YURT SO GOOD
WHY YOU NEED TO SPEND A NIGHT LIKE A TRADITIONAL MONGOLIAN NOMAD (LIKE, NOW) AND WHERE BEST TO SET UP GLAMP
Words by Lizzie Mulherin
As we adventure-hungry Gen Y’s lead the charge for experiential travel with our selfie-sticks held high, the demand for authentic accommodation is growing faster than our bucket lists.
Gone are the days when a simple booking.com or Expedia search would suffice. Thanks largely to the geniuses behind Airbnb and specialised platforms such as Canopy & Stars orPitchup.com, intrepid wanderers can now spend their nights abroad in tipis, tree-houses or tents.
Traditional Mongolian nomadic tents, to be precise. Also known as Yurts.
So popular are these glamping-friendly shelters, Airbnb declared 2014 the 'Year of the Yurt' and as far as we're concerned it's certainly not too late to jump on this vagrant-friendly bandwagon.
Circular in shape with a wooden structure, yurts are typically lined with felt walls and fittingly furnished - offering a stylish and luxurious alternative to pitching, pegs and poles.
If you're around Europe and keen to find out what makes Yurts So Good - we recommend switching off and curling up in one (or all, if you fancy) of the below...
This spacious Moroccan-themed yurt is located on the property of a 350 year old Spanish farmhouse in the Andalusian countryside. With treasure hunt-like instructions through an off-beaten track just to get there, guests can expect nothing short of a truly serene and authentic experience. The farmhouse's live-in hosts Marina and Nacho will bend over backwards to ensure you get the most out of your stay on the property, offering one-on-one yoga classes and bespoke (delicious) prepared meals that you can even enjoy in the comfort of your yurt if you're so inclined. The nomads would be thrilled.
Price: From £40 per night.
Perched atop a wooden platform with stairs leading to its entrance, the Chestnut Tree Yurt boasts a distinguishable antique feel and haven-worthy hammock. Tucked away in rural Portugal, on-site hosts Hannah and Derrick are dedicated to providing a perfect experience - complete with horse riding, pre-mapped hiking routes and restaurant-quality meals complemented by freshly mixed Caiparinhas. The Chestnut Tree Yurt can also accommodate for larger clans if you're travelling in group - with further camp beds and bell tents available for the shotgun riders and backseat navigators.
Price: From £65 per night.
Featuring an antique trunk suitcase and shelf composed entirely of wooden crates, the rustic-inspired interior of this yurt perfectly reflects the bohemian vibes of the Karlovy Vary Region. As with most yurts, the kitchen and bathroom facilities are located separately in a house very nearby. Hosts Hana and Peter supply everything needed and leave you to enjoy the idyllic isolation. Standing in the middle of a meadow, it can get quite chilly in the colder months so we recommend a spring visit to get the most out of your stay.
Price: From £37 per night.
As featured on Huffington Post