Green Valley Yurts
Longmeadow, Godmanstone, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7AE
Decadence is, of course, meant to be a bad thing. See the 'bright young things' of the thirties, and the once mighty Roman Empire. But, when you’re receiving a fantastic Swedish massage in a yurt at a quiet Dorset hideaway, you start to wonder whether those youthful aristocrats and the Caesars had the right idea after all.
Nestled in the secluded Cerne Valley in the heart of the Dorset Downs, Green Valley Yurts takes rest and relaxation to a whole new level. Whether it's the massage you fancy or the organic hamper upon arrival, these guys know how to make your stay as hassle-free as possible. As newly-arrived visitors first lay eyes upon Longmeadow Farm's sprawling, verdant fields, the sighs of contentment are almost audible across the valley floor.
While you settle down to some proper pampering, kids will love exploring the rolling grounds, paddling in the gently flowing stream and making friends with the resident sheepdog. Guests are spoilt for choice with two authentic Mongolian yurts or a cavernous bell tent all dotted around the ma-hoo-sive camping field (did we mention how big this place is?)! All are kitted out with rustic furniture in tasteful shabby-chic, with a proper wood-burning stove for extra cosiness on those cooler, star-filled evenings.
For all it's charm, there's substance to Green Valley's effortless style. 'Sustainable Tourism' is more than just a buzz term for the Green Valley team, having been organically farming Longmeadow for the last 25 years. Solar panels radiate and illuminate, while eco-showers and low-flush toilets are housed in the facilities barn. Even the wood for the stoves is from locally grown sustainable timber. Best of all, the onsite farm shop stocks organic veg from the farm – no food miles there then.
As for the local area, where do we begin?! From quaint villages like Godmanstone (onetime home to Britain's smallest pub) to historic Dorchester and stately Minterne House, Green Valley's location is truly enviable. It's also equidistant from some of the South Coast's best seaside resorts including Lulworth, Swanage and Weymouth. Most famous of all though is the iconic Cerne Abbas Giant – Britain's largest hill figure. Ancient fertility totem or 17th century satirical graffiti? No one really knows his true origin. But surveying over his chalky West Country kingdom, we'd like to think Cerne Abbas' most famous son would cast an approving glance to our friends at Green Valley Yurts.
The Owner Says
Our family with 3 energetic boys (9,4 and 3) enjoyed our glamping experience in a beautiful yurt at green valley yurts. We enjoyed late nights by the camp fire and barbecues followed by a cosy nights sleep in the yurt with the wood burner glowing. The facilities here are all you need. A well equipped kitchen. Good warm clean showers and a family bathroom perfect for bathing the children in the morning. The toilets were clean and very good Too. A pretty stream at the bottom of the field provided hours of fun plus a beautiful farm shop with delicious coffee gets you going each morning. We even managed to get in involved in the toddler group running here and made bread, sang songs and had to drag our little ones away! Lots to do in the local area and a very restful sleep in the yurt made for a fabulous family break for us. We loved it. Big Thanks to our lovely hosts x
Superb family fun
5 of us enjoyed our glamping experience in a beautiful yurt at green valley yurts. We enjoyed late nights by the camp fire and barbecues followed by a cosy nights sleep in the yurt with the wood burner glowing. The facilities here are all you need. A well equipped kitchen. Good warm clean showers and a family bathroom perfect for bathing the children in the morning. The toilets were clean and very good Too. A pretty stream at the bottom of the field provided hours of fun plus a beautiful farm shop with delicious coffee gets you going each morning. We even managed to get in involved in the toddler group running here and made bread, sang songs and had to drag our little ones away! Lots to do in the local area and a very restful sleep in the yurt made for a fabulous family break for us. We loved it. Big Thanks to our lovely hosts x
Recently we visited Green Valley Yurts and spent four nights in a bell tent as a family of three and can only describe our stay as excellent. We always felt our 22 month old daughter was safe to freely roam and run around and all the facilities were in great order. We would definitely stay again.
Relaxing in comfort
Just had a wonderful relaxing stay on our first yurt holiday. What a wonderful place - rolling green hills, stream running at the bottom of the field, buzzards flying overhead, peace and quiet. Oh yes, and yurts that are cosy, comfortable, quirky, spacious and romantic. Heather gave us the warmest of greetings and wants everyone to have the most relaxing stay with her. We loved cooking on our fire pit in the evenings [everything from jacket potatoes to pizza!] and then just sitting watching the fire with a nice chilled glass of wine until it got dark - or until the fairy lights came on in the yurt - whichever was sooner. The communal area was really well thought out with everything you could need for your holiday - there was even tea and coffee provided. The site is well placed for exploring with the nearest beach only 9 miles away. This is a place we would gladly go back to, it was a fabulous experience. Rosie the farm dog made for a great fireside companion! Keep up the good work guys - you have an absolute gem.
