Esk Yurt

UK Scotland South Scotland Scottish Borders Peebles

  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Walking
Adult only yurt glamping in the Scottish Borders with exceptional views, hiking trails, and wild swimming

Visiting Scotland is likely already on (or has been confidently ticked off) your bucket list, but how about staying in a hand-crafted yurt? Here’s your chance to do both. Ellie and Scott, two passionate designers with an eye for interiors, have created a wild, natural little haven, steeped in Arthurian legend. Rumour has it this off-grid retreat is next to the valley of Saint Mungo, and it was Saint Mungo who encouraged Merlin to convert to Christianity. Wizards and legends lead you to Esk and its very own magical qualities. In this place of tranquillity and healing lies a wild, luscious dwelling surrounded by ancient redwood trees bordering the renowned Dawyck Botanic Garden, where you'll want to sit on your very own decking with a coffee in hand and listen to the sweet songs of the Mistle Thrushes.

Esk Yurt is the result of a true labour of love. It is an insulated, 16-foot Mongolian style yurt designed with all-weather conditions in mind. The yurt sleeps two with a comfy double bed. Inside is a gas hob for your cooking, although Ellie requests no meat to be cooked inside the yurt, given that it is a healing Ahimsa space used for holistic therapies in between stays — so make sure you perfect your veggie risotto before arriving! Guests are also provided with a wood burning stove to stay cosy in those winter months. Filtered water is provided from their underground well and accompanying your yurt there's a private bathroom with a hand pump shower and composting toilet. Don your guest robes and stroll over to the wildflower meadow before reading by candlelight in bed.

Esk Yurt is the perfect base camp for all that this area of bonnie Scotland has to offer. Walk just five minutes and you'll come across the perfect wild swimming spot on the River Tweed. Dawyck Botanic Gardens, particularly known for its heritage trees, is a short walk away where there is a cafe to suit your morning croissant needs. The historic market town of Peebles is a 15-minute drive away with a selection of quaint bars and restaurants, or if you're feeling bold, head to Biggar Adventure for an afternoon of rock climbing and archery, before heading back to your yurt to soak in the magic.

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  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance not due until 30 days before your holiday, in case of late changes to Coronavirus guidance
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • In the event of a lack of 2021 availability, switch your dates to 2022
  • Due to low deposit and late balance payment, no refunds are offered

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Details

Facilities

>Esk was lovingly hand-built by the craft folk at ‘Yurt Works’.  She is an authentic, 16 foot, Mongolian-style yurt with felt insulation for cosiness. The yurt has been filled with treasures from Ellie and Scott's travels to India. It has a double bed which sleeps two and has all bedding and essentials provided. The yurt is completely off-grid, so pop those phones away and relax. There is a wood-burning stove for hot water and heat, as well as a gas hob for cooking. No meat is to be cooked inside the yurt as it is a healing Ahimsa space. Candles are provided so you can read and relax by candlelight, as well as guest robes to lounge in. Esk is situated on the border of a beautiful, woodland garden with a wildflower meadow that can be explored. There is a private bathroom for guest use, which has a hand pump shower and composting toilet.  Filtered water is provided from the site's underground well.

Suitable For

Glampers, couples, friends - yes. Dogs, campers, caravans, children - no 

Nearby

Esk is a five-minute walk from a wild swimming spot on the River Tweed, ideal for kayak or paddleboard trips. Walk ten minutes to the Dawyck Botanical Gardens (01721 760254) which has a lovely café and 65 acres of beautiful seasonal displays. If relaxation and luxury is your aim, Esk is also a 10-minute cycle from Stobo (01721 725300), an award-winning, world-class luxury spa, where you can book in for a range of treatments. Hop on the bus for five minutes to the start of the John Buchan Way which is a renowned 13 mile beautifully scenic walk. Peebles a 12-minute drive from Esk is a wonderfully historic market town, which has a small selection of cafes, bars, and shops. Feeling adventurous? Head to Biggar Adventure (07834 871575), a 12-minute drive away for a range of thrilling activities such as abseiling, rock climbing, and mountain biking! 

Food & Drink

The Dawyck Botanic Gardens is the closest café to Esk and is a 10-minute walk away and sells hot food and drinks.  Broughton is the nearest village with a  general store, and the Laurel Bank tea rooms/bistro are located there. Peebles, a historic market town, is only a 15-minute drive away has a large range of cafes, restaurants, and pubs such as Coltman's (01721 720405), a delicious deli, restaurant, and bar which uses fresh seasonal produce and has lovely views over the River Tweed. Franco's (01721 720510), an Italian restaurant in Peebles, also comes highly recommended. To freshen the palette if you have a sweet tooth, you must visit Cocoa Black (01721 723 764) chocolate shop and the brainchild of UK chocolate master Ruth Hinks. Loved by locals and celebrities you can pick up a range of delectable deserts to enjoy in your yurt! 

The Owner Says

‘Esk’ yurt has been created as a sublime retreat in nature to provide a healing soothing balm for your soul. A very special place to stay offgrid with every comfort thought out to make your stay special. Esk is set in the stunning Tweed Valley with wild swimming, kayaking, mountain biking, beautiful walks and an abundance of nature on the doorstep. We have a menu of additional indulgent offerings available upon request to tailor your stay and make your time extra special.

Location

Contact Esk Yurt, Bellspool Coach House, EH45 9JU

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Getting There

The site is in the woodland garden of the Bellspool Coach House; which is situated next to the Dawyck Botanic Gardens. Enter in through the stone gate post and turn right, then left to the back of the building to the parking area. You then walk up the small oak steps and up the gravel path from the parking area and Esk is at the left of the top of the woodland path. There is a rural bus service, #91 from Peebles, that stops by request outside the Botanical Gardens.

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Beautiful stay

Our stay was absolutely magical. Such a beautiful, quaint setting. We had everything we needed and communication was fantastic. Can't wait to rebook! Cannot recommend this place enough!

Response from Esk Yurt

Thank you Shaunie, it was a pleasure to host you both.  We are looking forward to hosting you again to witness the woodland garden in another season.  Autumn is beautiful when the Beech woods turn golden x

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