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 vintage car shows and stock car racing 14 days per year. Within a mile there are two Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Ten minutes in a car will get you to Dunkeswell or the market town of 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.

Facilities

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 and petrol stations.
We have a small amenities block onsite which has two complete bathrooms, each with a shower, toilet and basin. There is also a washing up point.

Our Yurts

Our Yurts (Yabins) are unique to Grey Willow Yurts. They are octagonal solid wooden structures and feel like a cross between a traditional mongolian yurt and a Scandinavian Kota. Inside, they have a beautiful ceiling structure and a wide aspect window. The bespoke funiture is made from local spruce and ash.

All of our Yabins have one double bed, one double futon and a single futon, 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 our amenities block. Unlike the water supply in your house, we add no chemicals. The low power water pump is the only electricity used for the whole site. Hot water in the amenities block is heated by a wood burner with a back boiler in the washing up area. 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 primarily hard wood which comes from local sustainable sources.

Wood and Decking - Any wood used anywhere onsite has come from sustainable sources or is reclaimed. We are striving to build an infrastructure that actually functions in an environmentally positive way and requires little carbon off-setting.