A rural idyll!
This is really a very special place to stay -we couldn't believe our luck! We arrived to a warm welcome and immediately felt at home. It was wonderful to see our city kids flourish in such a rural idyll. They had the run of the grounds, and had such fun exploring the fields, paddling in the stream, "helping" on the farm, and playing with the dog (a big stick fetching enthusiast, no distance too short). It was so exciting for them (and us) to be shown our yurt -they look pretty plain from the outside - but inside they are magical! Cosy yet spacious, and beautifully decorated.
In the evening we cooked in the communal kitchen (a separate wooden building across the field from our yurt -very well stocked with cooking equipment and toys etc) and met some of the other campers. We managed to tear the kids away for day trips to Cerne (love the Giant) and Weymouth beach, and Dochester's eclectic museums, but really they were happiest staying at Green Valley!
One night we had a barbeque and sat on our veranda until it was dark, telling stories around our campfire - I've never seen the kids so entranced! We were only there for 4 nights, but it was an experience we all cherish - and I've never slept so well!
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We stayed in one of the beautiful bell tents. We hadn't 'glamped' before so had no idea what to expect, Green Valley met absolutely every expectation. The tent was perfect; a double matress and two futons for the kids, duvets and pillows supplied. The prettiest fairy lights and loads of lanterns. We didn't need to use the wood burning stove as the weather was great but did light it one night anyway and it was really cosy
The communal facilities are great, loads of crockery and storage and a really pleasant place to catch up with fellow campers over a cup of tea in the morning! There were also gas burners and very importantly fridges.
The location is ideal with easy access to the Dorset coast in every direction. Cerne Abbas with its great gastro pubs is a very short drive away.
All in all a fabulous week and we would definitely recommend and go back.
A Most Magical Place
I stayed in a bell tent on this beautiful site, and can't recommend it highly enough. The owners are very welcoming and the tents are just stunning, with wood burning stoves and handmade patchwork cushions and quilts. The attention to detail is what makes this place stand above other campsites I've visited; the fresh flowers and homemade chutney were especially lovely touches. We sat around a campfire in our own fire pit next to the tent and gazed up at the bright Dorset stars in this beautiful valley. The onsite organic shop is also brilliant, with organic vegetables grown on the farm. I had a very good nights sleep on a comfortable futon and am planning a trip back next year. I don't have a family but the children I saw on the site were loving paddling in the stream and playing in the sand pit, and the site is big enough that they could run free without disturbing any other guests.
Green Valley Vacation
Set on an organic farm in the beautiful Dorset countryside Green Valley Yurts is a fantastic site to enjoy a holiday or weekend break. The yurts and tents are all well spaced out to give you plenty of space and privacy and all very well furnished and comfortable. We stayed in small yurt which was plenty big enough for four adults and with the log burner fired up on a night it was very cosy. The cooking and washing facilities were excellent and clean with plenty of hot water for showers etc, and all the cooking utensils you could ask for. The site is brilliant and safe for kids with lots of open space for them to run free and play. This site is a lovely place to spend some time and we will definitely return soon.
I recently had the most awesome weekend at Green Valley Yurts. The site is nestled in the most stunning countryside, and I stayed in the most beautiful yurt. This place has been very carefully designed and built with individuality and comfort in mind. With only 3 yurts and 3 bell tents set far apart from each other, it was really peaceful. The organic veg grown on the farm there makes a beautiful backdrop and a wonderful supper!
Our yurt was beautifully decked out with vintage furniture and fabrics and the futons were really comfortable to both sit and sleep on (not as I remember futons of the past at all!). It's cleverly done because it's rustic, so that you feel like you're definitely having a camping experience, but at the same time you have all the comfort you could need. The facilities building was in keeping with the yurts too, with a well equipped kitchen and very clean loos and showers, even a bath!
The weekend we were there was bathed in hot sunshine from start to finish, so the wood burner didn't get lit, but I reckon that even in wetter or colder weather, this place would be just as comfortable, and definitely cozy. Basically, a great escape no matter what the weather.