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As seen in The Telegraph (3rd August 2019)
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*** Any Day Arrival - Min Stay 2/nights ***
*** Children welcome over 12 years only.***
Set on a small organically managed nature reserve, this carefully designed glamping retreat sits only 10 minutes from the historic town of Glastonbury and enjoys panoramic views across the ancient Vale of Avalon and the legendary Glastonbury Tor. The tranquil wildflower meadow is a haven for local wildlife with an array of birds and butterflies to even the endangered great crested newt. Escape the busy material world and reconnect with nature in this protected natural wilderness.
With just two yurts nestled amongst the wildflowers, the site maintains its privacy and natural charm. Measuring 6 meters across, the handcrafted yurts are a spacious mix of eclectic bits and vintage furnishings. The four-poster beds and reclaimed antique furniture will make feel like royalty, while the cosy wood burner, kitchen and private bathroom facilities provide all the home comforts needed for a luxury escape.
This illustrious location in South West England has a variety of gorgeous countryside to explore from the Mendip Hills and Somerset levels - which can be seen from the site - to the RSPB reserves at Shapwick. Discover the areas colourful history from the Arthurian legend of the Glastonbury Tor to the enchanting Glastonbury Abbey, which dates to the 7th Century. What's more, the area is littered with country pubs and restaurants found in the nearby towns of Glastonbury and Fleet.
Check-in 4 pm - Check-out 11 am
Grand four poster bed with luxury bedding, plus an additional single bed if required.
Private toilet and shower room.
A sperate fully equipped kitchen shared between the 2 yurts, while each yurt has its own private BBQ.
There is no internet access in this property.
Heating and Lighting
LED Lighting and sockets for charging your essentials. Wood burner (starter pack of logs is provided free of charge - additional bags can be purchased for £5).
Children over 12 only.
Grounds and Nearby
Outside, enjoy tranquil wildflower meadows with panoramic views over the glorious countryside with your own private outdoor seating and fire-pit.
Ample parking near the property.
Check in from 16:00 and check out by 11:00
Nearest Train Station; Castle Cary, 12 miles away.
The spacious 6-metre yurt sleeps a maximum of 3 in a sumptuous four-poster bed, plus an optional extra single bed. Luxury bed linen and fluffy towels are provided free of charge.
Inside, find a cosy wood burner, and LED 12-volt lighting with sockets for mobile phone and tablet charging etc. A starter pack of logs is provided free of charge - additional bags can be purchased for £5.
A separate fully equipped kitchen is shared between the 2 yurts, while each yurt has access to its own private toilet and shower.
The yurts are fully insulated, so stay cool in summer and warm and cosy in winter. Outside, each yurt had its own private toilet and shower room, fire pit, BBQ and seating area.
The private outside space contains garden furniture, large parasol, lighting and fire pit, tailored for alfresco dining, with extensive views over the meadow to the Mendip hills and Glastonbury tor beyond.
The Wildflower Meadow
The wildflower meadow is an early summer flowering meadow, where myriad different species of flowers and plants grow. It is also home to a large variety of butterflies and birds.
The flowers start to bloom in early April, when the cowslips suddenly appear, covering the area with a yellow hue. This is followed shortly after by the many different varieties of buttercups, which consume the field in a spectacular blaze of gold.
During June and July, rare bee orchids and pyramidal orchids can be found, the wonderful sight of vetch casting a purple array of light that catches the sun's rays as you wander through the meadow.
In the last 50 years, 98 per cent of the UK's wildflower meadows have been lost due to intensive farming and development, so this small but significant conservation area is a precious part of the last remaining 2 per cent.
This charming town is home to several ancient and medieval sites, steeped in myth and history. Glastonbury Tor is a tower-topped hill associated with Arthurian legend, which offers lovely views over the marshy Somerset Levels. Often thought to be King Arthur's burial place, Glastonbury Abbey is a ruined monastery dating to the 7th century. Nearby, the age-old Glastonbury Tribunal museum is filled with a fascinating selection of Iron Age artefacts.
