With its mix of natural charms and architectural delights, there is much to recommend about the picturesque county of Hampshire on England’s south coast. From the medieval splendour of Winchester Cathedral to the real-life Downton Abbey - Highclere Castle - this historic county is chock full of cultural highlights. And, the South Downs National Park and the New Forest boasts some irresistible countryside, just itching to be explored, on foot.
What’s more, if it’s nature you’re after, then a glamping holiday will be just the ticket - as the county boasts many fine examples. These are just some of the top yurts which are available in Hampshire and just over the county border, in neighbouring West Sussex.
If it’s a true yurt experience you’re after, then this vacation rental is the way to go. Located amid ancient Hampshire woodland, its setting is perfect for those who wish to commune with nature without casting themselves too far off the beaten track. Indeed, for all its glamping authenticities - which include composting toilet - it is less than a mile (1.6 km) from the nearby village shop and pub - so you won’t have far to go to pick up supplies or to tuck into a bar meal or two.
Marketed as sleeping up to four people, but capable of accommodating as many as six, its insulation and wood-burning stove will make for a cosy glamping experience. Past guests loved the gorgeous and quiet setting and also praised the local pub.
Woodland YurtHampshire, England, United Kingdom
Top guest reviews
Host:the host was very helpful and politeyurt is equipped with everything you need and host on hand if neededgreat host great place thank yougeorge is really friendly and makes sure you have everyone you needgeorge and gemma's eco friendly yurt is also a nice reminder to live a sustainablyRead more reviewsamazing location - perfect place to get awaythe location is an utter delight and you have everything you need to create wonderful memoriessuch a peaceful place to get away from work etca private woodland with gorgeous walks and a nice pub within walking distancethere was a little shop a couple of minutes away with fresh food to make great bbqs
Location, as they say, is king. And, in the case of this highly-rated yurt, that is certainly the case. Set on a wooded peninsula in a marina on the south coast, it is perfectly placed for the charms of the sea and beautiful landscapes - with the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding National Beauty and the South Downs National Park both within easy reach. What’s more, this yurt’s Emsworth setting also places it close to the city of Portsmouth, so you won’t have far to go for a little hustle and bustle too. Transport links are good, too, with the nearby railway station offering direct trains to London and Portsmouth.
The yurt, which can sleep up to five, scored top marks for its location and cleanliness among past guests. Its waterside setting does mean, however, that families with young children should beware potential dangers.
'Crab Shack' Luxury Yurt with Harbour & Sea ViewsEmsworth, England, United KingdomSuperhost
Top guest reviewsbreakfast at the deck was deliciousthe deck was perfect for breakfastwonderfully warm nicely lit heated water bed (great fun)we recommend breakfast and great coffee at the deck and a walk into emsworth for suppliesthe waterbed is extremely comfortable and heatedthe shower block has a brilliant shower and is very cleansnug clean comfortable but also creatively decoratedmarina facilities were excellent including very clean toilets and shower blockthe atmosphere was delightful the yurt was clean well appointed and enchantingcomfortable beds clean excellent hosts
Host:andre is a fab hostandre was very friendly and helpful hostgreat hosts with excellent tipshosts are incredibly helpfulandre and kim were great informative and helpful hostsRead more reviewsstunning location really unusualsuper walk across pontoon into townbeautiful location best italian had for a while?a perfect location situated within emsworth yacht marinaa fantastic spot a short walk to lovely emsworth and the station
This yurt is perfect for a romantic couple’s retreat or those who wish to enjoy a little glamping, but also enjoy some home comforts - with the spacious double bed and wood-burning stove sure to keep you cosy, whatever the weather. Its setting within the South Downs National Park also places guests within easy reach of local walks and other natural attractions - such as the nearby river.
Those who enjoy a more energetic escape will also find much to recommend in the form of a tennis court, rope swing over the river and even a zip wire! And, those who prefer to dine out rather than use the shared kitchen area will find some nice pubs in the nearby villages of Sheet and Sawday.
