We had such an amazing time here. The view is absolutely breathtaking. The quietness
and nature took us to a completely different level of relaxation. We melted into
the green nature and loved the feeling. Thanks to Wendy and Matt for having us and
making our stay so memorable. Their recommendations to the nearby restaurants were
lovely! Their preparation for our short cycling trip was all so perfect! We enjoyed
every bit of it and would refer to our friends and family in Asia!
Kelvin and Viv (June 2013)
From London in the morning to the terrace of La Cabushe in the evening, we couldn't
have had a better end to a busy day - absolutely stunning views over the valley,
cold wine and delicious cake courtesy of Wendy and Matt and a beautiful sunset. Thank
you for a wonderful stay. See you again soon
Julie and Jason (June 2013)
We had a wonderful couple of nights staying in one of the gorgeous yurts. It has
been incredibly relaxing cooking out on the terrace and Wendy and Matt are tremendous
hosts - the cake and wine, brilliant restaurant advice, and of course learning so
much during out lesson using the pole lathe! Our only regret is that we couldn’t
stay longer. We will certainly be back
Sophia and Ben (June 2013)
Where to start? It’s extremely difficult to explain what a wonderful time we have
had here in Bodgers’ Yurt. Having made it here on public transport (train and bus)
we were made to feel welcome straightaway. The lemon drizzle cake and bottle of wine
were gratefully devoured. You have all worked very hard to make your “island” fantastic
and are wonderfully warm and generous people. Our experience could not have been
better. We will definitely find it difficult to re-adjust to living under one roof
and will miss sleeping “in the round”. Thanks for the pole lathe lesson Matt - I
hope to be able to learn more green woodwork back at home from this inspiration and
will one day create the ultimate mushroom! We hope that all of your future dreams
and ambitions come to fruition you certainly deserve it! We will definitely recommend
you to everyone who listens and even those who don’t! Much love
Natalie and Mike (June 2013)
Second time in your fantastic yurts! Such a peaceful “coin” to relax and unwind.
Our only regret from our holidays here is not buying the property here first. We
love it! All the best for the future.
Hugo and Estelle (May 2013)
Season of 2012
Yurting history made here! The first couple to return twice in one summer! Thanks
so much for another amazing week. Can’t wait until the next visit. Love
Rich and Kel (September 2012)
Thanks for a fantastic week, we’ve had a great and relaxing time. What a fantastic
place and amazing hosts - you’ve both been brilliant. We’ll be thinking of riding
tandems in sunshine when cycling through driving rain in Edinburgh!! We’re already
planning our return trip, hopefully in the near future.
Karen and Colin (September 2012)
We have had the most amazing break here and wish we could stay longer! Thanks so
much Wendy and Matt for being such warm, relaxed and down-to-earth hosts! We loved
the bike experience (even the tandem!) and restaurant recommendations. We will definitely
recommend you! PS We’re taking Bilbo .....!!
Alice and Bec (September 2012)
Thanks so much for an incredible stay. We’re so laid back now after four days of
holiday at chez Devalon we’re practically lying down. We’ll be back for sure.
Will and Sara (September 2012)
Thank you for a wonderful stay - it’s been one of the most stunning and memorable
places we have been to . We will no doubt be back!!
Anne and Mark (August 2012)
Wonderful yurts, wonderful location, wonderful hosts! Wish we had spent our whole
2 week holiday here. Would definitely like to return. We have always admired yurts
from afar, but now we are smitten. If we ever have the opportunity we would love
to return to learn how to make a yurt. Hard work, I am sure, but what a great lifestyle.
Cathy, Tod, Joe and Eddy (August 2012)
Thanks for an unforgettable holiday! We loved the area and the yurt-site and couldn't
have asked for nicer hosts! We may try and take Bilbo home with us!
Louise and Pete (August 2012)
We had an amazing time! A perfect place to spend a honeymoon. The yurt is beautifully
made and with just enough luxuries to make the stay comfortable whilst retaining
the feel of going back to nature. Mat and Wendy - you’ve both been really helpful
in making us feel welcome. We will definitely recommend it to others and hope to
return ourselves! Thanks again for making our honeymoon so special!!
