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Grey Willow Tree Yurts, Devon

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A guest post by Elizabeth Kemp who went camping (maybe not glamping (!)) with her husband and two little girls.

It is with reluctance that I write this review, because in doing so I will probably never be able to get booked into this little gem again.  It really is a bargain for anyone wanting to “camp” with the kids but also wanting a little home comfort.  For less than £65 per night for a family 4 of  we have just enjoyed  four days (high season)  in a traditional Mongolian yurt ( or Harry Potter tent) in the middle of Devon.

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Don’t be mislead into thinking this is glamping, it isn’t.  Its comfortable camping. It is basically three yurts in the middle of a field, with an amenity block .  The amenities on site are basic.  There is no electricity apart from in the wash room hut, so torches are a necessity if showering at night.  That said, the two toilets and showers are clean and modern, and get the timing right (approx 1.5 hours after the log burner has been lit), the water is hot.

The yurts are comfortably furnished with beautifully hand made wooden furniture . Each Yurt has a double bed, a double futon and a single futon.  We took the travel cot (for the two year old) so didn’t use the single futon.  You will need bedding for the futons and possibly an extra throw for the double bed.  The log burner keeps the Yurt cosy in the evening, but early morning when the fire is out it does get chilly.  The owner Pete is fantastic and comes every evening to check you have everything you need and to light the log burner for hot water.  Crockery, cutlery, bottles of water, washing up liquid, tea towels, wood and the millions of tea lights needed to light the yurt are all provided.

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The field is secure so kids can roam about to hearts content doing whatever kids do in big open fields.  We were lucky that a family with similar aged children were staying at the same time (6 yrs and 2 yrs), so for a few hours a day the kids just ran about.  There are some beautiful beaches nearby, and Honiton, the nearest town is about a 5 min drive away. We spent the days visiting National Trust sites where the kids thoroughly enjoyed Wild Wednesdays (Fynes Court about 1 hour away) and the bug safari at A La Ronde (30 mins away).

In the evening it was campfire time and bbq, with an early night for all , absolutely exhausted with all the fresh air and running around. Back to basics at its best.

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