Blackdown Yurts, Collumpton

There is something so special about a yurt. I have often thought I could live in one! And the ones here at Blackdown Yurts were as beautiful as expected.

With 4 in total there is a lot of space for each group, and you have your own outdoor kitchen and seating areas, plus a nice big fire pit with benches. There are cottages available here too. The setting is stunning, with fields and countryside walks all around you. The perfect place to get back to nature and let children run free.

Whilst the facilities here are luxurious for an outdoorsy staycation, the site has been kept wild and nature is fully celebrated by owners Katie and Mark. Wild flowers and weeds are encouraged, the surrounding Blackdown Hills AONB is thriving with wildlife and you may spot a few furry friends during your stay. Katie has studied zoology herself, later specialising in bats, and will be happy to lend you a bat detector. They pick up the presence of bats by converting the sounds they emit to make them audible to us. This went down a storm with my little girl, and was a lovely thing to do together as we sat under the stars listening out for the clicking sounds meaning a bat was nearby. Don’t you just love how much there is to learn when travelling and holidaying with children?! Being in such a peaceful area you are unlikely to hear anything other than the sounds of wildlife.

This is another site that is using an app in place of information packs, which is really helpful to help you plan your visit in advance. We stayed in Buzzard, which is the only one on a raised platform creating a sort of balcony. It is also the only one without wood cladding around it – all yurts are equally beautiful! We really liked our little space at the end of the field and would recommend this one! Willow also looked very private.

On arrival my daughter was thrilled to find complementary marshmallows in the yurt! There was plenty of kindling and wood for the log burner. Candles and fairy lights made it really cosy at bedtime and we didn’t feel cold at all with the log burner going into the early hours. Beds were super comfy with lovely, cosy duvets. And there are plenty of beds for bigger families! We have noticed this at a lot of places, and wonder if replacing a couple of beds with a comfortable sofa bed would be favourable, so that you could sit inside during bad weather without being tempted to have a nap! I feel it would make glamping accommodation feel less like a place to sleep and more like ‘proper’ holiday accommodation. Regardless, we loved our yurt and the beautiful decor.

So let’s talk more about facilities! We were really impressed. The Barn was a fantastic space for indoor cooking and group dining just a short walk from the yurts. This is the place you can sit and enjoy a book by the log burner if the weather isn’t favourable. Of course the use of this at the moment is slightly limited, but it was still very handy to have, with each yurt having it’s own fridge and plugs available for charging. Moving on to the showers. Wow! Again, each yurt has it’s own indoor shower and toilet (as well as a compost toilet right outside your yurt) and these have been done to a fantastic standard. Not only do they look the part, with the woodwork and exposed copper pipes, they also provided a great place to feel properly refreshed whilst living wild. Powerful, hot showers and a spacious, clean sink and toilet area – no need to rough it here. The outdoor kitchens were great too, with crockery, pans and cutlery available and drinking water is right next to your yurt. You also have a BBQ per yurt, ready with a bag of charcoal on arrival. The only thing we would love to see is food bins at each kitchen (though there is one in the barn).

Waking up to see the sun shining down on the sheep field opposite us was lovely. Breakfast with a view, and happy kids as soon as you open the door in the morning (OK I can’t guarantee that, but I’d say it is more than likely with all the green space they have to run around in!) Poppy spent hours making up games in the long grass and we always find on trips like this, even in the simplest of places, there is little need to pack all the back up toys (we still always do!) for any ‘I’m bored’ moments.

We didn’t have too long to explore here as we only stayed a night, and wanted to just soak up the haven we were in. But there are beaches nearby and plenty of walks. A visit to Blackborough woods is recommended. We did one circular walk from the site which was very picturesque, and found plenty of interesting mushrooms on the way (a new hobby of mine!) We also spent some time at Sandy Bay beach. The red cliffs were gorgeous! But be warned, it is at the bottom of a Haven holiday site and if you aren’t staying there the walk from parking to the beach is a little far (and uphill on the way back). There are plenty of other beaches recommended on the Blackdown Yurts website. If you are staying a little longer, you might want to venture to Dartmoor and try out the adventure activities at River Dart Country Park.

Even in the short time we were at Blackdown Yurts we just loved feeling connected to nature and getting way from it all. Watch the bright stars at night and walk barefoot in the grass during the day. Cook and eat al fresco and relax by the fire, as you enjoy the total peace and tranquillity of this site. It is the perfect place to switch off and just be.

Prices start from £170 for 2 nights (minimum stay)

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