The Year of the Yurt

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Yurt better believe it – this year there has been almost a 90% increase in yurt bookings among holidaymakers. Tent-lovers’ website Pitchup.com has found that yurts are outselling all other kinds of accommodation at glamping sites. And why not? They make a great alternative to hotel-style accommodation and, of course, they’re great for unusual selfies.

It seems that the yurt is also slowly outselling Tiger Lily’s favoured kind of tent: the tipi. The tipi has seen a 40% drop in sales, likely due to the fact that it is considered less contemporary.

So, if you fancy experiencing a yurt for yourself, Pitchup has a selection on offer, including:

  1. Koa Tree Camp in Devon is a luxury glampsite with spectacular sea views. Accommodation is in traditional Mongolian yurts which are set in a wildflower meadow/working small holding. There’s a surf school onsite providing surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking lessons. Goats, pigs, sheep and chickens roam around the smallholding and guests can help feed them in the mornings. Yurts start at £330 for four nights for six people (£13.75 per person per night).
  2. The yurts at Camping du Buisson in France, just a short drive from Grenoble, come complete with all the facilities you’d expect from a luxury self-catering apartment such as en-suite bathroom with power shower, a separate double bedroom area, fully equipped kitchen corner and private hot tub. Prices start from £146.98 per night for up to six people (£24.50 per person per night).
  3. As coastal views go, they don’t get more stunning than those from the yurts at Portsalon Luxury Camping in the Republic of Ireland. Each yurt has its own secluded spot overlooking the Fanad Peninsula and features a king-sized bed, double sofa bed and wood burning stove. The beaches are just a couple of miles away and the nearby village of Portsalon has a number of shops, restaurants, pubs and a golf course. Prices start from £69.17 per night for up to two adults and two children (£17.29 per person per night).
  4. The Acorn Yurt in Herefordshire is a relaxing retreat in the middle of the countryside and is completely off grid – no phone signal and certainly no internet. With a French inspired interior and wood burner, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine and appreciate the stunning views of the fields. One night self-catering from £150 per couple.
  5. The Old Piggery near Bedfordshire is surrounded by woodland, farmland and the great British countryside. These yurts are an ideal escape for those wanting to enjoy the outdoors. Each yurt is fully furnished and also comes with outdoor seating and barbecue facilities. There are plenty of walking and cycle routes close by and Woburn Abbey and Safari Park is just a few miles away. A one-night stay for two people costs from £115.
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For more information and a full listing of all available accommodation, visit pitchup.com.