Yurt at Tithe Farm
Our yurt is round, of course, about 16 feet in diameter and 9 feet high in the middle, made of about 150 willow rods and a lot of canvas. There's a transparent piece at the top to let the sunshine, or moonlight, in. The floor is rather solid timber. This part is a local Lincolnshire adaptation, not suited to easy transport by camel across the steppe, but then we have neither camel nor steppe. There is a woodstove, which gets the place very warm in no time. Electricity is supplied but the candle lanterns are more fun. Surrounded by trees, flowers and vegetables, the yurt is set in our six acre garden. Outside the door is the yurt's own lawn with picnic table, and round the back is an open air bathroom. The large iron bath, set in earth, is heated by a wood fire below. You can soak for as long as you like with the water remaining hot.
Sleeping in the yurt is a curious experience; like camping in some ways, you feel close to the outside, able to hear the night noises of owls and badgers and other wildlife, yet you are warm and comfortable with a big bed and plenty of room to dance about. And when you get up, there's a great breakfast waiting for you in the house included in the price of your stay. You can also use the bathroom facilities in the house. Our solar-powered washroom, specially built for yurt dwellers, has a bath with shower and w.c..
Rates are £35 per person per night and there's room for a child or two on small futons at a reduced rate. We supply you with a basket of logs for the woodstove but if you want loads of firewood, say for heating the outside bath, then we may ask you for an extra fiver. After all, there are only so many trees on the planet and it takes a lot of work to chop them down.
Given a little prior notice, we can provide ready meals cooked by our daughter, Roxy, who runs Royston's Deli in Louth. The food is really rather good. It just has to be popped in the farmhouse oven.
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This page was last updated: 27 December 2010