Arrive to find your yurts or cabin stocked with chopped seasoned wood for the log burner. Your double bed is made up with duvets, large comfy pillows and wool blankets. Your private encampment has a fire bowl and cast iron cookware and is fully stocked with larger wood for your camp fire. If you’re not ready upon arrival to make your first cup of tea in the storm kettle there’s always the gas-fired hob in your safari kitchen. No need to bring bottled water – the tap provides drinkable water. All your crockery and cutlery are ready and waiting for you – plus steel mixing bowls and steak knives and bread knife.
We love yurts. And the more we get to know them the more we love them. We especially grew to love them during a hurricane a while back. We thought they’d blow away in the night – but of course wind can’t get any purchase on a circular structure and so the wind is deflected before it can cause any force or move them; yurts are amazing! They’re simplicity is their strength. A central crown is held aloft by numerous rafters which sit on a folding trellis wall which in turn contains the downward pressure of the roof’s weight by means of a taut tension-band attached to a wooden doorframe. There is no need for guy ropes or tent pegs to trip over. The yurt supports itself with no help from anything outside it. We all aspire to attain the same but only a few of us manage that!
We also love that you can stand up in a yurt and jump up and down and swing a cat if that’s your thing. Yurts are spacious! You can fit lots of people and dogs in one – even very very tall people and very large dogs. You can’t really do that in a shepherd’s hut or a tent. We adore that they all come with sky lights! Lie in bed and count the stars. And if you’re in Willow Yurt you can lie in your hot bath and count the stars from there too.
Feeling lost? All yurts traditionally have their front door facing south – to catch the sun. Ours do too, so if you ever get disoriented with north south east west – just ask your yurt! They all open to the south (apart from Birch Yurt who opens a bit wonky to the south west.) And there are no rooms! Imagine, a home with no rooms – just space. This is liberating! Families bond better in one big space, chatting away deep into the night in the darkness. It’s lovely to chat to your children while you’re all toasty in bed. Even your dog will be delighted to be part of the FULL pack. Don’t feel lost – feel part of it!
Woodburners! We love that you can easily have a wood burner in a yurt – with a proper very tall flue. Try doing that in a bell tent – it’s just not the same. We stock all our yurts with chopped firewood just the right size to fit in your wood burner. The smell of woodsmoke is divine. You’ll never need cologne again! All of your clothes will take on that nutty aroma of the woods. If you need a further supply of wood – just ask; we’ll deliver it to you by wheel barrow.
Our yurts are all on raised wooden decks, made from timber grown at Adhurst. And the yurts, graceful ladies that they are, wear their skirts around these decks. This means that any rainwater simply drains to the sides of your yurt and the deck is permanently dry. It helps that we have very free-draining sandy soil at Adhurst. Another wonderful aspect of our yurts is they’re made with steam bent wood. There are no nails and no screws – just bent wood and a few knots. So simple! And when it’s time to dismantle our yurts for the winter and put them away they fold down to a tiny wee lump just the right size to fit on the back of a yak. Or in our case a quad bike. Yurts are neat and tidy and simple and perfect. And staying in one will remind you of how simple and perfect life can be.
Of course, we also have a cabin – entirely built and designed by us, sitting majestically amongst the daffodils, all by itself. It has its own outdoor hot shower and its own privy. And a sort of treehouse sleeping arrangement inside it. And a cylindrical wood burner and hundreds of acres of ancient woodland to gaze on. Just in case the yurts are fully booked!