Somerset Yurts is a fantastic eco-friendly retreat nestled on a working Dairy Farm in the beautiful Quantock Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).
Providing stunning accommodation in traditional Mongolian Yurts, our site allows couples and families to get back to nature while enjoying a tranquil break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The Yurts are luxuriously furnished with a comfy double bed, futon, a power point for charging essential items, a dining area and wood burning stove.
For cooking, each Yurt has its own BBQ and gas stove, or you can use our fully equipped kitchen in the communal Dutch Barn where you will also find flushing loos, and hot showers.
The yurts are situated on a south facing field, with uninterrupted and far reaching views across Taunton Vale and to the Blackdown Hills, and Exmoor beyond.
Our farm is popular both with couples looking for a relaxing retreat in the countryside, as well as with families looking to experience the freedom of the open air, and to let the kids run off all that steam in acres of green fields, and play on the ever popular hay bales! Everyone enjoys toasting marshmallows on the campfire in the yurt field while watching the sun go down over Hestercombe Woods.
Somerset Yurts makes an excellent base for you to explore the Quantock Hills, Exmoor, the North Somerset Coast, or just simply sit and relax in your yurt, or on your private yurt deck.
A fully equiped kitchen can be found in the dutch barn – 40 Square meters of space to prepare food, cook, eat, and relax on the sofa and arm chairs. You will also find 4 flushing loo’s and 4 hot power showers in the Dutch Barn, so no queuing to wait your turn, and plenty of hot water for everyone.
Each Yurt has a double bed, and a double futon for comfortable and warm sleeping under the stars. We provide an electrical point for the bedside light, and for you to charge your lantern, and any essential items you may have brought with you (although you may be happy to let your mobile run flat as you enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside!). There is also a lovely woodburner for you to keep nice and toasty with on cooler or damp evenings, and plenty of firewood nearby for you to top up your log basket with.
Address : Somerset Yurts Hill Farm West Monkton Taunton Somerset Zip / Postal code : TA2 8LP
Your yurt field and Hill Farm might be all the fun you need, but there are lots of exciting attractions nearby. Here’s a list of our favourites:
The farm borders the Quantock Hills, there’s a couple of car parks within a 10-15 min drive to allow your to explore some of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We’d really recommend you try and include a trip there, even if it’s only a quick stop – the views are amazing – Emma or Mark can show you the easiest places to reach – there’s OS maps availble in the Barn to borrow.
Hestercombe Gardens are a short walk away across the fields from the yurt site, and offer an amazing collection of three gardens spanning three centuries of garden history and design. Read some more about the gardens here.
Fyne Court is a nature reserve leased by the Somerset Wildlife Trust and is the headquarters for the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s ideal for walks and discovering a wide variety of habitats.
West Somerset Railway
West Somerset Railway is a country branch line of the old Great Western Railway offering a nostalgic ride back in time around the gentle, rolling Quantock hills to the North Somerset Coast. The timetable is here.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. You can download an app for your iphone (often free for a limited number of geocache searches) and there are a number to explore in the vicinity of the Yurts: Geocaching locations near the yurts.
Exmoor National Park is truly one of Britain’s most breathtaking places. Wild landscapes meet soothing tranquillity, and you may even catch a glimpse of wild Red Deer or a native Exmoor Pony.
North Somerset Coast
The North Somerset Coast has something for everyone. From picturesque towns and quaint harbours, to bustling marinas and busy seaside resorts all situated along a stunning stretch of coastline.
Gone are the days when every farm made its own special cider, but down in the Vale of Taunton Deane in Somerset’s very own Cider County, you’ll find one of the true Farmer Cider makers: Sheppy’s of Bradford-on-Tone.
Local Pubs and Restaurants:
Found down the hill in the local village, just a stone’s throw from the farm, The Monkton is warm and welcoming, offering fresh home cooking using local produce, at sensible prices. The Monkton is a popular place to eat and you’ll usually need to book in advance. Ring 01823 412414 to make a booking.
The Maypole is slightly further, about 3 miles from the farm – a drive, or a longer walk. Good food and a more spacious area if you just want a drink or two.
Clavelshay Barn Restaurant is located in a traditional stone barn on a family run dairy farm on the edge of the Quantock Hills, offering a menu with the best local produce. Roughly 3 miles from the Yurts.