Chestnut yurt set in an ancient wood with river access
Price: from 150 GBP (203.51 USD)
Number of Guests: 4
Located in the same setting as the previous entry on the list, this spacious yurt actually shares kitchen facilities with that earlier property - they are that close. So, those looking to accommodate a larger group may wish to consider booking both properties. Naturally, its location also places it within easy reach of the same pubs and attractions as the earlier entry.
Those looking to explore the wider area will also be pleased to note that the railway station at nearby Petersfield is just a six-minute drive away. Past guests were very impressed with the friendly host, as well as the cosy bed and “wonderful wood burner”.
Fab walks to cosy pubs, the river and the woods
Price: from 75 GBP (101.75 USD)
Number of Guests: 4
Kingfishers and other bird life are among the natural wonders you may be lucky enough to spot during your stay in this yurt, near Twyford, on the westernmost fringe of the South Downs National Park. Its position within the park means you will be well placed for charming, rolling hills and excellent nearby walks, but the property is also just as handy for the nearby M3 motorway, Winchester and Southampton, which will make for a great day trip or two.
The yurt, which can sleep up to four people, is ideal for couples but also suitable for small families, thanks to the addition of two single camp beds, if required. Guests share a shower and toilet with another yurt.
Summer sanctuary - Yurt camping in Twyford, Hampshire
Price: from 130 GBP (176.37 USD)
Number of Guests: 4
Set on the same marina peninsula as entry number two on the list, this yurt boasts a fantastic location and has scored universal praise among former guests. Although it is ideal for couples, it is also a possibility for families and can accommodate up to two adults and three children. The interior decor comes complete with a number of home comforts to make you feel right at home - including a small dining area, as well as a fridge, kettle and even a plug-in electric oven and hob!
Of course, the yurt’s position, a short walk from Emsworth, also means there are plenty of eateries and pubs within easy reach, should you prefer to save your cooking skills for another time.
'Genoa' a luxurious yurt with sea & harbour viewsEmsworth, Hampshire, United KingdomSuperhost
Top guest reviewsnice outside space with table & chairs/seating and we loved the idea of the outdoor communal bbq areait's rustic but comfortable with some good outdoor space for bbqs etc in good weatherthe yurt was fully equipped with teas and coffee milk and the most amazing cooking facilitiesvery friendly welcome and a really cosy yurt with an amazingly comfy bedthe place was clean and although it looked small on the outside it didn’t feel small at allstunning place very clean and warm at night everything we could have wanted and morewe stayed in the genoa yurt which was clean warm beautiful and cozyyurt knitted out well clean & funvery clean toilets and shower a short walk away
Host:andre was a great hostgreat hosts and lovely placethanks for the kind hospitalityandre was very helpful and made us feel very welcomeditto previous comments - wonderful unique experience further enabled by great hostsRead more reviewsgreat location and lots of things to do near by tooa perfect location for a few family days away at the start of the summergreat location for these great yurtsfantastic location and fantastic facilitiesthe location was good- was fun to walk into town along the little path
So you’ve decided to try your hand at a little glamping adventure but aren’t quite sure where you’d like to stay. Don’t let that put you off - this Airbnb host puts the portability back into glamping by offering to set up the yurt in a New Forest location of your choice. What’s more, there are as many as five yurts for hire - each capable of accommodating up to four people. And, they can be supplied furnished or unfurnished, so whatever the size of your group, or the level of comfort you’re after, you’re truly spoilt for choice.
Glamping with Wildrevive
Top guest reviewsthe tent was amazing and nice and cleanshe went above and beyond for us the tent was great clean and comfortable with so much space
Host:natalie is amazing what a hostshe was so helpful and great at communicationnatalie is fantastic and super helpfulRead more reviewsgreat weekend camping in the new forest such a cool tent and natalie very helpful with location etc
Although most of the yurts on this list are within Hampshire, there are a number of great options straddling the border with West Sussex. They offer the same great proximity to the South Downs National Park, as well as the coast, and are also within easy reach of such cities as Portsmouth. This very popular yurt is one such example - located deep in the heart of the national park and actually built using wood from nearby woods.