Kev and Lizzie (August 2012)
Thank you for such a wonderful time and making us feel so welcome and relaxed. This
is a magical place that we would love to return to in the future. This is without
doubt one of the most stunning places we’ve ever stayed. Beautiful vistas, amazing
stars and awesome brownies - the perfect place to stop on our honeymoon adventure.
Our very best wishes to you all, love
Nick and Kelly (August 2012)
2nd stop on our honeymoon - one of the best places I can recall staying, stunning
views and full sky of stars at night. Perfect place to turn off your phone and relax.
Roy and Aisling (August 2012)
We’ve had an amazing holiday here- such a wonderful place - thank you so much for
great company, suggestions of great places, whittling lessons and staying in all
three yurts! Thank you, we’ll be sad to go!
Guy and Caroline (August 2012)
Not sure the other locations can possibly live up to what you have created here,
on our ‘yurt trip through France’. You have set the bar very high. Thank you for
your wonderful hospitality and letting us share a small part of your life here. I
promise it is just a coincidence that Bilbo goes missing the day we leave!
Gayla and Jon (August 2012)
Thank you for such a wonderful time here. The yurts and kitchens are amazing. What
you have achieved is completely inspirational. It was lovely to meet you all and
have drinks around the roundhouse. We are sad to be leaving for London. It was the
best possible way to end our honeymoon adventure.
Rob and Tam (August 2012)
We had a lovely time - Bodgers’ Yurt is amazing! Such a tranquil and relaxing setting,
it was nice to tune out for a few days. We’ll tell people about you!!
Tracey and Bill (July 2012)
Believe it or not we’ve learnt so much about ourselves from our short stay here.
Mainly how you can be happy with very little and that is meant as a massive complement
... No electricity, no tv, no waste a truly eco environment in a stunning location.
We truly enjoyed the yurt experience: the compost loo even and the outdoor shower
the night time lights and lanterns. Thank you for your generous hospitality and kindness.
Good luck with your future plans - if they are only a fraction as wonderful as our
stay here that will be enough!
Adeline, Alan, Will & Liv (July 2012)
Thank you for such a wonderful few days - it has given us time to relax, admire the
views & to think. Your hospitality has been perfect. The ginger cake and breakfasts
delicious! We are honoured to have been the first in the Bodgers’ Yurt and look forward
to coming back for future holidays in these peaceful surroundings. It will be a shock
arriving in Hackney later!
Susie and Ben July 2012
We fell in love with Chez Devalon from the moment we arrived, from the anticipation
of strolling down the hill, taking in the spectacular views, the warmest of welcomes
from you all and finally relaxing into such a chilled out, wonderful place. The yurt
is a dream, coupled with the fab kitchen/living/loo/shower spaces. And oh my god
the sausages are brilliant!! Thank you sooo much
Sue and Ashley, July 2012
Absolutely fantastic! Views to die for. Loved having a shower with a view like that.
Mark was so happy in the woods making the very first mushroom!! Lovely time, thank
Jo and Mark (July 2012)
Thank you for a marvellous stay. We both had a great time and feel very relaxed.
A perfect antidote to the pressures of the rat race back home. We both really admire
what you do here and particularly loved our breakfasts! Even on the stormy rainy
day it was a joy being tucked up in the comfy yurt. We’ll recommend you to our friends
and hope to come back wth our baby (yurts, outdoor showers and compost loos even
suit pregnant ladies!
Charlotte and Gareth (July 2012)
Possibly the most beautiful place we have stayed - comfortable beds, great facilities,
welcoming hosts and a stunning location - thank you. We’d love to return to do more
‘yurting’ and tandeming in the future as this stay hasn’t been long enough! Thank
you again. PS Looking forward to the ginger cake!
