FAQs

Below are some of the questions that we are frequently asked by prospective guests. If there’s anything we’ve missed, and I’m sure there’s loads, please get in contact!

How big are the yurts?

The yurts are 19 foot diameter Mongolian Yurts.

How many can the yurt sleep?

The yurts each have a double bed and a double futon. We can also supply a cot-bed for smaller guests 🙂

The maximum number that can sleep in the yurt is 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 or 3 children. There is room for additional blow up/rollout mattresses for children, which we can hire out, or you can bring your own. Our site capacity is 20 adults – please get in touch if your party is larger.

What's in the yurt?

Each yurt has the following:

  • double bed
  • double futon
  • wood burner & log basket
  • table and chairs for 4
  • chest of drawers for your clothes
  • rugs
  • rechargeable lantern
  • bedside light
  • wind up radio
  • coolbox – ice packs from freezer in facilities
  • kettle for boiling on the gas stove
  • cooking equipment for BBQ and gas stove
  • mirror
  • electric point for charging lantern/radio/phones etc.
  • Bedding and blankets for bed and futon (bedding is £20 per bed, or you can bring your own)

Outside each Yurt is a picnic bench, BBQ, and gas camping stove.

Check in Check out times

Check in from 4pm – if you’ll arrive a lot later let us know! Check out is at 10 am.

What do we do when we get there

Follow the sign to the car park, which is to the left of the yurt field. We should be about, but if not we will leave a welcome letter and map to your yurt in the kitchen of the Barn.

Can we roam freely around the farm?

You can wander freely around the yurt field, but as Hill Farm is a working farm we ask that children are supervised. For health and safety reasons you may only visit the farm buildings and yards under supervision – but we are more than happy to show you around, and children especially enjoy seeing the calves and the milking process!There are some lovely walks around the farm, we’ll have some maps for you to take and explore the area.

Can we bring our dog?

Unfortunately we cannot accept dogs due to the nature of the working farm.

Are the yurts suitable for children?

Absolutely! We feel the yurt and the surrounding countryside make a great experience for children. We aim to be as child friendly as possible, and can provide travel cot, highchair etc.
We provide old fashioned games in the yurts and barn to keep you entertained 🙂
Children (and adults!) will need to exercise caution when the wood burner is lit.

Do I need to bring bedding or towels?

We can provide bedding for a small extra charge of £20 per bed to cover our laundry cost. You are more than welcome to bring your own if you prefer to.
Please bring your own towels.
We provide tea towels in the kitchen and hand towels in the bathroom.

What are the cooking facilities?

There is a well equipped kitchen in the nearby barn, including an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge – freezer, kettle and toaster.
We also provide pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, utensils, glasses, mugs, teatowels etc. All you need to bring is food 🙂 There’s also a Dutch Oven available for the fire-pit if you’re feeling brave!
Each yurt also has a BBQ, gas stove, and a coolbox, so there are plenty of options!
Ice packs for the coolbox can be exchanged in the facilities freezer to keep your coolbox cold.

Can I cook in the yurt?

We prefer guests to cook outside on the BBQ, gas stove, or in the kitchen, rather than in the yurts. This is for safety reasons, and to keep the yurts smelling fresh.

Is there firewood and charcoal for the BBQ?

We provide a basket of firewood and kindling for you on arrival, this should get you going, and there’s more wood to buy at £5.00 / net from us at the Barn for you to top up your log basket if needed.
You can purchase fantastic West Country BBQ Charcoal from us – this can be ordered when you book, or you can ask for a bag when you arrive. £5.00 for a 5kg bag

What are the bathroom facilities?

There are 4 power showers and 4 flushing toilets in the nearby barn.
We provide loo roll, hand wash, and hand towels but you will need to bring your own shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, hairdryers, bath towels etc.

What pubs/shops are nearby?

The Monkton Inn is the nearest pub, about a mile and a half away, down the hill to the village (quite steep on the way back – you’ll realise on the way back why we’re called Hill Farm, but it’s good for the calorie burning!). The restaurant is popular so is likely to need booking in advance if you’d like to eat there http://www.themonktoninn.co.uk/

The Maypole is a little further away, and would require a bike ride, or car journey http://www.maypole-inn.co.uk/ it’s got a larger bar area if you’re just after a couple of drinks.

Clavelshay barn is an excellent restaurant, and is about 2 miles away through the country lanes, making a lovely bike ride, or a leisurely walk. Highly recommended for Sunday Lunch! http://www.clavelshaybarn.co.uk/

There are plenty of supermarkets within short driving distance of the farm.

We highly recommend the butcher Pynes of Somerset for your BBQ meat, they also have a fishmonger, delicatessen and selection of fruit and veg, along with local specialities such as apple juices and of course cider! They can be found just off J24 of the M5, so a good idea to stop off there en route to stock up with supplies.

The County Town of Taunton is only a short 10 minute drive from the farm.

What can we do in the local area?

See our local attractions page – http://www.somersetyurts.co.uk/local-area/
Visit Somerset – http://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/site/things-to-do
Quantock Events – http://www.quantockhills.com/events/
Contact us if you’re after something else and we’ll let you know what’s on in the area!

What do I need to bring?

We recommend you bring wellies, waterproofs, and warm clothes, just in case the weather is wet and cold. (It’s a working farm in the UK, bring wellies!) You will be warm enough in the yurt with the wood burner, and blankets, but it might be cold out and about.
Wellies are a must have really (have we mentioned wellies enough 🙂 ) as they will keep your feet dry in the morning dew and are also quick and easy to put on and kick off coming in and out of the yurt.
Bring your own food, which can be stored in the kitchen, and in your yurt (each yurt has a cool box).
If you are feeling adventurous, bring your bikes as the Quantocks have amazing mountain bike trails. There are also some lovely rides out on the Taunton and Bridgwater canal and River Tone.
Bring your camera – you’ll want to get some snaps of you in the yurts, and the surrounding countryside!

Do you have a policy for groups?

You can either book 1, 2 or all 5 yurts. Basically, we generally ask that groups larger than 8 adults book the whole site. Out of peak season we may be able to consider 4 yurts to be booked, and we will make the 5th yurt unavailable so that you can still have the yurts exclusively. Please contact us to discuss your requirements. This ensures you can enjoy yourselves without having to worry about disturbing others. The maximum number for the site is 25 adults.

Can I bring sky lanterns?

As we’re a working Dairy farm we don’t allow sky/chinese lanterns because of the damage they can cause our and our neighbours livestock – the lanterns land in a field, and the cattle can accidentally eat the wire…with fatal consequences.

Is there disability access?

Please get in touch to discuss your individual requirements.

Where can I park?

On arrival at Somerset Yurts, you will see a sign to the Yurts and the car park. Follow the sign to the car park, which is to the left of the yurt field. We should be about, but if not we will leave a welcome letter and map to your yurt in the kitchen of the Barn. There is no parking in the yurt field – it would spoil the view 😉