotton Down or the cheery, traditional orange of Furzeclose.
Each yurt has a double bed and a double futon and comes with everything you need to enjoy your stay – from a log burner and and coolbox to lanterns and a plug socket (so, yes, you can bring your straighteners!). You don’t even need to bring your own bedding, but you will need a towel for the showers.
As well as having a gas cooker and barbecue at your yurt, you can head off to the Dutch Barn, where you’ll find a fully-equipped kitchen, and the best showers of any campsite ever (I think, in fact, that they’re better than mine at home).
Highlights of the local area
So, I’ve got a slight confession here – I had all the best plans of exploring the local area, but the weather was so nice, and the farm so relaxing, that we didn’t do half of it.
We did explore Taunton a bit, took a road trip through the Quantocks to the north Somerset coast and went on a visit to the seaside at Lyme Regis.
But there’s plenty of other things we could have done, had we managed to prise ourselves away from our yurt’s decked porch.
Hestercombe Gardens, with their fifty acres of lakes, woodland walks and Victorian terrace are just a short walk across the fields, and you can also visit the nearby nature reserve at Fyne Court. You’ll find the Museum of Somerset in Taunton and if you want to travel a bit further afield, you could take a day trip to Exmoor National Park, Exeter or Weston-super-Mare.
Back at the site, if you ask Emma and Mark they’ll give you a special tour of the farm. I didn’t even get round to doing that, which I really regret now as it was on that to-do list I ended up completely ignoring. I think I’m going to have to go back and try out all of the things I missed out on!
Thanks to Emma Cavill for letting us use her images – I was obviously too busy relaxing to take any of my own!