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.
Gubblecote, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Jim M.Joined in July 2021
3 Ratings · 4 reviews
October 20, 2021
Spent an amazing few nights in the Chiltern Yurts, in less than clement weather and it didn't spoil our stay at all. The yurt itself is spacious enough for our family of 4, (boys 6 & 2) it is a fabulous space and if we had not ventured out I could see us whiling our day away quiet happily in and around it. A cold night was no problem as the wood burning stove heats the space easily and the bed clothes keep you warm long after the fire has gone out. Bathroom facilities are even better than the picture suggests, the bathroom is kept warm and the water is always hot. There is a kettle, and facilities inside to whip up a meal if you are not having a BBQ, all provided cutlery dishes pans etc are of a high standard.
We enjoyed both Wendover woods and the Zoo but also short walks form the Yurt to the Grand Union Canal and the reservoirs. The hosts Emma and Jim were very welcoming but otherwise out of sight unless needed. I could not recommend more highly especially if, like one our party, you are not keen on the idea of camping, Chiltern Yurts takes out all the discomfort and hassle just leaving the fun.
October 4, 2021
The yurts were beautifully decorated, with everything you could need for your stay, really good quality bedding which kept us warm and snug for our October stay. The wood burner also kept the yurt lovely and warm! The toilet and shower hut was better than I could have imagined it was just like a home bathroom. Emma, the host was really welcoming and helpful, gave us some tips on the local amenities within walking distance. The canal walks were lovely with all the locks and narrow boats passing. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely go back in the summer!
September 27, 2021
From start to finish we loved our stay at Chiltern Yurts. Booking online was a breeze and when I needed to amend something later it was easily done on the phone without any hassles.
Both Jim and Emma are really friendly and the heart and soul they have put into this business is reflected in every detail.
On arrival, the fridge had fresh milk and a ‘welcome’ brownie. The log burner inside the yurt was primed and ready to go, as were both the BBQ and the firepit. There were even late-night firepit marshmallows on sticks provided. A lovely touch.
Washing facilities could not be faulted and were absolutely spotless throughout.
The camp area itself is lovely and peaceful with the yurts well spaced apart so that you don’t feel in any way overlooked. There’s really good pubs within walking distance as well as hikes along the canals and around the reservoir.
Tring town centre is only a 5-10 minute drive and has a big Tesco, so anything you may need is never far away.
We came for a relaxing ‘switch-off’ break from our hectic lives and that’s exactly what we got, and more. All-in-all, for the price we paid we think you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere better than this. Not only is everything high quality and thoroughly thought through, but we also really enjoyed the unique experience it provided. Thank you Emma and Jim.
August 14, 2021
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.
From the host
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.
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 and 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.