My boyfriend and I wanted to do something a little different for our anniversary and decided a weekend in a yurt would do the trick. I found Riddings Park Farm on the internet and they had a yurt available at the fantastic rate of 60 pounds per night....a bargain! We arrived on the Friday and as soon as we rocked up, Beryl took us into Mrs B's T room for a cup of tea and a nice old chat. We were then allowed to wonder around the farm, looking at the ducks, goats, sheep, pigs. It was fabulous and allowed us to get really close to nature, which doesn't happen often as we live in London. We then went to our yurt, which had a big double bed, a wood burner, cooking faciilities, a table and solar lights. I loved it. There are shower blocks and toilets about twenty metres away and the yurts were clean and cosy. The breakfast the next morning consisted of bacon, sausages and eggs that were all produced on the farm - the bacon were sliced into gorgeous thick slices and tasted wonderful. Beryl allowed us to wonder around the farm and to feed the chickens and pigs at breakfast time. For children, this farm is a must - it allows you to get closer to nature and really see where our food comes from. The farm was secluded, but still only a few minutes walk from the pub, which served a wonderful fish and chips and was packed out on teh Friday night - so booking is a must. The yurts were fantastic and I didn't want to come home - even though the roosters were up at 0430, letting the world know it. However, you have to expect a rooster on a farm in the countryside and it just added to the experience. The staff on teh farm were also welcoming and friendly and even gave us a lift to the pub.
I really wish we could have stayed longer. I thought the facilities were excellent and there was always someone about if you needed them. Every yurt had it's own outside table and chairs and barbeque.
Thank you for making the first yurting experience such a good one!!
Also recommended is the Tissington Trail bike ride, where you can hire a bike from Ashbourne Cycle hire for 12.50p! Lovely views and a great day out.
One yurt is 20 feet in diameter and had more bed room....the others appeared to be the same size. A...
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