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Grey Willow Yurts

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Sit back in seventh heaven and scope out the stars from Grey Willow Yurts deep in Devon’s Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on a panoramic inland plateau where the views will leave you starstruck. This is down to earth and comfy camping with the Mercury rising: each of the traditional yabins (a cross between a yurt and a cabin) at this small and friendly family-run site has a woodburning stove inside and your own area outside for toasting tiffin over a fire (gas fires and barbecues are welcome too).

We can’t comet on whether you’ll see a meteor shower while you’re Saturn the grass around the fire, but the yabins’ location in the middle of the Blackdown Hills is one of the best stargazing spots in the country and is close to Exmoor National Park, the first designated Dark Sky Reserve in Europe – quite the atmosphere for lying back and feeling heavenly… If you’re a novice to the night sky, book one of the stargazing courses on offer to see what’s what.

Grey Willow Yurts is emphatically eco-friendly: drinking water comes from the site’s own borehole, and hot water for the two bathrooms in the amenities block (each with loo, shower and basin) from a woodburning stove with boiler. All the yabins have waterproof roofs to keep out the elements. Each has its own flat decking, a double bed, double sofa bed and a single futon/z-bed, as well as crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, tables, cushions, blankets and carpet; bring your own bedding, a torch and your wellies. Dishwashing liquid is provided at the site washing-up area.

For campfire supplies, Dunkeswell with a local shop and Honiton with a supermarket are within about ten minutes’ drive; for exploring further afield, the site is in base position for sunny dispositions on days out at Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Jurassic Coast and the sights and scenery of south-west England. It all sounds rather heavenly…

Open from 1 Jan to 31 Dec

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The primary booking person must be over 18 years of age.

The yurt should only be used by those identified by the the booking unless requested in advanced. You are responsible for the members of your party.

Please leave your yurt as tidy as you found it.

Smoking is not permitted in the yurt or any buildings.

Please advise us of any breakages/damages as soon as possible, so we can replenish the items before the next guests arrive. Guest are liable for all payment to replace items; however, we are understanding of accidents and at our discretion we may waive the fee for small items.

We do ask that you respect the other guests on site and our local residents and keep any noise to a minimum.

Fire safety advice must be adhered to; all yurts are equipped with log burners which can become very hot, so please take the utmost care when they are in use. Please use the fire guards provided in all our yurts when in use.

Outside fire are allowedL please use the same caution and keep fires small. Firewood and kindling is provided; wood cannot be taken from the surrounding trees and hedges.

If you wish to, we can provide an axe for cutting kindling – this is at your own risk. We are happy for you to teach your children (aged 12+) to chop; however, this is under your own supervision and at your own risk.

Children must be supervised at all times in the yurt and on site.

Well-behaved and quiet dogs are more than welcome, but we do ask that you keep them on leads at all times while on site to avoid disturbance to other guests. We reserve the right to ask guests to leave if we believe their dog is causing a disturbance.

In the unlikely event we cannot accommodate your stay due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we will, at your decision, offer either a full refund or an opportunity to rebook your stay at a later date.

If at any point we deem the weather to present a potential risk to yourselves or our yurts we will reserve the right to cancel your stay and offer a refund for the remaining days of your stay, as a percentage of the total booking paid.

We disclaim any liability or losses or injury sustained by guests or their property except where negligence on the part of ourselves.