The General Area
We are situated next to (although not affiliated with) a working dairy farm in the heart of the Blackdown Hills AONB (Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty) in the South West. The field is approximately three acres and has a very gentle slope. Half a mile away is a historic WWII airfield (RAF Upottery) which is now used as a showground for things like car boots and vintage car shows. Within a mile there are two areas of Special Scientific Interest (SSI). Ten minutes in a car will get you to Dunkeswell or Honiton.
Parking and driving onsite.
We have a designated parking area to the left as you enter the site, although we do allow guests to park up next to their yurt for the purposes of loading and unloading luggage, or for guests that have special access requirements. When driving around the site, please keep your speed dead slow as there may be free-range children and dogs.
There is a local shop in Dunkeswell if you need to top up on provisions during your stay, or Honiton is our nearest town with a supermarket.
We have a small amenities block onsite which has two complete bathrooms, each with a shower, toilet and basin. There is also a wash-up point for washing up.
Our Yurts are Mongolian, they're made by Mongolians, in Mongolia. They are built using traditional methods and painted in traditional colours. The only change we have had to make is the addtion of a waterproof canvas cover to keep out the Devonshire weather. Each Yurt is sat on a deck which allows the Yurt to 'breathe' and provides a nice stable flat surface to walk on. All of our yurts have two double sofa beds and two single chair beds, they all have a wood burning stove and an area ouside where you can sit around an open fire toasting marshmallows. On the wood stove, you can also cook in a pot or heat a kettle for a nice cup of tea in the morning.
Our Green Credentials
We have put a lot of effort in and are proud of how environmentally friendly we have managed to make the site. Here's a brief overview of some of the measures we've taken:
Water - Our water supply is provided by our own borehole. It travels no more than 340 meters to get from the ground into your mouth. Unlike the water supply in your house, we add no chemicals. We ensure the safety of our supply by having regular full chemical suite water analysis checks carried out. The low power water pump used is the only electricity used for the whole site. Hot water in the amenities block is provided by a wood burner with a back boiler. Dish washing detergent is organic and provided.
Sewerage - We had a special package sewage treatment plant imported from Germany. It requires no power to function and has one of the best effluent ratings in the world. As we deal with all sewage onsite, we are not reliant on power-hungry centralised sewage treatment plants.
Heating - Heating in the Yurts and for the hot water is provided by wood burners. The wood provided is a hard wood which comes from local sustainable sources.
Wood and Decking - Any wood used anywhere onsite has come from sustainable sources or is reclaimed. The decks that the Yurts sit on, are built entirely from reclaimed scaffolding boards. Our goal is to become one of the first businesses in the UK which not only runs carbon neutral, but actually ecologically benefits the landscape that it sits in. Unlike other businesses which are trying to be green simply by offsetting the carbon that they're burning, we are striving to build an infrastructure that actually functions in an environmentally positive way and requires little carbon off-setting.