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Glamping on the go

Glamping is set to hit the road with a new concept in upmarket trailer-tents – the mobile yurt.

A fold-up version of the luxury tent has been developed that offers all the features of glamping but with the freedom to move from site to site.

But glamorous camping on the move doesn’t come cheap – the Go Yurt will set you back a cool £18,000.

For your money you get your own shower and toilet wet-room, a fitted kitchen and wood burning stove. It opens out to a 14ft diameter space with a wooden trellis frame, cooker and fridge ready to link to camp site hook-ups. It’s also fitted out with top quality furnishings from John Lewis and Next.

There are LED lights in the floor and ceiling, and the wood-burner stove can be fitted in the centre or at the side. There’s an air-dry heating system so that the yurt can be packed away wet – and then plugged in back at home to dry out. The mobile yurt can be towed by a regular large estate car.

The Go Yurt has been developed by Lake District entrepreneur and keen camper Hamish Foulerton, inspired by George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces TV show. Mr Foulerton, a landscape gardener and tree surgeon, developed a prototype and is now offering a bespoke made-to-order service to customers’ own specifications.

On site, he reckons the Go Yurt can be set up by one person within an hour, or four people in 20 minutes.

The basic version can sleep up to eight people. Storage space under the yurt means that bikes and canoes can be stowed away overnight.

Mr Foulerton and his wife Michelle, a florist, and daughters Georgia (8) and Frankie (4) have been testing the Go Yurt at camp sites in the Lake District. "This is an ideal solution for the family who loves camping,” he said. “Yurts provide really stable and well-insulated camping accommodation, but until now they have only been available in-situ on certain camp sites. The whole point about camping is that you have the freedom to go where you want.

“Whether you enjoy getting back-to-basics, or the full-on glamping experience, our trailer-based folding yurt tents offer the perfect blend of personal and portable."

Campers interested in trying the Go Yurt can book a trial weekend at the Windermere Camping and Caravanning Club site. See www.goyurts.co.uk for details.


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