A relaxing East Midlands glamping site set on a working farm, all accompanied by an award winning farm shop and a homely local pub just a stroll down the road
You don’t have to be a country bumpkin to settle down at this exciting new yurt glamping site in the centre of England. In fact, the place seems to have a real penchant for attracting city dwellers and ‘townies’ looking for somewhere to escape. It’s certainly a prize spot for doing just that. Despite the way the yurts are nestled on a working farm – mixed miles of green rural space, parcelled up by bushy Leicestershire hedgerows – it also has ample modern amenities and an obvious air of luxury. Guests sleep in proper beds, with bedding and towels provided, and there’s a wood-fired hot tub for use. Throw in the site’s award winning farm shop and the local pub less than 100 metres down the road and you quickly start to see the appeal of the place. You could easily spend a weekend here and never venture beyond the village!
Opened in 2017 in the meadows of Waterloo Cottage Farm, the yurts are based on the traditional Mongolian design, with a latticed wooden frame and cream canvas, accommodating up to six people. A third, smaller yurt in the same style accommodates two – a cosy retreat for couples. Inside guests find rugs, throws and tasteful, rustic décor, while bathrooms offer the same rustic-luxury vibe, with composting loos and powerful showers. Outside, meanwhile, the farm fills the place with extra life. Pigs, sheep and cattle dot the surrounding landscape – organically managed livestock that have helped the shop win its chest of awards – and some of the sheep are occasionally even welcomed around the yurts themselves. It’s a handy way to mow the grass.
Cooking courses, barbecues and wine tasting lend yet more force to the argument simply to stay put and enjoying the farm, but if you do go elsewhere bringing a bike is always a good choice. The 14-mile-long Brampton Valley Way runs nearby and has transformed a dis-used railway into a pleasant cycle route and the towpath along the Grand Union Canal is popular, too. Pedal as far as Foxton Locks to enjoy watching canal boats making their way down the impressive staircase of locks that give the village its name. Then pedal home to your yurt. Or the pub next door.
The small yurt, Puddleduck, has a king-sized bed (all bed linen and towels included). It has 2 bedside tables, a small dining table with 2 chairs, shoe rack, log burning stove, bin, and a crockery box with everything you need to cook and eat your meals (other than the food itself). We also provide you with camping chairs and a picnic bench.
The larger yurts, Nutkin and Ginger & Pickles, have a double bed and 2 single day beds, and 2 trundle beds (all bed linen and towels are supplied). There are 2 bedside tables, a coat rack, wellie bucket, bin, a log burning stove, and a crockery box. When there are only 4 guests, there is a table and 4 chairs inside the yurt. We provide a picnic bench and camping chairs for each yurt too.
Each yurt has its own private bathroom with washbasins and composting toilets. The two large yurts have a shower in their bathroom, Puddleduck has a petite bath in their bathroom. Plugs are available for hairdryers, straighteners and electric razors. Each yurts also has its own alfresco kitchenette with gas camping stove, cool box, and water container, plus use of the communal indoor kitchen with an electric hob, microwave oven and fridge freezer. The yurts are solar powered which allows for lighting.
There is a shared wood-fired hot tub on site which makes for an extra special stay.
This is a working farm, so you'll likely see sheep, pigs and cattle during your stay. They are in a separate, fenced off, field next to the yurts.
There's an award-winning farm shop on site that sells amazing food and drink.
Glamping only. So tents, campervans and caravans – no. Families, couples, groups of up to 14 people, dogs (£5 per night) – yes.
Walking and cycling are always a popular starting point. The farm has direct access to Brampton Valley Way – a popular local route – and the town of Market Harborough is within walking distance (it's less than 2 miles on foot). It's a lovely town; great for shopping, eating out and learning the local history. By car, meanwhile, you can head further to find Northampton (15 miles) and Leicester (20 miles), each full of history and with plenty to occupy you on rainy days. The local fishing lakes (¾ mile; 01858 434098) are just down the road and historic Kelmarsh Hall (2½ miles; 01604 686543) opens its house and gardens during the holidays.
