Potter's Lodge yurt

Welcome to Potter's Lodge yurt. Potter's Lodge is one of our three beautiful yurts at Peake's Retreats. Potter's Lodge was the second of our three yurts to be installed and finished ready for bookings and we have been welcoming guests to stay in this yurt since March 2018.

Potter's Lodge is a 6 metre yurt hand built from ash wood in Shropshire by Moore's Yurts. Our Windy Smithy wood-burning stove keeps it super cosy in winter and with having had an extra lining of sheep felt insulation it can be used all year round and as long as you have a little bit of fire know-how you will stay lovely and warm, even through the coldest January days.

Since March 2022 Potter's Lodge now also benefits from it's own private spa-type hot tub on the decking right next to the yurt, available to use from 7am-11pm (please see hot tub rules below).

All of our yurts sleep up to 6 guests and are ideal for couples, families or groups. The number of guests in your booking will determine the number of beds we set up, and often bed sharing is required so do keep this in mind when booking for groups. Our standard setups are as follows, but if you need something a little different to suit your group do let us know as we can usually accommodate this, although extra charges maybe incurred if we need to spend extra time setting up additional beds, and additional laundry not already covered in the cost of your stay.

Potter's Lodge for:

2 people- Superking size (and so to bed London) bed + 2 single daybeds made up as sofas rather than beds
3 people- Superking size bed + 1 single daybed made as a sofa and 1 single daybed with duvet etc as a bed
4 people- Superking size bed + 2 x single daybeds made up as beds
5 people- Superking size bed + 2 x single daybeds made up as beds and 1 x single trundle bed
6 people- Superking size bed + 2 x single daybeds made up as beds + 2 x trundle beds next to each other



Potter's Lodge also benefits from a fire pit outside of the yurt and a large table and benches on the decking area. Do head over to our social media to look at more photos, most of which you will find on Instagram along with plenty of videos on TikTok. you can search the hashtag #potterslodge to be taken to a library of photos of this yurt on instagram.

Don't forget you can also use our communal Finnish BBQ hut which seats up to 24 people, and choose from one of our amazing BBQ meat hampers sourced from local family butchers Paul Shum's.

You can also add other extras onto your booking such as massage, afternoon tea, champagne (we do operate challenge 25), easy checkin and late checkout. Click here for our full extras price list.

Have you already booked your stay? keep on reading for checkin and other important information you may need during your stay:

If you have booked a stay in Potter's Lodge please text us on the day of your arrival with your ETA and car registration. The number to text (not WhatsApp) is 07725403070.

Checkin

Please use the postcode DE13 9QT to find us and you can find full written directions on our website here Please note most sat nav systems take you to the centre of our postcode which is about a 1/4 mile down the road from us. The written directions on the website give full detail on how to find us.

On arrival in the car park please park to the right over looking the church and text the above number to let us know you have arrived.

We operate self checkin for the yurts so do please read the following carefully and if you have any questions let us know before your stay as it is possible we will not be onsite when you arrive.

Checkin is anytime from 4pm -10pm. We do not accept any checkins after 10pm, so please do arrange to collect your key earlier in the day if you have an event or other plans for the evening meaning you may arrive after this time. If you do arrive after 10pm The yurt will be locked and you will not be able to gain access until the following morning.

Once you have parked up please turn and face the main farmhouse. You will see a double gate that links it to a smaller building the same colours as the house this smaller building is our shower and toilet block and you will see signs on the smaller right hand building pointing you to the loft, yurts, showers and toilets.

To access the yurt field you need to follow the arrow to the loft  and the yurts and go through the double gates mentioned above. Cross the courtyard diagonally over to another single gate. On the way to this gate you will pass another door into the back of the shower and toilet block building on your right- this is our washing up area, where you can also access drinking water.

Go through the single gate. The door to The Loft is immediately on your left. you should also see our BBQ hut at this point. Continue past the door to the Loft toward the BBQ hut, and go up the steps then turn left to go past the BBQ hut door. You will see all three of our yurts from here. Turn right and follow the path. Potter's Lodge is the yurt directly in front of you at this point, you will recognise it from it's tree-lined path and decorated hot tub area.

Should you have any trouble finding your yurt or aren’t sure then do give us a call on the above number.

Contacting us during your stay

Potter's Lodge Is self-catering but we do offer a number of extras that you can add to your stay, some of which we do need advance notice for. If you wish to order any extras then please text 07725403070. Please place orders before 3pm and we will ensure they are delivered to you before 6pm, this includes extra logs, kindling and firelighters, for later orders we will do our best to get them to you but cannot guarantee we will be able to fulfil them. The phone is not manned outside of the hours of 9am-5:30pm so any enquiries outside of these hours may not be seen.
In an emergency please knock on the door of the main farm house, accessed from the courtyard opposite the washing up area.

Hot tub booking

Potter's Lodge now benefits from it’s own private hot tub (installed March 2022). You can use the hot tub between the hours of 7am and 11pm, please be mindful of our quiet hours which begin at 10pm and end at 7am, and always considerate of other guests onsite.


Please familiarise yourself with our other hot tub rules before using the hot tub by clicking here You may see us checking your hot tub at various point throughout your stay, this is just to ensure the balance of chemicals is correct to keep your hot tub hygienic. 

