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The Lakeside Yurt Pet-Friendly Cottage in Beckford, Worcestershire

338
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sleeps 2
1 room
1 bathroom

The Lakeside Yurt Pet-Friendly Cottage description

Holiday home
The Yurt is a very special holiday home, set in a peaceful location by the owner's fishing lake near the village of Beckford, in the Gloucestershire countryside. This unique property is all open plan, with a double bed, roll-top bath with shower attachment, kitchen area, dining area with lake views and a sitting area with gas fire. The WC is in a separate structure just outside the yurt. There is a hand-built veranda, ideal for relaxing, and guests also have use of the owners' field, hot tub and outdoor swimming pool should they wish. There is off road parking for one car, though please note in bad weather, driving along the track across the field to The Yurt may not be possible. Ideal for recharging the batteries in a unique and characterful setting, The Yurt is perfectly placed for enjoying Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, including Cheltenham, Broadway and Evesham.

Area
Beckford is a small riverside village on the Worcestershire/Gloucestershire border. The village has a quality country inn, an attractive Norman church, and a nature reserve. Close by is Evesham, and elegant Cheltenham is also an easy drive away, with a good selection of shops, restaurants and the Gold Cup horse racing.

Region
Visitors to the Cotswolds have long treasured memories of charming towns and villages built from the famous honey-coloured stone, it now boasts a thriving community of contemporary artists working from studios and shops throughout the area.

Amenities
Underfloor heating with gas fire. Combination oven/microwave, 2-ring gas hob, dishwasher, fridge. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Sole use of hot tub next to yurt. Use of owner's outdoor swimming pool by arrangement. Wooden veranda overlooking fishing lake with furniture and BBQ. Use of owner's field. Fire pit in wood. Use of rowing boat by arrangement with owner. Bike storage available. Off road parking for 1 car. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub/restaurant 8 mins walk. Note: No TV. Note: Check-in 4pm, check-out 10am.

Amenities

  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Ground floor
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Swimming pool
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Near pub
  • Rural location

