We first stayed at Somerset Yurts last summer when we reviewed a yurting break there. We loved it there, so much so that when I had a spur of the moment 'ooo I'll take the kids away for a few days over Easter!' I knew exactly where to book.
It's an unspoken-iron-clad-thumbs-up-guarantee that if a blogger who has enjoyed a free break in return for an honest review in the past returns again as a paying customer. Kitty, Ozzy and I were accompanied by my mum and her best-friend Chris so this was a multi-generation break and the weather-gods were on our side with glorious sunshine-filled days.
As we reviewed this break last year I'm not going to replicate what I said before but rather share some photos and favourite moments from our stay. If you are interested in finding out more you can read my review of Somerset Yurts and check out the Somerset Yurts website here.
Above: Arriving to find Emma had left Kit and Ozzy Easter Eggs in the yurt (thanks Emma!)
Above: Enjoying charcoal brought from home, from a family business, Black Fox Woodland Produce, and cooking on my first solo attempt at BBQ-ing
Above three: Kitty ventured off to collect wood for the camp-fire. I love how happy she seemed just walking, looking and building on her own. A joy to watch.
Above: Trying not to giggle whilst watching Chris and my mum trying to eat the chocolate digestive smores with dignity that we'd just made over the fire.
Above: Returning to this every evening is such a nice feeling.
Above: The kitchen and showers are in there but the children love the barn the most, I couldn't prise them from the hay bales.
Above three: Walking out to a misty morning, before popping a log on the woodburner to make a morning brew
Above: Watching Chris and my mum nattering was not dis-similar to a Two Ronnies sketch
Above: My mum and I
One above, two below: The stunning Somerset sunsets
Above: Ozzy chilling out and making the most of the electric sockets in the yurt
Above: Kitty eats a hearty breakfast of left over Easter Egg, this time c/o Granny San
It really is a relaxing break for everyone and an experience in itself. Led on the bed one evening, watching Kitty and Ozzy sleeping I found myself wondering what living in a yurt would be like. Maybe the Rosehip wine that I had bought from Hestercombe Gardens was to blame for this romantic ideology - and then I remembered that I know someone who really does live in a yurt in New Zealand, Lucy from Lulastic and the Hippyshake. You really do need to follow her on instagram, the photos of life there are just the most inspiring, I am totally hooked to following.
Lucy has two yurts, one her and her family live in at the moment and a much bigger one that they move in to in September. I asked her for her thoughts on living in a yurt and I thought that they would be a lovely way to end this post:
We are a big fan of yurt life for a few reasons. We love feeling as if live right in the middle of nature- literally just a canvas wall separating us from the great outdoors. (Yeah. Insects. Sometimes in my bed.) It is also a really beautiful, simple structure- the circular space feels almost sacred. And finally, it is a pretty cheap way to buy a house! There is this idea of "democratic architecture" - a movement trying to make housing affordable, which is obviously really isn't at the moment. Yurts definitely fit into this movement!
-Lulastic and the Hippyshake