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  • Devon Yurts and shepherds hut - beautiful rural location
  • Self catering glamping holidays in yurts or shepherds hut
  • South Devon - 3 miles from Totnes, and lovely beaches and attractions

Hemsford Yurt camp is located within a beautiful valley just three miles from the bohemian town of Totnes. Our Yurt camp is in a quiet corner of a three-acre field which also is home to a large lake and the river Hems runs through this field. This meadow is also home to a stable block and barn.

The yurt camp has two authentic Mongolian yurts, decorated with traditional designs, hand crafted by artisans in Mongolia and imported to the UK. The yurts are fitted with comfy furnishings and bedding, full sized beds and wood burning stoves. Situated a short walk across the small bridge at the bottom of the field is a chicken paddock, and accommodation can be provided for any horse owners wishing to bring their own horse for an unusual self catering holiday in Devon. The yurts have 2 flushing toilets and one washroom with shower, along with a camping kitchen / dining providing everything you need (apart from your food) for a self catering holiday with a difference.

The camp is off grid and has its own solar power supply. The lake in the yurt field is well stocked with trout, and is home to a huge number of flora and fauna, including wild ducks and geese, dragonflies, newts and pond skaters amongst the massive number of British indigenous species to be observed.

We can promise you dark skies in a glorious rural location. Our yurt camp is suited for those seeking quiet reflection in a peaceful yet easy accessible location.

Ideal for those who like to walk and explore either on foot, cycling, or even on horseback.

Depart: (2 nights)


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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed


Lake and/or mountain


Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Shepherd's huts

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams


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  • Hemsford House, Littlehempston, Totnes, Devon, England, TQ9 6NE
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.4628°N 3.6724°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Totnes: Royal Seven Stars Coach Stop — 2.2 miles
Buckfastleigh: Station Approach Bus Stop — 4.6 miles
Kingskerswell: Arch Bus Stop — 4.8 miles
Train stations
Totnes Rail Station — 2.0 miles
Paignton Rail Station — 5.1 miles
Torre Rail Station — 5.6 miles
Ferry ports
Totnes Ferry Landing — 2.5 miles
Torquay - North Quay — 6.4 miles
Torquay Harbour Boarding Pontoon — 6.5 miles
Exeter International Airport — 21.7 miles


From Totnes take the A381 from Totnes. Approximately two miles on, take the left-hand turn signposted Littlehempston, follow the lane down into the valley at the bottom, go under the railway bridge and over the small hump back bridge. Immediately after the bridge take the next right-hand turning signposted Hemsford. Follow this lane for ¾ of a mile when you will come up to a small junction. Travel straight on and within 50 yards ignore the next right also signposted Hemsford and travel a further 100 yards. The entrance to the yurt camp is on the right-hand side, at Southford Stables. Ample parking for cars is situated in the stable yard. Parking for equestrian transport by prior arrangement.

Nearest railway station is at Totnes, Bus runs regularly from Totnes – get off the bus at the Pig and Whistle stop and follow the directions as above. Hemsford is ¾ of a mile from here.

Alternatively coming from Newton Abbot, regular buses run from Newton Abbot to Totnes and get off at the Pig and Whistle stop and follow directions as above.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Close by to the yurt camp (within three miles) is the town of Totnes, once voted the funkiest town in Europe. Totnes has weekly markets and a large selection of highly individual small shops along with the regular supermarkets and pharmacies. Totnes is known for its bohemian occupants with artists, poets and musicians amongst the rich diversity of people frequenting its narrow streets. Totnes has its own castle and lies on the banks of the River Dart.

Close by attractions include Berry Pomeroy caste, Pennywell Farm (home of the miniature pigs), Riverford Organic Farm, Shop and Restaurant. Within a short driving distance are the wonderful beaches of the South Hams, Torquay and the English Riviera, and the wonderful attractions of the South Devon Coast. For children there is one of the largest theme parks in the UK at Woodlands, near Dartmouth. You can also visit the world famous Paignton Zoo, Babbacombe Model Village, Kents Cavern, to name just a few of the multitude of popular visitor attractions in Devon.

The local villages at Broadhempston, Littlehempston and Staverton have a selection of pubs and inns with excellent food and local produce a feature on the menu.

Must see

  • Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (4.7 miles)
  • Buckfast Abbey (5.0 miles)
  • Living Coasts (6.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Compton Castle (3.3 miles)
  • Greenway (6.6 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.


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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Additional terms

Hemsford Yurt Camp caters for quiet family holidays. Sound travels a long way in the countryside at night and we would ask that you respect fellow visitors and distant neighbours and therefore we request that noise be kept to a minimum in the late evenings. No amplified music and no shouting or rowdiness after 9pm. We ask that groups pay special attention to this.

If this restriction might limit your holiday requirements then please do not book.

Welcome Pack

Please read our guide in each yurt to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable holiday.


Hemsford House is a smallholding so there are chickens, horses and other animals that live here too, we therefore do not allow dogs or other pets on site. Please keep all gates shut and observe the country code.

We do our very best to provide a safe environment. Please be responsible for your children's safety at all times, especially around hot stoves, camp fires, the river and lake. Please keep fires small and manageable. Please be aware of naked flames; please keep candles inside the lanterns provided.

Small Children and Babies

A cot and a high chair can be provided if required at a small extra charge, please ensure this request is marked clearly as a 'special request' on your booking form. You will have to provide your own cot bedding.


Your yurt is available from 4pm on the day of your arrival. It is not possible to have access to the site before 4pm. If you plan to arrive after 8pm then please let us know. On arrival please ensure you read the welcome pack in the yurt.

All yurts are non smoking.

Please always remove outdoor foot wear before entering the yurt. If after 8pm please contact us for access details.


On the day of your departure please leave the site before 11am. You are kindly asked to leave everything in a clean and tidy condition. Thank you.


On arrival we require a cash or cheque deposit for 'yurt damages' of £150 which will be returned to you at the end of your stay, if there is no major damage to the yurt or contents.

Serious accidents

We cannot accept liability for any personal injury loss or damage which may be sustained by your party or their guest or their property during your stay at Hemsford Yurt camp. You will be held responsible for any serious damage or loss sustained to property during your stay.

Group bookings

The organiser of a group booking is responsible for coordinating all balance payments.

Yurt capacity

It is a condition of your booking that the total number of adults in your party should not exceed the adult capacity of the yurt as advertised and should correspond with your booking. For more information or to ask about numbers of children over and above the guideline capacity, please contact us. We will also consider requests for your own tents to be erected along side your chosen yurt by prior arrangement, however there will be an additional charge for this facility.