Chiltern Yurts

UK England South East England Hertfordshire Tring

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Tranquil yurt glamping in a lush meadow at the foot of the Chiltern Hills

It is hard to believe that such places exist, 35 miles and an hour's drive from London, but all you have to do is look around and listen. That quiet purr you can hear is you, settling into bucolic bliss in a lush meadow by a babbling brook at the foot of the Chiltern Hills. It could scarcely be any more quintessentially English – the hamlet is the charmingly named Gubblecote and you're surrounded by chocolate-box villages and country pubs straight out of central casting. The countryside is so gorgeous they even gave it a name with capital letters — the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Your accommodation is on the rather lovely side too. Two authentic Mongolian yurts — from your actual Mongolia, no less — are a definite cut above in terms of interior furnishings and decor, with hand-decorated woodwork, brass bedsteads, a solid door, felt walls, and a central crown for a skylight. There are rugs and throws, and painted wooden furniture, and — because the yurts are six metres rather than the usual five — there's enough space for a couple to feel rather special and for a family to spread out in. Honourable mention, too, to the private bathroom facilities; a super-smart wooden hut for each yurt that's freshly painted inside, with gleaming shower, sink, and a flushing loo. Cooking is on the mini-hob or the barbecue and even that's made easier if you order up one of their breakfast baskets or grill packs in advance, with everything sourced from local farms and independent butchers. If it sounds like a quiet, super-relaxed place, it is. They don't expect any noise after 10 pm, there's no amplified music allowed, and your only neighbours are just as likely as you to be looking for a tranquil country break.

The meadow is just lovely, surrounded by trees and with walks in all directions, including miles of waterside trails along the Grand Union Canal and Tring Reservoirs. Local pubs are uniformly attractive and welcoming — you can walk to at least three in under fifteen minutes — and if you want to work up a thirst beforehand you're set for great days out hiking and biking in the Chiltern Hills. Other nearby local attractions include the Roald Dahl Museum at Great Missenden, Whipsnade Zoo and even the Harry Potter tour at Warner Bros. Studios — all under half an hour by car — but to be honest, they sound like exactly the sort of thing you've come here to try and escape. Lie back with a glass of wine and watch the stars come out instead, and plot tomorrow's ramble through the rolling British countryside.

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Facilities

Each yurt sleeps four people in a double bed and a sofa-bed, with a fifth bed available on request. Bed linen, towels, and complimentary toiletries are all included, and there's plenty of storage space. There's power supplied in the yurt, so as well as the usual cooking equipment, utensils and crockery there's a kettle, small hob, and mini-fridge/freezer, and enough prep space to put together simple meals. You'll be able to charge your phones and tablets too. A private, shepherd's hut-style bathroom features a hand-basin, hot-water shower, a proper flushing loo, and even a heated towel rail. Inside the yurt, a wood-burning stove keeps things nice and cosy in the evening chill. Outside there's a barbecue and a seating area with table and chairs. Breakfast and barbecue packs are available to order. You can have a campfire in the provided firepit — a basket of logs of kindling is provided on arrival.

Suitable For

Couples and families – yes. Dogs, large groups, noise after 10pm – no.

Nearby

If all you want to do is potter along country lanes and across fields to old English pubs, then guess what? You'll be grand, there are several within walking distance. Otherwise, Chiltern Yurts is on the edge of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (01844 355500), which means a big local choice of countryside and canal walks and cycle trails in glorious surroundings. You can pick up the Ridgeway National Trail from nearby Ivinghoe Beacon, a high route across the chalk downs used since ancient times – it's 87 miles from end to end, but there are plenty of day and circular walks featured on the official website. The Chilterns Cycleway does a similar thing for bikes, with all sorts of signposted, linked routes that you can pick up locally. After something a bit more leisurely? Get out on the water for the day on the Grand Union Canal, with Narrowboat Day Hire (01296 668139) at the marina in Tring.

The market town of Tring itself is a three-mile drive away, and there's a remarkable outpost of London's Natural History Museum here, once the private zoological collection of Walter Rothschild. Eight miles east is the 5,000-acre, National Trust Ashridge Estate (01442 851 227), perfect for walks amid rolling fields, lush meadows and ancient trees. There's a cafe there too. Five miles south you've got woodland walks, a Go Ape treetop adventure course, play trails and picnic spots at Wendover Woods (01296 696184), with plenty more great views from here across the Chiltern Hills.

Food & Drink

Under a mile away across the fields is Wilstone village and the Half Moon pub (01442 826410), a fireplace-and-oak-beams sort of place with bar meals and real ales. You can get supplies from the rather nice Meads Farm Shop (01442 828478), also in the village, by the reservoir. There's a tea room here for meals, drinks, and cakes, while the Puddingstone Distillery (01442 502033) also has its base at the farm shop site; the top product is, no surprises here, their Campfire Gin.

