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

How big are the yurts, dome, and safari lodges?

The yurts are 5.5m diameter, the dome is 6.5m diameter, and the lodges are 5m x 7m.

How many can each yurt and safari lodge sleep?

The yurts and dome each sleep up to four sharing a double bed and a double futon. The safari lodges can sleep up to six and have two bedrooms, one has a double bed, the other has a bunk bed. There is also a double daybed in the living area. We can also supply a cot-bed for smaller guests 🙂

The maximum number that can sleep in the yurts and dome is four adults or two adults and two or three children. There is room for additional blow up/rollout mattresses for children, you are welcome to bring your own along as required as we do not supply these. The safari tents can sleep two adults and up to four children. Our site capacity is 32 adults. This is more flexible with a mix of adults and children – please get in touch if your party is larger.

What's in the accommodation?

Each yurt has the following:

  • double bed
  • double futon/sofa bed
  • wood burner & log basket
  • table and two chairs
  • rugs
  • bedside light
  • coolbox – ice packs from freezer in facilities
  • camp kettle for boiling on the prakti stove or woodburner
  • cooking equipment can be found in the communal kitchen for BBQ and prakti stove
  • mirror
  • electric point for charging lantern/radio/phones etc.

Outside each Yurt is a picnic bench, BBQ, and prakti camping stove – it’s like a gas stove, but uses charcoal.

The safari lodges each have the following:

  • kitchen:
    • single ceramic hob, under-counter fridge, kettle, sink
    • knives, forks, spoons for 6
    • 4 dinner plates, bowls, mugs, glasses
    • 4 childrens plastic plates, bowls and cups
    • basic cooking equipment including a set of cooks knives, spatula, wooden spoon, corkscrew, colander, chopping board, veg peeler, cheese grater, BBQ utensils
    • small, medium and large cooking pots and frying pan for the ceramic hob
    • bin with bin liner and spare in drawers
    • tea towel, washing up liquid, dish brush, cloth
  • dining table and chairs for 4 (2 further chairs outside on deck)
  • woodburner and log basket
  • double daybed
  •  Standard lamp in main living area
  • shower room with toilet, shower, sink, 2 loo rolls, handwash, hand towel and shower mat
  • bedroom one – double bed, side table and light
  • bedroom two – bunk beds, side table and light
  • outside – table and chairs for 2, picnic bench, BBQ

Check in Check out times

Check in from 4pm to 8pm.  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. you will find a welcome letter and map to your accommodation 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. There are some lovely walks around the farm, OS maps are available in the barn for you to borrow and explore the area.

Can we bring our dog?

Yes! Up to 2 dogs per yurt are welcomed, £10 per dog, per stay. We have a few doggy rules:

  • Dogs must be kept on leads at all times around the yurt site (we have cows grazing neighbouring fields)
  • No dogs allowed on beds, please bring own dog crate/bed and blankets
  • Please do not leave dogs unattended during the day or night in the yurts
  • All dog poo to be cleared up around yurt field
  • Maximum of 2 dogs per yurt

Are the yurts and lodges 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.
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 £10 per double bed and £5 per single bed. You are more than welcome to bring your own if you prefer to.
Please bring your own bath towels and toiletries.
We provide tea towels in the kitchen and hand towels in the bathroom of the barn.

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! The safari lodges each have their own kitchen with fridge, ceramic hob, kettle, utensils, crockery, frying pan and pans.
Each yurt also has a BBQ, prakti 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, prakti stove, or in the kitchen, rather than in the yurts. This is for safety reasons.

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 using an honesty box 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 via the honesty box. £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 – https://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 torches, 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 yurts and lodges 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 tents.
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, dome and safari lodges for exclusive use. Basically, we generally ask that adult only groups book the whole site. Out of peak season we may be able to consider the 5 yurts and dome to be booked, and we will make the safari lodges unbookable 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 32 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 our Somerset Yurts logo sign on the barn, and sign to the car park. Follow the sign to the car park, which is to the left of the barn. You will find a welcome letter and map to your accommodation in the kitchen of the Barn. There is no parking in the yurt or lodge fields – it would spoil the view 😉