We hope to answer some of your questions here but if we haven’t please contact us
We’re all about sustainability and habitat preservation at Adhurst. We also happen to really love not having electricity at the yurts – not because we want to make our life difficult but because we all know how wonderful a power cut can be once you’ve lit the candles and boiled tea on the wood burner; we just love the atmospherics of it all. Our turbo-charged electric world smothers all that atmosphere. Adhurst is a place you can get back to your circadian rhythm, enjoy the taste of food cooked on embers and flavoured with wood smoke – Watching the campfire is nature’s tv. It’s also better for your soul and better for your children and better for your pets.
Each month brings a different treat with the seasonal changes. In April there are early-morning guided birdwalks to identify all those birds building their nests. And sometimes lambing! Fly fishing is amazing as you can actually spot the mayflies and see the trout jumping up to eat them in mid-air. You just have to sit quietly and wait. In May there’s a blanket of bluebells bringing a technicolour streak to nature. It’s also when the pick-your-own farm have their glut of asparagus – perfect for grilling on the bbq. In June try an omelette with foraged garlic ransomes and their delicate white flowers. June is also the month for strawberry picking – and lots of other berries as well. In July and August it’s time to really enjoy the river swing without worrying about falling in. And those outdoor hot showers! In September the nights are drawing in so you want to nab those full moon dates before someone else gets them! Think of all that extra light at midnight. September is also when the Himalayan Balsam pods are ripe and burst like nature’s popcorn from their malty scented pods. The perfect healthy snack while walking to the pub. Mushrooming season comes into its own. In October the yurts are covered in a windfall of chestnuts – perfect for roasting.
Throughout the entire season do get stuck into some bushcraft and outdoor cooking techniques. Our instructors will guide you. If you’re nervous about mushrooming we have a qualified guide. If you have no idea how to ponass a trout we have an instructor. If you want to identify those bird calls we have yet another qualified guide. If you want to spend the whole weekend foraging and gutting and cooking in a pot suspended above a fire from green hazel pot holders you’ve made yourselves – we can help you do that too. If you want to boil water in the woods in a storm kettle we’ll show you. It’s all do-able because we have an amazing team who can show you in a bespoke personal way. We are now introducing workshops for day visitors not staying in the yurts – ask about dates for Basketry Workshops (all levels) or Deer to Venison in a Day – that’s everything from gutting, preserving the hide, preparing the antlers to cooking the haunch in a fire pit to dig out later that evening with your campfire. Check out our link to our sibling company The Outside Institute UK where we put together all our outdoor workshops – even the ones that have nothing to do with nature. Some are about fitness and photography and floristry… so long as they take place in the woods
At Adhurst we like to greet our guests with a brief familiarisation of the environment. If you will not be arriving between 4-6pm we might not be able to do this, but will try! If you are coming by car drive up to your yurt to unload. After unloading, cars should remain in the car park; this is to keep the woods a car-free zone.
Each yurt has one double bed, fully made up. Under the bed are two full-length camp beds for children – please bring sleeping bags for these additional beds. Please bring towels and dish cloths. Also, bring sleeping bags if you have the upper deck of the cabin.
Adhurst is dog-friendly but only one dog per space unless you chat with us first! So far no one has been refused. Dogs guests are £35
Each yurt is provided with chopped wood for the wood-burner. The amount we place inside the yurt is weather-dependent and we aim to provide sufficient fuel for your wood burner for the first night. If you would like more … it is available at £12 per trug of chopped and £10 per drop of camp fire wood. If you are bringing charcoal for the fire bowl please ensure it is sustainable lump wood charcoal and not briquettes.
We don’t allow guests to bring tents. If you have booked the entire site then chat with us about it. We do have 5m bell tents. And in July and August we have Badgers Bell Tent which is only available once all the yurts and cabin are booked.
We are able to cater for larger groups – We can provide a yurt with seating for up to 60 for woodland weddings and other events. Please contact us for further details. We also have a stretch tent which can provide space for up to 100 guests.
No need to bring a car! Come by train to Petersfield Station. The taxi fare to your yurt is around £10 and takes under ten minutes. Just ask for the FARM entrance to Adhurst, then carry on up the farm track where we will meet you at the yurts.
To pre-book a taxi call 01730 303030 and leave your contact number
Christopher at CGN Taxi on 07548764005 is also good.
If you need a cool box and frozen ice packs just say; guests arriving by train can have this waiting for them when they arrive. You can collect your food in town after arriving at Petersfield.
Glamping is essentially the provision of a setting for your outdoor holiday. Instead of pitching a tent and bringing everything including the kitchen sink – you just bring yourselves and your food. Also, our yurts and cabin are on wood-flooring. Cast iron kitchen and bbq equipment are provided, including cutlery, plates and glasses. We remove the phaff element so you can focus on enjoying yourselves. Each yurt has a made-up double-bed, a wood-burner and lovely kelims and cushions. Long-drop privies, food prep areas with running water, outdoor and indoor hot showers are provided. Even a bath at Willow Yurt and the cabin and Chestnut Yurt have their own private outdoor hot showers. There is no electricity on site. Light fires in your wood-burner and build a campfire outside in your fire bowl. Gather kindling to fire up the storm kettle. It’s all here ready and waiting for you.
Our mailing address is not the same as the yurt site! It’s Alison and Guy Lubbock, Garden Cottage, Adhurst Farm, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 5AD.
Yes, they periodically become available at both Adhurst Farm and Westmark Farm. Best to get in touch through the website and ask for up to date info
Yes, we have appeared in editorial photo shoots and films and music videos and commercials. Adhurst Woods appeared in Brides, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s magazines amongst others. Adhurst St Mary has appeared in television dramas and pop videos.
They are not at Adhurst Farm; they are near The Harrow pub. You can find them at their website
We only sell firewood to yurt guests at £12, delivered to your yurt. Timber products such as fence posts are sold by the coppicer.
Adhurst St Mary forms a sort-of island hamlet within Adhurst Estate and Farm – built by our family in 1858 and lived in continuously by the family until 1993 when we sold it. It is a Grade II listed building currently on the At Risk Register, although we’re happy to say that 2/3 has recently been fully restored by one of its multiple new owners. Bonham-Carter/Lubbock archives are kept both at Hampshire County Archives and others also held privately at Adhurst. Helen Bonham-Carter was born and died in the house – and was our grandmother. Helen Bonham-Carter is a cousin and actress and they’re not the same person. There are currently seven families living within the Adhurst St Mary hamlet, all accessed down one private driveway.