London - Inspired by a spot of impromptu glamping in California, Stephanie Wakeham-Dawson and her husband returned to their family farm in East Hoathly, East Sussex, determined to bring the Californian dream to the south of England, and finally they have made it happen, with two top-notch, double-decker luxury yurts now open for business on their small arable estate.
This is no ordinary glamping experience.
The Wakeham-Dawsons claim their yurts - designed and created in Seattle in the shadow of Mount Rainier - are often used as full-time residences back in the US, and we can believe it: they have a tall design and full-size French doors so you don't need to stoop, huge picture windows that give great views and lots of natural light, and a lattice, rafters and even a staircase leading to a clear dome to the sky - perfect for viewing the stars at night.
Their unique construction ensures that you are cool during the summer but always warm in the night, whatever the time of year. All in all it's the perfect place to break in gently the reluctant glamper in your life, comfortably sleeping five in a ground-floor bedroom with superking Hynos bed and a galleried firstfloor bedroom with three singles.
They provide everything you need in terms of bed linen and towels and there is a proper kitchen and a bathroom with flushing toilet and shower and plenty of hot water. The farm itself enjoys a great location in the heart of East Sussex, with plenty of birds and wildlife, and plenty of good walks into the surrounding countryside using local pubs as targets.
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