In the vast grasslands of Central Asia, from Turkey through to Mongolia and China, nomads have lived in yurts for centuries. A traditional Asian yurt would be made using the most suitable local timber, highly decorated and covered in felted sheepswool.. The yurt would house a whole family and be transported according to the grazing needs of the family’s livestock herd.
Central Asian yurts show great variation in shape, size and decoration, but the fundamental design always remains the same: 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.
Our Yurtmaker is Henry Dowell at Yurtmaker
Henry holds a great respect for the craftsmen of Central Asia. He finds no reason to alter the fundamental yurt design which has worked well for centuries. However he is excited to be part of a modern trend developing a new vernacular ‘UK-yurt’, suitable for our own climate and conditions. The style of yurt at Adhurst with its high curved rafters, domed roof and elegant steam-bent crown bears a close resemblance to its Turkmen or Kazakh descendants but is made with appropriate materials and modern technology. Our yurts are all on custom-built circular wooden decks.
What’s in Our Yurts?
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.
And what about the conveniences?
Your privy is in woodland. It’s a long-drop with no flush – as nature intended. Who needs a flush when you have a wooden loo seat on a bench with a lovely view! Sawdust provided for to dress any offerings. Your shower is outdoors and gas-fired — so it’s hot! Look up at the sun shining down on you, or the stars. If you’re in Willow Yurt there’s a hot slipper bath surrounded with solar fairy lights. Bubble bath provided under the washstand!
Is there electricity in the yurts?
No! Solar fairy lights twinkle at night to guide you after dusk and solar reading lamps are on your bedside tables. Adhurst Yurts are a car-free, off-grid zone. In short, Adhurst camping is proper camping for those who really want to get back to nature – with camp fire and plenty of creature comforts.
A stay at Adhurst includes walks in 100 acres of private woodland. The award-winning pub, The Harrow, along with The Queen’s Head and The Half Moon are within walking distance of the yurts, as is the pick-your-own fruit and veg at Durleighmarsh Farm. Their visiting fishmonger will provide anything from dressed crab to seafood kebabs for your bbq. Walks both long and short as well as bespoke bushcraft sessions or advanced instruction in fly fishing – just ask when booking and we will ensure it all happens four you. Children are very welcome and we provide two additional camp beds in each yurt. Just bring sleeping bags for the children. Dogs are also welcome.