Food & Drink
The farm is also home to an award winning farm shop – Waterloo Cottage Farm Shop (01858 467158) – so there's no excuse not to have a big old barbecue for all the gang! For the nearest pub, hop to The George in Great Oxendon (01858 465205; less than 400ft away) – newly refurbished and serving excellent food. For anything else, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants in Market Harborough.
Open all year
The Owner Says
Based on an award-winning working farm in Great Oxendon, Country Bumpkin Yurts brings a new way to enjoy the East Midlands countryside. Unwind and get back to nature whilst staying in rustic luxury in a beautiful yurt. With bridleways, great walking, cycling, leisure and eating out opportunities just a stones-throw away, you'll find plenty to do. We can’t wait to welcome you to your relaxing retreat.
Our idyllic farm setting is the perfect place to unwind and re-connect with nature and the people you love. Whilst staying with us, you will get to see the workings of a family-run farm – Waterloo Cottage Farm. You will meet the lively little piglets, the highland cows, and the cheeky lambs. You’ll also meet the three friendly farm dogs who roam the site. Children especially love meeting the animals.
Our site comprises of three traditionally designed yurts, spacious and with full access to all the modern amenities. Each yurt is based on a wooden platform, with picturesque views across the farm and surrounding area. A log burner, shabby chic furnishings, and cosy beds are in each tent so you can rest in comfort and style. With private bathrooms and an alfresco kitchenette (plus use of the shared indoor kitchen), you will have everything you need. Our shared wood-burning hot tub makes it a glamping site for those looking for an extra special stay.
If you ever decide to leave your beautiful yurt, you will find plenty to do both on and off the farm. Whether you explore by foot, on two wheels or four, you will be enchanted by the area that we love. The East Midlands is your oyster.
Country Bumpkin Yurts, Waterloo Cottage Farm, 34 Harborough Road, Great Oxendon, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 8NA
From the A14 leave at junction 2 and follow signs for A508 Market Harborough. Follow the A508 towards Market Harborough for 3¼ miles (approx. 5 minutes) until you reach Great Oxendon. Keep following the A508 through Great Oxendon, you will pass The George pub on your right and Country Bumpkin Yurts is 120 metres beyond the pub on your right, before exiting the village.
Alternatively, from the Centre of Market Harborough Town, follow the main High Street (High Street/ A4304) Signposted Northampton (A508) and leisure Centre. Continue straight onto Northampton Road and continue for just under a mile to a roundabout. At the roundabout, take the 2nd Exit onto Northampton Road (A508). Continue to follow for approx. 1½ miles. Enter the Village Great Oxendon. Country Bumpkin Yurts (also Signposted Waterloo Cottage Farm Shop) is a few metres on your left.
The nearest train station is in Market Harborough (0845 748 4950) 2½ miles away. It is on a direct line straight into London in less than an hour. There is also a regular bus service into Northampton or Market Harborough (the X7 service) every hour.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 24 reviews
My family and I stayed at one of clean and comfortable yurt for two nights. We enjoyed this peaceful and pleasant place surrounded by beautiful farms where your children can see farm animals and hearts their sounds . You can have a private bathroom with Eco friendly loo but I didn’t like the bathroom because it was too smelly and shower sink was blocked.It has a small kitchen with many accessories which you need. Hot tub was great especially at night time which you can see stars.they provide wood logs during your stay which will help you to keep warm and many candles to be light up at night .Overall I recommended this place for nature lovers.
Perfect Glamping Experience
Lovely quiet and secluded little site at the back of a farm. We stayed for two nights in Ginger and Pickle with our four children and dog! The yurt itself is beautifully kitted out with everything you could need, and the kitchen and toilet facilities are equally good. Its just a really relaxing place to stay, ideal for country walks, and the hot tub, fire pit, and barbecue options, as well as the comfort of your yurt make mooching around the site equally enjoyable. Would highly recommend and we will definitely be back!
