A sunny bank holiday in the UK could only mean one thing for Nathan and I this year – more glamping! This glorious glamping trip took us to Cheddar in Somerset (yes it’s famous for the cheese!) where we stayed at the brilliant Petruth Paddocks Campsite. It was time for us to experience some “free range camping” and experience a slide of Somerset life.
A warm welcome awaited us when we arrived at Petruth Paddocks, with owner Jules and his team introducing themselves and telling us about the site and all it offers. Jules runs the site with his wife Sandra and two grown-up children Kelly and Steve. We had the pleasure of meeting them all over the weekend and liked how friendly and welcoming they were.
After getting our guidebook and car sticker, Jules led the way to ‘Mr Yurt’ – our home for the next three nights.
‘Mr Yurt’ is a traditional Mongolian yurt made locally by a guy called Tom. It looks small and cute from the outside but is deceivingly much bigger inside. We were pleased to see a double bed which included a proper mattress, all made up with covers and pillows ready for us. Being almost 4 metres wide the yurt has enough space for all your bags, a table, bedside drawers and compliments tray table. We were even more pleased when we Jules showed us the electric sockets and kettle! It’s always good when you are staying somewhere to be guaranteed to be able to make a good old cup of tea! Nice little touches included some complimentary tea, coffee, milk and hot chocolate sachets- which we enjoyed with marshmallows on our first night!
There’s a bedside lamp too which is always very useful when glamping, so you can actually see at night! I loved the wooden lattices holding the yurt up and the pretty pastel bunting wrapped around it – it’s always the simple arty touches that impress me. The yurt even has room for children on air beds that could fit either side of the bed – so there would be plenty of space for some family glamping!
The yurt was super cosy and the bed really comfy, however, it did get cold at night, even with the duvet and blanket so I’d advise taking some extra blankets and packing your bed socks! The site insists on no music and quiet after 10pm and we didn’t find there was too much noise after dark at all, especially given how busy the sight was over the weekend. You can go and view a video Jules took of the site over the bank holiday weekend on their Facebook page – it gives you an insight into the layout of the site and you can see if you can spot happy campers Nathan and I!
Mr Yurt is the newest addition to the glamping accommodation at Petruth Paddocks with this year being the first year it has been available to book (lucky us getting to stay eh!). As well as the yurt on offer, guests can choose to stay in funky rainbow bell tents or cute wooden Shepherds huts. I loved the look of the huts which can sleep 8 people on beds spread over two levels.
The bell tents are colourful and inviting too, however, they don’t have beds in them so if you’re booking those you will need to bring your own, or you might be in for an uncomfortable night on the floor! We saw lots of groups and families enjoying the glamping accommodation and would happily book them in the future to see what they are like. If glamping isn’t your thing and you prefer more traditional camping, or you have a caravan or RV, then you’re welcome at Petruth Paddocks too – there are three big fields available to pitch up on!
Quad Bike Deliveries and Campsite Facilities
On our first night, we were sitting outside with the BBQ going when we heard the sounds of a quad bike going around the site offering campfires. I don’t really know why but it was quite a funny sight-seeing a quad bike with a trailer full of fire pits and bags full of logs. For the full outdoor camping experience, I really recommend the extra cost of hiring one of the fires – it was fun to build fire, toast marshmallows and it helped keep us warm whilst enjoying dinner al fresco too. The fires cost £2 per night to hire and you can buy bags of logs, kindling and firelighter to get going – we thought the costs were reasonable and seeing all the fires dotted around the campsite told us they were really popular. Apparently, in the summer when the sun is shining, yummy ice-creams are delivered to your door on an old-school bicycle set up complete with parasol – we were out each day so missed this – gutted! The site offers some craft activities for kids too including friendship bracelet making and tye dye t-shirts – sounds right up my street!
The site has some basic showering, toilet and washing up facilities, however, they are of quite limited supply. Whilst they were cleaned regularly and well stocked with plenty of toilet paper and soap, there simply wasn’t enough of them with campers having to queue at peak times. Whilst this didn’t bother us much I can imagine if you were staying for a week and wanted a shower each day it might get a bit frustrating! Jules told us how he always contacts people who have booked to stay on the site to tell them how busy the shower/toilet facilities can get and warns them that there could be queues – I think this is good as it’s honest and gives people the option to change their minds if it’s not for them. The washing up facilities are as expected for a campsite and there’s plenty of bins with the site being very keen on recycling and sorting out your rubbish.
The campground has a good reception area where staff are friendly and welcoming; you can buy BBQ essentials such as firelighters and marshmallows too. There’s also an information area and space to store ice packs for cool boxes. A guidebook for the site is given to guests on arrival. This tells you the rules of the site, provides you with local information on places to visit and eat, and even tells you the wifi code for the free internet access available on site. We found the guidebook to be really useful for getting to know about the owners and the site a bit more and for the local pub recommendations! To find out more about the site and all the goings on then be sure to check out the Petruth Paddocks Twitter page too.
If people don’t fancy cooking their own food then there are always the food vans available onsite. Whilst we were there we saw a food van that served breakfast in the mornings and a changing menu in the evenings and a coffee van which opened until 10am each day. On our last day, we treated ourselves to a breakfast bap each which went down very well whilst we sat in the yurt listening to the typical bank holiday pouring rain! On the Saturday night there was a pizza van run by Barefoot Stonebaked Pizza Company offering freshly baked wood-fired pizzas. Of course, we couldn’t resist this temptation and we enjoyed a meat feast pizza by the fire. It took quite a long time to order and get the pizza, but I guess when they are prepared in front of you and then cooked one by one in the small pizza oven it’s understandable. Plus it was worth the wait and super scrummy!
A Slice of Cheddar
The site is in a really enviable location. It’s just a ten-minute walk to the village of Cheddar where you can find Cheddar Gorge Caves, Cheddar Crazy Golf and plenty of cheese and ice cream shops! We explored Wookey Hole Caves and Bishops Palace and Gardens over the weekend which were both only a 20-minute drive from the campsite.
If you fancy staying in Mr Yurt and enjoying some “free range camping” or glamping then make sure you check out the pricing and booking information on the Petruth Paddocks website. Prices are £80 a night to stay in the Yurt, with a two-night minimum stay. For more pictures of the site have a peek at the Petruth Paddocks Instagram page where you’ll spot a lovely picture of the family team.
For a quirky and memorable stay, I would really recommend a glamping getaway in Mr Yurt. We had a really good weekend and enjoyed our Somerset yurt experience. Petruth Paddocks is a friendly and welcoming site and is in a fab location for visiting Cheddar and exploring Somerset.
***Our three-night stay at Petruth Paddocks was provided to us on a complimentary basis in exchange for this review. All thoughts, pictures and opinions are my own***