Caroline and Chris (July 2012)
Sunset, Bilbo, Lettuce, Solstice, Yurt. Is it a code? Yes! To unlock 10 days of awesome
relaxingness We had the best time - whether reading in the yurt with the hypnotic
rain bouncing off it, enjoying the rising & setting of the sun (and a beer) on the
kitchen deck or exploring the Dordogne. It’s also been inspiring - talking with Matt
about resilient, natural architecture and meeting all the helpers. Thank you Wendy
Matt and all your kids for the welcome, the conversation and especially the great
solstice bonfire BBQ! All the best
Fiona and Matt (June 2012)
When we booked through the website we were extremely excited about the prospect of
yurting but nothing could have prepared us for the exquisite views, wonderful scenery
and first rate hospitality. We were only here 5 days but Matt, Wendy et al, you made
us feel as if we’d been here for years. Thank you for your insights into local cultures
(Gouts’ food will have to take some beating!) and help with anything we needed. We
will certainly be returning and shouting praise for everyone at Chez Devalon to anyone
who’ll listen! Lots of love.
Alex and Isobel (June 2012)
The best two nights and three days we’ve spent anywhere in France. Thank you so much.
Hazel and Max (May 2012)
Brilliant setting for our anniversary - managed to keep it a surprise until the very
last minute! Gorgeous yurt & scenery & great fun on the tandem bike - albeit a bit
wobbly. Thank you for a great experience.
Jennifer and Ian, Edinburgh (May 2012)
Season of 2011
What a wonderful week! We have loved our yurt & living are, made & equipped wit a
very talented eye & such a beautiful location! We couldn’t have asked for anything
more relaxing - perfect for what we both needed. Thank you Wendy & Matt for being
so welcoming & accommodating - your hard work shows & we are excited about your new
ideas. Hopefully see you again soon.
Gemma and Ben (October 2011)
Thank you for such a wonderful stay at chez Devalon. We have enjoyed every bit of
it - from getting lost in the beautiful countryside to star gazing at night! The
yurts are so beautifully made and you just can’t appreciate how amazing the experience
is unless you are here! We could not have wished for better hosts and hope to be
back in 2012
Olivia and Gareth (October 2011)
Staying here has been the highlight of our honeymoon during which we have tried to
leave London behind us and take in the beautiful surroundings and very warm hospitality
of Wendy and Matt. We really hope to come back at some point and check out the new
projects. We even managed to try out the tandem - a brave move for newlyweds perhaps
- and loved it! Thanks for a great three days; missing the lullaby of gentle piggy
snoring already!! All the best
Lisa and Russ (September 2011)
We have had a magical honeymoon, it has been everything we hoped for and more! Your
place is relaxing and inspiring and you are great hosts. We will come again and also
recommend you to friends.
Dan and Polly (September 2011)
Matt, Wendy and family - thank you so much for creating this wonderful place! We
very much needed a break from the hustle and bustle of busy UK city life and that’s
exactly what we got! We love the rural location, the feeling of isolation, the views,
the peace and quiet, the shooting stars, fresh tomatoes, thunder and lightning and
bbqing every night. Bliss! The wine and cake on arrival was a lovely welcome, thanks
again for a wonderful week, we hope to be back soon!
Michelle and Sam, Bristol (August 2011)
Thanks so much for a wonderful week in La Cabushe. We have loved the yurt, the views,
the animals, the bikes, the shooting stars (10 in total), the hot showers, the cold
showers, the delicious breakfasts and the hot, hot weather!
Amy and Sam (August 2011)
Thank you for making our honeymoon PERFECT! The yurt and surrounding were beautiful
and incredibly relaxing but you took it further by giving us a brilliant evening
with the BBQ (we even loved the guitar playing and singing!!). We only wish we could
have stayed longer (the bright lights of Paris are not so appealing now!) We hope
to be back soon and promise to tell all our friends and family about this place!
Love and best wishes
Lucy and Dave (August 2011)
Thank you Wendy and Matt for a lovely stay in Les Abris - I’ve had a wonderful 30th
birthday treat here! Thanks so much for your hospitality, you have created something
very special here.
Lara, Alex, Kate and Renzo (August 2011)
Superbe location ....... grande experience pour dormir dans une yourte ..... Très
bon professeurs. Peut-être à la prochaine ..... Grandes bisous.