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Reviews

Mrs Johnson
November 2015
An unbelievable experience that both myself and my wife thoroughly enjoyed. A beautiful place and location that we both will be visiting again, it was that good.
Miss Bennington
April 2016
We particularly liked the solitude, privacy and quietness at The Lakeside Yury. The hot-tub caught my eye! I wanted something different, something special, as this was a birthday gift to my partner. The owner was so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much for them. Everything was just perfect. Fantastic! We will be going back.
Mr Murphy
January 2016
What a getaway this is! i recommend this highly to anyone wanting to get away from the city and just have peace and quiet. They have thought of everything inside the yurt. No matter what time of year you go you don't need to worry about being cold inside, the fire place only needs to be on for about 15 minutes as it is so warm inside the yurt. I would definitely go back here and for the price you just cant beat it.
Mrs Waters
July 2016
The most important thing was the privacy, nobody bothered us at all. The wildlife was amazing, there were so many different birds. The scenery was so beautiful and the lake so pretty, the fishing was excellent. The hot tub was so good, especially at night with all the flashing lights. The log burner and BBQ were well handy. Overall it was truly AMAZING!
Mrs Stanton
March 2016
It was a lovely, peaceful retreat away from the bustle of everyday life. Owners were friendly, but unobtrusive. We absolutely being able to lay in bed and look at the stars at night. Bed was really comfy.
Mrs Lowe
May 2016
Lovely, tranquil site. Would definitely recommend and would love to go back.
Miss Barton
March 2016
We loved everything about The Lakeside Yurt. It was peaceful and a beautiful setting. It was excellent.
Mrs Werrett
July 2016
It was so peaceful, private and relaxing. We loved sitting in the hot tub overlooking the lake as it got dark. The Yurt was beautiful and had everything we needed. It was very well thought out by the owners. I loved waking up and feeding the ducks and geese every morning. We also enjoyed the barbecues each night. The best bit was that I was able to take my dog and include him in our holiday.
Mrs Bosher
October 2015
If you want a nice secluded, relaxing, romantic hideaway then this is the place to be.
Mr Lewis
November 2015
This was our second visit to The Lakeside Yurt. We love the location overlooking the lake and also enjoy relaxing in the hot tub.
Ms Campbell
November 2014
Amazing holiday retreat. Secluded unique and romantic. Hot tub was fabulous!! Great country location, highly recommend!
Mrs Smart
March 2015
Absolutely brilliant holiday, so tranquil and peaceful. A lovely little oasis, will most definitely be returning.
Ms Murray
May 2015
Such a relaxing place, just lovely. Loved feeding all the ducks, geese, ducklings and Al fresco dining under the heater!
Miss Patterson
January 2015
It was perfect!
Mrs Prigent
June 2015
The Yurt was peaceful, secluded and situated next to a beautiful wildlife lake. Although there are four yurts on the site each had its own little private area. There was a lovely deck area next to the lake where we could sit out on loungers or under the wooden gazebo where there was a heater for chilly nights. The hot tub was an added bonus there was a BBQ, chimenea or fire pit to choose to cook on. The owners were welcoming not intrusive but were always available if needed. Our dog thoroughly enjoyed the woods next to the Yurt the numerous walks in the area straight from the site. Overall we had a fantastic time, it was just so relaxing to be there, the amount of wildlife that we could watch/feed from our deck was amazing. We will definitely be re-booking recommending this to our friends, family etc.
Mrs Bartlett
May 2015
It was a very private place with no disturbances, The Lakeside Yurt was adequately supplied, very cosy, and the hot tub was an added bonus. The owners were very friendly and helpful and weren't intrusive. The information of surrounding places of interest was very useful. All round fantastic holiday and two days after returning home we have booked again. Having no tv was a good thing just wildlife and peace and quiet.
Ms Moxon
November 2014
It was practically perfect in every way.
Miss Pearce
November 2014
Liked the lake, wildlife, hot tub and the privacy peace. An amazing place, will definitely be going back there.
Ms Adye
October 2014
All the ingredients for a fabulous relaxing break. Loved the outdoor - indoor set up. Thoroughly recommend it.
Mr Sinnott
May 2014
The Yurt was exceptional and the lakeside scenery and hot tub were beautiful. I would definitely return to the Lakeside Yurt and recommend it for a peaceful get away.
Mr Northage
October 2014
We enjoyed every single aspect of the whole week. So much so, after only three days we went on line and rebooked.
Mr Davies
September 2014
Had a totally relaxing break. If you wanted to go out, there is plenty of beautiful olde world towns and villages to visit. Excellent scenery and wildlife, going to rebook another week for next year definitely