Other shortish pub walks from the yurt site are to the Queen's Head (01296 668368) at Long Marston, just half a mile away, or the mile to the Red Lion (01296 668366) at Marsworth — proper old country pubs, both. The more contemporary Waters Edge (01442 891708), in a lovely location on the Tring reservoirs, offers an all-day brunch and is a wine bar in the evenings. You could walk here, too, in about half an hour, and it's a really nice route out to the reservoirs. For fine dining, people swear by the rather grand King's Head (01296 668388) in Ivinghoe, a ten-minute drive away, though you'll need to book. And if you really don't know what you fancy, then a short drive to either Tring or Berkhamsted — the local market towns — gives you the choice of plenty more bars and restaurants. Tring even has its own brewery, Tring Brewery (01442 890721), where you can pop in to buy or take a tour.

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All year round.

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The Owner Says

Nestled at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in a tree lined amphitheatre lies the small boutique glamping meadow of Chiltern Yurts.

Our luxurious and enchantingly authentic Mongolian yurts are ideal for a country retreat to relax and unwind in an idyllic setting. Go to sleep beneath the stars peeping over the ‘crown’ skylight and wake up to a tranquil oasis of nature and birdsong.

Surrounded by beautiful rural countryside, including miles of tucked away footpaths alongside the Grand Union Canal and Tring Reservoirs, ideal for walking and cycling, and abounding with wildlife.

Only 35 miles from London, escape from the city for a long weekend, or stay a while longer to fully savour the delights of the countryside.

Our unique and spacious yurts are entirely handmade and imported directly from Mongolia. Authentically designed and crafted, with colourful hand decorated woodwork, the cosy interiors are rustic and comfortable. The felt linings offer a truly luxurious experience. What really distinguishes an authentic yurt from other canvas structures is the stunning crown wheel at the centre of the roof and the solid wooden door instead of a zip!

Each yurt is self-contained, offering a private loo and shower hut, and its own cooking facilities including a BBQ and fire pit. Our guests are assured plenty of privacy and space to enjoy.

Accommodation

Two six-metre yurts, sleeping up to five people in each.

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Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
Stunning, authentic Mongolian yurt with the traditional ornate door and fabulous "crown". Beautifully furnished with a rustic chic feel and a lovely wood burner. Own cooking facilities with fridge indoors and a barbecue and fire pit outside with outdoor furniture for alfresco dining. Luxurious private shower / loo facilities in adjacent shower hut.

Golden Pheasant

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
Stunning, authentic Mongolian yurt with the traditional ornate door and fabulous "crown". Beautifully furnished with a rustic chic feel and a lovely wood burner. Own cooking facilities with fridge indoors and a barbecue and fire pit outside with outdoor furniture for alfresco dining. Luxurious private shower / loo facilities in adjacent shower hut

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Location

Contact Chiltern Yurts, Highover, Lukes Lane, Gubblecote, Hertfordshire HP23 4QQ

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Getting There

Chiltern Yurts is easily accessible from the M1, M40, and M25. Take the A41, and come off at the Tring junction and follow signs for the village of Long Marston. Approaching, there's a sign for Gubblecote, where you turn on to Lukes Lane and look for the Chiltern Yurts sign.
Tring is 40 minutes by train from London Euston. A taxi from the station to Chiltern Yurts takes 10 minutes.

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I stayed at the Chiltern Yurts for 2 night with my 10 year old son and 7 year old daughter in august. What a fantastic place to stay, the yurts are spacious and luxurious with everything you will need for your stay included. Inside the beds and bedding are very comfortable, we did not use the wood burner as the weather was warm but i can imagine this on at night will make it even more cosy. On arrival after meeting the owners Jim and Emma we were welcomed with fresh chocolate brownies and marshmellows and sticks for the fire pit. Outside the huge field that the yurts are situated in gives the children plenty of space to play and explore. At night nothing was too much trouble for Jim and Emma, on 2 occasions Jim bringing me more firewood out to the yurt. The yurt and separate bathroom were spotlessly clean. Jim and Emma were also very helpful and knowledgeable about things to do in the local area, suggesting some lovely village pubs to eat and drink in and place to take the children to entertain them. During our stay we spent time both days at Wendover woods doing the gruffalo trails, playing on the play trails and completing the Go Ape course. We ate in the half moon pub which was nice pub grub and also the red lion in a nearby village again which was nice pub grub. Unfortunately due to work commitments my wife could not join us on our trip but we will definitely be returning again with her for another fantastic break. 5 star rating from me and my children.

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