Katriens Koen et Zonne (July 2011)
Wow! What an amazing, amazing place. We could never believe somewhere could be so
peaceful and beautiful. We had a lovely brilliant time and can’t wait to be back.
Sam and Roone (July 2011)
You have found such a wonderful part of the world to live in and really make us feel
like you are sharing it rather than just being brief visitors. Am addicted to yurting,
the view and the quiet and will no doubt have withdrawals back home!
Andy and Georgia (June 2011)
Thank you all so much, words cannot sum up what a wonderful time we’ve had, thank
you all so much for letting us share in the experience you have created, it was perfect!
Dan’s Dunny was a must! We will be back next year in the meantime we will send an
advance party of family members in July. This was without doubt the best holiday
we have ever had and the memory will stay with us until the next time. Thank you
all (we have been con-yurted!!)
Tania and Nigel, South Wales (June 2011)
It’s a wonderful place, perfect setting and wonderful people - definitely come again!
Thank you very much.
Amy and Graham (May 2011)
We wish we could have stayed longer and got involved down on the farm. We’ve had
the most fantastic time and you truly are the best hosts. I’m sure you’ll see us
again in the future and we’ll be sure to recommend it to others. We wish you all
the luck with the new yurts and can’t wait to return to see the developments. All
Ian and Ashley, Edinburgh (May 2011)
Please can you write us a note to get us out of work for the summer........ we want
to stay!! Staying in a yurt has been fantastic - a real experience - but also meeting
you guys and hanging out has been great (including Smokey and the Bandit!!). Thanks
so much and we plan on returning in the not too distant future! Big love.
Matt and Jane (May 2011)
Season of 2010
What a fantastic set-up. We have loved our 3-day stay and look forward to coming
back and being “yurties” again! We’re only sorry we can’t stay longer this time.
Polly, Jon and Freya (September 2010)
Two weeks in the yurt was absolutely fantastic - paradise!! Loved the variety of
things to do. Had such a brilliant time, great conversation, food. It’s been lovely
to meet you all.
Sophia and George (September 2010)
What luck to have stumbled across this place and we couldn’t be more thrilled to
have decided to stay for two nights. What you have achieved here is an inspiration
to us and don’t be surprised if we end up back in the not-too-distant future as apprentice
Ali and Ed, Norfolk (August 2010)
Thank you for a wonderful holiday in the yurt. We’ve taken the postcards and will
definitely be telling all our friends about you. We’ll hopefully see you all again
Pete and Sarah (August 2010)
We’ve had an amazing honeymoon here. Thank you so much. The yurt and all the other
facilities are brilliant. We would (and will) recommend it to anyone. Thanks again.
Sean and Catherine (July 2010)
A peaceful and idyllic location with welcoming hosts. The yurt was a great base
for us to explore the local area and I highly recommend the canoeing at Brantome
- just watch out for the water shoot!
Glenn and Clair (July 2010)
Really lovely place to come and relax - we’ve totally unwound. Thanks for your hospitality.
Debs and Keith, Bristol (June 2010)
Never having seen a yurt before I was slightly anxious about my first stay in a yurt,and
at seventy years old I am quite keen on my creature comforts and have never been
camping before. We drove down the lane and saw the yurt perched on a hill with lovely
views over woods and hills. On entering we found ourselves in a beautiful room with
a polished wood floor, nice solid furniture and best of all a proper bed. The light
filtering through the canvas walls and domed roof was soft and glowed slightly. I
was converted to yurt living! I am very enthusiastic about the yurts and want to
thank you both for such a good time.
Myf, Wiltshire (July 2009)
Here is a video sent to us from some guests who stayed in Le Grand Abri in 2011.
They produced the video as their entry into a competition “Go Greenly” for people
travelling to a Canopy and Stars holiday destination without their car. We think
it gives you a fantastic flavour of a day in the life of a “yurty” at Chez Devalon!
Good luck in the competition Louisa and Kayleigh and thanks for letting us share
the video on our website, we absolutely love it and hope you win!