Ms Beirne
March 2014
The Lakeside Yurt was unusual, romantic, relaxing and exactly what we had hoped for. The hot tub was amazing! We were left in peace all weekend and haven't slept so well in years. Can't wait to return.
Miss Cole
July 2014
The Lakeside Yurt was furnished to a high standard and was very clean inside. The decked area was spacious and equipped with very comfortable seating. The water pressure was fantastic. It was a good central location for sightseeing. Very private/ not bothered or pestered by owners.
Mrs Brennan
April 2014
Yurt is in a lovely quiet, secluded position. Level of cleanliness and standard of accommodation and equipment very good, higher than anticipated. Hot tub was sublime, fantastic to use in the evening under the stars and moon. Husband enjoyed 4 days of fishing from the decking just as much as I enjoyed the relaxing in the sun. The owner is a very friendly and welcoming chap, on hand at any time but never intrusive. Already looking forward to going back again.
Mrs Aldridge
October 2013
It's unique and we enjoyed the peace and quiet.
Mr Cass
May 2014
Enjoyed the scenery and feeding all the geese and ducks with all of their young ones. Very local for visiting the main tourist sites
Mrs Heron
November 2013
We had a wonderful week, it couldn't have been better.
Mrs Stroud
May 2013
A wonderful retreat.
Miss Sheedy
July 2012
We enjoyed the beautiful and relaxing setting, and also the hot tub!
Mrs Clancy
February 2013
This has been one of the best UK holidays I have been on. The Yurt and the location is top class. We are looking to book the Yurt again in the summer next year. We have already told loads of people.
Mrs Thomas
August 2013
Fantastic location, secluded getaway. We would return due to the tranquillity and uniqueness of the Yurt and the lovely owners.
Mr Fitzpatrick
September 2013
The Yurt was everything we had hoped for and more. The location and the privacy were perfect for a romantic getaway, and also great for just relaxing and unwinding and getting away from the world! Luckily for us the weather was brilliant, and we especially enjoyed the fishing, rowing round the lake and the fact that we could take our dog! The uniqueness of the Yurt and it's facilities and surroundings made this a very special break!
Mr Hillman
January 2012
Lovely location and a beautiful, unique Yurt. What an amazing way to spend Christmas. The hot tub was great.
Ms Phipps
October 2012
Great host, great location and great Yurt living but with all the luxuries. So well thought through and every thing you need for a relaxing peaceful break. It was just what we needed in every way!
Mr Biddle
December 2012
Location brilliant. Atmosphere relaxing. Hot tub excellent.
Miss Gould
January 2012
The owners were welcoming. It was beautiful and such a lovely place to getaway and relax!
Miss Christopher
August 2012
A superb, totally relaxing idyllic setting. The owners were extremely helpful but unobtrusive and our daily visit from Freddie their dog was just the icing on the cake!
Mrs Welburn
September 2012
The Lakeside Yurt was just as described. We absolutely loved everything about it, the hot tub was wonderful. The bed was one of the most comfy ever! The verandah and wildlife were amazing. What a wonderful chilled stay, with the friendliest owners who are there for you if needed, otherwise they blend into the background. Will definitely return.
Mrs Andrews
June 2012
It was so peaceful and private and the owners are such lovely people.
Miss White
February 2012
The place was amazing, even better than the photo's. Beautiful setting and a warm welcome from the owner.
Mrs Cross
April 2012
What a wonderful relaxing retreat, we couldn't ask for more. The experience was truly wonderful. If you need a place to unwind in beautiful surroundings with nothing but each others company this is the place to go. When we did fancy getting out for a while there is a short walk to a beautiful pub the Beckford Inn, or a short drive and walk along either the river in Tewkesbury or Eversham. Truly a fantastic break and we will return. Thank you.
Mrs Broeders-Allen
June 2012
It was relaxing but exciting because of the wildlife around. You felt as if you were the only one left in the world. It was absolutely picture perfect!
Mrs Aston
January 2012
What a stunning place to chill out and relax. Complete isolation from the rest of the world when you want it. If you don't, only a mile to the nearest pub. The Yurt is a special little haven full of complete luxury.
Mrs Courtnage
November 2011
Romantic, peaceful and stunning setting. The hot tub was fantastic and it was completely secluded which was just perfect. The owners vision was perfect. We would recommend to anyone couple seeking a cosy break, but also want to keep it secret so it doesn't become too commercial! What a dilemma!!!! :-)
Mr Wiseman
July 2012
Has to be one of the best Yurts in the UK!! Excellent value for money, coupled with luxury and a fantastic unique setting overlooking a very picturesque lake. Superb holiday and would recommend to friends and family without hesitation!