 

Recently we have experienced a high number of damaged or missing towels and have unfortunately had to stop providing them as standard. We can still provide a towel bundle of 1 x bath towel and 1 x hand towel for a deposit of £5 CASH (unfortunately we cannot accept card payments for the deposit) per person which will be returned at the end of your stay when you return the towels to us in good condition. Alternatively please feel free to bring your own.
If you wish to use our towels please let us know and we can arrange for you to collect them on arrival.

Shower and toilets

Potter's Lodge has it’s own private bathroom located within the yurt shower and toilet building that nobody else has access to during your stay. The key to your bathroom is on your yurt keyring and you will need to take this key with you each time you use the bathroom if you wish to lock the door. We provide lovely Neals Yard Toiletries in each bathroom, and the outside of these will have been thoroughly disinfected before your arrival. We have chosen to use the larger bottles and re-fill them rather than to provide throw away small bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic waste we create (plus they look really pretty in the blue bottles) 

Please do leave these at the end of your stay. They are available to purchase if you wish to take some with you.

Cooking onsite and eating out.

Your fridge can be found in the cooking cabin. It is clearly labelled as the 'Potter's Lodge' Fridge. If you have booked directly with us you will find your breakfast hamper in here.
If you have booked through a third party such as booking.com, airbnb, pitchup.com, coolcamping, verb etc then a breakfast hamper is not included in your stay but we are happy to provide one fro £7.50 per person.

You will find a selection of pots, pans and utensils in your yurt and the cooking cabin. Please ensure all pots, pans, plates etc are washed up and put away at the end of your stay. The cooking cabin benefits from a full sized electric range cooker, please note this is a shared facility so please do ensure that the cooking cabin is left as you would wish to find it as soon as you have finished preparing your meals.

You can also use our communal BBQ hut. We do not provide charcoal as part of your stay but we do sell it onsite.

It is also very important that you use the cleaning equipment provided and thoroughly wipe down after yourself when using the communal areas. Please leave areas as you would wish to find them.

For our top picks on where to eat out locally visit our blog here.

Conduct onsite

A reminder that quiet hours are between 10pm and 7am and we will pop round and gently remind you if noise levels are deemed excessive enough to disrupt other guests. We know and understand that it is easy to be louder than you realise, especially when catching up with friends and enjoying a drink, so we ask that you please be considerate of other guests.

We politely ask that you do not smoke in the yurt or in communal areas, please also do not smoke when using your hot tub. Any signs of smoking will be charged for at the end of your stay. There must be no glass bought into the hot tub area for safety reasons, this includes bottles, glasses or any other kind of glass. We provide you with plastic glasses so that you may take drinks into the hot tub area. 

Dogs Onsite

We love meeting your four legged friends and all of our accommodation is dog friendly, we also offer doggy extras such as walking and dog sitting. We do ask that when onsite ALL dogs are kept on a lead at ALL times. We also ask that dogs are not left in any of the accommodation unattended, even if they are crated. This includes if you are using your hot tub. We have noticed an increase in distressed dogs who are in an unfamiliar place and when left alone often sit and howl, therefore disturbing others onsite. We have also experienced an increase in unattended dogs urinating in the accommodation even though owners say they never do it at home. We don’t mind the use of long leads as long as your dog cannot disturb other guests. If we suspect unattended dogs in the accommodation we will ask for you to keep them with you, and any ignored requests will unfortunately result in you being asked to leave.
We also ask that even if other guests don’t mind you having your dog off the lead that you still keep your dog on the lead. The reason for this is that during 2021 we have found a lot of dog dirt left behind that owners have either ignored or were unaware of due to not following the dog on lead rule. We do have children playing onsite in and around the yurts, and even if there are no children onsite during your stay there may be some after your stay, and it is not pleasant and does not reflect well on us if there is dog dirt in the grass (which we will be keeping long during the summer months) where the children are playing. we have also experienced dogs off lead killing animals on our small holding before.

Visitors onsite

 
One of the charms of our site is that it is a small, intimate hidden away site and bearing this in mind we don’t want it to get overcrowded for the enjoyment of all guests. That being said we do permit a limited amount of pre-arranged visitors between the hours of 10am and 9pm for £5 per person (under 2’s free) and £10 per dog. All visitors MUST be pre-arranged and text 07725403070 on arrival with their car registration, and must have left the glampsite by 9pm. Any visitors who have not been pre-arranged will be asked to leave.

Checkout

Checkout is strictly no later than 10am on your day of departure and we ask that you leave The yurt clean and tidy with all rubbish placed in the bins by the cooking cabin and all washing up done and returned to your yurt. We do not require you to strip the beds but it does help us immensely if you do. Please leave all windows and doors open if it is not raining or likely to rain to help air the yurt, and leave your key in the door.

 A late checkout may be pre-arranged. This option is £25 and would give you a checkout time of 12pm. Late checkout is not always available so do let us know if you wish to add this to your booking and we will check availability. Please note that any late departures that haven't been pre-arranged will be charged at £50. Our housekeeping team starts at 10am so please do not be offended if we politely remind you of the checkout time as it approaches.

FAQs

Please be aware that we are experiencing a high volume of enquiries at present and so emails are taking a little longer to reply to, if you need to contact us urgently regarding your stay please do this by text (not WhatsApp or social media) on 07725403070. You can find a number of FAQs answered on our website in the blog section, including ideas for places to go as well as a list of FAQs about your stay so this is a great place to start.

We look forward to welcoming you and helping you have a wonderful relaxing stay.