Here is some information on our environmental credentials, manufacturing methods and of course, the finished product: Our yurts are true yurts built in the Kyrgyz style, but developed for a european climate - so: they are made of hardwood and the roof ribs and trellis are steam bent to create a delightful shape which provides a clear span and clear headroom throughout. We also create "gers" whose walls and roof ribs are usually straight. These involve less steam-bending which makes them easier 9and cheaper to produce)
The original Kyrgyz yurts were felt covered. For uk use ours use hard wearing cotton cnavas (12 oiunce) that is waterproofed, rot resistant and fire retardant to UK and EU standards. Our yurts are made from locally grown ash and sweet chestnut, much of it from local woodland.and all components are finished to a high and weather resistant standard. Our yurtss may appear more expensive when compared with gers that are made usually of soft woods which do not need to be steam bent as the ribs are straight and the trellis is much steeper. Softwood yurts obviously have a much reduced lifespan and would, in our opinion, be unsuitable for a British winter (and some of our wetter summers!). Look for the guarantee on lifespan if you consider buying one of these. Traditional and imported gers usually have internal uprights to support the roof, and much less headroom. You get value for money with a structure that can last you a lifetime. We guarantee our yurt frames for at least 5 years. This also applies to our gers if you choose the hardwood option.
We are committed to an ethical and environmentally-conscious approach to our business. For example our workshop is heated by our waste timber. We also believe that the quality of relationship we have with our workforce is reflected in the customer satisfaction we achieve. Where possible, we source our timber from a nearby estate and this is sawn by a sawmill very close by. This reduces our carbon footprint to a minimum. Much of our timber comes from ancient woodland which has been managed sustainably for more than 400 years and more recently achieved FSC accreditation. So your yurt will go from tree to dwelling in a very few miles, most of which will be the van jouney of the finished item.
We make a wide range of additional features for our yurts. We can make doorframes with straight, curved or arched headers. We also make windows to fit in the walls for added ventilation, light and view. These can be conventional opening glass windows in ash frames or acetate windows in the canvas. Windows can be sited to allow you a scenic view or simply to enable you to enjoy the benefit of looking outdoors. To get a full picture of the options, go to the "Customise your yurt" page of this site.
A wood-burning stove is a popular feature which allows you to extend your occupancy or even to live in a yurt all year round. These come in different sizes and are sourced from a local stove-maker. You can also choose to fit other brands of stove which will also be compatible. A special high-temperature roof flashing and a section of double-skinned flue enable the stove to be sited wherever you like in the interior. Pictures on "Customise your yurt " page.
We are beginning to offer a range of purpose made furniture to fit inside a yurt. Some items in this range have curved backs to maximise space and create a neat appearance. These include shelves, tables, cupboards, sink units, bedside furniture and integral lighting.Photographs of more of these items will be uploaded shortly. (Autumn 2011).
lazy holiday by the river
yurt doorway prior to hanging door
fun in an al fresco yurt