- Sleeps: 5 per yabin
- Bedroom: Open plan
- Bathroom: 1 per yabin
- Minimum stay: 2 nights
You may not have heard of a ‘yabin’ before, but by the time your stay at Grey Willow Yurts is over, you’ll be well-acquainted with the term… so much so, that you’ll want to book a return visit straight away!
Utterly unique to the friendly, family-run site, a yabin is an octagonal wooden retreat that combines the comfort of a traditional Mongolian yurt with the gloriously rustic features of a Scandi cabin.
Sleeping up to five guests, your chosen yabin comes equipped with a scenery- showcasing window, and a handcrafted, sheltered ‘Tiki’ deck with a hammock and a barbecue…
…essential ingredients for enjoying the awe-inspiring sunsets, vast starry skies, and supreme rural backdrops of the Blackdown Hills AONB.
This is a proudly eco-friendly, off-grid site – all the better for enjoying some much-needed reconnection time with your loved ones. Relax on bespoke-crafted wooden furniture, read and play games in the three-acre field, or take your best four-legged friend out for invigorating walks, completely distraction-free.
You’ll find evening entertainment is more than covered when you light the woodburning stove inside, or the firepit outside, then continue those giggle-fuelled conversations over a glass of wine or a round of toasted marshmallows (or indeed, both!)
Stay out to watch those incredible twinkling stars appearing overhead – though you’ll be able to see plenty without, if you have a telescope, bring it along for an amazing up-close view on a clear night.Keep reading
At a glance
- Three unique, privately-spaced ‘yabins’ with stargazing decks and individual facilities, set within a dedicated family-run site in the heart of the Blackdown Hills AONB.
- Perfect for families, each yabin sleeps up to five guests, in a dressed double bed and a double and single futon. Please bring bedding for the futons.
- The friendly site is off-grid and very welcoming to four-legged friends, who are invited to stay free of charge (up to two well-behaved dogs per yabin.)
- Each yabin has its own dedicated amenities pod with a shower and flushing toilet, just a short walk away.
- Wear yourselves out with games in the field, take long walks, or visit the nearby beaches for days out. Both Exmoor and Dartmoor are around an hour away by car.
- Dog Friendly
- Family Friendly
- Large Groups
Each yabin includes: wide aspect window, handcrafted ceiling structure, bespoke wooden furniture, rugs, cushions, wood-burning stove, fully-dressed double bed, double and single futon with cotton blankets. Sheltered deck with hammock, barbecue, firepit area, picnic bench, double gas stove. Pots, pans, crockery and cutlery provided, along with blankets, and firewood (first basket free.) Designated on-site parking.
Walking, cycling, picnic spots, stargazing, nature-watching, games, beaches, National Parks, shops, restaurants, historic sites.
What about facilities? Well, each of the three yabins has its own dedicated amenities pod; complete with a shower, a flushing toilet, and a basin. There’s also a washing-up point with handy shelves and plenty of hot water.
You’ll find the beds inside your yabin – a fully-dressed double, plus a comfy double and single futon with cotton blankets – perfect for a dreamy night’s sleep… which you’ll definitely need, if you’ve got a fun-filled outing planned for the next day!
Some of the South West’s loveliest beaches and towns, including Lyme Regis and West Bay, are just a short drive away, while if you pay a visit to nearby Axminster you can dine at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s famous River Cottage Canteen.
Meanwhile, if you’ve developed a taste for magnificent rural surroundings, the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor are around an hour’s drive from the site. Why not pack a picnic and get lost in nature’s abundant charms, before returning to your welcoming yabin for another blissful evening together?
Things to note
Along with bedding for the futons, please bring a torch, some sensible shoes or boots, warm clothes, and towels. Dogs are very welcome, but please keep them on a lead at all times on site, and do not leave them alone in your yabin when you are out. Additional firewood can be purchased at £5 per basket.