The world-famous Glastonbury festival is situated near the property, offering a hive of activity during late June.
For gastronomical treats, Glastonbury has plenty on show with Rainbows End Café offering a delicious selection of vegetarian food at reasonable prices, or Abbey Tea Rooms, serving a delightful afternoon tea and sumptuous evening meals. St. Margaret's Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses, located opposite the Glastonbury Abbey has a delightfully pretty garden and is worth a visit for an ambling stroll in the soothing atmosphere.
The Rose and Portcullis pub
Situated within walking distance of the site, The Rose and Portcullis is the perfect cosy country pub at which to end a day's wanderings.
For the best pizza around visit Tamburino Village in Street, which is also just a short drive away.
The Glastonbury Zodiac
The Temple of the Stars is the world-famous ancient temple situated around Glastonbury.
The Temple is claimed by some to depict a colossal landscape zodiac: a map of the stars on a gigantic scale, formed by features in the landscape (roads, streams, field boundaries, etc.).
The theory was first put forward in 1934 by Katherine Maltwood, an artist who "discovered" the zodiac in a vision and held that the "Temple" was created by Sumerians in about 2700 BC. The idea was revived in 1969 by Mary Caine in an article in the magazine Gandalf's Garden.
The Temple plays an important role in many occult theories. It has been associated with the Grail legend, Uther Pendragon and King Arthur (who, according to some legends, is buried in Glastonbury at the Abbey).
The Polden Hills
The Polden Hills in Somerset are a long, low ridge, extending for 10 miles (16 km), and separated from the Mendip Hills, to which they are nearly parallel, by a marshy tract known as the Somerset Levels.
The Polden Hills stretch from Puriton, near Bridgwater, in the west, to Street, in the east. The ridge of the hill once accommodated a Roman road, from Ilchester to the port of Combwich. Roman and Iron Age objects from the "Polden Hill Hoard" are now in the British Museum.
Great Breach and Copley Woods, near Compton Dundon, is a Nature Conservation Review Woodland Site, owned and managed by Somerset Wildlife Trust. It has been designated as a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the invertebrate population. Especially noted is the large blue butterfly, which has been brought back from the brink of extinction.
The ancient city of Wells
The beautiful city of Wells and the grand Wells Cathedral is an excellent destination for shopping and historic site-seeing. Don't forget to visit the Bishop's Palace garden!
The White Spring
Formerly a Victorian pump house, The White Spring has been lovingly repurposed as a place of quiet reflection and worship. Two freshwater springs can be found here to quench your thirst before or after climbing Glastonbury Tor.
Another area of quiet peace and reflection, the Chalice Well is situated within picturesque landscaped gardens, with many pagan influences.
Ham Wall RSPB Reserve
Popular with the bird watching fraternity, the Reserve is located within the Somerset Levels and is the source of many of the spectacular murmurations of starlings that are a must-see during the winter months. Also, see a wide variety of other birds from Great Egret's to "booming" Bittern's
Burrow Hill Cider and Brandy Farm
Located at Kingsbury Episcopi, near Martock, this world-famous distillery and cider-making farm is a step back in time and a must for any discerning brandy or cider enthusiast.
Clarks Village outlet shopping centre
Clarks Village is found in Street and home to discount outlets for myriad famous brands, spanning fashion, homewares and, of course, shoes.
Wookey Hole Caves
Wookey Hole, near Wells, is home to spectacular caves naturally carved out of the limestone within the Mendip Hills by long-gone rivers.
A stunning, although challenging, walk through Ebbor Gorge reveals some exquisite expansive views across the Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills.
The site of myth and legend, Glastonbury Tor is steeped in history and a place of pilgrimage for folk from all corners of the globe. Viewed rising out of the morning mist, it's easy to see why this legendary Isle of Avalon is so beloved.
Bleak and beautiful, Cheddar Gorge is a stunning geological features carved naturally out of the limestone Mendip Hills and a site of enormous archaeological interest. It is also home to Cheddar show caves, which some consider to be among the greatest natural wonder in the UK.
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