Mrs Selassie-Bailey
April 2012
The location was like living in a little nature reserve. The warmth and comfort of the Beautiful Yurt. The pleasantness, yet non-intrusiveness of the owners. The hot tub and the fire pit along with the other outside amenities.
Miss Andrews
October 2011
Loved it! It put the Glam in Glamping. The owners were very welcoming, friendly and gave us all the info we needed. The facilities were great- toilet, heaters, and hot tub. The area was easy to find, even in the dark.
Ms Burden
August 2011
Beautiful, serene and secluded setting. Although the July weather was dismal the outdoor heating and hot-tub made up for it. Went home feeling totally rested and relaxed. Have booked to go back again - in December!
Ms Couchman
November 2011
A wonderful retreat to relax and unwind, the accommodation was superb and just that bit different, the gazebo with heater was as added bonus for chilly November evenings and if that wasn't enough you can always hop in the hot tub! Cant wait to return.....
Mrs Noxon
November 2011
The Yurt is in a peaceful location, and great attention to detail has been given here. We will be back in the summer for another treat. We could not fault the property, and the proprietors were exceptionally helpful.
Mr Youngs
August 2011
I liked the comfort, privacy, environment, the helpfulness of the owners and the facilities.
Mr Nightingale
August 2011
We visited The Yurt in July 2011 and it is without doubt the holiday discovery of 2011. Fantastic, superb, brilliant - words can not describe how good this is! We strongly recommend visiting and we will be returning.
Mr Gay
July 2011
The setting and the attention to detail were perfect. You couldn't wish for a better experience or more friendly welcome. Absolutely first class, don't hesitate in booking to stay here and run the risk of missing out on a fantastic opportunity to relax and enjoy.
Ms Shipway
June 2011
It was exceptionally well set-up; they've really thought about the details and done an amazing job. The location is very private due to clever planting. The yurt is very sturdy and despite strong winds there wasn't a single creak or flap from it. It was even better than it looked on the website.
Mrs Griffin
September 2011
What a fab little treasure this yurt is! It's perfect because we didn't see anyone else while we were there just each other which was exactly what we needed! We spent most evenings in the hot tub with champagne cocktails, then snuggled up in front of the fire. What a perfect way to celebrate our 1st anniversary. We will definitely go back!
Laura W
July 2016
I stayed here from 1st -8th July 2016 with my husband & 2 dogs. The owners were friendly and helpful and are close enough if you need anything but far away enough that you get privacy. This place is amazing and certainly puts the glam in glamping. It was so quiet and peaceful and I loved feeding the ducks & Swans etc. The yurt is clean and tidy and has everything you need for a relaxing stay. It was great to spend all day in the sun, followed by a barbecue & then a soak in the hot tub with a glass of bubbly watching the sun going down over the lake. The best bit for me was that I was able to take my dogs and they had a great time running through the woods and paddling in the lake. I would highly recommend this place for a relaxing stay and I cannot wait to go back next year!
Guest
March 2014
We had a great relaxing time, great hot tub butiful country side, and a great pub down the road you can wet your whistle in. What more do you want than that. Sean Miriam xx
danidoyle
August 2014
I honestly can say this is the most peaceful and tranquil place I have ever had the pleasure in staying. The past reviews say the same and they aren't lying it really was heaven on earth and we didn't want to come home. The setting is simply stunning looking out to the lake every day and the geese, ducklings and swans we fed every day were beautiful. The yurt itself was lovely and cosy and we looked out to the stars very night and the hot tub was used morning noon and night, the yurt is completely private and the owners very lovely but left you completely alone. We had a BBQ every night so no cooking although adequate cooking facilities are provided. If you want a complete rest and relaxing break trust me you will not want to leave this absolutely beautiful setting, we will be back.
Mr Peett
July 2011
It was every thing promised and more. One of our best holidays!
Mandyhutchinson
September 2016
We stayed here for a week and its the most relaxing place you could ask for. We were greeted by the very friendly owners and shown everything then left to enjoy, although owners are at hand if needed. The Yurt is really secluded (we didnt see anyone for the whole week!) Everything is suplied ... towels, bedding, logs, kitchen utensils, dish washer tablets etc there was nothing that we needed. The bed was really comfy and the yurt was really warm and cosy. Bliss laying in the roll top bath looking out over the lake. The hot tub was amazing and was lovely to use at any time of day. Night time was amazing cooking on the bbq or using the pizza oven with a couple of glasses of wine. We had a new family for the week ... ducks, black swans, geese and it was lovely to wake up to them every morning waiting for their breakfast. Thank you for letting us have the pleasure of the Yurt as our home for the week. We will be back in 2018 for our Honeymoon ... 2wks though not 1wk.
