Michelle
Thu 12th January 2012
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An outstanding experience.

The owners could not have been more helpful, we arrived early due to the November nights & were shown everything.We could not have been more comfortable and the yurt was very warm & cosy, with all that we needed. It was very peaceful in a lovely location, and the local shop & coffee shop were 5 minutes away. The local pub also served great meals. It was a great place just to unwind & escape to.

wood1973
Thu 27th October 2011
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Relaxing romantic retreat

Stayed for one week in October. The yurt sits right on the fishing lake and is very private due to the planting around it near the lake and the wood it backs on to on the other side. The yurt itself appears high end in glamping, containing a lovely double bed, roll top bath with shower, fitted kitchen with fridge, microwave, hob and dish washer. Outside is a lovely covered gazebo with a heater for you to sit out and eat your evening meals under. Next to this on the decking are two quality sun loungers with a huge BBQ come fire pit. There's plenty of chopped wood located in the wood behind the yurt, also another fire pit has been built in the wood not far from the Yurt as well if you fancy using it. The other side of the gazebo and only 5 steps from the front door of the yurt is a beautiful 4 person hot tub. Next to this is a very posh composting toilet. The yurt is surrounded by decking and astro turf so you won't get muddy walking between the toilet or hot tub and the yurt. I believe the toilet is new and closer than what the original description describes on the yurts booking website. Also the hot tub originally was up at the owners property but is now definately at the yurt. We had great fun every night sitting in the hot tub then drying off in front of the fire pit wrapped in the dressing gowns supplied with the yurt. The only issue we had, was that he underfloor heating wasn't working at the time of our visit but wasn't missed as the gas fire wood burner look a like supplied plenty of heat. The bed also came with dual control elctric balnkets which kept us toastie at night. The yurt is brillantly located, only a 10 minute drive from both Cheltenham and Evesham. It can be difficult to spot if you are arriving in the dark, so when you come up ashton lane from the village, turn in at the 2nd house past Beckford Silk. The yurt has plenty of power unlike other ones I have stayed at so charging gadgets and using hair dryers is not a problem. With all the lights off and sitting under the stars the yurt takes on a magical feel of peace and romance not to be missed. Think the owners are on to a winner here and I can see this place being heavily booked in the future The hosts themselves aren't intrusive and are very approachable and helpful when needed. Beckford and ashton both have pubs which serve food. The one at ashton we found very good but there are plenty about to choose from.

Chris Youngs
Thu 20th October 2011
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A very enjoyable and relaxing holiday

The owners were extremely helpful and very accomodating. The setting was magnificent. The facilities were magnificant

Rachel246
Thu 4th August 2011
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Perfect

Totally relaxing and the perfect get away. The owners are very friendly and helpful without being obtrusive. The lake is beautiful and the yurt has everything you would need. You just need to take a book, put your feet up and relax. The hottub and rowing boat offer something different and the bikes are available to explore the wonderful countryside. I totally agree with the previous comment and if you just want to escape, this is the place to go.

JennyThingie
Tue 31st May 2011
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Loved it. Excellent set up.

This is the first review as we were apparently the first guests! Everything is even nicer than it looks on the website. The yurt is very solid (we had very strong winds and rain but no creaking/flapping), extremely clean and well thought out. It's quickly heated by the gas fire when required and well-lit. Hot water is on-demand so filling the bath is no problem. The fridge is quiet and there's a dishwasher, plus a really sharp knife-set and generally everything you need for the kitchen (inc salt/pepper). The outside spaces are great: fire site under trees, open deck with clever lounge-chairs & barbecue or the covered deck with bar stools & space-heater (where we spent the most time). The compost loo is very clean (fancy Swedish design), well-lit and very close to the doors, via decking/astro-turf so no mud. It was fine popping out there in the light rain. There are clever little solar lights dotted around that you don't notice until they glimmer dimly at night to add to the atmosphere. There were lots of geese around (but not right outside) so we heard/saw them and their goslings, plus ducks/ducklings and coots/cootlings(?!), lovely to sit outside to eat and watch them go by and the plop of the carp every now and again. There were some fishermen not a huge distance away, however it's all very private due to clever digging/planting. Be aware there are no curtains over the glass doors (which look over the lake), however, you could hang the fluffy bathrobes over these (there are hooks) if you are coy. But honestly there's no way anyone could see in - you just get a great view of the lake from bed. I was happy to walk around out there in the buff! Oh, and also there is a glass dome at the top (can be screw-lifted for ventilation using a pole) so there is no way to keep the yurt dark when the sun comes up. The owners were really nice, friendly (but not too friendly) and helpful and have obviously spent a lot of time and care setting this up just right. They sorted out the rowing boat for us and heated up the hot-tub (and let us know they were out which meant we felt more private in there as it's overlooked by the house). They were also keen to hear about any suggestions about how they could improve things for the next visitors (there were only very minor things). I strongly expect they'll keep everything in perfect shape. The location gets 5* for the local area (lakeside, quiet road, close to shop) but to be honest there's not a load to do around here - we ended up driving quite a lot to get to interesting places (we recommend Great Malvern, esp the puppet theatre). Had a nice bike ride around the local area though (lots of quiet roads). Top tip: there's a M&S; Simply Food attached to a petrol station in Tewkesbury where you can get good food later than anywhere else.

Sarah
Fri 13th April 2012
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Amazing place.

The yurt was amazing, the owners were very helpfull and friendly and made us very welcome. The hot tub was so cool, we were there in Febuary when it snowed and it was fantastic. I would highly recommend the place, it was in a beautiful setting, warm, cosy and very out of the ordinary.