Good experience of glamping good facilities and hot tub lush
Good girls break ideal for parties and get togethers enjoying the glamping life with near by walks and good pub with excellent food. Only criticism is not enough tea and coffee provided enough as complimentary but insufficient to sustain stay if 6 people, more washing up liquid and another tea towel would be great. Overall good value for money and worth a visit for the experience lovely and warm with the log burner easy to maintain
Booking was so easy. Fast response times and great communication. We stayed at Puddleduck and it has everything you need with the addition of shared kitchen with fridges and self sufficient bathroom and shower. We enjoyed the fire pit,BBQ and hot tub. Lots to do in the area, we only left to grab some food for our stay. Shop not open on Monday/Tuesday. Kingsize bed was really comfortable and loved the slippers and eye masks as a little extra. Highly recommend and will be back x
Perfect - beautiful setting, comfy beds & amazing attention to detail!
We spent our bank holiday weekend at Country Bumpkin Yurts for a hen do as a group of 13. We had the whole site booked out, and were so impressed with the whole thing! From the booking process, answering all our questions including pub and walk recommendations, and helping out with questions during the weekend, Jen and Lara were amazing. The yurts are spotless and spacious and the beds are all so comfortable. The log burners were perfect to keep us toasty at night. The crockery, pots pans etc were all so useful and had everything we could've needed. The site itself is gorgeous - we hired a dance instructor, did a silent disco and had a yoga session all on site, and were able to cook easily for a big group using the stoves and bbqs. The hot tub was just the cherry on the cake. It was absolutely perfect - would highly recommend!
Relaxing few days
My husband and puppy stayed in Puddleduck yurt for 2 nights. Really comfortable king size bed and everything has been thought through so you really only need to turn up with a few clothes. Private bathrooms allocated to each yurt a great idea, particularly in these Covid times and well maintained. We bought some meat from the on-site farm shop and had a barbecue one night. Market Harborough only a short 10 minute drive for shops and takeaways. Trip to local Foxton Locks was enjoyable. A really enjoyable stay at County Bumpkins yurts.
A wonderful glamping experience
A really lovely glamping site. We hired the two bigger yurts and had a wonderful time. Jen and Lara have thought of everything! You really only need clothes and food. Lovely attention to detail and extremely comfortable beds. Thanks for having us!
Really nice holiday
Me and my family went there for 2 nights and we loved it. The yurt was nice,we had plenty of room and the beds were really comfy. I hope we could hopefully come again soon.
Lovely little spot
Beautiful location, yurts and hot tub are super cute. Easy to get into Market Harborough. Had a wonderful time here on a hen do
The Yurts, hot tub, fire pit, fields, location (e.t.c) seem right out of a children's picture book. It was a perfect stay.
Absolutely marvellous stay
We loved every minute, from the green surroundings to the cosy nights by the fire, the beautiful yurts have everything that you need for a perfect stay. The farm shop sold all we needed and the eco friendly, organic surroundings was refreshing and made for a carefree stay
Perfect little getaway
Stayed here this weekend and I couldn’t fault it , lovely sized yurt - private bathroom was a bonus which was also kept clean and the hot tub was amazing and rustic. If your looking for a getaway then look no further - can’t wait to return !!!
Great weekend away!
We had such fun this weekend at country bumpkin! We booked the 6 person yurt and it was person for a group of friends looking for a weekend away, everything is thought out well from the welcome pack, the kitchen box and even down to the cute package left on your bed of slippers masks and soap! We will definitely be back in the summer where we want to book all three and have a great weekend with all our friends! Thanks again!
Spent the weekend with my boyfriend at Country Bumpkin Yurts and we absolutely lovely! We had an incredible time. Highlight of the trip: using the hot tub, took us ages and numerous attempts to heat up but was totally worth it!
A few days catching up with friends
What a fabulous few days we had. The yurt was fantastic, very welcoming with beautifully made up beds (very comfy too) and every piece of equipment you may ever need for a glamping trip. The log burner made it so cosy at night. The hot tub was an extra bonus and we made full use of it, sitting under a clear starry sky on one evening. The showers and private bathrooms are ideal and yes the compost loo is an ‘experience’ but you do get used to it! Overall a great stay in beautiful countryside, lots to do in the area and a pub serving delicious food within walking distance, what’s not to love?
