Our three large yurts (Buzzard, Badger and Woodpecker) can sleep up to 6 persons. Our smaller yurt (Willow) sleeps up to 4.
What do we sleep on?
Badger, Buzzard and Woodpecker each have a kingsize double bed and four full size single beds. They have proper mattresses and we use organic or sustainable cotton bedding with wool duvets and pillows. Willow has a double bed and two 2ft wide single beds. In 2020 we will be laundering all pillow protectors between guests as well as all linen and spraying the encapsulating mattress protectors with virucidal disinfectant on each changeover (laundering if required).
Due to the additional cleaning and laundering we have to undertake this year we will not be providing blankets, should you wish to bring them yourself you are welcome to do so. Similarly we will not be providing hot water bottles this year.
Do I have to bring bed linen?
No, all bed linen is provided. However, you will need to bring your own towel and blankets should you wish.
Can I get reception on my mobile phone?
Depending on your network, you will be able to pick up some reception on your mobile phone. We are with EE and frequently have 4G in the yurt field.
Do you have internet access?
No, we do not have internet access. Part of the site's appeal is that you can get away from modern technology and completely unplug and unwind.
Do you have a television?
No, we do not have a television.
What facilities does each yurt have?
Each yurt has its own cold water tap and a camp kitchen with stove/oven, pots, pans, cutlery and crockery. New for 2020 is a washing up station at each yurt. Each yurt has its own wood burning stove inside and fire pit outside. Each also has its own compost loo and private bathroom in the communal barn. The yurts also share use of a communal barn with living, dining and kitchen space. Read on for more information.
What are the facilities on site?
We have a communal barn, with a large kitchen area equipped with a fridge (with freezer compartment) per yurt, a microwave, electric kettle, toaster, three big gas hobs and an electric oven. There is also a large dining table and benches, shelves full of crockery and cooking utensils and a large lounge area with a log burner and sofas and armchairs to relax in. Next door are private bathrooms (one per yurt) with hot showers, basins with hot and cold water and flushing toilets.
What do we cook on?
We have provided a ‘camp kitchen’ next to each yurt, with a two ring/grill/oven camping gas cooker. These have been newly fitted out for 2020 and provide more space for storage of food and all of the cooking paraphernalia we provide. There is also a barbeque outside each yurt (starter charcoal provided for your first night), as well as a fire pit stocked with logs. You can also cook in the barn. All utensils, crockery, glassware etc is provided you should only need to bring food and drink.
Do you allow for group bookings?
We can cater for group bookings, and welcome parties, wedding events, corporate bookings and most other group events. However, in order to ensure privacy and peace for our guests, we will only take group bookings for the entire site. Please note we are within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where tranquility is prized - loud music late at night will not be tolerated.
Can we camp?
Camping is only permitted when all yurts are taken by a group booking and only by prior agreement with the owners. Tents/campervans are charged at £20 per night per unit for use of facilities.
Can we bring our children?
Yes! Youngsters love the freedom of outdoor living and we can help to make your stay with little ones as hassle free as possible. We can provide a travel cot, high chair, baby bath and toddler toilet seat on request.
Where do we park our car?
There is a gravel car park on site, a short distance from the yurts. We ask that people please do not park on the grassed areas in front of the yurts. There is a small grass lay-by at the bottom of the steps to Buzzard yurt for the use of guests staying there.
Can you drink the water?
Yes, it comes from 60ft under ground from our own borehole.
Do we need to bring anything?
Only towels and food! And a sense of adventure... For more info click here.
Do you have loos that flush?
Yes. Next to the main field kitchen there are hot showers and flushing loos. We have our own sewage treatment plant on site so please make sure you only put human waste and toilet tissue down the toilet. Bins are provided in each toilet for sanitary products and baby wipes. Please bag nappies and put them in the bin.
Will the beds be made up?
Yes, we provide all organic or sustainably sourced 100% cotton bedding and the beds will be made for you when you arrive. We ask that you please strip your beds of linen at the end of your stay and place used linen in a bag provided for you in the yurt. This is to minimise risk to our staff. Many thanks.
Can I plug my mobile phone/hair drier etc in..?
Yes, but only in the barn and plug points are limited.
Do you have electricity in the yurts?
No. We do provide lanterns/tea-lights and torches though. You may wish to bring your own torches too.
Do I need to bring a pair of wellies?
Yes. It’s a good idea to pack a pair of wellies if it has been or it looks like it might be raining. This the country after all! If you don’t have a pair we can point you in the right direction of a local stockist.
Can I bring my dog if he is well behaved?
One or two well-behaved dogs may accompany you during your stay at Blackdown Yurts. Please note:
Dogs MUST be kept on a lead and under control AT ALL TIMES while on site.
There may be livestock in close proximity to the yurt field so if this will be a problem for your dog please do not bring them.
We expect you to clean up after your dog and dispose of faeces responsibly in the bins provided in the car park.
Please do not allow your dogs to upset or annoy other guests (or their dogs). If your dog barks excessively or uncontrollably, they will not be welcome.
Dogs are not permitted on beds or sofas.
Please bring a dog towel to clean their paws before entering the yurts to help keep the carpets clean.
There is an additional charge of £10 per dog per stay. Simply select the number of dogs you will be bringing in the add-on section when booking online.
Dogs that are not under control will be asked to leave.
The policy of allowing dogs will be reviewed constantly and may be revoked at any time.
Is there a fridge/freezer?
Yes, each yurt has a fridge (with freezer compartment) located in the communal barn. Each yurt also has a cool box to keep things like milk cool and nearby for that essential cup of tea. Two ice blocks are provided in your yurt's freezer compartment, so that you can swop them out during your stay.
Can you recommend any additional accommodation in the area?
Yes, we have four beautifully restored thatched barns/cottages on our farm that are available. Take a look at halsbeerfarm.co.uk for more details or contact us directly via the contact page on this site.