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All a-Round the houses

We’ve teased you with snippets of the build along the way ( kudos to Rotunda Roundhouses for such a swift build!) but here it is at last. Our latest lovely space for you to come and put your feet up in, The Hide!

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The Hide at dusk

We have really pulled our fingers out with this build to create a fabulous private garden with all the things you could need. Fire pit, BBQ, and of course, the essential private outdoor bath house!

The beautiful verandah just shouted rocking chair to us so now theres no better spot to sooth yourself from a busy week, drink in hand, admiring the sunset.

Inside we have gone for earthy tones and warm pinks that sit perfectly with the countryside views. We have tried to include everything for a true home away from home. Whether your are cooking up a feast, putting your feet up with a movie or going for a soak in the clawfoot bath its all there for you.

But for me, its all about a hot outdoor bath on a cool night under the stars. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that!

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The comfy double bed in the Hide

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Bathroom at the Hide

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View from the deck across Castle Hill

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The Hides private bath house for star gazing

Yurt divergence, a new way of being.

divergencenoun [ C or U ]

situation in which two things become different

Down here amongst the rolling holls at The Yurt Retreat in Somerset our Yurts have been putting on their winter coats. Ahem, that is to say… could they be called Yurts? It’s doubtful.

As a caterpillar metamorphoses into a Butterfly, so does the Yurt, it seems.

Lovingly coined the ‘treehouse-yurt baby’ (IE: Yes, imagine if our treehouse, and yurt actually had an offspring? You’re getting there) our new, exclusive Rotunda Roundhouse ( Pioneer) is sitting proudly in the spot where Hazel Yurt once did. The difference between the two? Well, suffice it to say the only real similarity is the shape. The replacement structure itself is more akin to a self contained holiday lodge than a yurt but the essence and soul of the thing still originates from the same roots. Circular, warm, uplifting and unique. A magical experience with ensuite, kitchen and outdoor bath for stargazing.

“Hang on?” I hear you say, “Didn’t you just get one of these last year?”. Yes, indeed, we certainly did. The roundhouse ‘Nest’ was our big project for 2017 and we’ve had such success with it that it’s ignited our passion even further and encouraged us to build another on our beautiful retreat.

See, the beauty of transitioning from a canvas yurt to a timber-framed contemporary Roundhouse is that we are now able to offer our guests the option to retreat over to the Somerset hills all year round. With winter experiences and mini-breaks proving as popular as summer trips, we wanted the opportunity to open our doors over the Autumn (crisp, bright days and crunchy leaves!), winter (snow underfoot and open fires – or 21 degrees, as is being experienced this year?!) and the early spring season (crispy, fosty mornings and snowdrops).

So, come along and experience the Roundhouse for yourself.  We are delighted to share our transition with you and to celebrate the opening we are offering a free bottle of bubbly to the first booking of 2019! 

See you soon! 

[Paul & family]

A top 10 Treehouse!

We are delighted to find the Birdhouse in another top 10 of UK Treehouses. Have a look at the Coolstays website to find out more.


Autumn, the perfect time to take stock.

Autumn 2017 at the Yurt Retreat

Autumn at the Yurt Retreat

Hi there

This year we have been a bit quieter on social media but with Autumn now here its a great time to take stock and catch up with you about the past season and the exciting new developments for 2018.


April 2017 saw the birth of my son and its incredible how much more efficient you have to become to manage all the additional jobs. Its certainly been a long 6 months learning to parent but we are very blessed to have a happy, inquisitive boy who smiles easily which makes it all worth it.


That doesn’t mean that we have been resting on our laurels as far as the Yurt Retreat is concerned. Far from it! We began the year with our newly restyled Yurts which looked fantastic and we’ve had some great feedback through the season. 

Woodland Sauna


In addition to the Yurts we have been working on our new Woodland Sauna building. We are just waiting on a new string of exterior lights and we are looking forward to opening it in a weeks time. We have chosen an Infra red sauna as the health benefits seem even better than a traditional one and we have installed a fabulous outdoor shower but it’s really all about the unspoilt woodland views. Its going to be an amazing place to relax!

View from the Woodland Sauna

In the background we have also been working on another project to upgrade one of the Yurts to a proper wooden roundhouse with an integrated bathroom. Thanks to the fantastic team at Rotunda Roundhouses ( we have settled on a 6.5 meter building that will have its own kitchen, be beautifully designed and double glazed and will mean an end to the trip outdoors to use the loo! Now that the Yurts have come down for the Winter we will be getting stuck into this and we are really looking forward to a grand opening in March next year.

Thanks to all of you who have stayed with us this year. Don’t forget that the Birdhouse runs all year round although this Winter is already booking up fast. We look forward to welcoming you back with us again soon and hope that you have a great Autumn.


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20% off September Holidays at the Yurt Retreat


Coming back from the beach over the incredible bank holiday I couldn’t help but notice that it was darker noticeably earlier. For holidays at the yurts thats excellent news.  

With all signs pointing to a lovely September you can now enjoy lovely days and starry nights. What better place to be for that than away from the city lights and sat around the campfire toasting marshmallows and sipping wine.

We don’t have many spaces left through September but we are offering a 20% discount just to make those stars shine a little brighter!

Just use the code SEPTSKIES20 when booking.



Forget what you think you know about Yurts! See our incredible restyle new for 2017

We know that we have been quiet for a while but that certainly doesn’t mean that we haven’t been busy.

Winter has been spent reshaping the site and most dramatically, completely restyling our fabulous Yurts. We are tired but delighted to reveal the incredible transformation.
Forget what you think you know about Yurts. Now it’s really time to spoil yourself!


Last minute Christmas availability

We have now got some last minute availability in our Treehouse!

We have an opening from the 23rd Dec for the Christmas weekend
and for the midweek between Christmas and the New Year so if you fancy that last minute Christmas get away this is a rare chance. You can book directly online just by clicking HERE or do email me at

Thinking about Christmas gifts or a New Years get away?

Its that lovely time of the year again with holidays coming fast.

I love the socialising that seems unique to Christmas when, for once, everyone is holidaying together and catching up after another busy year. It’s after that extra plate of cheese that it suddenly dawns on you that you haven’t figured out what to get your son and his new wife or that you haven’t thought of a way to thank your parents for all that babysitting! Why not offer them something unique this year. Buy them a voucher for a stay in either our Treehouse or our luxury Yurts and they can choose when to have that much needed holiday. They’ll love you for it!

 If you’re interested please email Paul for more details:

We have also opened our Treehouse up for New Years for the first time ever. We are offering a 3 night package from Friday the 30th to Monday the 1st for £500. Theres only one slot available so be quick to catch it. You can book via our website at or email for details.

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