389KellyG
September 2013
We simply fell in love with this place. The owners have thought of everything to make this a lovely romantic getaway for their guests. We love the outdoors but this is the first time we have stayed in a yurt and cannot wait to return! The yurt itself is gorgeously decked out and very cosy. Loved the roll top bath and although there was under floor heating we had no need for it, since if it got chilly the gas log burner warmed up the yurt in no time. Perhaps if we had visited in the winter months we might have used the under floor heating. We spend a lot of time chilling on the veranda outside the yurt, with it's beautiful view of the lake, feeding the geese and ducks. The hot tub was fabulous; especially at night under the stars. There is a cooking chiminea which we used for chicken, pizza etc... plus was cosy to sit in front of of the evening. There was a combi-microwave and a couple of gas hobs with enough cooking equipment available. A fire pit in the woods - so recommend buying marsh mellows to toast over - simply yummy! Plus there is a unlimited supply of wood available to use. The location is perfect... there is a pub down the road in Beckford and another lovely country pub in a village, Ashton under Hill, only a few minutes drive. Fantastic country walks from Ashton under Hill (which is a very pretty village). Winchombe is well worth a visit if you like the Cotswolds (we do!) Another stunning Cotswolds village a short drive away is Stanton - if you wonder around the village be sure to visit The Mount Inn - great pub with a lovely view from the garden. There is a local Tesco in Cleve Prior, which is open late. Overall we had such a relaxing break and loved every minute. Highly recommend but book early as this place gets booked up - not surprisingly. PS - thank you to the owners who were very gracious waiting for us when we arrived late.
Mrufus
November 2011
We stayed for a long weekend 11th-14th November. The yurt was wonderful, extremely comfortable & warm- we wanted for nothing. Proprietor on hand & was very helpful. In a lovely setting near the fishing lake. I even took a photo of the hi-tech toilet, it was pristine. We hope to re-visit next summer, many thanks.
Guest
January 2012
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.
Guest
April 2012
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.
Guest
December 2012
The Yurt was in an idyllic location with every need taken care of, the owners were so kind and helpful but not intrusive, a must holiday for those who love spending a relaxing,romantic time spent in a beautiful part of England
Mockingbird22
July 2013
We stayed at this lovely Yurt at the end of a busy year and it was just the place to totally relax. We loved sitting by the lake and watching the kingfisher, carp, owl, coots, morehens and geese. The hot tub was a real bonus. The drone of the nearby main road can be heard and we did have some loud intrusive music form the other yurt on site, but this was the only negative, There is plenty to do in the surrounding area, with the Cotswolds being on the doorstep. Tewksbury and the Abbey were an enjoyable visit. We had a delicious Sunday roast at the Crown and Trumpet in Broadway. (The nearest pub to the Yurt is a good 20 mins walk away not 8 mins as the website says.) Taking coathangers with you is a good idea as there are hooks for hanging belongings on.) We found the toliet fine to use. The owner was very pleasant and helpful.
Shirleyediane
September 2013
This special holiday was enough to persuade us to holiday in England from now on! We only spent 4 days in the yurt but 4 wonderful and very memorable days. The setting was very peaceful, secure and secluded and the weather was perfect. We enjoyed the fishing, rowing round the lake, sitting in the hot tub and eating in the gazebo and our dog enjoyed swimming in the lake too! We had a very enjoyable visit to Tewkesbury, spending time in the Abbey and we ate at The Star in Ashton under Hill where the food was superb and very good value. I wanted to write this review but I feel torn as I also want to keep it a secret!
Rachel246
August 2011
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.
Chris Youngs
October 2011
The owners were extremely helpful and very accomodating. The setting was magnificent. The facilities were magnificant
wood1973
October 2011
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.
JennyThingie
May 2011
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.
DrJennyS
May 2011
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.
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