2013 has been our second year of running our yurt camp. This year has seen around 500 guests visiting our glamping site over the season, with a terrific summer with many long spells of hot weather. When we first decided to open our yurt camp we were not sure how popular we would be, however this year we have been virtually fully booked particularly through the school holidays and we are delighted that our guests have embraced holidaying in a yurt in a field in South Devon with such pleasure. Its lovely to meet the diverse and rich tapestry of people who have stayed here and it is also great to welcome back some of our repeat guests. This year we have welcomed guests from all over the world, Australia, Norway, Spain and Ireland to name but a few. Happy New Year to all our guests - we look forward to meeting some new faces in 2014!
Christmas is a quiet time at Hemsford yurt camp and the end of the year allows us time to reflect on the glamping season and make plans for the new year. We are fortunate to be able to store our yurts in our barns away from the British winter weather. In Mongolia the weather is quite different with the winters being very cold with snow, but not a lot of rainfall. The picture here is of a yurt in Mongolia. The herder, who lives in this yurt woke to find the young snow leopard sleeping on his roof, where he had been storing some meat. So having eaten the store cupboard the leopard decided to have an after dinner nap!!! What an amazing photograph! As many of our previous guests will know I am a lover of all things leopard print and I would love for this endangered species to sleep on the top of our yurts, however somehow I don't think this will ever happen here in Devon!!! Probably just as well as 'elf and safety would have a field day!!!
Its lovely to find out that so many glampers are interested in booking their holidays for 2014 whilst its still winter 2013. This week I have had a rush of phone calls with many people enquiring and making reservations for the 2014 season. Its always lovely that people are interested in staying in an authentic Mongolian yurt, and we try very hard to make sure that we meet everyones expectations. Our lovely guest book comments would suggest that we have already managed to do this! The yurts are now safely packed away and stored in our barn over the winter months, and we will be hoping for some nice dry weather in early March so that the yurts can come out of their hibernation ready for the 2014 season.
Liz Jeffery - owner of Hemsford Yurt camp