Wedding season has begun early for me this year. It’s only February and already I’ve attended a hen party in Paris and a refreshingly original wedding at the award-winning Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green followed by supper of suckling pig at the ‘offaly’ (excuse the pun) British St. John Restaurant. So now I’m watching my weight in anticipation of the next hen weekend in glamorous bikini chic Miami, busy practising how to waltz for a grand black tie wedding in palatial Vienna, excitedly learning about the traditions involved a wedding blessing in Western Ukraine and mostly jumping for joy at the thought of my little brother getting married at home in Cheshire later this year – phew, that’s a lot of wedmin and I’m already married!
Anyway, I started reminiscing about my own wedding a year and a half ago (where does the time go?!) and my hen party which was spent in Somerset in sunny August. Whilst admittedly Crewkerne is not Paris or Miami, I thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful weekend of camping, or rather glamping, at the rather impressive Yurt Retreat, enjoying all the natural beauty, peace and tranquillity that the English countryside has to offer.
Anyone who knows me would literally laugh out loud at the idea of me and camping (high heels + grass?) but being at one with nature was an unforgettable experience for a number of reasons. Our time was spent relaxing among green fields bathed in beautiful sunlight, listening to nothing but the swishing sounds of buzzards circling overhead. We played spot the dashing pheasant and sighed at the sight of lazy badgers wandering out of the woods. The only moment I did question my enthusiasm for living life in the slow lane was when stargazing round the campfire I discovered a humungous bulbous slug glued to my glass of champagne. Thankfully, just in the nick of time before taking a sip!
The Yurt Retreat is both a nature lover and city escaper’s dream. Set on an organic dairy farm, it is known for being one of the hottest ‘Glamping’ destinations in the country. Tucked away in a stunning natural setting with abundant wildlife, four luxurious yurts welcome visitors to a slower pace of life.
As we arrived at the site, a bashful herd of deer were spotted merrily leaping through the surrounding fields. The Yurt Retreat is a magical place to truly unwind and get away from the stresses of working life.
Each yurt is individually and tastefully decorated with vintage and handmade furniture. Comprising a comfortable double bed (and sofa bed), mains electricity, bedside lights, tea and coffee making facilities and even a dressing table, you wouldn’t believe you were camping. Awaking to the glorious sounds of birds chirping, bees buzzing and literally…nothing else prompts you to remember that you are sleeping under canvas in rolling fields.
Each one has a private flushing toilet, luxury shower and the use of a spacious lodge complete with a farmhouse kitchen and comfy lounge. And for those chilly nights, the yurts’ wood burners provide comforting warmth. This is glamping with a capital G.
On site there is a fantastic barbeque area and campfire encircled with log stools where my girls and I enjoyed the odd chocolate biscuit and marshmallow s’more (or two). If cooking al fresco doesn’t do it for you, don’t worry, there are a number of award winning gastro pubs within walking distance…!
There are plenty of activities in the local area. One day we enjoyed a trip to Lyme Regis which involved a considerably less calm rib boat ride. An hour spent whizzing past the spectacular white cliffs of the Jurassic Coast in choppy waters and through cold but pleasantly invigorating winds was the perfect cure for the previous night’s over indulgence of s’mores and champagne. Nevertheless, the weekend’s activities reminded me that I really am a country girl at heart.
To book your getaway, visit www.theyurtretreat.co.uk.