The past 3 weeks have been glorious with sunshine and clear skies for lovely early summer holidays. Our recent guests have really enjoyed visiting the community pub, the Tally Ho at Littlehempston, and some of our guests have even ventured on the footpath across the fields to the Pig and Whistle Inn. We are fortunate that in the vicinity of the yurt camp are 3 great pubs to choose from, The Tally Ho and the The Pig and Whistle at Littlehempston and the Sea Trout at Staverton - they all offer their own unique style with local ales and quality local produce on their menus. The nearest geographically is the Tally Ho, which is run and owned by the community. A team of locals set out to buy and open the pub as a community venture and offered shares for sale along with obtaining a loan and a grant. The pub reopened this year and is a 15 minute walk from the yurt camp.
Sometimes our guests are very interested in why we would ever want to start up a glamping site, and how to go about setting up a site like ours. We have also been interviewed by the local and national press, along with other glamping organisations. Today, 17th June 2014 we have been featured on a website called discover glamping - read all about us here: http://www.discoverglamping.com/glamping-interview-devon-yurts/ If you are interested in any more information about the process of setting up a glamping site then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This week was quite an unusual event in that it was a full moon on Friday 13th, something that will not happen again until 2049. The moon was spectacular to see, unfortunately my pictures were not that brilliant!!! The sun has been shining at the yurt camp for the last week and the weather has been perfect for a night in a yurt. There has also been plenty of wildlife activity in and around the camp and lake with at least 6 different badgers visiting the surrounding fields over the course of one night - captured on our wildlife camera (Pro stalk 5000). The lake is also still home to the Canada Geese and their 4 now very large goslings, there are also moor hen chicks, and mallard ducklings to be seen. I spent a very lovely hour yesterday by the lakeside just watching all the comings and goings with the dragonflies and damsel flies flitting, and swallows and house martins swooping to drink also this year has seen a population explosion of rabbits and some have even dug their warren in the bank of the lake.
Half term holidays are always busy times at our yurt camp. Last week was a lovely week with several families taking short breaks for the week with their children. The most recent young guests were very keen to be introduced to our horses and spent their week meandering in the fields, playing by the water, collecting eggs from our free range hens, and grooming our horses. Fortunately the weather was really kind and we had some lovely clear evenings with warm sunny days - perfect for a barbecue around the camp fire. Often our guests ask for recommendations of places to eat locally and there are 3 pubs within walking distance of the yurt camp. Recently the Tally Ho Inn at Littlehempston has been reopened and is has been bought and is now owned by over 130 shareholders from the local community. It is well worth a visit if you like a warm welcome and great pub grub - www.tallyhoinn.co.uk
Liz Jeffery - owner of Hemsford Yurt camp