The property itself is perfect for couples and comes with access to a pod containing a fully-functional toilet and hot water shower - for those little home comforts. The yurt also boasts a small dining table area and has access to a deck with fully-equipped camp kitchen. Those who prefer to save the cooking for someone else can even order a dinner ‘room service’, so long as you provide 24 hours notice.
'Oak' Yurt in West Sussex countrysideHaslemere, England, United KingdomSuperhost
Top guest reviewsthe bed and mattress were greata proper comfortable bed the luxury of an ensuite real kitchen facilities and the most beautiful starry nightsthe outdoor kitchen was fun and had everything we neededthe yurts are well equipped and comfortablethe camp kitchen and grill were ideal for our 5-night staythe accommodation was clean and the beds very comfortablethe bathroom was excellent and spotlessthe yurts pure outdoor luxury; clean comfortable and well equippedthe log burner fantastic and the shower hut next door clean with plenty of hot watervery comfortable cosy clean and well equipped
Host:rachel was really friendly chilled out and helpfulrachel hosted us and she was lovelyas hosts charlotte/bozhanka and rachel were greatcharlotte was lovely and really helpful throughoutbozhanka was the perfect host - present enough to answer any questions yet never intrusiveRead more reviewsbeautiful location secluded and peacefulsuch a wonderful venue and locationthis place is truly magnificentwhat a lovely little getaway retreat the location was just fabulousperfect location and the yurts are wonderful - comfortable and cool
Set on the same Emsworth marina site as numbers two and six, this yurt also comes replete with some of the same luxury touches as its predecessors - even going so far as to have unique vintage furnishings and a stylish dining table for family meals. The yurt itself is perfect for couples, but can also accommodate an additional three children and, should you require accommodation for larger groups, you may be able to book one or more of the nearby yurts if availability allows.
As with its neighbours, this highly rated yurt won top marks from past guests for location and was also praised for its “amazing” decor and friendly hosts.
'Drake' a luxurious yurt with harbour & sea viewsEmsworth, England, United KingdomSuperhost
Top guest reviewswe recommend breakfast and great coffee at the deck and a walk into emsworth for supplieskids loved it cool setting good local amenities great breakfast at nearby cafehuge king size bed and full working kitchen insideplenty of heating to keep you cosy and a huge comfortable bedthe views of the harbour are gorgeous the yurt was extremely comfortable and warmhot clean showers and beautiful local walksclean warm secure good facilities outdoor experience with all the comfortswe'll definitely be back warm amazing decor perfectly cleanthey had lovely clean toilets and showers toocomfortable beds toasted marshmallows clean toilets/showers happy children happy us
Host:the hosts are really welcoming and helpfulandre was a perfect host will definitely be backandre is a fantastic host and his local knowledge is perfectandre was a super host and very helpfulthanks for being great hosts and for setting the yurt up with such great attention to detailRead more reviewsgreat quiet secluded location in wooded area within marinathe location is simply gorgeous and we felt truly nestled inthe yurts are in a great location for a number of beachesgreat location overlooking a marina on what feels like your own private island (shared with 2 other yurts)great yurt in great location - excellent experience
Located in a yurt village, over the county border in West Sussex, this award-winning site is a great option for larger groups who need to book more than one tent. The yurts come with access to hot showers, barbecues and gas stoves. There’s also a communal kitchen, for whipping up tasty treats. Those who wish to relax may also wish to make use of their personal hammock or the site’s wood-fired hot tub.
The yurt village’s ‘Home Yurt’ is also a great place to meet and get to know fellow guests - its huge interior boasts space for multiple sofas and also houses a cinema projector, for movie nights.
Plush Tents is a Beautiful Mongolian Yurt VillageWest Sussex, United Kingdom
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