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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.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
- Coach stations
Totnes: Royal Seven Stars Coach Stop — 2.3 miles
2.3 miles Kingskerswell: Arch Bus Stop — 4.7 miles
4.7 miles Buckfastleigh: Station Approach Bus Stop — 4.7 miles
- Train stations
Totnes Rail Station — 2.1 miles
2.1 miles Paignton Rail Station — 5.1 miles
5.1 miles Torre Rail Station — 5.5 miles
- Ferry ports
Totnes Ferry Landing — 2.6 miles
2.6 miles Torquay - North Quay — 6.3 miles
6.3 miles Torquay Harbour Boarding Pontoon — 6.4 miles
Exeter International Airport — 21.6 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.
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.
- Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (4.6 miles)
- Buckfast Abbey (5.1 miles)
- Living Coasts (6.4 miles)
- Compton Castle (3.2 miles)
- Greenway (6.6 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.