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Yurtshire opens new sustainable glamping site near Harrogate

19th July 2012 Print
The Yurt

A new sustainable ‘Glamping’ experience has just opened in the Village of Markington, nestled in the Yorkshire Dales between Harrogate & Ripon.

The new site is home to three beautifully handcrafted Yurts, located in a peaceful haven overlooking a small lake with it’s very own resident swans. Tom Sterne, Director of Yurtshire has gone to great lengths to deliver a high end luxury camping experience. The site has been carefully selected and created with minimal disturbance to the natural habitat and beauty. Positioned in a picturesque meadow with plenty of living space between each Yurt. Guests can escape the everyday ‘rat race’ and relax in the elegantly furnished Yurts which come complete with comfortable beds and futons, Egyptian cotton bedding, throws, sheepskin rugs and everything that’s needed for a ‘posh camping’ experience.

Tom was first inspired to setup his own luxury camping experience in the UK following a safari trip to the Masai Mara in Kenya. “They have really mastered the art of luxury camping on safari holidays with some amazing 5 star tented lodges. Having loved camping and the great outdoors I instantly fell in love with the little round houses called yurts and I thought they were they would be perfect for the UK market. As well as being extremely beautiful the yurts are practical and warm with the wood burning stoves. There is also something enchanting about being inside a round yurt at night”

Tom continues “At the heart of Yurtshire is the ethos of natural ‘off grid living’, our Yurts do not have electricity. Lanterns, candles and torches are provided and together with the warm glow of the wood burning stove, fire pits and barbeque it all adds to the romantic ambience and truly magical experience of staying in a yurt.”

Each yurt has its own private compost/sawdust toilet. A hot gas shower and wood burning hot tub are also provided. For those that love the outdoors and aspire to be Bear Grylls there are numerous places to fish and an ample supply of logs for chopping.

The Yurts are also kitted out with everything guests should need for their stay with kitchen units stoves, crockery and cutlery. Guests can turn up, without all the baggage and clutter that is associated with camping and everything is ready for them.

The new Yurtshire site at Markington is centrally located between Harrogate & Ripon, approximately 8 miles either way. Close to popular historic attractions such as Newby Hall, Fountains Abbey & Ripley Castle, there is also an abundance of walks and trails for all abilities. The more adventurous guest can access a range of outdoor activities from horse riding, mountain biking, zorbing to high rope activities at Log Heights in Ripley.

The yurts are ideal for couples on a romantic getaway, groups of friends or just families wanting to get away from it all. Each Yurt sleeps a maximum of 5 people and with only 3 yurts on the site it’s possible to hire out the whole place to yourself. This is a great option for say a hen weekend or a birthday party. A weekend stay based on 2 people starts at £175. The longer the stay the bigger the discount and with prices working out at around £27 per person per night.

The Yurts are available to hire during April – October.

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The Yurt Welcome to Yurtshire Inside the Yurt Inside the Yurt Yurtshire site in Markington