This adventure was a little further away, as we made our way over to Somerset Yurts a beautiful site set within the Quantok Hills.
It took a long time to get there, with stops and traffic and wee stops for me and the kids…but we finally made it to the site just as the sun was setting. The place was so quiet, all we could hear was cows mooing and owls twit-twooing.
We would be staying in Oak Lodge Safari Tent. I have to say, this was by far the most luxurious glamping place we have stayed so far.
They sleep up to six people, with a lovely double room, and a separate bedroom with bunk beds, Ollie absolutely loved it. Arthur loved the idea of bunking up with Ollie, but I knew come night time he would want to snuggle in our bed.
The lodge has electricity and running water, with its own bathroom with a shower and a toilet. What a treat! There was also a fab little kitchen area, with a hob etc for the most important thing of all, tea and coffee!
There was a basket with a bag of marshmallows/ tea/ coffee and sugar upon our arrival, which was lovely.
The living space in the lodge was amazing, there was so much space, lots of floor space for play and a sofa large enough for us all to sit on, in-front of a toasty log burner.
Also there was a dining table, placed perfectly in front of the window, overlooking the field.
By the time we got settled in it was late and we were all very tired, it was to be an early night to revive us for the next day. We would be visiting one of my most favourite places, Glastonbury!
We were all excited!!
Glastonbury holds many special memories for us. We had our honeymoon there and have taken trips down there in our old WV camper vans a few times. There’s just something special about the place that draws me there. Glastonbury is rich in myth and mystery. There are so many legends surrounding Glastonbury. In the centre of the town is the ruined abbey, claimed to be the gravesite of the legendary Kind Arthur and the temporary home of the ‘Holy Grail’.
Glastonbury is home to many mystical places, Glastonbury Tor, the Chalice Well and the beautiful Goddess Temple.
A beautiful Mural in Glastonbury
Glastonbury draws people from far and wide, to experience the magical and healing energy here. Wether it’s something to do with the ley lines that cross here I don’t know. I really struggle to explain the feeling I get from being here, in fact I don’t try to anymore, I just soak it up and let it heal and revive me. When leave here I always feel homesick, even though this has never been my home. I know a lot of people can relate to this feeling concerning Glastonbury.
I couldn’t wait to show Arthur the delights of this magical little town. Last time I was in Glastonbury was 4 years ago. We stayed here for a few nights in our old camper van on the way to Cornwall. We were trying to conceive at the time. I kneeled in the Goddess Temple before the altar and I meditated, and wished. I lit a candle full of hope for our future baby. Three days later we were sat in a cafe in Tintagel (another very special place to me *) and I had the most overwhelming urge for a cheese and pickle sandwich. I had never eaten one before then, but I needed one. Dan and I looked at each other and laughed. We both knew I was pregnant. At that moment I was approximately 6 days pregnant, god knows how cravings came so early!
I did a test as soon as I got home, of course it was positive.
I couldn’t wait to take Arthur back to the temple. Just Arthur and I went in, and I could see the beautiful soothing energy taking hold of him. He laid on my knee and had a little rest. We lit a candle, in front of the Goddess Altar. I didn’t wish for anything, I just said thank you. Arthur then proceeded to pick his nose with a cheeky grin on his face, smiling wildly at the other people in the temple, his grin was contagious and he had everyone smiling, taking them away from their thoughts and mediations for a moment.
Images of temple from Google as there’s a time and a place to take pictures!
The best way to describe the feeling being in the Goddess Temple brings me, is what I imagine a womb to feel like. Loving, comforting, supportive, life giving.
I’m getting a little ahead of myself here! When we first got to Glastonbury, we made a beeline for our favourite Cafe – the Lazy Gecko Cafe. It has a lovely laid back vibe, beautiful artwork on the walls and it is always so welcoming. There was tons of toys for Arthur to occupy himself with, them came in a couple with the cutest little puppy ever, Arthur was happy!!
I will always seek out the very best coffee…..
One of the things I love most about this magical town is the diversity of people you meet here and the feeling of acceptance you get while here. The eclectic mix of shops is amazing, selling all kinds of thing to make your inner hippie happy!
Hemp in Avalon
It’s lovely so see so many independent shops, and there is an independent supermarket, selling loose fruit and veg and zero waste essentials. Eco shopping is easy and fun here!
Glastonbury is home to one of the most amazing book shops ever, The Speaking Tree. I could spend so many hours here…..
Star Child is another favourite of mine. A magical apothecary shop selling a huge range of botanicals, perfumes, oils, candles and books. It is nestled in the Glastonbury Experience courtyard, underneath the Goddess Temple, with a beautiful altar inside too.
I bought a little bottle of tree perfume.
There is also the most amazing crystal shop here. You know you are in Glastonbury when there is a play room in the crystal shop! Dan treat me to a beautiful Ruby Pendant.
I could spend hours telling you about all the lovely shops, but I will refrain.
Oh and the street art is amazing here!
We had a walk up to the Tor. It was such a beautiful day for it too.
The Tor is such an enigmatic, sacred landmark. The path that encircles the Tor has long been thought of as a gigantic labyrinth based on ancient pattern. It is certainly magical walking up to it.
Arthur legs were tired for the final climb up so in the carrier he went.
Now I’m not sure if it’s the energy up there, but he went nuts at the top!
Digging mole hills furiously, throwing sticks, he was hilarious, well he was until he caught me by surprise and dumped a huge handful of soil on my head. Talk about grounding! Haha! After lots of giggles we headed back down.
Incase your wondering, we did get the inspiration for his name here.
We had plans to visit the Chalice Well Gardens too, but we didn’t make it in time. We have been a few times before and it is such a beautiful place. It is one of Britain’s most ancient wells, nestled at the foot of the Tor. The waters are said to have healing powers, and we have many times walked barefoot through the gardens and in the stream. I read a really lovely book, Fairy Tale by Signe Pike. The author visits Glastonbury and the Chalice Well Gardens in search of fairies, is a beautiful read, and always keeps me on the look out for signs of magical beings while here. If you visit Glastonbury, it is most definitely a must see.
I would have loved to have spent more time here, but campfires and marshmallows was calling. We headed back to the Lodge.
What a beautiful evening it was. The setting sun was casting a beautiful golden glow over the field. It was so peaceful. We had a little fire and roasted some marshmallows, the kids absolutely loved it.
Of course I couldn’t resist a toy picture, me stacking, Arthur waiting patiently to knock it down, haha!
It was a beautiful evening. The lodge was absolutely perfect. I would say it was definitely the most relaxing break we have had this year. As much as I love being totally off grid and wild, having a toilet and shower with the kids was a huge bonus.
It was lovely, having the tent open, overlooking the rolling Somerset hills, and knowing it is safe for them to play and roam outside.
It was so lovely, having a morning cup of tea, with Arthur playing in the deck….
These is other accommodation too at Somerset Yurts including beautiful Yurts and a Geodesic Dome.
These is also a Dutch Barn. Home to a spacious and fully equipped kitchen and communal area, with games, high chairs, maps and guides and luxurious hot powers showers.
It was the perfect little escape, and I would 100% recommend this place. There is so much more to explore too in the local area that we just didn’t get chance too.
The Site borders the Quantock Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. There is lots of wildlife parks and gardens, as well as Exmoor national park.
There is also Cheddar Caves and the popular Wooky Hole attraction. We have visited here before and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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