Single holiday let sleeping up to 2 guestsMoonbeam: 4 Star Yurt Accommodation
Set high on its own wooden balcony in large sheltered woodland garden on the very edge of the Dartmoor National Park, overlooking the town of Okehampton is this romantic yurt for two, with private use of cedar wood hot tub and the studio/potting shed with full Kitchen and shower room facilities. It’s got all the romance of camping with all the comforts of a luxury hotel, glamping (glamorous camping) at its very best.
This Yurt has been lovingly designed by a local craftsman, from local oak and ash, lashed with quality natural bindings, has a hand made solid oak door a beautiful cartwheel design roof light above that allows you to lie in bed and stars gaze. The outer walls are constructed of thick, Devon made, weather proof cotton canvas; all furnishings have been carefully selected for quality and design. The well insulated solid wood floor (fully carpeted) is strewn with cozy rugs, and reindeer skins from Lapland. Every detail has been considered to make this Yurt fit into its landscape and embrace our unique Dartmoor climate.
At 16 feet diameter it is large light spacious and airy, yet warm relaxing, comfortable and romantic.
The hand crafted wooden bed is made up with thick duck down duvet and pillows and Egyptian cotton bedding.
‘Once you enter the solid Devon oak door and lay back on the extremely comfortable bed ,smell the freshly picked wild flowers in the locally made terracotta vase and look up through the cartwheel window above listening to the crackle and smell the logs on the wood burning stove… you can’t help but sink into deep relaxation’.
There really is no need to rough it here, on another wooden balcony overlooking the bottom garden, the trees of the park and town below, is ‘the large potting shed/studio’ Entered through double French doors this is where you have your very own ‘cook house dinning room and full sized pampering shower room.
All the necessities are here for the full cooking experience outdoor indoor dinning and bathroom pampering.
There’s a fridge hot plate cooker, micro wave oven/grill dining table comfortable seating and of Corse the kitchen sink. You have your very own food preparation and a whole extra space in which to relax and unwind. ‘It’s was wonderful relaxing on the balcony for breakfast in the sun, enjoying alfresco lunches and barbecue suppers and then star gazing in the hot tub that did it for me’
Everything about this yurt holiday has been very carefully considered by the artist/designer owner, from the way the Yurt lights up at night like a lantern in the garden to how the buildings nestle into the landscape, the planting of indigenous shrubs and flowers designed to attract local wildlife, the subtle landscaping around with gentle evening lighting, the best use of viewing points in the garden, and careful choice of pathehing decking and stone walling that’s both practical and within keeping with the local environment.
Let’s not forget the hot tub which has proved to be extremely popular with all our guests (according to the visitor’s books). Set into its own private area of the lower balcony, under an old oak tree is the cedar wood hot tub! It’s of traditional designed made and transported from Canada; and chosen for quality. It is constantly at 38/39 degrees and ready to use at all times day or night. It stands 4 feet high and is 5 feet across. It has been sunk into the decking and positioned specifically to provide the very best star gazing, animal spotting and bird watching experience. ‘It’s like the most relaxing and decadent bath you’ve ever had that just doesn’t get cold’ Even the most stressed of soles can soak up warmth peace and tranquility
Deer have been known to graze the undergrowth of the bottom garden and we have seen a large and extremely healthy looking male fox take shade under the trees we have squirrels by the dozen and an array of colorful and vocal birds from wrens to woodpeckers robins to chaffinches, at night its quite normal to hear the hoot of owls.
Dartmoor National Park:
Surrounding the quiet and privacy of the garden there are a huge amount of things s to do; we are just 5 mins walk to the most northerly point of Dartmoor national park.
The garden is adjacent to the old tram way one of the most popular walks from Okehampton, it takes you through local fields and meadows then woodland then along the river on to the moor.
Just 3 mins walk away is Adventure Okehampton with 20 or so fantastically different activities from horse ridding to canoeing maintain biking to river gorging to caving to river rafting.
Next door is the old railway station with steam trains and bike hire at the start of the granite way cycle path., that leads very smoothly and gently all the way to Tavistock beside and along the old railway line. The railway station itself offers steam train trips and has some of the best home made cooking in the area! From full Monty breakfasts and lovely afternoon teas including Devon cream teas. So you can divide your valuable time between long relaxed and lazy days on the balcony in the hot tub and gardens, packed solid with action and adventure at the youth hostel, relaxing at the station with a cream tea .and calm walks bird watching and animal spotting, or gentle flat cycling to Tavistock all within 5 mins start of your door.
Okehampton town centre has plenty to offer with its farmer’s market, 3 super markets including Waitrose, a lovely cinema, art gallery, auction rooms and unusually high amount of small independent shops including health food shops, butchers, farm shops and great clothes shops. There are some lovely places to eat outside street cafes and pubs.
As Okehampton is bang smack in the middle of Devon you can reach both the north or the south costs and their very different coastlines in under an hour! You can be in Exeter in 30mins, Cornwall in 20 and at numerous national trust properties all around. The Eden project is only a pleasant hours journey away across Bodmin moor… all in all there really is a very great deal to do!
Unfortunately Moonbeam cannot accommodate pets.