Just returned home from a brilliant weekend with the girls at Country Bumpkin Yhurts! A group of 6 of us! The yhurt was very comfortable and more spacious than what we thought, the log burner was a great addition, it made the yhurt so warm and cosy! We loved it! The log burning hot tub was a brilliant addition to the facilities. Great to relax and unwind in such a peaceful location. The compost toilets, we were unsure about at first, but actually added to the experience and aren't as bad as people think they are. Overall we had an amazing time and will definately return in the future. Jen & Lara were very accommodating to us, nothing was too much trouble! Amazing job girls! Thank You both for a wonderful stay! 👍😁 Xx
Fabulous week stay
Booked all three yurts from Monday to Friday. Had a fabulous time. All the facilities are great and well kept. Had an issue with the fridge but the girls rectified the situation within a couple of hours. Would return again, a lovely hidden gem.
Fab hen weekend
We selected Country Bumpkin Yurts for my sister's hen weekend because we could have the whole site to ourselves (and not worry about disturbing other guests as we can be a rowdy bunch). We were not disappointed. The yurts are lovely, clean and cozy (when the log burner is lit). Lara and Jen are great hosts, quick responses to the multitudes of email queries I sent while planning the weekend, setting the fire for the hot tub, greating us when we arrived on site and helping to arrange a candle making class with Candle Luci, which was fun and interesting. We had breakfast in the canvas cafe twice, the food is very tasty and locally sourced. Everyone loved it, 100% would recommend Country Bumpkin Yurts to other groups and would happily stay there again.
Little bit of heaven
Such a beautiful and relaxing place!! The yurts are so beautiful and getting to stay on the lovely farm and see all the gorgeous animals is a real treat. Facilities are fantastic - we fit 8 of us in the hot tub! Kitchen is clean and well stocked. Bathrooms are ideal and close to the yurts. If you do need stuff while you are there the farm shop is brilliantly stocked. The girls who run the site are fantastic - friendly and helpful but not over involved and let you get on with it. We will definitly be back!
The ladies that run Country Bumkin Yurts were amazing. Nothing was too much trouble. My husband celebrated a big birthday and we sent them somethings to decorate the yurt it looked amazing and we took our dog she was allowed in the tea rooms with when had something to eat. I would highly recommend this place. We ordered a meat pack from the farm shop to have a barbecue, quality meat and service.
Myself and three friends had a great time. Stayed for two nights 5th Oct 2018. Relaxed atmosphere. Enjoyed the camping experience in the fabulous yurts with sooo comfy beds. The weather was cooler but I enjoyed keeping the log burner going. The yurts ate very cosy. The hot tub can get very hot!
Experiencing nature with style!
We stayed with our 3 children aged 7, 5 and nearly 2 for 2 nights. We arrived to some delicious lemon and almond cupcakes and an immaculate and luxurious yurt. On a clear night, which unfortunately we didn't have, the clear roof at the top would mean you could star-gaze or you could choose to do this from the hot-tub. The children loved seeing all the animals and running around in the field. A visit to the farm shop is a must as Kirsty is extremely helpful and the meat was delicious. We would definitely recommend a stay at Country Bumpkins.
Eco-friendly, beautifully presented
We recently spent two nights in Ginger and Pickles. The site and yurt are beautifully presented with (thank goodness) a lovely bathroom which we had exclusive use of (there are two and only three yurts so lots of privacy). The kitchen had everything needed and we loved the hot tub, which was a great experience for our afternoon on site. It’s also right next door to some gorgeous highland cows, which were having babies when we came...so fluffy and adorable they melted our hearts! There were 5 of us in the yurt but it wasn’t crowded at all the the beds were really comfortable. Have already recommended it to friends!
Great yurt location and host
Went here for a weekend, had a great time, the puddle duck yurt was really nice, very friendly people